Should I wait until September?

JTyler82

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I have a 8gb iPhone 4 (not 4S) right now, and i'm wondering if the iPhone in September will be a significantly huge upgrade from the 6 Plus
 

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I'd wait if it's not urgent. It's only about three months away. Besides, even if you decide for 6+, it will be about 100 U.S. dollars cheaper than it is now, so either way you'd be getting a great upgrade from your 4.

I have a 6+ and it works great for me. But I'm a simple user - texting, calling, browsing web, videos, occasional light gaming. Some people complain about multitasking issues (apps reload very frequently and lose progress for stuff) and if you like to multitask, wait and see how 6s+ turns out.
 
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eric3312

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I would highly recommend waiting. I've upgraded in the past to a new iPhone a few months prior to a new one coming out...simply because I had the itch. Boy was that a mistake..Because the new iPhone I could have waited for packed a lot of punch over the one I had just upgraded to.
 
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I have a 8gb iPhone 4 (not 4S) right now, and i'm wondering if the iPhone in September will be a significantly huge upgrade from the 6 Plus
Waiting just three more months is your best bet, since over the lifespan of your new phone, three months is not much but one iPhone version can be. In other words, if you wait to buy the iPhone 6s+, you will not regret it later on.
 

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In my opinion the 6 and 6 plus will benefit greatly if even just a couple of the rumored upgrades come true for it. Honestly I can't understand if someone managed to hold onto a 4 this long, how another three months would make that much of a difference. Wait! Or at least wait to see what deals can be had on the current 6's.

I loved my 4, by the way. I almost wish I'd skipped 5s and 6 Plus myself sometimes, as far as the overall experience went, but I always need the best possible camera I can get in these devices.
 

Splitbolt

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Honestly I can't understand if someone managed to hold onto a 4 this long, how another three months would make that much of a difference. Wait! Or at least wait to see what deals can be had on the current 6's.
I'm in a similar situation. I have had my iPhone 5 for 2 years now, the contract is up July 2nd and I can't wait to get the new iPhone 6.

I know it's only a few months until the update comes out, but those 3 months will be torture! The only reason I waited 2 years is because the contract made me.
 

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Waiting just three more months is your best bet, since over the lifespan of your new phone, three months is not much but one iPhone version can be.
Of if he comes to the conclusion that the benefit of a 6S Plus compared to the 6 Plus is marginal, he can save same money and buy the 6 Plus after the S models are announced.
 

GrumpyMom

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I'm in a similar situation. I have had my iPhone 5 for 2 years now, the contract is up July 2nd and I can't wait to get the new iPhone 6.

I know it's only a few months until the update comes out, but those 3 months will be torture! The only reason I waited 2 years is because the contract made me.
Ah, but it's fun torture! Don't you like anticipating something cool? I hate waiting, too. I'm reading the rumors and if they are true I think the next generation of IPhones will offer me the beast I was looking for.

I'll be blunt, as excited as I was to get the IPhone 6Plus last Fall, I reluctantly had to admit it felt dated already. If I were to be in your shoes and get it now, I'd really feel the creaks in the technology. I'm not even a "power user". I'm just a housewife. I'm not trying to play taxing games on it or anything like that. I don't even stream videos. I end up in trouble just trying to have more than one web page open on the browser. Like around Christmas time when I'm comparison shopping or researching specs on digital cameras or something and need more than one site open.

I'll be honest, my husband has the identical model as I do and he loves his iPhone and thinks it's the best one ever. He uses apps to access content whereas I tend to use the browser, so that there may be the source of our differences. Still, I can come up with other reasons to upgrade.

For example, with the huge screen it's fragile as hell without my awesome Incipio wallet case on it. And while putting that case on, I nearly bent my iPhone.

Look, "Bendgate" is stupid. It is a bunch of idiots looking for attention by bending iPhones on purpose and making a huge deal out of the fact it can be done at all. The reality is more mundane. In some real world situations yes, the iPhone can bend. Most of the time it won't, but sometimes it can, so it's great if Apple is doing something to mitigate the risk. The rumor is that they are going to use the better aluminum from the Apple Watches and they've also reinforced the insides a bit.

At any rate, 1 gig of RAM is soooo 2012. Let's move on to at least 2 gigs already!

The camera is not good. It IS good for video, I've got no complaints there. But it's got a terrible noise reduction algorithm that makes photos come out like Monet watercolors. That's been going on since iPhone 5s for me. I think it's actually worse now. I don't know if the new camera will be any better but I can't imagine it being any worse.

I am also waiting to see if they change the screen tech. I'm fine with it now but if they want to switch it up to the same Amoled that's on my Apple Watch I'm interested in seeing what that does for battery life.

There's good waiting and there's bad waiting. I think what we are looking at is good waiting.

Now, if you have sufficient willpower, it might behoove you to visit the stores and hold the two models in your hand and really consider carefully which size you would like to go with. But do not cave in to a desire for instant gratification and run off with one of the current generation without waiting for more solid news of what the new generation is going to be like. Really, I went from the 5s to the 6Plus and that's only because of AT&T Next. If I didn't have that plan and was going to be stuck with the 6plus for 2 years I would have regretted that switch. 5 and 5's don't suck enough to justify an impulse switch-up.

The next gen will be what the IPhone 6 really ought to have been, I think. I think 7 will be even closer to what I'm dreaming of, but seeing as you're already chomping at that bit I'd never recommend you wait that long. At the very least wait long enough t see what deals you could get on the current 6's.
 
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Splitbolt

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To be honest, I didn't know that there was going to be this big of a difference between the 6 and 6S. I thought the 6 was the huge leap since it was a total design change. But if there is a big bump between the 6 and 6S, then I will wait. I appreciate all the info!
 

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Usually with the iPhone announcement in the fall, the phones go on sale within a few weeks of the announcement. So you could have the new phone in your hand before the end of September.
 

Martin81

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Out of curiosity, is it 3 months until the phone is released? Or is it 3 months until the announcement and then another 3 months until we are able to get our hands on one?
The new iPhones go on sale a couple of weeks after the announcement. But if one is unsure, if a 6S has huge benefits over a 6, the announcement will help to make that decision.
 

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I vote for waiting as well. Since you have managed to hold onto your 4 for this long, another three months shouldn't be that difficult.
 

ipadpro

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apple product is so cool- they dont wait
for all - if you like it just get it

i just get ipad air last week and i understand new ipad air 3 coming ahead
 

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Ah, but it's fun torture! Don't you like anticipating something cool? I hate waiting, too. I'm reading the rumors and if they are true I think the next generation of IPhones will offer me the beast I was looking for.

I'll be blunt, as excited as I was to get the IPhone 6Plus last Fall, I reluctantly had to admit it felt dated already. If I were to be in your shoes and get it now, I'd really feel the creaks in the technology. I'm not even a "power user". I'm just a housewife. I'm not trying to play taxing games on it or anything like that. I don't even stream videos. I end up in trouble just trying to have more than one web page open on the browser. Like around Christmas time when I'm comparison shopping or researching specs on digital cameras or something and need more than one site open.

I'll be honest, my husband has the identical model as I do and he loves his iPhone and thinks it's the best one ever. He uses apps to access content whereas I tend to use the browser, so that there may be the source of our differences. Still, I can come up with other reasons to upgrade.

For example, with the huge screen it's fragile as hell without my awesome Incipio wallet case on it. And while putting that case on, I nearly bent my iPhone.

Look, "Bendgate" is stupid. It is a bunch of idiots looking for attention by bending iPhones on purpose and making a huge deal out of the fact it can be done at all. The reality is more mundane. In some real world situations yes, the iPhone can bend. Most of the time it won't, but sometimes it can, so it's great if Apple is doing something to mitigate the risk. The rumor is that they are going to use the better aluminum from the Apple Watches and they've also reinforced the insides a bit.

At any rate, 1 gig of RAM is soooo 2012. Let's move on to at least 2 gigs already!

The camera is not good. It IS good for video, I've got no complaints there. But it's got a terrible noise reduction algorithm that makes photos come out like Monet watercolors. That's been going on since iPhone 5s for me. I think it's actually worse now. I don't know if the new camera will be any better but I can't imagine it being any worse.

I am also waiting to see if they change the screen tech. I'm fine with it now but if they want to switch it up to the same Amoled that's on my Apple Watch I'm interested in seeing what that does for battery life.

There's good waiting and there's bad waiting. I think what we are looking at is good waiting.

Now, if you have sufficient willpower, it might behoove you to visit the stores and hold the two models in your hand and really consider carefully which size you would like to go with. But do not cave in to a desire for instant gratification and run off with one of the current generation without waiting for more solid news of what the new generation is going to be like. Really, I went from the 5s to the 6Plus and that's only because of AT&T Next. If I didn't have that plan and was going to be stuck with the 6plus for 2 years I would have regretted that switch. 5 and 5's don't suck enough to justify an impulse switch-up.

The next gen will be what the IPhone 6 really ought to have been, I think. I think 7 will be even closer to what I'm dreaming of, but seeing as you're already chomping at that bit I'd never recommend you wait that long. At the very least wait long enough t see what deals you could get on the current 6's.
Can't agree more. Everything was perfectly put.

If you have had the iPhone 4 this long, 3 months is nothing. 4 to a 6S is an enormous upgrade. While 4 to 6 is quite a lot as well, you won't be blown away nearly as much than with a 6S. Please, please wait.

who know , apple always bring small upgrade - dont hope too much
No, not really. Do not underestimate the difference between generations for Apple. 4 to 4S was huge with the extra CPU core. 4S to 5 was huge as well, CPU is 500mhz faster AND double the RAM.

Same for iPads. iPad Air, underpowered. 1GB of RAM, dual core CPU, quad core GPU. iPad Air 2, 2GB of RAM, tri core CPU, octa core GPU. The Air struggles a lot with iOS 8 and stutters with the translucency effects/animations. The air 2 does not struggle a single bit and is smooth as can be.

We have been stuck at 1GB of RAM and dual core 1.3-1.4GHz CPU for 3 years now. Next iPhone has to be the one to make a huge splash with double the RAM, probably an extra core, probably clocked at 1.5-1.6GHz. Plus the camera. We have been stuck at 8MP for 4 years. They will probably bump to around 12MP and greatly improve the sensor this time.
 
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I would wait. Its coming out soon (several months away now), no point in getting an almost (in several months) 1 year old device at a "brand new" price

The iPhone 6 isn't much more powerful than a 5s, so if you're looking for a powerful phone, the "S" models bring the largest tech spec (speed and performance) increases.


At this point in time, I would wait. Had you asked about upgrading even in March, I would have suggested to upgrade to a 6. But at this point in time, just wait for the fall and get the latest iPhone.
 

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To be honest, I didn't know that there was going to be this big of a difference between the 6 and 6S. I thought the 6 was the huge leap since it was a total design change. But if there is a big bump between the 6 and 6S, then I will wait. I appreciate all the info!
It depends on one's point of view, some people enjoy the design upgrades but others enjoy the tech/feature upgrades

generally, apple upgrades the tech in every phone to a certain degree

but overall, the appeal of the "S" phones are the big jumps they take in the chip set, whereas the appeal of the "numbered phones" is more in the case design.

With the exception of the iPhone 5, every other "numbered" phone has been a marginal upgrade from the previous version spec wise, design aside. One could (rightfully-so) argue the 4 brought significant improvements with retina, ram, and front facing camera but the actual processors in the 4 were, for the most part, slightly faster versions of the 3GS chipset. The 3G was essentially the same chipset as the original iPhone but ran on 3G network instead of 2G in a brand new case design. The 5 presented a solid chip upgrade, however the camera was mostly a "carry over" from the 4S, and the jump from 4 to 4S was a much bigger tech jump than 4S to 5. The 6/6+ were incredibly disappointing to a lot of the tech enthusiasts, as the speed was a small increase over the 5S in benchmarks (nevermind the disappointing RAM amount).

That said, it also depends on where one is coming from, for example going from iPhone 5s to 6 is not a significant upgrade spec-wise to make, however going from the iPhone 5 or 5c (not 5s) to 6 is a much bigger jump since it takes the added features from the 5s into consideration (camera, touch id, 64 bit architecture, faster chipset, co-motion processor in addition to the other upgrades the 6 brought like ac wifi and even further camera improvements)

so if someone is on a 2 year upgrade cycle, it probably makes sense both ways to upgrade

But less sense on a year to year basis
 
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