Apple and the other major smartphone manufacturers provide shiny new versions of their devices every year. But despite what marketing can tell you, you definitely do not need to upgrade each cycle.
On Wednesday, the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino presented three new phones: an iPhone XS, a faster version of X released last year, with the same screen size; XS Max, a larger version of the same; and a somewhat more budget-friendly phone called XR. The latest model, which is not for sale until October, still has Face ID as its more expensive cousins, but sports an aluminum body and LCD screen, instead of stainless steel and an OLED screen, as on the XS models.
But by Just If you have a shiny new phone, there are convincing practical reasons to consider upgrading to a new iPhone if you're not already loyal to Android options like Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy. There are also some convincing reasons to wait. Firstly, there are reasons to go for it.
You're tired of Touch ID
Apple has included a fingerprint sensor in their phones since the iPhone 5s, and it works most of the time ̵
You want wireless charging
Certainly, Android phones have had wireless charging for a while, and Apple's iPhone X and 8 Series got it first feature last year. However, if you use any iPhone before the 2017 offers, you need to plug it in to charge it (which is faster, by the way than recharging wirelessly). If you want to be able to place your phone on a carpet from Belkin or Mophie, then the iPhone 8 or any of the handset Apple just announced, do the trick. (In the meanwhile, Apple's own wireless charger, AirPower, is noticeably still not for sale.
You have small hands, but want a bigger, finer display.
The now-released iPhone SE had a great form factor – only 4.87 inches high – for those who do not want to hold a tablet size device in their small hands. But with iPhone X last year, Apple's aficionados had a small device (only 5.85 inches high), but with a 5.8-inch screen on the diagonal; It's bigger than the screen of the larger iPhone 8 Plus. Anything that means that if you are using an iPhone that is not X from last year, consider iPhone Xs announced yesterday, which has a faster processor than the previous generation. It is 5.65 inches in size and the OLED screen (known for a higher contrast ratio and more accurate vivid colors thanks to HDR) measures 5.8 inches on the diagonal, like X before it.
You want more storage on your device  If the device you are using is filled to the surface with photos, apps and downloaded movies that take up precious space, you may be interested in getting a new device with many free place. Two of the three iPhones announced yesterday, XS and XS Max, comes with a 512 GB storage option. It is much. Of course, XS Max costs $ 1,449 storage and you can always manage your storage on your existing device by deleting unused apps and selecting "Optimize iPhone Storage" in the Photos section of the Settings on your phone. That means the device will keep smaller pictures on board and the full ones in the cloud.
You want a faster phone
iPhone 8 and X announced last year had a faster chip than the previous year – what Apple calls A11 Bionic versus A10 Fusion. This year, the latest phones, predictably, have a faster processor again. They have marked the A12 Bionic. If you currently use an iPhone 7 or earlier, upgrade will now get you a two-generation chip in front of what you have. (Of course, it's likely that the 2019 phones will be faster still.) And for the most part, you only notice that speed increases if you do tasks that require a lot of treatment, like using AR.
You want a long battery
If you already use a 2017 Apple phone, the latest versions are announced to have a longer battery life – iPhone XS has a lithium-ion battery that will last "up to 30 minutes longer than iPhone X "and bigger, newer, XS Max is intended to continue for" up to "1.5 hours more than X. The new XR promises another 90 minutes on the already formidable battery life of 8 Plus.
Reasons You Do not Have To Upgrade
Of course, if your phone usually works well, there's no need to stand out now. It's easy to find an incentive to wait.
The latest operating system will probably work on your phone
As it reveals new devices each year, Apple releases a new, free operating system update annually. The last, called iOS 12, falls on September 17th. Apple uses this version of the operating system as "faster" and "more responsive", which means that this year's focus is not adding a lot of watches and whistles, but instead, something better. For more information on what's coming, visit this page, but the good news is that it will work on devices as old as iPhone 5s and SE, dating back to 2013. If you're on the fence about upgrading, just wait 4 days , install the latest operating system, and see how you feel.
Next year gets better
Apple generally follows a cross-tipping pattern in its iPhone releases: refreshes the form in a more dramatic way a year, making it faster and more refined next. This year was the latter. It was an "S" year, which means they managed to "S" after the names would mean that it is an upgraded version of the predecessor, yet similar to last year's model. (Apple does not always follow this order: there was no iPhone 7-instead we got the iPhone 8 models and X last year.)
However, you can almost certainly count on newer devices next year and if they get tick- tock pattern in general, you can expect gadgets with a new shape (and probably a faster processor again) next year. Will it be called iPhone 11? Who knows. A smart strategy is to alternate the year you upgrade and make a phone work for at least two trips around the sun.
Phones are built to last
Smartphones like the iPhone are built of materials like stainless steel and aluminum. The latest devices, for example, include a glass that is "the most durable glass anywhere in a smartphone," says Apple. If the phone is not terribly cracked and it's fine, think of it as a reliable car. Just keep running it until you really, really need another one.
Finally, consider what the choice works best for you as well. Apple has its own upgrade program designed for people who feel they must have the latest device annually. For example, the company charges $ 49.91 per month for iPhone XS, but after you've completed it for a year, you'll be able to get the next gadget if you've made your payments. You can also shop in a phone directly to the company for any money outside the sticker price of another. In addition, the individual carriers offer their own payment arrangements: For example, AT & T Hawks have alternatives called next and next year; The first option divides the cost of the phone to 30 payments. After you have paid 80%, you can upgrade or continue to pay to keep it.
But if you already own your phone for free and ready, and upgrading represents an extra hit in your wallet, you can best serve to wait next year if you are satisfied with what you have.