First Post...Is my iPhone 5 a dinosaur now?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Gincoma, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. Gincoma, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    Gincoma macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    I switched to apple a month ago and Im very pleased with it in fact I love my iPhone 5 I will never go back only regret is I didnt switch it sooner. My question is the technology in my current phone going to last me lets say 5 years or do I have to upgrade to new technology (when people with analog phones had to go to digital? I only ask cause the new phone is going to a 64 bit vs current 32 bit. Im happy with my iPhone 5 and have no need to switch. Thanks you fellas
  2. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    An extinct one at that! ;)
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    No, of course not..Apart from the extra "grunt" the new CPU gives the 5S and the extra camera and fingerprint features, the 5 is still a perfectly capable device. I'm skipping the 5S and sticking with mine. It will work just fine under IOS7.
  4. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    The fact that it is now discontinued bothers me! Even though I know my phone is a good phone it still bugs me! But anyways it will last you a while, there is no need to upgrade because the iPhone 5 is still a really good phone!! The fingerprint reader is hype, the camera isn't the biggest improvement either!
  5. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    You normally get 1 major OS upgrades and 1-2 minor OS upgrades with an iphone. iOS 7 is your major upgrade. Probably iOS 8 is going to give you very few new features next time around except compatibility with newer third party apps. So each iphone is basically good for 2 years, after that you get few features but at that point you're able to upgrade to a new iphone with a subsidized price.

    That being said, there are plenty of people rocking 3 year old iphone 4's and are happy.
  6. Gincoma thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Awesome with the quick responses guys glad I joined this forum. For some reason its bothering me with the new 64 bit while I maintain the current 32 bit, the other new features don't concern me at all. I just dont want to have to get a new phone just cause technology wont allow it and I assume in future all smart phones will go to 64 bit versions
  7. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Just think of it this way! Apple comes out with new phones every year. So really we are always going to be in the same boat! To buy a phone every year seems unnecessary unless you can get an upgrade!
  8. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    having seen the new features and specs. im completely happy with my 5 until the 6 comes along. There isnt a single feature which would draw me to the 5S atm
  9. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Given how much the 5C is, I'm actually in the market for a 'new' 5 (or barely used), because it's a beautiful phone with the same power for likely less money. So, no, in the end, I believe your phone is perfectly acceptable. You still have the same tech as a current gen phone. That's awesome!
  10. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    Still a very capable and fast phone. I've upgraded every year since owning the 3G but I'm comfortable skipping the 5s.
  11. Gincoma thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    Its my first Apple product and want to keep it as long as possible. Just bought a Macbook Pro w/retina display and totally happy. Next is a iPad :cool:
  12. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Me too :) bought a MacBook and the iPhone 5 just recently but like I said it bugs me that our phones are now considered extinct dinosaurs lol
  13. davehutch macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2009
    Croxley, Herts
    Your iPhone 5 hasn't been's just been covered in plastic and called the 5C!
    You're lucky enough to have a beautiful alumium version :)
  14. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    Nope, if anything you should be happy with it, the 5S is a meager spec bump at best, aside from the fingerprint sensor there's no real change, sure the A7x but I mean I have yet to see a game that actually challenges the A7 at all!
  15. bjb.butler macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    Southern California
    5 years? Not gonna be a desirable choice in 5yrs... It'll still function, just won't be able to run (then) current software.

    I'd say with a smartphone these days, it's a good idea to upgrade every 2~3 years.
  16. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    There are already a few threads around here on the same discussion.

    YOU have control how long it lasts.

    In these waters we got the America's Cup going. They are racing on these AC72 (72 foot) catamarans that can go up to 40+ knots. Their previous boats was the AC45, about 1/2 as fast, then before that they raced on 12 meters mono hulls, again slower.

    So is your 12 meters outdated? YES if you bought the boat for racing purposes, but if u bought it just for cruising around, your 12 meter is still good.

    So... what you intend to do with the phone?
  17. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I've got a 5 and honestly you'll be happy with it for another 12-24 months, depending on your "New Phone OCD" levels!
  18. PaulOBrain macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2013
    Yep its an obsolete piece of junk now. You MUST get rid of it and either go with a 5S, 5C or 4S because thats only what Apple sells now.
  19. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Lol nice reverse psychology! :p
  20. lmddawson macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2011
    I have a 64gb 5 and I actually don't feel the need to jump on the 5S ship. The 5 is everything I need and more, never run into a situation where I needed more processor power, the 5 is a beast as it is.
    24 month contract ends August 2014, roll on the 6 (the real upgrade)
  21. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    The iPhone 5 is certainly not a dinosaur. It will be a perfectly good phone for the next couple of years. However I would not really be expecting it to last five years, two to three possibly four, but not five.
  22. abz1981 macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2011
    I am happy with my i5 too right now. No plans to upgrade it to the i5S or to downgrade it to the lower spec i5C.

    Only thing to do before the end of the year for me is to buy Apple care and thats my phone covered for another year under the warranty. I like my amazing I5 as it is, and with IO7 it will be fully complete like a new phone with the new OS :)
  23. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    The fingerprint reader is an amazing useful addition and the 5S camera, flash etc are much better than those found on the iPhone 5. Fact.
  24. ghsNick macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2010
    This is probably the first time an iPhone 5 person shouldn't upgrade. Very minor hardware changes, the software is what's important.

    I'm considering it because Gazelle is giving me $335 for my 32Gb and I can get the 5C (same phone) for $199.

    I still haven't decided if I'm going to do it but its basically like if be making $100 after taxes.
  25. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Nah, the 5S is mostly marketing. You are getting a nicer camera, which I like and is arguably the most compelling upgrade, although I don't particularly know just how much it was upgraded. Other than that you get a fingerprint sensor that is VERY limited for the time being and foreseeable future. Other than that all the other marketing checkpoints are exactly that, just marketing and not something that you will miss or would be useful to you if you had a 5S over a 5.

    As for software upgrades, Apple seems pretty generous. The vanilla non S iphone 4 is getting ios7, that's pretty generous, heck my old 4 chokes on ios 6 so I'm not sure how it would run ios7, but I appreciate that they are offering it. The 4 is 3 upgrade cycles ago, so I would say you can be pretty comfortable with 2 more upgrade cycles at the minimum, and even after that if you are ok with running an older OS, which honestly who cares? No I'd say you are just fine, save your money.

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