Should You Be Buying a New iPhone Every Year?

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One of the biggest dilemmas iPhone user face is, whether they should buy a new iPhone every year? What I mean by that is, every year Apple announces a new version/iteration of the iPhone, which to be completely honest, isn’t a lot different than the one you currently own; it’s just the perception and the hype that Apple is masterful at creating, that makes every iPhone user question their sanity and force them to contemplate buying a new iPhone, when they don’t really have to. Supply and Demand – that’s how large corporations make their money. Apple just so happens to be at the top of the food chain.

I mean seriously; just when I buy an iPhone 5, Apple is already set to launch the iPhone 6. What the hell are users suppose to do? It’s not like these devices are cheap. The iPhone (unlocked) on average costs upwards of $600 a pop. That’s a lot of money for an average individual to spend on a yearly basis. And this problem isn’t just limited to iPhone users; people who use Technology and Mobile Devices in general, have to go through this BS every year. In fact, it appears that Samsung launches a new version of the Samsung Galaxy Phone and Tablet, almost every month. It’s frustrating to say the least.

I understand that large corporations have shareholders to answer to, so they need to constantly innovate in order to stay ahead of the competition. I totally get that. What bugs me is that every time they release a new version of a particular device, they stop supporting the old devices, which inevitably forces users to upgrade to the new version. It’s a neat little trick that works every time.

Pardon me for going on a tangent, but the point that I’m trying to make in this blog post is:

The answer to the million dollar question –

Should I Buy a New iPhone Every Year?

Is a resounding NO.

Unless there’s something wrong with your current device, there’s absolutely no legitimate reason whatsoever, for you to feel guilty about not buying a new iPhone every time Apple launches one; which just so happens to be every year now. iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, etc… the list just goes on and on. There’s no end to this.

The best thing you can do as a financially responsible individual, is to resist the temptation to go out and stand in a line outside the Apple Store for a zillion hours, just so you can get your hands on the latest version of the iPhone. Don’t do that. Don’t be a Muppet. Be smart.

I personally advocate upgrading your iPhone every 3 to 4 years. That’s just me. Unless of course there’s something wrong with your device or you’re experiencing an uncontrollable urge to spend your hard earned money on a device you already own, then you might have a legitimate reason to buy a new iPhone every year.

Those are just my 2 cents. Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what you want to do with your money.

I’ll end this blog post with one of my favorite quotes of all time:

“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is the KING.”

If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.


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