Apple still hasn’t confirmed plans for a new 4-inch handset, but if availability for the iPhone 5s is any indication, a redesigned model is right around the corner. If you’re planning to buy a new iPhone and don’t want a big screen, the rumored iPhone SE might be right up your alley.
9to5Mac did some digging and found that the current iPhone 5s is either sold out or nearly sold out at many of the major U.S. retailers and carriers. That includes AT&T and Verizon, with the latter listing the 32GB model as out of stock. The device has completely vanished from Target’s website, multiple versions are sold out at Best Buy, and Walmart is currently selling off what could be the last of its stock through a Rollback promotion.
With the iPhone SE rumored to be just a few weeks away, it’s possible Apple has already stopped production on the iPhone 5s, leaving retailers to ditch whatever stock they have left before the new phone arrives. The upgraded handset is expected to debut later this month at an official event, where we might also see a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands unveiled.
The iPhone SE should be a pretty big upgrade over the iPhone 5s. It allegedly offers Touch ID and NFC for Apple Pay, along with a 12-megapixel rear camera and an A9 processor. All for just $400 off-contract. Based on those rumors, it’s probably worth waiting for the new 4-inch phone, even if you can still somehow get you hands on its aging predecessor.