As expected, the American giant officially lifted the veil on the new iPhone 13 smartphone series, but not only that, as it also presented the new iPad and iPad Mini as well as the new connected Apple Watch. Here is a small review of the announcements.
The presentation began with the announcement of the new iPad and iPad mini, Apple’s tablets, and then came the time to unveil the new design of the Apple Watch, which now benefits from a screen that is intended to be unbreakable and which is a little more on the edges than the previous generation. But what interests us more here is the new series of smartphones, the iPhone 13. It is well named iPhone 13 and not iPhone 12s as some people thought, given the small improvements made. There is an iPhone 13 mini, an iPhone 13, an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
All the iPhone 13 benefit from the new Apple A15 Bionic chip that replaces the A14 Bionic processor found on the iPhone 12. This chipset promises more power to the device and in particular the possibility to go further in the field of photo and video. But before seeing the components, note that the iPhone 13 are all thicker offering a thinness of 7.65 mm against 7.4 mm for the previous generation. This is mainly due to a larger battery, but Apple has not yet communicated on their respective capacity according to models. The manufacturer was content to indicate a better autonomy for all its smartphones without more details either on the possibility of a fast charge or not. All are capable of being recharged wirelessly and for the Pro versions to offer reverse charging. If the iPads are now moving to USB-C connectivity, this is not the case for the iPhone 13 which remain with Lightning connectors.
Same design and same connectivity
The design is identical to the iPhone 12 series with the only difference being the rear photo sensors which are now installed diagonally and the front notch which is slightly smaller. The iPhone 13s offer exactly the same connectivity as the iPhone 12s with Wi-Fi 6, 5G, NFC and an mmWave module to pick up nearby connected objects. The screen is also the same as the previous generation’s at the pixel level. The only difference is that the Pro and Pro Max models benefit from a 120 Hz refresh rate thanks to the Pro Motion technology inherited from the iPad Pro. This allows them to offer an adaptive frequency that adjusts automatically depending on the application in use. The iPhone 13 are always waterproof, certified IP68.
Reorganization of the photo modules and new video functions
The iPhone 13 series offers a different organization of the photo sensors at the back with, for the mini and standard versions, a diagonal positioning because of the main sensor now equipped with an optical image stabilizer requiring a little more space to fit. This allows the mobile to offer longer exposure times and more limited movement. It is still a 12-megapixel sensor that is also used for wide-angle photos. The Pro and Pro Max versions also have a third 12-megapixel sensor, also stabilized, which allows for a 3x optical zoom. There is always the Lidar sensor. A macro mode is also provided with the ability to shoot at 2 cm from the subject. The front photo lenses are the same as on the iPhone 12. Note that Apple offers a new mode for filming: the Cinematic Mode. This is to offer directors and content creators the ability to make a “double focus” to focus on a subject and, in the same shot sequence, to produce it also on another subject, more in the background, for example. This function will be manual or automatic.
The other big news in terms of video is the possibility for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to film with a Pro Res quality, which could be compared to RAW in the field of photography. This format is mainly dedicated to post-production, which will be able to extract a maximum of metadata in order to make the most of the sequences thus produced. Note that this feature will arrive later this year, with an update. For the photo, a new option called Photographic Style allows you to keep the settings of a shot in memory to reuse them in another context. The iPhone 13 offers at least 128 GB of storage space (the Pro versions will not be able to support the Pro Res video format in this version), but also 256 GB, 512 GB and, only for the Pro and Pro Max, up to 1 TB of internal memory without the possibility of additional expansion.
It remains for Apple to specify the amount of RAM embedded in each model as well as the capacity of the batteries, because during its presentation, the manufacturer remained evasive on these two points as well as on the possibility of a fast charge.
Prices and availability dates
The new iPhone 13 will be available for pre-order from September 17 at 2pm from the manufacturer’s website for availability in stores from September 24.
Count on prices of $699 for the iPhone 13 mini of 128 GB, $799 to have 256 GB and $999 for the 512 GB version.
For the iPhone 13, it will be offered at $799 for 128 GB, $999 for 256 GB and $999 for 512 GB.
The iPhone 13 Pro will be available at $999 for 128 GB, $1,099 for 256 GB, $1,299 for 512 GB and $1,499 for 1 TB.
Finally, for the iPhone 13 Pro Max count on respective prices of $1,099, $1,199, $1,399 and $1,599 for the versions of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.