Is it Worth Upgrading to the iPhone 14?


With the release of the brand-new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro on the 16th of September, many people are asking, is it worth the upgrade? Below we’re going to look at what’s new about the 14, how it’s improved on the older models, and what it’s kept the same.

What’s the same?

In 2021, Apple released the previous generation iPhone, the 13 and 13 Pro. At the time the company made big improvements to the camera, brought in a larger battery and their new A15 Bionic chip, enabling all sorts of high-powered features. The new iPhone 14 continues in the same vein and doesn’t deviate much from what made the 13 great. In terms of hardware features, the 14 isn’t changing too much. You’re getting the same chip, almost the same camera, and similar onboard storage capacity with the standard model.

What’s different?

The new phone has a slightly better battery, and a larger screen as standard. There’s also an AR sensor in the camera for improved augmented reality experiences on apps like TikTok, Snap and Instagram. But the biggest differences in the 14 are in the software. The 14 can now handle filming 4k video at 30fps, revolutionising content creation. You’ll also have faster and smoother performance for gaming, and power intensive apps. The new phone also comes with a different colour option, purple.

What’s an eSIM?

One of the key changes we’re seeing at Apple is the transition into eSIMs. Phones in the US will no longer come equipped with a SIM card holder, and we would expect the rest of the world to follow suit in the coming years. There’s a number of benefits to eSIMs, with many networks advocating them as they enable a seamless transition without the need to order or wait for a new SIM card. Switching provider can be as easy as signing up to Netflix.

Is the Pro worth it

As with the previous generation, there is a larger difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro than in previous iterations of Apple’s headline product. With more features including larger screens, high-refresh rate displays, Apple’s new Dynamic Island multitasking bar, more storage, and a better camera. Expect a much more significant step change if you’re upgrading to the Pro versions of the phone.

The verdict?

So overall, is it worth upgrading? The answer depends largely on your budget and your current phone. If your phone is more than 3 years old it may be worth it in order to get the improved processing power, more and better-quality cameras, and newer features. Also, some older phones are no longer receiving iOS updates, and so you won’t be able to upgrade to the latest operating system, which can be a security risk.

If your phone is newer, then don’t expect to see a massive change if you do choose to upgrade. The iPhone 14 is most definitely an evolution, not a revolution.

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