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My first weekend with the iPhone 13 Pro

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Arriving on Friday morning, September 24th, and writing these words on Monday, September 27th, I’ve been able to comment for about 48 hours on Apple’s latest smartphone so far.

To summit up, it’s been incredibly easy — almost too easy. Changing phones can be daunting, and I feared something problematic would raise its head over the weekend, but going from an older iPhone to the iPhone 13 Pro only required time.

It’s not enough time for a full review, which I’ll discuss later, but it’s enough for a phone overview and what the first significant day of ownership looks like.

It has slipped into my life with the absolute minimum of fuss, and this also set the tone for the rest of the weekend.

Seeing as you won’t be able to tell the difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro just by holding them, there’s no adjustment necessary if you’re coming from the last-generation phone.

Does it feel any different from the iPhone 12 Pro?

The dimensions, the smooth glass rear panel, and the cool-to-the-touch stainless steel chassis all feel practically identical. I chose the Sierra Blue model, which has a far lighter tone than the Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro and takes on a silvery hue in most lighting conditions.

It pairs well with the polished steel chassis.

I don’t notice the new, smaller notch — which extends a little deeper vertically compared to the 12 Pro’s notch — but the wider notch never bothered me, either. Despite initially thinking the screen’s bezels were a little bigger on the 13 Pro, upon close examination, they appear to be the same size as the 12 Pro’s. In other words, at first glance, the front of the iPhone 13 Pro is basically the same as the 12 Pro’s.

If you’re coming from the curvy iPhone 11 Pro, it’s a very different beast. Is there anything new in the design? Yes, there are small differences between the 12 and 13.

The speaker is set right at the top of the screen on the 13 Pro, the camera module is considerably bigger, the lenses protrude further from the chassis on the new phone, and the buttons are in slightly different positions. This means any iPhone 12 Pro cases you have will not fit the new phone. The extra-large camera lenses mean a case is essential. though, and on the ones I’ve tried, the camera module cutout has an extra-high, raised ridge to protect them.

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