wpid-Photo-Jan-16-2012-948-AM.jpgAs most of us know Apple comes out with a new iOS device about every year. Some people feel like their current iOS device is slower or crap when a new device comes out and rushes to buy the newer one. Some of us wait.

I would buy a new one right away if I had the money. So here are some rules I set for myself.

For iPad and iPod Touch

For iPod Touch’s and iPad’s I would recommend upgrading them every 2 or 3 years or Apple no longer provides software updates.

For iPhone

Most everyone with a iPhone has it on a contract. If you don’t have it on a contract and you pay the full price for the device, I recommend the same rules for iPad and iPod Touch.

Here in the United States the standard is 2 year contracts. I recommend upgrading your iPhone on a contract when you’re offered an upgrade or your contract is up.

Old iOS devices

As iOS gets more advance and new hardware comes out, what should you do with the old devices? Unless you are a iOS developer(Native or web) to test apps on different devices for bugs before publishing, then you have a excuse for multiple iOS devices. If you aren’t a developer I doubt most of us would even touch our old devices. Once I got my iPod Touch 4, I never touched my iPod Touch 2. I did jailbreak my old one to find interesting things and mess with it once every blue moon but 99% of the time I use my iPod Touch 4 or my new iPad when using iOS.

There are a few things you can do with an old iOS device

  1. Put it in your junk drawer. Maybe keep It incase your new iOS device breaks so you will have a temporary replacement till you get the broken one repaired or replaced.
  2. Sell it to Gazelle, Sell it on eBay or Trade In for an Amazon gift card.
  3. Give it away! Maybe a brother, sister or a friend wishes they had an iOS device or they have an older one.

I hope these tips will help someone. Do you have any tips? If so, please leave them in the comments.