iPhone 13 and 13 Mini announced with new colors, bigger battery, OLED display and more
We’re all about Android here at XDA, but Apple’s iPhones are hugely influential across the entire smartphone landscape. After months of speculation about specifications, pricing, and even what Apple might call this year’s flagship series (some thought the company might go with iPhone 12S), the iPhone 13 series is finally here. It brings with it an upgraded chipset, and better cameras, and OLED support. There aren’t any major upgrades to speak of here, as the new iPhones are an iterative improvement over last year’s iPhone 12 series.
At the California Streaming event today, Apple released four new iPhones — the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Here’s a quick look at the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini.
Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: Specifications and Comparison
|Specifications||Apple iPhone 13 Mini||Apple iPhone 13|
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Battery & Charging|
|Security||Face ID (TrueDepth camera for facial recognition)||Face ID (TrueDepth camera for facial recognition)|
|Port(s)||Proprietary Lightning port||Proprietary Lightning port|
|Software||iOS 15||iOS 15|
|Pricing||Starts at $699||Starts at $799|
The new iPhone 13 series has a uniform design across the board, something that we’ve come to expect from Apple’s iPhones. All four devices look the same and are just bigger versions of each other. The only obvious difference between them is that the Pro models get an extra camera on the back. The sides are flat and the notch on the front has gotten a small bit narrower. It comes in five colors:
Like every year, this year’s iPhone has the best display on an iPhone, ever. With the introduction of Apple’s ProMotion technology to the iPhone lineup, this is also the first time iPhones pack high refresh rate panels — and 120Hz, no less. The 2021 iPhone 13 series packs an OLED display and comes with what Apple calls Super Retina XDR technology. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range, and Apple claims to offer improved display brightness and color reproduction.
Apple claims that the Super Retina XDR display can get as bright as 800 nits in the iPhone 13, or 1200 nits in HDR. It also supports HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. The iPhone 13 Mini comes in at 5.4-inches, whereas the regular iPhone 13 comes in at 6.1-inches.
Apple introduced OLED displays with last year’s iPhone 12 series, even on the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini, and things aren’t any different this year. Apple has also brought its “Ceramic Shield” technology to the iPhone 13 lineup, which it debuted with the iPhone 12 series. Apple claims that it’s four times better at surviving accidental drops. That should hopefully mean fewer cracked screens.
Apple prides itself on its smartphone cameras, with the company’s smartphones being hailed as the king of videography, and one of the very best in still photography. However, the iPhone 13 series doesn’t have too many improvements over its predecessor.
The iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini come with two cameras, and Apple says that this is their most advanced camera system yet. It has an f/1.6 primary sensor with 1.7μm pixel size and a 26mm focal length. The iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization makes an appearance on all of this year’s iPhone 13 models, helping to enhance low-light performance and video stabilization on the primary sensor.
Additionally, the ultra-wide camera gets an upgrade with a five-element lens and an f/2.4 aperture for upgraded low-light performance. Finally, the ultra-wide camera is now also a lot better and faster at auto-focus.
Apple also introduced cinematic mode, along with 4K 60 FPS video. When you start recording, the cinematic mode will hold focus which will anticipate and intelligently change the focus for you. You can tap to shift focus, and tap to lock, and it’s available for the front-facing camera too.
Chipset and Software
The iPhone 13 series is powered by the A15 Bionic chipset. It’s built on a 5nm fabrication process, packing 2 high-performance cores, 4 high-efficiency cores. Apple says that it’s the fastest CPU in any smartphone and up to 50% faster than the leading competition.
It has a 4-core GPU with 30% faster graphics than the leading competition. There’s a new 16-core neural engine, capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second.
The iPhone 13 series brings with it iOS 15 — the latest and greatest version of Apple’s smartphone operating system yet. It has been available in beta for quite a while and there’s a lot to love in it. But we still certainly want more.
Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini: Pricing and Availability
The new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will be available for the following prices across these regions:
|1.||Apple iPhone 13 Mini|
|2.||Apple iPhone 13|
Customers in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, the UK, the US, and more than 30 other countries and regions will be able to pre-order iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini beginning at 5 a.m. PDT on Friday, September 17, with availability beginning Friday, September 24.