The iPhone 13 is finally available. And we’ve got all the specifics on the new iPhones, including a smaller notch, better screens, a quicker A15 Bionic processor, and significant camera improvements. The battery life is also improving.
The cinematic video mode, which maintains focus on the subject while it travels, is the coolest improvement thus far. It can blur away the backdrop and alter the focus automatically as you shot. You may also change your attention at any moment by tapping.
The iPhone 13 small has a 1.5-hour greater battery life, while the iPhone 13 has a 2.5-hour longer battery life. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both claim an additional 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours of battery life, respectively.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro has 120Hz ProMotion displays as well as an all-new camera system with a 6-element, ultra-wide lens and 3x optical zoom. Macro photography capabilities, bigger batteries, and a new sierra blue hue are also included.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini: Top new features
After a considerable number of changes to design and features in the iPhone 12, the “iPhone 13” will likely remain relatively the same. Upgrades tend to occur on a tick-tick-tock schedule for iPhone, so expect this to be a minor-upgrade year focused on specs and stability.
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max: Top new features
- The iPhone 13 small costs $799 and the iPhone 13 costs $899 with 128GB of storage.
- The new iPhone 13 has a notch that is 20% smaller than the iPhone 12.
- The design has a novel diagonal camera arrangement, which allows the cameras to catch 40% more light. The ultra-wide camera also lets in more light.
- Pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and Product Red will be the new hues for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
- With 800 nits of brightness, the screens on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are 28 percent brighter.
- The iPhone 13 and features cinematic video (portrait mode), which provides movie-like video recording that adjusts the focus on the fly to different topics.
- With the addition of new bands, 5G connectivity should improve.
- The iPhone 13 small has a battery life of 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 13, while the iPhone 13 has a battery life of 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 13.
- The iPhone 13 Pro is priced at $999, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is priced at $1,099. There’s also a new 1TB storage option.
- The iPhone 13 Pro series features a new ProMotion display that ranges from 10Hz to 120Hz and is meant to respond dynamically.
- There’s a new telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, a new 6-element ultra-wide lens that lets in more light, and a wide camera that improves low-light performance by 2.2x.
- The iPhone 13 Pro can take macro photos with extreme close-ups, and all cameras now enable Night mode.
- A new TrueDepth camera system is 20% smaller for a smaller notch, and the rear has textured matte glass.
- Because the iPhone 13 Pro has a larger battery, you may expect it to last longer. The Pro is rated to last 1.5 hours longer, while the Pro Max is rated to last 2.5 hours longer.
- The A15 Bionic processor offers the most powerful graphics ever, with performance that is 50% greater than rival phones (rated).
- For improved outdoor brightness, a new Super Retina XDR display offers up to 1,000 nits.
- The iPhone 13 Pro is available in graphite, gold, silver, and a new sierra blue color.
iPhone 13 specs
|iPhone 13 mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Storage||128, 256, 512GB||128, 256, 512 GB||128, 256, 512, 1TB||128, 256, 512, 1TB|
|Screen size||5.4 inches||6.1 inches||6.1 inches||6.7 inches|
|Resolution/ppi||2340 x 1080/476||2532 x 1170/460||2532 x 1170/460||2778 x 1284/458|
|Adaptive refresh||No||No||Up to 120Hz||Up to 120Hz|
|Rear cameras||Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)||Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)||Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, Ultra Wide)||Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, Ultra Wide)|
|Zoom||2x optical||2x optical||3x optical||3x optical|
|Front camera||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth|
|Colors||Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink||Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue|
|Size||5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches||5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches||5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches||6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||4.97 ounces||6.14 ounces||7.2 ounces||8.5 ounces|
|Battery life (video playback||Up to 17 hours||Up to 19 hours||Up to 22 hours||Up to 28 hours|
iPhone 13 price
The iPhone 13 small starts at $699, with 128GB of storage as standard, up from 64GB on the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 costs $799.
When it comes to the Pro versions, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is $1,099. It’s worth noting that the Pro range now includes a 1TB storage option for the first time.
iPhone 13 design
Yes, the notch on the iPhone 13 has shrunk. The notorious notch, which contains Face ID, the front-facing camera, and the earpiece, has reduced by 20%. This is the first update to the notch since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017. This allows for greater screen real estate along the phone’s top edge.
Otherwise, the iPhone 13 has the same design as last year’s iPhone 12 series, with squared-off corners and a glossy frame. For extra protection in the event of a drop, the screen is once again coated with Apple’s durable Ceramic Shield. For water resistance, all four iPhone 13 models are IP68-certified.
The diagonal camera lens arrangement is new for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13. It makes the two standard iPhone 13s stand out from their predecessors.
Apple has also stated that the iPhone 13 would be made with more ecologically friendly materials. This includes less plastic in packaging and antennas made entirely of recycled plastic.
iPhone 13 colors
Pink, blue, midnight (black), starlight (white), and Product are the colors available for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini (RED). The non-Pro versions are generally available in more vibrant colors, and this year is no exception.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are available in four different colors: black, gold, silver, and sierra blue. Sierra Blue is a new color for this year, and it looks to be paler than Pacific Blue on the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 display
Like last year, the iPhone 13 series will be available in three screen sizes. The iPhone 13 small retains its 5.4-inch display, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro both have 6.1-inch displays. The iPhone 13 Pro Max, like the iPhone 12 Pro Max, has a 6.7-inch display.
Super Retina XDR OLED technology is used in all four phones. Apple claims that the non-Pro versions have a maximum brightness of 800 nits, but the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have a maximum brightness of 1000 nits outside. According to Apple, the most recent screen technology is also more efficient.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as rumored, have ProMotion screens. This implies that the two phones’ displays may be clocked at rates ranging from 120Hz to 10Hz. Because iOS adapts the refresh rate to whatever you’re doing, this range will make the material you’re seeing feel more responsive.
Apple is also collaborating with developers to optimize their apps and games for 120Hz.
iPhone 13 cameras and Cinematic Mode video
Apple has significantly improved the iPhone 13’s camera. The non-Pro versions include a new 12MP ultrawide sensor that allows in 47% more light. Sensor-shift optical image stabilization is available on the 12MP primary wide-angle camera, a capability formerly reserved for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This will allow the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini to take stunning photographs in a variety of lighting settings.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max now include ultrawide autofocus as well as a new telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Night Mode is also supported by all three cameras. The ultrawide camera can also capture macro photos as near as 2cm, increasing the picture capabilities of the Pro models even more.
With each new iPhone, you also receive Photographic Styles, which add personal preferences to your photographs in real-time rendering. This is more than just a filter; it applies the appropriate adjustments to various settings to get the finest photographs possible.
All four iPhone 13 models include Cinematic Mode, which adds professional-level cinematography to your films using Dolby Vision HDR. The ability of Cinematic Mode to dynamically shift focus and follow the topic of your film is its claim to fame. The emphasis will shift whenever the topic moves. When the subject looks away, the focus shifts to where the subject is gazing. Simply press where you want to concentrate, then tap again to lock it in.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max can also shoot movies in ProRes format, allowing for professional-quality editing.
iPhone 13 specs
The A15 Bionic system-on-chip, Apple’s most sophisticated processor to date, comes new with the iPhone 13. It has six cores and is constructed on a 5nm technology. Two of these are new high-performance cores, while the other four are more efficient than previously. The iPhone 13 also includes sophisticated machine learning apps, like as iOS 15’s new Live Text feature and Siri’s on-device speech recognition, thanks to improvements to the Neural Engine.
The quad-core GPU in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini is ideal for graphically intense gaming and photography. In fact, Apple says that the GPU is 30% quicker than the fastest available on an Android phone.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both get a five-core GPU boost. Apple claims that the Pro models have the most powerful mobile GPU ever, claiming that it is 50 percent quicker than the competition. When combined with the improved photography and cinematography skills, this may result in a significant increase in creative output.
iPhone 13 battery life and charging
This year, Apple has added bigger batteries in all four iPhone 13 models. Though the firm has not disclosed full capacity, it has provided some approximate estimates on how long the iPhone 13 models will last.
Apple claims that the iPhone 13 small will last one and a half hours longer than the iPhone 12 mini. According to reports, the iPhone 13 will last two and a half hours longer than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Pro will have one and a half hours greater battery life than the iPhone 12 Pro, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max may have up to two and a half hours more than its predecessor. Apple claims that the iPhone 13 Pro Max has the greatest battery life of any iPhone ever.
We haven’t heard anything regarding charging improvements for the iPhone 13, so we’re assuming that all four phones will continue to charge at 20W wired and 15W MagSafe wireless.
iPhone 13 and iOS 15
The major iOS 15 additions include FaceTime upgrades that let you to watch movies and share material with others, a new Focus mode for controlling alerts, and enhancements to Maps, Messages, Wallet, Weather, and other built-in applications.
We’re curious about iPhone 13-specific features concealed in iOS 15, which Apple didn’t reveal during its presentation.
iPhone 13 outlook
The cameras and the A15 Bionic chip are the main highlights of the iPhone 13. These are all significant enhancements. The notch is (finally) narrower, and the camera capabilities are undoubtedly remarkable. The iPhone 13 appears to provide a significant improvement over its predecessor.
The 120Hz ProMotion screens on the Pro models will make iOS 15 seem incredibly fluid. The addition of sensor-shift stabilization to all four models is great, as are the ultrawide enhancements across the board. And don’t forget about the battery life enhancements.
We’ll need to test all four phones, so stay tuned for our complete iPhone 13 reviews.
The iPhone 12 lineup has 5G in sub-6GHz and mmWave bands. According to Apple, mmWave is only available in the U.S. on the iPhone, but that could change in future models. Ming-Chi Kuo says this is a possiblity as Apple tries to expand adoption in other markets.
As 5G becomes more ubiquitous Apple will want people who travel to have access to the same speeds they find at home, so a global expansion of 5G mmWave support is natural. 5G in ideal conditions can offer up to 3.5Gbps download speeds.
Apple is reportedly working on its own cellular modems, which means future iPhones may drop Qualcomm as a modem provider. This stems from Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s 5G modem platform and will lead to Apple bringing yet another part of its device in-house.
The fingerprint sensor was replaced with Face ID on the iPhone X, and this caused a shift in the entire smartphone market. Some manufacturers moved to face recognition, while others moved to place the fingerprint sensor below the display.
Apple has been rumored almost every year since the iPhone X to be resurrecting Touch ID in the iPhone through some kind of under-screen or power button implementation. The latest rumors point to both being used in some regard in the 2021 iPhones.
Could Apple be moving to under-the-display fingerprint technology?
Apple embedded Touch ID into the iPad Air 4 top button, and some expect they could do the same in a future iPhone. Having both Face ID and Touch ID in a device could open up better security use cases, or allow users wearing a mask to unlock their iPhone easily and securely.
In the same March 2021 Kuo note mentioned before, he mentioned that Touch ID will be implemented in the power button. This change will significantly improve the user experience, but Kuo notes that there is no visibility of the timing of the feature. Therefore it may not arrive in time for the “iPhone 13.”
Apple may not need to introduce new biometrics, however, due to an update in iOS 14.5 which allows the iPhone to unlock when wearing an Apple Watch. Of course, Apple could include Touch ID in future models for those who do not own an Apple Watch.