Should you upgrade to iPhone 13? We compare it to iPhone 12 through 7 to find out

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Apple last week announced , which includes the $699 (£679, AU$1,849) iPhone 13 Mini, $799 , $999 and $1,099 iPhone 13 Pro Max.  began on Friday and the phones will ship starting Sept. 24. With the release  device owners are facing a big question: Should I upgrade? There’s no easy answer that applies to everyone, and purchasing decisions will always vary depending on budget, how well one’s phone works right now and personal needs.

Apple’s iPhone 13 brings improvements in camera performance, battery life, and general speed. 

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We haven’t tested the iPhone 13 yet, so you’ll have to wait for our full verdict. But based on what we know, it’s possible to draw some conclusions about what the iPhone 13 brings to the table. 

The short answer is that most iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 owners can probably skip this upgrade since their phone is probably still in great shape, and there isn’t a whole lot that meaningfully changes the experience. 

But those who own older models, particularly the and earlier, will likely have a lot to gain when it comes to camera features and rajawaliqq core default battery life. Apple’s older iPhones dating back to the generation will support when it launches on Sept. 20, but they won’t feel nearly as fast and powerful as more recent iPhone models. 

Here’s a closer look at how the iPhone 13 compares to its predecessors. 

iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12, 12 Pro

The purple iPhone 12.

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If you have an , there’s little reason to upgrade right now. That’s because the iPhone 12 has a lot in common with the iPhone 13. They both have support, a vibrant OLED 6.1-inch screen, a fast processor, great cameras and MagSafe accessory support. The biggest reasons to consider upgrading are the camera updates — especially for shooting video — and the longer battery life.

All of Apple’s new iPhones, including the standard iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, are getting a new video shooting feature called Cinematic mode, which automatically switches the focus between subjects to give footage a more filmlike aesthetic. It looks like a neat trick for those who frequently use their phones for video projects. Apple says that Cinematic mode takes advantage of the new , but it’s worth noting that Apple also has a history of bringing enhancements like these to previous iPhones through software updates.

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