Apple has announced its flagship smartphones in 2021: The iPhone 13 retains the case design of the popular iPhone 12, only the noticeable recess for sensors at the top of the screen (often called “notch”) will be slightly smaller – by 20 percent, like the manufacturer said at an event on Tuesday evening (see also Mac & i-Liveticker).
Brighter displays – 13 Pro with up to 120 Hertz
As before, Apple is offering the new iPhones in four versions – with a 5.4 “display as the iPhone 13 mini, with a 6.1” screen as the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro and finally the large iPhone 13 Pro Max, its display – Diagonal is numbered 6.7 inches. According to Apple, the screen of the iPhone 13 is 28 percent brighter and should now deliver 800 nits (candela / sqm), for HDR content even up to 1200 nits.
According to the manufacturer, the screens of the Pro models achieve up to 1000 nits in sunlight (1200 nits for HDR content). With Apple’s “ProMotion”, the iPhone Pro displays support for the first time a refresh rate that can be dynamically adjusted by the operating system and that, depending on the content, goes up to 120 Hertz – previously it was 60 Hertz. If necessary, this ensures smoother transitions and animations, with static content the rate can be reduced down to 10 Hertz in order to save electricity. Speculations about an always-on display have not come true.
Apple’s A15 bionic chip, like the A14, uses six cores, two cores are still designed for high-performance tasks, four efficiency cores for energy-saving tasks. Apple did not mention a speed comparison with the A14. The A15 chip is up to 50 percent faster than the competition, according to the manufacturer. The A15 chip in the Pro models has a 5-core GPU, while the 13 and 13 mini have a 4-core GPU.
Improved camera system
The rear camera system of the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 continues to use two lenses, which are now arranged diagonally. A larger 12-megapixel sensor should absorb more light, the wide-angle lens still has an aperture of f / 1.6, the ultra-wide-angle an aperture of f / 2.4. Apple is now using sensor shift image stabilization, in which the entire sensor instead of the lens is moved for stabilization. This was previously reserved for the camera sensor of the expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Even with the three-camera system of both Pro models, Apple promises significantly more light intensity through larger apertures – wide angle with aperture f / 1.5; Ultra wide angle with aperture f / 1.8 and telephoto with aperture f / 2.8 – and larger sensors. The telephoto lens now has an optical 3x zoom for the first time, the ultra wide angle a macro mode with which objects up to 2 centimeters can be approached.
“Photographic styles” allow users to specify settings for filters that are automatically applied to areas of the image instead of the entire image. This would not affect skin tones, for example, according to Apple.
A new “cinema mode” allows the focus to be changed during video recordings – even afterwards. In this way, a certain image plane can be represented sharply against a blurred background and should create depth in this way, which is otherwise only possible with large lenses. Both features come on the non-Pro models as well.
On the Pro models, Apple also wants to introduce the ProRes codec, which is intended for post-production with the Final Cut Pro video editing application – it is to follow an update at a later date.
Longer battery life
The iPhone 13 should last significantly longer with a larger battery than the 2020 models: Apple promises a 1.5 hour longer run time for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro, while the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max should even be 2.5 hours longer run on a single charge than their direct predecessors.
Apple offers the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini in the colors rose, blue, midnight, polar star and red. The base model now has 128 GB of storage space instead of 64 GB last year. The mini model is available from Apple from just under 800 euros, the iPhone 13 (6.1 “) from just under 900 euros.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are available in graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue. In addition to 128, 256 and 512 GB, there is also 1 TB of storage space as a particularly expensive option for the first time. The price of the iPhone 13 Pro starts as before at 1150 euros, the Max model is traded from 1250 euros. The 1 TB version of the Pro Max is available from Apple for just under 1830 euros.
The manufacturer will start pre-orders on September 17th, and general sales will start on September 24th – also in Germany.
Apple has now taken the old iPhone XR (2018) out of its range; its place is taken by the iPhone 11, which is available from 580 euros. Apple continues to sell the iPhone 12 and 12 mini at a slightly lower price: the 12 with 64 GB for just under 800 euros, the mini from 680 euros.