When is the best time to buy a new iPhone? Over the past few years we’ve read the online criticisms from a long list of nattering nabobs of negativism and other anti-Apple critics that there is nothing new in new iPhones, the designs are the same as last year, so there is no need to upgrade.
Meanwhile, iPhone sales have slowly gone down while prices have gone up. I’m here to tell you that every new iPhone represents the best year ever to buy an iPhone.
I’m not the only one who thinks so, and there are many reasons to back it up.
Why 2019 is the best year ever to buy a smartphone
Why? Flagship smartphones. And it’s not just 2019. It’s every year.
As much as the anti-Apple screeds tell you iPhone design hasn’t changed, there are two realities to consider.
First up, all smartphones are the same flat slabs of glass wrapped in a case, with rounded corners, and filled with apps to customize the user experience.
Has that changed much since the first iPhone launched in 2007?
Second up, Apple– as is the case with Samsung and other major manufacturers– changes almost everything that is inside each new iPhone. New chips, new memory, new batteries, new motherboard, new camera.
Yeah, there may not be a big need to swap out iPhone X for iPhone XS, but if you own iPhone 7, then the differences between what you own now and iPhone XR are substantial.
Prices are coming down while quality improves so a phone you buy today can easily last two or three years. What do you expect your smartphone to do next year that it’s not doing now?
There are two issues I see there.
First up, iPhone prices are higher now than ever, yet there are more sales and discounts than ever, too. Even premium Samsung Galaxy class smartphones are similar in price to iPhones, but with steeper discounts a few months after launch.
Second up, our smartphones do far more than they did a decade ago, and each year adds new and improved capabilities; maybe not sufficient to upgrade every year, but certainly– with camera improvements alone– every three years.
Everything about every new iPhone is better than iPhones from just a couple of years ago, so if you’ve had yours for three years, it’s due for an upgrade and you will notice the differences. If you bought last year, this year’s model will still be an improvement, but you need to weigh whether the differences are worth the money.
I started on the iPhone Upgrade Program a few years ago and I’ll stay there, thanks to built-in AppleCare. Meanwhile, Miller slices and dices the missive that there is nothing new in smartphones under the sun.