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I know that some readers always ask me after the keynote whether I can recommend this or that product. Special attention is usually paid to the iPhone. I was not sure about the iPhone 12 either, so I got the “small” iPhone 12 Pro and then switched to the larger iPhone 12 Pro Max because it has the better camera.
How I decide this year and, above all, why I choose, I would like to tell you briefly here.
I know my fellow writer John a detailed article with the corresponding “specs” will be provided here for every new Apple product from this keynote. For this reason, I do not want to go into the technical data of the various iPhone 13 models in detail.
We know so much: Each iPhone 13 model is faster than the previous model, has more CPU and GPU power, requires less power, has an even better screen and the camera is even more “amazing” than last year. The bottom line is "the best iPhone we have ever build". So even better, more colorful, brighter, more durable and faster than the last iPhone.
But hey, my iPhone Xs already had so much CPU and GPU power that it already put its feet up in 3D games that render dust particles in the air out of sheer boredom. What more computing power do I need?
I neither cut my ProRes video data on the iPhone nor do I mine for cryptocurrency. Usually I surf the web, answer emails or watch a YouTube video. And when things get really tough, I'll play some game. But with that, my need for iPhone computing power is more than covered.
I think 90 percent of the other iPhone users feel the same way. So if you're not still on an iPhone X or lower, you don't really need a new iPhone for speed reasons.
Ok, this year the display has been improved again. The Pro models now even have “Promotion”, ie 120 Hz in the display, which will make scrolling websites and other things noticeably smoother. In addition, it is brighter and easier to read in the sun and it can withstand more than the old display.
All nice things that I like to take with me, but I don't buy a new model for that. The 60 Hz of the current iPhone 12 display seems fluid enough to me personally, but maybe I never want to go back to 60 Hz after seeing promotion. Wait, my iPad Pro HAS a promotion ... what can I say ... I didn't even notice it.
Apple has been promoting 12G since the iPhone 5. Let me say this much: Until recently, where I lived there wasn't even DSL ... Now we (supposedly) have a fiber optic cable here, but that's all. When I look at the display in my iPhone 12 Pro Max, I have never noticed a 5G in the display around here. I'm afraid by the time it gets here in the country, the people in town will already have the Internet from space by Elon Musk.
So for me 5G is no reason either. In addition, the iPhone 12 already has this radio band.
But I've heard from townspeople that it's pretty nice when huge data is on the iPhone with the snap of a finger. That takes a little longer with LTE.
I have to admit, they really got me in macro mode. You can use such practical additional lenses as the LilScope on the iPhone and take impressive macro shots, but I don't have them in my pocket enough.
And I have to admit that macro photography has always been a weakness of the iPhone so far. Even if you took photos with the telephoto lens, you could never get really close because the iPhone could no longer focus on the subject.
So my workaround was always to take a photo with the telephoto lens and then crop the image so that the beetle or flower came out big. Of course, a lot of resolution is lost in the process, which in turn was not so great for the image quality.
With a macro photography mode my problems would all be solved and I could take nice macro photos on walks without additional lenses.
What's more: The camera module of the iPhone 13 has been completely redesigned and now has not only larger lenses, but also a larger sensor. This allows you to take even better pictures in poor lighting conditions and apparently even take pictures of the Milky Way with the Pro model.
This enlargement of the sensor is also a point that speaks for the new Pro model for me. I take all the photos for my blog and also for my private photo collection with the iPhone and every time I switch to a newer iPhone I notice how much better the photos are. If I now look at the pictures on my iPhone Xs compared to those on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, there are actually worlds in between.
With mine Photo comparison between the iPhone Xs and the iPhone 12 Pro camerabut the differences were less clear. So if you go just a generation further, the camera upgrade may be less noticeable.
With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, I was initially concerned about the size. The phone is almost the size of a bar of chocolate and is therefore a neat thing in your pocket. However, I never noticed that negatively.
You have to get used to clamping your iPhone in the holder when you sit down in the car, otherwise you really won't have any fun sitting.
You should also take the large iPhone out of your back pocket when you go to the toilet (of course when you are seated!), Because it will definitely slip out. In the worst case, it ends up in the bowl and that is - depending on when it is immersed - not particularly tasty.
So once you get used to the fact that you prefer to take it out of your pocket on certain occasions, then there is not much that bothers about the size, because when walking and standing I don't notice it more or less than any other iPhone model .
I tried it again with the iPhone 12 Pro (not Max) last year, but I have to say that the larger display of the Pro Max suits my ailing eyes very much. The font on websites is therefore pleasantly large and you can see a lot more with films than with the small model.
From my personal point of view, all of this speaks in favor of an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The new camera system is definitely - once again - the crucial point for me to get a new iPhone. However, when I look at what my favorite iPhone 13 Pro Max model with 256 GB of storage costs (1369 EUR!), Then a few doubts arise.
Ultimately, I can justify it by saying that I have a blog about Apple products and therefore have to have at least one of the new iPhone models in hand, but if I had to decide from the perspective of a private person, the cost of the iPhone 13 Pro Max can not "use" commercially, then I would probably sit out the iPhone 13.
It depends, of course, on what personal value the iPhone has for you. For me it is an everyday tool that is definitely worth the price to me. But if you have to pay attention to the money and can still get along well with your iPhone X or Xs, you should perhaps stick with it.
When switching from an old model, you will probably notice the biggest difference in the camera. And if the camera wasn't important to me because I take all the photos with a “real” camera, then I wouldn't be interested in upgrading to a new iPhone.
Do you have questions because you can't decide which model to choose? Or should you even buy a new iPhone? Then please leave a comment.
I will probably get the iPhone 13 Pro Max and then I can tell you how I feel about the upgrade from the 12 Pro Max. But I would be happy to help you if you want to know something about the device. But remember, I'll get it on at the earliest 24.9.2021. ;-)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.