With the iPhone 13, Apple presented the very latest iPhone generation on Tuesday evening as part of a special event that was once again held completely online due to the pandemic. As before every major iPhone release, numerous rumors about the functions and features of the new iPhone series have been the subject of conversation. In our overview, we will show you which innovations and highlights you can look forward to with the iPhone 13.
Design & sizes
Also this year Apple presents us a new iPhone generation in 4 different versions. The iPhone 13 comes as a mini with a 5.4 inch screen and as a standard version with a 6.1 inch screen diagonal. The iPhone 13 with the Pro and Pro Max suffixes, which, as always, have an extended range of functions, come with a 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch display. In terms of screen size, nothing has changed compared to its predecessor.
Apple has also retained the angular design of last year’s iPhone 12 in the new 13 series. The manufacturer seems to be consistently updating the model here. A new look was not to be expected after the design update last year anyway. There are only differences in thickness and weight. The latest iPhone generation is slightly thicker and with a few grams more on the ribs than the iPhone 12 series. In addition, the camera lenses on the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13 are now positioned diagonally. Apple has also lent a hand with the “notch” that houses the camera system: It is now 20% smaller and thus frees up more screen space.
As far as the choice of colors is concerned, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 come in white (Polaris), black (midnight), blue, rose and red. In the Pro models, this is added to the familiar colors of silver, graphite and gold new Sierra blue too.
As expected, Apple has also gone one step further when it comes to display technology. The Super Retina XDR display of the iPhone 13 and 13 mini achieves up to 1200 nits for HDR content. With normal display, on the other hand, a maximum brightness of 800 nits is possible, which means that the new display shines 28% brighter than before, according to Apple. This is particularly noticeable outside in daylight. The higher-priced Pro models even create a maximum brightness of up to 1000 nits. The latter also uses the new ProMotion technology with adaptive frame rates of up to 120 Hertz. The technology, which has been working in the iPad Pro models for some time, ensures a much smoother display in game apps and when scrolling.
As with every iPhone update, Apple has also given the camera of the iPhone 13 some improvements and innovations. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini can look forward to optical image stabilization with sensor shifting, which was reserved for the Pro versions last year. This ensures that the sensor moves with it in order to compensate for camera shake and to stabilize the recording. The improved wide-angle camera also has a larger sensor, with which the main camera captures 47% more light and thus further reduces image noise, which is particularly good for the image quality when taking photos at night (photo and video).
A new feature that Apple calls “photographic styles” enables image settings such as “Luminous” or “High Contrast” when taking photos without changing the naturalness of the skin tones. The new cinema mode, on the other hand, enables the so-called focus shift, with which the focus can be automatically shifted from one object to another when filming. Most users should already be familiar with the effect from the portrait photo mode with its blurred background.
While the new computerized photo functions are available on all iPhone 13 models, there are also a few new features that only the more expensive Pro devices benefit from. With the ultra-wide-angle camera, macro shots of subjects from a distance of just 2 cm are possible. Thanks to larger and faster sensors, the wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle cameras capture even more light, which ensures sharper images in poor lighting conditions. The telephoto lens also enables a triple optical zoom on both Pro models. Up to now, only 2.5x (iPhone 12 Pro Max) or 2x (iPhone 12 Pro) optical zooming in was possible here.
Processor & battery performance
As expected, the new iPhone 13 series also gets a new chip. This is the improved A15 Bionic processor from our own development, which should offer up to 50% faster performance and up to 30% faster graphics performance than the competition on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini. With the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, the graphics unit is supposed to work up to 50% faster than the competition thanks to its five cores (in the basic models there are “only” four).
As far as battery capacity is concerned, Apple traditionally does not disclose precise performance data. According to its own statement, the iPhone 13 should last 1.5 hours longer than the previous model. According to Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro should also run 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro. Practice will have to show whether the battery life is true.
Availability & prices
The new iPhone models can be pre-ordered from September 17, 2021 in Apple’s online shop. Delivery will then begin a week later on September 24, 2021. It is also worth mentioning at this point that the new iPhone 13 models have not become more expensive compared to the iPhone 12 series from last year. In addition, Apple does without the 64 GB versions of the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, which is now probably no longer considered to be up-to-date. Instead, the basic version of the iPhone 13 starts with 128 GB, as with the Pro versions. With the Pro devices, another large storage option has been added with 1 terabyte.
IPhone 13 mini cost:
- 128 GB variant: € 799.00
- 256 GB variant: € 919.00
- 512 GB variant: € 1,149.00
IPhone 13 costs:
- 128 GB variant: € 899.00
- 256 GB variant: € 1019.00
- 512 GB variant: € 1,249.00
IPhone 13 Pro cost:
- 128 GB variant: € 1,149.00
- 256 GB version: € 1,269.00
- 512 GB variant: € 1,499.00
- 1 TB variant: € 1,729.00
IPhone 13 Pro Max cost:
- 128 GB variant: € 1,249.00
- 256 GB version: € 1,369.00
- 512 GB variant: € 1,599.00
- 1 TB variant: € 1,829.00
Source: iPhone Tricks