If you’re in need of a new iPhone, you might be tempted to buy in August. That said, if you can, we recommend waiting until September to buy yourself a new iPhone.
Apple’s current iPhone lineup has something for everyone. The iPhone X is the flagship and it appeals to those that want the best iPhone camera, a big screen without a massive footprint, Face ID, and out standing performance. The iPhone X is also the most expensive iPhone model.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple’s two other flagships from 2017, aren’t as stacked, but they’re both very capable and much cheaper than the iPhone X.
Apple’s also selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. These are Apple’s budget options and all four of these devices will get upgraded to iOS 12 this fall.
The company’s also selling the 4-inch iPhone SE, an option for those that don’t want a large screen. Apple doesn’t sell the iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s, but you can find them refurbished, or new, through third-party sellers.
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone this month, you’ve got options. We just can’t recommend buying any of them in August unless you’re truly desperate.
iPhone 11 Launch
Apple is reportedly planning three new iPhone models for 2018 and the list includes a successor for the iPhone X, an iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. The company hasn’t set a date, but just about everyone expects them to launch in September.
Before you go out and buy last year’s models or something older you’ll want to dig into the latest regarding the devices some are calling iPhone 9, iPhone 11, or iPhone X 2. Here are the basics for those that haven’t been paying attention to the rumors:
- Apple’s reportedly working on a 6.5-inch OLED model that might be called iPhone X Plus. This device is expected to have a ton of RAM and a huge battery.
- The company is said to be working on a 5.8-inch OLED successor to the iPhone X.
- A brand new 6.1-inch LCD model is also rumored to be in development. The 6.1-inch iPhone is rumored to have a metal design, a cheaper price, and assortment of colors.
If any of those sound good to you, and your phone isn’t failing apart at the seams, we recommend holding out for Apple’s annual iPhone event.
If you aren’t enamored with the new models, you should still hang around and wait for Apple to announce its new phones.
Fall & iPhone Holiday Deals
When Apple announces the new iPhone models next month it’ll shift around the prices of its current lineup.
If the company continues to sell the iPhone X, there are rumors it’ll get discontinued, you can expect its price to drop. Even if Apple stops selling it, retailers around the world will be looking to offload their inventory and that means we should see some nice price cuts that don’t require a trade-in.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus should stick around as budget alternatives to the 2018 iPhones. Look for their prices to drop at Apple and for significant price cuts to take place at popular retailers and carriers.
You can also expect price cuts on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE. We’ll see price cuts on top Android phones as well.
If you aren’t in a hurry, you might think about holding out until November or December for Black Friday and holiday deals. We should see some deep discounts on popular iPhone models.
New iPhones only come around once a year. And with the launch and guaranteed price cuts just weeks away, those of you in need of a new iPhone would be wise to control those urges and hold onto your current phone for a little while longer.
Install iOS 11.4.1 for Better Security
Apple's iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 15 patches for potential security issues. If you value your security, you should think about installing it today.
iOS 11.4.1 also comes with a USB Restricted Mode that disables the Lightning port on your iPhone or iPad if a device hasn't been unlocked or connected to a computer using a passcode within a certain amount of time.
The new setting is located in Settings > Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode. There you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. It's toggled off by default.
This provides an added layer of protection and prevents the use of cracking tools like GrayKey.
If you skipped iOS 11.4, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with 30+ patches aimed at improving your device's security. This makes it an essential download for most iPhone and iPad users.
If you missed any of Apple's previous iOS updates, your iOS 11.4.1 update comes with a lot more.
If you skipped iOS 11.3.1, your version of iOS 11.4.1 comes with iOS 11.3.1's four security patches.
If you skipped iOS 11.3, your iOS 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 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 currently 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 11.4.1.
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.
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 11.4.1 right now.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 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 11.4.1 update will come with even more security-related 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 want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to the latest version of iOS. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.