When Apple took the stage just over a year ago and announced the Apple iPhone 4S, it's safe to say many of us were disappointed. It's not that the 4S is a bad device, by any means. But we all were expecting so much more from Apple, the iPhone 5 with a completely new design, larger display and an ultra slim, teardrop profile.

Over the course of 11 months, however, the iPhone 4S has only proven to be a solid entry from Apple. It may not be the gargantuan that its Android counterparts have grown to be, but it is a great device that has stood the test of time. While most Android or Windows Phone devices would have all but stopped selling nine or more months after their initial release, Apple's iPhone 4S is still going relatively steady. In Apple's Q3 2012 results that were released a month ago tomorrow, Apple revealed that it sold 26 million iPhones over the three-month period ending June 30, 2012. According to the report, that's a 28 percent growth over the same quarter last year.

Granted, these sales have likely slowed substantially over the last few weeks in anticipation of the next iPhone. But there are certainly still people who will willingly buy the iPhone 4S throughout the upcoming weeks despite Apple's press conference that is slated to take place on September 12th.

Wireless providers, third-party retailers as well as Apple are out to take advantage of anyone who will put up money for a new iPhone regardless of the time of year. For the last week or so, headlines have been filled with news of retailers slashing $50 off the contracted price of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. Sprint has dropped the price of the 16GB iPhone 4S from $199 with a two-year agreement to just $149, and they're offering a $100 gift card to anyone who buys online. Apple is matching this deal with a $100 Apple Store gift card. Best Buy is "unloading" the iPhone 4 for just $50. And Walmart jumped on the bandwagon today, dropping the price of the iPhone 4S to $148 with a two-year agreement, down $40 from $188. These are just the first of many trying to move stock before the launch of the new iPhone.

And just to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the iPhone 4S – or even an iPhone 4 – so close to the launch of the new iPhone. We get it, not everyone wants or feels the need to have the latest and greatest gadgets. And there isn't a single thing wrong with that. But if a $50 discount is enough to sway you in the direction of an iPhone 4 or 4S now, you're likely one for immediate savings and, clearly, not against waiting for a nice discount. After all, you've waited 11 months already …

What's another two or three weeks?

If you take Apple's past five years as an example, they have a pretty solid track record of lowering the price of older model iDevices after the announcement of a new iDevice. For example, during the iPhone 4S announcement last year, Apple introduced an 8GB iPhone 4 model for just $99 and the 8GB iPhone 3GS from the prior year was dropped to free.

It's relatively safe to say the same will happen with the iPhone 4S. A new iPhone will be introduced, an 8GB iPhone 4S will be announced and made available for $99 and the 8GB iPhone 4 will become free.

Lest we forget, there will be a new iPhone announced. Who's to say it won't be sweet enough to make you splurge another $50? Its introductory price will likely be $199 with a two-year agreement. If you're willing to spend $150 on a year-old device, why not consider $200 for a brand spankin' new one? And what's a $50 saving over the course of two years anyway? (We've been over that before, and the immediate savings for a device you settled for usually won't outweigh having a device you will love.)

While you may come across some great deals on the iPhone 4 or 4S in the next two weeks, I recommend practicing a bit of patience. Who knows, you could score a sweeter deal after the new iPhone is announced. Or, if the new iPhone is significantly better and has some of the rumored features (like a larger display and LTE connectivity), you might find yourself being drawn towards the new model.

If you take the plunge now, there's no turning back. If you wait, at least you can see what the next model has to offer, and the deals will likely still be there if it's nothing too spectacular. I always recommend erring on the side of patient near the announcement of a new device.

Ultimately, it's up to you, though. What will it be, ladies and gents? Will you be springing for a discounted iPhone in the next few weeks? Or will you wait for the new iPhone? Is $50 off now worth the wait?

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Johnny Zapata
Johnny Zapata Same old iPhone 5 .mi am getting galaxy note 2
Cory Davis
Cory Davis I don't tell people to hold off, I outright tell them don't waste their money.
Maxi Fabián
Maxi Fabián I'm going after Note 2, more now because im sick of apple more now than ever, apple is a sissy crybaby jealous of Samsung.. Samsung innovates in all their new smartphones and apple never could change the design after 5 iphones they released.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Apple is already three years behind everyone else
Michal Charvát
Michal Charvát www.youtube.com/applemichal
David DiPilla
David DiPilla But apple wants to stay behind and let all the other smart phones blow right past them more and more people everyday are switching to android phones iPhone 5 was out of date when it was named iPhone 5 lol it's a shame but it's the truth
David DiPilla
David DiPilla I would love if the new ios 6 had widgets and other custom stuff
David DiPilla
David DiPilla I love android custom stuff
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Lol I love the iPhone but switching to android it would be hard to go back To the iPhone when it is old technology lol nothing new really the Ios 6 is not much better are you kidding me apple they are way behind
Zach Cline
Zach Cline They arent just freaking phones . If they were they would not be packing quad core processors and everything else. If you think they're just " Phones" then you should probably just stick to an iPhone .
Norharishan Nordin
Norharishan Nordin any phone with a gorgeous design and stand out, no doubt for my money to be spent off. apple won it all the time. yay!
Dino Dimakopoulos
Dino Dimakopoulos I dont care what people buy, as long as they continue to buy the latest and greatest. That way, I can buy their "old" yet extremely competetent phone for 70% less and stay outside of a contract. Yay for patience.
Steven Pereira
Steven Pereira I'd tell them to hold off buying an iphone forever.
Aaron  Startup
Aaron Startup Can't we all just have our opinions and not hate. It's really just a phone and if you enjoy it, that's great if be an Android or iPhone.
Mohd Helmy Mahat
Mohd Helmy Mahat never want to buy an apple product in the first place. will continue to do so... like forever... :)
Hundter Biede
Hundter Biede Yes
Humza Ahmed
Humza Ahmed @Regan Teegarden I used to own an iPhone 4 which ran iOS 5 keep in mind that this is Apples second best phone as of now, the App Store always crashes and always ended in lockups, the homescreen lags so much aswell the opening app animation, and the scrolling, even the web browser lags when zooming in and out, I sure haven't seen a Galaxy Nexus slow down or lag after its new update.
Steven Acosta
Steven Acosta Android would not be anything of it weren't for the iPhone
J Litz Van
J Litz Van I suggest that people don't buy the iPhone in general.
Maegan Babcock
Maegan Babcock I would wait and just buy the new one at this point. No sense in being a generation behind. Of course, I'm not up for an upgrade until next June, so I will be waiting for the next iteration.
Jazer B Rn
Jazer B Rn Iphone 5... is there really such a thing? Or just another iphone4s but will have a g? Which will then be called ip4sg?!? Apple is a great product, but seems like it's stagnant. Android, yes a lot of issues, but hey after my 6mos experience from apple. .. I had to sell it coz I got bored. I don't know why. I opt for a more 'customizable' experience. And android didn't let me down. I can really say my phone is "me" not that "i"
Roger Ford
Roger Ford Yea if its going to be anything like the leak photos why bother
Dayan Inclán
Dayan Inclán Yes, telling to by a Samsung S3
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury
Tarequl Islam Chowdhury No more iCrap..Android 4life
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes For my friends that love apple stuff. I'd say to not buy any of the crap that their trying to sell right know. For them to wait.
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins @ Rick. Chances are that it will stay exclusive to AT&T unless t-mobile is smart this time around and take it on release day. Iphone is only reliable because they have limitations. Control what you do. I can admit that my note has some issues but I rooted it to run what I'd say is 25% faster. So at least I get to do what I want with my device. And samsung seems to encourage that
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith I've never had an iPhone freeze, apps may occasionally get goofy but tell me one device that's never had that problem! Just force crash it and relaunch. Also restarting any device WILL improve its overall performance, I recommend restarting any phone at least once every day or two.
Ricardo Contreras Jr.
Ricardo Contreras Jr. Anyone know if the Galaxy Note 2 is coming to Sprint?
David Cipollone
David Cipollone I could give a crap.... If someone I know buys an iPhone, they usually get an ear full later.
Tim Ryberg
Tim Ryberg It never ceases to amaze me... A new better product is on the way and the price of the old one drops to clear inventory and people jump on the OLD product and are tied to a multi year contract with already out of date hardware. It's not just the ones who can't afford the full price either
Larry Hanks
Larry Hanks I would be perfectly happy with a deeply discounted iPhone 4s (which would mean far more discounted than it is now) if it worked at full speed on T-Mobile ..which it won't
Nick Berry
Nick Berry My s iii works great my wife's 4s works fine. Both bought in the last month. She wasn't going to wait for the 5 when she barely uses any of the other features anyway
Johannes Riitijoki
Johannes Riitijoki Yes
Antonio Vazquez
Antonio Vazquez kinda funny how people say Android freezes. my galaxy nexus has never froze at all. its never been laggy on Jelly Bean either, smooth as butter and better than any apple product, plus u gotta love that removable battery ;)
Eric J. Powers
Eric J. Powers I will never buy another icrap
Pirarre Miller
Pirarre Miller I have a S3 my daughter has a iphone... And the iphone freezes and have more issues than my S3
Matti Hietala
Matti Hietala Are you telling me that someone would buy iPhone because it is useful? o.O
Mihai Alex
Mihai Alex
Branden McNeill
Branden McNeill No
John Elizondo
John Elizondo IOS 6 Rivals Android 1.0
Joanna Enrique Ramos
Joanna Enrique Ramos Love my galaxy 3
Regan Teegarden
Regan Teegarden I'm an iPhone user and I hear so many complaints about android phones it's not even funny..iPhone may be limited on stuff u can do but at least I never freeze or have any complications..
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Yes so they don't waste money on another one after dropping it once destroying its glass screen.
Jesse Snider
Jesse Snider Yeah I'm not interested in it either Android is much friendlier I'll stick with it. I don't think Apple could make a product to convince me to change.
Andrew Lipps
Andrew Lipps nope, just got 2 iPhone 4S's. I'll wait to see what's in store for the new iPhone, but as of right now it doesn't seem to pack any WOW factor for me to want to wait.
Rob Vandermeulen
Rob Vandermeulen At least androids come out with the latest technology. Iphones are already out of date when they come out.
Warren Saunders
Warren Saunders Of course...I'm suggesting getting a proper smartphone.........Android,S3 ONE X SPRINGS TO MIND!
Christopher Wesley
Christopher Wesley Fanboys on both sides already going at it. Will it ever stop? Smh
Christopher Gronde
Christopher Gronde yeah don't buy the iphone...hold out for the Galaxy Note 2
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis No I tell them 2 hold off buying an android as they depreciate in value within weeks.. I'm sure the gs4 will be announced any day now..lol
Roger Ohlsson
Roger Ohlsson tell them not to buy apple stuff ever
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie wouldn't have one of any of the crapple products

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