Should People With an iPhone 6 or Older Upgrade?

Apple, the original smartphone brand and undisputed heavyweight champion of the global market for over a decade, continues to run its mobile device operations according to a very clear business strategy.

Whereas its competitors, SamsungHuaweiSonyLG and so on, have looked to broaden their appeal with smartphone ranges for all budgets, Apple has very much stuck to its guns at the premium end of the market. Relying on a hard-earned brand equity built around quality and innovation, each new iPhone release is a hotly-anticipated event, a new chapter in the annals of smartphone history.

And Apple’s business model is very clear – with each new release, it wants you to ditch your old iPhone and upgrade.

However, there came a point where Apple started to be tripped up by just how good it is at making smartphones. History may well look back at the period between the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 6S as a golden age in smartphone manufacture, as Apple pioneered and then refined the now-classic slim-form, large-screen smartphone format, with major leaps forward in processing speed

The truth is, during that period, people began to become very attached to their iPhone – even more so than they had been previously. Apple continued with its annual cycle of new releases, pushing forward the technology, innovating with the design… and pushing prices ever upwards.

Somehow, the old magic of the new iPhone launch began to fade just a little. People were quite happy with their iPhone 6 or 6S, thank you very much. Apple’s own commitment to outstanding build quality was working against its own strategy as phone owners saw no decline in performance after two, three, four or more years’ use. We’ve written elsewhere about how the iPhone 6S remains one of the most popular smartphones on the second hand market, no doubt partly driven by the fantastic reputation the model has to this day.

iPhone 6 End of life?

Then, last autumn, we reported that Apple had taken the decision not to make the latest version of its smartphone operating system, iOS 13, available to iPhone 6 and all earlier models. That has prompted many people to suggest that older iPhone owners had better start saying their goodbyes to their faithful companions and thinking about an upgrade. And with the next iteration of iOS likely to exclude the iPhone 6S too, it seems another classic could soon be joining the ‘end-of-life’ ranks.

But just how much does having the latest operating system matter? People worry that if they don’t have the latest version of iOS, they won’t get security updates for their phone, and it will start to become vulnerable to hacks and bugs that will ultimately render it useless. But this isn’t the case – Apple is still providing patches and support for older versions of iOS, with an update for iOS 9, for example, released just last June. So it is still perfectly possible to run older iPhones on older versions of iOS, complete with Apple support and updated security. You just miss out on some of the latest features that come with iOS 13.

The best advice for whether to upgrade your phone or not is always to judge it on current performance. If your older model iPhone is still in good condition and sound working order, and does all the things you need it to do, there is no reason to change it. But if it is looking a little worse for wear and is starting to get glitchy, maybe it’s time to think about a new one.

But that doesn’t mean you have to fork out for the very latest model. You can save a lot of money and still get an excellent phone in superb condition by buying second hand.


New iPhone 12 Release Date, Price and Specs Rumours

The iPhone 12 was expected to launch in September 2020, but Apple has confirmed it will be delayed. In this article we look at the latest news about the new iPhone’s release date, design, features, price and specs.

With a matter of weeks to go we’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect. The design is expected to have squared-off corners, new screen sizes, and a reconfigured camera array. Prices seem likely to go up again this year, and we have heard rumours of a new tougher Gorilla Glass that could be used for the displays.

When will the new iPhone be released?

The next batch of iPhones will be announced in autumn 2020, but it may not be in the traditional September slot.

Apple rarely comments publicly on its product release plans, but after its earnings report at the end of July their CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that the iPhone 12 will come out “a few weeks later than usual”.

Reports have suggested for a while that the iPhone 12 faces delays of at least a month.

Design changes

We’ve started to get an idea of what the iPhone 12 will look like, as numerous leaks and rumours point towards a single point of consensus.

  • Bezels that are 0.9mm thinner than on the 11 Pro Max
  • Larger screen: 6.7in, compared to 6.5in
  • Thinner chassis: 7.4mm, compared to 8.1mm
  • Much smaller notch
  • LiDAR sensor forms fourth element in square camera array


It’s been expected for a while that we would see a shrinking or total elimination of the notch. The notch contains sensors such as the one for Face ID.

Based on leaks, it looks like the notch will remain, but be smaller.


It appears more likely that the fourth sensor will be LiDAR, like on the new iPad Pro, than a fourth camera lens.

There is also talk of a big-zoom periscope lens, but that’s not expected to appear until 2022.

Screen size

The 2020 iPhones will come in three screen sizes: 5.4″ and 6.1″ for the basic models, and 6.1″ and 6.7″ for the Pro models.

The death of Lightning

Will 2020 be the year Apple finally gives in and replaces its proprietary Lightning port with USB-C, as it did on its iPad Pro models in 2018.

Apple’s hand may be forced. The EU has been flexing its muscles for some time, and in January proposed a measure to force all mobile manufacturers to standardise around USB-C. However, Apple has ignored such measures in the past and may do so again for this release.


The iPhone 12 will follow the 11 in the main, but Apple will tweak the offering depending on which colours were most popular.

As for iPhone 12 Pro, we’ve heard rumour of a new colour, Navy Blue, this will replace Midnight Green

New features

A new iPhone needs a new flagship feature – something an announcement event can be built around. In 2019 it was all about the cameras. In 2020 it will surely be 5G.


Android manufacturers have been offering 5G for some time – since before the iPhone 11 launched. Apparently the problem is getting someone to supply the modems. Apple used to partner with Qualcomm but the two firms had a major falling out over patents, later an arrangement was set up with Intel, but they have since quit the 5G arena, selling most of their smartphone modem business to Apple.

This means Apple could make its own modem, but that probably won’t be feasible until 2021. It’s believed that deals with other suppliers (including Qualcomm) are on track for a 5G launch in 2020.

3D camera

Current iPhones already feature 3D cameras used for Face ID, which makes it harder to market this as a breakthrough or flagship feature.

Sources predict that the iPhone 12 will feature ToF (time-of-flight) 3D cameras on the rear. This will enable improved augmented reality, a tech category that is rapidly turning into an obsession for Apple, as well as photo/video effects that aren’t currently possible.

Touch ID

To offer Touch ID on the iPhone 12, Apple would need to embed the sensor somewhere other than in the Home button. It could go under the glass of the screen: a patent has been granted to Apple that would allow the company to place a fingerprint sensor under an OLED screen.

Alternatively it could be embedded in the power or side buttons, a method used in Samsung’s Galaxy S10e.

Ultra-short range 802.11ay Wi-Fi

Macotakara says there is a possibility that the device will support IEEE 802.11ay, a new and extremely short-range wireless standard.

This proposed update has been on the table for some time, having seen its earliest draft version in January 2017. The 802.11ay standard offers four times the bandwidth of 802.11ad and is based on the 60GHz band.


The US firm that makes Gorilla Glass has announced its latest development: Gorilla Glass Victus. This material is claiming twice as drop-resistant as the previous version and four times as scratch-resistant as rival glass.


Screenshots from various databases suggest the new models will have smaller batteries, but with the advancements in technology the internals are expected to require less power to run them, resulting in extended batter lives.

How much will the iPhone 12 cost?

Here’s what predictions are saying regarding price of the new iPhone 12:

  • iPhone 12, 128GB: £679
  • iPhone 12, 256GB: £779
  • iPhone 12 Max, 128GB: £789
  • iPhone 12 Max, 256GB: £889
  • iPhone 12 Pro, 128GB: £1,049
  • iPhone 12 Pro, 256GB: £1,149
  • iPhone 12 Pro, 512GB: £1,349
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max, 128GB: £1,149
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max, 256GB: £1,249
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max, 512GB: £1,449

Apple has been increasing its prices for a while now, particularly in the UK, it would be pleasing if reports are right and there is no price rise for the iPhone 12 Pro, despite its larger screen and 5G.