Apple today unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini at its “California Streaming” event. The new lineup features a smaller notch, revamped camera design, and a bigger battery, among other advancements.
iPhone 13 is the first phone among the four phones announced at the event. It features a 6.1′ screen, the same as that of the iPhone 12 released last year. The display is improved to a newer Super Retina XDR display which is said to be 28 percent brighter with a 1200 nits peak brightness.
Similarly, the iPhone 13 mini, the smallest of all iPhones consists of a 5.4″ screen, the same as the iPhone 12 mini. The mini’s display also features the new Super Retina XDR display. The design aspect of the handsets is similar to iPhone 12 and 12 mini respectively, which marked the introduction of the flat edge design once again. However, the cameras are placed diagonally this time.
The iPhone 13 and the 13 mini are packed with the new A15 Bionic chip consisting of a 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU. Apple says the chip provides 50 percent faster CPU and up to 30 percent faster graphics than its current competition.
The diagonal camera setup consists of a Wide lens featuring an f/1.6 aperture and an Ultra-Wide lens featuring an f/2.4 aperture. The Ultra-Wide camera is updated to provide better performance in low light whereas the Wide camera aims to let in 47% more light. Apple has made the Sensor-Shift (OIS) stabilization from Pro models available to both iPhone 13 and 13 mini. Sadly, the devices miss out on telephoto lens made available only for the Pro models.
Apple also introduced a Cinematic video mode which blurs the background to focus on the subject, adding a deep effect even after the shoot. The company believes that this feature will revolutionalize mobile filming.
Apple brings up improvements in battery life for both devices. All thanks to the lesser power consumption on the A15 Bionic chip as the phone will last up to 2.5 hours more than the iPhone 12. And, the iPhone 13 mini will have 1.5 hours of more battery power than the 12 mini.
The devices are protected with the Ceramic Shield and are IP68 water-resistant like the iPhone 12 and 12 mini. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini have been made available in 5 new colors, pink, blue midnight, starlight, and red. The 64GB version is gone, making the devices start at a base storage option of 128GB.
iPhone 13 starts at a price of $799 and the iPhone 13 mini for $699. They will be available for pre-orders on September 16 through Apple’s official website.