From my cold, dead hands: In defense of my old iPhone

Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus debuted on September 25, 2015
Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus debuted on September 25, 2015

“I have an old phone. Like, really old phone. There. I’ve said it. My shame is sealed,” John Birmingham writes for The Sydney Morning Herald:

I can’t even remember buying this thing, but the ‘pedia of Wickiness tells me the iPhone 6s Plus was released at the end of 2015, a magical far-away time when Donald Trump was just a bright orange circus peanut from reality TV hell, and George RR Martin could still confidently predict his next Game of Thrones installment would totally beat the TV series into release…

It’s weird. If you hold on to a phone long enough, if you resist the siren song of the updated silicon and the fancy 3D thingies, and much, much better cameras, you start to develop this perverse attachment to your tired old piece of crap… So, like a lot of hopeless fanbois, I’ll be watching the launch of the new iPhones next week, and there will doubtless be a moment or two when I think, “Hmm, shiny.”

But I’ve now had my ancient geezerphone for so long, there is a strange contrary part of me wants to run that sucker, deep, deep, deep into the ground.

Maybe I could even hold on to it until our dying civilisation finally goes under. Can’t be long now.

MacDailyNews Take: So much cheery optimism, John! Cut it out!

Hey, you only live once, buddy, so get yourself a new iPhone! (Wait for the new ones to be unveiled on September 10th.) You deserve it (especially if our dying civilization really is about to go under) and remember:

People tend to fear the worst. It almost never happens.MacDailyNews, May 14, 2019


[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I have an iPhone 7 and I like it, a lot. Why is that? In the order of most important first, I like the size and weight of the 7. Next in line is Touch ID, Camera quality, T2 chip for quick Bluetooth pairing, call quality, force-touch, screen quality and battery life. Size and matters.

    1. My 6+ is a backup and every time I pick it up i’m reminded how puny the X is in comparison. While its many features are an upgrade, arguably the most important (screen size) was a downgrade. I’ll consider an X Max when they get rid of the notch and allow relevant info, especially battery percentage, to be displayed again like the + has done for 5 years already.

  2. Have a 6S, works fine, like a hammer, it never needed improving. Bought tons of stock then, dividends could have paid for a new one each year since. Rather have the money. Suckers.

  3. I hope users of older iPhones enjoy replacing their batteries. My sister just upgraded her 6S after upgrading the battery twice since buying it. She got the iPhone XS 256 GB model. Form factor is the same, but screen much larger and the thing is a speed demon by comparison.

    Me? I upgraded an original iPhone SE to an iPhone XS Max 256 GB unit. Very happy with the decision. The pictures are unbelieveably good.

    1. I did the battery replacement this past December, while under the “mea culpa” discount. It was showing signs of aging despite “still good!” self-diagnostics …

      Now given that the 6s was the last with two physical ports (Lightning & Headphone), I plan to keep it a few more years. Yes, even if that means another battery replacement or two … different people have different priorities – – and the new phones aren’t a compellingly good value at their current price points.

      Similarly, my wife moved from an old 5 to an SE a year ago, as it didn’t look like Apple was going to maintain (or update) the small form factor for much longer, and that form factor “Just Works” for her. She’s already told me in no uncertain terms that my 6s is “way too big” and since Apple has no contemporary products to offer to her, Apple will only get replacement batteries sales from her until they do.

    2. Replacing the battery is no big deal. There is a small business that fixes iphones near my home. They replaced my iphone 6 battery in 15 minute and it only cost me $35 plus tax. My brother had his screen fixed on this iphone 6 for the same price and it only took him about 15 minutes as well.

    3. Love all the comments of the tried and true remaining loyalists using older iPhones!

      Count me in. Bought the original SE on day one and in April (my 3rd SE) the Apple fire sale bought twice the SE storage at almost half the price.

      So yes, I will be using the upgraded SE until Apple pry it from my “cold, dead hands”…

  4. It still makes good financial sense to hold onto an iPhone for at least a couple of years. What’s the point of a company making a quality product that lasts if it’s just going to replaced every year? At least have some concern for the world ecology. I doubt any iPhone needs to be replaced every year. That’s just up to the whims of the owner. I’m sure some iPhones must have some sentimental value, say if a person were gifted with an iPhone from a friend, parent or a loved one. Just keep using it until it’s a problem to use on a daily basis.

        1. who is this Nuff you keep referring to? is it your cuddle buddy Mnuchin? what a hunk! other than being a washed up goldman sachs thief and Sears asset stripper with zero trade policy experience.

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