The case to keep your old iPhone

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this season. No, it does not have all the songs and decorations. This is the season with all the new goodies…the new iPhones, that is. Every fall for more than a decade, we’ve celebrated the changing of the seasons with the annual migration (physical or virtual) of a loyal Cupertino Apple.

This year was no different. Apple released a file iPhone 14 . series of phones. Compared to the previous year’s iPhone 13 series, Apple added two important safety features: car accident detection and Emergency satellite call for help. The iPhone 14 and iPhone Plus It has the same processor, same screen resolution, same storage and camera capabilities as the iPhone 13 series.

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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max an act Add some new goodies. theredynamic islandA UI hack that tries to find meaning for the notch where the front camera gets closer to the back of the screen. It’s well done and adds some value overall, but it’s certainly not a reason in itself to buy the new iPhone. The more expensive iPhone 14 models also add a precision camera 48MP (which is a big deal for photographers), and another generation processor update to the A16 Bionic, which delivers a few speed bumps.

Apple hasn’t updated the Lightning to USB-C connection, which means uploads from the iPhone 14 series, including the Pro with very large photo and video files, remain slower than they should be.

also: iPhone 14 Pro: Huge new camera sensor, same slow Lightning cable data transfer

Apple gives and apple takes away. This year Apple is taking over the ability to use physical SIM cards. All iPhone 14 models only use the eSIM internal SIM card applications, which have Ascending and descending.

I keep my old phone

My daily driver is now two generations old, iPhone 12 Pro Max Refurbished, and I keep it. I have no plans to buy the iPhone 14 Pro Max (which is the model I’ll be switching to, if I’m interested enough to do so). There is nothing in Series 13 or Series 14 that shakes my world up enough to raise the big money to replace it. Plus, an eSIM is a pain in the ass to change, and it always requires a few calls to the carrier, which isn’t worth it.

On the other hand, my wife might decide to upgrade to the iPhone 14. None of the new iPhone 14 features (like this one) are of particular interest to her. But it occupies iPhone 11 Pro with a relatively low 64GB memory. If the low memory configuration is too troublesome sometime this year, you may choose to upgrade. But this will not be due to the attractiveness of new phones. This is mostly due to the lower configuration of her old phone.

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I can’t wait for a calculus upgrade

Speaking personally, when it comes to tech upgrades, I usually approach it with one of two mindsets. The first is what I call the “I can’t wait” mentality. This happens when I have been using a device for a very long time and it becomes very difficult. It could be due to a lack of memory, because the battery dies a lot, or because something has broken, or there is a problem with the apps. The phrase “I can’t wait” happens after I’ve been holding it tight, I’m very hopeful that a new machine will be available to meet some of your burning needs.

The second mindset is the “calculus upgrade” mentality. That’s when I look at the features in the new device to see if any of them sound like something I really need. This often depends on how late you are with the phone versions. For example, when I jumped from the beloved 6s Plus to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I saw massive improvements in just about everything. Additionally, the 6s Plus has discontinued support for current iOS versions, which was a good incentive to upgrade.

But if you have an iPhone 13 and you buy an iPhone 14, you won’t notice any improvement at all unless you’re stuck in a cellular dead zone on top of a mountain. These two models are almost identical.

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Older iPhone Keeping Status

I’ve talked about a bunch of reasons why I shouldn’t upgrade, but let’s get it back to you. Here are some reasons why you might want to stick with what you have. You may want to keep your old iPhone if…

If you don’t want to spend big bucks on a new device. While you can still buy a device iPhone SE for $429iPhone 14 models start at $799 and go up to $1,599. That’s a lot of green stuff to spend, especially in a year close to recession mired under the weight of unprecedented inflation. Given how little the iPhone 14 adds, it might be wise to hold on to your money (and your phone) for another year.

If the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus didn’t add something that would change your life. Unless you’re climbing mountains Or traveling out of cellular range, the iPhone 14 is the iPhone 13 minus the SIM card slot. Nothing here justifies an upgrade unless you’re coming from a much older model.

If your battery is stuck. If your battery is working fine, you may not need to upgrade. Even if your battery needs help, most do Apple battery replacements range from about $50 to about $70Much less expensive than buying a new phone.

If you have enough RAM. If you have a lot of storage space, you may not feel pressured to find a better solution. With 256GB, I have plenty of RAM in my phone and it holds up well. My wife, however, decided to upgrade because she had much less RAM in hers.

If you don’t care about bragging rights. Some people like to brag that they have the latest technology. Maybe it’s because it indicates they have the money to get it, or because they think it makes them look great, or simply because they like the product. But if you don’t care, don’t spend.

If you don’t need one for some business reason. Sometimes I buy the latest technology to write about, but when it comes to my phones and computers (an extremely important task to do my job and manage my life), I wait until I make sure the disruption is worth it.

If you are traveling outside the country. This is tricky, because the emergency satellite feature is a welcome insurance if something goes terribly wrong while hiking in the Alps. but the eSIM switching is a big problemEspecially when you are out of the country. You might just want to stick with an old phone.

If you are using a non-mainstream carrier and don’t want to switch. This is it eSIM again. Not all carriers support them.

If you don’t want the hassle of switching eSIMs. we knock eSIM disc Again, but it’s very likely that switching an eSIM between phones will require a visit to a carrier’s store or two long, frustrating phone calls to your carrier’s support line.

If you are comfortable with the physical size of your phone. If you like the size of your phone, there may be no reason to get a different phone, especially since you’re probably buying the same size. This also applies to the iPhone 13 mini. True, it’s about 1/4 inch smaller than the iPhone 14, but it’s still smaller. Hands can feel the difference.

If you can still upgrade iOS on your phone. If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you are good to go. If you’re rocking an iPhone 7, 6s, first generation SE or earlier, well, it’s time to buy a new phone.

Are you upgrading?

I see a very strong case to keep an old iPhone and a generally weak case to upgrade – especially from a recent iPhone 12 or iPhone 13. What about you? Are you upgrading? If so why? Let us know in the comments below.


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