The New iPhone 13: Should you Upgrade

Apple held its main launch event, California Streaming, and with all due respect to the Apple Watch Series 7 and the new iPad, the real star that everyone expected was the iPhone. Still, not every day Apple announces an upgrade to a product that accounts for nearly half of its revenue. After the announcement many asked the million dollar question (okay, closer to 1,000): Is it worth upgrading to an iPhone 13? So let’s try to answer that question and see who should upgrade.

If you shoot a lot and need the best
As usual, the emphasis of the launch of the iPhones was on its photo array, which is considered one of the finest among all the smartphones. But this year Apple has made some very interesting moves in the camera set of the iPhone 13 series. Last year only the iPhone 12 Pro Max enjoyed the Sensor Shift feature that actually moves the main camera sensor to correct your movements, and this year Apple just brought The same for all the main cameras of the iPhone 13 series – which means that you should get much better night photos, and sharper and more accurate images in almost all conditions. Apple is also for the first time allowing photographers to change the camera’s default settings, and create a kind of photo profiles with an effect on the warmth and coolness of the colors and some other settings that will make the photographers among you very happy. This is a line that many photo-loving iPhone addicts have been waiting for.

Although both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini have received not bad upgrades to their camera system (especially the ultra-wide lens), anyone who is really into photography, whether amateur or professional (as much as professional photography can be professional), will already squint in the direction The Pro series comes with a new telephoto camera that is capable of shooting for the first time in X3 zoom, with improved aperture developers that will let in much more light than ever (thus capturing much more detail) and also support macro shooting mode – for the first time in iPhone history. The Pro series stands out as a kind of Swiss Army knife for mobile photographers, and any such upgrade can significantly improve their results.

This time, thankfully, Apple has not discriminated against iPhone 13 Pro users compared to iPhone 13 Pro Max users, and the triple photo array of the two devices will be exactly the same, so you can choose whether you prefer a larger device (and the Max is a huge device – see You were warned) with a longer battery life of about an hour – or you prefer to save a few hundred to thousands of shekels and choose the iPhone 13 Pro.

If you rely on your iPhone to create video, the Cinematic Mode feature (available on all iPhone 13s) will probably wink at you a lot, as it ultimately allows for a cinematic transition between different focus centers in the frame (even in retrospect), so it really Simulates the behavior of a real camera lens.

If you have an iPhone 12 Mini
According to various reports, the iPhone 12 Mini is a kind of flop for Apple. The company took a gamble that we personally were looking forward to, and finally launched a flagship device in relatively compact dimensions. But if you bought the iPhone 12 Mini, you probably found that its battery life is a bit lacking compared to modern smartphones with about four hours of screen use.

If you fell in love (and rightly so) with the concept of a smaller device, but were apprehensive about the battery life of the iPhone 12 Mini, or purchased the iPhone 12 Mini, and now you need to charge it twice a day, the iPhone 13 Mini may turn out to be the right device for you . According to Apple, it should enjoy an extra hour and a half of use, which at least on paper will buy it five and a half hours of screen time – which is already a perfectly reasonable battery life for a modern smartphone.

If you really owe a better battery life
Not only the iPhone 13 Mini has received an upgrade to its battery life. Apple explains that all the interior parts of the entire iPhone 13 series have been redesigned so that they can make room for a larger battery, so that both the iPhone 13 Mini and the iPhone 13 Pro will enjoy an extra hour and a half to their battery life, which is quite a bit. Those who are really looking for a significant improvement to the battery life of their iPhone, may prefer the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max – where the jump is much more significant for about two and a half hours.

So if your usage habits already lead to you charging your iPhone several times a day, or you just want to put your battery anxiety aside even on longer days, it seems that Apple has managed to improve the battery life of the entire iPhone 13 series quite significantly.

If you really, really need more storage space
Although Apple offers you iCloud for storing files, photos, videos and backups, many still do not want to be dependent on such and other cloud services, nor do they want to encounter a few months after the purchase the annoying message announcing that their new iPhone’s storage volume has already been filled. So this year the buyers of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will enjoy a not bad upgrade at all.

Instead of the storage capacity of the basic and cheapest model being 64 GB (in an age where people shoot in 4K and consume a lot of media, it can end up fast), Apple did not raise the prices of these models, but did double the basic storage capacity to 128 GB. And for those who really want to get rid of the “running out of storage” message, Apple will be happy to know that its pro models also offer a model with a terabyte of storage. The bad news? It will already cost you $ 1,499 for the Pro model, and $ 1,599 for the Max model. Remember we thought $ 1,000 for a smartphone was full of money? good days.

Wondering which model to buy? Want to check if it’s really worth your upgrade? Just want to get down to Apple and explain to everyone why Android is so much better? Come argue, advise and consult with our reporters in Gictic Talk Group

If you have an iPad Pro
Yeah I know. “What is the connection between the iPad and the iPhone?”

Well, until the iPhone 13 series, Apple insisted on continuing to use displays with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz, while the rest of the market and even Mid-Range devices already enjoyed displays with support at a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. But this year Apple has finally upgraded its displays, and while the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 will get an upgrade mainly to the brightness of their screens, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have received the much-anticipated upgrade to screens with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hertz.

I do not want to polarize or divide you too much into camps, but it’s hard to avoid it: Apple users really like their ecosystem, try to surround themselves with as many Apple products as possible and usually do not deviate from the straight path and do not really replace or test other Android devices. This means that if you have used the iPhone so far, it is not at all certain that you will ever experience the 120 Hz display and understand why it is so significant. Hey, if you do not know what you are losing, are you really missing something?

Unless you have the only Apple device that supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is the iPad Pro. If you have an iPad Pro, you already know that the 120 Hz display is simply a spectacular thing that makes the whole user experience smoother, more pleasant and one that even feels more responsive and fast. So you know what you’re missing out on when your iPhone 12 and below (despite Apple’s excellent 60Hz screens) has less good technology. For you, the upgrade to the iPhone 13 may prove to be quite significant to your overall user experience.

As usual – wait for reviews
It is important to remember one thing: there are major differences between how companies describe new devices, and how they actually operate. The promises of longer battery life may turn out to be minor and sometimes even non-existent, as it is impossible to know what they are based on, until we test them in a reality test that includes a variety of uses, not just lab tests. Even Apple’s display engine that is supposed to keep the display moving between different refresh rates is an interesting question mark that we can not wait to check.

In short, as usual, it is advisable to wait for reviews that will reveal whether this is a blank marketing superlative, or whether Apple is keeping its promises from the event and really delivering the features you wanted. The new devices are expected to land on the Gikti system in the coming weeks, and with them our full reviews of the iPhone 13.


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The New iPhone 13: Should you Upgrade - /10


Apple held its main launch event, California Streaming, and with all due respect to the Apple Watch Series 7 and the new iPad, the real star that everyone expected was the iPhone.

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