Should You Upgrade To The New iPhones? Here’s Some Thoughts

I’ve gotten a number of e-mails from people asking if they should upgrade to the new iPhones. And if so, which iPhones is best for them. The answer is that it depends what iPhone you’re upgrading from… Assuming of course you’re not coming from an Android phone. To help you out, I’m going to share my thoughts on the three phones that Apple announced earlier this week:

iPhone 8/8 Plus: If you’re an owner of an Android phone, or you own anything before an iPhone 7/7 Plus, this is the phone you should upgrade to. What it brings to the table is a significant enough jump over what you have to make it worthwhile to upgrade. Now you’re likely wondering why I am not including iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners in this. Well, the iPhone 8/8 Plus is faster and it does offer wireless charging. But that’s really it. Unless you really want wireless charging or you need the speed increase from the A11 Bionic chip, I don’t see enough of a value proposition to make the jump to an iPhone 8 if you own a 7 or 7 Plus. One other thing to consider is that this is an iterative upgrade from Apple which means the risk level to upgrade to this phone is low.

iPhone X (Pronounced “iPhone 10”): This is the flagship phone from Apple that they would like everyone to upgrade to. And to be frank anyone that has an Android phone or any iPhone including the iPhone 7/7 Plus should go to this phone assuming that you can afford it as it is not cheap. But I have a word of caution. This phone is the bleeding edge in terms of iPhone technology from Apple. And I tend to avoid the cutting edge from Apple as I don’t want to really work the bugs out of any new product that they have. For example TouchID took a while to become really reliable, and I expect the same to be true for FaceID. Plus this is Apple’s first leap into OLED screens. Thus while I don’t expect problems on that front, something could crop up. Thus you should be mindful that if you jump to the iPhone X, you are going to be an early adopter with everything good and bad that comes with that. Thus it might be better to wait until the next version of this phone to appear before grabbing one unless you love being on the bleeding edge.

Other Notes: You don’t have to go to the latest and greatest that Apple is offering as Apple has taken their existing lineup prior to the arrival of these three phones, and given them a price break. The iPhone 7/7 Plus, The iPhone 6S /6S plus and the iPhone SE all got price cuts when the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X were announced. And they’re all proven products having been out for a year or more. Thus you can buy with confidence. But here’s how I wold approach those models. If you need the smallest iPhone, go for the iPhone SE. Otherwise, your choice should be the iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. Completely ignore the iPhone 6S/6S Plus unless the iPhone 7/7 Plus price point is too high for you.

Hopefully that helps you make up your mind if you should upgrade to the latest iPhone and which one you might upgrade to. If you have any thoughts that might help readers of this article, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.


One Response to “Should You Upgrade To The New iPhones? Here’s Some Thoughts”

  1. […] week I did an article on whether one should upgrade to the latest versions of the iPhone. As a result of that article, I got emails asking me to do the same thing for the Apple Watch. So […]

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