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iPhone 13 — buy now or wait for iPhone 14? – Tom's Guide

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Here’s reasons to get iPhone 13 and reasons to skip
The age-old question that gnaws at anyone considering a tech purchase — how long is too long to wait to buy a new product — must feel especially poignant for iPhone fans these days. The iPhone 13 is out and enjoying strong reviews. But at the same time, iPhone 14 rumors are beginning to heat up, promising even more improvements further down the road.
So the quandary facing someone weighing whether to get one of Apple phones is this — do you grab what is clearly one of the best phones now in the iPhone 13 or do you wait until next fall for whatever improvements the iPhone 14 has to offer
There’s an added complication to this particular dilemma, resulting from supply chain issues plaguing plenty of tech companies, Apple included. Apple has run into difficulties getting all the parts it needs to make the iPhone 13; as a result, iPhone 13 supplies are limited, particularly for the Pro models.
As of our most recent check of iPhone 13 shipping delays, you’ll wait around 10 to 17 days after ordering the iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max before the phone will land in your hands. That’s not an insurmountable delay in the greater scheme of things, but it does make you think that if you can wait that long, why not hold out for longer? With supply chain issues not expected to ease up until February 2022, this is a debate that’s going to linger.
Deciding whether to buy an iPhone 13 or hold off for the iPhone 14 is much like any buy-or-wait decision. It depends heavily on your personal circumstances — if you need a phone now, get one now — and what kind of features you consider must-haves. But knowing what’s available now and what’s likely to come down the pike can help simplify that decision. So here’s what you get with an iPhone 13 and how Apple’s rumored iPhone plans for 2022 might influence your buying decision.
The iPhone 13 arrived in late September with four different models to choose from. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is our favorite of the bunch and the best iPhone you can currently get. But it’s also the most expensive — the iPhone 13 Pro offers many of the same features but with a smaller display for $100 less. iPhone 13 Pro Max reviewThe iPhone 13, with its $799 price, will appeal to most users with its mixture of features and value. The iPhone 13 mini is the cheapest of the new iPhones, but with its 5.4-inch screen, it’s appeal is limited to fans of small phones.

All four iPhone 13 models are powered by the A15 Bionic chip, the most powerful mobile processor we’ve tested. Each of the four iPhones also rank among the best camera phones, with the Pro models featuring a telephoto lens in addition to the two-camera setup included on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Each model also supports the Cinematic mode feature in which you can seamlessly shift the focus in a video you’re shooting.
Perhaps the most welcome addition to the iPhone 13 lineup was bigger batteries in every model. The iPhone 12 lineup, with the exception of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, was a disappointment in terms of battery life, so it’s good to see Apple reverse that trend with its follow-up release.
Our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro comparison can help you pick out which model is right for you. We also look at the iPhone 13 Pro vs. iPhone 13 Pro Max differences.
While any iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12 comparison will show some improvements from year to year, the biggest advances will be felt if you’ve been holding onto an older iPhone and upgrade to a new model. For example, our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone XR camera face-off shows a dramatic improvement in low-light photos over a phone that came out just three years ago.
The iPhone 13 came out so recently it still has that new iPhone smell. But Apple is already working on next year’s iPhones, and some of the alleged details about what’s in the works has started trickling out.
We wouldn’t expect Apple to deviate from its long-established strategy of rolling out major iPhone releases in the fall, so we’re at least nine months away from laying eyes on the iPhone 14. But if you can wait that long, these are the rumored features and enhancements potentially coming our way.iPhone 14 conceptsA faster processor: This one’s a gimme. Every new iPhone generation tends to introduce a new system-on-chip, and we’d expect the iPhone 14 to be no different. That likely means A16 Bionic silicon replacing the A15 that powers this year’s models. You’d figure that chip would be faster and more power-efficient, especially if Apple’s chip supplier switches to a 4-nanometer process that fits more transistors onto the chip than the 5nm A15.
That said, generation-to-generation performance improvements tend not to be visible to the naked eye. A processor boost alone wouldn’t be enough to postpone an upgrade, even if you’ve been holding on to your current iPhone for years.
New model size: The iPhone 13 mini will likely be the last of its kind to sport that particular screen size. (So if you do favor smaller phones, now’s the time to upgrade.) For the iPhone 14, Apple will supposedly go big — as in a lower cost 6.7-inch model that will serve as a bigger screen version of the 6.1-inch iPhone 14.
If this rumor pans out and Apple releases an iPhone 14 Max, it will create a big-screen option for less than what the current Pro Max models cost. Fans of big screen phones who aren’t willing to pay up for an iPhone 13 Pro Max may have good reason to hold out until the fall.
No notch: Apple shrunk the notch by 20% on the iPhone 13, but that’s not good enough for people who want as clean and unobstructed a display as possible. They may get their wish with the iPhone 14, which is rumored to be dropping the notch from at least some of its models.iPhone 14 conceptsThe end of the notch would require Apple to figure out some way to house its Face ID sensors either under the display or in a very thin bezel above the screen. For that reason, the notch-free experience may be limited to just one model or the iPhone 14 Pro lineup.
120Hz displays for all: Speaking of features limited to the Pro models, that’s exactly what Apple did when it came time to introduce adaptive refresh rates to the iPhone’s screen. Only the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are capable of scaling up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and more immersive games; the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are stuck at 60Hz.
That’s expected to change with the iPhone 14, as the entry-level models could get fast-refreshing displays of their own. If that’s a must-have feature for you, and you don’t want to buy a Pro model, then waiting for the iPhone 14 seems like a sensible decision.
Touch ID’s return: Apple dropped fingerprint sensors from the iPhone with the arrival of Face ID and the notch in the iPhone X. But iPhone fans would love for Touch ID to return if for no other reason than Apple’s otherwise stellar face-scanning technology doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask. And plenty of us are these days, if only indoors.
There’s no consensus that Touch ID will return in the iPhone 14 or what form it will take — an under-the-display sensor is possible or Apple could integrate it into the power button similar to how it works on the current iPad Air and iPad mini. Because the status of this feature remains up in the air, though, you may not want to consider Touch ID among your reasons to wait for an iPhone 14.
While Apple’s flagships only seem to ship in the fall, that doesn’t mean we’re waiting until then for any phone release from Apple. A new iPhone SE could arrive in 2022, with its likely launch date coming in the first three months of the new year.
Dubbed the iPhone SE 3, this new phone would bring 5G to Apple’s least expensive iPhone. If Apple follows the same pattern as the 2020 version of the iPhone SE, this model would adopt the A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13. It’s unclear if the new iPhone SE would retain the current model’s design — a 4.7-inch screen in an iPhone 8 form factor — or adopt a more modern iPhone design with a bigger screen. iPhone SE 3With the iPhone SE 3 expect to cost about as much as the current SE, consumers hoping for a cheaper Apple phone will want to wait until at least March to see if the anticipated iPhone SE can meet their needs. Until we hear more about the iPhone SE 3’s rumored design, it’s hard to say if compact phone fans will embrace the new model.
Hopefully, those rumors about what’s coming from Apple can help you figure out if the iPhone 13 is the right phone for you or if you’re betting off waiting for features more in line with your wish list. Again, there’s no universally right answer to this question — it all depends on what you want from a phone and whether Apple is likely to provide it, whether that’s now or in the future.
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As promised, Google has finally started rolling out the January 2022 software update to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The update, based on Android 12, fixes critical bugs and includes performance and stability improvements.
"Our January software update will start rolling out to Pixel6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices today. This will include all the fixes listed for the December update as well as the January update," the search engine giant said in a tweet.
The most notable fix addresses the mysterious Microsoft Teams bug that prevented users from making emergency calls.
The Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 6 Pro sports a 6.7-inch LTPO display that will come with a variable refresh rate ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz.
Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a Tensor chipset, which has been developed in-house by Google.
The Tensor chip houses the Titan M2 security chip that Google says has the most layers of security.
The phone ships with Android 12 out of the box with the Material You interface, and Google is promising up to five years of security updates
In terms of optics, both phones have a 50MP sensor with f/1.85-inch aperture and 1/1.3-inch sensor size. Both phones also have a 12MP ultra-wide camera with 114-degres FOV. The Pixel 6 Pro gets a third 48MP telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom and 20X digital zoom.
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If you’ve picked yourself up a Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro in the last few months, you might be still navigating all of the smarts these phones pack. We’re here to help you make the most of all the new features from Google, especially in the AI and camera departments. Here are some tips and tricks that new Pixel 6 owners should start using ASAP.

As you may have noticed, Android 12 can change the colours of the operating system interface to match your current wallpaper. To take advantage of this, long press on a blank area of the Pixel 6 home screen, then choose Wallpaper & style and Wallpaper colours.
Further down is Themed icons — turn this on, and the phone attempts to skin the home screen icons to match the wallpaper and the rest of the theme, too. This typically gives mixed results, as you would expect considering it’s currently labelled as a beta feature.
The displays on the Google Pixel 6 and the Google Pixel 6 Pro phones are impressive enough right out of the box, but you do have some options if you want to change how colours look, and it’s worth knowing what these options are, at least.
From Settings, pick Display and then Colours to see your choices, which are Natural, Boosted, and Adaptive. Go with the Adaptive option, and your smartphone will change the way that colours are displayed depending on the ambient light around it.

Live Translate is a feature that you can use across apps on the Pixel 6, including incoming text messages and on videos recorded in a foreign language. Most of the time, it should just work when it’s needed.
You can also say, “Hey Google, turn on interpreter mode” to get the Google Assistant to translate from a foreign language as it’s spoken into the mic, which should be handy on international trips. The Tensor processor built into the Pixel 6 makes this all faster than ever before. We go into the Live Translate feature a little more in another ‘how to’ guide.
The Pixel 6 comes with some clever camera tricks, including Action Pan, which keeps a moving object like a car in focus while the background is blurred, and Long Exposure, which blurs the moving object while keeping everything else in the frame sharp.
They’re really the same effect approached from different directions. To play around with these features, open the Camera app and choose Motion, then either Action pan or Long exposure. In each case you get a short tutorial explaining how the camera mode works.
With the Pixel 6, Google has changed up how the power button on the right-hand side is used, making it a shortcut for the Google Assistant rather than the actual powering on and off of the phone (I guess, technically speaking, it’s not the power button any more).

You don’t have to follow Google’s lead though. If you open Settings, then go to System, Gestures, and Press and hold power button, you can change what this action does. Bear in mind that there are various other ways of launching the Google Assistant, too.
Having a history of your notifications can be really useful if you dismiss something before you’ve properly read it, or if you need to refer back to something you’ve forgotten. This feature is available on the Pixel 6, but you need to turn it on before you can start using it.
From Settings, pick Notifications and then Notification history. You can toggle the feature on or off from here, as well as see a list of recent alerts once the history has been enabled. You can see the app the notification was from, and the built-in preview of it.
One of the best Pixel exclusives Google provides is the Now Playing utility, which identifies songs as they’re played, Shazam-style, without you having to open an app or make a request. With its new Tensor chip, the Pixel 6 should be able to return results very quickly.

To make sure Now Playing is enabled for your Pixel 6, open up Settings and choose Display, Lock screen, and Now playing. You can enable or disable the feature from here, set up Now Playing notifications, and choose whether or not to keep a history of songs.
With Android 12 on the Pixel 6, every security setting and feature is organised into one central Security Hub that you can access by choosing Security from Settings. It covers everything from biometric security logins to the Find My Device tracking feature.
Select Google Play Protect to make sure that recently installed apps have been given the all-clear, or choose Suspicious message alerts to make sure you’re getting warnings about dodgy incoming SMSes. If something untoward happens, there’ll be an alert here.
Auto-rotate lets you enjoy movies and shows in landscape mode while social media apps can switch back to portrait, but your smartphone doesn’t always get it right when it comes to knowing which way you’re holding it.
From Settings on your Pixel 6, choose Display and Auto-rotate screen, and make sure Enable face detection is turned on. The feature utilises the front-facing camera to figure out how you’re looking at your phone and which way up the display should actually be.
You can double-tap the back of your Pixel 6 to take a screenshot, launch Google Assistant, play or pause media playback, see the recent apps list, show recent notifications, or launch an app of your choosing. It’s a handy shortcut and one worth setting up.
From the main Pixel 6 Settings screen, pick System, Gestures, and Quick Tap. The subsequent screen lets you turn Quick Tap on or off, and customise what the shortcut actually does. You can set the strength of taps needed to activate the feature from the same screen.
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Google’s very first foldable, possibly called the Pixel Fold, is tipped to launch alongside the Pixel 6 series. All of that is expected to happen in October, if the latest information is to be believed.
This information comes from Ross Young, a well-known display analyst. He is usually spot on with the info he shares, so it’s quite possible he’s right on the money this time around as well.
He confirmed this while replying to one of his followers. First, he was asked if the Pixel Fold is still in Google’s plans this year, and Mr. Young said ‘Yes’. Then the same user said “October should be a busy event then”, and Mr. Young said ‘Yep’, essentially confirming what we mentioned in the first paragraph.
We were unsure whether Google’s first foldable will arrive alongside its upcoming flagships, or later on during a separate event. Well, it seems like Google is planning to reveal all of its cards at the same time.
That means that Google will announce at least four devices during that event. The company is expected to introduce the Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro, Fold, and its first smartwatch, presumably called the Pixel Watch.
We don’t know much about the company’s first foldable, though. Yesterday, a report came in claiming that it will feature a layer of ultra-thin glass on top of its display. That is easily possible, and those are great news.
Other than that, we don’t know much. The phone is codenamed ‘passport’, which suggests a book-like foldable, in other words, something similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold lineup. That means that the device will likely feature two displays.
Android 12 will come pre-installed on that phone, that much we do know. The same goes for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, of course. The design of this foldable still didn’t leak, and we don’t know much about its specs. It will, presumably, feature the same SoC as the Pixel 6 series, Google’s very first processor.
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