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The newest phones from Apple come in four different designs, but some Seasiders think it’s not worth the upgrade

A light blue iPhone 13 in a hand with a black watch. The blurry background is a white table and a dark grey chair.
BYUH students provide their thoughts on whether splurging on the new iPhone 13 is worth it.


As posted on the cnet.com website, Apple’s new iPhone 13 lineup was launched at Apple’s September 2021 event, but BYU–Hawaii students said the innovations aren’t enough for them to purchase a new phone just yet.

Ainsley Aiono, a junior from Las Vegas, Nevada, majoring in Pacific Islands studies, said, “I feel like going up one more year to the next version, there won’t be that many differences [in the] updated technology, and it’ll be a lot more expensive. So I probably wouldn’t get it.”

The new iPhones consist of four new models: iPhone 13 (standard), iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. “The new phones will run iOS 15, come with a larger battery, more storage, a new A15 Bionic processor, a smaller notch and an abundance of new camera features,” says the cnet website.

The base model of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are available in five colors: pink, blue, midnight (black), starlight (white) and Product Red. “The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will also get a giant camera upgrade as well as a new display with 120Hz high refresh-rate display,” it says.

iPhone 13 (standard)


According to the Tom’s Guide website, the iPhone 13 offers more than first meets the eye, including a brighter display, longer battery life and new photography sensors and computational features. Posted on the Apple Store website, the iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display with a price starting at $799.

MacKenzie Claire Preator, a senior from Dallas, Texas, majoring in exercise and sport science, said she would not get the iPhone 13 because it is pricey, and she already has an iPhone 11 that is still running well.

“I’m just not on it enough to where the battery life would have much of an effect. And I’m not someone who takes a lot of pictures. So, whether there are [multiple cameras] on the iPhone, those wouldn’t really play a role in whether I got the phone or not.”

iPhone 13 Mini


According to The Guardian website, “The iPhone 13 mini takes what’s great about the full-size iPhone 13 and squeezes it into a body not much larger than the iPhone 5S without cutting back on features or power.”

Posted on the Apple Store website, the iPhone 13 Mini has a 5.4-inch display with a price starting at $699. Aiono said she would not get the new iPhone 13 Mini because she does not need a small phone.

She said she likes the bigger screen of her current iPhone 12 Pro Max. She added she likes that the new 13 Mini provides an option for those who would like to have smaller iPhones “because everyone’s got their different preferences.”

iPhone 13 Pro


According to the Six Colors website, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 are “exactly the same height, length and thickness,” but the Pro is heavier because it “uses stainless steel ... rather than the anodized aluminum of the 13 and 13 mini.”

The site says “the 13 Pro comes in gold, silver, graphite and one special color ... Sierra Blue.” Posted on the Apple website, the iPhone 13 Pro has a 6.1-inch display with a price starting at $999.

Dayton Dano, a senior from Kahalu’u, Hawaii, majoring in accounting, said he wouldn’t upgrade because he is content with his current iPhone 12 Max camera and storage. “Even though it’s a newer phone by Apple, I feel like it’s still pretty much similar enough where I don’t feel it’s outdated or I need to upgrade at all.”

iPhone 13 Pro Max


According to the Tom’s Guide website, “The iPhone 13 Pro Max is what happens when you get practically everything you could want in a phone. This premium flagship packs a 120Hz refresh rate display, the fastest performance of any handset and epic battery life."

The site says the camera is what puts “this phone over the top. ... [People] can shoot Cinematic mode videos ... choose [their] own Photographic styles and take super close-up shots with a new macro mode that leverages the ultra-wide camera.”

Posted on the Apple website, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display with a price starting from $1,099.

Kristina St. John, a senior from Ridgefield, Washington, majoring in hospitality and tourism management, said she would get the new 13 Pro Max if she had the option. Her only concern is her tiny hands because the new 13 Pro Max is a huge phone.

St. John said she bought the iPhone 13 (standard) because it was available on the island, but if the 13 Pro were available, she would get it. Her old phone was iPhone 8, and she said it was worth the upgrade because she needed a good battery life and the new iPhone 13’s camera is better.