Yep, the brand-new iPhone 14 is finally here, and it … doesn’t add much over last year’s iPhone 13. Apple has instead reserved many of the cool upgrades for the pricier iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. You might be disappointed to hear there’s no new iPhone Mini—it’s been replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus, a big-screen version of the standard model, like the iPhone 8 Plus.
It’s all a mishmash of different names now, which can be confusing. But we’re here to help. Below, we break down the primary differences among the iPhone 14 range to help you decide on a model—and whether you should buy one in the first place. Be sure to check out our Best MagSafe Accessories guide for more.
Updated September 2022: The iPhone 14 range is officially on sale now, and we’ve added our thoughts.
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Is the Upgrade Necessary?
If your iPhone is working just fine, there’s no need to upgrade. If your device’s battery isn’t doing so well, you can spend a small amount to replace it through Apple, and that might add another year or two to the iPhone’s shelf life. We’ve also got tips on how you can fix your iPhone if you’re encountering strange problems. However, if your handset is absolutely on its last legs (or you just want the latest and greatest), then you win—you can upgrade.
But before you do, read our guide on how to sell your iPhone. Yes, you can use Apple’s Trade-In program, but you might be able to get more money by selling it yourself, as used iPhones retain a lot of their value. (It’s worth exploring!) Make sure to back up your iPhone first, and then factory-reset it to wipe your data. Once you get your shiny new model, read our guide on how to set up your new iPhone for more tips and tricks.
Choose Your iPhone
So you’re going to upgrade to the new iPhone 14 range. Great! The next step is to choose which model to buy: iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, or iPhone 14 Pro Max. The good news is that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are exactly the same except for size (and thereby battery life). The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max also have the same guts and differ only in size.