Buyer’s Guide: Should You Get A New iPhone?

Apple has recently released 2 of the newest models in its iPhone series, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. And as usual, upon the announcement, the world went ballistic – old iPhone users contemplating upgrading and non-iPhone holders considering shifting gears.

But with two new models available, not to mention the two carryovers that have just turned a year old, choosing which to get from the lineup has never been as difficult. Other than the question of whether or not to get the new iPhone, there’s also the question of “Which one?” to consider.


Do you need a new iPhone?

If you own an iPhone 4s or a much older version, and are eligible for discounted upgrade, then getting a newer model would be ideal. Why? Because there is good chance that your phone’s battery life isn’t already as great as it once was. In addition, there’s 100% certainty that it does not have the 4G LTE function.

But if these areas are not something you are too concerned with, here’s another issue to factor: software updates.

Apple has recently released iOS 8 but it wasn’t the release itself that got the public’s attention. It was the revelation that iOS 8 will not be supported by iPhone versions 4 and older.


Software updates do not just keep phones working smoothly with new features and improvements; their significance also extends to using apps. If you haven’t noticed yet, there are apps that actually require certain versions of operating systems for download or upgrade. So if you are one of those who always like to be up-to-date with the latest apps, then you will be better off with a newer smartphone model.


The decision for a newer iPhone, however, comes trickier for those who own an iPhone 5, 5c or a 5s. These models are not exactly “old” and are actually quite efficient, still. But if you really want a 6 or a 6+, have the funds and/or are eligible for a discounted upgrade, then why not? The newest models are downright substantially better than the older versions anyway.