iPhone 6s box rose gold

Apple’s just-announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available for pre-order on Saturday, September 12th, and ship on September 25th. The iPhone 6s starts at $199 on contract, while the iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $100 more at $299 on contract. Both phones start with 16GB of flash storage space, and as Apple has done for many years now, price increases occur incrementally based on the amount of flash storage.

iPhone 6s Pricing

But that’s not all, Apple is also well aware of the carrier trend towards installment plans instead of two-year contracts. In a slide, Apple showcased a typical installment payment example for all of the iPhones in its line. With a typical carrier installment plan, a customer with good credit can score an iPhone 6s Plus with 16GB of flash storage for $31 a month.

Apple is also, for the first time, introducing a new program called the iPhone Upgrade Program. This is a program that’s available to Apple’s U.S. customers, which will allow iPhone owners to upgrade to a new device every year. The iPhone is unlocked, includes AppleCare+ coverage, and starts at $32 a month. We’ll have more details on this plan in a separate post.

iPhone Upgrade Program

Keep in mind that the on-contract prices mentioned are fully subsidized. The real price for the entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s is $649.99, and the price increases by $100 with each storage space increase. The iPhone 6s Plus starts at $749.99 and also increases by $100 with each storage tier upgrade.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Off-Contract pricing

The current-gen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have be reduced in price by $100 to make room for the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The oldest iPhone in the lineup, the iPhone 5s, will now be Apple’s entry level phone offering overall. As such, it will be available free with a two-year carrier contract.

There’s not much surprising about the pricing structure for this year’s iPhones. Yes, it’s a bit disappointing that 16GB iPhones still exist, especially with 4K video shooting capabilities, but at least we were expecting this to be the case.

What do you think about the iPhone’s pricing strategy? Will you be preordering the new iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus on Saturday?

  • Manor

    still 16GB? REALLY???

    • Tobias9413

      More of a business strategy. After all, Apple is a business before anything.

    • Fanboy 

      People like you always find a way to complain. Last year Apple decided to cut down the price of the 64GB in half and offer a new 128GB for the price of 64 and all people like you can do is complain.

      • Mr.Coolfreak

        its incredible how people like you to fanboyism to a whole new level,even Apple’s top praiser-gruber says its embarrassing for Apple still has 16gb iPhone.

      • techfreak23

        The people that unknowingly buy a 16GB because of price and aren’t aware of what their needs are in the beginning are being done a disservice. Especially now since both cameras have been upgraded.

      • Dan

        Common man, even you must see they should of simply went 32-64-128. But no, they know that most people would of been satisfied with 32 and they would of lost the chance to milk that extra 100$ from everyone.

    • Anthony Lara

      Yes really.

    • rubeN

      Apple continues to milk the storage space. Why 100 dollars for more storage space still?

      • Kim Olsson

        At least in Sweden Samsung is doing the same with their 32 / 64GB-versions, if they both are able to charge that much extra, why wouldnt they?

      • George

        Because Samsung starts at 32gb.

    • Jason Baroni

      People can boycott this stop buying this model or the iPhone. Will they? Nope.

    • Shinonuke

      Both of my parents do not use more than 8 gb in their 16gb. So why not have the 16gb model? Is it because you don’t want to pay $650 for the 16gb?

  • mplsdude

    But you can’t get it for the subsidized 2-year contract price on AT&T or Verizon, right?

    • Tobias9413

      You can in some of their retailer stores.

      • mplsdude

        Tell me more. I have been with AT&T forever and have unlimited data so I really don’t want to have to leave or change plans to a mobile share plan on AT&T Next.

      • Tobias9413

        Go into one of their stores and tell them you want to keep your plan. They can’t force you to change it and they have to offer the 2 year contract though you could always buy it full price and not have to worry about that.

      • mplsdude

        But can’t they say that they no longer offer it for 2 year contracts?

      • h4nd0fg0d

        You shouldn’t have to, I didn’t.

      • blu

        You can still upgrade online or in store for the contract price.
        They no longer offer contracts to new subscribers (or those already on their next or other plans), but if you have one they will still renew it (for now). They are the last of the big carriers that have not forced users off of it.
        I plan on keeping mine till they force me off of it.
        I have a $40/month plan with $30 for unlimited data, $10 to add my wife for minutes and $15 for 200mb of data (which is plenty for her).

  • Should be interesting when preordering this weekend. I’ll go directly with apple at this point and just pay the whole thing off right away.. unlocked!

    • Merman123

      It’s Friday night. Should be ok.

  • Fadi Alqo

    What about the tmobile or unlock whats the price?

  • mplsdude

    Does anyone know if the new 6s now has a universal SIM card like the iPad Air 2 has? If so, that would make it more enticing to just buy at full price directly from Apple.

    • Blip dude

      Read in another Article that yes, it comes with the Apple SIM.

  • Jamessmooth

    I think I’m actually MORE excited about the iPad pro.

    • Anthony Lara

      I agree that 100$ plastic stylus looks very useful

  • Anthony Lara

    16gb with 4k video capturing capabilities but will it blend?

    • rubeN

      U will empty out that small storage space in no time.

      • Anthony Lara

        Would you say seconds?

    • Disqus

      I’m going to say yes. It will blend.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoint

    any difference between the 2 models like last year or same specs this time ?

  • techfreak23

    Apple quietly increased the per incident for the 6s for AppleCare+ from $79 to $99…Same cost as AppleCare itself. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoint

    according to this website. 6s has 1gig and the Plus has 2gig RAM.

    • Kim Olsson

      I truly hope thats incorrect, Im skipping the 6S if its still 1GB..

  • Benedict

    They took out the 32 GB option so everybody will get 64??? Haha, nice move Apple

    • Disqus

      Yeah…last year. Where have you been?

      • Benedict

        I’m still amused…

  • Tim

    Not even the Netherlands on launchday, pathetic. :’) Singapore has a third of out population.

  • dsgcobra

    So are we still going to be able to get the phone on a 2yr contract upgrade from Verizon?

  • Robert Goldberg

    Any chance you guys could write a post comparing the overall costs of Apple’s new every-year-upgrade plan combined with various carriers VS standard contracts through the carriers with and without paying additional for yearly upgrades. That would be hugely helpful! Thanks!