Apple announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro series at its ‘California Streaming’ virtual launch event on Tuesday. As expected following multiple leaks and rumors, there were four new iPhone 13 models associated with the iPhone 12 lineup last year: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. All four have the same screen sizes and the same overall design as their predecessors. Notable improvements by this generation include improved battery life, overhauled cameras, cinematic video recording mode and narrow notches in the lineup. The four new iPhones are all powered by the newest A15 Bionic SoC and shipped with iOS 15.
Price in India and sale date
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini are available in three storage variants each. The iPhone 13 Mini 128GB is priced at Rs. 69,900 in India, 256GB priced at 79.900, and 512GB priced at Rs. 99,900. The iPhone 13 is priced at Rs. 79,900, Rs. 89,900 and Rs. 99,900 respectively.
Both the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are available with storage up to 1TB. The iPhone 13 Pro is priced at Rs. 1,19,900 for 128GB, Rs. 1,29,900 for 256GB, Rs. 1,49,900 for 512GB. 1,69,900 for 1TB. Top-of-the-line iPhone 13 Pro Max priced at Rs. 1,29,900, Rs. 1,39,900. Rs. 1,59,900 and Rs. 1,79,900 is Apple’s most expensive iPhone in a row.
In the US, prices are the same as the previous generation. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $ 699, the iPhone 13 starts at $ 799, and these prices now offer you 128GB of storage. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $ 999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $ 1,099 for 128GB of storage similar to the previous generation. The iPhone SE (2020) starts at $ 399, the iPhone 11 starts at $ 499 and the iPhone 12 and 12 mini are available from $ 599.
In India as well as the US, UK, Japan, China, Australia and Canada, pre-orders will start on September 17 and retail availability will start on September 24.
A total of four new iPhone models are built around Apple’s new A15 Bionic SoC, which has a 6-core CPU with two high-performance and four powerful cores and a 16-core neural engine. It is said that performance is up to 50 percent better than popular competition. While the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini feature the A15 bionic with a four-core GPU, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max get a five-core integrated GPU.
Apple does not officially disclose RAM amounts and battery capacity of each model, but upcoming third-party teardowns will reveal this information. While the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max have 2.5 hours of better battery life, Apple promises 1.5 hours of better battery life on the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro compared to their predecessors. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini were the first non-Pro iPhones to be available with more than 256GB of storage, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were the first iPhones to store up to 1TB.
All four have the same screen sizes as their predecessors, but with a 20 percent narrow line for increased screen space. The 5.4-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max also get better brightness, while only the Pro models get Apple’s promotion 120Hz refresh rate feature. Pro models can scale from 10Hz to 120Hz and can dynamically adjust their refresh rates based on user input such as swipe speed for a more responsive and power-efficient system. Daylight brightness for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro models is 800 nits and 1000 nits, respectively, while the maximum HDR brightness is 1200 nits for all four. They also support Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have the same flat-edged aluminium frames as the previous generation, with ceramic shield material on the front and IP68 dust and water resistance ratings. They are available in five new colours – Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and (Product) Red. They are designed for antenna lines using recycled plastic water bottles.
Apple used surgical grade stainless steel for the iPhone 13 Pro models, with abrasion and corrosion resistance with a custom finish. There are four new colours: Graphite, Gold, Silver and Sierra Blue. The latter is achieved by using multiple layers of nanometer-scale ceramic and having a matte shaped back for better grip.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini have a new wide angle camera that captures 47 percent more light for less noise and brighter results. It has 1.7um sensor pixels and f/1.6 aperture, plus sensor-shift optical stabilization from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Night mode works fast and captures sharp shots. The 12-megapixel ultra wide camera has an f/2.4 aperture. The new cinematic video mode supports rack focus, changing the focus between subjects even when moving. Real-time transitions from one subject to another take place when a subject enters the frame or looks away. Apple said the photography directors have studied the creative options that guide consumer attention.
The iPhone 13 Pro models feature a new 77mm telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, now an ultra wide camera that can take macro shots from one subject to 2cm, and a primary wide camera with an f/1.5 aperture and 1.9um sensor pixels. The tripod is said to capture less noise, faster shutters and more light for longer brackets. All cameras, including the telephoto one, now work in night mode due to computational photography.
New Photographic Styles allows users to customize the on-device image rendering pipeline using their own personal preferences and adjust the tone and warmth sliders in real time. It works on scenes and subject types and does not need to be set every time.
Newer iPhones feature a 5G with custom-designed antennas and radio components, which will support more bands. On-device machine learning launches new apps and improves privacy with on-device speech recognition for Siri audio requests.