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iPhone 13: Worth the Hype?

A photo taken by Mrwhostheboss comparing the new iPhone 13 Pro to older iPhone models.

Although the new iPhone does have some significant changes from the previous iPhone 12 series, such as a refresh rate of 120 Hz, some Webbies who have an iPhone 11 or newer believe that the iPhone 13 is not worth upgrading. Apple released the new iPhone 13 series on September 24th at a launch event, setting the starting price at $700.

“Only buy it if you haven’t gotten an iPhone in over three years, as the upgrades are minor,” said Matthew Gooch (‘22), who recently switched to the new iPhone 13.

If you have an iPhone 12, there is barely any reason to upgrade your phone right now, as the iPhone 12 has a lot in common with the iPhone 13. Both phones support 5G, a fast processor, great cameras, and an OLED 6.1-inch screen. Besides the new cinematic mode and the longer battery life, the iPhones 12 and 13 are practically the same phone.

On the other hand, due to the iPhone 11 only being two years old, most customers’ iPhones 11’s are likely still running smoothly with plenty of battery life left to spare. The only significant changes are the 5G support and improved cameras.

The camera on the iPhone 11 is still a great camera that is suitable for everyday photographers. It has a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera system —like the iPhone 13—that supports features such as Deep Fusion, image processing technique, and night vision mode.

However, if you are looking for a phone better suited for a professional photographer, the iPhone 13 has extra perks that you will appreciate, especially when it comes to video. The iPhone 13’s main camera has Photographic Styles, a sensor that can take in a large amount of light, and sensor-based image stabilization.

The iPhone 13 also includes Apple’s newest A15 Bionic processor, whereas the iPhone 11 runs on Apple’s two-year-old A13 Bionic processor. The iPhone 11’s processor is still able to handle tasks taking photos or scrolling social media, even though it is not the latest chip.

If you have an iPhone X or below, you should consider upgrading to the iPhone 13. With the iPhone X being launched in 2017, it is severely lacking in terms of speed, camera quality, and battery life.

“It dies really fast and it lags a lot,” said Kalman Dong (‘22), who owns an iPhone 7.

The iPhone X runs on an A11 Bionic Chip, which is four years old, while the iPhone 13 runs on Apple’s new A15 Bionic processor. The new processor for the iPhone 13 is much more efficient than the A11 processor, due to the two-core neural engine compared to the A15’s 16-core neural engine.

The neural engine is what enables the iPhone to power tasks that are reliant on artificial intelligence and machine learning. iPhone features such as Siri and app suggestions rely on machine learning to function. The iPhone X, due to its neutral core engine, may struggle to keep up with these new capabilities.

The iPhone X has a significantly shorter battery life than the newer iPhones, such as the iPhone 13. For example, the iPhone X only lasts for approximately 13 hours while the iPhone 13 has a 19-hour battery life. Although this is a great feature, the phone is substantially heavier than the previous iPhone models, weighing in at 6.14 oz.

“The phone is very heavy because the battery is massive, which allows the iPhone to have a longer battery time,” Matthew Gooch (‘22) said.

Apple’s iPhone 13 also includes better audio quality with new features such as Dolby Atmos and spatial audio playback, while the iPhone X only uses stereo playback. If you tend to watch a lot of movies, shows, or videos on your phone, these features will definitely benefit your experience.

Overall, with Apple’s iPhone X being four years old, upgrading to this year’s model will feel like a significant improvement. With the A11 processor slowing down and the battery life deteriorating, the iPhone X and previous models will not last for much longer. In addition, the iPhone 13 makes leaps and bounds in the quality of the battery, machine learning processors, and camera performance.

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Bryan Oglesby
Bryan Oglesby, Chief Editor of Sports
Bryan Oglesby (‘23) has made himself known in the world of Webb athletics by being both the captain of the varsity football team and track & field team. His love for sports is intertwined with his love for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, as he takes on a new role this year as the Chief Editor of Sports. Being an athlete has given Bryan many talents such as being able to jump over his leg, do handstands, and do front flips, all in that order. Along with football, Bryan’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing a variety of sports with his family, helping the community, and cooking. Bryan loves cooking his favorite meal, beef Wellington, for himself and his friends at social gatherings or just for fun when he’s hungry. Outside the WCC, Bryan is an avid leader in the community by being a head peer advisor and his role in the Empowering Student Voices Initiative. Bryan also prides himself on being a scholar. His favorite class is LA Literary Culture with Mr. Calvert because it puts LA into a different light and has given him a new perspective on the city he grew up in. Going into his senior year, Bryan hopes to write meaningful articles that will benefit the community as well as staying connected to his family during his last year of high school. He hopes to end his final year at the WCC with a bang.   Favorite song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye 
Jimmie McCloud
Jimmie McCloud, Staff Writer
Jimmie McCloud ('22) looks forward to joining the Webb Canyon Chronicle this year and is especially excited about the sports section given his unique perspective as a three-sport athlete. On any given day, you will typically see him either playing soccer, football, or doing homework. Even with all these activities populating his social and studious life, Jimmie still allows time for fun by occasionally playing the piano, watching childhood favorite movies, or eating cheese pizza. He resides in Chile when he is not at Webb but is currently transforming his Macleod dorm into his home through decorating with souvenirs from previous games. Jimmie typically listens to Lil Tecca before games, as this has proven to be a good luck charm for him time and time again. Given the close age gap between the two, Lil Tecca inspires him to succeed and put in maximum effort. Jimmie is ecstatic to be a part of the WCC with his passion for sports history. He has the potential to add fascinating insight to the sports section but is also interested in learning about the publication process, as he has never been able to publish his athletics opinions for others to enjoy. Favorite song: "Repeat It" by Lil Tecca

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