Anyone else only get the S series?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Elastic Love, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Elastic Love macrumors member

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    I'm upgrading from the 5S to the 6s+ with an expected delivery date of 10/14. Previously I had the 4S. It's funny because the 4S and 5S are the best selling phones in Apple history and so far as the best longevity. I feel like the new series phones are only for trial purposes whereas the S series it's perfected. I mean the 6S has Force Touch! The 5S had a finger print sensor and twice the speed.

    The next phone I get of course will be the 7S or whatever they call it. I will not be guinea pig for the 7. Now everyone is wanting the 6S! It just cooler I guess.

    Anyone else on the same upgrade path?
     
  2. Tubamajuba macrumors 68000

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    I've never had an "s series" phone before, so this will be my first. There seems to be bigger issues with the non-S models- Antennagate on the 4 wasn't a big deal for me because I used a case, but I had to get my iPhone 5 replaced twice due to failing power buttons and my iPhone 6 replaced twice due to an obstructed front camera. Thankfully, I never had issues with the anodized bezel on the 5 and bending with my 6. The "s" models seem to fix the major issues, so I think I'll stay on this upgrade plan.
     
  3. Nachi macrumors newbie

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    My first smartphone was a 4s and I shifted to a Nexus 5. I wanted to get a feel of Android and I did like my Nexus phone but I prefer iPhone a little better. But now its time for a upgrade, so I pre-ordered the iPhone 6s 64GB (silver). So I guess I'm on the same boat with buying the S series. :)
     
  4. seamusk macrumors member

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    Yep i'm on the same cycle. And yes partially due to the fact that the s-series seem to be more stable functionality wise. Though, they do introduce new features they tend to be smaller overall increments which I think helps. And I can't afford annual buys...
     
  5. AdamantAuk macrumors newbie

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    This will be my first S-cycle iPhone after having owned the 4 and 5. Along with the benefits others have mentioned, I also like the idea that I can have a case for my phone when it comes instead of having to take whatever rush-job cases are available when the brand new design comes out on the number-cycle phones.

    I hope it ends up being true that the 6s will fit in many of the 6 cases, or I'll have to find some other reasons to justify my switch to the S-cycle
     
  6. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    This is a really good point. I'm a male and when I got my 6+, the only case that wasn't sold out everywhere I looked was a baby blue striped Kate Spade case. I actually really loved it but I was the subject of many jokes and comments. I got my Otterbox Defender and that seemed to shut everyone up.
     
  7. semicoln macrumors member

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    My first iPhone was the iPhone 5. I had to replace it 4 times in the first month for bezel and other problems before I got a good one. It was a good phone for about 14 months until the battery life went to crap. Then I switched back to Android. I've heard from other people that their best iPhones have been S models so I'm jumping back in now with the first S model that has the larger screen sizes that I've come to like. I'll probably stick to S models from here forward.
     
  8. Macsidia macrumors regular

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    I'm techinically S-Cycle upgrader with the exception of choosing a Galaxy S4 instead of a 5s, Previously held 4s & 3GS.
     
  9. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    The S is the later, more refined, familiar device with more features.....so no **** that it's going to be better. That shouldn't stop you from enjoying the number-cycle devices.

    One thing to remember with Apple is things rarely get worse.
     
  10. Slicktype macrumors 6502

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    I have been upgrading yearly since my first iPhone which was an iPhone 4.
    There are too many differences with each generation that I feel that each upgrade is quite significant than previous generation.
    Also, I just like to have the newest and greatest iPhone, so why not ?!?! ....
    I look at it as a way to treat myself.
     
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  12. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I believe that the iPhone 5 has had the best longevity of any iPhone up to the 6S. It's 32Bit and so has more free RAM than the 5S, 6 and 6+. The processor and GPU have handled iOS7, 8 and now 9 at least as well as any of the other phones and when it comes to bang for the buck it trumps them all. Providing no hardware faults occurred, the i5 lasted three full years with no real downturn in performance. In fact in general it performs better on iOS8 than the 6+. No lag, no app/tab reloading to speak of, no freezing, no crashing and no silly 'the website had to be reloaded' messages. I wish I had kept mine for another year and gone straight to the 6S for a proper upgrade.

    The 6S will be the first monumental iPhone upgrade since the iPhone 5. Usually though I would say that the non-S models are preferable. The i4 was a much better phone than the 3GS and the i5 was a much better phone than the 4S. It was only the iPhone 6 that broke the mould and handed the title without any doubt to the 6S. Aside from the bigger screens and the battery life of the 6+, the 6 Series was a dreadful release.
     
  13. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    Nearly everything you said was purely anecdotal and opinionated and I'd like to say that I disagree completely. Please don't state your opinions as fact, when in fact, they are not.
     
  14. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    To all of you - what do you think should be the life of your phone purchase? Should it be driven by newer phones, IOS upgrades or ???

    The main reason I am on the "S" cycle is because I happen to purchase my phone with 2 year contract that seems to fall near or around release of newer S models. So, if I upgrade, its because I have had the phone at least 2 years. What say you folks?

    Oh and Dustin, I am surprised no one jumped on your comment about Apple -
    "One thing to remember with Apple is things rarely get worse." I don't think many Mac Mini or for that matter some Mac Pro folks would agree with you. Then again, dropping Aperture, and some other software changes do merit a big "why" question mark on Apple's part (grin).
     
  15. blueflower macrumors 6502

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    The S cycle is the most logical for me as well. I have the 5s and I am hoping it lasts until I get the 7s lol.
     
  16. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    Fair enough. I should have clarified; as far as hardware goes, things rarely get worse. :)
     
  17. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Just giving you a tease of a bad time. Truth is Apple does more "good stuff" than bad stuff as compared to many competitors.
     
  18. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    That's true. I had to think about how I worded my original post very carefully. I knew if I said "never" instead of rarely, people would jump all over that.
     
  19. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    OK then, so saying that the S models are better isn't anecdotal? How waa the 5S better than the i5? It got Touch ID, a slightly better camera and a speed increase that practically nobody could notice. The preceding i5, however, had more free RAM and still had more free RAM than the iPhone 6. Therefore, it was a better cycle to be on than the 5S.
     
  20. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    I'll start by saying no, it's not anecdotal, it's opinionated.

    Now then, it really depends on how you define better. I deem having Touch ID as making the 5s better. That is my opinion (and not my anecdote).

    You seem confused. Whether the RAM is "free" or not is irrelevant, because RAM is extremely dynamic, volatile, and is accessed randomly (hence the whole "random access" part). If you have a phone with 1GB of RAM, then it has 1GB of RAM in a powered-off state. When it is powered-on and being used the amount of "free" RAM changes and it does so very often during its time powered-on, so your whole argument is completely without logic.

    Now, if you had used some actual evidence (I know, scary) AND had said that ON AVERAGE, a stock, powered-on iPhone 5 uses less memory than a stock, powered-on iPhone 6, that would have been a valid argument that I and likely others would be willing to accept. Much to your chagrin, you have done neither of those.
     
  21. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I didn't want to get into the whole RAM thing again so I just said 'free RAM' as essentially there is more available for apps and browser tabs etc. I am fully aware of how it works.

    Back to the S Cycle being better thing...How was getting a 3GS and remaining with it for a whole year when the iPhone 4 came out a better cycle to be on? How was having the 4S for a whole year when the iPhone 5 came out a better cycle to be on? Both the i4 and the i5 were huge improvements over the preceding phones. The first time the S cycle genuinely makes sense is with the upcoming 6S because the 6+ was an awful product, and the i6 a lacklustre affair. I would sooner have been on the i5 to 6S cycle and skipped those duffers.

    You could argue that each new iPhone is better than the last but that was clouded with the 5S because Apple were stingy with RAM when they moved to 64Bit devices. (Yeah TouchID but I never even used that feature on my 6+ so I don't deem it preferable to having 'more' RAM). Likewise with the i6 and 6+, were they really better than the 5S apart from the bigger screens and the slow uptake Apple Pay?
     
  22. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    You have demonstrated that the opposite is true.

    ALL opinion!
     
  23. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Erm, I was under the impression that we all understand how 32Bit and 64Bit devices utilise RAM. I have talked at length in many threads about RAM and am kinda sick of regurgitating the same old spiel, so I assumed that everyone would understand what I meant when I said 'free RAM'...but you had to get pedantic. If you doubt me then trawl through my post history and find a post where I have gone into it at length.

    As for my other points being opinion, yeah they are. As are those of the folk who say the S Cycle is better. I don't believe that it is, at all, other than the upcoming 6S which rights a few wrongs that have existed for two generations now.
     
  24. DustinDev47 macrumors 6502

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    Then don't state it otherwise.
     
  25. snow755 macrumors 6502a

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    am going too do a early pay off of my AT&T samsung note 5 and get me the phone 6S i love the S-cycle
     

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