Apple’s iPhone line has been the first word in touch-based smartphones since the initial model came out in June 2007. The possibility of users sticking to the first couple of models for the longest time may be farfetched, but stranger things have happened. MarketWatch’s Quentin Fortrell notes, for example, a lawyer who used his 1st-gen iPhone as a car audio player instead of having to buy an iPod Touch.
Why Upgrading Is the Smart Move
While soldiering on with the first iPhone versions can be viewed as a mark of “loyalty,” Apple’s “planned obsolescence” tactics forces loyalists to upgrade. There are a number of reasons why you have to upgrade your iPhone at some point. The existing iOS is often the strongest factor, since the latest operating systems no longer support older iPhone units. The oldest model the current iOS 8 can support, for instance, is the 4S; anything older than that can no longer accommodate the platform.