Should I upgrade to iPhone 13? Stupid questions, but it’s on everyone’s mind.

It’s the mid of 2022 with iPhone 14 on the horizon and your brain and wallet may be getting ready for a rumble in the jungle on whether to pour a $1000 bucks on the ancient iPhone 13 or wait and burn it on the hyper-futuristic military-upgraded iPhone 14.

It may be a huge dilemma, but I’m going to make it super easy for you to decide. 

It largely depends on which phone you’re currently using and whether you have any patience or not. So if we cut the decision down to these two factors, you’ll already have the answer to the question. 

But if you still want a clear cut answer, here’s a straight-to-the-cut guide for you.

For iPhone Users:

If you are using the…

iPhone (1st Generation): I mean… there isn’t much to say, so *sigh* Yes

iPhone 3G: Please. Yes. 

iPhone 3Gs: It sure was a banger, but YES. 

iPhone 4: It was and will always be one of the most beautiful smartphones ever, but stop living in the past. Get the iPhone 13. Please. 

iPhone 4S: I admire the loyalty, but you need a reality check. iPhone 13 can be that reality check.

iPhone 5: Upgrade, you filthy caveperson. 

iPhone 5s: I’d keep it for that Touch ID nostalgia, but for the love of all things that are good and useful, get the iPhone 13. 

iPhone 6: Yes. 

iPhone 6S: You’re barely surviving, but the oxygen is running out quickly. Don’t be cheap and sell that kidney to fund the iPhone 13. (Please ignore the kidney advice)

Okay, but seriously…

Now we’re stepping in murky waters. The iPhone, with its build quality and years of software support, stands on the sands of time like it’s concrete, so starting with the iPhone 7, you need to start using your brain. 

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus: They’re old, but those things still get the job done. How, I don’t know. But they’re old, nevertheless, and you need something younger and faster to stay in tune with your dreams. They’re also not getting software updates anymore. Get the iPhone 13.

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus: If all you do is text and occasionally Snapchat your friends and watch YouTube, you’re good. iPhone 8 is pretty capable, but if you’re looking for solid performance, start begging your mum for the iPhone 13. 

iPhone X: Wait for iPhone 14. Even though you’re in the big league now, the original notched iPhone can live out its days till September. Even though iPhone 13 is a solid upgrade, it’s too late to not wait for the 14’s release. Hold on.

iPhone Xs & Xs Max: Are you expecting any other advice? Hold, dudes and dudettes. iPhone 14 will be a much better upgrade.

iPhone XR & SE 2: These two iPhones sit snugly between good and great. Usually, people who don’t care much about the ultimate performance carry the XR and SE. If you’re that person, you’re still good for another year, and the only reason you should upgrade is if the iPhone 13 is absolutely irresistible.

iPhone 11 & 11 Pro & Pro Max: Now, here’s a solid smartphone that will last you at least 2 more years like a champ. You do NOT need an upgrade. But you may WANT one if your willpower is as weak as my jokes. Don’t buy the 13, just wait for the 14!

iPhone 12 & 12 Pro & Pro Max: You even considering an upgrade or switching is an insult to poor folks like me. Please donate instead. To me.

For Android Users: 

Switch. Switch right away, and don’t ever look back. Get the iPhone 13.*

*this is supposed to be taken as a joke. I’ve had plenty of great Android phones that I’ve probably used for at least 2 to 3 days before returning them and getting back to the iPhone. That means Android phones are great till you get your sense of taste back.


iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max Specs

iPhone 13
  • A15 Bionic
  • 20% smaller notch
  • 1200 nits XDR display
  • 120Hz ProMotion display
  • 6.1” and 6.7” Pro and Pro Max
  • New stainless steel colors
  • New triple cameras + macros from the ultrawide
  • 4K 30fps ProRes video
  • Bumped battery life 13

iPhone 13 Pro: $999
iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1099

iPhone 13 & 13 Mini Specs

  • A15 Bionic
  • New colors
  • 800 nits XDR display
  • 20% smaller notch
  • New camera array
  • Cinematic video mode
  • Slightly bumped battery life

iPhone 13 Mini: $699
iPhone 13: $799


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