Wait for the iPhone 6?

“Should I wait for the iPhone 6?” That’s a question we hear every day from readers and friends, and the answer varies based on each situation.

For most users it makes sense to wait for the iPhone 6 release date, especially if you plan to buy a new iPhone and use it for two or three years before you upgrade. In 2014 there are more reasons than normal to wait for the iPhone 6, but not every is willing to wait for Apple.

The short answer is, if you can wait for the iPhone 6, you should, but here are three reasons you should jump in and buy the iPhone 5s now, instead of waiting for a few months.

You’ll notice we said you can buy the iPhone 5s instead of waiting for the iPhone 6, not buy any iPhone.

It makes no sense to buy the iPhone 4s this late in 2014. Even at a penny or free on contract the iPhone 4s is a bad buy. Same goes for the iPhone 5c, which is basically a plastic iPhone 5. Although both of these phones will get an update to iOS 8 this fall, expect many features to be left out. Also the overall performance and camera quality aren’t at the same level as the iPhone 5s.

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You Literally Cannot Wait for the iPhone 6

For many shoppers a lack of willpower is the only reason they cannot wait for the iPhone 6, but for others there is no way to wait for the iPhone 6 release date.

Broken Phone

If your current smartphone is broken and you cannot get a warranty replacement it’s next to impossible to go three months without a smartphone. If you can use an old phone form a friend to get through, it’s a good idea, but that’s not always possible. If that fails you should buy the iPhone 5s, or look at these smartphones to consider before buying the iPhone 5s if you are thinking of buying an Android phone.

Don't wait for the iPhone 6 if your iPhone is broken.

Don’t wait for the iPhone 6 if your iPhone is broken.

Alltel Customer

If you are an Alltel customer AT&T is in the process of transitioning users over to the new AT&T network on a market by market basis and you will need a new smartphone when the transition occurs. For many users this means they are forced to buy a new AT&T smartphone well ahead of an iPhone 6 release. This is unfortunate, but necessary. If you buy on a AT&T Next, you can upgrade in as little as a year, but you may end up paying more for the phone.

You Don’t Want a Bigger iPhone 6

If you don’t want a bigger screen on the iPhone 6, you should just give up and buy an iPhone 5s today. This means no new design and you will likely miss out on some iOS 8 features that only work on the new iPhone, but overall you may be happier.

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The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may not be much bigger, but if you don't want a bigger display, buy the iPhone 5s.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may not be much bigger, but if you don’t want a bigger display, buy the iPhone 5s.

Rumors point to an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display as the only options. As much as we think there is a need for an iPhone 6 with a 4-inch display, it does not look like Apple plans to offer this — unless it is a very well-kept secret. As we explain, Apple may be prepared to offer more features to the iPhone 5s using cloud services in iOS 8, which is enough for some buyers to forget about the iPhone 6.

Read: iPhone 6 Screen Sizes

Before you make this decision, be sure to check out how much bigger a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 may be. Although the bezels make the iPhone 6 fairly tall, mock ups show that it shouldn’t be too much bigger than the iPhone 5s.

You Just Want a Cheap iPhone 5s

One of the main reasons we tell people who don’t need the latest and greatest iPhone to wait for the iPhone 6 is to get a cheaper iPhone 5s. Apple normally cuts the price of the old iPhone by $100 and  continues to sell it. This is a good deal, and in past years it was the start of bigger iPhone deals.

If you are only waiting for the iPhone 6 to get an iPhone 5s deal, there is no need to wait.

If you are only waiting for the iPhone 6 to get an iPhone 5s deal, there is no need to wait.

Right now there are always an iPhone 5s deals to be found at retailers like Best Buy, Radio Shack and Target. We even see deals at carriers from time to time. You can buy the iPhone 5s for $99 on Verizon or Sprint from Best Buy and if you trade in an old smartphone you may end up paying almost nothing. Target offers $50 off any iPhone 5s on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon as well.  If you want to go straight from AT&T you can get a refurbished iPhone 5s for $99 on a two-year contract.

In short there are a lot of deals that drop the iPhone 5s price down to where we expect it will be after apple announces the iPhone 6 this fall.

Here is a quick look at what the iPhone 6 may offer users that do wait for the new iPhone this fall.

  • iPhone 6 Screen Size – 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch iPhone with 1704 x 960 resolution.
  • iPhone 6 Release Date – September for the 4.7-inch, October or November a 5.5-inch iPhone.
  • iPhone 6 Design – A new thinner iPhone 6 design with more metal, power button on the right.
  • iPhone 6 Specs – Apple A8 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP Camera, Touch ID.
  • iPhone 6 Price – Possible price jump of $50 to $100, Expect a higher price for a 5.5-inch iPhone.

For more you can check out the iPhone 6 features and release date rumors to find out what to expect.