Apple iPhone 13 Mini: Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest #smol smartphone

Apple iPhone 13 Mini: Everything you need to know about Apple’s latest #smol smartphone

It’s our favorite time of the year, yet again! The iPhone 13 Mini is the latest compact flagship from Apple. It was released alongside the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple has also announced the Apple Watch Series 7 during the California streaming event.

The iPhone 13 Mini is a highly capable device, despite its miniature form factor, in a world of increasingly large smartphone screens. Apple introduced the first iPhone Mini last year, as part of the iPhone 12 lineup. Considering its popularity and affordability, we’re not surprised Apple has decided to release yet another Mini model. In spite of the similar overall size of the device, the iPhone 13 Mini comes loaded with new capabilities.

Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 Mini, from specifications to features, pricing, availability, and others.

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Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 13 Mini is priced as follows:

DeviceUSACanadaEuropeUKIndiaUAE
iPhone 13 Mini 128GB$699$949809 €£679₹69900AED 2,999
iPhone 13 Mini 256GB$799$1089929 €£779₹79900AED 3,419
iPhone 13 Mini 512GB$999$13591159 €£979₹99900AED 4,269
    iPhone 13 Mini
    The iPhone 13 Mini is a compact powerhouse, supercharged by the A15 chip.

You can check out our Best iPhone 13 Mini deals article to get yourself the best offer on the small iPhone.

Colors

This gorgeous little iPhone comes in five different color options:

  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Starlight
  • Midnight
  • (PRODUCT)RED

Apple iPhone 13 Mini in five different colors

While some of the colors may look familiar from previous iPhone models, Apple has chosen fresh names for some of its old finishes. Starlight and Midnight, for example, are just white and black respectively.

    iPhone 13 Mini

    Pink

    The Pink finish on the iPhone 13 Mini gives it a subtle touch of personality.
    iPhone 13 Mini

    Blue

    The Blue finish on the iPhone 13 Mini gives it a darker, yet vivid, vibe.
    iPhone 13 Mini

    Midnight

    The Midnight option on the iPhone 13 Mini gives it a dim, yet shiny, look.
    iPhone 13 Mini

    Starlight

    The Starlight color on the iPhone 13 Mini is a clean, simple one for unsophisticated tastes.
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    (PRODUCT)RED

    This popping shade of red on the iPhone 13 Mini contributes to battling COVID-19.

Specifications

SpecificationsiPhone 13 Mini
Build
  • Ceramic Shield front
  • Glass back
  • Aluminum body
Dimensions & Weight
  • 141 grams
  • 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65 mm
Display
  • 5.4″ all-screen OLED display
  • Super Retina XDR display
  • True Tone
  • Haptic Touch
SoC
  • A15 Bionic Chip
RAM & Storage
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Battery & Charging
  • MagSafe charging up to 15W
  • Qi charging up to 7.5W
Security
  • Face ID
Rear Camera(s)
  • Dual 12MP camera system
  • Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
  • Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
Front Camera(s)
  • TrueDepth 12MP camera
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
Port(s)
  • Lightning
Audio
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Spatial Audio
  • Lossless playback
Connectivity
  • WiFi 6
  • 5G
  • NFC
  • GPS
  • U1 Ultra Wideband chip
Software
  • iOS 15
Other Features
  • Siri voice assistant
  • Apple Pay
  • eSIM support
  • MagSafe compatibility
  • IP68 resistance
Colors
  • Pink
  • Blue
  • Starlight
  • Midnight
  • (PRODUCT)RED

Design

The iPhone 13 Mini comes with a mostly unchanged design when it comes to the front. It still has the same edge-to-edge display, topped by a notch. The notch — which has a smaller width than before — houses the TrueDepth Camera system, light and proximity sensors, an earpiece, and a microphone.

iphone 13 front

The back of the phone also features the same design as last year’s iPhone 12 Mini, except for the camera placements. It has a glass back that sits on an aluminum casing. The two cameras are placed diagonally rather than vertically, which makes it easier to distinguish between the newer Mini and the older one.

The bottom still includes a Lightning port for charging and AUX. It’s placed in the middle, between the speaker and microphone holes. On the right, the side button remains as is, used for Siri and powering on your device. And on the left, the volume buttons and silent mode switch remain the same as well.

Display

iphone 13 display specs

The latest addition to the Mini family has a 5.4″ (diagonally) OLED screen. It’s an edge-to-edge design with a smaller notch on top. This Super Retina XDR display has a 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution. It supports Wide Color (P3), Haptic Touch, and True Tone. Haptic Touch is 3D Touch’s replacement. It’s basically holding down on the screen to bring up additional menus or options. True Tone changes the screen colors to a warmer shade depending on the surrounding lighting.

SoC, RAM, and Storage

The new iPhone 13 Mini is supercharged by Apple’s own A15 Bionic Chip, an upgrade from last year’s A14. While RAM information is still unavailable, we know that the storage options are 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Apple has finally ditched the controversial 64GB variant, now that iPhones take even better quality photos and videos. 64GB is simply no longer enough for a significant portion of users, especially now that Apple Music and other streaming services support lossless and high-res lossless audio formats.

Camera and Camera Features

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Front Camera

The front camera on the iPhone 13 Mini is still the TrueDepth Camera. It uses a dot projector and an infrared scanner to 3D map faces. This is used for both Face ID and Portrait Mode photo effects. Portrait Mode effects include Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, and High‑Key Light Mono.

The front camera also supports:

  • Night mode
  • Deep Fusion
  • Smart HDR 4
  • Photographic Styles
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • QuickTake video
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction
  • Retina Flash
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Rear Cameras

The back camera placement on this model has changed this year. Apple has placed the back cameras in a diagonal manner, replacing the vertical setup of older models. They also support the same Portrait Mode effects as those of the front camera.

The rear cameras also support:

  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 5x
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono)
  • Sensor‑shift optical image stabilization (Wide)
  • Seven‑element lens (Wide); five‑element lens (Ultra Wide)
  • True Tone flash with Slow Sync
  • Panorama (up to 63MP)
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • 100% Focus Pixels (Wide)
  • Night mode
  • Deep Fusion
  • Smart HDR 4
  • Photographic Styles
  • Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
  • Lens correction (Ultra Wide)
  • Advanced red‑eye correction
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode

Video recording:

  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio zoom
  • True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

Battery & Charging

iphone 13 battery

The latest Mini iPhone can play up to 17 hours of video on a single charge, or stream online video for up to 13 hours. The bigger battery in this device can alternatively play 55 hours of audio without needing to plug it in. That’s a bump from last year’s 15, 10, and 55 hours respectively on the iPhone 12 Mini.

It supports charging through:

  • MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W
  • Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher

5G & Connectivity

The iPhone 13 Mini supports 5G, Gigabit LTE, and WiFi 6. It also supports NFC tag reading and writing, in addition to Express Cards with Power Reserve. For spatial awareness, this device uses the U1 Ultra Wideband chip. Spatial awareness allows U1-equipped devices to sense their surrounding environments, relative to other devices with this chip. This enables features like precise AirTag tracking and unlocking your (supported) car with your phone in your pocket or bag.

Security & Extras

Face ID

The iPhone remains protected by Face ID. It uses the front TrueDepth Camera, dot projector, and infrared scanner to build a 3D model of a user’s face. It also works in pitch black environments, after the initial setup is done in a lit place. While it was rumored that the iPhone 13 lineup would bring back Touch ID, through an under-the-display scanner, this turned out to be false. Apple has decided to shrink the notch instead by placing the earpiece on the top edge of the phone, rather than in the actual notch.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini Lockscreen

Face ID can be used for unlocking your phone and authenticating purchases. In times of COVID-19, Apple has given Apple Watch users the choice to unlock their Face ID iPhone through their watches, when masked.

Siri

Siri will be able to get some basics task offline, through on-device machine learning, thanks to iOS 15. So whether you’re in an underground metro station, in the middle of the desert, or simply out of data, Siri will be able to carry out some action. These include pausing/playing music, adding alarms or reminders, and toggling certain settings like WiFi.

Software

iOS 15 Featured Image

iPhone 13 Mini runs iOS 15 out of the box. It will receive at least five years of full version updates, in addition to a couple of extra years of security patches, based on Apple’s history.

iOS 15 brings significant improvements to the iPhone. It adds FaceTime link-sharing, SharePlay for enjoying media with friends, a redesigned Safari, offline Siri for basic functionalities, an overhauled notifications system, and much more.

Official Cases and Accessories

Apple releases a bunch of new accessories every year. With differing colors, materials, and styles, there’s something for everyone! Since Apple introduced the MagSafe on iPhone last year, they have been selling cases that support wireless MagSafe charging. Other accessories an iPhone 13 Mini buyer might potentially wanna look into is a 20W USB-C adaptor. iPhone 13 Mini supports Fast Charging through that, but the brick isn’t included in the actual iPhone box. You will only be getting the charging cable. Below are some of our favorite official cases and accessories:

    Silicone Case for iPhone 13 Mini

    Soft case

    Official Silicone case with MagSafe.
    Leather Case for iPhone 13 Mini

    Formal case

    Official Leather case with MagSafe.
    Clear Case for iPhone 13 Mini

    Transparent case

    Official Clear case with MagSafe.
    MagSafe Charger (15W)

    For wireless charging

    Apple's MagSafe charger can wireless charge your iPhone at up to 15W.
    MagSafe Battery Pack

    Power on the go

    The MagSafe battery pack can charge your phone on the go.
    Apple 20W Fast Charger

    USB-C charger

    This adaptor will fast-charge your iPhone at 20W.

Our Recommendations and Suggested Readings

This detailed guide must have answered any questions you may have had in mind about the iPhone 13 Mini. However, there is always room for more readings — comparisons, deep dives, updates, deals, and more. While we review the iPhone 13 Mini and compile a handy list of other articles you might wanna read, check out our brief list below.

We will be adding more to this list, as we get our hands on the devices and do the necessary research.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are you curious about certain details revolving around the specifications of the iPhone 13 Mini? Are you wondering whether it supports a certain feature you’ve been looking forward to? After reading our extensive guide, you might have been left with a few unanswered questions. Here’s the right place to be!

When did the iPhone 13 Mini release?

The iPhone 13 Mini was announced on September 14th 2021, during the California Streaming Special Event. This announcement was accompanied by that of the Apple Watch Series 7, new iPad and iPad mini, and the rest of the iPhone 13 lineup. Pre-ordering starts on the 17th of September, and the phone goes on sale on the 24th of the same month.

What is in the iPhone 13 Mini box?

Apple is no longer including EarPods or charging bricks in their iPhone boxes. In the iPhone 13 Mini box you will get the iPhone itself, a Lightning to USB-C charging cable, a user manual, an Apple logo sticker (yay), and a SIM ejection tool.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini come with a charger in the box?

No, the iPhone 13 Mini only includes a Lightning to USB-C cable in its box. A charging brick is sold separately. Refer to our Official Cases and Accessories section to buy the brick which supports Fast Charging.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini come with AirPods in the box?

No, the iPhone 13 Mini box includes neither a pair of AirPods nor EarPods. You would have to buy those separately, unfortunately.

Do I need a case or screen protector on the iPhone 13 Mini?

The iPhone 13 Mini has a pretty durable stainless steel frame, but the screen is still vulnerable to drops. While the Ceramic Shield is quite strong, it’s not completely shatter proof. After all, it’s glass. It’s also worth taking into consideration that the iPhone 13 Mini display is more prone to getting scratched. Apple had to compromise that in favor of a more shatter-resistant screen.

Apple charges a lot for screen and glass back repairs, relatively speaking. We advise you to check out the cases we’ve linked in the Official Cases and Accessories section to protect your premium device.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have a 120Hz display?

Sadly not. Apple has chosen to make the 120Hz display an exclusive feature to the Pro models, the iPhones 13 Pro and Pro Max. Neither the iPhone 13 Mini nor the regular iPhone 13 supports it.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have a smaller notch?

The iPhone 13 Mini’s notch is 20% smaller, thanks to the new placement of the earpiece on the top edge of the device. It’s worth mentioning that only the width is short. There is a slight increase in the vertical length.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have Face ID? Does the smaller notch affect Face ID?

The iPhone 13 Mini has Face ID, similar to that of the previous models. The notch’s width is shorter, due to the different placement of the earpiece. The TrueDepth camera and sensors that make Face ID work remain unchanged. As a result, the smaller notch does not affect Face ID.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have Touch ID?

While there were rumors circulating around regarding Apple potentially implementing under-the-display Touch ID, this scanner hasn’t been added to the iPhone 13 Mini (or any of the other iPhone 13 models). Whether Apple will eventually adopt it in future iPhones is still unknown.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have an M1 chip?

Apple first integrated the M1 chip into the Mac. It’s a powerful, efficient chip that allows some Macs to run fan-less! While it was eventually added to the iPad Pro, Apple has decided to stick to the A series chips on the iPhone, at least for now. So no, the iPhone 13 Mini has an A15 Bionic chip, not an M1 one.

 

Is the iPhone 13 Mini Waterproof? What is its IP rating?

“-proof” and “-resistant” are two very different words. Mosts phones and gadgets that survive in the water are actually water resistant, not waterproof. The iPhone 13 Mini is IP68 rated, meaning it can theoretically survive immersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. Apple’s warranty, however, doesn’t cover water damage, so I wouldn’t go swimming with my shiny little phone. It’s also worth mentioning that phones become less water resistant after months of usage, depending on the usage patterns and surrounding environments.The protective seals wear down due to different and various factors.  So an IP68 rating should protect a device from accidental liquid spills or an occasional quick rinse. But I wouldn’t take it beyond that, even if it may survive, just to be on the safe side.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have a USB C port? Is the iPhone 13 portless?

No, the iPhone 13 Mini has a Lightning port. It’s neither portless, nor USB-C port equipped.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have MagSafe?

Yes, all iPhone 13 models support MagSafe, so that includes the Mini. You may attach a wallet, charger, battery pack, or any other official or third-party MagSafe accessories.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini have Qi Wireless Charging?

Yes, the iPhone 13 Mini not only supports MagSafe wireless charging, but also standard Qi wireless charging.

Can the iPhone 13 Mini fast charge?

If you have a 20W wired charger, you may fast charge the iPhone 13 Mini. That’s around 0-50% in about 30 minutes.

How many Cameras does the iPhone 13 Mini have?

The iPhone 13 Mini has two rear camera placed diagonally — a primary 12MP shooter, and a 12MP ultra-wide lens. The notch houses a 12MP TrueDepth front camera that can be used for selfies and Face ID authentication.

Can the iPhone 13 Mini shoot 4K videos? What FPS can it shoot at?

The iPhone 13 Mini supports 4K video shooting at up to 60fps, across all three cameras. You may also shoot 4K footage at 120fps in slo-mo mode.

Can the iPhone 13 Mini shoot 8K videos?

No, the iPhone 13 Mini cannot shoot 8K videos.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini support satellite communication?

No, the latest Mini iPhone only supports regular communications, through a working network plan.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini support Wi-Fi 6?

Yes, the iPhone 13 Mini supports Wi-Fi 6.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini support Bluetooth 5.2?

No, this iPhone supports up to Bluetooth 5.0 only.

What 5G bands does the iPhone 13 Mini support?

The iPhone 13 Mini supports 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 Mini support eSIM? Does it support Dual SIM?

The iPhone 13 Mini has one physical SIM slot and support one eSIM. In some regions like China and Hong Kong, this iPhone has two physical SIM slots. In some other countries, such as the US, it can support dual eSIM. Check what’s available in your region and consult your carrier before purchasing the device.

How do I back up my old iPhone and restore it to the iPhone 13 Mini?

If you’re upgrading to iPhone 13 Mini from an older iPhone, transferring all of your data is a very simple and effortless process. Follow our guide on how to back up your data from your old iPhone and restore it to move your apps, photos, contacts, messages, and the rest of your data to your brand new iPhone.

How do I factory reset my iPhone 13 Mini?

Resetting your iPhone to erase all of its contents and data after moving them to a new iPhone is a good idea, especially if you plan on giving away or selling your old device. Follow our detailed guide on how to factory reset your iPhone.

How many software updates will my iPhone 13 Mini get?

iPhones are famous for the long years of software support they get. It’s guaranteed that your iPhone 13 Mini will receive at least 5 major software updates and potentially a couple extra years of security patches. The iPhone 6S was released back in 2015 and will be receiving iOS 15 on September 20th. So it will remain up to date till at least August 2022. You’re very likely going to upgrade to a future iPhone before Apple drops software support for the iPhone 13 Mini, if you actually buy it now.

How do I update my iPhone 13 Mini?

It’s recommended that all users install available software updates. They tend to include critical security patches, not to mention the handy new features. We’ve prepared a guide on how to update your iPhone with very basic steps to follow.

How much warranty does Apple offer on the iPhone 13 Mini?

Apple includes a 1-year standard warranty with every iPhone purchase. However, it only covers manufacturing and internal defects. So if you drop your phone and break it, someone steals it, or water damages it, Apple won’t be covering that.

Does Apple offer an international warranty with the iPhone 13 Mini?

Yes, Apple’s 1-year standard warranty is international. This means you can take advantage of it in any country, regardless of purchase region.

Do I need to buy Apple Care for my iPhone 13 Mini?

Whether you need Apple Care for your iPhone 13 Mini or not depends on you personally. We know that accidents happen all the time, but if you usually don’t drop or get your devices damaged, then Apple Care isn’t necessarily a need. If you decide not to buy Apple Care, at least use a case to minimize the damage if you potentially drop your iPhone.

Does Apple Pay work with the iPhone 13 Mini?

Yes, the iPhone 13 lineup supports Apple Pay, as long as you’re in a supported region. Once set up, you may make contactless payments.

Will the Apple Watch and AirPods work with the iPhone 13 Mini?

Yes, both devices are designed specifically for the iPhone. Even if you have an old Apple Watch, it’ll still work with your new iPhone 13 Mini.

Can I use other earbuds and smartwatches with the iPhone 13 Mini?

The iPhone 13 Mini supports audio transmission through Bluetooth and wired connection from the Lightning port. If your wired earbuds require a 3.5mm headphone jack, you may wanna look into buying a Lightning to 3.5mm adaptor to use them with your new iPhone.

As for non-Apple smartwatches, if the manufacturer has a companion iOS app, you will be able to pair it with the iPhone 13 Mini. However, none of the other smartwatches will have the same system-level features and privileges as the Apple Watch.

Does the iPhone 13 Mini support Apple Pencil? Does it support any other stylus?

No, Apple Pencil support remains an iPad exclusive for now. You may only use a generic touch-emulating stylus with your iPhone 13 Mini, with no special feature support such as pressure detection.


The iPhone 13 Mini is a relatively small upgrade coming from the iPhone 12 mini. And the iPhone 14 leaks only make it more tempting to hold back until next year. But if you really need to upgrade your phone now and aren’t interested in the bigger screens or extra cameras of the other iPhone 13 models, the iPhone 13 Mini is a great choice. We hope this guide has answered any questions you might have had about this device!

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Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. His personal pieces are available on his website, MahmoudItani.com, and he can be reached via [email protected] or the provided social links.