Regardless of who asks, the answer can vary widely. However, we already know that Apple products tend to be a bestseller and, of course, these will be no different.
It’s true that these are new products, with improvements, but considering the price of the equipment, is there always something that comes out? Is it worth buying the new iPhone 13? In this article we will try to help answer this question, trying to put some varied points of view and those who ask, while trying to help choose the best decision, without, obviously, mentioning the positives and negatives of the new iPhones.
Do you have last year’s iPhone? In this sense, let’s put it from the point of view of different consumers and try to understand whether or not it makes sense to upgrade and, obviously, spend from €729 on a smartphone, which could reach €1859 in the variant and version plus guy.
I have an iPhone 12: Is it worth buying an iPhone 13?
It will be these users where the doubt may even be greater. Will a smartphone with a maximum of one year already deserve to be replaced? And the obvious answer is no, however, we obviously don’t order your wallet.
The question we always think about when we check whether it makes sense to upgrade is whether when we spend a corresponding amount for a smartphone, after a year the news and innovation are worth repeating the expense. Obviously there will always be news and innovations in the most varied senses, but spend another €729 on a smartphone after a year? Let’s start with the news.
One of the big news is the on-screen logo, which creases brighter than its predecessor, from 800 to 1000 nits on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max versions, but the addition of ProMotion support, which allows a variable refresh rate between 10 and 120 Hz, is the big news that is only present
Here the differences are very substantial, as the equipment is very similar, even keeping the same straight style as the predecessor. By the way, if we followed the previous nomenclature, certainly this new iPhone 13 is another iPhone 12S, which usually kept the same design and we just checked major changes in hardware and cameras (just like what happens with the new iPhone 13).
Here we can have a lot to talk about, but I want to generalize some hardware aspects, such as the case of the battery, which Apple says will be much more interesting, obviously since no media has published the respective tests, we have to believe in what the company provides us.
According to Apple, the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13 have an increase of two hours in autonomy, from 15 to 17 and from 17 to 19, respectively. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 has 22 hours, when the predecessor was 17, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has 28 hours, when last year’s model offered 20 hours. Now, despite the iPhone 13 Pro Max being the most surprising, longer autonomy is always good.
Another important factor is a new processor, the A15 Bionic. Interestingly, and contrary to what usually happens, Apple has not released comparisons of its processor with predecessors, however some information has already emerged about this, and in a sense that is even stranger that Apple itself did not disclose them.
Is that Geekbench tests, via iDropNews, got a result of 14216 points on the iPhone 13 Pro, an increase of 55% compared to the iPhone 12 Pro that got 9123. Even the iPhone 13 got 10608, also superior to the best iPhone 12. Well, with a result like this, because it is that Apple did not disclose it at the event, as it usually does? Strange indeed, so we will have to wait for the first performance tests released by the specialized press.
It is in this aspect of hardware that there are more innovations. Apple even claimed that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have the company’s most advanced dual-camera system ever, while the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have the three most powerful cameras ever. But bearing in mind that they release one smartphone a year and are always top-of-the-range, we’re not surprised by this statement.
However, the truth is that on the iPhone 13 we can see the best innovations that Apple has made in the area of cameras. Now, all the new iPhones 13 have much better cameras, which capture much more light and are better and bigger sensors, which allow photos with much better quality. In fact, Apple hasn’t increased the main camera sensor since the iPhone XS and XR in 2018, except for last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max, which already offered the same increase.
In short, Apple put the same main sensor on all of them (we still don’t know which sensor it is specifically) with the reference that the new iPhone 13 can capture 47% more light than the iPhone 12, the same difference as Apple mentioned last year about the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
However, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have an even bigger and faster sensor, with an f/1.5 aperture that captures 2.2 times more light than before, and the pixel size is 1.9μm, which in this sense it is bigger than practically smartphones (or even all of them since I don’t remember seeing this feature on another smartphone). For example, the iPhone 12 Pro Max was 1.7μm.
As for the iPhone 13’s ultra-wide, Apple says it has a faster sensor and better details in low-light photos, without revealing hardware details. But on the iPhon e13 Pro and Pro Max, Apple was more specific, indicating that it increased the aperture to f/1.8 increasing the ability to capture light by 92%, and this sensor is also used for macro, up to 2cm.
As for the telephoto sensor, which is unique to both iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple increased the focal length to 77mm, three times longer than the main sensor, with the iPhone 12 Pro offering 2x zoom, while the 12 Pro Max would up to 2.5x. This, of course, we are talking about optical zoom. This sensor also gains night mode, which will allow incredible photos, without a doubt.
with regard to video, Apple has added a cinematic mode, which allows you to select the focus or depth in post-processing, just like the Blur mode we use on photos. Obviously, in video, this makes an impression, adding that the iPhone 13 Pro models allow you to record and edit video with Apple’s codec on the iPhone itself, which means that you’ll be able to export the result for editing in the final Cut Pro, on your Mac.
Obviously, despite impressive specs when compared to the predecessor, they are not that impressive compared to Android mercaod, however, what is important is the final result of photography and video and, in that respect, Apple although not be the best, is among the best. Obviously, we are waiting for the results of the first tests, in this scope of DxOMark, but the previous models always had good results, always placing themselves in the top 10.
I don’t think the operating system is imperatively better than Android, although it obviously has positive and negative aspects and, when you ask me which is the best, that’s the answer I give in this text: the ideal is to go to a store and try the two and realize what you like best (besides that this is talk for another article). But, I’ll say that, at the moment, I use a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and I’ve never had an iPhone like mine, just using it for testing.
What matters to know is the feasibility of iOS and in that, Apple is excellent and gives Google 10 to zero, in Updates and security (again, I’m going to talk about Apple and not Android). A big advantage of Apple is the updates of its equipment.
Apple guarantees that their devices have updates for several years of the latest version of the operating system, and it is normal to see devices that were released four years ago (and sometimes even longer) receiving the latest version of the operating system. Now this is unique on the market and no doubt Apple does it very well. Also, in terms of security updates, it’s still a few more years, and I give the example of my iPad air, from 2013, with 8 (eight!) years. Obviously it no longer receives iOS updates, since it stopped on iOS 12, but an important note: when it hit the market it had iOS 7. This means that it had 5 operating system updates. But note that I still get security updates.
Does Google do 5 Android updates on their own smartphones?
So what’s missing on the iPhone 13?
One thing I usually say is that when Apple adds a new piece of hardware, it works and works well, which is one of the main reasons why some new features arrive first on Android and only a year or two later arrive on iPhones. However, the fingerprint sensor is a big miss.
I don’t understand why Apple hasn’t decided to put a fingerprint sensor on their iPhones yet, after removing the TouchID when adding FaceID and notch, to increase the screen size. But it is certainly time. Particularly when, in a Covid era when we need to sweat masks, having to remove the mask for the iPhone to recognize us doesn’t make sense, as I’ve never used my smartphone unlock PIN so often.
Even if, for some reason (possibly economical, as the cost of this technology is still expected to be high), Apple should have already found a solution for the fingerprint sensor. Also because there are many Android devices that, once again, innovated, but not being able to place the sensor under the screen (once again, possibly, for cost reasons), they put the on/off button on the side of the device, which is a very interesting solution.
So why doesn’t Apple do it on iPhones? Can’t you still do it? Ahhh, wait… the iPad mini has the fingerprint sensor on the on/off button on the side… Announced at the same event as the iPhone 13.
Honestly, I don’t understand…
Is it worth buying the new iPhone 13?
Well, here’s the big question and the answer for one million euros goes to… the No. But it’s not a definite no, because, once again, we don’t rule anyone’s wallet and, without a doubt, that the new iPhone brings very interesting news.
However, taking into account that the iPhone 12 cost him at least €729, a year later, spending the same amount is too high an investment. It’s true that iPhones sold as used have a high value, but even if they sell at a devaluation of 30% to 40%, the value to give is still high.
Therefore, I consider that the price does not justify the purchase of an iPhone 13 for those who already have an iPhone 12, as innovations are good, but they are not imperative. Obviously, if you have an older model, it might make more sense, particularly if it’s an iPhone X or earlier, because there’s something that’s always important, iOS.
The operating system brings most of the news and we already know that Apple has an excellent update policy, and their equipment usually has updates for many years, so when you have an older device it starts to make sense . I’ve dated a new iPad several times to replace my 2013 iPad.