Why You Shouldn't Buy the iPhone 13

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By Ruben Circelli | More Articles Tech & Games Editor, Manager of Tech Section Longtime tech & games writer. Former Tencent gaming analyst.
September 14, 2021  05:56 PM

Apple has announced the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, which will be available starting September 24th, 2021. The iPhone 13 begins at $799, and the iPhone 13 Pro begins at $1,099. The iPhone 13 is the successor to the iPhone 12, which was an excellent phone and still is to this day. So, many are wondering if the iPhone 13 is worth its asking price. In this article, we’ll explain why the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro might not be worth it, unless you’re a very specific type of person with a lot of expendable income.

As compared to the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 doesn’t offer major hardware or feature upgrades over its predecessor, instead offering incremental updates that definitely improve the experience but not in a massively meaningful way. 

The iPhone 12 has 5G support, an OLED display, and three camera lenses. The iPhone 13 has the same features, albeit in improved versions. However, the iPhone 12, today, is still at the top-end of the mobile phone market, beating most of its competitors when it comes to raw power and features.

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As for the iPhone 13 Pro, there is a more meaningful upgrade on offer over the iPhone 12 Pro: 120hz display support. The iPhone 13 Pros will have silky smooth scrolling and gameplay experiences in a way no other iPhone has ever had. However, unless you’re a big mobile gamer, this feature likely won’t alone be able to justify a $1,099 asking price for the base 128GB model.

This is how the entire iPhone 13 line is appearing to many: great phones not that much better than the iPhone 12 that also cost an arm and a leg. The iPhone 12 was no budget device and still very much so isn’t, but like it happens every year, once the newest iPhone hits the market, last year’s model will see a drop in price.

Whether you want a Pro or a regular iPhone, unless you’re a major gamer, need the very best camera money can buy in a phone, or a tech-enthusiast who just wants to see what the latest release is about, money spent on an iPhone 13 is usually better spent on an iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro, after their prices drop when the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro launch.

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Plus, it’s important to remember the software upgrades iOS 15 will bring to iPhone 13 over iOS 14, which launched with iPhone 12, will also come to the iPhone 12. Maybe not every feature seen in iOS 15 on iPhone 13 will be available on iPhone 12, but the vast majority will be.

Based on everything we’ve seen from the iPhone 13, it will be an incredible mobile phone: super fast, packed with a beautiful display, capable of taking photographer-grade pictures, and able to browse the internet at high speeds. The same, though, can be said of the iPhone 12.

If money is tight because there’s still a pandemic raging out in the real world, this piece of tech is probably not an essential buy for the vast majority of customers out there. If you have the money to spare, go for it, and you won’t be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for an efficient way to spend your dollars on a phone, the iPhone 13 probably isn’t the way.

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However, this is based on what the announced features and specs of the iPhone 13 actually are. It remains to be seen how the device will actually handle, and it remains to be seen if there will be issues surrounding supply or the device’s actual launch. Whether or not you should actually pick up an iPhone 13 may change in the future by the time the device is actually in customers’ hands.

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