iPhone for 65 year old grandma?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Simminie, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Simminie, Dec 6, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2012
    Hello everybody,

    I'm a long term mac convert and only wonder how simple the iphones are to use by those who are a not very tech savy; are they basically the same interface as a ipod touch? I have an android, that I hate and will be trading in for an iphone 5 or 4s, so if it's the same as an itouch then I know it shouldn't be hard for my mom to run one.

    My mom is 65 and really not big on technology, but is getting there. She knows how to use the horrible pc system at her job, and I'm getting her a ipad mini for xmas hoping that she can use it for practice and we'll see about getting her that 4s in the new year.

    Thanks :)

    Also which is better iphone 5 or 4s? I'll be using my for a lot of scheduling/texting/facebooking stuff (basically the general stuff 22 year old grils do) and my mom would use it for simple applications like a learning facebook, phoning people, and learning to text me and my sister (with humorous results).
  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2012
    my grammy is 67 and has a 4s! she loves it. she is on FB allll the time and is taking so many pictures.

    I say go for it!

    It will take her a few weeks to get used to it. but shouldnt be a problem. They are fairly simple devices to operate
  3. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Does she really need a smartphone? My parents are near 65 and both have iPhones. My aunt is over 70 and has more than one smartphone. (she'd fit in around here, actually) I don't think the age matters, just the usage.
  4. yyr
    macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2010
    go for it

    my husband is in his sixties and struggles to write or send an email. he picked up my iphone 3g a couple of years back and used it right off without any help from me. He now carries his own everywhere and loves it. I say go for it.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    It depends on the person.
    Some 65 year olds will have no idea how to even turn it on or make calls and others more tech savy will have no prob using it and even use other features like facebook:D
    You have to ask yourself if she will be ok with it or if it will cause more headaches and aggrevation to her.
    Some folks just want a regural cell with big buttons and very few features.
  6. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    my grandma in her 80s, loves the iphone

    my grandpa in his 70s, can't figure it out
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    Take her to an Apple store to try it out first.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    Depends on if she is "old-fashioned". If she doesn't use things like e-mail or texting then don't waste your time. However if she is willing to "get modern" then I say go for it. My grandma has an android smartphone.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    I got my 72yo grandmother a 4 when I got my 5. If I would have known she would have loved it so much I would have got her the 5 instead.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    both of my parents now have iPhones and both are in there 60's. My father who is not very tech savvy(email, web browsing, solitaire, word, and his client software) he picked up the iPhone very quickly without much help and absolutely loves the iPad we got him last year. My mother is better with technology but only because she has spent lots of time learning and she was able to pickup her iPhone and figure it out pretty quickly.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    I say do it. Never too old for anything as long as you feel good about it.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2012
    i like this thread, its cute lol.

    my parents are near 60 and they love their iphone.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2012
    Considering that the iPhone is designed for 5 and 65 year olds, then yes the iPhone 5 is a good choice.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2012
    lol much better then the thousands of threads about the iPhone screen
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2007
    239 Area, FL
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    My Mom loves her iphone and she is 67. My dad is 69 and he now has his first iphone 4s. He had flip phones and this to him is easier to use. Bigger numbers to call too. My Dad however only uses it for a phone mostly. My mom uses it with a few apps, texting, phone calls.

  18. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2009
    My 77 year old mom is really enjoying her 4S! She recently got an iPad mini as well. I think it's a good choice.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    iPhone is for anyone

    My mum (British) is 65 and has had a 3, 4 and iPhone 5, iPad, MacBook Air, kindle and now a kindle fire hd.

    Gadgets can be loved and useful to any age.
  20. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Anybody who uses a PC should be able to tackle anything.

    Age is relative.
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    Wirelessly posted

    My parents are in their 70's and have an iPod touch and an iPad 2. They love them both although the iPad is easier on the eyes, they still use the iPod, too. An iphone is next when their contract comes up. They hang out with the seniors at McDonald's and most of them have istuff.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2011
    My pop is in his 70's and loves it. Its so simplistic to him.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2008
    Surrey, BC
    Lot's of helpful replies, but no one answered these questions.
    1. It's exactly the same interface as an iPod touch (except that it has the Phone app added)
    2. For what you've mentioned, either the 5 or the 4S would work fine. If you can afford it, though, I recommend the 5 very highly, it is so much better in nearly every respect than the 4S. The best is probably the bigger screen. It's very useful for web browsing, facebook, etc.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2012
    It will take her a few weeks to get used to it.[​IMG]
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2010
    Depends on how she likes the touch screen. She may want a stylus if typing is hard. Apple Stores offer free workshops on how to use iPhones so I'd recommend you taking her to one of those classes too!

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