Apple’s poorly numbered lineup doesn’t represent a giant leap over the iPhone 12 range. In fact, the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which were announced by Apple virtual event From its campus in Cupertino, California, it refines every single aspect of its predecessors. OLED displays are smoother, the battery lasts longer, and the internal storage size is larger. So it’s like last year’s iPhone, just good.
The lineup is priced the same as last year, starting at $699 for the Mini and up to $1,099 for the Pro Max, despite concerns about a price hike due to the global supply chain crisis. Planning to upgrade? Or thinking of switching from Android? Whatever your deal, we break what’s new.
The displays on these iPhones are where you’ll see many of the biggest improvements. Each of the four still has the same respective screen size: The Mini measures 5.4 inches, the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro are 6.1 inches, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is 6.7 inches.
All of them Doing There’s a slightly narrower notch, the cutout in the top-center of the screen that houses the front-facing camera and sensors that enable Apple’s Face ID biometric authentication technology. It’s 20 percent smaller, so ideally, you’ll gain a little space for those status bar icons. The screens themselves are also brighter than ever across the board.
But the hot new display feature? 120Hz screen refresh rate. Unfortunately, it is only available on the Pro model.
Traditional smartphone and tablet displays have a 60Hz screen, which means the screen refreshes 60 times per second when you interact with it. In 2017, Apple introduced Promotion on the iPad Pro and since then it has been a feature on Pro tablets. These slates double that refresh rate to 120, so you see 120 frames per second. By doubling the number of frames, simple actions like scrolling Twitter or playing a fast-paced video game make the look and feel smooth.
Refreshing the screen twice as often drains the battery, which is why the refresh rate automatically fluctuates based on what’s happening on the screen and, uniquely, your interactions. Just sitting at a static home screen? The refresh rate will be too low to save power. Doomscrolling on Instagram? As it moves across the glass, it will match the movement of your finger and reach 120Hz for the smoothest experience.
Apple has also stuffed bigger batteries to help keep the lights on, though that includes the iPhone 13 and Mini. The 12 Mini did suffer from poor battery life, but Apple says it will now last for an hour and a half, as will the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max last two and a half hours longer than their respective predecessors.
Hardware-wise, all of these iPhones use Apple’s ceramic shield to protect the display and are IP68 water- and dust-resistant. As always, the Pro lineup uses stainless steel, which is more durable than the aluminum in the iPhone 13 and Mini.
Apple always makes a small visual change so you can be sure all the people You know you have the latest iPhone. As with the base iPhone 13 and Mini, that identifier is accompanied by the camera system, which ditches vertically stacked lenses in favor of a diagonal design. (Other visual indicators are the new colors: They come in pink, midnight blue, a fondant champagne color called “Starlight,” and product red. Pro models are available in graphite, gold, silver, and Sierra blue.)
Last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max had a number of additional features over the standard Pro model. Now the pros are mostly on the same page. The iPhone 13 Pro Max and 13 Pro share the same camera suite, which includes a main 12-megapixel camera, an ultrawide and a 3x telephoto zoom. This parity also includes sensor-shift stabilization technology that Apple introduced last year. In case you need a refresher, the camera still holds the sensor instead of a sensor-shift lens, which reportedly helps reduce subtle movements made by your hands, creating sharp low-light photos. This is only available on the primary camera.
The main cameras on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini also have sensor-shift stabilization, and the sensor can capture 47 percent more light than last year, meaning your low-light photos should be brighter and less visible. Noise should be shown. You’ll find similar light-collection improvements all around. For example, the ultrawide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro reportedly delivers a 92 percent improvement in low light, and the main camera sees a 2.2x improvement. All three cameras also have night mode.
Ultrawides on the Pro model now feature autofocus, which enables you to use them for macro photography. This is when you can position the camera sensor right above an object to capture all the minute details – a feature that is increasingly common on affordable Android phones.
A brand new feature is Cinematic Mode, which brings Portrait Mode to videos, blurring the background behind a subject. We’ve seen this technology come from manufacturers like Samsung, LG and Huawei, but in our experience, the effect leaves a lot to be desired. Apple’s approach is more dynamic. It senses when the subject looks away and will focus on whatever the subject is seeing. Better yet, it creates a depth map so you can always change focus later if the iPhone doesn’t get it right.
Another video upgrade is the option to film in Apple’s ProRes format at 4K and 30 frames per second. It is a format that allows videographers to have more editing control over their clips.
Lastly, all iPhone 13 models have access to four new photographic styles. They’re different from traditional filters—instead of changing the entire photo’s setting to a specific filter after capture, you can now choose from four styles before this you take the shot These grade the photo during the image processing phase, making adjustments while preserving features such as skin tone.
The new A15 Bionic processor powering the iPhone 13 range is, unsurprisingly, more powerful than its predecessor. Apple says the CPU is 50 percent faster than the “leading competition” and the graphics are 30 percent faster. It didn’t share how much better it is than last year’s iPhone 12 range. This chip includes an improved 5G modem, which means you can expect a more stable and faster 5G connection, although 5G hasn’t made any meaningful impact in the average day-to-day smartphone experience yet.
Other upgrades include expanded base storage sizes—the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini now come with 128 gigabytes instead of 64. The Pro model now has the option to increase the capacity to 1 terabyte. MagSafe still exists, so you can continue to use all of your favorite MagSafe accessories. There were rumors that Apple would improve the strength of these magnets, but the company didn’t mention anything of the sort on Tuesday. In a piece of eco-friendly news, there’s no plastic wrap when you take it out of the box.
These new iPhones come at a time when Apple is under more scrutiny than ever before. It recently delayed plans to detect child sexual abuse content in iOS 15 after widespread backlash over privacy concerns. And in the Epic v. Apple trial, a judge ruled that Apple should allow developers to tell users about alternative payment methods.
You can pre-order the iPhone 13 lineup this Friday, September 17th, and they will be officially available on September 24th. Just remember, as of last year, there won’t be any earbuds or charger in the box, though you’ll still get a USB-C to Lightning cable. If you don’t need the latest and greatest, Apple is still selling the iPhone 11 for $499 and the iPhone 12 for $599.
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