A lot of people buy new iPhones, for themselves or for gifts, around the end-of-year holiday season. This year, the iPhone 14 Pro (regular or Max) is the model of choice; customers really want that always-on display and Dynamic Island, not to mention the improved camera.
But it’s going to be almost impossible to find. Apple has issued a warning about supply, and just about every model–every color and storage capacity–has shipping estimates about six weeks out. Good luck finding one in a store or carrier, too. 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 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 huge 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 of years old, it’ll still be a huge improvement (especially the battery life). And you’ll save hundreds of dollars over the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max! If you (or the person you’re gifting it to) are truly in need of a new iPhone, you’ll probably be really impressed by how much better the iPhone 14 is than your old one.
$999.99 at Best Buy
Whatever you do, don’t buy from scalpers!
With such a hot tech item in short supply, the scalpers are already reselling them at prices hundreds over retail. It’s only going to get worse as we get into December. It may be tempting to just pay to get what you want, but all this does is create demand that keeps the scalpers buying up all the inventory and overcharging for it. And it’s easy to get scammed! Just be strong and say no to the scalpers.