Skip iPhone 5 Release to Keep Older Models – Is it really that bad?

By Alan Ng - Mar 14, 2011

It is becoming almost inevitable that the Apple will introduce the iPhone 5 at their WWDC 2011 event at the start of June, but how many of you are actually planning to buy the device and how many of you believe that older iPhone models are still good enough for you.

At the moment, no-one knows the design of the iPhone 5 since Apple has so far managed to avoid a repeat of last year’s iPhone 4 prototype leak, so all we can do now is speculate on what sort of appearance and features the device will have. Obviously the design is going to look different to the iPhone 4, and there’s going to be signficant hardware changes and features to entice iPhone 4 and owners of older models to upgrade to their new device.

But for those of you who are currently happy with the likes of the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4, do you feel the need to upgrade your device straight away, or are you planning to stick with the older models until a price cut or other incentives are announced?

There is a good chance that the iPhone 3G and 3GS will receive an upgrade to iOS 5, so actually we’d agree with you if you’ve recently bought an iPhone, there may not be enough new features to warrant you spending another sum of money for the iPhone 5, and let’s face it – it isn’t going to be cheap.

This is more important to iPhone 4 owners perhaps, as the current set of features and hardware on the device are still pretty impressive compared to new handsets that are getting announced as we speak. Sure a dual-core processor would be nice, but it’s probably not worth a complete upgrade for – would you agree with this?

Where do you stand on this debate? Are you going to keep your current iPhone model, or are you going to upgrade to the iPhone 5 at the first opportunity?

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  • Ch4773

    I had a 3GS, dropped carrier AT&T for dropping me.. I went to Verizon last fall to get an eventual iPhone 4.. I got it and returned it to wait for iPhone 5.. Typing this on my iPad 2 white 16 gb 3G verizon iPad I got for the interim while using my droid incredible… I am waiting for iPhone 5 because if I'm dropping 750$ I want the dual core a5..

  • yutyut96

    You’re retarded. iPhone 3G upgrades stoped at iOS 4.2.1.
    Even if it were to upgrade to iOS 5, it probably be worse.

  • Jake

    I'll be buying the iPhone 5 whenever it is released here in the UK. I've been waiting for the white iPhone 4, and since that hasn't appeared yet, I don't see the harm in waiting until June (maybe) for the iPhone 5.

  • Tammy

    Would you get an iphone 5 v Droid Bionic? I've never had any iphone and wondering whether to upgrade to one of them from my Droid X. My husband wants mine, and then I would need an upgrade.

    • Tom

      iPhone 5 hands down….there is so much more quality apps in the app store! I am still mad I was sucked in to buying a htc evo ! Every time there is an update to iOS all devices at once that are 2 years old and up pretty much…but I am still waiting for 2.3 on my evo…and it's been out for like 4 months! So I got an iPad and now all I use my phone for is tethering and a phone…not to mention all the reports of malware in the android market

  • James Wani

    I have the 3GS and contract runs out in May so yes will be getting the Iphone 5. I would also say 3GS is the best place to be if you want an upgrade. I cannot see the changes being too significant for Iphone 4 holders to change ..

  • allan Jensen

    My 3GS is brilliant. Also keeping my Ipad v1 for the forseeable future. Both still beat anything else out there.

  • Paz

    Yep! Definitely getting one! Currently using 3GS and was going to upgrade to 4 but stock kept running out so I gave up. Want a decent camera and the display on the 4 is just to die for. So hopefully iPhone 5 will be better screen wise and camera wise. 

  • Mike

    Now that Apple has abandoned 3G owners by not letting them upgrade to iOS 4.3, why would you want to skip iPhone 5? I am still waiting for a white iPhone 4, so I'm ready for a 5th generation in whatever yummy color it comes in.

    • Mike

      That was supposed to be "yukky" color. My iPhone spell check decided "yummy" sounded nicer. I don't think so. It's either white or yukky!

  • Travis

    Thinking I may get one. I'm using a 3G and I don't think further iOS updates are going to apply to the 3G. I'm thinking only the 3GS and the 4 will get them due to superior hardware. Besides my 3G is getting pretty sluggish.

  • Fazo

    I'm due for an upgrade this year and since I'm still using an iPhone 3G I think it's time for a new one. Whatever that may be.

  • LZBong

    Will probably get an iphone 5, factory unlocked this time, since I've had a cheap iphone 4/expensive ipod touch for the last 6 months LOL

  • gigabait


    The 3gs is best to have as of the moment and the Iphone 5 won't be even looked at by developers until far into its lifespan when people actually start buying the damn thing. The exact same thing happened with the 3gs and will happen with the 5