It’s easy to fall into the trend of always wanting the latest iPhone, even though that may not be the best choice for your needs (or budget). Apple next iPhone, which we expect to be, should be unveiled at rumored . But depending on your and , you may only need that you can find in earlier Apple products like the , , or .
If you’re on the fence as to which path to take, that’s understandable. But don’t stress. This guide spells out when you should go in one direction or the other. This way you can feel confident you’ve made the right call.
Using an old, outdated iPhone?
One of the best reasons to snap up a new phone is because your current one is hopelessly outdated. If you own an, upgrading to an now probably isn’t worth it. You won’t see enough of a difference in performance and features, especially compared with . However, if you can hang on until September your patience will have a chance of being rewarded.
The calculus is very different for owners of older iPhones like theseries. Going for the iPhone 12 gives you an advanced A14 Bionic CPU, plus an OLED screen. Just those two enhancements represent a massive upgrade over phones from just a few years ago.
The need for 5G speed
5G wireless isn’t available everywhere, and its capabilities have been. That said, the . So if you have a burning desire to connect to 5G cellular networks and have access to one, then the iPhone 12 will scratch that itch immediately. Of course the iPhone 13 will most likely also link to 5G so waiting is fine too.
Cracked screen, failing battery and other reasons to get that new iPhone now
Living with a device that’s been damaged or functions poorly is rough. For example, it’s hard to ignore a fractured screen since you see the defect daily. The same is true of a failing battery that can’t hold as much charge as it once could. If your iPhone suffers from these types of frustrating issues, an immediate upgrade to an iPhone 12 is justified.
iPhone 12’s got a ceramic shield display
One of the iPhone 12’s big improvements is the material of its display. Apple calls it “ceramic shield” glass. Made by Corning, the ceramic shield glass covering the phone’s display is harder than most metals. Indeed, we can confirm the iPhone 12’s ceramic shield’s toughness. When, the handset came through with flying colors. So if you’re a huge klutz and are prone to slips and drops, springing for this current iPhone is a wise move. Those who feel they can avoid mishaps may want to wait until September though. The iPhone 13 will likely also come with a ceramic shield.
New features in the works
The iPhone 13 will definitely come with brand-new features the iPhone 12 lacks. If the, the device will boast a 120Hz display and would be the first iPhone to do so. Right now the iPhone 12’s screen has a 60Hz refresh rate. The faster refresh rate will translate to smoother, snappier scrolling through apps and websites. Apple will probably enhance the iPhone 13’s camera too, something the company does every year. Also keep in mind that to its phones for a finite amount of time. Waiting too long and eventually you’ll be locked out of the latest OS.
Price may be the deciding factor
As the saying goes, money talks. If you can find a significant deal on the iPhone 12, it may be enough to ease your indecision. Perhaps you’re planning to switch carriers. If so, the wireless provider you’d like to move to may offer trade-in specials. It could offset a lot of the cost of a new phone. Also consider holding out until the iPhone 13 is announced. Then, prices for the iPhone 12 will certainly plummet. Depending on, getting a heavily discounted iPhone 12 may be a better option.
And while we don’t know for certain what the price of the iPhone will be,. Chances are good it’ll follow a similar breakdown to what the iPhone 12 was. Then again, Apple could sell it for much less. Samsung and Google asked for less cash for the and in 2020. The had a $200 discount compared with the model before it.
For more, here’s how the, whether , or and . You can also take a look at what products we expect from and all the rumors about the , and .