Apple introduces a new iPhone each year. Some years the latest iPhone features a big redesign of the hardware, while at other times the company offers a tweaked version of the same hardware.\nBut how often do you upgrade your iPhone? This question came up recently in the Apple subreddit. I\u2019ll share my thoughts below, but here\u2019s a selection of messages from that discussion thread.\nMir_universal started the discussion with this message:\n\nI heard that iPhone users are more likely to upgrade to the newest iPhone every year than Android users. So I make this post to settle my curiosity.\nDo you always upgrade every year\nOr do you always upgrade to the new numbered iPhone (Example: from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7)\nOr do you always upgrade to the 'S' version iPhone (example: from the iPhone 5s to the iPhone 6s)\nOr do you always upgrade every 2 year because of contracts\nOr do you follow the below guidelines when buying a new iPhone. 1 - Buy the newest iPhone 2 - Use until break 3 - Repeat step 1\nOr something else completely?\nCan't wait to hear from ya. :)\nMore at Reddit\n\nHis fellow redditors responded with their thoughts:\n\nCall_me_Tom: \u201cI upgrade when my current phone stops working.\u201d\nJonny: \u201cI upgrade when it gets too frustrating to use. iPhone 2G, iPhone 5, iPhone 7.\nThe 7 was a gift. I could have gone another year or two with the 5.\u201d\nNorbertDupner: \u201cI started out every two years, but lately I've let it slip to three. They changed incrementally now, and I see no reason to upgrade until they come up with enough new features to justify spending the money.\u201d\nGareth321: \u201cThis is me now. I used to update every year but they're slowing down on what I consider to be innovation. There's so little that changed between the 6S and the 7. In fact, I see the removal of the headphone jack as a giant step back. It will take some serious upgrades to convince me to get an iPhone 8.\u201d\nILikeAppleStuff: \u201cEvery year.\u201d\nOxii88: \u201cI usually renew every 2 year , for example from 5s to 6s.\nI tend to experience that 2 years is the optimal user experience for iPhones. They still work pretty good after 2 years but the software is slow and battery is mostly at 60-75% of the normal capacity.\u201d\nSrivarthan: \u201cAs long as it lasts.\u201d\nHoobleton: \u201cUsed my iPhone 4 for 4 years, will keep my 6 for 3 or 4 years.\u201d\nDaBatman82: \u201cMy upgrade depends on what the phone actually does to improve on the iPhone I'm currently using. Used a 6 Plus for almost 2yrs, upgraded to the 7 because storage, picture quality and ultimately I wanted a jet black iPhone.\u201d\nArkLinux: \u201cI\u2019m still on my iPhone 3GS.\u201d\nMore at Reddit\n\niPhone upgrades have become a bit boring\nI have to confess that I used to upgrade my iPhone more frequently than I do now. I bought the very first iPhone when it was released and started buying a new one each year. But that was back when the iPhone was a new product, and each year brought significant advancements.\nThese days I\u2019m using a 6s Plus, which is still a relatively new phone. But I didn\u2019t buy the iPhone 7 because there just wasn\u2019t enough to it to make me want to spend such a large amount of money to get it. The iPhone 7 didn\u2019t offer me anything worthwhile that my iPhone 6s Plus can\u2019t already do.\nThe iPhone 8 is supposed to be an amazing upgrade, with a significantly different form factor than the 6s Plus and 7. But I have to admit that I really don\u2019t care much about it at this point. I suppose I might consider getting one if there are enough changes to appeal to me, but right now I feel very ho-hum about the iPhone 8.\nAnother reason why I'm skeptical of the iPhone 8 is its potential price. There have been numerous rumors flying around that it could cost more than $1000. I have no idea if that's true or not, but if so then it certainly puts a damper on my desire to buy one. A thousand bucks is a heck of a lot of money for a phone!\nRight now though my 6s Plus does everything I need it to do. My use consists mainly of ebooks, web browser, a few apps and that\u2019s about it. I\u2019m really not a heavy phone user. I spend much more time on my Mac than I do on my iPhone.\nSome of my friends are yearly upgraders, however. One of them is a total camera junkie. He absolutely must have the latest and greatest iPhone so he has the best camera for his photos and videos. I am a casual camera user, so I don\u2019t care much about buying a new iPhone for a better camera.\nI suspect that I\u2019m probably not alone in being less interested in upgrading my iPhone than I used to be years ago. Smartphones have matured to the point where there\u2019s little excitement in getting a new phone.\nPerhaps the iPhone 8 will change my feelings of smartphone boredom but somehow I doubt it, especially if it costs a grand or more.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.