Apple May Switch iPhone To Three-Year Cycle

Apple is reportedly moving to a three-year cycle of full-scale iPhone redesigns, after switching them out every two years for the last several product cycles.

According to the Japanese news outlet Nikkei, the new flagship  iPhone model arriving this fall will not represent a major design or functionality change from the two-year-old iPhone 6 or year-old iPhone 6S. That means iPhone fans will have to wait a year longer than normal for a very different iPhone.

The expected changes will include an improved camera, battery and water resistance.

Major changes are not expected until the iPhone that comes out in the fall of 2017. The reason? The maturity of the cell phone market and a lack of room for major enhancements in the technology.

Apple has recently introduced new designs in alternating years, such as the iPhone 4 in 2010, the iPhone 5 in 2012 and iPhone 6 in 2014. In between, the company has offered the iPhone 4S (2011), the iPhone 5S and 5C (2013) and iPhone 6S (2015.)

What do you think? Can you wait that long for a major iPhone upgrade?

Consumer Expert Stephen Silver

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