Other How often do you upgrade your iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by serg_life06, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. serg_life06 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2015
    So I've used Android, I've used iPhones, never had the chance to use a Windows phone but in reality I never really understood why that ever existed if Microsoft hardly ever really focused software development to mobile devices. Anyways, I returned back to an iPhone with the iPhone 8 (not the plus), coming from a Note 8, because I know that the iPhone would get software updates support for far longer than any Android phone including the Google Pixel.
    Also because iPhones appear much easier to repair in case in needs any sort of repair.

    But I also wanted to get back to the iPhone because if I want a phone that I can keep for longer than year or two which is my usual time to get a new phone, I thought to myself the iPhone would be the best option. I'm thinking that the iPhone 8 would be the phone I'd like to keep for a good while because for one it eliminates monthly payments (once I'm done paying for it) and also because phones aren't really evolving as much anymore it makes no sense to me to continue to update my phone so soon.

    This brings the question "How often do you upgrade your iPhone?" to mind, how many people are still using an older iPhone?, how many people update their iPhone every year? What makes you want to update your iPhone? Just wondering.
  2. Lebherz27 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2016
    Carmel, IN(north side of Indy)
    Every single year since the beginning.

    I had telephone numbers in the early years that had no phones attached to them just to get the upgrade.
  3. rodiak macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I upgrade every year but that's mostly because of my love for all things Apple and a burning desire to always own the latest iteration of their flagship products.
    When it comes to my more sane friends and family though most of them are still rocking iPhone as old as the iPhone 6 so there's definitely no need to upgrade every year. The software updates you mentioned are a very strong point for Apple devices. The fact that the iPhone 5s released 5 years ago is still getting software updates AND performance optimizations through these updates is simply unmatched by any Android phone.
  4. gurase macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2015
    I’ve had my 6S+ for 3 years. I got a new battery earlier this year which made it like new. I plan on upgrading to the XR for the camera, otherwise this phone does everything I need it to do.
  5. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Every year since the original iPhone.

    Now, mind you, that's not because there was ever anything wrong with whatever my current iPhone was at the time (with the exception of my 3GS which went into the laundry machine 2 weeks before the 4 launched ... whoops), and most of those phones could've definitely served me for another year or more, but I enjoy having the latest tech, the most capable device in my hands for something I use every hour of every day... so, I upgrade annually.

    My 512GB XS Max is arriving on Friday to replace my 256GB X. ;)
  6. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I’m a huge Apple fan since my first iPod. Now that I’m pleased with my financial situation I upgrade my device yearly. I replace my wife’s device every other year.

    The key is: with Apple you don’t have to replace often at all. That’s the beauty of it. The 5S is still supported. An Android device as old as the 6s is trash now.
  7. wulfin macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2014
    Calgary, AB
    It depends. I had my 3g for 2 years, first windows phone for 2 years, lumia 950 for less than a year (LOVED the phone, but the lack of apps were awful), galaxy s7 for 10 months, iphone 8+ for a year... but now with the xs Max, I signed up for a 2 yr trade back program through my carrier.. so it will last me 2 years :)

    I wouldn't have updated this year (LOVE my 8+), but the dual sim will be nice since I hate carrying 2 phones (work phone + personal phone). I accidentally left my work phone at the cabin for 2 weeks and using my personal phone for work sucks - I don't like giving that number out. So to me dual sim alone was worth it.

    Before that I used my motorola flip phone for like.. a ridiculous number of years.
  8. keeper macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
    I’ve had my 6S+ for 3 years, I keep looking but it does everything I need and is running well on IOS12.

    Not sure what the new one will give me, slightly faster, better camera, but I have a dedicated camera for that.

    For a hand held I have a iPad Pro 9.7, I’m doin OK, I might to an impulse buy but at that kind of money I’d prefer to actually see the thing and see what feels better in my hand.
  9. Nvrendr macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2015
  10. gurase macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2015
    Yeah, I feel there is no reason to upgrade from the 6S+ unless you care about the camera. I didn’t realize how far phone cameras have come until I saw my husband’s Pixel 2.
  11. ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
  12. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    I used to do it every 2 years but, now I’m on the IUP so every year
  13. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I use to purchase a new phone ever year, then it switched to every 2 years, and now its every 4-5 years. Technology has worn off since the 1st iPhone came out in 2007. There's simply just not a lot of new and amazing things you can add much anymore to a phone every year.
  14. Ortiz83 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2018
    Every single year since the beginning. I only buy the top iPhone at launch. This year, it’s the Xs. But I’m getting the Xs Max because I miss the plus size. Can’t wait to have the same plus size but all screen.
  15. steelo3232 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2016
    Every year but only because I pay the same whether I/we keep the old ones or get a new one... if my bill is going to be X with a year old phone and still be X with the newest one every year, upgrading has become a yearly ritual. It also means that in a house with three teenagers and my wife and I, our Verizon bill is = a very nice car payment!!
  16. Sugadaddy macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2010
    iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 I kept 2 years. The iPhone 6 I kept 4 years (battery replaced at 3 years).

    The XS Max I'll probably keep 3 years. They're more expensive and phone tech isn't moving as fast as it did.
  17. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
  18. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    I used to upgrade every year until the 7 Plus...it was such a good phone, I decided at that point to upgrade every 2 years unless Apple provides a seriously compelling reason to do otherwise.
  19. edlex macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2010
    Every year. Getting up in the middle of the night to preorder every September is something I really look forward to. And with IUP it makes it very convenient.
  20. blco02 Suspended

    Jul 11, 2008
    Every 2 years. Until this year. My 7 plus is fine and I don’t need to pay $1100 plus for a bigger screen.
  21. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
  22. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
    Two + years, which fits now with the ATT Next 30 month plan.
  23. MorganK macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mobile, AL
  24. Another Day macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2017

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