Should they upgrade to one of the iPhone 14 models anticipated to debut on September 7 at the Apple event, phone customers looking for the best iPhone will need to decide by this time next week. The decision is difficult than you may imagine. While new iPhones undoubtedly come with additional capabilities, users of existing models must decide whether these advancements are sufficient to warrant the price of a new phone.
This year, it’s even more of a concern because budgets are being squeezed by rising costs to the point where buying a new phone could not be in the cards. The new iPhone 14 models must bring improvements that make up for the features and capabilities that older handsets lack if they are to persuade current iPhone owners that it is time to upgrade.
Tim Cook’s presentation of Apple’s newest phones on Wednesday won’t let us know for sure what the iPhone 14 pro and iPhone 14 will offer. But enough information about the four phones that are rumored to launch this month has leaked that we can reasonably predict what to anticipate from this batch of iPhones going into the September 7 event.
You will have to wait till the new models go from rumor to fact before deciding whether to switch from your current iPhone to the iPhone 14. However, based on those reports, we can let you know what to anticipate from next week’s events so that you’ll be prepared to act when iPhone 14 preorders open.
We’ll examine the three most recent iPhone models, identifying their strengths and areas where the iPhone 14 might outperform earlier models. The iPhone SE (2022) will not be included in this exercise because, if you purchased it since its spring release, you are not in the market for an upgrade. Additionally, we don’t include devices introduced in 2018 or later, including the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. The only reason to continue using your current device if it is four years old or older is if your budget does not permit an upgrade to a new flagship. At that point, any change will be an improvement in terms of general performance and camera quality.
In light of all of this, let’s take a look at who should consider upgrading to the iPhone 14 as Apple gets ready to introduce its new smartphones.
What to look for in the iPhone 14: Most consumers no longer upgrade their phones annually, and the differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 are likely to be the best proof of that. The iPhone 13 is still a fantastic phone on its own, and any upgrades the iPhone 14 offers are probably going to be more incremental than revolutionary.
Let’s start with the iPhone 14’s chipset, which is most likely the same A15 Bionic silicon as the iPhone 13’s. Apple may increase the RAM in the current model, but that won’t result in the kind of speed improvement that would make an upgrade necessary. Aside from a purported upgrade to the iPhone 14’s front camera, we anticipate additional camera functionality but assume the hardware will remain the same.
The refresh rate of the phone’s display is the main area where the iPhone 14 could surpass the iPhone 13 in performance. The pro models of the iPhone 13 feature an adjustable 120Hz rate, while the normal iPhone 13 stays locked at 60Hz. Although it is unlikely that the iPhone 14 would match that capability, there is a chance that Apple will increase the display refresh rate to 90Hz to enable smoother scrolling.
Upgrade prognosis: You won’t experience severe FOMO if you keep with the iPhone 13 unless there is a new feature that is genuinely compelling.
What to watch for in the iPhone 14: We’re combining the two iPhone 13 Pro models, which have essentially the identical functionality while having differing screen and battery sizes. The fact that we deemed the iPhone 13 Pro Max to be a “practically ideal phone” means that this year’s models have a high standard to meet.
The iPhone 14 Pro rumors indicate that Apple is willing to give it a go. The A16 Bionic chip that will control the upcoming Pro models is anticipated to outperform the A15-powered iPhone 13 Pro versions in terms of performance. Rumors suggest that the primary camera will be upgraded to 48MP, and the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro screens will likely no longer be there. The iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to offer 30W wired charging, which will address another area where the iPhone 13 Pro lags behind other phones—charging speed.
More information on prospective upgrades is included in our comparison of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro.
Upgrade outlook: You might upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max to their iPhone 14 Pro equivalents if you really can’t stand the notch, prefer quicker charging rates, or believe enhancements to the wide and ultrawide camera will make the greatest photography phones even better. Just be aware that this year’s versions will probably cost you extra because price increases of $100 are anticipated for both the Pro and Max.
What is lacking: Although it has improved since the iPhone 12 mini, the battery life is still below average for smartphones, and charging is only 20W.
What to look for in the iPhone 14: If you choose the iPhone 13 Mini when it was released last year, it’s likely that you do so because the device’s small size and 5.4-inch display appeal to you. That specific desire doesn’t seem to be going to be scratched by the iPhone 14 lineup, as Apple is allegedly removing the small from its newest generation of devices. Instead, the manufacturer of phones is taking the opposite tack with the enormous iPhone 14 Max.
The phone to watch is the normal iPhone 14, as most mini users are unlikely to switch from a 5.4-inch phone to one with a 6.7-inch screen. Rumors suggest that it won’t differ significantly from the iPhone 13 small, even though it will have the same A15 Bionic technology. If the iPhone 13 mini’s short battery life worries you, the iPhone 14 might have a bigger battery. However, faster 30W charging is anticipated to be reserved for the more expensive Pro models.
Upgrade prognosis: Hold on to your compact iPhone 13 mini with all your might, as Apple now seems to be done with compact phones.