iPhone 14 or iPhone 13: which one should you buy right now?
The iPhone 14 is official. At the Apple event last week, the Cupertino-based tech giant introduced the iPhone 14 series that includes four new models the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. While the Pro models get some of the major upgrades, the iPhone 14 is more like the iPhone 13 with just slight changes here and there.
The iPhone 14 will be up for grabs in a couple of days from now, September 16 to be more specific, across various platforms. The question that comes now is should you buy the iPhone 14 or simply opt for the year old iPhone 13? Let's find out the answer in 5 points.
--If you are looking for some design changes here, you will be left disappointed. Apple has limited the design changes and introduced a "dynamic island" design only on the Pro models. The iPhone 14 looks just like the iPhone 13 with dual rear cameras and a wide notch on the front.
--With every passing year, Apple introduces a more advanced chip. This year too, the company followed the same, but the new A16 Bionic chip is again limited only to Pro models, including the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 and even the iPhone 14 Plus come with an A15 Bionic chipset with slight improvement in the gaming performance, as Apple claims. The A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 14 offers a 5-core GPU for boosted gaming performance, which isn't the case for the iPhone 13.
--The camera system is also the same in both iPhone models, but Apple claims that the iPhone 14 packs slightly larger sensors and can click much better low-light shots, which is something that the iPhone 13 missed out on. The iPhone 14 offers a 12-megapixel dual rear camera system. The front camera is also the same in both iPhone 14 and iPhone 13.
--In terms of battery performance, Apple claims that the iPhone 14 offers longer battery backup when compared to the predecessor. The company claims that the iPhone 14 offers up to 20 hours of video playback, 16 hours of streamed video and 80 hours of audio. Now, this is slightly more than what the iPhone 13 offers.
--Now, overall, the iPhone 14 may look pretty much identical to the iPhone 13, but there are some features like Emergency SOS via satellite (which isn't available in India) and Crash Detection that iPhone 14 gets but the iPhone 13 lacks.
So, the question is which one should you buy?
Well, it is simple. If you have the money (around Rs 80,000) to spend on the iPhone 14, go grab the new iPhone model. It will go on sale in India later this week. Now, if you wish to buy a 5G enabled iPhone but can't spend a lot on it, the iPhone 13 makes a lot more sense, in my opinion. That's clearly because there aren't too many extras that Apple offers with the iPhone 14. In fact, some of the extras like the satellite connectivity option aren't available for Indian consumers. Now, that makes it even more sense to opt for the iPhone 13 right now.
Last year's iPhone model is also cheaper now and that makes the iPhone 13 an even better deal. Soon after the launch of the iPhone 14, Apple dropped the price of the iPhone 13 by Rs 10,000. It is now available at a starting price of Rs 69,900 on the Apple India store. Now, it is given that third party platforms like Amazon and Flipkart will offer the iPhone 13 for a much cheaper price tag. So, if you wish to buy the iPhone 13, wait for Flipkart and Amazon's upcoming festive sale that will see a massive price drop on most iPhone models, including iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 starts at Rs 79,900 in India.