Making the decision of what phone you want to be stuck with for the next year or two can be daunting. For loyal Apple users, even the task of choosing a new iPhone has become more difficult because of Apple's new trend of offering different models. Currently, Apple offers the most recent iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the previous year's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the iPhone 5s for those who refuse to let go of the smaller form factor.
You can indeed upgrade a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (as long as they are compatible) to iOS 8. However, you will lose your jailbreak and all jailbreak apps and tweaks.
There is currently no jailbreak for iOS 8, and once you upgrade to the new iOS, you won't be able to return to an earlier version. So if you like your jailbreak tweaks, don't upgrade to iOS 8. At least not until a jailbreak is available for it, which isn't guaranteed.
As with every other product refresh Apple has discounted its older generation devices. Apple did not discontinue the iPhone 5c like some reports claimed they would, but the iPod classic did disappear from Apple's iPod page. The iPod classic was the oldest device on Apple's roster, up until now. The iPhone 5s has been replaced with the iPhone 6 as Apple's $199 smartphone and is now only $99. The iPhone 5c takes the place of the iPhone 4s as the lowest device on the totem pole and is now free.
The price drops are not that drastic since Walmart was offering the iPhone 5c for $0.97 and the iPhone 5s for $79 before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Both Apple and Walmart's lower prices require a new two-year contract.
As expected, retailers and mobile carriers are reducing the price of the latest generation Apple products in anticipation of the release of the iPhone 6 and second-generation iPad Air. Walmart got the ball rolling by permanently slashing the price of the iPhone 5c to $29, and the iPhone 5s to $99, and now Verizon Wireless is following suit.
Verizon customers can nab the 16GB iPhone 5c for only $99 when agreeing to a new two-year contract. The 50% off deal is available now available through VerizonWireless.com. This of course means you will be stuck with the iPhone 5s after the new iPhone 6 model is released in a few months.
A Walmart spokesperson told CNET that starting Friday at 9 a.m. the iPhone 5c will cost only $29. That's $20 off its normal $49 asking price. The iPhone 5c is also being reduced to only $99, down from $149. The deal requires a new two year agreement with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint, and it in-store only. However, Walmart representatives have misled us about Apple sales before, so make sure you call ahead to clarify your local location is participating in the sale.
Apple fans can also expect other retailers to follow suit as we get closer to the launch of Apple's next-generation handset(s). In previous years, retailers such as Best Buy and Target have slashed iPhone prices weeks before Apple's newest iPhone is announced, but unlike the previous generations, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s have both been heavily discounted since their release. Walmart has discounted the iPhone 5c at least four times, according to our archives, and the retailer has offered the device for as low as $29 at least once before.