Months of anticipation, rumors, and excitement are finally over: Apple unveiled a new iPhone 13 at its September 14 “California Streaming” event, which also saw the launch of two new iPads and the Apple Watch Series 7. If you’re thinking about getting your hands on a new iPhone, here’s everything you need to know.
The iPhone 13 Series of phones features four devices. The iPhone 13 Mini is the smallest and most affordable model, reappearing in the lineup despite lackluster sales for the iPhone 12 Mini. The
|iPhone 13 Mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Storage||128, 256, 512GB||128, 256, 512GB||128, 256, 512GB, 1TB||128, 256, 512GB, 1TB|
|Battery life||Up to 17 hours||Up to 19 hours||Up to 22 hours||Up to 28 hours|
|Colors||Pink, Blue, Red, Starlight, Midnight||Pink, Blue, Red, Starlight, Midnight||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue|
The iPhone 13 has an aluminum body with flattened edges, continuing a design trend reminiscent of the iPhone 5. The notch that houses the speaker, front-facing camera, and Face ID technology is narrower, giving you more screen real estate.
Design improvements allow for a larger battery without compromising the phone’s slim build and light weight. All devices boast a longer battery life than previous generations, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max boasting 2.5 hours of extra battery life compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, for up to 28 hours between charges.
The iPhone 13 Mini and
The iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone Mini has a 5.4-inch display, making it only slightly larger than the iPhone SE. These models use Super Retina XDR displays with a 60Hz refresh rate.
The iPhone 13 Pro and
All the phones in the iPhone 13 series have 12MP front cameras. On the back, the
The iPhone 13 Pro and
Apple’s new operating system, iOS 15, will introduce improvements to the Camera app and photography software, like Photographic Styles and a new Cinematic mode. Photographic Styles will allow you to personalize images with text and other effects in the Camera app. Cinematic mode will enable depth-of-field transitions, macro video, and time-lapse and Slo-mo videos.
The pricing of the iPhone 13 hasn’t increased from last year. The smallest and most affordable device, the
If you’re willing to pay more for 1TB of storage, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999, and the
Carriers are also clamoring to get a new iPhone in people’s hands.
T-Mobile is trying to secure new 5G customers by offering $800 credit to people with eligible trade-ins, and the credit applies to future phones in perpetuity — that is, forever. Or in T-Mobile’s words: “Every two or more years, upgrade to the latest iPhone and get up to $800 off. And you can repeat that forever.”
AT&T doesn’t want to let its customers walk out the door. It’s offering new and existing customers the iPhone 13 Mini or iPhone 13 Pro for free with an unlimited plan. Either of the other devices will cost $99. For customers adding a new line, AT&T is also offering $200 off the purchase of Apple Watch Series 7 devices if they buy two.
Last, but not least, Verizon is offering $800 off the iPhone 13 lineup with trade-in on select unlimited plans to current and new customers. You can also get up to $500 off for switching carriers, up to a total of $1,300 off any of the new
The new iPhones will be available for pre-order on Friday, September 17, and they’ll officially get into your hands on Friday, September 24.
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