Many people buy new iPhones, for themselves or as gifts, during the end-of-year holiday season. This year, the iPhone 14 Pro (normal or Max) is the chosen model; customers Really I want that always-on screen and Dynamic Island, not to mention the improved camera.
But it will be almost impossible to find. Apple has issued a supply advisory, and almost every model, every color and storage capacity, has shipping estimates in about six weeks. Good luck finding one at a store or carrier as well. So you can’t find an iPhone 14 Pro in time for the holidays. What should you do? Let’s talk about your options.
Just get the regular iPhone 14
We’re not going to lie and say you’ll be just as happy with the iPhone 14 as you are with the iPhone 14 Pro. You don’t get an always-on display or ProMotion. You don’t get the Dynamic Island. The Pro models have a telephoto camera, and the main wide-angle camera has a whopping 48MP sensor (compared to 12MP on the non-Pro model). There’s a reason that, despite costing so much more, it’s the most popular model this year.
But the iPhone 14 is by no means a bad phone. It’s a relatively small upgrade over the iPhone 13, but it’s fast (much faster than any Android phone) and has an excellent camera and fantastic battery life.
If you’re upgrading from an iPhone that’s more than a couple years old, it’s still a huge improvement (especially battery life). And you’ll save hundreds of dollars with the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max! If you (or the person you’re gifting it to) really need a new iPhone, you’ll probably be pretty impressed with how much better the iPhone 14 is than the old one.
Wait for the iPhone 15
You Really Do you need a new top-of-the-line iPhone right now? I mean, really? Sure, your iPhone 12 Pro doesn’t do all the amazing things that the iPhone 14 Pro does, but it’s only two years old. It is penalty fee.
Why not wait a year and get an even better phone? We don’t know for sure what features the iPhone 15 Pro will have, but it will almost certainly be faster, with a better camera system, likely to have USB-C, and could even have a titanium body. You don’t want to buy an iPhone 14 Pro and then turn around and also get an iPhone 15 Pro just a year later, right?
Instead, perhaps consider an iPhone accessory that will work with your current and future iPhone. The second generation AirPods Pro are great and are on sale now for $200. And you already have an Apple Watch? (Those are also on sale.)
Order and be patient
Nobody wants to order a new iPhone and not receive it for more than a month. And if you’re buying it as a gift, wrapping an empty box that says “iPhone 14 Pro coming soon” isn’t quite as festive as you might hope, but the recipient will understand—everyone else is basically in the same boat.
But it’s going to be okay! It’s just an iPhone, it’s not an emergency. Supply shortages are bad, but no one is going to blame your for them. Just place your order and wait patiently for your new iPhone 14 Pro to arrive, maybe in the new year.
Whatever you do, don’t buy from resellers!
With such a hot item of technology in short supply, resellers are already reselling them at prices hundreds above retail. It will only get worse as we get to December. It can be tempting to pay just to get what you want, but all this does is create demand that causes resellers to buy up all the inventory and overcharge it. And it’s easy to get scammed! Just be strong and say no to scalpers.