On a typical 2-year cycle would you rather be on "X" or "XS"?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jonhoy, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. jonhoy macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Assuming Apple continues the trend of new generation, refresh, new gen, refresh, etc etc.

    My 3-year plan on my 5 is ending this year and I'm kind of waiting on 2016's 7 for a new form factor (or at least a flush camera lens). Even though the battery is a nightmare I'd tough it out for another year.
  2. Max(IT), Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015

    Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    There isn't an universally valid answer to this question.
    I think it's just better to change your iPhone when you really feel the need to change it. It could be during an X or an XS cycle.
  3. Chocolatemilty macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I thought about this quite a bit before upgrading my 4S to the 6, and I'm already think I'd really like the 6S with the 2GB RAM and the like. Nonetheless, I'd upgrade to the 6 again if given the chance, but if I were you, I'd go 6S later this year.
  4. Obi Wan Kenobi, Mar 12, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2015

    Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    This is a very personal choice.

    I had the iphone 3G and the 4 when they first came out. It was great to have the latest model.

    But, the S cycle is the refined version. It's the golden rule with tech, never buy the first version of anything. Testing in labs can never match real world usage in non-laboratory conditions. After the early adopters have found all the defects and niggles, the tech company can release a better product.

    I'm now on the S cycle and I couldn't be happier.

    It's also why I don't plan on buying this version of the Apple watch, or the new MacBook. Although I probably will buy them eventually.

    I should add, Apple have changed the shape of the iphone every 2 years. Accessories like car / bike mounts and armbands need time to be developed, and brought to market, once the phone's dimensions are known. This can be annoying and inconvenient when you're on the X cycle. On the S cycle these irritations just don't arise.
  5. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    It is inevitable (and normal) for most people to justify their own situation.

    Some like the new form factor and cosmetic design of each new iphone X.
    Some like the big jump in spec and features that accompanies the XS.

    For me, the 4S was possibly the best iphone release... and the 5S is still very good. But lots of people are loving the 6, and it remains to be seen if any 2015 release will be a huge leap in features or not.
  6. RossMak macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    I am currently on the X release as has been pointed out it is a personal thing. I like to have the latest design phone, but when the XS of this version comes out I have considered upgrading early.
  7. gmintz09 macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2015
    As everyone has said, you'll probably have better luck on the XS cycle since those are the perfected versions of the originals. If you wanna stick with your 5, look into a battery case like Mophie. Those cases saved me when I had my 5 before I bought my current 6+.
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    I don't select based on X/Xs. I select whatever the current model is whenever I'm upgrading.
  9. Matheew944 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2015
    Prefer X cycles, new design, new features, . When I will get the Ip 7 later in 2016, I will upgrade early.. So, my suggest for you is- get the 6 now, or wait for Ip7 in 2016, 6S wont be much different from the current 6.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I just get them both so there is no need to worry.:apple:
  11. Nipommu macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    As I always say, nothing beats fresh new aesthetic design for me. The spec bump is minimal and never as exciting as holding a new design.
  12. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    Not an easy question.

    I had an iPhone 4, but only for a week or two. At the time, I decided to move to Android.

    But if I HAD kept the 4, it's pretty easy to imagine how my upgrades would have gone.

    When the 4S came around, I would have definitely stuck with the 4. The spec bumps were nice but not enough to warrant another purchase after only a year.

    When the 4" size bump came around with the iPhone 5, I would have been pretty excited about that and would have made the jump.

    The spec bump on the 5S was pretty sweet along with the fingerprint deal, but with rumors of another size bump, I would have hung in there for the 6.

    Now I have a 6. I don't see them messing with the size again for a few generations, though I could be wrong. But I'm very pleased with the 4.7" screen and overall phone size.

    Despite my certainty that I would have been better with the X cycle, I may go against that this year and upgrade to the 6S, and get myself into the XS cycle.

    The S version truly is the perfected design and implementation. If you can live without the latest wave of physical change and innovations, it seems the S cycle is a good move.

    Incidentally, I've always seen more people with S versions than the non-S versions, leading me to believe people generally hold on to S phones longer. I could be wrong on that though.
  13. stonyboys macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    I'm just like you OP, I'm still on my 5 but even after updating to iOS 8, it's still working pretty well. Admittedly not as snappy as it was on 7, but still fast. If the battery is the only problem then I would go on ebay and buy a battery and tool kit for 15-20$. This is what I did, and did the replacement myself. Months later and it's still working fine. Personally I'm going to stay on the 5 until it gets too slow or something breaks. I recommend you replace the battery and restore it (unless you're still on 7.1.2, in which case I'd recommend you not restore and stay on it). I feel like I can use this thing for another 2 years.
  14. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    I've been on both.

    First iPhone was a 3G, yeah, that one was a turd. Didn't buy it at launch though, bought it later on in the year.

    Held that turd, smashed screen and all for about 2.5 years, until the 4S. Got that on launch day. That phone was phenomenal, and compared the the 3G the design was amazing, even though it was already an old design.

    When I was due for an upgrade (back in the days of 18-20 month upgrades), I figured I was foolish not to take the upgrade whenever it was ready, basically meaning I'd get two out of every three phones. So I got a 5 in May of 2013. Great phone but had the defective battery. It was nice, but didn't seem like that big of a deal since it really wasn't a lot different than the 4/4S.

    Ditched that contract early to switch carriers and got a launch day 6. Absolutely love it. Now that upgrades are 24 months, and with no plans to switch carriers, I'm on the initial cycle for good and should be able to get right on or right around launch day, depending how anal Verizon is with launch day upgrades depending what day of the month preorders begin.

    Given my history it might sound like I'd prefer the S cycle, but I really don't. While it's nice to have a case and screen protector ready to go on day 1 with the S cycle, it's worth putting up with the initial accessory delays to have the newest thing IMO (lots of manufacturers still struggling with the iP6 accessories). Maybe it's just that the 5/5S weren't terribly different in design than the 4/4S, but by the time the 6 came out I was way more than ready for a design change.

    Pros and cons to each, but Apple is slow to redesign things, so it's nice to get it while it's fresh.
  15. technosix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2015
    West Coast USA
    There isn't a definitive correct answer.

    I buy every year, the experience I've had with my iPhone's since the first one, along with the additional four I buy each year for my family reveals each S model has been clearly better than a non S.

  16. Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    It doesn't really matter to me. My life doesn't revolve around what model cellphone I have.
  17. adock macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    I liked being on the x upgrade because I feel less compelled to upgrade the following yr because the design is typically the same.
  18. BMcCoy, Mar 13, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015

    BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    I liked being on the xs upgrade because I feel less compelled to upgrade the following yr because the technical specs are typically the same, with just a cosmetic change to the phone appearance.

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  19. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Lol me too, less of a hassle


    Oh the shade... It's too much.
    It doesn't matter to me either cuz I buy everything and my life does revolve around having the best iPhone not everyone can get.
  20. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm on the non S cycle, just because that's how I started for the most part. I'm happy at this point, with sticking with that and in two years, I'll get a new phone.
  21. AleXXXa macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2015
    The xS is the way to go. Usually x has problems.
    4 - antennagate
    4s- OK.
    5 - scuffgate
    6 - bendate and usually the apple logo on the back has a gap.
    6S will probably be ok and will have 2GB of Ram.
  22. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Oh you silly people and your "2-year cycles." I buy the new iPhone EVERY year. Every year I sell my old iPhone for $600+, then I walk into the new one for $150-200 (which is basically the subsidized price when you sign up for 2 years anyway). I am 35 years old. I don't smoke. I don't drink. My personal vice is having the latest and greatest iPhone when it comes out. It costs less and is healthier than those other vices too!
  23. Gryfter macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I've been on the non-S cycle...

    started with the 4...
    4 to 5, wanted LTE...
    5 to 6 Plus, wanted a bigger screen...

    if I waited for the "s", I'd have to have waited an extra year for the options listed... S's typically dont have that big of an upgrade to do so annually... whatever bugs are associated with the non-S usually gets worked out through the updates...
  24. soulghost macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2009
    This, exactly how I do it.
  25. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    hello twin.. except I sell the X cycles and I keep the S cycles.

    6= sell
    6s= keep
    7= sell
    7s= keep

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