"Can you tell me why I should buy one?" I asked. "Right now, I've got an iPhone 12."
You're A Pro. I Can Tell.
"Those are the 13s over there," he offered with a slightly dismissive air, still allowing me to take a quick look. "But you should be looking at the 13 Pro."
Then, instead of enthusing about the Pro's qualities from his own heart, he chose to pick up one of the other phones, scroll to the comparison page and begin to read. With all the enthusiasm of a vicar declaiming the benefits of salvation to an empty church.
He seemed most moved by the adaptive refresh rate that comes with ProMotion. At least his promotion of it was more alive than his monotone about the A15 chip being better than the A14, the battery life being better and the camera allowing me to suddenly come over all Hollywood.
I asked whether the phone would really maintain its speed over time.
"Well, the thing is you think it's slowing down, but it's just that other phones that come out after are faster," he explained, as if this is what I'd been missing.
I then tried a question that has plagued me, in a very minor way.
"Why are the cameras on the back of the 13 now diagonal?," I asked.
"It's purely aesthetic," he replied, with pure indifference.
I still thought it was odd, in a store that certainly wasn't crowded, to not be witnessing the highly alert, Apple-level enthusiasm that's so often exuded by store staff.
In the past, even when I've openly said I owned the previous year's phone, the salespeople have invariably presented the new phones and themselves with a relaxed abandon and an open encouragement to upgrade.
I could appreciate that the Pro has nicer, shinier edges. Once you've enjoyed the matt qualities of the 12 for a year, your superficial side -- large, in my case -- yearns for change.
"So why did you change from your 12 Pro to your 13 Pro?," I asked him, as he'd offered that's what he'd done.