If you are in the market for a new phone you may be wondering whether now is a good time to buy. Is a new iPhone coming out soon? Will the next iPhone be better? Here, we answer all of your questions about when you should buy a new iPhone to put your mind at rest.
How long since the last iPhone was launched?
The newest iPhone models are the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Apple has also released a new PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 8 and 8 Plus model, available to buy as of 10 April.
All three iPhone models were announced in September of 2017, with the iPhone X becoming available to buy later than the 8 and 8 Plus, which arrived in November.
If you're wondering which iPhone model is best for you, read our iPhone buying guide.
How long does Apple leave between iPhone updates?
Apple usually waits one year before introducing a new iPhone model. It has become an Apple tradition to hold an event in September at which new iPhones are demonstrated, and then put on sale a couple of weeks later.
However, in 2016 Apple broke with tradition and introduced a new iPhone in March. There was however no new iPhone SE in March 2017 or March of 2018, suggesting that the company is returning to the September update schedule.
When will Apple update the iPhone?
We expect a new iPhone to arrive in September of 2018. You can find out everything we know so far about the next iPhone here.
You can also find out when to expect the next Apple event here.
When is the best time to buy an iPhone?
The best time to buy an iPhone isn’t necessarily when a new model launches - although it might be if you have been waiting patiently for the new iPhone and absolutely have to have it yesterday.
It’s easier to say when the worst time to buy a new iPhone is - that is without a doubt in the months leading up to September. So our advice, don’t buy an iPhone in July or August and certainly not before the September Apple event tells you what to expect from the new model.
You may be thinking that since you just want a new phone and aren’t too bothered about the latest iPhone model why not buy a new iPhone now.
It is our experience that after the event the prices of the current generation iPhones will drop.
Or, if you really aren’t bothered about the specs of your iPhone, you might be able to pick up an even older iPhone that Apple has discontinued as mobile phone companies discount those models to try and clear stock.
Another tip: buy your iPhone in Apple's Black Friday sales at the end of November. Apple itself won't give discounts, but will offer an additional gift card. Other retailers will offer discounts on iPhones and iPhone contracts.
We can't be sure that Apple will participate again, but ahead of this year's sale you can take a look at our Black Friday deals hub where we'll be covering the best Black Friday iPhone deals, iPad deals, MacBook deals and more.
Is now a good time to buy a new iPhone?
Yes. Now is a great time to buy a new iPhone, as there won't be a new model for a good few months yet and Apple has just released the PRODUCT(RED) colour that you might like, too.