Apple has officially unveiled iPhone 13, features smaller notch, A15

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What you need to know

  • Apple has just announced the iPhone 13.
  • It comes in all-new colors, with a design similar to last year.

Apple has just announced the new iPhone 13 at its California streaming event, replacing the iPhone 12 as the best iPhone on offer.

The new iPhone features a redesigned camera configuration on the back and comes in five new colors, pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and Product (RED).

It also has a smaller notch (20% smaller to be exact), and features recycled materials across the board.

Inside there's a new bigger battery and a new A15 chip. The screen is a new Super Retina XDR display that's 28% brighter, peaking at 1200 nits for HDR, it also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. The new iPhone comes in two sizes, the 5.4-inch mini and the 5.1-inch regular one just like last year.

The new A15 chip is built on 5nm architecture, with 15B transistors. It's a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores, Apple says its the fastest CPU in any smartphone, and is 50% faster than the leading competition.

4GPUs provide 30% more power than the leading competition, and there's a 16 core neural engine that can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second.

The new A15 Bionic chip also powers the cameras, which features an all-new wide camera, letting in 47% more light thanks to a 1.7-micron pixel sensor with 1.6 aperture. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini also get the sensor-shift optical image stabilization system from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The Ultra Wide camera is also a 12MP camera.

On the video side, there's a new cinematic mode, bringing rack focus to iPhone shooting. Apple worked with cinematographers to bring an unreal new focus system to shooting video on iPhone that really needs to be seen to be believed.

iPhone 13 also features new custom designed antennas and radio components, letting users access more 5G bands worldwide, bringing support for 5G to 200 carriers in 60 countries by the end of the year.

All of these extra features thankfully don't come at any cost to battery life. The iPhone 13 actually has better battery life than the iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 mini users will get 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 mini users, whilst iPhone 13 users will get an extra 2.5 hours!

iPhone 13 is also getting a ton of new cases for MacSafe, and a new MagSafe leather wallet with FindMy support in case you lose it!

iPhone 13 starts at $699 for the mini, and $799 for the regular device, and that's for more storage thanks to 128GB base storage, is also comes in 256GB and a bigger 512GB capacity.

iPhone 13 and 13 mini will be available to pre-order Friday, and will be available from September 24.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.

Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9

2 Comments
  • Just an incremental upgrade. The rumor about the satellite chip was false.
  • They’re all incremental. Yet This was actually a very robust upgrade. The Pro has Substantial battery time and faster wireless charge, extreme benchmark SOC to crush processing needs, hugely improved screen in resolution and refresh and glare, what might be best camera in a smartphone that has the new mode, and that isn’t all..
    There’s seems to be a repetitious echo chamber of those who don’t want to read and compare. If you did you’d see the 13 Pro is top of a high mountain. What an Xgreat phone!