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 November 26

Mujjo has been making high-quality iPhone cases for ten years and they’ve been a perennial favorite for many of us at 9to5Mac. But with MagSafe on modern iPhones, does it make sense to pick up a wallet case without magnets? Read on for a closer look at the Mujjo iPhone 13 Leather Wallet Case and why it still offers a compelling experience.

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The iPhone 13 Pro devices come with some great new camera capabilities with one of them being powerful performance for up-close shots and footage. Let’s look at how to take iPhone 13 Pro macro photos and videos.

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iPhone 13 Stories November 24

If you’re looking for a slick new wallpaper to rock on your iPhone, The Basic Apple Guy is out with a new collection of schematic wallpapers that are gorgeous. These wallpapers are designed to show the “intricate interior network of tightly integrated components” hiding within your iPhone.

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iPhone 13 Stories November 22

New research shows that the level of depreciation affecting the iPhone 13 is half that of the iPhone 12. The research says that although Apple phones usually hold more value than any other brand, this is “exceptionally low depreciation.”

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Best iPhone 13 cases – Stocking stuffers, gifts, and deals [Updated: Black Friday deals, more]

All of the best iPhone 13 cases now available are ready and waiting down below with iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals coming in by the truckload starting today. It’s that time of year once again where all of the best iPhone 13 cases will see major price drops for Thanksgiving and Black Friday — some of the more premium and best known options are already going on sale. You’ll find cases for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, as well screen protectors at some of the best prices of the year starting today, with more and more hitting from now through Black Friday proper and into next weekend. Whether it’s the ideal iPhone case gift or you’re just looking for some big-time iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals for yourself, this roundup will be updated regularly with all of the most notable sales and promotions spotted by the legendary deal hunters over at 9to5Toys. Head below for our 2021 lineup of the best iPhone 13 cases, the most exciting iPhone 13 Black Friday case deals, and much more. 

iPhone 13 Stories November 17

After iPhone 13 was announced in September, many repair shops noticed that it wasn’t possible to replace the device’s screen without disabling Face ID. After several complaints, Apple confirmed that it would no longer restrict DIY screen replacement for iPhone 13 — and now those restrictions are gone with the latest beta version of iOS 15.2.

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Apple is rolling out iOS 15.1.1 to iPhone users today. According to Apple, this update “improves call drop performance on iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.” Head below for the full details on the update and build number information.

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The Waterfield Latigo leather iPhone holster is a mostly improved version of the American company’s previous Ranger model, which I tested earlier in the year. Designed for each of the iPhone 13 models, it’s also compatible with the iPhone 12 lineup.

It’s not something I personally need at this time of the year, but I will value it in warmer weather, so I put it to the test …

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iPhone 13 Stories November 15

Nine weeks after the iPhone 13 launched, it’s still harder to get one than it was last year’s iPhone 12, says a new report by JP Morgan. The report shows delivery estimates in the US for the iPhone 13 mini can take up to 8 days to ship, while the iPhone 13 can take up to 10 days. Users that want an iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max will have to wait almost a month, up to 26 days.

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Here are four ways to find the battery percentage of your iPhone 13 and earlier iPhones too

Noticed that your iPhone 13 (iPhone 12 down to X too) doesn’t show the battery percentage in the status bar? Read along for four ways to show iPhone 13 battery percentage.

iPhone 13 Stories November 12

Strong iPhone 13 demand helped Foxconn beat analyst expectations for Q3, and the company sees signs of improvement in chip supplies.

The company, whose biggest customer is Apple, announced a net income of NT$37B ($1.33B), against analyst predictions of NT$32.4B ($1.16B) …

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iPhone 13 Stories November 9

When the iPhone 13 was first released in September, repair shops quickly noticed that if you replaced the display, Face ID would stop working. Now, Apple is backtracking on this decision to limit iPhone 13 screen repairs, according to a new report from The Verge.

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iPhone 13 Stories November 8

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently warned that component shortages have had a bigger impact than the company expected, with iPhone 13 supply constraints adding to those affecting iPad and Mac.

A new supply chain report suggests that iPhone 13 supply isn’t expected to catch up with demand until February of next year …

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iPhone 13 Stories November 7

Apple is continuing its popular “Everyday Experiments” video series this weekend to promote the iPhone 13’s camera features. The latest installment in this series is entitled “Hollywood at Home” and it features several different scenes including RC cars, food, and pets.

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iPhone 13 Stories November 4

When the iPhone 13 lineup was first released in September, teardowns quickly revealed a major change to the repair process. For the first time, if you place the iPhone 13’s display through a third-party repair, Face ID will stop working. Now, iFixit has published a closer look at this change, calling it a “dark day for fixers, both DIY and professional.”

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Early iPhone 13 sales saw Apple’s market share of the smartphone market climb in both the US and Europe, but growth was reportedly much more dramatic in the latter – where the company came very close to overtaking Xiaomi.

iPhone growth was more modest in the US, despite the very favorable timings, but that was of course from a much higher base …

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iPhone 13 Stories November 2

Quadriplegic Apple user and disability campaigner Colin Hughes last year shared his experiences of using Apple kit as someone who uses a wheelchair and has only very limited use of his hands. He’s now followed up with a look at the accessibility improvements Apple made in iOS 15 and watchOS 8.

He highlights the progress Apple has made, as well as the weaknesses in its accessibility support, including a couple of very surprising failings…

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iPhone 13 Stories November 1

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 29

IDC is out with its latest estimate of global smartphone shipments, and it says that Apple overtook Xiaomi in Q3 to take second place after Samsung. While the market intelligence company describes iPhone growth as “incredible,” this is in large part down to timing.

There was also good news for Apple in China

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iPhone 13 Stories October 27

Tomorrow will reveal AAPL Q4 2021 earnings, and analysts are expecting the Cupertino company to announce a huge revenue boost over the previous year.

That’s in part due to optimism about iPhone 13 sales, but it’s mostly down to timing…

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Apple is being sued in China for failing to include iPhone chargers in the box. The report says that the lawsuit has been put forward for ‘public interest’ status, suggesting that it could be fast-tracked or given a higher profile.

It follows a consumer protection fine in Brazil for the same issue, and Apple being forced to continue to supply EarPods with iPhones in France …

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iPhone 13 Stories October 21

One month after Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 Pro, the company continues to promote the camera capabilities by showing how some users can stretch to the limit of these cameras and create beautiful images.

This time, Apple commissioned an experiment with photographer Dong Hoon Jun and visual artist James Thorton for a sci-fi short. The video called “Movie Magic” shows that with the iPhone 13 Pro, users can shoot “practical special effects that look just like the movies.”

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iPhone 13 Stories October 20

Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 a month ago. As the product is still rolling out across the globe, Apple executives reflect back on the company’s 15 years of smartphone camera revolution and discuss how the iPhone 13 improves this experience.

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iPhone 13 Stories October 18

Following last month’s launch of the iPhone 13 lineup, new data from analysts at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that trends suggest iPhone buyers are “replacing phones more quickly,” despite more iterative year-over-year improvements.

The data covers calendar Q3 2021, which includes only two days of availability for the iPhone 13 lineup. Nonetheless, CIRP says that the models still captured “meaningful sales.”

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