How often do you upgrade

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Samtb, Jul 29, 2014.


How often do you upgrade

  1. Every year

    37 vote(s)
  2. Every 2 years

    29 vote(s)
  3. Every 3 years

    6 vote(s)
  4. Every 4 years

    4 vote(s)
  5. Other

    3 vote(s)
  1. Samtb macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
    How often do you buy the latest version of an iphone? And why do you upgrade? Just for fun? Because your old model breaks?
  2. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    I haven't bought the latest version of an iPhone, yet.

    I got the iPhone 4 like 3 months before the iPhone 5 came out, but I wasn't properly educated on release dates back then. So ~2 years.

    This September, however, I plan to purchase an iPhone 6 because my 4 is on its last legs.

  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I buy on cycle, though this year was a little different. I tried a Nokia phone, and to get back on the iOS platform, I bought a 5C full price, but that was done so I can buy the 6 on contract.
  4. Samtb thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 6, 2013
  5. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    My first iphone upgrade was 2 years (3gs to 4S), but I didn't see the 5S enough of an upgrade for me (as the 4S is fine still).

    I will be upgrading when it happens. Most likely to the 4.7 version if two models get released.

    To be honest I could stick with the 4S, but the speed of the hand me down 3GS that the wife has is starting to show a bit - so best I upgrade for marital harmony.
  6. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    I have a 5S, my wife a 5. I am probably upgrading to a 6 and handing my 5S to my wife. Her 5 is going to our daughter. So, in a sense, I am upgrading, but the contract is remaining for the other phones, and they will still be in use.
  7. jr866gooner macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    I tend to do so every two years, I used to get itchy feet and upgrade early during the last 3 months of my contract but was really happy with my last phone and am with my 5c so will likely hold out as long as I can fit a decent deal!

    Always hard tho when researching the shiny new phones as you just want to do it!

    I do so much research into an upgrade practically 4-5 months before upgrade time! Lol
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    I upgrade every 2 years when my AT&T contract allows for a subsidized upgrade.
  9. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Twice a year generally. I'll normally buy 2 phones in a year.
  10. rui no onna, Jul 29, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2014

    rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Upgrade through contract? Every year. If I'm forced to pay $450 per line in subsidies either way, I might as well get an iPhone out of it.

    I might break the cycle this year though since now, I'm saving $80 per month if I don't upgrade. :p
  11. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    I've hopped around a bit, but now I'm alternating between my dad's upgrade and my upgrade and getting a new phone every year. Every 2 years I give my old one to him when I use his upgrade.

    2007 - Original 1 week after launch
    2009 - 3GS Pre-order
    2010 - 4 pre-order
    2012 - 5 pre-order
    2013 - 5s launch day order

    I plan to order whenever I can for a 5.5" 6
  12. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    Every year, because I love new tech. I sell the old model to offset the cost and renew my contract with the new model. It's like an early Christmas present to myself every year.
  13. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    Will definitely upgrade from my IP5. At the moment I'm being seriously tempted by the LG G3 but I'm trying to hold out for the IP6.
  14. tiartrop macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2008
    I used to upgrade every 6 months~1 year but that was before I was satisfied with iPhone and decided to just stick with it. I'm trying to discipline myself to upgrade every 2-3 years now.
  15. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    I have a 5s, and I'm planning to buy the 6. But I normally buy a new iPhone each year. However, I typically wait until the frenzy dies down before I place my order (I don't need the 6 the day it launches).
  16. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    I always say that I'm going to skip a year but I never do. :p
  17. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    My first iPhone was the iPhone 3G and the second the iPhone 5. 2008-->2012

    4 years
  18. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    I got the 4s when it came out (a few months after)
    I got the 5 when it came out (launch day)
    I got the 5s when it came out (launch day)

    .....then I realized I didn't need the 5s cause my 5 was perfectly fine. I gave my wife my upgrade.

    We have 2 lines on our account and back when VZW offered 1-year contracts, I went ahead and paid the extra $70 to put my wife on a 1-year. Now she's on 2-year (obviously) but we're staggered in that every year (in September nonetheless!) one of our two lines is eligible.

    It used to be that each iteration came with must-have features... but now that the smartphone market is reaching maturation, I don't think we'll see the same large-leap features that we used to see with each release.

    It's nice to know, however, that I can upgrade every year if I so desire!
  19. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    So far my iPhone history has been original iPhone unlocked to use on mobile, skipped 3G, but have had 3GS, 4, 4s, 5 and 5s. Now that my phone plan doesn't have a built in subsidy I don't have to worry about on contract purchase I will continue to purchase a new iPhone every year but will switch to carrier unlocked versions.
  20. ValerieDurden macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  21. Dreday24 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012
  22. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It looks like I'll buy my second iPhone this year, which will make it three years between them.

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