iPhone XS Max What was the least exciting iPhone upgrade ever?

What was the least exciting iPhone upgrade ever?

  • XS to 11 pro

    Votes: 4 13.8%
  • 3G to 3GS

    Votes: 3 10.3%
  • 4 to 4s

    Votes: 2 6.9%
  • 5 to 5s

    Votes: 1 3.4%
  • 6 to 6s

    Votes: 2 6.9%
  • 7 to 8

    Votes: 17 58.6%

  • Total voters
    29

iTom17

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Aug 2, 2013
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You're missing a few options, including from iPhone X to Xs. I did that. And it was certainly the least exciting upgrade ever to me. Not that I'm sorry for doing it anyway, but still... compared to all prior upgrades it just wasn't a competition anymore. xD
 

quagmire

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Apr 19, 2004
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7 to 8 easily. Chassis design still followed the 6 design philosophy and didn't bring anything really needed( CPU power in the case of 3GS) or neat features( like 5S bringing touch ID). Probably 6 to 6S being in 2nd hindsight wise considering 3D touch was a flop.
 

Freakonomics101

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Nov 6, 2014
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7 to 8 easily. Chassis design still followed the 6 design philosophy and didn't bring anything really needed( CPU power in the case of 3GS) or neat features( like 5S bringing touch ID). Probably 6 to 6S being in 2nd hindsight wise considering 3D touch was a flop.
You're missing a few options, including from iPhone X to Xs. I did that. And it was certainly the least exciting upgrade ever to me. Not that I'm sorry for doing it anyway, but still... compared to all prior upgrades it just wasn't a competition anymore. xD
I agree with both of you. I hope this isn’t becoming a norm but if people are buying, they will keep doing the bare minimum while cost cutting wherever possible.
 

nordique

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Oct 12, 2014
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For me it was the X, 6s, 5 and 4 as MOST exciting

3GS, 4S, 6 (once I learned the internal specs), 7, 8, XS were the LEAST


11/11 pro are somewhere in between for me. Overall meh but less than the least exciting ones


XS was the least exciting overall. I mean apple went on stage and bragged about things they already bragged about the year before with the X.
 

hirsthirst

macrumors 6502
Nov 3, 2008
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UK
4 to 4S was the first meh year - I’ve mostly stuck to revolution models rather than evolution years.

None of the S phones were exciting.

X > XS > 11 is dull too by comparison to the early years.

Surely it’s got to be hard to keep up the innovation - and simultaneously fight on so many fronts - but I agree there’s less incentive for Apple to really push it if we’re still (metaphorically now) lining up to give them our money.
 

Hi Tek

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Sep 27, 2015
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Canada, Hali
Honestly, I don't upgrade each year. I've went from:

iPhone > iPhone 4s > iPhone 6 > iPhone 7+ > iPhone Xs Max. iTry to stay within revolution years as I feel it makes it more worth it for my money. Xs Max was the first time the wallet really felt an iPhone purchase...

iPhone 7+ is my longest tenure of holding an iPhone hands down. I was content with that iPhone (256; Gold)
 
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iTom17

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Aug 2, 2013
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I agree with both of you. I hope this isn’t becoming a norm but if people are buying, they will keep doing the bare minimum while cost cutting wherever possible.
Well, you know what the thing is with these 'smaller' upgrades? They allow Apple more time to do more with the 'new generation' iPhones. At the same time, these incremental updates usually fix problems with their predecessor.

Take the iPhone 4 for example. There was this whole thing going on with antenna gate. Apple fixed it with iPhone 4S. Then the iPhone 5 had 'scratch gate', which was 'fixed' with iPhone 5s. There was the iPhone 6 with bendgate, which was fixed with iPhone 6s. See what I'm trying to say?

These smaller upgrades aren't bad at all, on the contrary. They're necessary to solve issues. Obviously, you wouldn't want any issue with a completely new phone, but it's simply inevitable. There are people who purposely skip next-generation iPhones and go for the 'S' upgrade instead.

Not to mention that Apple loves keeping features away from people and save it for the next iPhone. Slo-mo is a nice and simple example of that: they started of with 120 FPS at 720p HD with the iPhone 5s. With the iPhone 6, they've added 240 FPS. The iPhone 6s they've added 1080p for 120 FPS. See what I'm getting at? They do this on purpose. I can't imagine them having added both 120 and 240 FPS at 1080p at the same time, even if it's technically possible.

The same thing will happen with the new Ultra Wide angle camera of the iPhone 11 Pro; it has an aperture of f/2.4, but I wouldn't be surprised if the next model would get a larger aperture for example.

So far my 'analysis'. Or at least, my personal analysis. :rolleyes:
 

hopsenberry

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Jul 10, 2015
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We reached peak smartphone around the iPhone 7. There really wasn't much innovation to do after that. Other than going all-screen which they still haven't fully achieved.
 

Nacho98

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Jul 11, 2019
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6s to 7, which isn't an option.

First time we got blindsided with year 3 of a design, and a pretty weak update in terms of features.
 
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