iPhone 13 Overview Updated September 15, 2021

iPhone 13: Features, release date, design, and more

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The iPhone 13 was announced on September 14 with a handful of new features. Year-over-year, the update brings design changes, camera improvements, and much more. Read on for our full roundup of everything you need to know about the iPhone 13, including naming details, the smaller notch, and more.

What is the iPhone 13 called?

This year, the iPhone is continuing its increment upwards in terms of naming, with the iPhone 12 being succeeded by the iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 design and size

In terms of design, the 2021 iPhone lineup looks nearly identical to the existing iPhone 12, though slightly thicker and heavier to accommodate larger batteries. Apple has also shrunken the size of the notch by 20% in terms of width.

While the iPhone 12 mini has reportedly experienced weaker-than-expected demand than Apple had expected, the form factor sticks around for another year, with Apple officially introducing the iPhone 13 mini.

  • One 2021 iPhone model with a 5.4-inch OLED display
  • Two 2021 iPhone models with a 6.1-inch OLED displays
  • One 2021 iPhone model with a 6.7-inch OLED display

Display

The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max all feature OLED displays. This year, however, the Pro models have a notable distinction: a new ProMotion display technology.

The ProMotion display gives the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max an adaptive refresh rate technology, allowing it to range from 10Hz to 120Hz based on what you’re doing.

Smaller notch

Finally, what about the notch? Every year, there is an expectation that the notch and Face ID cutout will get smaller, and it has finally happened with this year’s iPhone 13 lineup…sort of.

The iPhone 13 lineup features a notch that is around 20% smaller in terms of width, but is actually ever-so-slightly taller because Apple has relocated the earpiece speaker to the top bezel. Regardless, the overall appearance of the iPhone 13 will be sleeker as the total notch reduction is visually apparent. 

Camera upgrades

Apple says that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini include a “massive leap in camera design” with a new Wide camera that gathers 47% more light for less noise and brighter images. Apple has also added sensor-shift optical image stabilization to the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, a feature that was previously exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple says that this “stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens so shots are more steady, while the custom-designed Ultra-Wide camera with a new sensor captures images with more detail in the dark areas of photos and videos with less noise.”

The iPhone 13 also introduces a new Cinematic mode feature, which records videos of people, pets, and objects with a depth effect and automatic focus changes. This is similar to the Portrait mode feature that has been available for still images. Apple says that users can change the focus during and after capture, and adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie.

Apple is also introducing something it calls Photographic Styles, which it describes as customized preferences and filters that intelligently apply the right adjustments to different parts of the photo to ensure the important elements, like skin tones, are preserved.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max do have their share of exclusive features. Both models feature an Ultra-Wide camera with a 92% boost in low light performance, f/1.8 aperture, auto-focus, and 6-element lens. The Wide camera packs an f/1.5 aperture and up to 2.2x improvement in low light performance. Finally, the telephoto camera includes a new 3x optical zoom sensor for the first time.

Other camera features include:

  • Macro photography – Users can capture sharp, stunning images where objects appear larger than life, magnifying subjects with a minimum focus distance of 2 centimeters
  • Smart HDR 4
  • ProRes video recording
  • Night mode for all three cameras

A15 Bionic processor

The iPhone 13 lineup is powered by Apple’s newest A15 Bionic processor, but more details on performance improvements compared to the iPhone 12 are unclear as of now. 

Connectivity

While rumors had indicated that Apple was exploring low-earth-orbit satellite commutation technology for the iPhone 13, this did not actually come to fruition. Rumors had also suggested mmWave 5G support would expand to new countries outside of the United States, but this also did not happen.

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Storage options

For the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13, Apple has doubled the base storage configuration from 64GB to 128GB. This means the iPhone 13 is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are available in storage configurations of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options.

Larger batteries

Battery life on the iPhone 12 took a hit due to 5G adoption and other changes. This year, Apple is touting significant battery life improvements with the iPhone 13 versus the iPhone 12.

Apple has reportedly adopting new space-saving designs inside the iPhone 13 such as integrating the SIM card slot with the mainboard, reducing the front optical modules’ thickness, and more. This frees up internal space for larger batteries.

According to Apple, you can expect the following battery life improvements this year:

  • iPhone 13 mini will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 13 will last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13 Pro will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max will last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Check out our full breakdown of iPhone 13 battery life details here for more information.

Colors

With the iPhone 13 features the same design as the iPhone 12, Apple has redesigned the color options to help entice upgraders.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini colors:

  • Pink
  • Midnight
  • Blue
  • Starlight
  • Red

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Sierra blue
  • Silver

Release date: When will iPhone 13 come out?

The iPhone 12 launched later than usual due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 12 launch was also staggered, with Apple releasing the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro first, followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro max a month later.

This year, however, things are back to normal: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max will each be available for pre-order on September 17 and the first orders will arrive on September 24.

Price: How much will iPhone 13 cost?

Apple has also maintained the same pricing for the iPhone 13 as the iPhone 12:

  • iPhone 13 mini: $699
  • iPhone 13: $799
  • iPhone 13 Pro: $999
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1099

Wrap up

The iPhone 13 isn’t a major upgrade compared to the iPhone 12, but there are still multiple quality of life improvements. The design has remained largely the same, but expanded camera features, drastic battery life improvements, and more still represent notable

The rumor mill certainly indicates that there are a variety of potential changes in store for the so-called iPhone 14 next year, but for now, the iPhone 13 is the best of the best.

iPhone 13 Stories Today

Just about all of the best iPhone 13 cases are now available for purchase. From the new Apple iPhone 13 case to an affordable $5+ cover to keep you protected int he early days, or one of the many third-party solutions from the most trusted brands out there, everything can be found down below the fold for your convenience. You’ll find cases for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, as well as some screen protectors and more. Head below for our 2021 lineup of the best iPhone 13 cases. 

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iPhone 13 Stories October 14

We’re coming up on three weeks since the release of the iPhone 13 lineup, and my iPhone 13 Pro Max has already become an integral part of my tech setup. Head below as I break down five quick impressions of Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max after the first three weeks of usage, including details on ProMotion, size, and much more.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 13

Update: Statement from Visible added below

Multiple reports of an apparent Verizon Visible hack, with attackers changing shipping addresses, then ordering phones that are charged to payment details held for customers. Visible is a Verizon sub-brand that operates entirely online, meaning that customers cannot seek assistance in-store.

“My account got hacked and they shipped out an iPhone 13 worth $1k that was taken from my PayPal,” wrote one customer …

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iPhone 13 Stories October 12

I said last time that I wanted to do a proper test of the potential of the iPhone 13‘s Cinematic Video for amateur filmmaking. My initial experiments had suggested that it wasn’t yet ready for prime-time, but those had been in mixed conditions.

I wanted to conduct a fair test, with the scene and lighting setup exactly as it would be by a typical low-budget hobbyist filmmaker. I did this by borrowing a couple of actors and filming the first scene of a (very much first draft!) pilot episode of a sitcom …

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iPhone 13 Stories October 11

The all-new iPhone 13 lineup is officially here. As has become the norm, the lineup is split into the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. On the surface, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are very similar phones. They both feature a 6.1-inch display and the A15 Bionic processor inside, but look closer and you’ll notice some key differences.

If you’re trying to make a buying decision between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, head below for everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro comparison.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 10

Incipio has upgraded its line of MagSafe-compatible cases in time for the iPhone 13, including a selection of options made from recycled materials. Incipio is the go-to option for iPhone 13 users who want to be sure their case is made specifically for the latest iPhone design and its upgraded camera system. Incipio DUO MagSafe case for iPhone 13 adds protection while supporting Apple’s MagSafe ecosystem of magnet accessories.

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As Apple keeps expanding the availability of the iPhone 13 worldwide, the company is also heavily promoting all the new features of its brand new phones. On Instagram, Apple commissioned a few shots with the Ultra Wide lens of the new iPhone 13 lineup.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 9

Last month, DXOMark published the iPhone 13 Pro camera review, saying it ranked better than last year’s iPhone 12 Pro. Now, the company published the iPhone 13 camera review as well, and it’s also better than the 12 Pro.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 8

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One of the useful improvements across the entire iPhone 13 lineup is battery life. But while Apple’s estimates focus on how much video playback each device offers, that’s not a great real-world indicator of the battery life you’ll get. After an iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S21 battery test, PhoneBuff is back with an iPhone 13 vs 13 Pro battery showdown.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 6

Apple today released iOS 15.1 beta 3 to developers, and in addition to native support for ProRes, today’s update also adds a new toggle to disable Auto Macro for the Camera app. This addresses one of the biggest concerns that reviewers had for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max…

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Halide today announced a major update for its award-winning camera app. iPhone users can update to version 2.5, which enables iPhone 13’s Macro Mode to the iPhone 8 or newer.

In a blog post, Halide’s Ben Sandofsky explains how great it is to have a macro camera, showing a ton of examples. Sandofsky also explains that this feature was available for a while thanks to third-party lenses, but those implementations aren’t as powerful as the iPhone 13 solution.

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Survey suggests most Apple users are underwhelmed by iPhone 13 lineup

Before the iPhone 13 keynote, a survey showed only 10% of Apple users were planning to get the new phone. Now, a few weeks after it’s been released, more data shows that Apple customers aren’t that excited about the iPhone 13 lineup.

iPhone 13 Stories October 5

On the morning of iPhone 13 pre-orders, many Apple Card users attempted to make their purchases but were presented with various different error messages. Now, in an attempt to make the situation right, Apple is giving Daily Cash credits to those who tried to make their iPhone 13 purchases with Apple Card but ultimately had to use another payment method.

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Eyebrows were raised during the iPhone 13 keynote when Apple said nothing about the A15 performance gains, choosing to compare its latest model against Android competitors rather than against the iPhone 12.

Some suggested that this indicated very little improvement in performance, but a new analysis suggests that although the A15 isn’t massively different to the A14, Apple has still managed to push the chip hard …

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iPhone 13 Stories October 4

A teardown analysis by TechInsights shows that the iPhone 13 Pro has a higher build cost when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro. The report says that the semiconductor shortage affected the iPhone 13 production as the A15 Bionic cost more to produce, as well as the NAND memory, the display subsystem price, and an increase in the main enclosure cost.

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We recently reported on an ophthalmologist using the iPhone 13’s new macro photography feature to document patient progress.

Thanks to the Macro mode, Dr Tommy Korn can take extremely detailed photos of the eyes, which lets him observe and record important details about patients’ health.

Korn came under fire in some quarters, with people suggesting he should instead be using a DSLR with proper macro lens, and has now explained why this isn’t necessary …

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iPhone 13 Stories October 3

With every new iPhone, customers are always expecting camera improvements. While Apple has focused a lot on Night Mode, then Dolby Vision, and now Cinematic Mode, there’s one thing the company hasn’t changed at all: the iPhone’s front-facing camera.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 2

Want to protect your new iPhone 13 screen without overpaying? TechMatte’s amFilm OneTouch Glass Screen Protectors for the new iPhones offer high-quality protection at an affordable price. Coming in 2-packs, these tempered glass screen protectors are effortless to install, offer an anti-fingerprint coating, full drop and scratch protection, work with and without cases, and more. Head below for a closer look and get 10% off now for a limited time.

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Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Face ID stops working if you replace the iPhone 13 screen with a third-party repair. Now, a new video shows that it’s possible to replace the screen and make facial recognition work, but it’s not simple.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 1

One week after the release of the iPhone 13 and iOS 15, Apple is rolling out a bug fix update with some notable improvements. iOS 15.0.1 and iPadOS 15.0.1 are rolling out now with a fix for ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ and more. Head below for the full release notes.

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I’ve so far only done a handful of quick Cinematic Video tests on my iPhone 13 Pro Max following my earlier macro photography tests. While the results haven’t been perfect, they have certainly been good enough to show the potential of the technology.

In particular, the ability to adjust the focus points in editing makes it an extremely powerful tool. Honestly, for manual mode in particular, I’m excited…

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After completing teardown of the new iPhone 13 lineup, iFixit has now shared some neat teardown and X-ray wallpapers that offer a look inside Apple’s latest flagship. These are fun wallpapers that make it seem like your iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max is see-through…

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iPhone 13 Stories September 30

As was the case with the iPhone 12 last year, Apple is selling the iPhone 13 with EarPods in France. While Apple stopped including EarPods with the iPhone starting with the iPhone 12, a legal requirement related to radio-frequency energy requires headphones to be included in the box with smartphones.

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The iPhone 13 is officially here, and while the early reviews are very positive, there are some reasons you might want to buy an iPhone 12 — or stick with an existing iPhone instead of upgrading. Head below as we detail the differences and similarities between the iPhone 12 vs. the iPhone 13.

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