As premium phone prices continue to increase, users should look to keeping their phones longer.
Seeing u/hybridhighway post that’s currently sitting on the front page of this subreddit, I think Apple raising prices on their smartphones is a combination of users holding onto their phones longer thanks to technology now becoming stagnant + Apple wanting to make more money per unit.
This is why I’ve gone from getting a new smartphone every 2 years to 3 years. The 6S 16GB was 650 (not counting tax) when it came out. If I were to get a phone 2 years later, that I means I spent 325 per year on it. Now if I want the X, I’m looking to pay 500 a year for 2 years. However, today’s phones can easily go 3 years, maybe even 4 assuming the user replaces the battery or is fine with the degradation. You are then looking at paying 333 a year which is pretty close to what I used to do back in the day.
Currently, I own an S8 and iPhone 7 (for work). I have no reason to switch them out unless they break or kick the bucket. Hell, before I got a new Surface Book last year, I spent 9 years with my previous one (Macbook Pro).
*Honestly, speak with your wallet. That doesn’t mean never buying Apple products, but don’t be that guy who rushes to buy the latest or greatest. Rather, hold onto your products unless there’s some ground breaking feature or you absolutely need to get the phone replaced. Camera phones are more than good enough, there’s only so much you can do with screen quality, and just how beefy of a processor you need for 95% of your use cases?
Maybe Apple will respond by increasing their prices even further or maybe they will try to make older products obsolete in some form or fashion, but we won’t know until we try.
*Is simply my opinion and I am not attacking anyone who wishes to buy Apple’s latest products for any reason whatsoever.