The iPhone 13 is here — the entry-level, most mainstream model that will set the tone for Apple’s phone lineup in 2021.
The entry-level iPhone 13 will be available in two sizes, as it was last year: a 6.1-inch “regular” model and a smaller 5.4-inch 13 Mini. The screen is an OLED panel, which is brighter than last year’s, with aluminum sandwiched between two slabs of glass on the sides.
The iPhone 13 starts at $829 and the 13 Mini starts at $729, with Apple once again offering a $30 discount for phones purchased through carriers. Apple has increased the storage options for this year’s models, with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options available.
The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will be available for preorder starting this Friday, September 17th, with a release date of September 24th.
The iPhone 13 is closer to Apple’s old “S”-year model of iPhones than it is to its predecessors in terms of radical new features and changes. Rather than groundbreaking new features, it refines and improves on last year’s design.
Unlike the iPhone 12, which received a major makeover, the iPhone 13 retains the same overall design as last year’s model, albeit with a 20 percent smaller Face ID notch, which means it will take up less space on your phone’s top.
It’s not quite as minimalist as Android’s hole-punch displays, but it’s a nice-looking improvement.
There’s also a more powerful processor, the A15 Bionic, which Apple claims is faster and more energy efficient than the A14 Bionic chip from last year. Although it’s still a 5nm chip with a 6-core CPU (two new high-performance and four new high-efficiency cores), Apple claims it’s the “fastest CPU in a smartphone,” up to 50% faster than the competition. It also claims that its graphics are up to 30% faster than those of its competitors (though it doesn’t say who it’s comparing to).
The new iPhone 13 lineup will also have better battery life: the iPhone 13 Mini will get 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 12 Mini, and the larger iPhone 13 will get up to 2.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 12, thanks to larger batteries, improved performance from the A15 Bionic, and additional software improvements and optimizations.
The 12-megapixel wide sensor has an f/1.6 aperture, while the 12-megapixel ultrawide camera has a faster f/2.4 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. The iPhone 13 will also include Apple’s sensor-shift stabilization technology, which physically moves the wide sensor to reduce vibrations and was first introduced on the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year.
The new cameras will also get Apple’s “photographic profiles” feature, which allows you to further customize the look of your photos for more consistency across shots and was first introduced with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models.
Apple also debuted a new “cinematic mode” for video, which allows for a rack focus effect to change the focus during a video, as demonstrated in a Knives Out-style parody. When recording a video, cinematic mode will intelligently shift focus when people enter the frame or look away from the camera while filming in real time. For more precise control, you’ll be able to manually change focus or lock focus on a specific object. Cinematic mode will also be supported by the front-facing camera.
In comparison to the iPhone 12, Apple promises improved 5G performance, as well as more band support for better international 5G experiences. By the end of the year, Apple promises that the iPhone will be supported by 200 carriers in over 60 countries and regions.