How long do you expect the iPhone 6/6+ to live?

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  1. Nouritta115 macrumors member

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    Hey there, hope your day is going well :D.


    So while I wait here for my iPhone (6, space gray) to arrive, I am just going to envy everyone who has had their iPhone(s) for a couple months.

    Short thread; Do YOU think this iPhone (6/6+) will live for 3-4 years-- perhaps more-- like past devices? Why or why not?

    Long thread;
    Warning: Don't read unless you want to know my life details xD or you get easily bored.

    One of the (main) reasons I'm switching to iPhone is the-- longevity, I mean the first iPhone my dad got (the 3G I believe?) Is still alive xD! I mean except the fact that it is soooo slow, but I mean I am amazed.

    My dad's 4 is also as good as new; He was going to get the iPhone 6+ but shyed away from the 5.5" "phablet". Except the fact that he has shattered the screen a few times, it's still smooth and good.

    Since we don't have on contract phones and we have to pay the full price, the iPhone 6 (64 GB) is about 7k (LE- Egyptian pounds.) And since I'm still a high school student that also means my parents are paying a huge percentage for that phone. That also means I am stuck with this phone for 4 years, maybe more, probably never less xD

    So do I need to start saving up or do you expect it to live as long as the past models?

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    This is purely out of boredom and curiosity. I should be studying. Shhh.
     
  2. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    I don't see why it wouldn't last several years like the iPhone 3G. Especially since Apple will still service the 7 year old iPhone 3G in their stores, that means no matter what happens to your 6/6 Plus, we can assume Apple will fix it at least until 2021.
     
  3. KdParker macrumors 601

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    If you wanted to, you could keep this phone for at least another 5 -7 years before it will become unusable on whatever version of i0S that will be out.

    If you don't update the i0S, I imagine you could keep it longer.
     
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Congratulations on your new phone. Yes, I think it should last you quite a while. After a couple years, it might be noticeably slower than the then current phones, but it should still work. Right now it's one of the fastest iOS devices ever, only iPad air 2 is slightly faster. Plus, the improvements in phone speeds may start to slow down as we have very mature products at this time.

    You made a good choice as the fastest iPhone now will have the best chance to serve you longer. Enjoy your iPhone 6 and let us know what you think.
     
  5. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    I think it will have the least longevity of any of the last three iPhones. They all share the same 1GB of RAM and future iPhones are going to get more. Sure Apple will still 'support' the i6 and 6+ like they have with previous releases, but these phones were lacking in RAM from the get go, let alone in future revisions of iOS.
     
  6. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    They still do? Wow, I'm glad to know that. Thank you ^-^.


    Now I just wanna do my best to live with it for 5-7 years since you mentioned it.. for no apparent reason xD

    But since you mentioned the iOs, I did have a question about that. I understand that Apple offers update for most of it's iPhones, so when do I stop updating? As I have noticed, no one ever said that for example when iOs 71871 comes out, apple says "iPhone's older than (model) this update is not recommended for them"

    Thank you! I'm glad I ended up getting the 6 (and having to wait quite a bit instead of the 5s. I have a Samsung s3 mini so the size difference wouldn't be that much between that and the 5S, so I decided to go with the latest (and the bigger) device, so I'll hopefully use it for as long as possible.

    I'll be sure to update when I get it ^-^. Thank you.


    I am not sure I'm that concerned about RAM nowadays, since I am just a kind of person that uses WhatsApp, visits tumblr, twitter, instagram often through the day, and browse the web a bit at night. So I am quite sure I'll live with the RAM with the current iOs with the iPhone 6. (Tried a friend's device for a bit, no lag with my usage so I think I am fine xD.)

    But you made me think again about the same question. When do I stop updating the iOs? When is my device not going to be able to be as good as new?

    Thank you ^-^.
     
  7. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Mine will live in my hands exactly until the 6S Plus arrives.

    But in all reality these phones could last a real long time if you don't need the latest and greatest. 5 years would be very doable.
     
  8. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you say that because the 6S is expected to have a higher RAM, better camera, and such?

    Or because that's how often you change your phone?

    I just think that lately there's not as much advancement as there was before, when everything was new, and everything was foreign. But now? Is it really worth it to change the phone every year? From your experience?

    Thank you ^-^.
     
  9. noobinator macrumors 601

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    It's worth it if you must have the latest and greatest. So I buy every year no matter what. If you don't need the latest and greatest, the 6S will be marginally better.
     
  10. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess I'll settle for a good phone for a few years.

    Thank you, have fun with your phone ^-^.
     
  11. cymolia macrumors 6502a

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    I recently saw someone with a first gen iphone , im guessing it could go for 7 - 8 years . You might not want to upgrade to future latest OS though, that will bog it down
     
  12. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    So I should settle for the iOs I get right out of the box? I'm sorry, I just don't quite get the iOs entirely as I haven't actually owned one yet, so bare with me.

    Do I keep updating the future updates till maybe 6s? Or 7?

    I mean if the 6S does show up with a 2 GB RAM, I guess updating to the same iOs it will run is stupid, right?

    Or do I just wait till everyone tries out the future iOs then update mine?

    If I make any sense ^-^;;.
     
  13. noobinator macrumors 601

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    Older devices will get updated iOS as long as Apple thinks it will run smoothly. This is not always the case. So if you buy an iPhone 6 now then a new OS comes out next year, the following year, or anytime after it would be a good idea to read forums to see how the new iOS is running on the older device you have before installing it.
     
  14. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahhh, I guess I get it now.

    Thank you so much ^-^.
     
  15. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    I just need it to hold up until the iPhone 7 is released. If it had 2gb of RAM, I wouldn't mind keeping it longer. Also I won't be updating to iOS 9; iOS 8 kind of ruined the 5S that I had so lesson learned.
     
  16. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    If the iPhone 6S has 2 GB RAM, are you still not updating till the 7?

    What happened to your 5S if you don't mind me asking?

    I guess I'll probably settle for iOs 8, nothing further to get the best out of the phone. Unless iOs 9 comes or rolls out or whatever and most 6/6+ owners are happy with it xD.
     
  17. KdParker macrumors 601

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    Maybe after iOS 10. Most of the updates will be for the newer features on the iPhone 8/8s
     
  18. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    If there is a design change for the 6S then yes, I will upgrade. The RAM increase won't be enough for me to upgrade; I care more about having the latest design. If I stay on iOS 8 then the 6 should last me 2 years. The 5S became slow, battery life was horrible, and the WIFI issue was maddening. I came to the conclusion that I have to upgrade the phone or I was going to get an Android device! I was considering the HTC M8.
     
  19. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright then, thank you ^-^!

    All this talk about iOs and iPhone made me even more excited :'(.

    So you're more about the design than the function? Or a mix of both so a bump to the RAM wouldn't do it for you?

    Geez, I guess sticking to the original iOs would be the best thing to do if one wants the phone to live as long as possible.

    Well I have only owned two smartphones, both androids. One was a Samsung galaxy pro, a blackberry look-a-like, with I think android 2.sth. it suckeedddddd because of the small internal storage and all the apps had to be on it and blablablabla.

    Now I have an android also, Samsung s3 mini. If you notice I didn't actually own one of the awesome notes or the Z line of the sony, or whatever. I am changing this phone because the battery just bloated and I guess I ruined it xD the phone is OKAY(running 4.1.2 android, old xD), but the whole android is more "open" than iOs didn't really do it for me anyway because I never used it to customize or anything or play with anything really. I also don't see this phone living past three more months. So I am going for an iPhone this time (hoping it will live more) and I just really wanted to try the iOs because well, I never did.

    So I can't really tell you to go ahead for an android, it's a good operating system, and you'll have to try both eventually. So if you ever find yourself in the position where you can try out a good android phone, go ahead! Except if you already tried android.. then this was all pointless xD

    I was initially confused of whether I should buy the sony z3 or the iPhone 6, my dad made the choice for me really, and I appreciate it because as I mentioned I have to try both before I actually start fully supporting one. Never tried windows phone.

    Oh God, I talk so much xD! Sorry ^-^;;.
     
  20. ET iPhone Home, Jan 29, 2015
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    It will definitely last the 3 years I expect it to last when I move up to the 7S or even 8. I had my 4S for 4 years. The only reason I upgraded to a 6+ was because I was tired of Sprint's dragging data speeds, otherwise I would have stuck it out for another year to move up to the 6+S. So yes, I'm confident, you're 6 will last.
     
  21. tryphone macrumors member

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    Considering people I work with are still holding on to their iPhone 4's and 4s's with no problems, I think the 6 will be around for a while. I personally think that Apple will launch the 6s with 2 gigs of RAM and a quad core processor to keep up with spec hungry android users. Which is a good move. I will hold off on my purchase of a new iPhone until the 6s
     
  22. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah I am hoping to have it till the 7S-8 as well.

    How do you like your 6+? Did you get used to the size different? I envy the battery life I had heard of. No bending for you, ha?
     
  23. fiddysent macrumors member

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    honestly it all comes own to software. How will it hold up to future iterations of iOs? that's the key question
     
  24. Nouritta115 thread starter macrumors member

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    Smart move from Apple, if you ask me.

    So you didn't upgrade this time? What do you have now? And how has it been?

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    That can be avoided if the owner smartly chose when to stop updating, I guess. I hope it will though!
     
  25. ssl0408 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I care about the design. Take the 5S and 6 for example. Honestly, there wasn't much improvement in speed. The 5S is just as fast as the 6; had both of them. Don't get me started on the camera; 5S has a better camera in my experience. iOS 8 wasn't too good for the 5S that I had so I decided to upgrade. I'll probably look at Android again when it's time to upgrade in 2016. Those high resolution screens are very nice and I feel like the screen on my phone is dull. Hopefully Apple gives us more than 326 ppi (seems like a joke in 2015).
     

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