Would you upgrade a fully functional XS Max this year?

  • Definitely - three years deserves an upgrade

    Votes: 10 29.4%
  • Maybe - depends on the 2021 model

    Votes: 13 38.2%
  • Nope - an working iPhone is worth holding onto

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Deez Nuts

    Votes: 4 11.8%

  • Total voters
    34

iScone

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So I have an XS Max from 2018 that is miraculously undamaged. It’s working just fine, and I have no complaints. I’d love battery life, camera etc. to be better, but nothing I’ve seen since purchasing at launch inspired me to part with $$$$.

Now, it’s coming up to three years later. This is the longest I’ve owned any iPhone. It’s still working great but I’m reaching the point I’m getting tempted. So out of interest, I’m testing the water here…

If you had an XS Max working as well as it ever has, would 2021 tempt you based on current rumors? Or would you hold out for a fourth year?
 

Wesd1234

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Jul 4, 2019
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I think it depends on your needs and budget. If you’re looking for specifics features it’s sure worth it. But iPhone upgrades today are way more incremental than before, and Xs Max is still a very powerful and capable phone.

last fall I went from iPhone X to 12 Pro Max. I have no regrets, but I noticed how little the user experience have evolved. Yes I have a bigger screen, better battery, better cameras, UWB, 5G, etc. But at the end of the day, it didn’t change that much how I used my X. I could have waited one more year if it was not the battery life improvement, so for me it was worth it. Look at every feature and ask honestly yourself if these features are worth it. Maybe it is, and that’s very fine, but maybe it’s not
 
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1rottenapple

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I think it depends on your needs and budget. If you’re looking for specifics features it’s sure worth it. But iPhone upgrades today are way more incremental than before, and Xs Max is still a very powerful and capable phone.

last fall I went from iPhone X to 12 Pro Max. I have no regrets, but I noticed how little the user experience have evolved. Yes I have a bigger screen, better battery, better cameras, UWB, 5G, etc. But at the end of the day, it didn’t change that much how I used my X. I could have waited one more year if it was not the battery life improvement, so for me it was worth it. Look at every feature and ask honestly yourself if these features are worth it. Maybe it is, and that’s very fine, but maybe it’s not
I think this is correct. Nothing you do fundamentally changes so it’s really up to you if you want to take the plunge. Having a not great battery is something I’d desire if it’s a big phone. I have the mini with ok battery life but I’m ok with that given it’s size. The jump from xs max to 12 pro wasn’t a big difference aside from the 12 max feeling too heavy and big in my pocket.
 
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Apple_Robert

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So I have an XS Max from 2018 that is miraculously undamaged. It’s working just fine, and I have no complaints. I’d love battery life, camera etc. to be better, but nothing I’ve seen since purchasing at launch inspired me to part with $$$$.

Now, it’s coming up to three years later. This is the longest I’ve owned any iPhone. It’s still working great but I’m reaching the point I’m getting tempted. So out of interest, I’m testing the water here…

If you had an XS Max working as well as it ever has, would 2021 tempt you based on current rumors? Or would you hold out for a fourth year?
If you are happy with your current phone, keep using it. If you watch the new phone presentation and think the price to feature ratio is worth a new purchase, get the new phone and keep your XS as backup.
 
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Saladin12

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I think it depends on your needs and budget. If you’re looking for specifics features it’s sure worth it. But iPhone upgrades today are way more incremental than before, and Xs Max is still a very powerful and capable phone.

last fall I went from iPhone X to 12 Pro Max. I have no regrets, but I noticed how little the user experience have evolved. Yes I have a bigger screen, better battery, better cameras, UWB, 5G, etc. But at the end of the day, it didn’t change that much how I used my X. I could have waited one more year if it was not the battery life improvement, so for me it was worth it. Look at every feature and ask honestly yourself if these features are worth it. Maybe it is, and that’s very fine, but maybe it’s not
This. 100 times this. I've got the XS myself and almost upgraded to the 12 Pro Max but there wasn't anything specific that I was itching for in the 11 or 12 range. However if the 13 Pros do end up having a ProMotion display then that + all the other upgrades I've missed should make for a satisfying experience!
 
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StaceyMJ86

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It’s all up to wether the 2021 iPhones have the features that you want, and also if the price range is within your budget. Just wait until the keynote this fall to make a final decision. If you keep your XS Max for another year, your device will still be fast enough for iOS 15. I upgraded my XS Max to the 12 Pro Max last year and I am still satisfied with my device and will keep it for another year. I kept my XS Max as a backup phone.
 
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magicschoolbus

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May 27, 2014
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Personally, I’d wait. 5G has not really taken off stateside. Give it another cycle and I think your upgrade willbe significant enough to change how you fundamentally use the product and therefore less questioning if you made the right decision.
 
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Tsepz

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Jan 24, 2013
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So I have an XS Max from 2018 that is miraculously undamaged. It’s working just fine, and I have no complaints. I’d love battery life, camera etc. to be better, but nothing I’ve seen since purchasing at launch inspired me to part with $$$$.

Now, it’s coming up to three years later. This is the longest I’ve owned any iPhone. It’s still working great but I’m reaching the point I’m getting tempted. So out of interest, I’m testing the water here…

If you had an XS Max working as well as it ever has, would 2021 tempt you based on current rumors? Or would you hold out for a fourth year?
If my Xs Max was not stolen I would still be rocking it now, solid phone. If you really want to upgrade then yeah I say do it, 3 years definitely deserves an upgrade but if you are happy to keep going with it then keep going, let’s see what the iPhone 13 brings. If Apple put a bigger battery than 11 Pro Max in the 13 Pro Max then I will probably upgrade from my 11 Pro Max to the 13 Pro Max late this year or early next year to.
 
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ecatomb

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May 19, 2021
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I have the XS, thinking about changing it this year too. But when the iPhone 13 will be available, no idea of what I will buy... iPhone 12 Pro could be really close to iPhone 13 Pro and way cheaper. Or maybe an iPhone SE 2 if Apple make one this year
 
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