Apple iPhone 13: Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new smartphone release
It’s that time of the year when Apple launches its latest iPhone devices, and this year we’re getting 4 of them — the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 series is also accompanied by the Apple Watch 7. Just like what we’ve come to expect from Apple over the years, the iPhone 13 series brings some minor improvements over the iPhone 12 series. A smaller notch, bigger camera sensors, smoother display, and some under-the-hood improvements. While the Pro variants are the ones that have received notable upgrades, The standard iPhone 13 is the one that most people are going to be interested in, so let’s know more about it.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the iPhone 13. From specifications and new features to case suggestions and FAQs, you’ll find everything here. If you’re looking for something specific, feel free to navigate to the relevant section using the index below.
Navigate this page:
- Price and Availability
- SoC, RAM, and Storage
- Camera and Camera Features
- Battery and Charging
- 5G and Connectivity
- Security and Extras
- Official Cases and Accessories
- Our Recommendations and Suggested Readings
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
iPhone 13: Price and Availability
The iPhone 13 has been launched in various regions across the world with the availability depending on where you’re located. In the US and several other countries, the iPhone 13 will be available for pre-order from 17th September and will be available to buy on 24th September. The pricing goes as follows.
|1||iPhone 13 128GB||$799||£779||€899||AED 3,399||₹79,900|
|2||iPhone 13 256GB||$899||£879||€1,019||AED 3,819||₹89,900|
|3||iPhone 13 512GB||$1,099||£1,079||€1,249||AED 4,669||₹1,09,900|
iPhone 13: Colors
The standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini are available in 5 different color options – Black, Blue, White, Green, and Red. Just like its predecessors, the iPhone 13 has a glossy back with a matte-finish cutout for the camera housing. The aluminum frame is matte though unlike the glossy stainless steel frame on the Pro and Pro Max variants. The standard iPhone 13 is available in colors that are more poppy and fun when compared to the Pro models. You can pick the color that you find the most appealing.
Apple iPhone 13: Specifications
|Specification||Apple iPhone 13|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|SoC||Apple A15 Bionic|
|RAM & Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Front Camera||12MP f/2.2|
Apple iPhone 13: Design
Apple gave the iPhone 12 series a design overhaul with squared-off edges similar to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 13 retains the same design language without any major changes. The iPhone 13 has an aluminum frame with a matte exterior. The frame is color-matched to the back of the phone depending on what color you choose. The bottom of the phone houses the lightning port which unfortunately still hasn’t been replaced by USB-C. The primary speaker grille and microphone flank the charging port.
On the right, we have what Apple refers to as the ‘side button’ which activates Siri upon a long-press and can also be used to power the device on and off. The left side of the frame houses the SIM tray along with the volume rockers and a mute switch.
As mentioned earlier, the back of the iPhone 13 has a glossy look with the camera module surrounded by matte glass. The iPhone 13 is slightly thicker than its predecessor thanks to a slightly larger battery. The camera module on the iPhone 13 has also increased slightly in size. The layout has also changed a bit and the dual camera are now arranged diagonally instead of the vertical placement we saw last year.
The squared edges had mixed reactions last year with regards to ergonomics. While some people like the design and said it made the phone easier to grip, some consumers weren’t too happy with the new design since it didn’t fit too well in the hand. The iPhone 11 and previous iPhone devices had curved edges that would feel natural to hold in the hand. The iPhone 13 retains flat edges and is slightly heavier and thicker than the iPhone 12. So it would be interesting to see how it feels in the hand.
Apple iPhone 13: Display
This is the department where the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max get sizeable gains but unfortunately, the standard iPhone 13 has been left out. After years of Android phones having high refresh rate displays, Apple has finally joined the club with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPad Pro has had a Pro-motion display for a while now and it has finally made its way to the iPhone 13 series, albeit only on the Pro models.
The 6.1-inch display on the iPhone 13 is still a standard 60Hz panel unfortunately which is quite disappointing. It’s a typical move by Apple to limit the 120Hz display to the Pro variants only. The display is an OLED panel that looks vibrant and comes with Apple’s True-tone technology. You can view HDR content on the display with the peak brightness going all the way up to 1,200 nits.
Thankfully, there is some change in terms of the display on the iPhone 13 and that’s the shrinking of the notch. Apple introduced a full-screen display with a notch in 2017 with the iPhone X. Since then, the notch has remained on all the new iPhone devices while the competition has moved to punch-hole cutouts and even under-display cameras. While that’s rumored to come to the iPhone 14 next year, Apple has shrunk the notch slightly on the iPhone 13 series.
The earpiece now sits at the top of the display which has allowed Apple to reduce the size of the notch compared to previous-gen iPhone devices. It’s still there and quite prominent though, which is a letdown given how far other OEMs have progressed in terms of display technology. The OLED displays on previous iPhone devices were one of the most color-accurate and pleasing to look at panels out there. While it remains to be true this time as well, we wish Apple gave the standard iPhone 13 a 120Hz display too making it one of the best displays out there on any phone. The display edges remain flat like last year’s iPhone devices.
SoC, RAM, and Storage
Every year, Apple gives the iPhone an internal refresh with its latest mobile platform and this year is no different. The iPhone 13 gets Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset based on the 5nm manufacturing process. Going by the history of Apple’s chips, the A15 Bionic is one of the most powerful smartphone chipsets that can run anything you throw at it. Be it the heaviest of games or rendering 4K videos, the iPhone 13 can do it all without breaking a sweat, thanks to the A15 chipset.
It’s not just about the raw performance of the chipset. Apple’s software is very well optimized to run with the onboard hardware since Apple makes both the elements. This allows for a seamless and streamlined experience while using the device. The A15 Bionic is based on the same 5nm architecture as last year’s A14 Bionic, but brings some notable improvements in terms of battery efficiency. The A14 Bionic was already a performance powerhouse and the A15 Bionic only builds on it and further strengthens the lead.
Apple never discloses the capacity of RAM on a new iPhone explicitly and hasn’t done so this time too. However, just like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 also has 4GB of RAM. As for storage, the iPhone 13 starts with 128GB as the base variant, with 256GB and 512GB options following it. Apple has FINALLY bumped up the storage on the base variant to 128GB after years of requests from users. If you shoot a lot of 4K 60fps video on your iPhone and use it as your main media machine, you’ll certainly appreciate the extra storage.
Apple iPhone 13: Camera and Camera Features
Until last year, the standard and the Max variants of the iPhone didn’t have a lot of differences other than the obviously larger display and a higher capacity battery. That however changed with the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year. The 12 Pro Max had a larger primary sensor that let in more light along with sensor-shift image stabilization, similar to IBIS that’s found on mirrorless cameras.
Along with improvements to the primary camera, the iPhone 12 Pro Max also had a better telephoto lens that let in more light, as well as a larger 2.5X magnification instead of 2X on the standard Pro. This time though, Apple has brought those same camera improvements to the iPhone 13 Pro too. The standard iPhone 13 also gets improved cameras, but not to the extent of the Pro series (obviously). The primary 12MP camera has a larger sensor now to capture up to 47% more light. The iPhone 13 also gets sensor-shift image stabilization just like the Pro models.
The ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 13 has also improved and now captures better low-light photos. There’s a 12MP front-facing selfie camera. Apple’s Smart HDR algorithms are present to optimize the photos clicked from the cameras on the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 13 can shoot cinema-grade videos which can shift focus based on the elements present in the frame. Apple is calling this Cinematic Mode. All three cameras on the iPhone 13 can shoot videos up to 4K at 60fps. The iPhone has been one of the best devices to shoot videos with and it’s only got better this year. Deep Fusion and the ability to shoot HDR videos are also present.
The iPhone 12 series already had one of the best cameras out there and with the improvements on the iPhone 13, it’s only got better. With the Pixel 6 series right around the corner, it would be interesting to see how the two phones compare in terms of cameras.
Battery and Charging
The iPhone 13 has got a slight bump in battery capacity compared to last year. That, when coupled with a chip that has improved efficiency, should ideally result in better battery life. Since the standard iPhone 13 has the same 60Hz display, it wouldn’t consume more power than last year’s panel. The iPhone 12 had excellent battery life and we expect it to only improve with the iPhone 13. Apple’s optimization ensures that the battery life is good despite having a lower-capacity cell. As per Apple’s claims, the iPhone 13 will give you up to 2.5 hours more battery life compared to the iPhone 12.
The iPhone 13 has the same 20W fast-charging tech from last year which can charge your iPhone up to 50% in 30 minutes. However, the charger isn’t included in the box and will have to be bought separately. Apple introduced MagSafe charging with the iPhone 12 series and it’s made its way to the iPhone 13 series as well. There are no new improvements in terms of charging speeds with MagSafe and it’s still capped at the same 15W output as last year. MagSafe can be used to attach other accessories too.
5G and Connectivity
Apple brought 5G capabilities to the iPhone last year with the iPhone 12 series. Of course, the iPhone 13 also has 5G connectivity and is truly a global phone when it comes to network and bands support. The iPhone 13 has support for all the relevant 5G bands from across the globe so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. You get support for both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G.
The iPhone 13 has a single physical SIM slot along with support for a secondary eSIM. In China and Hong Kong, the iPhone 13 will have physical dual-SIM slots. You get Wi-Fi 6 support on the 13 along with Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. Apple Pay is present and so is the U1 chip for UWB connectivity. Accessories like the AirTag will be able to communicate with the iPhone 13 to allow for precision finding.
The iPhone 13 runs iOS 15 out of the box which is Apple’s latest smartphone OS. iOS 15 brings some useful new features with it and improves the overall usability of the device. For starters, you can now make FaceTime calls with your buddies who use an Android device, share your screen and watch movies and shows with your friends via FaceTime, use different microphone modes to either silence or amplify sounds in the background, and improved ways to view shared content.
iOS 15 also improves the way your notifications are displayed by stacking them into groups based on the apps sending them. Apple has also introduced various focus modes to help you keep distractions at bay throughout the day. The camera app is also new with support for Live Text which can copy text from your photos, and you can even drag and drop the copied text to the Notes app or any other app across iOS 15. There have been several improvements made to Siri, Safari, Weather, and Spotlight Search too. You can also view privacy reports on iOS 15 that tell you which app had access to what information on your phone.
iOS 15 brings some nice software features but it’s still missing some features that we would love to see being added.
Security and Extras
Apple ditched TouchID on the iPhone in favor of Face ID and that’s what you get on the iPhone 13. There were rumors about an in-display fingerprint scanner coming to the iPhone 13 series but that, unfortunately, turned out to be false. The Face ID sensors reside in the notch above the display which is thankfully smaller this time around. The notch houses the IR camera and the dot projector, which work in tandem to produce a 3D model of your face, which is then scanned to unlock your phone.
Face ID can be used to unlock the phone as well as authorize purchases. Given the present situation where wearing a mask is compulsory in a lot of places across the world, bringing back Touch ID would have made a lot of sense but Apple has stuck with Face ID as the only biometric authentication on the iPhone 13. With the iPhone 14 series supposedly getting a full-screen display with a hole-punch next year, let’s hope Apple brings back Touch ID and puts the scanner below the display.
The iPhone 13 is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance so you can take it in the pool for underwater selfies. The display is covered with what Apple refers to as Ceramic Shield, which adds a layer of protection that’s supposedly stronger than Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
Official Cases and Accessories
Every year, the iPhone launch is accompanied by some official accessories for the iPhone. This time too, Apple has launched official cases and covers for the iPhone 13 with support for MagSafe charging and accessories. You can buy any of the cases or accessories along with your iPhone 13 to either protect it or improve its functionality. Some accessories like the charger are vital in case you don’t have an existing charging brick that has a USB-C port.
Our Recommendations and Suggested Readings
While this page should give you an extensive idea about the iPhone 13 and all its new features, there will be certain specific topics you may be interested in, like how the phone compares to another phone in this price range, or how the iPhone 13 fares compared to its predecessor, etc.
While we work on our review of the iPhone 13, we suggest you take a look at some of the other articles around the device that would help you to make a wise decision.
We’ll add more articles to this section once we have the devices in hand, and compare them to other popular devices. If you’re looking for the best cases, screen protectors, and other third-party accessories, you’ll find them linked in the FAQ section below.
iPhone 13: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If you plan on buying the iPhone 13, you might have several questions that you want to be answered or some doubts about certain aspects of the device that you want to be clarified. Listed below are several frequently asked questions about the iPhone 13 right from what’s inside the box to how you can transfer data from your old iPhone to your brand new iPhone 13. If you don’t find the answer to your question here, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and if it’s relevant, we’ll answer it and add it to this section.
When did the iPhone 13 release?
The iPhone 13 was announced on 14th September 2021 alongside the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can pre-book the iPhone 13 starting on 17th September 2021 and the phone will go on sale on 24th September 2021.
What is in the iPhone 13 box?
With the iPhone 12 series last year, Apple got rid of the charger and the earbuds from inside the box, The same tradition continues this year with the iPhone 13 series. The iPhone 13 box has the phone itself, lightning to USB-C cable, user manuals, an Apple sticker, and a SIM ejector tool.
Does the iPhone 13 come with a charger in the box?
No, the iPhone 13 doesn’t come with a charger in the box. You will have to buy one separately. Refer to the official cases section in this article to buy the 20W adaptor from Apple.
Does the iPhone 13 come with AirPods in the box?
We wish Apple bundled in freebies with the new iPhone, but that’s unfortunately not the case. You don’t get AirPods in the box with the iPhone 13. You’ll have to buy them separately.
Do I need a case or screen protector on the iPhone 13?
The iPhone 13 has a stainless steel frame that’s quite resilient against drops. The ceramic shield display is also quite strong but in no way drop-resistant. Glass is glass, and glass breaks. The ceramic shield glass also compromises slightly on scratch resistance for better impact resistance, so it’s best to use a screen protector and a case with your iPhone 13. Repairs are expensive and you certainly don’t want to spend more on a shattered display or back when you’ve already paid a premium for the device.
We have compiled some of the best iPhone 13 cases and iPhone 13 screen protectors you can buy along with the phone to protect it. If you don’t like adding a lot of bulk to your device, you can pick up a thin case. If you want the best protection, we would suggest getting a rugged case.
Does the iPhone 13 have a 120Hz display?
Unfortunately, Apple has restricted the 120Hz display to the Pro series which means the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max has 120Hz ProMotion displays whereas the standard iPhone 13 does not.
Does the iPhone 13 have a smaller notch?
The iPhone 13 indeed has a 20% smaller notch compared to its predecessor. Apple moved the earpiece from the center of the notch to the top of the display to shrink the notch.
Does the iPhone 13 have Face ID? Does the smaller notch affect Face ID?
The iPhone 13 uses Face ID for biometric authentication. You can use Face ID to unlock the device or authorize purchases from the App Store. The shrunken notch will not affect Face ID and will continue to work just like it did on previous iPhone devices.
Does the iPhone 13 have Touch ID?
No, the iPhone 13 doesn’t have Touch ID. There were some early rumors of Apple putting a Touch ID sensor under the display but that hasn’t happened with the iPhone 13.
Does the iPhone 13 have an M1 chip?
Apple introduced the M1 chip on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro last year and they also used it on the new iPad Pro this year. However, the iPhone 13 doesn’t get the M1 chip but instead, uses Apple’s A15 Bionic chip for the CPU.
Is the iPhone 13 Waterproof? What is its IP rating?
The iPhone 13 is water-resistant but not waterproof. What this means is you can take the iPhone 13 inside a pool but there’s no guarantee there won’t be any harm caused to your phone. In fact, Apple doesn’t cover water damage in its warranty so it’s always wise to keep your electronics away from water. The iPhone 13 is IP68 rated so an accidental spill shouldn’t cause any harm. According to Apple, you can immerse the iPhone 13 in water for a period of up to 30 minutes at depth of up to 6 meters.
Does the iPhone 13 have a USB C port? Is the iPhone 13 portless?
No, the iPhone 13 doesn’t have a USB-C port and is still unfortunately stuck with a lightning port. Since it has a lightning port, it’s obviously not portless.
Does the iPhone 13 have Magsafe?
Yes, the iPhone 13 is compatible with MagSafe accessories which means it has the MagSafe coils on the rear that can be used to attach magnetic accessories. You can use the MagSafe charger, wallet, battery pack, and other third-party MagSafe accessories with the iPhone 13.
Does the iPhone 13 Pro have Qi Wireless Charging?
Along with charging wirelessly via MagSafe, the iPhone 13 can also be charged via a standard Qi Wireless Charger.
Can the iPhone 13 fast charge?
The iPhone 13 has support for up to 20W wired charging which can charge the iPhone 13 from 0-50% in about 30 minutes. If you use a MagSafe charger, you can charge the iPhone 13 at up to 15W.
How many Cameras does the iPhone 13 have?
On the rear, the iPhone 13 has 2 camera lenses — a primary 12MP shooter, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. The front houses a single 12MP camera for selfies.
Can the iPhone 13 shoot 4K videos? What FPS can it shoot at?
The iPhone 13 can indeed shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps from all three cameras on board. You can also shoot at 4K 120fps if you’re recording slow-motion videos. You can also shoot Dolby Vision HDR videos and Cienamtic Mode videos using the iPhone 13.
Can the iPhone 13 shoot 8K videos?
No, the iPhone 13 doesn’t have the ability to shoot 8K videos.
Does the iPhone 13 support satellite communication?
No, there’s no support for satellite communication on the iPhone 13. You’ll need to have a working network plan to be able to make calls and send text messages on the iPhone 13.
Does the iPhone 13 support Wi-Fi 6?
Yes, the iPhone 13 has support for Wi-Fi 6.
Does the iPhone 13 support Bluetooth 5.2?
No, the iPhone 13 only supports up to Bluetooth 5.0.
What 5G bands does the iPhone 13 support?
The iPhone 13 has support for these 5G bands —
- 5G NR (Bands n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n12, n20, n25, n28, n29, n30, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, n79)
- 5G NR mmWave (Bands n258, n260, n261)
Does the iPhone 13 support eSIM? Does it support Dual SIM?
The iPhone 13 has one physical SIM slot and support for eSIM for the secondary SIM. In some regions like China and Hong Kong, the iPhone 13 has a physical secondary SIM slot and no eSIM. In regions like the USA, the phone can be used with dual eSIM too. It’s best to check in with your carrier on how they support connectivity on the iPhone before making a purchase.
How do I back up my old iPhone and restore it to the iPhone 13?
If you have an old iPhone and you’re upgrading to the iPhone 13, you can back up and restore all your data by following some simple steps. This will help you transfer all your data including your photos and installed apps to your new phone and you’ll feel right at home. You can follow our guide on how to back up your data from your old iPhone and restore it on your new iPhone 13.
How do I factory reset my iPhone 13?
If you’re facing any issues with your phone or you’re planning to give your phone to someone else, you might want to reset your iPhone 13 to its factory state. You can do so by following our guide on how to factory reset your iPhone.
How many software updates will my iPhone 13 get?
Going by Apple’s history, you can expect at least five years of software updates on the iPhone 13. The iPhone 6s was launched in 2015 and is set to receive the iOS 15 update whenever it comes out. You can expect updates up to iOS 20 to arrive on the iPhone 13. Even after that, Apple will continue to support the device with security updates for a few years.
How do I update my iPhone 13?
If there’s a new software update, it’s always advisable to install it and update your phone to the latest software version to stay up to date with security patches, bug fixes, and new features. You can update your iPhone 13 by following our how to update your iPhone guide.
How much warranty does Apple offer on the iPhone 13?
Apple gives you a standard one-year warranty with the iPhone 13. This warranty is applicable for any manufacturing issues or defects that may occur on their own. The warranty will not cover hardware damage that’s caused by an internal source. If you drop your phone and shatter the display, the replacement won’t be covered under warranty. Apple doesn’t cover water damage in their warranty either.
Does Apple offer an international warranty with the iPhone 13?
Yes, the iPhone 13 comes with an international warranty, so regardless of where you buy the device from, you can claim the warranty in your country without any issues.
Do I need to buy Apple Care for my iPhone 13?
If you’re prone to dropping your phone frequently and you don’t like using a case, we would suggest investing in Apple Care+ so your repair costs are minimal, in case you end up damaging your iPhone 13. If you’re someone who uses their phone carefully with a screen protector and case at all times, Apple Care+ may not be necessary. If you plan on using your phone for an extended period, let’s say over two to three years, Apple Care+ might be a wise investment.
Does Apple Pay work with the iPhone 13?
Yes, Apple Pay is supported on the iPhone 13 and you can use it to make contactless payments.
Will the Apple Watch and AirPods work with the iPhone 13?
Both the Apple Watch and the AirPods are designed to work with all iPhone devices so yes, they will work absolutely fine with the iPhone 13. Along with older generations of the Apple Watch, the newly launched Apple Watch Series 7 will also work with the iPhone 13.
Can I use other earbuds and smartwatches with the iPhone 13?
You can use just about any pair of earbuds that connect via Bluetooth with the iPhone 13 and you won’t have any issues. You can also use a wired pair of earphones or headphones with your iPhone 13 with the help of a lightning to 3.5mm adaptor.
As far as smartwatches are concerned, a few OEMs don’t have companion apps for iOS which may prevent you from using them with an iPhone. The newly launched Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 for example, isn’t compatible with an iPhone. Make sure you check the smartwatch manufacturer’s website to confirm if the device works with an iPhone.
Does the iPhone 13 support Apple Pencil? Does it support any other stylus?
No, the iPhone 13 doesn’t have support for the Apple Pencil. For now, it’s just the iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and the iPad Pro that has support for the Apple Pencil. The iPhone 13 doesn’t support any other type of stylus either. You can, however, use a generic capacitive stylus that emulates a touch input with the iPhone 13.
That’s pretty much everything you need to know about Apple’s new iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 brings some small improvements that make the overall experience slightly better, but there’s no ground-breaking change as such. A lot of the functionality that you get is almost similar to the iPhone 12. While we would have loved to see a hole-punch display, a smaller notch isn’t too bad considering we’re rumored to get a full-screen display next year.
The cameras have also got better this time with bigger sensors and better stabilization. The bigger battery should also help with endurance. Apart from these improvements, the rest of the package remains identical to last year’s iPhone. Another notable improvement is the base storage on the standard iPhone 13 being bumped up to 128GB instead of 64GB, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are now available as a 1TB option.
Lastly, Apple has stuck to the base price of $799 for the iPhone 13, which is the same as last year. The new improvements make the iPhone 13 a good phone to recommend, especially at the same asking price. However, the recent iPhone 14 leaks might end up spoiling Apple’s party since next year’s iPhone is shaping up to bring some radical changes and improvements. It’s still too early to say anything about the iPhone 14 though, especially since all the information right now is just based on speculation.
What do you think about the iPhone 13? Are you planning to pick one up or are you going for the big boys to get the 120Hz goodness? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!