Majority of Smartphone Users are Tired of Upgrading their Handsets [Survey]

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With Apple expected to launch the ‘iPhone 7’ next month, reportedly featuring minor upgrades such as an improved camera, a slightly thinner chassis and the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, it appears to be quite hard to get excited about Apple’s next flagship phone. However, a new chart by Statista (via BusinessInsider) highlights that a boring ‘iPhone 7’ might not be the worst thing for smartphone shoppers.

Citing results from a survey conducted by Greenpeace, the chart shows that most phone users in the U.S. are a bit fatigued with how frequently they upgrade their handsets. More than half of its respondents say they could live with changing phones less often, for instance.

“Now, it shouldn’t surprising to see a Greenpeace study incentivizing companies to fight e-waste, and none of this will help iPhone 5s owners hoping for a big upgrade this fall. Still, if phone makers taking it slower helps their devices last longer, that might not be the worst thing for everyday people”.

It is now being widely speculated that the iPhone will move to a 3-year upgrade cycle, saving the best improvements for next year’s device.

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  • Widohmaker

    I have an iPhone 6 Plus from a couple of years ago which is still a fantastic phone. I did not feel compelled to upgrade to the S model. I would be happy to stick with it until there is a major redesign or a really compelling reason to upgrade. Based on the rumours it doesn’t look like it so far.

  • FragilityG4

    Still on a 5s. Rumours don’t blow my mind but it’s still a giant leap from what I currently have!

  • Dany Quirion

    the cpu is enought to upgrade, a whole new level for every phone

  • Widohmaker

    None of the apps I use struggle with the CPU. Still let’s see what they come up with this year.

  • Widohmaker

    For sure. I think you are due for an upgrade.

  • Mamba

    I can almost guarantee this survey does not represent MOST phone users in the US, only a very small percentage of the population who participated. With that said, I’m not one to upgrade every year, and no one is forcing anyone to upgrade either.

  • Salinger

    It’s kind of a ridiculous response to a survey, isn’t it? “I could live with changing cell phones less often”. Well, there’s a very simple solution to that, don’t change your cell phone so often. It’s not a legal requirement that you do!

  • Salinger

    I have an iPhone 6 and agree; since I bought it, I’ve seen nothing that Apple’s put out, or rumoured to be putting out next month, that in any way makes me feel the need to get a new iPhone.

    That said, I am ready for a change, and have pre-ordered the Note 7, just to hedge my bet. I can still cancel if I change my mind and stick with iOS, but I have to be honest, the Note 7 is one incredibly gorgeous and tempting phone.

  • Djdjdjjd

    I totally agree. I’m yet to see any reason to upgrade my iPhone 6. I’m leaning towards Note7 for waterproof feature and bigger yet good grip. I’m tired of iPhone’s low RAM strategy. I’ll wait until september to see how iPhone 7 comes out with. At least Android can be customized as I want so it will last longer imo.

  • gerry

    Same with me. I love my 6 Plus and the more you take care of your device, the longer it lasts. 😀

  • Andy

    We have to consider the source of this survey. It’s very difficult to conduct proper, accurate statistically relevant surveys. Green peace not only lacks this expertise but also is an extremely biased source. They have a vested interest in reducing the rate at which electronics are produced and replaced. So we can take this “survey” with a grain of salt.