Did you know there have been 29 Apple iPhone models until this day? Staggering really, and with 14 generations of phones under their belts you can bet your bottom dollar the iPhone 13 series will be their best yet – strange if it wasn’t – right?
Apple this morning announced their latest (and 15th generation) iPhone, the iPhone 13 which like last year will come in four different models, making them the 30th through to 33rd different iPhones on the market and this year – like every year, they are better in almost every way.
Most notably though not remarkably the Notch on the iPhone 13 range is some 20% smaller. This is thanks to a reduction in the camera and sensor array and moving the speaker up to the edge of the screen. This is as predicted but falls short of where other manufacturers are with their smaller teardrop or dot cut-out cameras.
Apple’s FaceID system is to blame, but that’s a good thing given it’s robust performance and security. Though, with Masks in use across the world, would have been nice to see Touch ID return on the side button – that didn’t happen.
There is a bump in brightness and peak NIT output, but in reality the real difference comes on the iPhone 13 Pro range, where Apple has brought it’s ProMotion technology from iPad Pro down to their best smartphones.
This enables the variable screen refresh rate, operating from 10Hz up to 120Hz. Again, something other brands have been doing for a while, but 120Hz refresh on gaming, videos and general phone use offers a smoother look to the screen.
While this can be power intensive, Apple say their software works hand in hand with the hardware improvements to adjust the display based on what you’re doing. Reading an email – expect 10Hz. Swiping fast, 120Hz, it will do it’s thing.
The iPhone 13 Camera
On the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, there are some improvements in low-light performance, but most notable would be the sensor shift Optical Image Stabilisation that launched last year on the iPhone 12 Pro range, so that’s a big bump for the camera on the base models.
Macro Photography and an amazing Cinematic mode on the Pro range once again offer features to tempt you up to the Pro range.
The Ultra-Wide lens now features a Macro mode allowing you to get up close when shooting video or photos, and we expect that to be the most used feature of the new camera system.
While the least used, but definitely most amazing feature is Cinematic Mode. In this mode shooting a video, you can choose the focal point while shooting, or afterward.
So click edit on the video and tap to focus on a subject. This is a dramatic cinematic effect which if used well, really takes videos to the next level.
Powering the iPhone 13 with the A15 Bionic
15 billion transistors, that’s what powers the new A15 Bionic chip under the hood of the iPhone 13 range. Apple Say 50% faster CPU performance over their competition, and 30% faster GPU, but didn’t quite performance numbers compared to their own previous generation.
The Neural engine is faster, there’s a new video encoder and decoder and better security on board.
Hard to really quantify how all that matters, other than to say once again it’s faster, and industry leading.
Battery life on the iPhone 13
With an improved processor, brighter screen and better cameras, there’s going to be an impact on battery life.
Fortunately, on all iPhone 13 models there are bigger batteries, plus an efficient use of the new tech means improved battery life year on year.
Apple says that the iPhone 13 will have 1.5 hour per day improvement on the iPhone 13 Mini, and 2.5 hours on iPhone 13.
For the iPhone 13 Pro range, battery life is up 1.5 hours on the 13 Pro and 2.5 hours on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Satellite calling on an iPhone?
Nope, it didn’t happen, so let’s all ignore the bloke that started that rumour shall we?
Colours & models of the iPhone 13
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini come in five colours, Pink, Blue, Midnight (A dark grey), Starlight (Cream?) and Product Red.
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have that stunning chrome look in a lighter “Sierra” Blue, Silver, Gold and Graphite.
iPhone 13 Price in Australia
iPhone 13 ranges in price from $1199 to a staggering $2719. The prices are on par with the 2020 release of the iPhone 12.
- iPhone 13 mini (128GB) $1199 up to $1719 for the 512GB
- iPhone 13 (128GB) $1349 up to $1769 for the 512GB
- iPhone 13 Pro (128GB) $1699 up to $2569 for the 1TB
- iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) $1849 up to $2719 for the 1TB
When will the iPhone 13 go on sale in Australia?
iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max are available or pre-order from 10pm on Friday 17th, and will be in-store from 24 September next week.