How often do you (plan to) update the iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jonasgold, Apr 21, 2011.

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How often do you (plan to) update the iPhone

  1. Yearly

    37.3%
  2. 2-Yearly

    48.2%
  3. More than 2 years

    14.5%
  1. Jonasgold, Apr 21, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2011

    Jonasgold macrumors member

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    It seems that in a lot of the iPhone5/4GS/Whatever threads, some people are not too happy with the (rumored) changes.
    I(3GS owner) am more excited about it.
    If I were loaded I might upgrade every year, but for some minor features, I look at the bills. So I am rather happy with the-not-too-drastic changes of the yearly iPhone updates.
    The only reason I would want an iPhone 4 is the delicious formfactor(event with the battery troubles), Retina display is really nice but on its own not worth it, facetime is worthless unless you know enough people with it(which is not the case if it is just released), and a speed bump is not too important if Angry Birds is (practically) the only game you play.
     
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Every two years .... just because I can. Not like I really need to though. The 3GS is already 2 years old in terms of technology, but I still think its one of the better phones (even compared to some androids). I'll live, but i want an iPhone 5 :D
     
  3. djransom macrumors 68040

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    #3
    I've been doing it yearly, but I may very well miss this years minor update.
     
  4. Vizin, Apr 21, 2011
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  5. mulo macrumors 68020

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    that is just unfair! ;)

    i've been, and plan to keep updating every two years.
     
  6. Kyotoma macrumors 68000

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    Every two years. Unfortunately, as a College Student, I cannot afford to buy an unsubsidized phone.
     
  7. Vizin, Apr 21, 2011
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  8. mulo macrumors 68020

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    now thats just pouring salt into an open wound!...
     
  9. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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  10. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816

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    When my 3gs breaks,

    since getting my ipad , i rarely use my phone as anything other than a phone/texting device now, the apps usage it used to get all day has migrated to the large screen and better battery life on my 3G iPad,

    so , im probably backwards to most people, i pay a contract for the iPads 3G and have a pay as you go sim in the 3GS

    im even thinking of upgrading to an android or windows 7 phone next.
     
  11. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2 year contract. The iPhone is about £100 upfront, but after 2 years you can recycle it for about £150! So I plan on doing that, and getting a new 2 year contract after that. Repeat ad infinitum!
     
  12. D4F Guest

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    Since the original till my 4 i was around yearly upgrades. But i like 4 to the point i wont go for this years release. Im one of those that have no antenna issues, love the retina, front cam and have a HTC desire to go with it :)
     
  13. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    I've upgraded yearly since the first gen iPhone, and will continue to do so.
     
  14. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

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    I've had every one since 3G. I'm not upgrading until LTE rolls out.
     
  15. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    I held on to the original iPhone for well over three years... still think it was the best one!
     
  16. vincenz macrumors 601

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    What battery troubles...?
     
  17. iApples macrumors 65816

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    Normally every two years, but I did upgrade to the iPhone 4 after a year.
     
  18. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    i get a new phone every 2-3 months. One of the benefits of owning a Verizon Store. :D I barely pay anything for my phones and pay 1/5 the cost of a regular phone bill
     
  19. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    wondering the same thing. My i4 has been the best battery life droid or iphone ive owned.
     
  20. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    I upgrade every 2 years, the Original iPhone > 3GS > iPhone 5, route is ideal for me. That's why i'm still sticking with my iPhone 3G.
     
  21. TG1 macrumors 6502a

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    Every two for me as well. Unsubsidized would be quite a dent on the wallet. It would have to be a pretty bad azz feature to go more often. LTE would be one of them. :)
     
  22. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    Every 2 years for me. This time I'm waiting till LTE version comes out
     
  23. BlindMellon macrumors 65816

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    ^this

    i'm perfectly happy with my 3gs. retina would be nice, but it's not worth the money an upgrade would cost me. my plan is to go with an ipad 2 and use the phone for phone calls and ipod. browsing and, really, reading forums is just to unpleasant on such a small screen. i'll do all the 'internet' and gaming on the ipad 2.

    when will i upgrade the 3gs? not this year, as the iphone 5 looks to be a refresh of the iphone 4. perhaps iphone 6, if apple decides to get back in the game again.
     
  24. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    This was (past tense) my practice, but after all the BS that's gone on this year with Steve's smart ass, condescending comments, I'm going to buy something else. Toss this piece of glass into the recycle bin, and wait to see what iPhone 6 is like.
     
  25. andrewsd macrumors 6502

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    Lte

    I usually use my stuff especially electronics untill they either break or dont serve me the purpose i bought them for and they are too slow. I am happy with my iPhone 4 and probably won't upgrade it till it either breaks or LTE is available in the capacity 3G is now. Plus I'd like to keep my unlimitted data for as long as possible as I usually go over 2 gigs a mo th anyways (heavy pandora user & I don't tether). I'm sure once LTE is available then they'll do away with the "grandfathered in " data plans.
     

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