Bottom line: A common criticism leveled at new versions of Apple’s iPhone is that the device does not offer enough of an upgrade to justify a purchase. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also shares that sentiment; the famous engineer and computer programmer expressed his view on the iPhone 13, which he believes is practically identical to the smartphone’s predecessors.
The latest generation of iPhones was launched in September and delivered several improvements over the iPhone 12, including increased battery life and the inevitable improvements to the camera. However, Yahoo Finance notes that Wozniak does not believe that such upgrades provide much differentiation to previous models of iPhone.
“I got the new iPhone; I can not see the difference,” he remarked. “The software in it applies to older iPhones, I suppose. I worry about size and size … but I’m not studying it. I’m just wondering if products are good.”
As for Wozniak’s comment on the device’s size, Apple made all models of the iPhone 13 thicker and heavier than each variant of the iPhone 12.
In the last few years, both consumers and reviewers have criticized the stagnation of the latest features that each new iPhone brings with it. As mentioned in our iPhone 13 reviews roundup, the recently released smartphone is “not a game-changer for Apple’s series of smartphones.” Minor adjustments such as a minor notch, minimal design changes, the lack of a 120Hz screen, and slower charging than competing products were all highlighted by critics.
It’s also a similar situation for the Pro version of the device: “Pro models have fewer of the special features that justify the higher prices.”
As for the positive sides of the phone, excellent cameras, more basic storage and longer battery life were the common themes. Still, these enhancements are usually among the few features that are highlighted as valuable additions apart from any major processor upgrade.
Prior to the launch of the iPhone X, which replaced the popular home button fingerprint sensor with Face ID authentication, Wozniak said it would mark the first time he would not buy the latest iPhone model on release day.
“I’d rather wait and see it. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 – which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6 for me,” Wozniak said. “For some reason, the iPhone X will be the first iPhone I did not – on day one – upgrade to.”