Think about you had been visited by a genie who would grant you three needs, however all of them needed to be about what you need out of your subsequent smartphone. As market analysis and surveys inform it, nearly everybody would make the identical three needs: nice battery life, glorious cameras, and large, lovely screens.
This yr, Apple is that expertise genie, as a result of that’s precisely what the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Professional, and iPhone 13 Professional Max ship after they hit retailer cabinets at the moment.
Cupertino’s flagship telephone lineup would possibly seem to be an iterative “S”-style replace, on condition that the telephones look nearly the identical as final yr’s fashions and that there aren’t any main new options aside from screens with larger refresh charges within the priciest fashions. However since Apple zeroed in on most individuals’s highest priorities, this seemingly iterative replace finally ends up being a noteworthy one.
Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Professional
|Specs at a look: iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Professional, 13 Professional Max|
|Display screen||2532×1170 6.1-inch OLED (13/Professional), 2778×1284 6.7-inch OLED (13 Professional Max), 2340×1080 5.4-inch OLED (13 mini)|
|CPU||Apple A15 Bionic|
|RAM||4GB (13/mini); 6GB (13 Professional/Max)|
|GPU||Apple A15 Bionic|
|Storage||128, 256, or 512GB for 13/mini; 128, 256, 512GB, or 1TB for 13 Professional/Max|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, 5G|
|Digicam||Two 12MP rear cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle) for 13/mini; three 12MP rear cameras (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, telephoto) for 13 Professional/Max; 7MP entrance digital camera; Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR 4K video seize|
|Dimension||146.7×71.5×7.65mm (13/13 Professional), 160.8×78.1×7.65mm (Max), 131.5×64.2×7.65mm (mini)|
|Weight||173 g (13), 204 g (Professional), 240 g (Max), 140 g (mini)|
|Beginning worth||$699 (mini), $799 (13), $999 (Professional), $1,099 (Max)|
|Different perks||MagSafe, Face ID|
Final yr, I ended in need of recommending the iPhone 12 Professional as a result of the iPhone 12 supplied sufficient. The 2 telephones weren’t considerably differentiated past nicer supplies and the inclusion of a zoom lens and a lidar sensor within the pricier telephone. This time round, the Professional mannequin has some extra going for it: a greater digital camera system, sooner graphics, and markedly improved battery life over the iPhone 13.
Now it’s the iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max that aren’t all that totally different from one another. For reference, final yr noticed the Max get the higher digital camera system. Now they’re the identical, so it is nearly display measurement and battery life.
Apple claims that the iPhone 13 mini can final for 13 hours when taking part in a streaming video, and the iPhone 13 is rated for 15 hours. It’s a giant leap as much as the iPhone 13 Professional, which claims to supply 20 hours—and the iPhone 13 Professional Max guarantees a exceptional 25 hours.
That is due to a number of issues, like a extra environment friendly processor, the ProMotion show within the Professional telephones (we’ll get to that quickly), and importantly, larger batteries. Apple has rejiggered the internals in all of the telephones to make room for extra battery capability. With regards to lithium-ion batteries, you possibly can’t change the legal guidelines of physics—however you possibly can brute drive them.
That extra environment friendly processor is the A15. Apple hasn’t made many particular efficiency claims about how the A15 compares to final yr’s A14, however we all know the brand new SoC has a 6-core CPU with two efficiency and 4 effectivity cores, a 5-core (within the Professional fashions) or 4-core (within the common iPhone 13 fashions) GPU, and a 16-core NPU (that is “neural processing unit,” for hardware-accelerated machine studying).
Efficiency doesn’t appear to be the principle focus of Apple’s newest iPhone refresh—which is simply effective, as a result of final yr’s telephones had been already far and away the quickest in the marketplace, and nobody else has matched them. However we’ll share our benchmark outcomes later within the overview.
The iPhone 13 measures 5.78×2.82×0.3 inches, or 146.7×71.5×7.65 millimeters. The iPhone 13 mini is available in at 5.18×2.53×0.3 inches, or 131.5×64.2×7.65 millimeters.
That makes them ever so barely thicker than their predecessors. The iPhone 13 mini remains to be adorably tiny, and it’s nice to see a one-handed telephone with so many options in Apple’s lineup once more. If solely we may very well be assured it will still be around next year.
Each weigh greater than their 2020 counterparts, at 6.1 ounces or 173 grams for the iPhone 13, and 4.94 ounces or 140 grams for the iPhone 13 mini. That’s up from 5.78 ounces/164 grams and 4.76 ounces/135 grams, respectively.
In the meantime, the iPhone 13 Professional is 7.19 ounces or 204 grams, and the iPhone 13 Max is a hefty 8.46 ounces or 240 grams. Final yr: 6.6 ounces/189 grams for the 13 Professional and seven.96 ounces/226 grams for the Max. You’d really feel the distinction when holding them facet by facet with the iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max.
The iPhone 13 Professional is 5.78×2.82×0.3 inches, or 146.7×71.5×7.65 millimeters. The iPhone 13 Professional Max: 6.33×3.07×0.3 inches, or 160.8×78.1×7.65 millimeters. They’re additionally a smidge thicker than final yr’s comparable units.
For the primary time, the Professional fashions might be configured with 1TB of storage at buy. To be trustworthy, I do not suppose most individuals want that a lot storage on their telephones. I’ve greater than 200 apps and video games put in on mine—way over your common iPhone consumer—and a few 4K movies as well, and I nudge proper as much as the 256GB mark. I’ve a protracted method to go earlier than 512GB would possibly develop into insufficient.
You would hit that 1TB mark comparatively simply in the event you’re taking pictures quite a bit of ProRes video (as soon as that functionality is added), however that’s not going to be a typical use case.
Extra thrilling is the truth that the lower-priced iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini now begin at 128GB as an alternative of a paltry 64GB however for a similar worth that the 64GB fashions price final yr. Additional, they will now be configured with as much as 512GB of storage, which is loads for nearly everybody.
All informed, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are available 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations, and the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max supply all the identical, plus the 1TB possibility.
Apple has once more differentiated the iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max from their barely lower-end siblings by way of the supplies; the previous have stainless-steel edges with a good looking remedy on them, plus rougher backs that really feel good to carry. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have aluminum edges and plainer backs, however they nonetheless really feel nice.
Final yr, I described the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional’s design as a throwback to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, which many individuals (myself included) take into account to be the nicest-looking iPhones. That very same design returns at the moment. It’s the very same feel and look as earlier than, with two notable exceptions.
Probably the most-discussed design change addresses one thing that by no means bothered me an excessive amount of however that positive appeared to drive a variety of folks batty: the notch, that opaque black section on the telephone’s display that homes the front-facing sensor array.
For the primary time for the reason that notch was launched, it has develop into smaller—by about 20 % horizontally. It’s barely taller (you wouldn’t know that half with out it facet by facet with a earlier iPhone) however total, you’re getting some display actual property again.
This primarily issues for some full-screen video games or different apps with customized interfaces, whose designers simply selected to fake just like the notch wasn’t there when laying out the UI. Apple hasn’t made any adjustments to its personal software program to utilize this reclaimed house.
However the barely shrunken notch isn’t probably the most noticeable design change in comparison with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Professional. The rear digital camera system is enormous. The lenses are larger. The digital camera bump protrudes farther. It’s inconceivable to not discover.
It doesn’t look any higher or worse than final yr’s digital camera bump. However one thing else about this modification actually bugs me: it makes the telephone wobble wildly when positioned flat on a desk or desk.
I do know, I do know—the previous a number of iPhones already did that to a point. It bothered me a bit of then, too, however that is one other stage. It generally makes it awkward to kind on or in any other case use the telephone in that place. This is applicable to each the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Professional, nevertheless it’s worse with the iPhone 13 Professional.
That stated, cameras are key, and that is how we get higher cameras, I suppose.
As with different latest telephones, the Apple-made circumstances for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Professional make the again flush once more, suggesting that Apple would in all probability desire a design like that too. Nonetheless, I’m positive Apple is completely happy to upsell you on these circumstances to get your telephone good and flush!