Apple Releases A Samsung! US iPhone 14 is not the same as UK and EU iPhone 14: Huge Differences in Value and Features - WORDROM.COM

Apple Releases A Samsung! US iPhone 14 is not the same as UK and EU iPhone 14: Huge Differences in Value and Features

If you’re like me, you’d be rightly puzzled when a phone manufacturer sells different phones under the exact same name as if they were the exact same phone… Ideally, of course, there shouldn’t be any There may be differences between a Galaxy 22 or an iPhone 14 that you will buy in North America and the same phone sold in Europe, the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

However, even though some flagship phones have the same names, design and packaging, that doesn’t tell the whole story. “A phone for everyone” is far from what you get these days and the two companies you can point to are the two biggest and most influential – Samsung and now) Apple!

Speaking of Samsung, I’ve written several posts expressing my disapproval of the company’s bizarre decision to give Galaxy flagships in North America and South Korea Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, while leaving the rest of the world which turns out to be generally inferior to Exynos. Samsung flagship phones.

More recently, in a series of interesting twists, North America and Samsung’s homeland has been joined by India, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates, and now those regions are offering Galaxy S22 models powered by Snapdragon. However, buyers in the UK and Europe (one here!) still have to make do with the Exynos 2200 chip inside what are supposed to be the same Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra flagships. Apparently Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S23 series will stick to a similar strategy.

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And now, to my surprise, Apple is pulling us a Samsung! No, there aren’t different chips powering the iPhone 14, but there are now enough differences between iPhones sold in North America and those sold in the rest of the world to raise a fair question… Is Apple now following in Samsung’s footsteps?

The cheaper US iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models have more features than the more expensive iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro sold in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world?

To cut to the chase, here’s how iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models sold in North America differ from those sold in the rest of the world.

iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models sold in the United States have features such as:

  • Satellite connectivity to send emergency messages via satellite connection when you don’t have 4G/5G coverage – a potentially lifesaving feature
  • Virtual ID and Virtual Driver’s License (available in select US states such as Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Mississippi, Ohio and Puerto Rico territory and expanding)
  • Three-dimensional city view from Apple Maps, available in select US and Canada (gradually expanding)

Sorry, US buyers! iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models sold in EU and UK offer features not found on US iPhone 14 models

Speaking of differences between iPhones sold around the world, you may know that US iPhone 14s no longer have a SIM card tray. This means US buyers will need to be prepared to switch to using an electronic SIM (eSIM) card through their carrier.

However, this is not the case for people based outside the United States, who finally have something to brag about. So, yeah – it turns out Apple’s regional division doesn’t work too well for US buyers either, who serve as a pilot study for Apple’s type of early feature adoption/or lack thereof.

iPhone 14 features available globally are not available to US iPhone 14 buyers:

  • The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro sold outside of the US have a SIM card tray and eSIM support, which means international buyers now have a lot more flexibility when shopping. is to use foreign SIM cards when traveling around the world (eSIM is not supported worldwide)
  • In some countries where required by law, the iPhone 14 will come with a charger in the box – Brazil recently fined Apple $2.34 million for selling iPhones without a charger

Unfair? iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro at significantly higher prices in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world, compared to the US

Now, this argument might sound a little different from the general “same phone with different features” tone of the story, but it’s arguably more important than all the things mentioned above. That’s because the price of a product, including the iPhone, plays a big role in perceived value to customers. You want more/the best bang for your buck. Or ideally, like everyone else.

Considering the global chip shortage, financial crisis and inflation, wars, trade wars and all the rest, it’s no surprise that products are costing more than before. You see it every day – from phones and laptops to coffee and lunch.

However, what stands out for me is that iPhones sold in some parts of the world are now much cheaper than iPhones sold elsewhere. In some cases, this makes no sense and almost feels like Apple is charging the rest of the world to keep the price of the iPhone in North America and China unchanged…

  • In the UK, iPhone 14 prices have jumped 15% on average, with the cheapest iPhone 14 now costing £850. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are £1,100 and £1,200 (was £950 and £1,050)
  • In some European countries like Poland, iPhone prices are skyrocketing – the iPhone 14 is now 24% more expensive than last year’s iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 Pro costs 25% more and the iPhone 14 Pro Max saw 26% price hike. Poland is not nearly as economically developed as other Central and Western European countries
  • In Germany, the price increase is similar to the UK, because I would have to pay €200 more for an iPhone Pro Max compared to 2021, while in France and Italy, people have to shell out almost €1,500 for the same phone that costs “only” $1,100 in the US – the same as last year (which is also the case in Canada, China and Australia)

Now, of course, I’m no financial expert, and I certainly take into account that taxes are not included in the price of iPhones sold in the United States. However, the average sales tax in the United States is around 7.5%, which doesn’t make iPhones much more expensive – certainly not as much as a 26% price increase. And that’s for states where taxes are a thing…

Hey, Samsung and Apple, we want a phone for everyone! Also… Make it cheaper if you can?

Anyway, the idea behind this story is to show that Samsung isn’t the only company giving its flagship phones different functionality depending on location (the chip in your phone affects all areas of its performance and therefore its functionality).

Of course, Apple is the “lesser evil” in this story, and we can talk all day about how Cupertino treats different customers, and even phones. For example, the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are now much easier to repair, while the more expensive Pro models are not. We can also talk about Apple’s divisive pricing strategy for the iPhone 14 series, but we’re not going to change anything, are we…

I guess my call is for a phone for everyone, Samsung and Apple! It’s probably silly of me to ask for cheaper iPhones around the world, but surely I can ask for them to be the same, right? Of course, some features such as satellite connectivity may be a matter of local regulations and an issue that Apple may not be ready to deal with at this time, but in that case is it fair to focus a much of the iPhone 14 marketing on a feature that’s only available to 4.25% of the world’s population?

It’s impossible for adventurers around the world not to be shocked to discover that their iPhone 14 doesn’t support satellite connectivity after buying it, and after buying into the hype around this futuristic feature that isn’t …not available in their region.

In any event! I guess Google wins this one? ! The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were similarly buggy in all regions of the world. OK, at least in the 13 countries where they are sold. Just kidding, I love my Pixel 6 Pro.

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