iPhone Buyer's Guide – Which Model is For You?

There are several iPhone models currently in circulation, and they are displayed below in order of release. I found it tricky when I had to shop for my new phone (sorry android, I’m an iPhone girl) and I’ve written a little summary of their features and their cost, to help you identify which iPhone is going to best fit your needs.

*Disclaimer: Clearly I don’t work for Apple and am not an expert, so I apologize in advance if I’ve gotten anything wrong, but I did cross check my details with the website.*

iPhone SE

- Year introduced: 2016

- Capacity: 16 and 64 GB

- Colours: silver, space grey, gold, rose gold

- Retina display

- 4 inch diagonal LED backlit screen

- Touch ID 2nd generation

- 4k videos

- 12-megapixel photos

- Live photos

- A9 chip (the internal processor chip)

- *MyTake owner’s choice*

This is the phone I currently have, and I love it! The main difference between this phone and an iPhone 6s is that there is no 3D touch. In a nutshell, the iPhone SE is essentially an iPhone 6s in an iPhone 5s body, making it a more affordable option without sacrificing quality.

iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

- Year introduced: 2015

- Capacity: 16, 64, and 128 GB

- Colours: silver, space grey, gold, rose gold

- Retina HD display

- 4.7 inch/6 Plus: 5.5 inch diagonal LED backlit screen

- 3D touch

- Touch ID 2nd generation

- 4k videos

- 12-megapixel photos

- Live photos

- A9 chip (the internal processor chip)

This is the ‘elite’ iPhone, being the most expensive model. I’d like to say that while this phone is brilliant, it’s not absolutely necessary, but if you have the money, go for it! The iPhone 6s Plus is simply a larger screen with a little longer battery life.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

- Year introduced: 2014

- Capacity: 16, 64, (128 GB discontinued)

- Colours: silver, space grey

- Retina HD display

- 4.7 inch/6 Plus: 5.5 inch diagonal LED backlit screen

- Touch ID

- 1080 HD videos

- 8-megapixel photos

- A8 chip (the internal processor chip)

This phone operates well and if you aren’t fussed about having the best phone camera (even though this camera is still very high quality), this is the phone for you. The main, noticeable differences between a 6 and a 6s is that this phone does not have 3D touch, live photos and the camera is of a slightly lower quality. The Plus is a larger screen with a little longer battery life.

iPhone 5s

- Year introduced: 2013

- Capacity: 16, 32, and 64 GB

- Colours: Grey, silver, gold

- 4 inch diagonal LED backlit screen

- 8-megapixel photos

- 1080 HD videos

- Touch ID

Looking at the specs, there isn’t a HUGE difference between this phone and the 6, apart from of course, status, and size. There are also a few display differences and internal processor differences. This model was recently discontinued on March 21, 2016.

I was considering including the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s, however these products have been discontinued. Once an apple product has been discontinued for 7 years it is considered obsolete, and no service or replacement parts of its kind are offered by Apple.

Feel free to check out the Compare iPhone Models page on Apple’s website, where you can get more details from! http://www.apple.com/au/iphone/compare/

Still not sure? Ask Google, and get reading on all those tech review websites! Good luck!


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  • "Once an apple product has been discontinued for 7 years it is considered obsolete, and no service or replacement parts of its kind are offered by Apple." that's kinda fucked up, it encourages people to upgrade by limiting services to old phones. i don't know if i should buy an iphone now lmaoo i wanted to get a 5s but apple seems so money hungry

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    • That's kind of how everything works now, sadly. Planned obsolescence.

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    • @Anno_Domini automobile manufacturing slowed down which was a factor that added to the great depression. it makes sense why they do it but doesn't mean i have to like it :P i'll begin my quest for the best quality phone starting now

    • Unfortunately, the problem is that iPhones tend to slow down everytime you update the software, because Apple is designing the iOS updates for the new phones, so they're not going to work as well on your old phone.
      They do it subtly, but they want you to buy an iPhone every 2 years.
      Also, if you're looking for the cheapest option for buying a phone, get it on a plan. If you subtract the buy-out price of the phone from the total tallied monthly cost, it should work out cheaper.

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