As Apple prepares to launch a new iPhone 14 at your event Far Out September 7, there is the annual question of whether one should buy the iPhone 13 now, or wait for the iPhone 14 to drop. After all, if all iPhones are the same, then they are six out of a dozen and a half of each other. Apple’s older iPhones also have a reputation for remaining very usable for years, and the iPhone 13 has proven to be a spectacular devicer even a year after launch.
The real question is whether you should buy an iPhone 13 at the run-up to the iPhone 14 eventand the answer is, in most cases, a solid “no”.
There are many reasons to wait
The iPhone 13 series are refinements over the iPhone 12 series. Bigger screens, sharper screens, better cameras, and bigger batteries. No matter which one you buy, you will still be very competitive with the best android phones. So why should you wait if you have $800 or so burning a hole in your pocket? Well, next week’s iPhones should be all of that and more.
If you want to buy an iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 is expected to be a better iPhone 13. A larger starting storage size of 256GB is on the cards, while the ProMotion display that was exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is also could be coming. That means a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling, swiping, etc.
If you want to buy the iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max because it’s the best iPhone experience, expect the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max to come with Apple’s best cameras. For the first time, the company is expected to join Android phones in offering high-megapixel cameras. It is rumored that we will see a 48MP camera replace the usual 12MP, in addition to an improved ultra wide angle sensor.
Of course, there will naturally be faster chips, a revamped design, and the same 256GB boost (if not Pro-exclusive) too.
In case you want specifically the iPhone 13, whether for its aesthetic choices or for any other reason, it is still better to wait for the iPhone 14 next week. Apple typically drops the price of its current-gen iPhones when the next-gen launches, so you’ll almost certainly be able to pick up an iPhone 13 for $699 after September 7 compared to the $799 retail price it has. today.
However, there’s an exception. Apple is reportedly getting rid of the iPhone Mini series with the iPhone 14 lineup. There isn’t expected to be a small SE next year either, as the company reportedly adopts iPhone XR styles and design for the upcoming SE. A price drop is also not guaranteed in that case. If Apple isn’t selling enough Minis to justify a sequel, it could drop the one that runs out next week once current stock runs out.
If Apple gets rid of the iPhone 13 Mini, the phone may be harder to find and prices may go up. It’s rare, but some stores have raised prices on some older-generation iPhones rather than drop them, at least in 2022. If a specific model goes missing without replacement, that becomes more likely.
But if you don’t mind getting a pint-sized iPhone, our advice above holds true. If you want the best and latest iPhone you can buy, wait until the iPhone 14 comes out and get that. If you really want the iPhone 13 instead, wait until next week when the price will inevitably drop. Good things come to those who wait, and that’s especially true with iPhones during this time of year.