At iTology, we all gathered around our monitors, happily eating up the newest Apple conference where they announced the iPhone 8 and X.  (It's like Game of Thrones for techs, but we only get one episode a year.)

But if you're running last year's model, do you REALLY need a new phone?

For the most part, probably not.  I'm running an iPhone 7 plus.  It's nice!  It makes phone calls, it runs apps, and it runs iOS 11 (As well as it can!)  Do I really NEED the features that the iPhone 8 or X offer?  Not really.  Do I want to upgrade anyway?  Maybe a little (or a lot)...

So, when should you give in and upgrade?  Well, you should probably do it:

1.  When your phone is broken.


Does your iPhone look like this?  As much of a fashion statement as it is: if your phone has been broken for months and you don't have a warranty on it, you should probably get a replacement.  We use our phones for everything in our lives, so making sure that they will work and take phone calls is pretty important!

2.  When your phone can't keep up


I bought a solid cement case for my phone, and have been using it for 6 years now, you can have it when you pry it out of my lifeless hands!  Unfortunately, I can't use it to check my email because it won't work, and none of the app or security updates get pushed to it anymore.  But it's mine and I don't have a phone payment!

I hate to tell you this, but it's time to pull the battery and let that phone retire!  Every few years you should try to look at what your phone can't do that everyone else takes for granted.  Our smartphones should enhance our lives.  It's ok, you're worth it!


3.  When you really really want to

Let's be honest, there's a part of many of us that really want the new flashy toy.  Sure others might make fun of you for having every version of the Apple Watch, or rib you about being able to pay off your house if you'd just wait a year before upgrading.  But if that phone will really make you happy, and you enjoy being on the cutting edge, then you do you!  Plus, if you get the new phones when they come out, you can help work out the bugs for those of us that are going to have to wait for next year...

If you'd like help on knowing when to upgrade your smartphones, just give us a call!  Your friendly neighborhood iTologists are happy to help you figure out what you need to stay in the mobile race!

Cory Carson