When Steve Jobs was alive, many of the rumors around new iPhones just before the launch was exactly that – rumors. Under Tim Cook, however, the Cupertino smartphone maker is struggling under the onslaught of “accurate rumors” about the newer models, including the iPhone 6 and 6S but specifically the yet unreleased iPhone 7 that’s launching on September 7, less than a week away.
We’ve already covered all the rumors around the iPhone 7 and have found several of them to be true. As such, we feel that some Apple lovers may be disappointed with the lack of any real innovation with the iPhone 7 when compared to the earlier model, especially the iPhone 6S. Surprisingly, Apple seems to feel the same way, or at least that’s what their Upgrade Program suggests.
What is the Apple iPhone Upgrade Program?
If you’re not yet familiar with this, the iPhone Upgrade Program gives you the option to trade in your earlier model iPhone for the latest one as soon as it is available at stores. The only catch is that you agree to continue your monthly payments for a year.
Apple began this program last year when they launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus. Instead of depending on contracts from network operators and other subsidiaries, Apple allows you to get on a 24-month installment plan for your new iPhone. So when the next generation iPhone releases, you can automatically upgrade to the new device as long as you’re willing to honor a 12 month payment plan.
How Does the iPhone Upgrade Program Benefit Apple Users?
Most iPhone owners can’t or don’t want to afford buying a new iPhone every year, so Apple came up with this ingenious way of getting you to try every new phone as soon as it is released.
That greatly reduces your worry about whether you’ll be stuck with the iPhone 7 and not be able to get an iPhone 8 when it comes out in 2017. The 2017 iPhone 8 is going to blow your mind, if sources are reliable. It comes with a single sheet of glass in front and the only opening you’ll see is the built-in speaker at the top. The front camera and sensors will be embedded beneath the glass, and even the Home button will be gone. It will be replaced with a virtual “haptic” button, which means you’ll be able to feel a pulse or buzz when you press it so it’ll feel like a physical button.
Should You Buy and Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus?
If you’re still not sure about the iPhone 7, why not download the new iOS 10 beta version on your iPhone 6 or 6S Plus? It’ll give you a good idea of how the interface will work, and I’ve already written about the cool new features it will have. Just click on the image below to read the article.
So, with the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can buy the iPhone 7 on a 2-year contract directly with Apple and then choose the carrier you want depending on your voice and data needs. When the iPhone 8 comes out next year, simply take your iPhone 7 to the Apple Store and trade it in at no extra cost, only extending you payments by another year.
It’s that simple, so if you’re not on the plan yet, all I can say is: Get with the program!
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