Guide to the Latest iPhones and iPads: Which Apple Gadget Actually Fits Your Lifestyle?


In the world of tech, Apple has earned a reputation for state-of-the-art gadgets with sleek designs, user-friendly systems, and innovative features. From smartphones to tablets and computers, its products are so popular that people even line up overnight just to get their hands on the latest models as soon as they launch in the market. 

Two of Apple’s flagship products are the iPhone and the iPad, which have both become leaders of trends in the field of smartphones and tablets. Many people dream and aim of owning these gadgets—and if you’re also planning to get one soon, here’s a guide to help you choose the right model for your everyday needs. 

The iPhone face-off: iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 11

iPhone 14

When it comes to gadgets, we often assume that the latest model will always be the best model—but does this hold true for iPhones? The iPhone 14 is Apple’s newest iteration of its signature smartphone. It was launched in the global market in September 2022 and became available in the Philippines in October 2022. 

The iPhone 14 features a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display and Ceramic Shield front, which is tougher than any smartphone glass. However, you already get both features in its predecessor—the iPhone 13. Both phones also use an A15 Bionic chip processor with a six-core CPU, although the iPhone 14 operates on a five-core GPU which is one core higher than iPhone 13’s. Both are energy efficient, but the A15 five-core GPU is currently the fastest graphics card for smartphones.

Since their specs are almost identical, the big question is: who could possibly benefit from an iPhone 14 upgrade? Well, Apple’s newest smartphone can be a good match for people who like taking photos and videos. The iPhone 14 offers an Advanced dual-camera system with a 12MP Main Ultra Wide camera, as well as a TrueDepth front camera with autofocus that lets it take better photos and videos even at a distance and in low light settings. The iPhone 14 also lets you enjoy at least one more hour of battery life compared to its predecessor, which can sometimes be crucial when you’re outdoors.

If you’re really set on getting this ultimate iPhone upgrade, you can get the iPhone 14 128GB in Midnight at 12% off for only P54,490 (from its original price of P61,990) until January 31.

iPhone 13

As mentioned above, the iPhone 13 is very similar to the iPhone 14 despite being launched a year earlier. Other features that it shares with the latest iPhone model are its camera’s 2x optical zoom, Smart HDR 4 capabilities, and Portrait Lighting option with six effects. It also allows 4K video recording and offers sensor-shift optical image stabilization—a feature that was only available for Pro versions in older iPhones.

Both smartphones are also capable of Superfast 5G cellular connectivity, which lets you enjoy faster internet browsing and online streaming. They are also capable of fast charging and compatible with wireless chargers.

Since the iPhone 13 has a lower price than the iPhone 14 while sharing a vast similarity of specifications, it might give you a better value for your money—if getting the latest and trendiest smartphone isn’t your main agenda in buying an iPhone. From an original price of P52,490, you can get the iPhone 13 128GB in Green at 10% off for only P47,490 during the entire month of January.

iPhone 11

Not everyone needs the latest high-tech specs and features for their everyday phone. If you plan to get an iPhone mainly because you enjoy its aesthetics, an iPhone 11 would be enough for your next Apple purchase. While its display size is also 6.1” like the iPhone 13 and 14, the iPhone 11 uses a Liquid Retina HD LCD with a 1792x828-pixel resolution.

It runs on an A13 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU, 4-core GPU, and 8-core Neural Engine, which is also efficient enough for everyday smartphone tasks. However, the iPhone 11 can only run for up to 17 hours of video playback, which is significantly less battery life compared to the two newer models. It can also only support 4G LTE cellular connectivity, instead of 5G. 

Good news: Until January 31, you can score a brand new iPhone 11 64GB in White for only P29,490! That’s a 14% discount from its original price of P34,490.

Ultimate iPad Battle: iPad vs. iPad Air

iPad (9th Gen)

From the original iPad, Apple’s signature line of tablets has expanded through the years with three more versions: the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. Despite these other tablet types, the OG iPad remains popular among Apple enjoyers. 

The iPad (9th Gen), which was released in 2021, delivers the iPad’s signature efficiency, versatility, and ease of use. With its A13 Bionic chip, this iPad version assures a seamlessly responsive performance for every task—even when you’re using multiple apps at once. Its Retina display measures 10.2” and has LED-backlit Multi‑Touch features with IPS technology, ensuring crisp images and details on your tablet screen. 

The iPad (9th Gen) also has an 8MP Wide rear camera with HDR for photos and 1080p HD video recording. Meanwhile, its Ultra Wide front camera can produce 12MP photos and offers a Retina Flash and cinematic video stabilization features.

If you’re planning to get accessories along with your new iPad, the iPad (9th Gen) is compatible with the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (1st Gen). From January 14 to 29, the iPad (9th Gen) Wi-Fi 64GB - Space Grey can be all yours for only P19,990—saving you 21.58% off its original price of P25,490!

iPad Air

The first difference between the iPad (9th Gen) and iPad Air is its size: the iPad Air is slightly bigger at 10.9” with its Liquid Retina display True Tone screen. Unlike the OG iPads, the iPad Air has a fully laminated display with an anti-reflective coating that you can surely enjoy if you like watching videos or playing games on your tablet.

Beating the “bigger smartphone” allegations for most tablets, the iPad Air also runs on an M1 processor chip which measures closer to laptop processors in terms of performance. For budding photographers and video creators, it also has an upgraded 12MP Wide rear camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera, and 4K video recording capabilities that give great value for your money.

Get yourself a brand new 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 64GB - Pink for only P36,490 from January 14 to 29. This great promo will let you save 12.05% from its original price of P41,490.

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