iPhone 13 Pro Lives Up to the Hype | MacSources

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6 min readSep 27, 2021

This year’s model isn’t just an “s” year upgrade.

I always look forward to Apple’s September event because I know that it’s the dawn of a new iPhone model. Two years ago when the first pro models were launched, I was thrilled. The ‘pro’ has been my go-to iPhone model since then. Last year, I opted for an iPhone 12 Pro and I’ve been incredibly happy with its performance. So much so that I really thought long and hard about upgrading to the iPhone 13 Pro. Based on the announcements made by Apple on September 14, I wasn’t sure if the hassle of upgrading would be worth it this time around. On the surface, it seemed as though the updates to the iPhone were “S model” upgrades.

For those who are new to the iPhone family, an “S” year is sort of considered a half-upgrade. In previous years, the S models have been the same body style and size, but some moderate technical upgrades occur within the phone to make it worthwhile for those who want to upgrade every year. The first “S” model occurred in 2009 with the release of the iPhone 3GS. S models are somewhat lackluster and for most people, they just aren’t worth the trouble to upgrade. My fiance fits into that category. She has a 12 Pro and since she isn’t having any issues with it, she decided to forego the upgrade this year. After having the iPhone 13 Pro in my hands, I’m really happy to say that I’m glad I took the leap. It’s more than an “S” upgrade — it’s a solid device and worth every struggle I went through to get it.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The iPhone arrived via UPS around 1:30 p.m. CDT. I quickly ripped open the shipping box and found all the return materials for my iPhone 12 (I’m returning it as a part of Verizon’s upgrade program) and the new, black iPhone box. I was surprised that the shipping box was as large as it was because even though there was packaging in the box with it, the iPhone box had enough room to freely move around. Fortunately, there was no damage to the box or the phone inside, but it was still surprising.

Since the iPhone no longer ships with a power adapter, the box is much slimmer than it used to be. The only things included in the box with the phone are the charging cable (USB-C to Lightning), a small Apple logo sticker, a SIM…

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