iPhone 8(+) Anyone keeping their iPhone 8/8+ this year and not upgrading?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by opticflare, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. opticflare macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2013
    This year marks the first year ever I won't be upgrading to the new model. My iPhone 8 Plus is completely paid off, and Apple just replaced the screen for me yesterday with a brand new display. I factory reset my phone yesterday and put it in a brand new case. Almost feels like a new phone. I know the XS and XS Max are superior products, I just can't justify the cost of upgrading to them right now. Also in a way, I think the 8 Plus stands up to the XR in some aspects, such as having a true 1080 display which I mainly use for full HD video and such. I think next year I could make a case for whatever Apple releases, but for now this phone really is a workhorse and just does everything right. Plus, it feels kind of cool to have the last generation model of their 6/6+ design they released in 2014.

    Anyone else doing this?
  2. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    Many people. I tried to upgrade to the max, but I got bad headaches from it. I went from a space gray 8+ to a product red 8+ and feel very pleased. The only thing I really miss from the max is the 6.5” screen. If the 8+ had the same size screen in 1080p lcd I would be thrilled. Camera upgrades don’t really get me too excited.
  3. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    I purchased my 8 last year and I will not be upgrading. My 8 covers all my needs, and it runs well on iOS 12. My phone is used mostly for calls, FaceTime with the kids, text, and maps. Occasionally I use the browser to look up something and I rarely use the camera. I'll save my money and upgrade when or if it becomes necessary.
  4. kawalerzysta macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2013
    Mt Pocono, PA
    At this point I am still leaning towards keeping my 8+. It has few scratches on the screen, but when I did put on screen protector, they got covered up, so all good there. Xs Max has gorgeous display and that would be my only reason to upgrade to it. However connectivity issues mentioned on the forum gave me a pause. I am going to wait and see if the issue is resolved via software. There is also XR, but I have to wait and see how it looks in person. Otherwise I am not really gaining anything from moving to new phone from 8+. It still runs great, display is great and speed wise it is not that far off from Xs Max.
  5. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
  6. tonybarnaby macrumors 65816

    Dec 3, 2017
    Every single person on this forum could go to android and it wouldn’t affect apple one iota. Do what’s best for you.
  7. Vorpal279 macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2011
    Eastern NC
    I upgraded from a 7 to an 8+. Figured it was the best option for me. Gonna hang on to it for a while.
  8. Ebok Suspended

    Aug 22, 2018
    Staying on the 7 plus

    It’s fast on iOS 12 and does everything an Xs can do. Sure the camera might not be as great but the difference is negligible to me.

    I’ll buy a used Xs Max next year for cheap.
  9. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    Maybe not but my choices help me keep food on the table.
  10. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    I'm keeping my iPhone 6+ (on iOS 9) & still not upgrading. Ha!
  11. dotzero123 macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2018
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Trying to not upgrade but not sure how long I can hold out :). Love the look of the XS Max. I'm on a 7 plus (that I love) but do like the idea of getting more real estate and less bezels.
  12. BoxsterRS macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2010
    Keeping my iPhone 8. First time I will keep my phone until it breaks or a decent deal becomes available. It is paid off and does pretty much the same with iOS 12 except for the obvious (camera, FaceID, etc.)
  13. 77sunsetstrip macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2009
  14. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Staying on my 7, which is a replacement from Apple a few months ago so it still is basically as good as new. With how well iOS 12 runs on my old 6S, I could even use that as a daily driver without any problems.
  15. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012
    am going too be staying on the iphone 8 + tell 2019 or 2020 and then upgrade
  16. Bstephens macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
  17. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2012
    Initially I was going to stay with my 8+ but after a week or so decided to IUP to a XS Max. No regrets.
  18. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Ditto and not sure I'll even get the XS max next year - I'll see. Those that did will happy no doubt.
  19. rexboe macrumors regular


    Mar 19, 2012
    I really liked my 8 plus but am on the upgrade program and got a Xs Max. I would not go back live the Max.
  20. KishanKissoon macrumors newbie


    Apr 20, 2018
    This lol. There is no major breakthrough in difference between the 6S and XS. The removal of the fingerprint scanner and headphone jack killed it for me. I will try to stay on the 6s as long as i can and keep saving my money. I already recently got the battery replaced and should last me another 2 solid years.
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I did love the Max until the migraines set in. I have a Product Red 8 Plus I bought to stay with me for the long haul, but I will try the Xr to get the camera improvements. My 8 Plus will still be the device I read my ebooks on and watch movies and videos on when I’m at home on WiFi.

    The Xr will be my phone/text and on-the-go device.

    I’ve not been able to look at the OLED panel on my S9+ since my migraines were triggered into a flareup again. So I have to take it day by day now. For now I’m exclusively on my 8 Plus.

    It’s a great phone, but honestly if my nervous system could have endured, I preferred my Max. It was a beauty and was upgraded in all the right ways and I miss it.
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I would disagree with you, especially considering the augmented reality capabilities, Face ID alone is a ‘game changer’ in the biometric security revolution, and the TrueDepth Camera is setting the groundwork now for what it will be able to incorporate in the future. Maybe those are features that are worth anything to you, but you can’t say those are not break through when compared to the 6S. Otherwise, what do you consider to be ‘breakthrough’ technology?
  23. UnifiedMelody macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2017
    Im paying 64$/month for my iphone 8 plus with 64gb storage and 20gb data... doing the math

    At market value the phone was 1229$ So over 2 years im paying up to 307 only for the carrier usage which is dirt cheap. 1536$/2 year with the phone n data plan.

    An iphone xs/max here at 256gb is nearly 1879-2049$ and that doesnt include the data plan even so that fee goes up higher. Which is why i disnt upgrade due to the amazing offer. Had the 8 plus be a regular deal (85/95$/mth) i may have one uped it. But given phones dont drastically change over the yearly upgrades i find it safe jus to keep the phone you have for two years. And consider if the later ones are needed.

    The only thing i see the xs and xs max over the 8 plus better is the smart hdr in that alone

    But because im a dedicated photographer (i own a dslr) the yearly upgrade isnt necessary for another 2k... most people however might see a benefit as the phone is the only capable camera they carry around alot
  24. RhysoTDI macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2017
    I bought the 8 on launch day last year and was happy with it until all the fuss of the new phones came around this year.

    I caved and bought myself an XS and I'm very happy with it; screen is great, it's super quick and FaceID works well 99% of the time.

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