About how long will a person get out of an iPhone before needing to upgrade?
I am trying to figure out if getting my husband and his mom an iPhone are a good idea. They tend to hang on to phones FOR EVER. I am not keen on getting them each an iPhone4 if they're going to be forced to upgrade to the newest one in a couple of years because the latest software no longer works on their phone.
Does anyone still use an iPhone 3 or even older? Or is there no way that still works?
- 02-18-2011, 09:49 AM #2
- 02-18-2011, 10:15 AM #3
the iphone 3g does not utilize all of the features of ios4 so id say you will get about 2 years of usage so a length of a contract.
to be honest people who hang on to phones forever and dont really use the features might be best to stay with a regular phone and ipod touch combo. the iphone 4 will handle pretty much any updates for next year and a half since its 6 months old already
there are people still using the original iphone but they cant use the latest updates and some apps wont work
Last edited by ZombieZakk; 02-18-2011 at 10:37 AM.
- 02-18-2011, 11:23 AM #5
yea apple tries to support its users as long as possible i mean if they really start using the device for all it can do they will want to upgrade every 2 years at least i know personally i buy the new one at launch every year.
plus there are rumors of there being a lower end one emerging for people who want to spend less. personally if you want the maximum life out of it wait until the new ones realease this summer if your on at&t idk if vzw will get the iphone 5 at same time and that way they will have the latest hardware not that the iphone 4 isnt capable just for those who want maximum longevity best to buy the newest hardware.
- 02-18-2011, 11:46 AM #6iPhone Beginner
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If you're really concerned with using every possible new iOS feature as soon as it becomes available, you need to upgrade your hardware every year. If you bought a 3GS when it first came out, then a year later there was the front-facing camera and retina display. If you bought a 4 last summer, then this summer there will be some new iOS feature (RFID?) that you can't use.
RFID isn't really something I am super worried about. What I am excited for is a possibly better camera. But if I am a few months behind, that's fine. I am not usually an immediately early adopter. I usually wait a couple months so I can see if the bugs will annoy me. I already know about the antenna thing.
For ME, I will almost certainly get an iPhone 5 if the form factor isn't obnoxious (as in a slider or much bigger). I am the phone *****. Those two don't care. I want something REALLY EASY for my mother in law though. lol If my coworkers can use this thing then she absolutely can.
We will be joining ATT after over 12 years with Sprint. I got a big F.U. from Sprint this week and that was the straw. I get a discount at ATT for work, so that's about the only option besides staying with Sprint.
- 02-18-2011, 02:42 PM #8
if apple does a slider it will only be as an option they are very pro touchscreen and rightly so they have the best touchscreen around. i dont know if apple will go bigger to a 4" screen or not its possible but there will almost certainly be a 3.5" model but we will see. i would personally love a 4" model.