Unless you've been in the mountains of Tora Bora all week, you've probably heard that Apple is releasing a new iPhone. By now, the phone has already been made available for pre-order. This one will be shinier, faster (and strangely, larger in size). "Well," you say, "I don't need a new phone. Mine is working just fine."
Is it? Are you sure? Even if you're not interested in upgrading right now, there are some other things you might want to take into account before you count yourself out.
Trade-Ins Are Coming Hot and Heavy
Basically, everyone is offering a trade-in for your old phone. If you're using an iPhone 4 or any other phone from around 2010, then now is prime time to cash in on some sweet trade-in offers.
"Sweet" is relative, though: Basically, phone companies will give you credit on your bill and stores will give you store credit. Only Gazelle (that we know of) offers cold, hard cash...
How Old Is Your Phone, Anyway?
With the launch of the iPhone 6 comes a new version of the phone's software, called iOS 8. Sadly, iOS 8 won't be available for anything older than the iPhone 4S, and even then, several features will be unavailable, notably "Continuity," which allows you to hand off calls on your phone to your computer or start an email on your phone and finish it on your computer. We also don't know yet how well iOS 8 will run on an iPhone 4S. Recall that, last year, iOS 6 caused performance problems on the iPhone 3GS, which couldn't really handle the new operating system.
If you're looking to offset the price of a new phone by trading in your old one, don't tarry too long: The more time passes, the less your old phone will be worth.