How many Generations do people wait?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Adam-, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm just wondering how long people tend to wait before they upgrade their iDevices? I know it will probably be an accelerated rate on MR. I know that people will say until a good update comes along, I suppose I was interested in what people thought were good upgrades.

    I got an iPhone 4 two years ago and am coming up for a renewal but am not really too fussed about iPhone 5/5S/Plus decision. Also my iPad 2 is still going strong but with iPad 5 rumours about iPad mini design and possibly getting a cellular data. Having said that EE offers tethering so not sure there is alot of point.

    Anyway would be interesting if you guys could post your upgrade timelines and why you upgraded?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Really depends on the person.

    Majority of my friends upgrade after a few years. Some of my friends upgrade every other generation (like 3G->4->5). Another friend and I pretty much upgrade every year.

    My friend and I are "technology people" and we like having the latest tech, hence why we upgrade every year.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    I go every other generation, I'm a student.
    I've had the 3G, then a 4, which broke so I got a 3GS secondhand. Then I got a 4S and now I'm offloading that to my mum for a 5.

    If I could, I would go every generation, but I love my tech.
    I bought my girlfriend a 4S for Christmas&Birthday present, she had a VERY damaged 3GS and had no intentions of upgrading.

    Its all personal I guess. I know a guy who uses a 1st gen because "It suits him"
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2012
    Honestly I had my first iPhone when 4 was released. Now I have the 5 and will be waiting for the 6! Hopefully it impresses me because iOS is pretty plain. I wouldn't bother with the 'S' series because its mostly updates like camera pixels.. Etc.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    I upgrade every gen and have since the first iPhone.
  6. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Depends on who you ask. It's typically every other generation for me and my wife.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I upgrade whenever my 2 year contract is up, so that means every generation so far!
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2008
    3G. Then a month after the 4 came out I was eligible for upgrade. Then the 5.

    Want the subsidy, rather than the bother of selling my old phone to make up for the subsidy.
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I've gone 3G, 4, 5. I wouldn't mind selling to cover the cost difference of upgrading without a subsidy, but it would have to be for truly new functionality. So far, none of the S upgrades have seemed that interesting.
  10. macrumors 601


    Nov 15, 2012
    Every gen... I just sell to get money back and keep the S series

    2G- eBay keeping it
    3GS- eBay keeping it
    4- sold to buy 4S
    4S- keeping it
    5- will sell to get 5S
    5S- keeping it

    As u can see, just roll the money and ur set :D
  11. macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2009
    I know lots of people that upgrade whenever their upgrade through their carrier rolls around (so it ends up being every other iPhone model).

    Personally, I upgrade yearly because I like having new technology. I just sell the old one to either offset the cost of the new one (during a year when I don't have an upgrade available) or completely pay for the new one (during a year when I do have an upgrade available).
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Still using the 3GS. Waiting for the iPhone 7. #true story
  13. macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    I don't wait. I upgrade every year because I can (have enough phones on my account to do so). Why wait when you don't have to?
    Ummmmmm yeah... iPhone is updated every year, not two.
  14. macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2007
    I bought my first iPhone (a 3gs) second hand a little over a year ago. I was prepared to buy the 5 when it came out, but I didn't like the fact that bands of 4g varied from country to country depending on where you bought the phone.

    As a frequent budget oriented world traveler it bothered me enough to step back a reevaluate if I REALLY needed a new phone. Since I would be needing to buy it unlocked, the answer ended up being no. I'll use that money buying a Mac mini server and setting up a media center instead.

    I think that inside the US it's a lot easier to justify more frequent upgrades because you're just so used to being on contract anyways. It's much more common in Australia to be pay as you go so you don't get the subsidy.

    But that's ok, I probably spend less than $20 a month for my phone bill! If I wanted I could get unlimited texts and minutes, and 4gb data for $40, I cringe thinking what I'd have to pay back home...
  15. macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Feel sorry for the one that always wait, and in the end they never get anything other than reading reviews years after years!
  16. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    Every other generation, but then I only got my first Apple product two year ago, an iphone 4 in January 2011 and just upgraded to the 5.
  17. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    2G - birthday present
    3G - upgraded solely for storage
    4 - 2 year upgrade
    5 - 2 year upgrade

    I think it pretty silly to upgrade every year, my previous phones go to my GF for PAYG usage.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Upgrade my phone each time a new one comes but not so quick with everythings else as still have an 2010 Imac & 2 x ATV2 & Ipad 2
  19. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2012
    got the 4 upgraded to the 5 (so 2 years)

    but not sure about when my contract is up in 2014, may have moved to a samsung by then :rolleyes:
  20. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Two generations, since I have a two year contract with Verizon, and generally I'm more than satisfied with my phone for two generations.

    Also, usually in two generations the jump to the new phone is fun because of the upgrades, additions and new features which occur after two generations.:D
  21. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Depends on features. My two dumb phones before iPhone 4, I had for 5 yrs, and 3 yrs, keeping them til they broke.

    iPhone 4, I sold for $220... which paid for iPhone subsidy + part of accessories. It was so cheap I would have been a fool to resist.

    Many on the 4S I know, have no plan to upgrade for the foreseeable future, not interested in anything 5 or 5S might offer. Already has fast dual core SOC, great camera, good small fit in hand size, fast 8-10mbps 4G/HSPA+ data speed. There's really no reason to move on.
  22. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    Oradea (BH), Romania
    Original iPhone (August 2007)
    iPhone 3GS (March 2010)
    iPhone 4 (October 2010)
    iPhone 5 (November 2012)
    Next Upgrade : 2014 launch day.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Bel Air, CA
    Or they don't waste their lives reading online reviews and nonsense posts about products they have no intention of buying.
  24. macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    Yea true, but if you were reading the first post it has nothing to do with the one that doesnt have intention of buying! Boom headshot? Amirire? I didnt know that waiting for the next generation was the intention of not buying!
  25. macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Bel Air, CA
    Ok... :confused:

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