Jefferson Graham for the USA TODAY:
Apple's iPhone 6 was insanely popular in 2014, when it was first released. But now Apple is really killing it. In September, the company releases iOS 13 operating system … But iOS13 only works with phones that go back to the iPhone 6S, which first started selling in 2015.
So what should I do? Many iPhone owners, now holding onto their devices longer than they used to, have a choice of several other iPhone models [including] iPhone 7 (released in 2016), $ 449 or $ 569 for the Plus version [or] iPhone 8 (2017 release) $ 599 or $ 699. If not new, what about used? We checked in with other dealers, Gazelle, Amazon and eBay and found extremely affordable models of the iPhone 8 available. The most economical were via eBay, which had priced them between $ 328 and $ 428, while Amazon had them for between $ 369 and $ 400 and Gazelle from $ 400 to $ 450.
MacDailyNews Take: We do not recommend iPhones with home buttons anymore. X-Class iPhones sans antique home buttons work simply faster without the endless, flowing, countless home button presses.
If you're looking for a budget iPhone, you'll probably be someone holding on to the iPhone for two, three or even years. A higher price of $ 300 for stickers over a three-year period is 27 cents a day. Do yourself a favor and future-proof your iPhone purchase. The home button is dead, and as anyone with an X-class iOs device will tell you, it's horrible to gesture-based iOS.
If you need an iPhone now, your best choice is an iPhone XR (new or nicely used). If you can wait for two months, do it since the new iPhones are released in September (maybe October) and the XR, XS and XS Max will then go down in price.