Should I buy an iPhone 7 now or wait?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hieveryone, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I'm going to be hanging out with my friends again late August, so I need the best selfie camera.

    I was thinking about upgrading to the iPhone 7 since it's got a better selfie camera than my iPhone 6S.
  2. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    If you have a fully functional 6s, it makes no sense at all to buy a 7 now. Your precious selfies are not going to be that much better with the 7 to justify the fact that in less than 2 months you will be able to get a 7s/8 or whatever, or at least get a 7 for cheaper than you can now.
  3. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    A part of me was thinking that too. I mean I really feel ready to upgrade but at the same time it's like the next iPhone should be around the corner.

    I feel bad though that for about a month I'll have to use my 5 MP camera instead of the 7 MP.
  4. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    You realize that side by side you'd probably be hard pressed to tell the difference between pictures taken on both phones, right?

    I've noticed that you've made other topics and posts inquiring about selfie quality. I really think that you're obsessing over nothing. If you went out and bought a 7 now just for the sake of slightly better selfies, 2 months from now you'll be beating yourself up over whether you should get the new model because it will probably have a slightly better camera.

    It doesn't matter! Enjoy your time with your friends. The actual experiences and memories matter a lot more than how many megapixels your selfies have.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Ask yourself if you upgrade now, wouldn't you regret the fact you may miss out on what the new iPhone has to offer in less than 8 weeks time? The difference in front facing camera quality would not be that much of a difference Compared to what the new iPhone 8 might have to offer.
  6. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    If you go to Auburn, don't you take a lot of selfies?
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    Thanks for that. It's not about the quality of the selfie as much as it is the time I had and the time I'm having and the time I PLAN on having with my friends. That's what matters. Thanks again.
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    True. I agree that if I get the 7 now I'll def be trying to sell it to get the newest one if the front facing camera is better.
  7. macrumors 604

    May 26, 2016
    ‍♂️ that's all I could think of after reading this thread.
  8. michael9891 macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2016
    If it's about having a good time with friends, why are you so concerned about the difference a couple of megapixels will make taking selfies?
  9. pixelatedscraps macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2017
    Hong Kong
    I recommend you just buy now because no one wants to ever miss out on another selfie. I mean, imagine that! Yeah, just buy it.
    God forbid a weekend should be ruined because of a lack of selfies. Oh, the mortification!
  10. michael9891 macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2016
    There's nothing wrong with the odd selfie. I take them while I'm away in front of landmarks etc. Also now & then to compare how my looks change over time or the progress I make working out (for myself and certainly not in a gym mirror lol).

    But the threads and posts you make about having the best camera for selfies tells me you should forget about the front facing camera and just ask someone to take your pic using the far superior rear camera.

    I imagine you're one of those that walks round with 10' selfie sticks.
  11. canuckRus macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2014
    You be hanging with the Kardashians this August by any chance? Why not ask them?
  12. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Bad time to buy a 7, with about 2 months to go until a new device comes out. It seems likely we'll get a 7s and 7s Plus alongside whatever they call the new 'iPhone Pro' thing that everyone is obsessed with. So you'll be able to pick it up a new iPhone for the same price as you'd pay for a 7 now, in 2 months. So just wait it out. It's always a bad time to buy a new iPhone after about May/June. Before that it's fair game.
  13. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    Personally I would say go ahead and get the 7. As has been mentioned the difference of a couple of MPs isn't going to be noticeable unless you blow up or print the photos you take. Also, the 7 has been out for what, 9 months now? Apple has had time to refine the manufacturing and work out hardware kinks associated with new releases so you'll have a better chance of getting a device free from hardware defects as opposed to playing the phone lottery with the new one in September.
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    This is also a good point. If you wait and buy a 7 after the release of the new model you'll probably save a substantial chunk of cash.
  14. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    In your place I would wait for the new models, as the resolution differences won't be as substantial. But its your call of course.
  15. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Not to point a finger at the OP, but this topic ties into an interesting phenomenon in our increasingly digital and social media obsessed culture. Studies show that people generally have less clear memories and less enjoyment of events because rather than focusing on experiencing them they are obsessed with capturing them. Just look at any concert or live event and notice how many people are watching them through their phones as they record and snap pictures rather than directly watching what's actually happening in real life right in front of them!

    We're probably all guilty of this to some extent. Something amazing is happening and our first thought is "where's my phone? I have to record this!" and we end up experiencing it through our phone.
  16. burgman, Jul 22, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017

    burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    Different generations and tech. But the desire to record friends, families, vacations etc. are the same. The super 8 movie camera to to betaCams to point and shoots to selfie phones. Some people A: don't know history and B: seem to enjoy pointing fingers at strangers, kinda pathetic. Now if the majority of one's selfies are of themselves well...
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It's not that I'm unaware of history, but I think that it's comparing apples to oranges in this case. It's never been as easy to record pictures and videos as it is now. Practically every man, woman, and child has a digital camera in their pocket, and can create and share photo albums on the spot. I am old enough to remember pre-digital photography and definitely pre-camera phones. Believe me, I'm not pointing fingers at strangers or judging. Like I said, we all do this. Technology makes it too easy not to.
  18. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    All I'm trying to say is that I have many moments with my friends that are very memorable.

    I enjoy looking at these moments through Live Photos and sharing them with others.

    That is why I want the best camera for it.

    But I agree that the 5MP is good enough when the 7MP is my only other option. I've heard the difference isn't THAT much anyway.

    So in all likelihood I will probably wait for the next gen iPhone bc I assume the front facing camera will be a lot better than my 6S. Let's hope at least.
  19. Tycho24 Suspended


    Aug 29, 2014
  20. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Basically if you're the type of person to even come to a forum like this and ask this question, you're the type that would be sad if you bought now and didn't get an iPhone 8 in a couple months

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