September guarantees three things: the start of the school year, pumpkin spice lattes, and a new lineup of iPhones. On Sept. 10, Tim Cook and friends will file into the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino and introduce the next iPhone lineup.
Rumors tip an iPhone 11 (the update to the iPhone XR), iPhone Pro (what to get if you like the iPhone XS), and the enthusiastically named iPhone Pro Max (the iPhone XS Max upgrade). While we can speculate about triple cameras, one thing we know for sure is that fans will be lining up to buy the phones whether or not they have a weird bump on the back or not.
But they probably won’t come cheap; the “budget” iPhone XR starts at $750 and the XS lineup will set you back at least a grand. Offset those costs by selling your old iPhone. But before you pack up your old Apple smartphone and ship it out, you should know there’s more to the process than just handing it over and waiting for cash to hit your bank account.
Privacy concerns abound with phones, from photos stored in iCloud to personal data housed within apps, so wiping your phone before you hand it over to its next owner is a must. And don’t forget to back up, so you don’t have to manually re-download hundreds of apps on your new iPhone.
Below is our step-by-step guide to preparing your phone for sale, as well as a few reputable sites that will take it off your hands for top dollar.