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Warped9

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My current iPone 8+ is still going strong with zero issues or complaints. I recently picked up an iPad Air 5 to replace my older iPad Pro 10.5, and so far I quite like the upgrade. For about half an hour I kept reaching for the home button, but I soon got used to the Touch ID and the swiping gestures.

So now I’m wondering if I should move on from my iPhone 8+.

As I said to open my 8+ works perfectly and I have zero issues so I don’t need a new phone. But with Boxing Day promotions beginning I find myself wondering about upgrading anyway.

Traditionally I never upgrade to the latest model—I usually upgrade to two or three generations back (of the current model) to simply save money and because I don’t need the latest and greatest for my needs. When I got my 8+ the iPhone X and XR models had been available for some months earlier.

So now the question becomes if I upgrade then which model do I go to. And for the record, for my needs, I don’t see the point of upgrading to Pro, Max or Plus models. The entry level models will have upgraded tech over what I have now and the 6.1in. screens will already be larger than my current 5.5in. screen while within roughly the same chassis size. I also wouldn’t consider an SE because I don’t want to go back to a sub 5in. screen.

Apple went to the square edged design with the 12. And if I followed past practice then the 12 would most likely be the go-to model.

So iPhone 11, 12, 13 or 14?

Is it even worth considering the 11 when for not much more I can go to the 12? And would the differences of the 13 or 14 justify the added expense over the 12?

Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
 

PhoenixDown

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I think you'll find better deals for the 13 or 14. Not sure if the camera is important to you but the 13 Pro (that I am using now) was a tremendous upgrade over my 8+
 
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ericwn

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Sure, get a 13 or 14 model if you’re itching for something different, but whatever you do, don’t get rid of the 8. You may regret it
Don’t regret upgrading from the 8+ the slightest. Everything on my newer phone is preferred: faceid, shape, screen. My 8+ served as a camera in my studio for a bit longer though.
 

Warped9

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The more I think of it the more I feel the 11 isn’t worth considering for the bit more to get at least the 12.

I work with someone who has the 12 and she has not been happy with the camera, and she had upgraded from an iPhone 6.

Anyone else have similar experience?
 
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turbochgd

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I was thinking of upgrading my wife’s XS Max to the iPhone 14 Plus. But the high refresh rate 120Hz is only available on the Pro models starting with the 13 Pro. And that higher refresh rate makes a real difference. So I decided that when I do upgrade her phone it will only be the 13 or 14 Pro Max (she only likes larger phones).

So between the MUCH better cameras and 120Hz I’d recommend the 13 or 14 Pro. You wouldn’t regret it.
 

GMShadow

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If you're going to keep it for years I'd go with the 14 for the extra RAM. 6GB is a good boost over 4GB in the 12/13 (you have 3GB currently).

If you want to save a little get the 13 - the batteries were higher capacity over the 12.

Just be aware that not getting a Pro model means you'll lose the telephoto lens, as that's a Pro-only feature. My upgrade path was 8+ > 12 > 14 Pro for that reason alone.
 

SpotOnT

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The more I think of it the more I feel the 11 isn’t worth considering for the bit more to get at least the 12.

I work with someone who has the 12 and she has not been happy with the camera, and she had upgraded from an iPhone 6.

Anyone else have similar experience?

Go for the 13 or 14. The 12 was the first model with 5G and it doesn’t always get the best reception. Also worse battery life.

The 13 and 14 are nearly the same phone, so just get whatever you can cheapest. I would avoid the 12 for the reasons stated above though.
 

Isamilis

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My current iPone 8+ is still going strong with zero issues or complaints. I recently picked up an iPad Air 5 to replace my older iPad Pro 10.5, and so far I quite like the upgrade. For about half an hour I kept reaching for the home button, but I soon got used to the Touch ID and the swiping gestures.

So now I’m wondering if I should move on from my iPhone 8+.

As I said to open my 8+ works perfectly and I have zero issues so I don’t need a new phone. But with Boxing Day promotions beginning I find myself wondering about upgrading anyway.

Traditionally I never upgrade to the latest model—I usually upgrade to two or three generations back (of the current model) to simply save money and because I don’t need the latest and greatest for my needs. When I got my 8+ the iPhone X and XR models had been available for some months earlier.

So now the question becomes if I upgrade then which model do I go to. And for the record, for my needs, I don’t see the point of upgrading to Pro, Max or Plus models. The entry level models will have upgraded tech over what I have now and the 6.1in. screens will already be larger than my current 5.5in. screen while within roughly the same chassis size. I also wouldn’t consider an SE because I don’t want to go back to a sub 5in. screen.

Apple went to the square edged design with the 12. And if I followed past practice then the 12 would most likely be the go-to model.

So iPhone 11, 12, 13 or 14?

Is it even worth considering the 11 when for not much more I can go to the 12? And would the differences of the 13 or 14 justify the added expense over the 12?

Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
I am on 11. iOS 15 is a bit heavy on 11 (not as snappy as in iOS 12). You will have issue if updating to the latest version.
I heard also battery life is not good on 12.
Probably iPhone 13 is the optimal one since it has good battery life and camera, and only slightly difference than iPhone 14.
 
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Populus

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If you want to keep the new phone for many, many years, I’d get an iPhone 14, even if you have to look for a sale. The iPhone 14 has 6GB of RAM instead of just 4GB in the 13 series and lower. You will have an iPhone for many years.

The other option I’d consider is waiting until September (roughly 9 months from now) for the iPhone 15, as it will have USB-C, Dynamic Island and who knows if a new design.

But yeah, the iPhone 14 will be a solid update. Also, replacing the rear glass is much easier and cheap than with the 13 series and earlier.
 

ChoiMinji

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If the camera isn’t all that important, the 11 is a good phone. It’s not bulky like the 12, especially 13 & 14. I’m not impressed with the 14’s camera, in fact I’m not impressed with the 14 at all. I think most here think the latest is the greatest. The 11 is suffice and a good phone. 5g? Not impressed with it either because it’s very limited availability. Don’t obsess over it.
 

JPack

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Mar 27, 2017
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If the camera isn’t all that important, the 11 is a good phone. It’s not bulky like the 12, especially 13 & 14. I’m not impressed with the 14’s camera, in fact I’m not impressed with the 14 at all. I think most here think the latest is the greatest. The 11 is suffice and a good phone. 5g? Not impressed with it either because it’s very limited availability. Don’t obsess over it.

How can it be “bulky” when the iPhone 12, 13, and 14 are smaller in every dimension? And lighter too.
 

Populus

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How can it be “bulky” when the iPhone 12, 13, and 14 are smaller in every dimension? And lighter too.
I think he/she is referring to the camera modules. And I also think he/she is thinking about the Pro lineup cameras. Otherwise, I don’t understand the comment either.
 
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profcutter

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First, wow props for keeping an 8 plus going all this time! I hated mine, and actually moved to an XS Max as soon as I could, which I loved. The jump from 8 plus to later pro model phone is pretty dramatic, the screen is a real leap from the LCD of your to a new one with AMOLED. If it were me, it would come down to pricing. I’m not sure how it is where you live, but here the deals are for the newer phones, so an XS Max could cost more than a 13 pro under the right conditions.

I like the big phones, the better cameras, and the nicer displays, so the PM models are the only choice. For me XS Max was awesome, 12 PM was meh, and 14 PM is great. I only upgrade when I have to, my XS max got a teeny crack by the camera that I didn’t see, so when I took some photos under a lake surface, poof it died, hence the 12PM. I changed providers, so I traded the 12PM for a 14PM or I’d still have the old one.
 

Kierkegaarden

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Dec 13, 2018
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I would take a look at the 14 Pro/Pro Max, unless you can find an exceptional deal on an older model. If you want the largest size available, you could also consider the 14 Plus.

The reason to keep the one you have now would be for backup, and your trade in wouldn’t be much anyways.
 

Mr. Dee

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Dec 4, 2003
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Still on my iPhone X and it’s going strong. The X is based on the same architecture as the iPhone 8. But I wouldn’t recommend you choose a X. Work colleague upgraded from a iPhone 11 Pro Max to a iPhone 14 Plus. Didn’t see the value of the extra camera, not big on photos. You get a nice OLED screen, optimized A15, large 6.7 screen, it’s light and it will surely get iOS releases for years to come.

As for me, I gave myself an imposed iPhone 15 upgrade mandate. But still on the fence about it. Might actually run the X into ground or wait another year until iPhone 16.
 

ACE_350

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Aug 12, 2013
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Based on everything you described and your budget mindset, I would get the iPhone 13. I believe the 13 at this very moment in time is the best bang for buck iPhone you can buy. The biggest reason is the iPhone 14 is using the same exact SOC as the 13, so the 13 still has insane value because of that very reason.

I wouldn’t get the 12. First generation 5G modem and small battery. The iPhone 13 has significantly longer battery life averaging 2 hours more than the 12, and the cameras were a huge upgrade as well.
 

currocj

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Jul 8, 2008
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My current iPone 8+ is still going strong with zero issues or complaints. I recently picked up an iPad Air 5 to replace my older iPad Pro 10.5, and so far I quite like the upgrade. For about half an hour I kept reaching for the home button, but I soon got used to the Touch ID and the swiping gestures.

So now I’m wondering if I should move on from my iPhone 8+.

As I said to open my 8+ works perfectly and I have zero issues so I don’t need a new phone. But with Boxing Day promotions beginning I find myself wondering about upgrading anyway.

Traditionally I never upgrade to the latest model—I usually upgrade to two or three generations back (of the current model) to simply save money and because I don’t need the latest and greatest for my needs. When I got my 8+ the iPhone X and XR models had been available for some months earlier.

So now the question becomes if I upgrade then which model do I go to. And for the record, for my needs, I don’t see the point of upgrading to Pro, Max or Plus models. The entry level models will have upgraded tech over what I have now and the 6.1in. screens will already be larger than my current 5.5in. screen while within roughly the same chassis size. I also wouldn’t consider an SE because I don’t want to go back to a sub 5in. screen.

Apple went to the square edged design with the 12. And if I followed past practice then the 12 would most likely be the go-to model.

So iPhone 11, 12, 13 or 14?

Is it even worth considering the 11 when for not much more I can go to the 12? And would the differences of the 13 or 14 justify the added expense over the 12?

Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
The answer is simple: iPhone 15 in September
 

TheRoadRunner

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Oct 7, 2020
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I would hang on to it until it no longer receives the latest updates. It’s still a good phone and worth hanging on to. It has iOS 16 support so will last until next September at least.
 

TwistedGleam

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iPhone 12 models are the worst of those choices so definitely skip that. They have terrible batteries. Not necessarily how long the phone lasts but the health. I’ve never seen an iPhone 12 model that didn’t have horrible battery health in a year.
 
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