The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are cheap and dependable, but some people better off going with another iPhone model or a budget Android device.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus aren’t top of the line smartphones anymore, but they’re certainly worth a look if you don’t have a ton of money to spend on an iPhone.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still solid phones with quality battery life and performance. They’re also much cheaper than they once were.
The two devices were also recently bumped up to iOS 11, Apple’s brand new mobile operating system. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also get the company’s iOS 11.1 milestone upgrade later this year. iOS 11.1 is set to deliver 50+ new emojis for the iPhone 6’s keyboard.
If you’re in the hunt for a cheap phone, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should be on your list. That said, there are some reasons to think about holding off on buying one or the other.
In this guide we’ll go over some reasons why you should, and maybe shouldn’t, invest in an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus right now or in the future.
Keep these reasons in mind as you try and make a decision about your next smartphone.
iPhone 6 Deals Are Good Right Now
Let’s start with a couple of reasons to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus right now or in the future.
These days you don’t have to wait for Apple to announce new iPhone models to take advantage of great iPhone deals.
There are a ton of deals on new and used/refurbished iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. One example: Groupon is selling a space gray iPhone 6 for just $250. You can get a refurbished iPhone 6 from Amazon for less than $288.
You also might be able to find a steal on resale sites like eBay or Craigslist if you play your cards right.
If you’re on a budget and you don’t care about specs, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus are two phones to consider.
We could also see some better deals emerge once the iPhone X arrives and as we get close to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holidays.
iOS 11.1 & Software Support
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus recent got upgraded to iOS 11 and the software is running pretty well on the aging former flagship.
We’ve taken a close look at the software and we’ve come away impressed. iOS 11 has its fair share of problems, but we’re getting pretty good mileage out of Apple’s latest update.
The two devices will get iOS 11’s new and redesigned emoji characters and they’ll also get iOS 11’s person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash. Apple Pay Cash will arrive later this year, probably inside iOS 11.1.
On top of incremental iOS 11 releases, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should get at least one more major iOS update.
iPhones typically get four years of software support before they’re dropped and iOS 11 represents their third update.
If you want an extremely cheap phone and you don’t want to replace it anytime soon, think about buying an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 6s is Better & Cheap
If you haven’t already, make sure you take a look at the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus before you commit to an iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launched a year after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. They’re newer, they’re cheaper (Apple dropped the iPhone 6s’ price to $449 when it confirmed the iPhone 8 and iPhone X), and they have a longer shelf life.
Here are a few real life differences between the two:
- Apple’s iPhone 6s models feature better cameras which means they’ll shoot photos and videos.
- They have faster Touch ID.
- They have better processors which means they have better all-around performance.
- They’re a year younger which means they’ll get one more year of iOS software support.
- iOS 11 is also running well on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also get upgraded with iOS 11.1, new emoji, and Apple Pay Cash.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are newer but in some cases, they’re about as cheap as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Make sure you rule these devices out before you go with one of the older iPhone 6 variants.
Wait Until You’re Prepared
If you haven’t spent time preparing to buy your next phone, hold off until you’re ready to do so.
You might want to do it but you shouldn’t rush into buying a new phone, even if your phone is currently out of commission.
If you aren’t tied to a carrier make sure you research carrier coverage in your home and the areas you frequent the most.
We also recommend digging into carrier pricing and data plans. If you haven’t upgraded your phone in awhile, they’ve probably changed.
You also need to look into your upgrade and make sure it’s available. There are just a few of the steps we recommend taking before buying a new phone.
Read the fine print, research iPhone 6 alternatives, and find the best carrier and data plan for you and your needs.
Once you feel comfortable, make your move.
Wait for Better Deals
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are cheap, but you might be able to get them cheaper if you wait a few more weeks.
If you aren’t in love with the current price points and want to save even more cash because you a) want to or b) need to, you should consider waiting.
If you can wait until November you might see some amazing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deals emerge thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Retailers in the U.S. and elsewhere could offer some better deals as they look to clear out their inventory.
There’s no guarantee the deals will be any better than they are right now but if you’re really short on cash and really want an iPhone, think about waiting.
Install iOS 11.3.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.3.1 update comes with four known security patches for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running iOS 11.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update comes with 27 additional patches for potential exploits. Those of you lingering on iOS 11.2.6 would be wise to make the move sooner rather than later.
If you missed iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.3.1 update also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.1.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3.1 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3.1 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with even more security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3.1 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3.1. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3.1 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3.1 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.