Should you wait for iPhone 14 or buy iPhone 13 now
It’s been more than half a year since the iPhone 13 launched. It has had close to a year of fame as the most powerful smartphone with great cameras. But if the timing is right, the iPhone 14 will hit the shelves in a few months, and the rumour mills are ablaze with rumours.
So, for someone considering upgrading their iPhone to a new one or getting into the iPhone scene, the biggest quandary is whether one should go for the iPhone 13 now or wait a little while until fall when the iPhone 14 hits and see what it brings along. It’s not an easy buy-or-wait decision, and as with everything else, it boils down to a matter of opinion and personal preference- and price tag since we’re talking iPhones.
Let’s explore what is available now with the iPhone 13 and what could come with the iPhone 14 to help you decide which side of the fence to choose.
What you get with the iPhone 13
The iPhone 13 has the usual four models, from the iPhone 13 Mini to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which feature top-of-the-line specs and a price tag to match. The iPhone 13 is an easy-to-love device and offers the perfect mix of features and value. The iPhone 13 offers up to 512GB of internal storage options and a 6.1-inch 2532×1170/460 OLED display but without an adaptive refresh rate. It had dual 12MP Wide and Ultrawide rear cameras with 5x zoom on the ultrawide lens.
On the selfie side, it has a 12MP sensor with True Depth. The iPhone 13 is powered by the A15 Bionic chip, easily the most powerful chip on a smartphone. The iPhone 13 has among the best cameras on any smartphone, with the Pro models getting the extra telephoto lens to have a triple rear setup. It is also a beloved improvement with larger batteries.
The iPhone 14 and what you could get with it
If Apple sticks to its fall release, we could be a few months away from getting hands-on with the iPhone 14. These are the rumored features of the iPhone 14:
Every new iPhone lineup has a new chip, and the iPhone 14 will be no different. It will have the A16 Bionic chip to replace the A15 on the iPhone 13 lineup. It’s rumored to be a 4nm process, so you can expect it to be faster & more power-efficient. But for good measure, you can’t tell the performance difference between the different iPhone generations. However, some rumours point to only the iPhone 14 Pro getting the A16 Bionic, with the rest having the A15 but with more RAM.
No more notch
With the iPhone 14, rumours point to a notch-less display on some devices in favour of a pill-shaped cutout-probably for the sensors and a circular cutout for the camera. This will only be for the Pro and Pro Max models, with the standard and iPhone 14 Max having an even smaller notch.
Higher refresh rate
With iPhone 13, only the pro models have adaptive refresh rates and up to 120Hz. With iPhone 14, even entry-level models will get fast-refresh displays but only as high as 90Hz. It’s an improvement, and they might all have LTPO OLED displays.
Rumours hint at the regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14 being the smallest one of the lineup and a 6.7-inch iPhone Max being introduced. The lineup would now have a 6.1inch iPhone 14, 6.7inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1inch iPhone 14 pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. Another shaky rumour hints at Touch ID making a comeback as an under-display biometric unlocking method to add to Face ID. But it could be a reserved feature of the iPhone 15 onwards.
Rumours point to a 48MP rear main camera replacing the 12MP camera currently on the iPhone 13. There’s also talk of the front camera getting a wider aperture and autofocus, meaning brighter selfies with better focus on all four models. Renders also show that the rear cameras would sit flush with the back glass with no bump.
Other than these features, everything else is bound to stay the same with only slight improvements like WIFI 6E, 8K video recording, faster 5G modem, Titanium Alloy chassis, and satellite connectivity.
Buy or wait
If the rumours are anything to go by, the iPhone 15 will be a great phone. But historically, Apple has gone the other way. If the upcoming features of the iPhone 14 fit your wish List, you might hold on for a while and see what comes. But if the iPhone 13 ticks all your boxes, go for it. There’s no right or wrong answer to the question; It’s a matter of preference.
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