iPhone 7(+) Currently own a 7 Plus with failing battery. Repair and wait for 2020 or replace with 11 now?

zinterz

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I’m in a bit of a predicament. My iPhone 7 Plus needs a new battery. I can do one of two things:

I could buy a new battery and hope that nothing fails for a year and get the 2020 iPhone, whilst selling the iPhone 7 Plus for approximately £130 at the same time (based on current prices for 6 Plus) This purchase would be in time for my honeymoon in October 2020.

Alternatively I could sell the iPhone 7 Plus now for £180 and get the iPhone 11 (Pro is too much). However this would mean I would need to make this last for a while (approx. 3 years) as I don’t have the freedom to upgrade iPhone every year now that I have a mortgage and other expenses. I would also miss out on the rumoured huge changes coming in the 2020 phones.

I’m torn. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

internetrando

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Just replace the battery if your current phone works for you and you want to wait and see what the big reveal is.

I could recommend that you look at a refurbished X from Apple if the finances work and you are dying for an upgrade.
 
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macher

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I’m in a bit of a predicament. My iPhone 7 Plus needs a new battery. I can do one of two things:

I could buy a new battery and hope that nothing fails for a year and get the 2020 iPhone, whilst selling the iPhone 7 Plus for approximately £130 at the same time (based on current prices for 6 Plus) This purchase would be in time for my honeymoon in October 2020.

Alternatively I could sell the iPhone 7 Plus now for £180 and get the iPhone 11 (Pro is too much). However this would mean I would need to make this last for a while (approx. 3 years) as I don’t have the freedom to upgrade iPhone every year now that I have a mortgage and other expenses. I would also miss out on the rumoured huge changes coming in the 2020 phones.

I’m torn. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
It’s about $50 US to get a battery replacement. If your 7+ is working good besides the battery and you’re happy with it why would you upgrade?

I have an 8 non plus and I’m very happy with it. If it needed a battery I would spend $50 and not upgrade. I prefer the form factor on the 6/7/8 chassis.
 
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gigatoaster

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Hello

Change the battery: it gives you enough month to save money to buy the high end iPhone from 2020. I changed recently the battery on my 6S I feel it is as new as when I bought it. Just wait for 13.1, though.
 

zinterz

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May 11, 2015
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Just replace the battery if your current phone works for you and you want to wait and see what the big reveal is.

I could recommend that you look at a refurbished X from Apple if the finances work and you are dying for an upgrade.
It’s about $50 US to get a battery replacement. If your 7+ is working good besides the battery and you’re happy with it why would you upgrade?

I have an 8 non plus and I’m very happy with it. If it needed a battery I would spend $50 and not upgrade. I prefer the form factor on the 6/7/8 chassis.
Hello

Change the battery: it gives you enough month to save money to buy the high end iPhone from 2020. I changed recently the battery on my 6S I feel it is as new as when I bought it. Just wait for 13.1, though.
Sounds like a lot of you reckon battery and wait. I’m just worried that the phone could fail and that would put me out of pocket considerably... thanks for the help so far! 😊
 

macher

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Sounds like a lot of you reckon battery and wait. I’m just worried that the phone could fail and that would put me out of pocket considerably... thanks for the help so far!
Why would the phone fail?
 

yellowdoor

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Age is a main factor for me. I suppose having previously worked for Apple on the Genius Bar, I’ve seen my fair share of failures after 2-3 years...
My darned 5s is still working great (besides being slow and battery life of course). I’ve certainly known people that have broken their iPhones from dropping but failure seems pretty unlikely in the next year. It’s just not that old. If your happy wait! I’m unhappy so stuck buying.
 

zinterz

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My darned 5s is still working great (besides being slow and battery life of course). I’ve certainly known people that have broken their iPhones from dropping but failure seems pretty unlikely in the next year. It’s just not that old. If your happy wait! I’m unhappy so stuck buying.
I don’t think I could have survived with a 5S nowadays - kudos! I think I’m going to get a battery replacement and see how it goes. Thanks for the help, all.
 
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Arndroid

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It’s about $50 US to get a battery replacement. If your 7+ is working good besides the battery and you’re happy with it why would you upgrade?

I have an 8 non plus and I’m very happy with it. If it needed a battery I would spend $50 and not upgrade. I prefer the form factor on the 6/7/8 chassis.
7 plus can’t be much different size than an 11. 6s plus is basically same size as iPhone 11.
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Hello

Change the battery: it gives you enough month to save money to buy the high end iPhone from 2020. I changed recently the battery on my 6S I feel it is as new as when I bought it. Just wait for 13.1, though.
I went from 6s plus to 11 and it is an absolutely earth shaking difference.
 

Bonut88

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I had a 7+ also. Worked fine except for the battery was at 76%. I thought about just getting it relaxed but ended up upgrading instead. Mainly because I would get super annoyed at the lack of True Tone when switching from my iPad to my phone lol.
 

Hustler1337

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Get a replacement battery and be stress-free for the next year. I'm still using my 6 Plus in 2019 (which I am looking to replace very soon) but your 7 Plus easily has some muscle in it to get it through to next year.
 

EugW

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7 plus can’t be much different size than an 11. 6s plus is basically same size as iPhone 11.
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I went from 6s plus to 11 and it is an absolutely earth shaking difference.
The 6s Plus and 7 Plus are the same size, and both are bigger than the 11 in terms of height and width. The 11 is thicker though.