If you’re looking to buy a cheap iPhone and keep it for awhile, there are some models you should absolutely avoid during your search.
While they might be a little cheaper than they were when Apple first released them back in September, they still cost a pretty penny. The iPhone XS still starts at $999 without a trade-in at Apple, the iPhone XS at $1099, and the iPhone XR retails for $749 at Apple without a device to trade-in.
If you want to buy into the Apple ecosystem and don’t want to pay those prices for a new phone, you don’t have to. Apple’s got a great selection of cheap iPhones with names like iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 6s.
If you want to go cheaper still, you’ve also got options like the iPhone SE. Apple’s 4-inch flagship is extremely cheap and it will, like the aforementioned devices, get Apple’s new iOS 13 update when it officially launches in the fall.
If you are in the hunt for a new iPhone, those are the cheap iPhones that should be at the top of your shopping list. They come with the best hardware and support for the price.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the cheap iPhones that shouldn’t be on your shopping list at this point. These are the cheap iPhones you should avoid buying in 2019.
iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus
If you want a new iPhone, but you don't want to spend a ton of cash, you might have your eyes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple no longer sells its flagships from 2014, but you can find them on sale at a variety of retailers including Amazon.
Amazon sells the iPhone 6 for just $120 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus for $170 or less. These are attractive numbers for those on a budget, but you're much better off going with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, or something newer.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will stay on iOS 12. Apple confirmed the bad news at WWDC 2019 when it announced iOS 13. This might not seem like a big deal, but it is.
First of all, it means the devices won't get any new features down the road. That means no Dark Mode and that means nothing from iOS 14 and beyond unless you jailbreak.
More importantly, it means the devices won't get any more bug fixes or security updates from Apple. While you might be able to live with the lack of features, missing out on patches and fixes is far from ideal.
The hardware on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is also aging. The cameras aren't great and the processors are years old which means you won't get the best performance in key areas like gaming, speed, and battery life. Far from it actually.
If you spend a little more money on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus or the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for that matter, you get more capable hardware and you get an upgrade to iOS 13 and a full year of improvements (new features, bug fixes, and security updates).
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