iPhone 14 upgrade guide — who should upgrade from their current iPhone?

You waited patiently for Apple’s September 7 event, and now the new iPhones are here. Well — almost here. iPhone 14 preorders begin Friday (September 9), with three of the four new models arriving in stores a week later. Sounds like it’s time to consider whether an iPhone 14 upgrade is in your future.

Ideally, you’d wait until all the iPhone 14 reviews are in, but for some people who want to get their hands on a new phone right away. That’s simply not an option. Fortunately, there’s enough information out there about each of the four new models to at least take the guesswork out of whether to upgrade from your current iPhone or not.

We can’t say definitively whether the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are worthy additions to our best iPhone rankings until we’ve tested and reviewed the new handsets. (You can check out our iPhone 14 Plus hands-on and iPhone 14 Pro Max hands-on for first impressions on those two devices.) But we can point out what new iPhone 14 features would most appeal to owners of current iPhones. 

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We’re going to look at the last three years of iPhones, listing what each model has to offer and where the iPhone 14 could improve upon what you already have. For the purposes of this exercise, we’re excluding the iPhone SE (2022), reasoning that if you bought this particular handset since its spring launch, you’re not in the market for an upgrade. We’re also excluding phones released in 2018 — the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max — or later. If your handset is four years or older, any upgrade is going to be a step up in terms of overall performance and camera capabilities; at that point the only reason to stick with your current device is because your budget simply doesn’t allow for an upgrade to a new flagship.

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