Or maybe next year. Or maybe never.
From "Apple Is Working on a Hardware Subscription Service for iPhones" posted Thursday on the Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. is working on a subscription service for the iPhone and other hardware products, a move that could make
device ownership similar to paying a monthly app fee, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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 identified because the initiative hasn’t been announced...
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. Nonetheless, the subscription service is still expected to launch at the end of 2022, but could be delayed into 2023 or end up getting canceled, the people said...
In 2015, the company launched the iPhone Upgrade Program, financed through Citizens One Personal Loans, that let users spread the cost of an iPhone over 24 months and upgrade to a new model every 12 months. It also lets Apple Card users divide the cost of an iPhone or Apple Watch over 24 months or an iPad or Mac over 12 months.
My take: Seems like a no-brainer. I fell off the iPhone Upgrade Program when I switched carriers a few years back. I'm ready to climb back on.