Apple’s iPhone 13 has gotten many excited after the tech company revealed quite a number of things during its product launch event citing a number of improvements to its software, camera and many other things.
The iPhone 13 is now official, bringing subtle design improvements, better faster displays on two models and other upgrades to mention but the least.
The Apple phones will come in four variants starting with the entry-level, compact iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 and lastly the high-tier models being the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone Pro Max respectively.
On the other hand, what makes the Pro models stand out is the slight changes in design features, including a smaller notch, a longer battery life, three new cameras with enhanced ultra-wide shooters and wider apertures for improved low-light shooting, a 120Hz display and a maximum storage capacity of 1TB, which is higher than last year’s Pro models.
Given the upgrades to the Pro models, Apple has still maintained a stable starting price with iPhone 13 Pro going for $999, while the Pro Max starts at $1,099 for the base 128GB model. It has also been reported that Apple has decided to discontinue the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models, though refurbished models are still available on the company’s online stores.
For those seeking a compact smartphone, the iPhone 13 Mini may be their best pick though one is better off getting the standard iPhone 13 due to its larger display.
Sadly, nothing much was said about the Macbook Pro laptops and we’re hoping for a reveal very soon since their M1 chip models have proven to be very efficient and powerful in getting tasks done. Apple also announced the Apple Watch 7, the New iPad (2021) and iPad mini (2021) respectively.
The other good news is, you can pre-order the handsets from Friday, September 17 with September 24 being the actual 13 series release date.
iPhone 13 pricing and much more
The newiPhone 13 handsets will come with different spec sheets at different prices. You can check the entire price listing below;
|iPhone 13 Mini
|iPhone 13 Pro
|iPhone 13 Pro Max
Design and display
The iPhone 13 features a flat-edge design and has the Ceramic Shield glass we saw on the iPhone 12 series. It’s also IP68 dust and water-resistant (to a depth of six meters for up to 30 minutes). There are five new colours, which are Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and Product Red.
The design is largely similar to the iPhone 12 series, with the notch made slightly smaller according to Apple which says it’s 20% smaller.
As for the display, the iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch 1170 x 2532 display while the mini features a 5.4-inch 1080 x 2340 screen. They’re both Super Retina XDR displays, which use Apple’s own custom OLED technology. Both of the handsets also feature a 60Hz screen refresh rate based on reports.
Meanwhile, both the Pro and Pro Max handsets come in Graphite, Gold, Silver or a Sierra blue. The iPhone 13 Pro duo comes with a new Super Retina XDR display that has a 1000-nit peak brightness outdoors, and it features a 120Hz refresh rate. The Pro features a 6.1-inch 1170 x 2532 screen, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch 1284 x 2778 one.
This is what most Apple fans love about the iPhones, their good camera features. The iPhone 13’s camera features a 12MP wide camera and a 12MP ultra-wide shooter. According to Apple, both handsets feature new sensors and can take better photos than the cameras on the iPhone 12.
According to Tech Radar, the 13 Pro duo, features three 12MP cameras with new sensors and lenses. There’s a wide camera with an f/1.5 aperture and large 1.9 µm pixels, an ultra-wide snapper with an f/1.8 aperture, and a telephoto camera with an f/2.8 aperture.
The main camera on the iPhone 13 Pro is said to be 2.2x better in low light situations than the iPhone 12 Pro’s, while the camera on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is 1.5x better than the 12 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 series all feature Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset, which the company claims has an up to 50% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU than the competition. It also includes a new 16-core Neural Engine that’s capable of 15.8 trillion operations every second.
It has also been confirmed that all four handsets will be 5G-compatible, and buyers will have the option of 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage in the iPhone 13 duo. Meanwhile, Apple won’t be offering the 64GB option anymore for its flagship iPhones.
MagSafe remains a primary feature in the iPhone 13 lineup. The feature set hasn’t changed, though Apple is happy to tout the expanding accessory lineup for the system.
Apple also said that its A15 Bionic chipset allows for features like the new Cinematic mode and Photographic Styles, including enough efficiency improvements to the battery life which is more than an hour longer in every model achieved by a variety of optimizations through the chipset and iOS 15 software. Apple has yet to confirm the size of the battery in the iPhone 13 models and we await more news.
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