On the 14th of September 2021, Apple unveiled iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro Phones during the Apple event. This article is about everything you need to know about this year’s new phone releases by the tech giant. We’ll go over the upgrades on the cameras, the screen, the new A15 Bionic chip, the smaller notch, the design and so much more. We’ll also tell you what we like, what we don’t like, and how we think it will compete with its rivals.
iPhone 13 Release Date
The phone will be released on the 24th of September 2021. Pre-orders for this phone from Apple started on the 17th of September 2021. This year, unlike last year, you will be able to order all four models on the same day.
The iPhone 13 series comes in four models; iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 Price
The iPhone 13 mini starts at $699 (US)/ £679/ $1349 (AU), the iPhone 13 standard starts at $799 (US)/ £779/ $1349 (AU). The 13 Pro and the Pro Max start at $999 and $1099 respectively. These phones all come with 128GB of internal storage. It is important to note that these were the same prices for the 64GB iPhone 12 base models from last year.
iPhone 13 new features at a glance
- A new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion with an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz.
- An all-new A15 Bionic Chipset (The fastest chipset on a smartphone right now)
- A new and advanced camera system.
- Improved battery life
iPhone 13 Full Specs and Features
Design and Size
Design-wise, the iPhone 13 looks pretty similar to the iPhone 12 models. The same flat-edged design and Ceramic Shield glass are seen on the iPhone 13. They are all almost the same size and shape as their predecessors from last year. However, Apple has introduced five new colors; Sierra Blue, Midnight, Pink, Product Red, and Starlight. Another slight difference is the thickness with the iPhone 13 having a 7.55mm thickness, compared to the 7.4mm thickness of the iPhone 12. Apple has also reduced the notch slightly by about 20%. This is thanks to the earpiece being pushed up to the top bezel.
The iPhone 13 is IP68 rated for dust and waterproof capability – up to 6meters deep for 30 minutes.
All the models from this series have Super Retina XDR OLED displays with a 60Hz refresh rate. However, the Pro versions also feature a new ProMotion display Technology and faster Refresh Rates- 120Hz. This allows the Pro models to go from 10Hz all the way to 120Hz.
The iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch 1080 x 2340 while the standard iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch 1170 x 2532. As I told you before, the notch is about 20% smaller meaning more screen real estate for your notification icons.
The iPhone 13 models all have an improved camera system. The 13 mini and the 13 feature a new design where the cameras are arranged diagonally rather than vertically. Both have a larger sensor that lets in 47% more light on the main camera. We get an ultra-wide 12MP (120-degree FOV) and a wide 12MP camera main.
All the cameras in the new iPhone have a feature called Sensor-Shift Stabilization. This means that, rather than the lens moving to try and counteract hand movements, it’s going to be the camera sensor behind the lens that moves. This feature was only available in the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The camera system also enables the new cinematic video mode. Thanks to the new A15 Bionic chipsets, the phone is finally able to record higher-quality cinematic videos.
On the Pro iPhones, the zoom camera has been upgraded to 3 times optical zoom, the ultra-wide lets in a lot more light thanks to the bigger sensor, and the main camera not lets in 2.2 times more light. Even more, the ultra-wide camera now has the ability to Auto-Focus. This allows it to double up as a close-up Macro camera.
The 13 Pro cameras also allow you to shoot in ProRes Video format.
All the models of the iPhone 13 series phones come with the all-new A15 Bionic Chipset by Apple. Apple claims that this chipset has a 50 percent faster CPU and a 30 percent faster GPU than its competitors. In addition, this chipset offers faster and more reliable 5G connection. This is something we can only prove after we finally get the phones in our hands.
You get a Faster CPU, a new 5-core GPU, a new display engine, and a faster neural engine.
The base models and the mini come with a minimum of 128GB internal storage. This again is a good thing because they come at the same price as the base 64GB iPhone 12’s from last year. This can go up to 512GB depending on your configuration of choice. There’s also a maxed-out version of the Pro Max that will have a 1TB internal storage space.
Seems like, with the new 13 series, the battery was a priority. For the 13 mini and the 13 Pro, you’ll get 1.5hours more usage from your battery. With the 13 and the 13 Pro Max, you’ll get 2.5 hours more battery life. This also means that the phone is a little bit thicker than the iPhone 12 models to accommodate the bigger battery.
No Model of this phone comes with a charger. However, you do get a USBC to lightning cable, which means you will need a USBC charging brick to use it. MagSafe is available which means you can use the 2020 ones if you have any.
Even though this is not a major upgrade to the iPhone 12, The iPhone 13 series brings some worthy improvements. While the design hasn’t changed much, you do get faster speed, a better camera system, more battery life, a faster refresh rate on the Pro versions among some other cool features. We can only tell if it is worth the upgrade after we physically test the phones. Subscribe so as not to miss our full review.
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