Should you consider upgrading to the iPhone 5S or 5C?

The big Apple event has come and gone, leaving us with two new iPhones – the iPhone 5S (pictured above) and the iPhone 5C (pictured below). There's a lot to like about both models, but current iPhone owners might be wondering if it's time to upgrade.

In this article, we'll break down some of the new features and pricing options to help you determine whether or not it's time to ditch your old phone and move on to greener (or golder) pastures.

If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S...

Let's start with those hanging onto their older iPhone 4 or 4S. The benefits are clear here: Upgrading gets you a bigger screen, faster processor, slimmer and lighter design, and LTE connectivity. The new standard screen size is 4in, and that means more and more apps will be designed for bigger screens. They'll still work on older iPhones, but if you want the most out of your app experience, you'll want to get on board with the new standard. Slim and light is great, but the LTE connectivity is likely the most significant upgrade. It's like going from standard definition to high definition, and it'll make an immediate difference.

So should you go for the iPhone 5C or 5S if you're coming from an older model? Well that depends on your tastes. If you don't mind the plastic build and actually like a little colour in your life, the 5C is a solid option that will save you £80 in terms of the Sim-free cost of the handsets. But if you want the latest and greatest, including 64-bit processing, a much improved camera, and a built-in fingerprint scanner, then you'll want to go with the iPhone 5S.

If you have an iPhone 5…

Now for current iPhone 5 owners: Do any of the new 5S features warrant an upgrade? To answer that, let me first address the pricing and contract predicament. It's only been a year since the iPhone 5 release and you most likely signed up for a two year contract to snag the last iPhone. That means you're on the hook for another year unless you want to pay an unsubsidised price for the iPhone 5S – namely, £549 for the basic 16GB model.

Now, there are some notable upgrades between the 5 and 5S, including a faster processor, improved camera, fingerprint scanner, and more comprehensive LTE support – but are any of these enhancements revolutionary enough to warrant that kind of cash layout? Maybe for the well-heeled tech enthusiasts, but I think most people would be perfectly fine sticking with their iPhone 5.

To aid your decision, you might want to check out our hands-on with the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 5C. Also, we’ll soon be bringing you full reviews of both handsets in due course, so stay tuned.