But with a pre-order price of nearly Php 51,000 for the base 64GB model, what’s the alternative to the alternative? Well thanks to Apple’s unmatched software support and (mostly) excellent internal hardware, buying an older iPhone might not be a bad idea.
You’ve probably heard it from a friend, or maybe you’ve seen it for yourself: Sellers on social media selling older models of iPhones complete with accessories and documents for very low prices. Find a seller with a good reputation and you’re one meet-up and less-than 10k pesos away from getting your very own iPhone.
Let’s say you do know a seller with a good rating or reputation, is buying an older iPhone still worth it then? Let’s take a look at some examples.
iPhone 6/6 Plus
Introduced back in 2014, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was very aesthetically different from the iPhone 5 and 5S that preceded it. Gone was the metal frame surrounding the the previous devices. In its place was a much more rounded and curved edge metal chassis. More notably, the iPhone 6 had a much larger screen than the iPhone 5 (4.7-inch for the 6, 5.5-inch for the 6 Plus).
One snag in its history was Bendgate. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gained notoriety for being prone to bending when put in tight back pockets. That’s something to be careful of, should you buy one.
Despite the aging A8 dual-core SoC with quad-core PowerVR GX6450 GPU paired with just 1GB of memory, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can still comfortably run the latest iOS 12.1, which Apple officially supports on both devices. Buy one with good battery health, and you shouldn’t experience any of the infamous performance throttling that Apple’s been recently implementing.
The rear camera on both models is an 8MP sensor and during its time, it was as good of a smartphone camera as they came, rivaling that of the Android titan, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. OIS is only present in the 6 Plus model, however.
Scouring TipicCP.com and the Facebook marketplace, the 6 and 6 Plus can be had for around Php 8,000 and Php 12,000 respectively (though some haggling can lower the price even more), complete with packaging and accessories.
iPhone 6S/6S Plus
Looking for a bit more performance? After the iPhone 6, Apple launched the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus about a year later.
The iPhone 6S had a newer and more powerful A9 dual-core chipset, featuring a six-core PowerVR GT7600 GPU, paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s also a new 12MP camera sensor, up from the 6’s 8MP, and this enabled the 6S to record 4K videos and the 6S Plus even came with OIS. Additionally, the 6S also had a 5MP front-facing camera, way better than the 1.2MP shooter on the previous 6.
Apple also introduced 3D Touch, which enabled “deeper” pressure level detection and feedback when pressing the screen. Surprisingly, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus both had a smaller battery than the 6 and 6 Plus that preceded them (1,715 mAh vs. 1,810 mAh and 2,750 mAh vs. 2,915 mAh respectively). It’s also worth mentioning that this is the last iPhone to come with a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack.
You can still find the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus for around Php 12,000 to Php 16,000, and in our opinion, the extra money is worth it for the better performance and cameras.
We can go on and on about the succeeding iPhones, but the bottom line is that the depreciation for the older iPhones is not as bad as most of their Android counterparts. There’s plenty of accessories and spare parts available too, so it’s not as unpractical as one would think.
In terms of performance, even the iPhone 6 can still run the latest iOS 12.1 version smoothly in addition to demanding games such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and PUBG Mobile.
Just a reminder though, we urge you to be careful when buying from online sellers. We recommend buying from sellers with a good reputation or rating and those who give a personal warranty and receipt. Among things to check on the product itself is the battery health, scratches on the screen and on the body, testing the display, sound output, ports, buttons, and accessories.
It’s a bit tedious, but put in enough work, and you could save a lot of money and still end up with a pretty decent iPhone.