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How Long Does an iPhone Last?

Jul 03, 2022



How Long Does an iPhone Last?


Smartphone prices are on the rise and this year's work from home lifestyle has consumer demand for electronics on the rise as well. As a result, companies are cashing in with higher prices. Global supply chain issues and corporate stock prices are driving companies to raise prices even more. This causes companies like Apple to install additional “Pro” features in their non pro line up, thereby raising the starting price of the base model iPhone, compared to 2019.


Smartphones, particularly iPhones, are plenty powerful for all of our daily uses these days, having highly detailed camera systems with multiple lenses, and the ability to receive updates for future software features. But how can you stretch your purchase and get the benefits of owning an iPhone for the longest amount of time before upgrading?


In the past, the rise of the mobile processor, touch screens, fingerprint scanners, and cameras rapidly improved as more and more manufacturers continued to specialize in the mobile market.

For that reason, an unexplored industry boomed throughout the 2010’s. Each new year the amazing engineers at Apple were able to build on top of their strong foundation and create a new device that wildly outperformed the last.


However, like the PC market, we have reached a point where the highest end equipment is becoming absurdly expensive to keep up with enthusiast expectations. Phones priced in the midrange provide a great experience for most purposes.


In terms of updates, Apple typically provides device updates for five years. For example, the iPhone 6S, released in 2015, has received 5 years of iOS updates, and it’s possible it will receive another update in 2021, for a total of 6 years.


If you were to buy the iPhone 12 today, you can reliably expect it to receive updates from Apple until 2026, which is a great value. You would theoretically be able to own the iPhone 12 and receive the most up to date feature sets that Apple provides for the next six years.


But, there’s a catch. The battery life. As you use your phone, the battery will degrade over time. Apple has rated their batteries good for 500 charge cycles before it drops to 80% capacity. It is recommended that at this time you replace the battery, as iOS will slow down the performance to conserve power.


According to Apple’s guidelines, if you charge your phone once a day, you would need to replace your battery 4 or 5 times over the course of the 6 years of updates. At $60 per replacement, this may seem costly, but considering that replacing a degraded battery keeps the phone running as fast as the day you got it, it is significantly cheaper than replacing your phone every two years.


In addition, by replacing the battery regularly, you could likely use the device for even longer than 6 years if all you’re doing is the same social media, photography, and mobile games.


All in all, despite rising prices, the latest iPhones released are many times more powerful than their predecessors, so with a clearly defined maintenance strategy, in addition to the free software updates, your purchase today could last you the entire decade if you’re careful with the device.


We love to see this here at UpTrade, as our mission is to simultaneously empower consumers while making an impact in reducing e-waste in the world.

For the best possible value over the next decade, we recommend buying a lightly used iPhone 11 on our website, as the price will have dropped by 20-30% with the release of the iPhone 12. This will let you hold onto it for the next 8-10 years.


In the event that you really want to upgrade again within that time frame, by using our service you could receive a discount on your next purchase by trading in the device you’re currently using, making the savings even greater.


Best of all, no unnecessary extra devices are manufactured, and costs are minimized throughout the entire process.


Be sure to use for your next upgrade, to save money, time, and reduce electronic waste.


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