As Apple gears up for the iPhone 6 release date, consumers are left attempting to decide whether to wait for it or whether to buy an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C now. Factors include pricing, screen size, compatibility with iOS 8, and other factors. Here’s the lowdown on just when the iPhone 6 release date will happen, and what you can expect regarding iPhone 6 vs 5S vs 5C.
Release date: the iPhone 6 will arrive in late summer or early fall of 2014, depending on how quickly Apple can develop the new iOS 8 system software for it, which it’s working on now.
Compatibility: iOS 8 will come preinstalled on the iPhone 6, and will be released as a free download for the iPhone 5S and 5C, though there’s no guarantee that all new iOS 8 features will be included in the download.
Pricing: the iPhone 6 will most likely debut at $199, with the iPhone 5S sliding to $99 and the iPhone 5C becoming free with contract or upgrade.
Colors: Apple made a splash with the iPhone 5C colors like red and blue, but so far the iPhone 5S has outsold it. That may steer Apple toward simply offering the iPhone 6 in the same black, white, silver and gold motif of the iPhone 5S.
Lowdown: prices for the iPhone 5S and 5C are steadily dropping as the iPhone 6 release date approaches, so bargains are to be had. But those who wait will be given a broader choice of phones and greater access to new features.