Apple has just introduced the new iPhone 13 series. The US computer company wants to offer the fastest and best smartphones again and is therefore of course also investing in the more powerful Apple A15 SoC, new cameras with sensor-shift image stabilization, and more.
In terms of size, nothing changes with the iPhone 13. So there are again a total of four models, starting with the iPhone 13 mini, through the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The display sizes do not change and remain at 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7 inches. The technical basis of the new iPhones is also identical, as they are all based on the new Apple A15.
Apple A15 new standards for CPU and GPU
The Apple A15 is a 5-nanometer-scale chip with a CPU with two high-end and four energy-saving cores. Of course, Apple is advertising all sorts of superlatives again and promises that the new processor will offer 50 percent more performance than the best competitor.
The same applies to the new graphics unit, whose five cores and various other improvements should ensure that the GPU is about 30 percent more powerful than the strongest competitors. Of course, you can’t make much use of these claims at first, but in fact, Apple’s chips should once again deliver the strongest performance values in the industry, as has been the case for several years.
Apple A15 Bionic: more power, less energy consumption
According to its own statements, Apple is investing heavily in the processing of data relating to artificial intelligence. The improved AI engine should of course process such information much faster than before. But there are also other new parts of the SoC, including an improved processor for image processing, a doubled CPU cache, and a new display engine.
Displays quality improved
For the displays, Apple is again using a flat surface and promises that the new OLED panels should achieve maximum brightnesses of up to 800 or 1200 candelas. HDR support and the usual features, such as full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by the film industry, are also included.
The display of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is said to have undergone a major overhaul. This includes, among other things, that you now also offer a dynamically adapting frame rate, which can be from 10 to 120 Hertz. Apple calls this feature, which various manufacturers of Android smartphones have been offering for several years, known as Pro Motion.
Apple iPhone 13 Innovative cameras
The cameras of the new iPhones have of course also been redesigned. The devices all get a new 12-megapixel main sensor, which has sensor-shift image stabilization. So the sensor is resiliently mounted, not the optics in front of it. With an edge length of 1.7 micrometers, the sensor offers very large pixels that should capture significantly more light. The maximum aperture size of f / 1.6 helps with this.
There is also a new ultra-wide-angle camera that offers a 120-degree field of view and an f / 2.4 aperture. All variants offer, among other things, a night mode and support 4K videos with up to 60 frames per second. For the front cameras, Apple uses a smaller notch and, in addition to the typical Face ID technology, also accommodates a 12-megapixel sensor with autofocus.
iPhone 13 Pro Max with up to 3X optical zoom
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a new main camera, which also offers 12 megapixels and an f/1.5 aperture. With a pixel edge length of 1.9 micrometers, you actually offer a very large sensor. Due to the larger pixels, the low-light performance should increase by a factor of 2.2, although Apple, as usual, does not specify what is being compared with here.
Real innovation is the telephoto camera, thanks to which, in combination with the ultra-wide-angle camera, which is also new, you want to offer an optical zoom with three times the magnification. Thanks to macro mode, it is now also possible to photograph objects from a minimum distance of just two centimeters. A special feature is that all cameras in the Pro models have a night mode.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
Apple also wants to offer the option of applying different profiles that can influence the style and ultimately the appearance of a photo in the course of HDR processing, i.e. while photos are being taken. So you don’t apply a filter afterward, but rather during the recording.
In the case of video recordings, it should even be possible to change the image depth afterward, for which the three cameras of the iPhone 13 Pro Max should apparently work together. Thanks to ProRes 4K30, filmmakers should also be able to use the content in their editing programs in one go.
Up to 2.5 hours longer battery life and 1 TB storage
The various iPhone 13 models should of course also offer longer runtimes. The iPhone 13 should run up to 2.5 hours longer, while the iPhone 13 mini should run 90 minutes longer. As usual, Apple does not initially provide any specific information. Apple also promises longer runtimes of 1.5 hours (Pro) and 2.5 hours (Pro Max) for the Pro models.
There is good news for memory: All models are offered with a minimum capacity of 128 gigabytes. In stages, at least the Pro models go up to a terabyte, with Apple asking for an impressive 1829 euros for the most expensive iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Visually, relatively little is happening with the new iPhone models. The “boxy” design remains, but there is a load of new colors. It is also noticeable that the cameras are now staggered on the cheaper models, probably due to the larger sensors. With the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the notch on the front shrinks by a full 20 percent – but of course it remains the same.
The iPhone 13 mini costs at least 799 euros in Europe. The basic version of the iPhone 13 is available for 899 euros. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at 1149 euros, while the large iPhone 13 Pro Max costs at least 1249 euros. Apple iPhone 13 prices in dollars are listed here. Apple will take pre-orders from September 17th at 2 p.m. and will deliver the new devices to customers on September 24th.
Apple iPhone 13 Models Specifications and Prices
|iPhone models at a glance|
|model||iPhone 13 Mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|operating system||Apple iOS 15|
|Display||5.4 inches, 2340 x 1080 pixels, OLED, Super Retina XDR display, Ceramic Shield||6.1 inches, 2532 x 1170 pixels, OLED, Super Retina XDR display, 460 ppi, Ceramic Shield||6.7 inches, 2778 x 1284 pixels, OLED, Super Retina XDR display, 458 ppi, Ceramic Shield|
|CPU||A15 bionic chip, 64 bit|
|Storage||128, 256 or 512 GB||128, 256, 512 GB or 1 TB|
|casing||Glass (back), metal (frame)|
|links||Apple Lightning, WLAN ax, Bluetooth 5, NFC, UWB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass, barometer, face scanner (3D), LiDAR|
|Main camera||12.0MP, f / 1.6, phase comparison AF (dual pixel), OIS, dual LED flash, videos @ 2160p / 60fps (camera 1); 12.0MP, f / 2.4, wide angle lens (camera 2)||12.0MP, f / 1.5, phase comparison AF (dual pixel), OIS, dual LED flash, videos @ 2160p / 60fps (camera 1); 12.0MP, f / 2.8, phase comparison-AF, OIS, telephoto lens (camera 2); 12.0MP, f / 1.8, phase comparison-AF, wide-angle lens (camera 3); ToF (LiDAR) (camera 4)|
|camera||12.0MP, f / 2.2, videos @ 2160p / 60fps|
|navigation||A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS|
|Colors||Blue, pink, red, black and white||Gold, graphite, silver, blue|
|Dimensions||131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65 mm, 141 g||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm, 174 g||146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm, 204 g||160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm, 240 g|
|Special||5G-capable, IP68-certified, MagSafe (charging power 15 watts), Qi charging (max. 7.5 watts)|
|price||from 799 euros||from 899 euros||from 1149 euros||from 1249 euros|
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