Apple upgrading iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S for a fee?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rogeliojeda, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. rogeliojeda macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2011
    I was daydreaming today and came to this conclusion, would be possible that Apple upgrade our iPhone 4 to an iPhone 4S? be this I mean that we only take our iPhone 4 to an apple store and they for a fee upgrade the A4 chip to A5? And with a little luck maybe a little more RAM. Lately I’ve been thinking that theres no need to have a new iPhone and that if Apple is going just to release a minor update, why spend more than we have to? I know nobody will force us to buy the newest phone on the market, but that would be great.
    Spending 100 bucks for a upgrade like that would be great.
    And remember, Apple has already send to developers an iPhone 4 with the A5 chip, so its possible.
  2. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
  3. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    While your day dreaming, why can't Apple just upgrade the iPhone 3GS's screen to the same Retina Display that the iPhone 4 uses at the store for a small fee, I mean their both the same 3.5" screen right?

    Or why can't they just convert my Black iPhone 4 to a White model, I mean why spend more money than I have to if all they can do is just swap the casing, simple right.


    You just joined and I already want to add you to my ignore list.
  4. Paratel macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2005
    Somewhere in the US
    That's what she said...

    Sorry couldn't resist.
  5. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    Because even if they use the same type of logic board and the only upgrade is a faster processor. Doing that upgrade on old iPhones would involve desoldering and soldering a new chip on something that most people at the genius bar can't do. Plus there probably will be a lot more changes besides just the processor.
  6. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    Apple would never do that.. too much to lose lol nobody wake this guy up.
  7. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Have they done this in the past? No. It doesn't make sense business wise and is just a fantasy and unfortunately Apple doesn't go off customer fantasies or else my iPhone would be powered by unicorn blood and never need to be charged.
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I lol'd :)

    OP, you must have never taken an iPhone apart. It is that hard and it's not going to happen. This isn't like you open a Mac and take out some memory and the CPU by opening some clips. They are soldered on in the iPhone.

    Edit: Or just read mrkramers more eloquent version of the above. :)
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Usually when I daydream I try not to mix it with meth or draino.... What possible motivation would Apple have for doing this? Thinking you're going to be able to purchase two phones for $300 is just....just....well, it's not happening.
  10. Biolizard, Jun 24, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011

    Biolizard macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    Any money saved by replacing only the logic board in the iPhone 4 rather than the entire device would be lost to the cost of labour. Wages in developed countries are higher than where the iPhone is assembled (notice how it's often cheaper to just buy a new, let's say, washing machine, rather than get someone to fix it); the guy or girl who does the actual work to your phone behind the scenes in the Apple Store doesn't come cheap. Plus Apple has to put in place the resources to do this, which also costs.

    Overall, you'd probably end up paying more than if you just bought a new iPhone.
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You answered your own question, you were daydreaming.
    Now wake up back to reality:D
  12. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Dude, that's NEVER gonna happen. Apple will never be that generous lol. Keep dreamin'.
  13. smoge macrumors regular


    Jun 14, 2011
    that is about the most crazy thing ive heard, like really crazy!
  14. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    It'll never happen.

    But perhaps someday – maybe when China decides to play hardball – upgrades will be offered to recover the rare elements from the old phones...
  15. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    He, he,..... might be best to just go back to sleep. :(

    Next time you wake up maybe you will be thinking a bit clearer.
  16. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    You can rest assured the upgrade will cost something on the order of $600 off contract and $200 with renewal :D
  17. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The circuit boards are machine assembled; humans can't do work that fine.

    Even 20 years ago IBM would not repair motherboards; they simply replaced them since it cost more to find out what was wrong with it than to replace it. It is not just the cost of finding out what's wrong with it, it is the cost of fixing it, which may not be possible if something is blown where it can't be fixed.

    I can't picture anyone who works at an Apple store having the skill to take apart a circuit board and change something. This is not to be derogatory of the Apple store people. The Apple store people can do diagnostics and upgrade memory, but most repairs go out of the store anyway.

    If they did offer upgrades, they would simply replace the whole thing with a new phone.

    I doubt they repair iPhones in the apple store - it goes to a central place where they can do it.
  18. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    It's not rude to be blunt about the situation. Also, why are you asking questions that defy common sense? Maybe you're trolling.
    Daydream all you want, but understand that it's not going to happen. We have a better chance of seeing an 8" ipad than the unrealistic fantasy you dreamed up.
  19. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Mabye they can do this upgrade OTA (over the air):eek:
  20. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
  21. FX4568 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    Its called sell your iphone 4 in craigslist for at least 300 dollars and buy the iphone 5 for 300 dollars.
  22. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America

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