On Tuesday, Apple introduced the iPhone 13, the newest version of its most popular product.
It's a sleek rectangle of metal and glass that...is almost identical to last year's device, the iPhone 12. The striking similarities to last year's phone aren't just visual: Functionally, the iPhone 13 is almost indiscernible from the iPhone 12.
It doesn't have the rumoured satellite calling function that would enable people to contact emergency services in life-threatening situations without phone service. And it didn't remove the notch that houses the front-facing camera as hinted at by Apple-produced streaming series "Ted Lasso."
Aside from a new chip inside, camera upgrades, and a new set of color options — and a higher price tag, of course — the iPhone 13 is virtually indistinguishable from the iPhone 12. It's assuredly a more capable device than its predecessor, but not by much.