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


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. 


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.


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 Yesterday

Pre-orders of the new iPhone 13 start this Friday. With four models, new colors, and more storage options to choose from, are you buying the iPhone 13? If so, which model? Head below to take our poll and read more details about iPhone 13.

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With the new products introduced on Tuesday, Apple retired silver and space gray/black for some devices and replaced them with new starlight and midnight colors. While we haven’t seen the new colors in-person yet, it’s quite clear that they are very different.

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The iPhone 13 is off to a strong start in China, according to early data cited in a report from the South China Morning Post. The report says that the iPhone 13 models are “expected to sell for less than the cost of corresponding iPhone 12 models” in China, while Apple is also expected to benefit from a decline in Huawei popularity.

Meanwhile, survey data cited by the Information indicates that Apple is expected to gain more market share in the United States as Android manufacturers are hit harder by ongoing chip shortages.

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PSA: How to join the iPhone Upgrade Program in the UK when pre-ordering your iPhone 13

If you want to join the iPhone Upgrade Program in the UK, you have to visit an Apple Store in person in order to present documents and sign the paperwork. Which raises the obvious question: How does the process work if you want to pre-order the iPhone 13 online or in the app to ensure you get it on day one … ?

The iPhone 13 is here. Whether you have an iPhone 12, 11, or even older, there’s plenty of reasons to upgrade to this year’s iPhone. Head below as we recap five of the top reasons why you should consider upgrading ahead of pre-orders opening tomorrow.

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If you’re planning on buying the iPhone 13, the process just got easier, says Apple, thanks to two changes.

The company also highlighted some existing features and services designed to facilitate a purchase.

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Apple’s keynote presentation showed an impressive demo of the new iPhone 13 Cinematic Mode, albeit helped enormously by professional acting, lighting, and set design.

Apple’s demo showed five distinct capabilities, all of them based on a video version of Portrait mode to add artificial blur to the background.

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iPhone 13 Stories September 15

The new iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were officially announced by Apple on Tuesday with the more powerful A15 Bionic chip, bigger batteries, and significant camera enhancements — including support for the ProRes video codec for the first time on an iOS device. However, ProRes support will not be available for iPhone 13 Pro users at launch.

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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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Following the iPhone 13 announcement on Tuesday, Apple mentioned that the Pro models have a more powerful GPU than the regular models — although they share the same CPU from A15 Bionic chip. Now a Geekbench result shows that iPhone 13 Pro delivers up to 55% better graphics performance when compared to last year’s iPhone 12 Pro.

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The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were officially unveiled yesterday, packing the new A15 chip inside, camera upgrades, and more. Head below as we round up some of the latest tidbits, including details on packaging changes, battery percentage, and RAM amounts…

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If I had to write a brutally honest headline for yesterday’s Apple event, it would be: Apple announces exciting new iPad mini (alongside worthwhile updates to Watch and iPhone).

It’s not that the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 updates were uninteresting. Indeed, Apple has successfully sold me a new iPhone. It’s just that the improvements were, for most use cases, relatively modest when you compare them to the complete transformation of the iPad mini …

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Are you planning to buy the iPhone 13? If your answer is yes, well, you may not want to buy it in Brazil, as once again the South American country has the most expensive iPhone 13 in the world.

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There was one interesting thing missing from yesterday’s keynote: Despite all the time Apple spent talking about the chips, there was no iPhone 13 versus iPhone 12 performance comparison.

Usually, Apple tells us how much faster and more powerful the latest iPhone is compared to the previous model, but this time it didn’t do that – leading some to conclude that there’s a good reason for this …

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The best iPhone 13 cases are now starting to surface as expected. Apple’s new range of iPhone 13 cases will be joined by the usual collection of third-party offerings from all of the top brands and across a broad price range — all of which are being neatly collected down below for you, including iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini options. Hit the jump for our 2021 list of the best iPhone 13 cases. 

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iPhone 13 Stories September 14

Apple today introduced iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and while the company markets the devices as having the same processor, they have some slight differences in terms of performance. In fact, the GPU of the A15 chip found in the iPhone 13 Pro models is more powerful than in the regular iPhone 13 models.

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Ahead of pre-orders officially beginning on Friday, Apple this evening has opened up iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals for the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. This allows iPhone Upgrade Program members to get a head start on their iPhone 13 upgrade before pre-order day rolls around.

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Last year, the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max were separated by more than just their different screen sizes, with Apple also limiting certain camera features to solely the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This year, however, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are at feature parity, aside from differences in screen size and battery life.

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Apple officially announced the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. After a bit more than an hour of the “California Streaming” event, there’s still more to discover about the new iPhones. Check out our tidbits about them.

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Battery life gets a solid improvement with the iPhone 13 lineup – at least on paper. Now that Apple has officially revealed its new smartphones and specs, let’s look at how iPhone 13 battery life compares to iPhone 12 and 11.

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During the “California Streaming” event, Apple announced new cases and accessories for the iPhone 13. Alongside it, the company unveiled a new MagSafe Wallet that now integrates with the Find My app and network.

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Apple introduced eSIM support on iPhone with iPhone XR and iPhone XS in 2018. However, while you can use a regular SIM and an eSIM simultaneously, there was no way to use two eSIMs simultaneously — until now. iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro feature dual eSIM support for the first time.

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Apple today officially announced its new iPhone 13 lineup, and as usual, this also means changes to the rest of the iPhone lineup. Apple has dropped the price of the iPhone 11, discontinued the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone XR, and more. Head below for the full details.

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Apple’s new A15 Bionic chip found inside of the iPhone 13 Pro includes new video encoders and decoders. These major hardware updates make it possible for the iPhone to support capturing ProRes video for the very first time.

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