Selling options open to you if you decide to change your iPhone and upgrade to a new iPhone 8. Key features of the new handset to help decide if it’s worthwhile.

Your older iPhone could help you own the latest smartphone from Apple

Apple’s new iPhone 8 is here and you may be interested in upgrading to it. You’ll likely be asking yourself if the new features are attractive enough and if you can justify it on cost grounds. If you do decide to upgrade, your present iPhone could fetch a good price used and act as a makeweight in the purchase of your new one.

iPhones remains a popular used phone

Apple’s massive selling smartphone is generally popular on the used market. Apple provide support to the iPhone with regular updates, and new versions of the iOS operating system are mostly backward compatible with phones from usually at least three or four generations ago.

Apple also tends to make evolutionary changes to the iPhone so it doesn’t date too quickly; the present body first appeared on the 6 in 2014, and there’s been basically just four distinct body styles in the decade the 1.2 billion selling smartphone has been on the market.

This means that yours should be able to make reasonable money assuming it’s fully operational and in good condition.

Should you switch to the iPhone 8?

Whether you make the change will depend on whether the 8’s new features would be beneficial to you compared to the iPhone model you presently own. This resource shows the differences in iPhones from the SE up to and including the 8.

The latest from Apple offers the following:

Screen – the main change is the addition of True Tone technology found already on the iPad Pro, the company’s top of the range tablet. True Tone adjusts colour rendition relative to the lighting conditions.

Camera – compared to its direct predecessor the iPhone 7, the 8 offers a larger sensor to allow more light in so making for improved imaging and better low light performance. Owners of older iPhones such as the 6 Plus will also benefit from the dual lens set up providing wide angle and telephoto shooting that first appeared on the 6S Plus.

Waterproofing – the 8 is waterproof to IP67; a rating which means it can withstand being immersed to a depth of 1 metre of water for half an hour. Waterproofing was introduced on the iPhone 7 in 2016.

Haptic home button – it operates more ‘virtually’ than the physical press button action of the home buttons featuring in all iPhones prior to the 7. Now when you press it the button doesn’t move but vibrates to ‘acknowledge’ you’ve hit it.

3D Touch – a step on from the captive screen of previous iPhones in that it can now detect the amount of pressure when you contact the screen. This will come into its own more as new and revised apps are launched to make the most of it.

Wireless charging – arguably the most anticipated feature, the iPhone 8 can be charged wirelessly. Although you’d need to buy a charging mat when charging at home or at work, it complies with the widespread Qi standard which means most public and in-car wireless charging facilities can be used.

Fast charging – the phone can also be fast charged; around 50% battery power can be given in about thirty minutes although you’ll require an adaptor as it won’t work via the standard charger supplied with the phone.

Stereo loudspeakers – a feature since the introduction of the iPhone 7.

Body – although the 8 features the same basic body as iPhones dating back to the 6, it now has a glass rear compared to the aluminium of more recent predecessors.

More powerful – while the 8 has a more powerful processing chip, this is true of just about all iPhones compared to their immediate predecessor. The 8 features an A11 ‘Bionic’ chip compared to the A10 of the iPhone 7, but it’s worth pointing out recent iPhones have all proved powerful enough for most users.

Storage starts at 64GB on the iPhone 8 as opposed to the 32GB of the 7.

Tempted? You’d likely find an iPhone 8 a decent leap from phones such as the 6 and maybe 6S and obviously anything older. If you own an iPhone 7 the gap is much narrower and may hinge on whether you’re really keen to have wireless charging.

Where to get the best price for your old iPhone?

If you decide to switch to the iPhone 8, then getting the best price for your existing handset  the easiest and fastest way possible is key.

Online buyers – companies specialising in buying smartphones and sometimes tablets are a great way to sell your iPhone. The process is usually quick and easy in that you can get a fast online valuation of your phone, send it in and get paid promptly.

It saves the time and effort advertising on sites such as Ebay or Gumtree, and you know immediately how much money you’ll have to put towards your new iPhone 8.

Ebay and other online selling sites – many phones of all sorts are listed on Ebay and represents one way of selling your phone. Creating a good listing is vital especially as you may be competing with many others selling their iPhones, especially when a new model has just been launched and many older iPhones hit the market.

Other sites such as Gumtree are an option – and Gumtree is free. You may find it both easier and harder depending on your viewpoint; if advertising locally, you may be fielding visitors coming round to take a look and trying to make offers. On the other hand, you may prefer the face to face method.

A sellable asset

If you own an iPhone, then you own a piece of tech that fetches decent prices used so it’s worth taking the time and effort to sell it properly. As people are finding with some online car buyers, the combination of convenience, transparent pricing and speed makes selling your iPhone to an online buyer an ideal all round option.