If you’re in the market for a new iPhone do yourself a favor and cross the iPhone 5, and iPhone 5c, off your shopping list.
Apple’s iPhone 5 was, at one point, one of the best smartphones money could buy. You can’t buy it from the Apple Store but it’s still available on the resale market.
While it might be tempting, the iPhone 5 is no longer the top option for those looking to save some cash and/or pickup a phone with a 4-inch display.
If you have your eyes on the iPhone 5 or the colorful iPhone 5c, you’re better off going in another direction. And here are a few reasons why.
You might’ve heard. Apple is ending software support for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. The two devices will stay on iOS 10 and the upcoming iOS 10.3.3 update might just be their last update. This has several implications.
First, you won’t get any of iOS 11’s features. For those of you thinking about a phone that first hit shelves in 2012, that might not be that big of a deal. You could live with that. Features won’t be the only thing you miss out on though.
Unless Apple drastically changes the way it releases iOS updates, this also means these devices will no longer get official bug fixes or security patches.
You might be able to deal with a few problems but it’s lack of security that should have you worried. Apple’s devices aren’t immune to exploits.
If you store sensitive data on your phone, this alone should have you thinking about making the jump to another iPhone or an alternative.
We’ve been using the iPhone 5 since launch day and we’ve used every iOS update Apple’s ever released for the device. We’ve had a mostly good experience but this is a phone that is, and has been, on the decline.
Every time Apple releases a new iOS update we hear horror stories from iPhone 5 users. Stories about unfixable battery drain, keyboard lag, and frequent random reboots, just to name a few.
We’ve had a decent run on iOS 10 but our iPhone 5 hasn’t been immune to problems. It can be laggy and, at this point, frustrating to use as a daily driver.
Sadly there’s no way to go back to an older version of iOS. Once you make the move to iOS 10 or iOS 10.3.2, you’re stuck with the performance you get.
If the iPhone 5 you’re looking at has a clean install, you might get good mileage out of it at first. However, over time, your experience will probably start to deteriorate as you accumulate more photos, apps, and other data. We’ve seen this happen first hand.
Wiping the phone and restoring from a backup will always be there as a nuclear option if the phone becomes too unusable but it’s a huge, time-consuming pain. Especially if you have to do it over and over and over again.
At this point, with the phone being as old as it is, and with iOS 10 running like it is, it’s probably a better idea to invest in a newer, more capable device. Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of options.
If you’re determined to go the iPhone route and you really want the 4-inch display, your best option is Apple’s iPhone SE.
The iPhone SE is cheap, comes with a 4-inch Retina Display, and should deliver a better all-around experience thanks to its processor, RAM, and cameras. Oh, and it’ll be getting software support (including iOS 11) for the foreseeable future. The iPhone SE came out in early 2016 and iPhones typically get four years of software support.
If you aren’t tied to the 4-inch display, make sure you take a long look at the iPhone 7. Retailers are currently offering $50-300 discounts on the flagship device. If not the iPhone 7, look closely at the iPhone 6s, a device that’s extremely efficient and extremely cheap.
And let’s not forget about the mind-boggling number of Android phones out there. You can get an outstanding Android device for under $200.
We’ve loved our time with the iPhone 5 but its time is up. If you’re looking for a new device you can do a whole lot better without breaking the bank.
Install iOS 10.3.3 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.3 update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 10.3.3 brings 24 security patches addressing vulnerabilities plaguing Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari.
It also includes a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit dubbed "Broadpwn." That patch alone is a great reason to install iOS 10.3.3 right now or in the immediate future.
If you failed to download previous versions of iOS, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring even more security features.
If you passed on iOS 10.3.2, iOS 10.3.3 will deliver 23 additional security patches for potentially dangerous issues.
If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.3 update will bring its lone security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.3 will bring its monster list of patches to your device.
The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, iOS 10.3.3 brings their security patches with it. The iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.3 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device.