The iPhone 13 is the benchmark model for Apple’s phone lineup for 2021, setting the standard for its range.
There are two versions of the iPhone 13 entry-level model this year, along with the more compact iPhone 13 Mini. The screen is an OLED panel, albeit much brighter than last year’s, while the sides are still made of aluminum sandwiched between glass.
The iPhone 13 starts at $829 for the larger model and $729 for the smaller iPhone 13 Mini, although Apple is once again offering a $30 discount to carriers.
Apple has increased the storage options for its two models this year, offering 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. Starting this Friday, September 17th, pre-orders for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will begin. The phones will be released on September 24th.
New cameras are coming to iPhones 13 and 13 Mini, plus a smaller notch
Apple’s iPhone 13 does not come with many new features or radical changes; instead, it is more in keeping with its old “S”-year iPhone model. There are some small improvements and refinements to the design of last year but nothing monumental.
While the iPhone 12 saw a big facelift, the iPhone 13 is more of the same with an updated Face ID notch that’s 20 percent smaller than the iPhone 12. The hole-punch design of Android doesn’t quite match the minimalist feel the Android OS offers, but it looks nice nonetheless.
Apple has also introduced a more powerful processor: the A15 Bionic, which the company says is faster and more energy-efficient than last year’s A14 Bionic chip. Apple says the iPhone 6 has up to 50 percent quicker performance than the competition, thanks to a 5-nanometer chip and a 6-core CPU (with two new high-performance and four new high-efficiency cores).
The company also claims that its graphics are up to 30 percent quicker than its competitors (even though it doesn’t specify who they are comparing themselves to).
Additionally, the new iPhone 13 lineup will offer longer battery life: the iPhone 13 Mini, for instance, is expected to have a 1.5-hour battery life advantage over the iPhone 12 mini, whereas the larger iPhone 13 should have a 2.5-hour advantage over the iPhone 12. A 15 Bionic with better performance, bigger batteries, and software improvements and optimizations all contribute to stronger performance.
This year’s iPhone 13 gets the same beefed-up camera that Apple debuted with its biggest smartphone last year: the iPhone 13 base model gets the same trickled-down camera technology from last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max.
It has a physical larger sensor for the wide camera, which is 47 percent bigger than last year, so it can capture more light in darker conditions with reduced noise.
It features a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/1.6 aperture, while the 12-megapixel ultrawide camera boasts a faster f/2.4 lens and 120-degree field of view. Apple introduced sensor-shift stabilization technology on the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, which physically moves the wide sensor to reduce vibrations.
Apple introduced a “photographic profiles” feature with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models, which allows you to customize the look of your photos more for more consistency across shots.
Apple has introduced a new “cinematic mode” in video that allows for changing the focus during a video. The company demonstrated the feature in an amusing Knives Out-style parody. In cinematic mode, focus is automatically switched in real time while video recording takes place.
The camera automatically adjusts focus as people enter the frame or glance away from it. You will be able to adjust focus manually or lock it on a particular object for better control. There will be support for cinematic modes on the camera on the front.
Apple promises better 5G performance among its phones, as well as more bands so they can service international users. According to Apple, the iPhone will work with 200 carriers in over 60 countries and regions by the end of the year.