Apple gives owners of older iPhones four great reasons not to upgrade to iPhone 11

iOS 13 brings exciting new features to popular apps this fall.
iOS 13 brings exciting new features to iPhones this fall.

Antonio Villas-Boas for Business Insider:

Apple announced on Monday its upcoming version of the iPhone operating system — iOS 13 — that the company said will bring some key improvements to iPhone performance, at least those that will support iOS 13.

With iOS 13, Apple claims your iPhone will launch apps faster, the amount of storage apps use up will be reduced, and Face ID will become faster, too.

Apple’s Craig Federighi didn’t specify which iPhone models will experience these performance upgrades. But since the upgrades are coming to iOS 13, it’s likely that all iPhones that support iOS 13 will reap the benefits of Apple’s work over the last year.

1. 30% faster Face ID unlocking
2. 50% smaller app downloads, which also leads to faster app downloads
3. 60% smaller app updates
4. Apps that launch twice as fast

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, but then you won’t have iPhone Triceratops, with its three main cameras, and all of the wonderful new tricks only its will be able to perform!


  1. Sadly, I need a larger screen (eyes) and my battery in the 6s and 7 are hosed. Not worth the money to fix, IMO, and about time I got with the program and finally update. These are good car companions or sitting on the stereo for music, etc.
    I figure a new phone every ~3 years isn’t too ridiculous.

      1. Like In said, I need a larger phone now due to my eyes – already on zoomed mode and using larger text. I think that the use I’d get from a new phone would offset the cost. I’ll likely sell the 7 and that will get me at last a couple $100 as it’s minty, like new and 128GB. So yea, for 3 three years, $700 isn’t bad to swallow…

  2. After all of the hassle that Apple received over “battery gate” in response to Apple’s attempts to keep older iPhones with aging batteries usable, it would be nice to see a little love tossed Apple’s way for once again enhancing the capabilities of devices that it has already sold. The iPhone was released in 2014, for instance.

    No other company of which I am aware matches Apple in improving the utility and usable lifetime of its installed base of products.

    1. True; they don’t get nearly enough credit for that. My 2012 MacBook Pro still runs great on the current macOS and it looks like I’ll be able to upgrade it to Catalina as well. (A new SSD and maxed-out RAM helped.)

    2. Believe it or not. I have a 2009 iMac C2D 3.06 GHz, 8GB memory that has been running 24/7/365 since I bought it in 2010. It’s only runs fast with Snow Leopard but it’s still quite useful for day to day use such as browsing and email. I think I only paid around $1600 refurbished on the Apple site. It still runs perfectly. I can’t ask for more than that. That iMac was worth every penny and more. I keep everything on it backed up in case it suddenly dies. People fault Apple for many things, but they used to build products that lasted for a long time.

  3. The main reason for not upgrading this year is because the 2020 iPhone looks exactly like the 2019 iPhone–not really a point to do so until 5G and notch-less become a thing..

  4. I’m happy with my iPhone XS Max. An iPhone with no 3D Touch is unacceptable and I don’t care about the notch as far as I’m concerned there’s no reason to upgrade this year anyway

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