Thinking About Getting An iPhone 5s? Here Are Three Reasons To Upgrade Or Wait

Kevin Bostic

Here's the deal: It's free upgrade time on your mobile contract, and that low-cost iPhone 5s is looking pretty sweet. Maybe you'll just pick up the 5s for now and wait to see what Apple comes out with next year, right? Wrong. There are at least three reasons why you'll want to skip the iPhone 5s, whether you're upgrading to a newer iPhone or just waiting.

The Inquisitr has already looked at the reasons that you just might want to go with the iPhone 5s over the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, so it's not like we're saying the year-old iPhone 5s is old and busted or anything, even though it kind of is. That's the primary reason you'll want to go hold off on picking up an iPhone 5s right now.

The iPhone 5s Only Has So Much Left In The Tank

So here's the thing: As Inquisitr has pointed out in the past, it's not fun past a certain point to update an older iPhone. Sure, Apple keeps pushing out updates for iPhones – the iPhone 4S, on paper, runs on the iPhone 4S – but that doesn't mean they should. Owners of the iPhone 4s know by now that their devices took a hit when they upgraded to iOS 8.

The iPhone 5s isn't going to be in the iPhone 4s' position for another two years, of course, but the clock is already ticking. That speedy iPhone 5s that you pick up in a post-Christmas sale won't stay speedy for long, and odds are that you'll start to see some performance declines starting as early as next year when iOS 9 sees release.

The Price Might Be Even More Right In A Few Months

Here's the thing: Right now, the price seems pretty right on an iPhone 5s, with on-contract units going for just $99 at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. What's absolutely certain, though, is that those prices are going to continue to drop. Within a couple of months, you're likely going to see the iPhone 5s going for $50 or even $30 on-contract. If you've just got to have that 5s form factor, you may just want to hold off for a bit, since you might be able to get it for cheaper.

There Really Are Better Phones On The Market

Not necessarily non-Apple phones; we all know how hard it is to get iPhone users to switch. Instead, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus really are hands down better than the iPhone 5s. That's taking into account the processor inside, the display facing outside, and other factors, including the ability to use Apple Pay. Are all of these factors swaying you in the direction of the iPhone 6 instead of the iPhone 5s? Well, that's up to you to decide.

If the increased size of the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s has you leaning more toward the 5s, there's also the off chance that Apple will introduce a smaller version of the iPhone 6 hardware with big screen resisters in mind. It's a really small chance, given the runaway sales success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but hey there's another reason to hold off on picking up a 5s for a while. At least until the new year. You know the sales will be terrific then.

[Lead image via MacRumors]