Can Apple survive a €1,000 sticker price for its basic iPhone 14? And even for those who have the cash, is it worth upgrading to one of the new models?
Although expected, the scale of the price increases is overwhelming.
An iPhone 14 costs $799 in the US, but €1,029 here.
Worse, an iPhone 14 Pro costs $999 in the US but is a whopping €1,339 here.
Forget the supply chain crisis or the war in Ukraine: this is purely a eurozone inflation problem.
It would be almost as cheap to buy a transatlantic ticket and an iPhone in the US as it is to buy one in Europe.
To make the point, Apple isn’t reducing the prices of its iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 models at all: you’re still paying the high cost of an iPhone for last year’s model.
As for the phones themselves: is it worth upgrading?
With one exception, this may be the least impactful iPhone update in years. There are no fundamental new design, screen or “wow” features on three of the four iPhone 14 models. The cameras will be improved, yes: but only to a degree that might appeal to true enthusiasts. The iPhone 13 (and 12) cameras were already excellent.
There are upgraded chips in the phones. But this feels like something few get excited about in real life; Apple has such an edge over Android in chip design that it can do almost nothing that you’ll notice over last year’s iPhone.
That’s not to say it’s not desirable – it will likely allow some developers to push the boundaries of what their apps can do. But other than an always-on lock screen, there’s no immediate effect that anyone will really see or feel.
And then there are the things Apple hasn’t introduced. No USB-C on all models. No 120Hz screen on the non-Pro iPhone 14 models, which seems a little unbelievable for a $1,000+ phone; All other half price phones now have a 90Hz or 120Hz screen.
There is one exception to all of this – the new iPhone 14 Plus. This has been a gap in the iPhone lineup for the past three years; A slightly cheaper model with a large screen and long-lasting battery for those who want big displays but don’t need extra motor power or cameras. I see this as a hit with people who can’t quite justify the very steep price tag of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
But unless you’re in dire need of a new iPhone, these look very expensive.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/given-the-cost-of-the-new-iphones-it-might-be-cheaper-to-buy-a-plane-ticket-to-the-us-and-buy-one-there-41970573.html Given the cost of the new iPhones, it might be cheaper to buy a plane ticket to the US and buy one there