When is the best time to buy an iPhone 6s?

blahbrah

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I'm thinking of getting the 6S since the 7, 7S, and 8 don't appear to have the features I'm looking for. When would be the best time (cheapest) to buy one in the upcoming release cycle? I realize Apple will probably stop selling the 6S the day the 8/7S is released.

My 5S is getting old and it's taking too long to load apps, etc so I'd like to get a 6S in the next couple months.
 

canuckRus

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I'm thinking of getting the 6S since the 7, 7S, and 8 don't appear to have the features I'm looking for. When would be the best time (cheapest) to buy one in the upcoming release cycle? I realize Apple will probably stop selling the 6S the day the 8/7S is released.

My 5S is getting old and it's taking too long to load apps, etc so I'd like to get a 6S in the next couple months.
The sooner the better to get the most use out of it before it is retired down the road. GREAT CHOICE!
 
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anonymous guy

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Most likely right now. After the release of the next iPhone model, the 6S will be shifted down as the budget model with only minimum storage specs (either 16 or 32GB).

Although it does appear that they are selling refurbished models with 16, 64 and 128GB options in the Apple Store app.
 
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The 6S will likely disappear in October, but probably you'll find the 7 simply takes its place at the same price points, so I guess the question is what attracts you to the 6S over the 7 aside from (currently) the price?

If you absolutely must have a headphone jack for example, jump on the 6S (or the SE) now before it's too late.

If that's not an issue for you then the 7 is basically an improved 6S in every other regard, so might prove better value if you wait a couple of months.
 

blahbrah

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The 6S will likely disappear in October, but probably you'll find the 7 simply takes its place at the same price points, so I guess the question is what attracts you to the 6S over the 7 aside from (currently) the price?

If you absolutely must have a headphone jack for example, jump on the 6S (or the SE) now before it's too late.

If that's not an issue for you then the 7 is basically an improved 6S in every other regard, so might prove better value if you wait a couple of months.
Yeah the headphone jack is a key feature for me since I am pretty invested in Grado headphones and Xiaomi so keeping track of an adapter seems like a recipe for disaster for me. Also, since it's starting to look like the iPhone X or 8 or Pro according to Homekit firmware looks to have a few compromises so I figure I'd replace the 6S after a year or two.
 

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Get one now, it's a great phone and you can pick them up significantly cheaper than the 7 despite there being very little performance difference. I snubbed the 7 last September in favour of a 6S and it's still as fluid and responsive as the day I got it.
 

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Get one now, it's a great phone and you can pick them up significantly cheaper than the 7 despite there being very little performance difference. I snubbed the 7 last September in favour of a 6S and it's still as fluid and responsive as the day I got it.
I agree, if the jack is a priority and you want bigger, flagship experience. I just got a (cheap as chips) SE with the same processor and it's a pocket rocket.
 

The-Real-Deal82

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I agree, if the jack is a priority and you want bigger, flagship experience. I just got a (cheap as chips) SE with the same processor and it's a pocket rocket.
My wife went from an iPhone 6 to the SE due to the smaller size and it's a great phone too. I have to admit I'm not quite ready to leave the jack behind as I use it everyday. I don't want to be buying Bluetooth headphones or dealing with connectors I'm likely to lose. It wasn't broken do I don't know why they felt the need to fix? It's not like the technology is out of date, I think they just couldn't design around the need for a bigger home button module and marketed a way around it.
 

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My wife went from an iPhone 6 to the SE due to the smaller size and it's a great phone too. I have to admit I'm not quite ready to leave the jack behind as I use it everyday. I don't want to be buying Bluetooth headphones or dealing with connectors I'm likely to lose. It wasn't broken do I don't know why they felt the need to fix? It's not like the technology is out of date, I think they just couldn't design around the need for a bigger home button module and marketed a way around it.
I'm not happy with them removing it, I think it was a bit of a cheap move to sell AirPods and make their internal design job easier, at the cost of the consumer basically. They know most of us are a captive audience and will upgrade anyway eventually once the likes of the SE and 6S are too long in the tooth; but it makes me feel like apple are taking us for mugs and taking away functionality that buyers of other brands take for granted, which isn't a nice place to be.

I considered getting a 7 recently but I couldn't square the high cost with having to compromise on something so simple, and it ended up pushing me to the SE instead, which is fantastic value in comparison.
 

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I've only just thought of this, but regarding the SE; I heard there's going to be a refresh of that (same design but with updated A10 processor + graphics) which, if true, would be the only iPhone with the latest specs to still have a headphone jack. If that's what you care for then I'd suggest waiting for that. I'm not sure if that rumour is bull though so if you need one now I'd just go for the 6S. Either that or the 2016 SE which is a lot cheaper with same performance.
 
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