Apple could start selling iPhones and iPads as part of a SUBSCRIPTION service from 2023, report claims
- A new report claims Apple is working on selling iPhones as part of a subscription
- It will make device ownership ‘similar to paying a monthly app fee’
- While Apple is yet to comment, the report claims it could be available by 2023
They’re some of the most popular smartphones around the world, and if you’re planning to buy a new iPhone next year, it could be part of a subscription service.
A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is working on selling iPhones and iPads as part of a hardware subscription service.
If the report is correct, iPhone and iPad users could be given the option to upgrade to new models every year as they’re released at little or no extra cost.
The service will make device ownership ‘similar to paying a monthly app fee,’ according to Bloomberg.
They’re some of the most popular smartphones around the world, and if you’re planning to buy a new iPhone next year, it could be part of a subscription service
How to unlock your iPhone with a mask
In the report, Bloomberg wrote: ‘The service would be Apple’s biggest push yet into automatically recurring sales, allowing users to subscribe to hardware for the first time – rather than just digital services.
‘But the project is still in development, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the initiative hasn’t been announced.’
The monthly charge won’t simply be the price of the iPhone divided by 12 or 24 months, according to the report.
Instead, it claims it will be a still-undetermined monthly cost, with the option to upgrade to new models as they’re released.
Like Apple’s other subscriptions, this charge will be tied to a user’s existing Apple ID account, with the option to bundle in other services such as AppleCare or Apple One, the report added.
‘Apple has been working on the subscription program for several months, but the project was recently put on the back burner in an effort to launch a “buy now, pay later” service more quickly,’ it said.
‘Nonetheless, the subscription service is still expected to launch at the end of 2022, but could be delayed into 2023 or end up getting cancelled, the people said.’
Apple is yet to comment on the rumours.
The report comes shortly after Apple finally rolled out its much-anticipated iOS 15.4 update, allowing iPhone users to unlock their smartphone while wearing a mask.
Apple has finally rolled out its much-anticipated iOS 15.4 update, allowing iPhone users to unlock their smartphone while wearing a mask
The update includes 37 new emoji, including a pregnant man, a motorcycle tyre, a slide, a disco ball, a troll with a club, coral, kidney beans and a low battery.
There’s also a new ‘gender neutral’ voice for its smart assistant Siri, called Quinn, recorded by a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
‘iOS 15.4 offers the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask, a new Siri voice option, expanded language support for Visual Lookup, new emoji, and much more,’ Apple said.
APPLE UNVEILS NEW 5G IPHONE SE, IPAD AIR WITH M1 CHIP AND MAC STUDIO
Apple has unveiled new versions of its lower end iPhone and iPad devices, that incorporate the same processors as the top end models.
The iPhone SE will be on sale for $429 from Friday, and comes with the Apple A15 Bionic chip, found in the iPhone 13, a 12 megapixel camera, and 5G connectivity.
It will be able to operate about 26 times faster than the iPhone 8, and includes ‘Live Text’, allowing users to copy text found in a picture, Apple confirmed.
The firm also released a new iPad Air, which includes the M1 processor found in the iPad Pro, a faster USB-C port for faster video transfer, and a 12 megapixel ultra-wide camera on the front of the device.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO, also announced a new computer called Mac Studio, featuring the new high end M1 Ultra processor, and an Apple built Studio Display with its own built-in A13 Bionic chip and built in ultra-wide camera.
Read more: Apple unveils new 5G iPhone SE, iPad Air with M1 chip and Mac Studio
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