Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021, 09:35 iOS: Hardware

iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro Revealed: The Most Important Information About The Device

Despite a survey a few months ago indicating that some users might find the number 13 a little bit unappealing due to the superstition surrounding the number, Apple still decided to name the 13th generation of iPhone the appropriate "iPhone 13". As usual, the device will have a year-long cycle as the newest iPhone, before being replaced by a successor. Apple made a few of the usual minor changes here and there to the device but has largely held to the iPhone 12's design language in the grand scheme. Meaning: there aren't any major changes to the device. As has been the case with previous releases, more than one iteration of the iPhone 13 has been released (iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max). There are of course differences other than just display size between models in terms of hardware and performance.

iPhone 13 – From mini To Pro Max Product Page:
It had already been leaked in advance before yesterday's "California Streaming" event that Apple will be discontinuing the iPhone mini by 2022 due to lack of interest in the product – however, the smallest iPhone still has a place for now in the iPhone 13's line up. As far as display dimensions are concerned, nothing has changed since the iPhone 12. The display options are as follows:

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  • iPhone 13 mini: 5.4"
  • iPhone 13: 6.1"
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1"
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7"


There are only a few minor changes to the device's design. Although the notch on the front of the device has indeed shrunk, the change is really only noticeable under scrutiny. The same is applicable to the camera module on the back of the device. The increase in the camera module's size is only noticeable when placed next to an iPhone 12. Models with only 2 cameras now have the cameras ordered diagonally, for those with "three eyes", things remain the same but all in all, the cameras stick out a little bit more.



The iPhone Camera – More Improvements
What would an iPhone release be like without any camera improvement? As customary, Apple found a few ways to make adjustments to the new iPhone's camera system. The size of the cameras' sensors has increased, which is of great benefit to photography under low-light conditions. This camera configuration was restricted to the iPhone Pro Max in the iPhone 12's lineup. However, the standard iPhone 13 now includes this improvement as well. The "sensor shift" feature (a mechanical compensation for camera movement to avoid blurry images) remains reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

The iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max
Those willing to shell out the extra dollars for an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max with the "three-eyed" camera system will get a few more treats. As is the case almost every year (according to Apple), this year also introduces some of the "biggest innovations" ever seen. Improvements to the top model iPhones' camera systems include noticeably less image noise under poor light conditions, improvements to macro shots, and the telephoto camera now offers 3x zoom. In addition, all cameras now support the "Night Mode" feature. Apple has also dedicated some of its time to improving film capture. All iPhone 13 models support the new "Cinematic Mode" for automatic focus changing, however, the quality is better in the Pro series.



The New A15 Bionic Processor
Although the A14 already outperforms many other smartphone chips, Apple has stoked the fire with an even faster chip. 15 billion transistors in the chips 5-nm design enable the 6 core CPU and 4 core GPU to blow any competition out of the park by 50%. As far as graphics performance, the new iPhone offers 30% better performance than any current solution from the Android market. However, there's, unfortunately, no direct comparison to the A14 – in the past, Apple would compare a new generation of chips with its predecessor. Both Pro models even offer 5 instead of 4 GPU cores, even further distancing the iPhone 13's best configuration from the market's competition.

Other Noteworthy Characteristics
A larger battery should make for an improved battery life – which was one of the major critiques of the iPhone 12 mini. According to Apple, battery life has been increased by 1 and 1/2 hours. The standard iPhone 13 has an impressive improvement of 2 and 1/2 hours of battery life, whereas it's +1 and 1/2 and +2 and 1/2 for each of the two larger models respectively (Pro and Pro Max). According to Apple, it's the A15's more efficient performance that leads to the improvement.

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Memory & Refresh Rate
All models of the iPhone 13 have a minimum of 128 GB of storage. In the case of the Pro models, there are even options with up to a terabyte of storage space (1,000 GB). As expected, the displays for both Pro models now support "ProMotion" and a higher refresh rate – however, the system constantly selects the appropriate refresh rate automatically. The lowest possible refresh rate is 10 Hz and the highest is 120 – double that of before.

Pricing & Availability
The iPhone 13 mini costs a minimum of US$699, whereas the price of a standard iPhone 13 begins at US$799. Fortunately, concerns about an increase in price did not materialize for either variant and since more space is now available in the base configuration – the overall bang for the buck has increased. Even Pro Models didn't end up seeing an expected price increase, with the iPhone 13 Pro still costing US$999 and the Pro Max US$1099 in the base configurations. This is welcome news, all things considered, the current chip shortage had most analysts anticipating a price increase. Apple has also achieved a new price record for the iPhone, by the way. An iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1 TB of space will cost US$1599 in total.

128 GB 256 GB 512 GB 1TB
iPhone 13 mini US$699 US$799 US$999 -
iPhone 13 US$799 US$899 US$1099 -
iPhone 13 Pro US$999 US$1099 US$1299 US$1499
iPhone 13 Pro Max US$1099 US$1199 US$1399 US$1599

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