How often do you upgrade your iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Chew Toy McCoy, Aug 19, 2016.


How often do you upgrade your iPhone?

  1. Every year

    85 vote(s)
  2. Every other year

    54 vote(s)
  3. When my current phone is about to take a dirt nap

    25 vote(s)
  4. When I'm impressed by the current version

    38 vote(s)
  1. Chew Toy McCoy macrumors regular

    Chew Toy McCoy

    May 13, 2016
    Are you more on the compulsive side or the pragmatic side?
  2. Ffosse, Aug 19, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2016

    Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I've just bought my first iPhone - the SE. The next day I bought an Xperia XA. I buy 2 new phones a year, but plan on keeping the XA longer as I like it so much. Will still buy a new Android at least once a year.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Pragmatic. I'd still be using my iPhone 4 if iOS 7 hadn't crippled it.

    My iPhone 5S is on its last legs too; heavy battery wear and a world of Internet issues with pages not loading. Will likely pick up a used 6S when the 7 is released, depending on the cost for Apple to repair my 5S or replace with a refurb.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I generally upgrade every year so I can maximize resale of my current phone.

    Like every year I wait for reviews, see if there are and benefits for me (generally are) and then upgrade.

    If I did feel a new iPhone offered nothing beneficial I wouldn't upgrade.
  5. gurase macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2015
    2 years on the S cycle, although I may try to go longer with my 6S plus.
  6. Chew Toy McCoy thread starter macrumors regular

    Chew Toy McCoy

    May 13, 2016
    I upgrade every 2 years because 2 years’ worth of tech I’ve managed to live without thus far is usually reason enough.
  7. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    My history:
    3G -> 4 -> 4s -> 5s -> 6 -> ?

    So twice I've upgraded a year apart and 3 times I waited at least 2 years. The third might become 3 years depending on what the iPhone 7 brings.
  8. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I upgrade yearly. I wasn't going to go from 4s->5, but my 4s broke 3 months into the iPhone 5 launch, so I said might as well. Apple wanted $200 for a new lockup button, so I said forget that. Not sure what I am going to do this year. I'm on the iPhone Upgrade Program and want a larger screen (currently have 6s), but the next iPhone needs to have something more than that. Waterproofing will probably do it for me.
  9. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2013
    The past 4 its been yearly, but I'm getting burnt out with phones.
    I went from 3gs - 4 -5 -5s -6 Plus - 6s Plus

    I really think I'm going to sit out 7*

    *unless something cool comes around :)
  10. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I used to upgrade once every two years in line with my carrier contract which included a portion to the phone payment. Now that my carrier has removed that allocation from every phone payment and requires me to purchase the phone separately, I will upgrade only when my current phone bites the dirt.
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I upgrade every 2 years.

    This is one of those years.
  12. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I used to upgrade every year, but now I only upgrade when the current design impresses me. I haven't owned a single one of the 6 series, and would still be using my iPhone 5s if the iPhone SE didn't come out.
  13. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I usually upgrade every year, but last year I used Next to purchase my 6s Plus. If I want to upgrade to the 7, I need to pay half what I owe (around $330) or pay it off at around $600. The rumors thus far have not given much of a compelling reason to upgrade, although a Space Black iPhone would be tempting.

    Next year's 'anniversary' iPhone? Most likely.

    Or I could use Next on another available line creating yet another Next payment. Unlikely.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
  15. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    This is the exact reason I upgrade each year. Well said.
  16. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    I typically went every year from 3G to 6S Plus (I skipped the 5 and 5S). But this time, I'm going to try and hold out and use the 6S Plus that I have for another year and get the anniversary phone (hopefully it will be the redesigned model).
  17. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    I generally upgrade every 3 years or so, whenever the performance of the new phone blows away the old one to a great degree, or whenever some killer new feature comes along. Here's the iPhones I've had, and what got me to upgrade:

    Original (2007-2010): I bought a 4GB iPhone right after their discontinuation in September, because $299 for an iPhone was finally in my college student price range. This was a wonderful phone that served me well, and still has a home in my bag as an iPod.

    3GS (2010-2013): I got a 32GB 3GS right after the 4 came out. Again, pricing was a major factor. I upgraded here because the original iPhone had finally stopped receiving software updates once iOS 4 came out.

    5 (2013-2016): Once again, a close out 32GB iPhone 5 was purchased after the 5S had come about. This phone was purchased as the 3GS was starting to feel a bit slow, and had come to the end of iOS updates itself.

    SE (2016-20??): I purchased an SE earlier this year to replace the 5. I honestly didn't have any real performance complaints about the 5 three years on, nor was it at the end of it's iOS updates. I purchased the SE because the resale value on the 5 was still decent, and the performance delta between the two was stellar. I have a well-paid job now, and thought that I ought to reward myself a bit. Plus, I had the 3-year itch ;)

    The Original and the SE are the only two iPhones that I have purchased when they were the latest and greatest. I tend to buy when the RAM doubles, as those phones tend to last the longest with regards to updates. Most of my old iPhones are still serving me well; the original is still used as an iPod because I love the design of that phone, and the 3GS lives in the glove box of my car holding my entire library of music. The 5 was sold to fund the SE.
  18. ajcgn macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    Went from 4 to 4s then the 6
    Still happy with my 6, my 2011 MBP, my 1987 Buick Grand National and my wife of 21 years.
    I guess that's why advertisers don't like us old folks so much.
  19. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I went from the iPhone 3GS (8 GB) -> 4s (16 GB) -> 5c (32 GB) -> 6s (64 GB). Basically every other year but if the iPhone 7 is waterproof I might be tempted to upgrade if I can sell my 6s for a decent price...
  20. ARizz44 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Every year. I am not drawn to anything android so my decision making is easy. Resale value of my phones is always decent, I buy outright at full cost, and the net difference is usually around $300 annually which I don't find unreasonable. Some upgrades impress me more than others but you'll have that.
  21. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015
    Usually once every two years but my carrier did a buy one get one half off on iPhones so I upgraded earlier than normal.
  22. Stlcheer macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2010
    Saint Louis, MO
  23. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
  24. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    If I would've known better, I would've just kept my iPhone 5, but would've probably got a 32gb instead of the 16. I'm about to trade in my iPhone 6 for the SE. I've had it since October 2014 so that's about the longest I've ever kept a phone.

    I try to keep my phones for about 1.5 years.

Share This Page