Apple Co-Founder Believes There is no Difference in Newer iPhone Models


Ian Dahl, Contributor

Is getting a new iPhone model every year really worth it? Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, believes that there is not a big enough difference to warrant the purchase. The iPhone 13 released on September 24, 2021 and featured many improvements over the previous model, the iPhone 12. Some of the improvements of the iPhone 13 include an increased battery life, enhancements to the camera, and a bigger chassis. While the enhancements are welcome changes, Steve Wozniak believes that the difference is not worth the additional purchase, “I got the new iPhone; I can’t tell the difference really,” the co-founder said. “The software that’s in it applies to older iPhones, I presume. I worry about largeness and size … but I don’t study it. I’m just into if products are good.”

As the years pass and new iPhone versions are continuously released with minimal improvements, critics and consumers are beginning to become more and more dissatisfied with the Apple products. A longer battery life and slightly improved camera isn’t enough for most people to warrant purchasing a new phone, especially since new iPhone models are often more expensive than the last. Newer iPhone models more often than not lack the necessary and substantial changes for consumers to get a new iPhone if they already have a functional previous model. According to a reviewer on TechRadar, “The iPhone 13 isn’t a game changer for Apple’s series of smartphones, but it’s an important iteration that offers better battery life, a better processor and an upgraded camera setup than iPhones that have gone before it.” While the new improvements in the newer iPhone models are a welcome addition, they often do not warrant a purchase if someone already has a previous model. 

Similarly, getting the pro version of a new iPhone model is often not worth it due to the minimal changes not being worth the substantially increased price. Compared to the original iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro is around an additional $200, for a grand total of $1,000. For the increased price, the iPhone 13 Pro has an even longer battery life, an enhanced camera system, and a 120 Hz screen. Critics of the iPhone 13 Pro argue that these changes are not worth the steep costs of the new model and consumers would be better off sticking with previous models if they already have one. According to a reviewer from Verge, “iPhone 12 Pro owners will have to pay a lot of attention to see some of the differences and an upgrade probably doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Additionally, Steve Wozniak stated, “I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8—which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t—on day one—upgrade to.” If you own the previous version of an iPhone, it would be best to wait until substantial changes are made in newer models before making a purchase.