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Published on October 14th, 2021 | by Luke Fitzpatrick


iPhone 13 Review: Models, Price, Upgrades, Colors, And More

With the new iPhone 13 hitting the shelves this week, many Apple fans have already made their pre-orders and will be anxiously watching the mailbox. The verdicts are flooding in from early reviewers, and the results suggest that there are no significant new features.

While several leaks before release helped eager fans paint a picture of the final product, we can now share all the new details, including critical improvements, prices, colors, and more.

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iPhone 13 models

All four iPhone 13 models have been released simultaneously and will hit the shelves on September 24. They include:

  • Apple iPhone 13.
  • iPhone 13 Mini.
  • iPhone 13 Pro.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Given some of the most extensive upgrades that users have seen between iPhone generations, significant demand is leading to increased wait times for both in-store pick and delivery, particularly for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Depending on the configuration, you should readily be able to walk in for iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini purchases in-store.

iPhone 13 key upgrades

The top features coming out of early reviews include better battery life, a smaller notch, a faster processor, and an exciting new cinematic video mode with some major camera upgrades.

Battery life

Apple batteries have never been known for their endurance, but they may have turned a corner with the iPhone 13. For the iPhone 13 Mini, this means an increase of 1.5 hours for battery life, and for the iPhone 13, it shoots up to 2.5 hours. Expect the same increases for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Smaller notch

The iPhone 13 also has a smaller notch, the first time it has been changed since 2017. The notch is the slightly irregular shape cut out of the front screen that houses the front-facing camera and Face ID technology. A reduction of 20% means even more screen real estate.

Faster processor

Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset is so-called because of its 15 billion transistors, and it keeps Apple far ahead of its competitors on speed and processing power. A new graphics processing unit also means screens are 28% brighter.

Camera and cinematic video mode

What might most excite users are the major camera updates and the new cinematic video mode available on all four iPhone 13 models.

Cinematic mode puts cinema-quality filmmaking into your pocket as the video mode automatically tracks the subject you are filming. It also gives you a shallow depth of field by blurring the background, and you can also tap to shift focus at any time.

Apple’s demo video is impressive, and the capabilities of this camera will no doubt inspire future filmmakers. All the cameras now support night mode, and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro offers macro photography with an ultra-wide lens that lets in 47% more light and a new telephoto camera.

iPhone 13 price and storage

Despite rumors that Apple’s chip supplier would be raising its price, the iPhone 13 models have stayed roughly the same as last year.

The starting price for the iPhone 13 mini is $699, with the iPhone 13 moving to $799. The iPhone 13 Pro is priced at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts from $1,099.

These prices also include 128GB, up from the usual 64GB on the iPhone 12. The Pro and the Pro Max can also be upgraded for a massive 1TB of storage — while this is capped at 512MB for the iPhone and iPhone Mini.

iPhone 13 colors

Apple fans love to speculate on the new range of colors expected for the iPhone 13, and the new colors don’t disappoint those who want something new.

iPhone 13 and 13 Mini colors:

  • Starlight (white).
  • Midnight (black).
  • Blue.
  • Pink.
  • Product Red.

iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max colors:

  • Silver.
  • Graphite.
  • Gold.
  • Sierra blue (a touch lighter than the Pacific Blue of the iPhone 12 Pro).

iPhone 13 expectations

The iPhone 13’s new upgrades, including the new A15 Bionic chip, camera features, improved battery life, and smaller notch, all suggest a much better product experience for users.

As the new model starts landing in the hands of consumers, we’ll no doubt see more in-depth reviews of these new features and their overall performance soon.

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Luke Fitzpatrick has been published in Forbes, Yahoo News, and Influencive. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, lecturing in Cross-Cultural Management and the Pre-MBA Program. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

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