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iPhone buying guide: Should I buy an iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or wait for iPhone 7?

Karen Haslam | May 28, 2015
Should you buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, buy one of the older iPhones, wait for the iPhone 7 or keep the one you have? Here's our buying advice for prospective iPhone buyers.

Which iPhone is best? Or more specifically, which iPhone is best for you? Should you buy one of Apple's latest iPhones — the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus — or would an older model, such as the iPhone 5c or the iPhone 5s, be a better (as well as cheaper) option? Or perhaps it's worth waiting for the next generation iPhones, which — for want of confirmation from Apple — we're still referring to as the iPhone 6c, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7.

In this article we examine all the options for prospective iPhone buyers: the four models of iPhone currently available, the differences between them in terms of specs, design, features and price, and which one is right for each category of buyer. We also look at older models of iPhone, and advise owners of these iPhones what their best upgrade path is — with the iPhone 7 only four months away (or maybe even less) it might be worth waiting. Finally we talk about storage capacities and colour options.

Whatever you need to know about choosing your next iPhone, we've got the answer here.

Should I buy an iPhone now or wait for iPhone 7?

Before we delve in to this in-depth iPhone buying guide, there's something very important to mention: a reminder to keep in mind that a new iPhone might be coming soon.

We're expecting the next generation of iPhone, which is currently dubbed iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, to arrive in September, so you could have less than four months to wait. That might seem like quite a long time, but when you consider the benefits of waiting you'll see why we're warning you now.

You might already be set on buying the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and satisfied with the features it provides. We don't blame you, they're both fantastic smartphones and you'll be happy with either choice.

However, in four month's time the price of those iPhones might drop significantly when the iPhone 7 arrives. The same goes for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C if you're thinking about buying those, although there is also the possibility that those older models may be discontinued completely.

Not only that, but if you're the kind of person who loves to own the newest tech, buying an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus now won't leave you with that smug feeling for very long. You'll find that, within four months, your iPhone is no longer the hottest new smartphone in the Apple Store and you could well feel a little jealous.

To give you an idea of what we're expecting from the iPhone 6S/iPhone 7, here's a quick summary of the rumours:

  • 4.7in and 5.5in screens (like iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus)
  • 12Mp camera capable of DSLR-quality photos
  • Force Touch display like Apple Watch
  • New Rose Gold colour option
  • Touch ID improvements
  • Faster processor
  • More RAM


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