iPhone 13 cheat sheet: Everything you need to know about Apple's flagship phones

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Learn each astir the cardinal features, pricing, availability and different details astir Apple's 2021 merchandise of iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 mini.


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Apple announced the update to its flagship iPhone, iPhone 13, astatine a digital-only lawsuit connected Tuesday, Sept, 14, 2021. The inclination continues with the iPhone that it is segmented into antithetic exemplary configurations: The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, with each exemplary containing somewhat antithetic spec variations.

SEE: Apple iOS 15 cheat sheet: Everything you request to cognize (free PDF) (TechRepublic) 

The iPhone 13 household changes are chiefly focused connected performance, artillery beingness and cameras, which is typically seen during the years of iPhone refreshes that bash not diagnostic important plan changes.

Let's locomotion done the changes to the iPhone 13 and what it means for users, the contention and existing instrumentality owners. We'll besides instrumentality a look astatine the examination betwixt models and the pricing betwixt models.

What are the cardinal features of the iPhone 13?



The caller iPhone 13 Pro showing the caller cameras designed for amended low-light performance. 

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The cameras connected the iPhone 13 household of devices received 1 of the largest updates with this cycle, adding a myriad of instrumentality changes and bundle enhancements to summation the prime and accumulation worth of photos and videos changeable connected the iPhone. 

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini present a caller dual camera strategy that features a caller wide camera that lets successful 47% much airy for sound simplification and debased airy performance. It features a 12MP wide camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera (f2.4 aperture). Apple besides elaborate that the seizure times person been improved, starring to much item captured and little blurring wide successful debased airy environments. 

As for video, a caller diagnostic of the iPhone 13 is Cinematic Mode, which allows you to displacement absorption automatically whenever a idiosyncratic enters the framework of the camera oregon changes absorption to look. This is done done bundle changes and instrumentality learning. You tin besides manually displacement absorption astatine immoderate clip by tapping connected a taxable connected screen. With this mode, your camera volition automatically sprout utilizing Dolby Vision HDR.

In keeping with the iPhone 12, the iPhone Pro features a three-camera plan connected the backmost of the device. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max diagnostic a caller 77mm telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, an ultra-wide camera, and a wide camera with a f1.5 aperture that increases debased airy show by 2.2 times; it besides enables macro photography close connected the instrumentality for the archetypal time. All cameras connected the iPhone 13 Pro person summation nighttime mode show (which antecedently was exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro Max).

The iPhone 13 Pro models besides present a caller strategy called Photographic Styles, which let a lensman to use unrecorded photograph edits portion shooting. This is antithetic from filters, which are applied after.

The iPhone 13 Pro besides gains the quality to sprout and edit ProRes video, which is an manufacture modular for nonrecreational video.

All of the camera improvements crossed the committee connected the iPhone 13 volition pb to improved augmented world show utilizing the LIDR sensor and the cameras. 


Apple has created an all-new processor for the iPhone 13 household of devices dubbed the A15 Bionic. This spot boasts much show each the portion expanding powerfulness efficiency. The caller spot is based connected Apple's 5 nanometer exertion that packs 15 cardinal transistors connected a azygous chip. The spot features 6-cores that are composed of 2 high-performance cores for aggravated processing tasks and 4 high-efficiency cores for mean computing tasks. Because of the accrued show connected these chips, Apple has been capable to make iOS 15 successful a mode that tin execute much tasks connected device, similar the quality to bash on-device processing of directions utilizing Apple Maps, oregon execute Siri tasks and processing connected device. 

While Apple doesn't merchandise the method specifications of its chips, it did enactment that the A15 Bionic spot has 50% faster processing powerfulness compared to akin devices connected the marketplace from different smartphone manufacturers. 

The "Bionic" portion of the A15 relates to Apple's instrumentality learning coprocessor included connected the chip. This "Neural Engine" features 16-cores that tin process 15.8 trillion operations per 2nd for Machine Learning tasks. This is large for apps that trust connected CoreML to execute image, text, oregon camera instrumentality learning tasks, specified arsenic Live Text successful iOS 15.


The graphics powerfulness connected the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini boast 30% faster show with the caller GPU spot design. These models of iPhone diagnostic a 4-core GPU. On the iPhone 13 Pro models, the GPU plan changes somewhat with a 5-core GPU and 50% faster graphics performance. Apple notes that the GPU spot connected the iPhone 13 Pro models is the fastest graphics show connected immoderate smartphone to date.



The iPhone 13 showing the caller OLED show sheet that includes much brightness than its predecessor.

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All iPhone 13 models diagnostic OLED displays that are brighter and see HDR 10 and Dolby Vision enactment for cinematic prime video playback. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini person a 28% brighter show that tin prolong 800nits of brightness, with HDR contented and highest brightness topping retired astatine astir 1200nits. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max diagnostic a caller Super Retina XDR Display that is an OLED show akin to the 1 recovered connected the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9" that tin output 1000nits of highest outdoor brightness. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max besides diagnostic ProMotion show exertion that tin let the surface to refresh from arsenic debased arsenic 10hz to arsenic precocious arsenic 120hz. This quality to refresh the surface astatine up to 120fps means that you tin get super-fluid animations and scrolling performance. This exertion has been astir connected the iPad for a fewer years, but Apple has yet brought it implicit to its smallest iOS devices now.


Apple is dropping the 64GB retention enactment for each devices starting with the iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro includes the quality to acquisition a 1TB exemplary for the archetypal clip connected an iPhone arsenic well. 

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini travel successful the pursuing retention configurations: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max travel successful the pursuing retention configurations: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. 

Battery Life

With the changes to the A15 Bionic chip, Apple notes that artillery beingness is overmuch improved crossed the committee connected each devices. In addition, the carnal artillery size has accrued connected each iPhone models, giving you further artillery beingness and performance. 

The iPhone 13 mini features 1.5 hours longer artillery beingness compared to the iPhone 12 mini. The iPhone 13 features 2.5 hours longer artillery beingness compared to the iPhone 12; and, the iPhone 13 Pro features 2.5 hours longer artillery beingness compared to its predecessor. The iPhone 13 Pro features the largest artillery ever enactment into an iPhone and subsequently lasts the longest.

How overmuch does the iPhone 13 cost, and erstwhile tin I get one?

Despite rumors of the iPhone 13 being impacted by the planetary microchip shortage, Apple is continuing connected with its modular pre-order timeline, and the pricing of the instrumentality has remained unchangeable arsenic compared to the iPhone 12 models:

  • The iPhone 13 mini with 128GB of retention starts astatine $699. 

  • The iPhone 13 with 128GB of retention starts astatine $799.

  • The iPhone Pro with 128GB of retention starts astatine $999.

  • The iPhone Pro Max with 128GB of retention starts astatine $1,099.

The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are each going to beryllium disposable for pre-order opening Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. The devices are expected to get successful customer's hands opening connected Sept. 24, 2021, and should beryllium disposable successful stores connected this day arsenic well. 

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