iPhone 6(S)(+) Fix iPhone 6 screen or upgrade to 8?

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  1. PsychicRutabaga macrumors member

    PsychicRutabaga

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    So after more than 3 years on my beloved iPhone 6, the screen has finally cracked. Now I'm left with the decision of whether to fix it or upgrade. I was kind of hoping to hold on to it until this years models are announced. I'm not very interested in the X due to the many reports I've seen of the display causing eyestrain (I'm a systems admin/programmer so I stare at screens all day and my eyes are sensitive enough as it is). I'm more than happy with the LED display quality and form factor of the 6/6S/7/8 line. Heck, I've transferred back to my old iPhone 5 for the short term, but I do miss touch ID and can't use my Apple Watch with the 5 so this will be a temporary situation.

    Most speculation seems to be that there will be a lower priced LED model in this next year's lineup. It will cost a minimum of around $70 to fix the display on my 6 from a mall kiosk that has fixed my kids phones in the past after their Apple Care expired. Is it worth fixing it and waiting for the new models to come out? The damage to my 6 is not too bad, just two big cracks that divide the screen into 3, so no damage to the frame or touch layer so far as I can tell. If I drop the $70 bones on it, even if I upgrade in the not too distant future, I'll still have a nice 6 as a backup phone. Then again, if the rumors are wrong and/or I'm not impressed, I may wind up getting an 8 anyhow. So why not upgrade now and enjoy a faster phone and better camera? The rest of the family is already on 8/8+ iPhones so I'm the sole holdout. But even then, maybe I'll still want to fix the 6 to use as an iPod and backup device.

    Opinions?
     
  2. JPack macrumors 68040

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    The 6.1" iPhone should impress most iPhone 6 users. The iPhone 8 is expected to be the last generation of devices based on the old form factor. With 3-4 months to go, it doesn't make sense to invest in iPhone 8.
     
  3. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    If you’re comfortable fixing your iPhone with 3rd parties, then just fix it and wait for new iPhones this September. Even if you’re going to buy the 8, wait as it will be cheaper when the new phones are released in September.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I Would repair the iPhone 6 if you’re comfortable spending the money on it. Mainly because when you decide to upgrade, you can do so once the introduce the latest iPhones in the fall. But as someone else alluded to, I would not use a third-party option and allow Apple to make the repair, which they stand behind their warranty and work completed.



    Also, remarking On JPacks post above, The 6.1 iPhone will be the most constrained model in the fall. Mainly because it still going to offer the similar capabilities as the other higher priced iPhones, but at a cheaper price point. Some will see the price tag and realize that they can have face ID at the same time in a new form factor, in which the average consumer likely doesn’t care about an OLED display, lack of 3D Touch, ect. But I also think it depends how Apple is marketing these three new iPhones in the fall.
     
  5. PsychicRutabaga thread starter macrumors member

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    So is the expectation that all new models will use the new form factor with Face ID and get rid of the home button? That may have just made the decision for me. I have no interest in Face ID or the newer form factor so I'll be shopping for an 8 and plan to keep it for at least 3 years. Thanks for the responses everyone.
     
  6. apolloa macrumors G4

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    I would fix the 6 either way, you will have a back up device then which is always good and saves any chance of the phone ending up in a landfill.

    As for upgrade or wait. Well new iPhones will definitely be launched in September as they do every year. I don’t know if they’ll impress you or not though? I can’t see much changing with the X, the X Plus will just be a big screen version.
    The 6.1” is the newby we can only speculate about really. All the rumours say is it’ll be around 6” and have an LCD screen.
     
  7. Reverend Benny macrumors member

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    I agree with @apolloa also iOS12 will run on it and also seem to have improvements in speed on older devices.
    I just swapped from a 6S to an 8 cuz I had to when the repaircenter wrecked my phone when changing batteries, now they want to sent it away for repairs and I need a phone.
    The 8 is heavy wheightwise compared to the 6S and even heavier than the 6, I don't se that much of an improvement to be honest.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Face ID is Apple’s new vision, which Tim Cook openly admitted. The home button will likely be obsolete at one point, being it still survives currently with the iPad and iPhone SE. But Apple is now expanding on to three iPhone models, eventually the iPad will likely also rid the home button as well. Even if someone were still to purchase the iPhone 8, you could still expect at least four years of iOS support, but that’s likely the last model iPhone that will incorporate the home button.
     

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