iPad mini Getting a mini 5 and keeping my 6S till 2021?

pika2000

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Most people care about upgrading their phones. I was planning to upgrade my 6S to the upcoming 2019 iPhone (was planning to do so last year, but iOS12 was a complete surprise and gave new life to my 6S), but Apple released the mini 5, with an A12 to boot.

So I'm thinking of getting the mini 5, while keeping my 6S even longer. In seriousness, I don't even think I need that much power on my phone. My 6S seems to deliver the daily performances just fine. The only issue is its battery life. On the other hand, I would push my iPad more, for productivity, photo/video things, gaming, etc. So I'm thinking that with such powerful iPad, I probably don't really need to upgrade my iPhone, at least until iOS really makes the A9 crawls.

What do you guys think? It definitely saves money as iPhones are more expensive than iPads in general. The only clincher is the 6S battery life, even with a new battery on board, it's still a tiny battery.
 

AutomaticApple

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Most people care about upgrading their phones. I was planning to upgrade my 6S to the upcoming 2019 iPhone (was planning to do so last year, but iOS12 was a complete surprise and gave new life to my 6S), but Apple released the mini 5, with an A12 to boot.

So I'm thinking of getting the mini 5, while keeping my 6S even longer. In seriousness, I don't even think I need that much power on my phone. My 6S seems to deliver the daily performances just fine. The only issue is its battery life. On the other hand, I would push my iPad more, for productivity, photo/video things, gaming, etc. So I'm thinking that with such powerful iPad, I probably don't really need to upgrade my iPhone, at least until iOS really makes the A9 crawls.

What do you guys think? It definitely saves money as iPhones are more expensive than iPads in general. The only clincher is the 6S battery life, even with a new battery on board, it's still a tiny battery.
Keep your iPhone 6S.
 
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Ladybug

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Keep the 6s another year or so, especially if you had the battery changed recently. While the new phones are much faster I doubt you spend any time tapping your foot waiting for your phone to complete a task.
 

pshufd

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I'm doing the same thing except with a 7+ instead of a 6S. I was really hoping that Apple would bring Touch ID back to their phones in the future and that's where I'd upgrade, but, with the Mini 5, I don't see a reason to upgrade.
 
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kindaichi81

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Most people care about upgrading their phones. I was planning to upgrade my 6S to the upcoming 2019 iPhone (was planning to do so last year, but iOS12 was a complete surprise and gave new life to my 6S), but Apple released the mini 5, with an A12 to boot.

So I'm thinking of getting the mini 5, while keeping my 6S even longer. In seriousness, I don't even think I need that much power on my phone. My 6S seems to deliver the daily performances just fine. The only issue is its battery life. On the other hand, I would push my iPad more, for productivity, photo/video things, gaming, etc. So I'm thinking that with such powerful iPad, I probably don't really need to upgrade my iPhone, at least until iOS really makes the A9 crawls.

What do you guys think? It definitely saves money as iPhones are more expensive than iPads in general. The only clincher is the 6S battery life, even with a new battery on board, it's still a tiny battery.
IPhone 6s can certainly be used for another two years or more. I am still using iPhone 6 Plus.
 

Eithanius

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Most people care about upgrading their phones. I was planning to upgrade my 6S to the upcoming 2019 iPhone (was planning to do so last year, but iOS12 was a complete surprise and gave new life to my 6S), but Apple released the mini 5, with an A12 to boot.

So I'm thinking of getting the mini 5, while keeping my 6S even longer. In seriousness, I don't even think I need that much power on my phone. My 6S seems to deliver the daily performances just fine. The only issue is its battery life. On the other hand, I would push my iPad more, for productivity, photo/video things, gaming, etc. So I'm thinking that with such powerful iPad, I probably don't really need to upgrade my iPhone, at least until iOS really makes the A9 crawls.

What do you guys think? It definitely saves money as iPhones are more expensive than iPads in general. The only clincher is the 6S battery life, even with a new battery on board, it's still a tiny battery.
I kept my iPhone 6 with new battery when I got my 2018 iPad last year, and certain the former will be able to last until at least next year...
 

user_xyz

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Most people care about upgrading their phones. I was planning to upgrade my 6S to the upcoming 2019 iPhone (was planning to do so last year, but iOS12 was a complete surprise and gave new life to my 6S), but Apple released the mini 5, with an A12 to boot.

So I'm thinking of getting the mini 5, while keeping my 6S even longer. In seriousness, I don't even think I need that much power on my phone. My 6S seems to deliver the daily performances just fine. The only issue is its battery life. On the other hand, I would push my iPad more, for productivity, photo/video things, gaming, etc. So I'm thinking that with such powerful iPad, I probably don't really need to upgrade my iPhone, at least until iOS really makes the A9 crawls.

What do you guys think? It definitely saves money as iPhones are more expensive than iPads in general. The only clincher is the 6S battery life, even with a new battery on board, it's still a tiny battery.
I love my 6s.
It's in mint condition and does everything I need.
I use my 2 Desktops, 1 laptop and a Mac Mini for everything else!
 
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haruhiko

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I guess iPhone 6s still has about one or two years of support. Anyway for me the iPhone is the most used gadget in my daily life so upgrading it is a priority. If I have extra cash I consider the iPad. If I have even more extra cash I consider the Mac.
 

Josieb1

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I just bought a mini 5. I also have a 6S+. I plan on keeping it for a few years yet. iPhone prices are too high to buy new ones every few years. I’ll get the battery replaced before I think about replacing the phone.
 

tps3443

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I have a iPhone SE it works fine, but It is terrible at doing everything lol. I don’t mind, because my iPad Pro is so awesome. I will probably get a new phone next year. I’m in no rush.

Id love a new iPhone, probably just the original iPhone X would do great. Apple products seem to last a very long time, and they really stand against the test of time. My iPhone SE works as it should, it’s just my iPad makes it feels a little dated.

I think you’ll be fine with a iPhone 6S, and a new iPad.