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iPhone 13 – Fly High with Complete Freedom

Nowadays technology is changing rapidly, so what is relevant today may be old tomorrow. And the same goes for any smartphone that launched each and every year. Apple also thinks the same way but they retain all the good stuff of last year’s iPhone 12 and launched the new iPhone 13 with refinements inside.

Apple launches the new iPhone 13 on September 14th and right now these are available for purchase. At first, when you look at the new iPhone 13 it looks identical to the iPhone 12 just a slight bump up in design because of a bigger battery.

Apart from the size and camera cutout at the back, the phone carries the same glossy edge-to-edge design with five attractive new colors. And a tiny change at the front the famous big notch is finally a bit smaller but still resides at the top.

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There are three major changes in the camera, performance, and battery department. iPhone 13 features a new improved pair of cameras with some really helpful refinements for creative photography. The A15 Bionic chip inside helps the phone run fluently and at the same time improves the power efficiency.

Apart from this improved hardware, we have the latest iOS 15 with a bunch of unique new features that raise your iPhone experience to a new height.

Pricing and Availability of iPhone 13:

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Right now the new iPhone 13 is available for purchase in most international markets including India. You can purchase the new iPhone 13 from Apple.com or other E-commerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, Reliance Digital, AT & T, Verizon, etc.

The iPhone 13 starts from $799 for 128GB of storage and the price goes up to $899 for 256GB and $1,099 for the 512GB model. In India right now three colors are available Blue, Midnight, and Starlight and the price is ₹ 79,900 for the base 128 GB model and ₹ 109,900 for the 512 GB model.

As it’s an iPhone so the price is always high compare to other companies but this time Apple is running a Trade-in Program and tied up with other service providers. In this program, you can get $110 (₹9000) – $790 (₹46120) off when you trade in an iPhone 8 or newer from Apple Store.

Detailed Specs:

Display size, Type
  • Super Retina XDR display 
  • OLED, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (PEAK)
  • 15.4 cm / 6.1‑inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED display
Resolution 2532×1170-pixel resolution at 460 PPI
Dimensions 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.30 in)
Weight 174 gms (6.14 Oz)
Build and Design Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
Rear- Cam 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS

12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), Dual Led dual-tone Flash, HDR

Video 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to XXfps), stereo sound recording

Front-Cam 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″ , HDR, 

Video 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

Processor
  • A15 Bionic chip (5 nm)
  • New 6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 Efficiency cores
  • New 4‑core GPU
  • New 16‑core Neural Engine
Software iOS 15 with the latest new features and strong security
Sim-Card
  • Dual SIM (nano‑SIM and eSIM)
  • Dual e-SIM support
  • iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards.
Battery Li-Ion 3240 mAh, non-removable (12.41 Wh)
Charging Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)

USB Power Delivery 2.0

MagSafe wireless charging 15W

Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W

Sensors Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Siri natural language commands and dictation

Ultra-Wideband (UWB) support

Location
  • Built-in GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and BeiDou
  • Digital compass
  • Wi‑Fi
  • Cellular
  • iBeacon micro-location
USB Connector Lightning, USB 2.0
Colors Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, Red
Sound Dual Stereo Speakers
What’s in the Box
  • iPhone with iOS 15
  • USB-C to Lightning Cable
  • Documentation
Protection Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating
Payment Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Price (International)   Starting from $799 and goes up to $1099

Let’s talk about the newly upgraded modifications that iPhone 13 brings for Us…

The Design, Build Quality, and Display:

Apple brings the same iPhone 12 design in the iPhone 13 but this time the phone is a little heavier and thicker because of the more powerful battery. The phone features flat sides made from aluminum sandwiched between glass plates.

The new colors look attractive and there are five new colors available.  Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and Product Red all the colors look nice and refreshing. The Glass back is a fingerprint magnet and attracts fingerprints easily and the camera alloy is a matte finish.

On the right-hand side, we have the power button, and on the left side a Volume up-down button, a ring/silent slider. On both sides, the button placement is a little lower than the previous iPhone. At the bottom, a Lightning connector, built-in Microphone, and stereo loudspeakers really look similar.

There aren’t many design changes to differentiate the 2021 and 2020 iPhones beyond new color options and rearrangement of camera modules on the entry-level model.

There are really two design changes of note for the iPhone 13. First, the cameras on the rear are now arranged diagonally instead of vertically. Second — and more importantly — the notch is now 20% smaller while still delivering the same great TrueDepth camera system and Face ID.

The Dimension of the iPhone 13 is 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.7 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.30 in) and it’s slightly heavier 174 gms (6.14 lbs), compared to iPhone 12.

The phone comes with a 6.10-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1170×2532 pixels at a pixel density of 460 pixels per inch (PPI). The Front screen is covered by Apple’s Ceramic Shield cover glass, which adds improved drop protection.

The Super Retina XDR display is 28% brighter up to 800 nits for regular content, 1200 nits for HDR. In addition, the P3 color gamut and high pixel density mean text will pop, and photos and videos will appear sharper. Although the refresh rate is still 60 Hz so there is no change.

Apart from these changes, there is still the same IP68 water resistance as before. Unfortunately, the iPhone 13 doesn’t offer Touch ID, an upgrade many of us would have appreciated since Face ID doesn’t work well with masks.

Diagonal Dual Cameras with new features:

So this year’s iPhone is mostly about the cameras. iPhone 13 has all new cameras throughout the whole line, and there’s both a noticeable difference in camera quality and camera features.

First, you probably noticed the new diagonal camera sensors placements at the back because the sensors are wider and Apple has to adjust the bigger sensors in the camera module.

We have two 12 megapixel sensors at the back, the primary camera is 26 mm wide sensors and supports the sensor-shift stabilization and now gathers 47% more light than the iPhone 12, thanks to a larger camera with 1.7μm pixels.

The secondary 13 mm ultrawide camera has a 120-degree field of view and captures four times more scenes and its newer sensor delivers performs better in low-light with less noise.

And these new sensors have massive pixel size and they’re letting in a ton of light in resulting a more detailed capture on every occasion. You aren’t able to notice it in regular lighting conditions but in the dark or dim lighting condition, you definitely feel the difference.

Details out of this camera are sharp and accurate. Colors are rich without being over-saturated, focusing is fast and reliable. Portrait mode is really good enough to use day-to-day and low light and night sight are both exceptional. Here are some camera samples…

For many years Apple is the leader when it comes to Videography and the same thing continues here. The video quality is great and it supports 4K at 24/30/60 FPS with Dolby Vision HDR.

The main camera has sensor stabilization, which helps when you’re walking around. It can do all of the modes that matter most in terms of 4K and slow-motion, and it handles them all really well.

The Front cam is also a 12 Megapixel 23mm wide sensor equipped with Electronic Image Stabilization and HDR. In the video department, it supports 4K 24/30/60 FPS and the video quality is great.

Now let’s talk about the new camera features because  I think they actually make a bigger difference in the overall camera performance.

New Photographic Styles:

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A new option is included in the camera app and it’s called the Photographic styles. It’s basically changed the default look of the pictures you’re taking.

If you’re not a fan of the iPhone’s usual color temperature or you just wanted more control over your photos- you’ll appreciate the Photographic Styles feature.

Apple says that these are not filters but instead they change how the computational photography system makes decisions
about things like contrast and white balance and color.

Suppose you like the Pixels Dynamic contrast type photos or the vivid colored photos taken by Samsung phones then this time Apple gives you all the freedom to choose the style you love most and take beautiful pictures accordingly.

There are four different profiles available like the Standard style, which looks like every other iPhone, pretty flat. But then there’s Rich Contrast for a more contrasty look, Vibrant for a vivid look, and the regular Warm, and Cool look.

And the most interesting part is your chosen profile is saved as default so every time you open the camera app it sticks to that profile which you have chosen before. The profiles are adjusted intelligently by the processor and the effect is applied to the pics even before they have been taken.

You can fine-tune these even further with that slider to dial them in the way you like. And these photographic profiles are not a filter on top of a neutral capture that you can change later. No, this is a full-time adjustment to the actual processing of the photo.

So then the other feature is in the video department and it’s called.

Cinematic Mode:

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According to Apple first time they give you an option to take videos like a professional movie scene. Filmmakers use a technique called rack focus — shifting focus from one subject to another — to guide the audience’s attention in their movies.

Now iPhone gives you a Cinematic mode in videos where basically it works like shifting focus from one moving object to another in a video. It’s more like the portrait mode in video.

This effect brings a depth of field to your footage and automatically changes the focus to various subjects depending on what’s happening in the frame, such as someone turning their head to talk to another person. And it’s works automatically.

It creates an artificial bokeh around the subject while intelligently tracking them. It also detects when the subject changes or a person looks away from the camera.

Cinematic Mode is shooting Dolby Vision HDR and is doing constant processing to add that fake blur behind subjects. It’s like portrait mode but for every frame.

But there is some limitation of cinematic mode as the focus tracking is shaky and in low light, this struggles even more. You can’t use the ultrawide mode and the depth of view is only limited to Apple-made apps. The manual options are very limited.

A bigger drawback is this mode only works at 1080p, as you can’t record Cinematic mode in 4K. But overall, it’s a cool feature the autofocus tracking is a pretty cool trick and it looks pretty dramatic and fun when you turn the blur all the way up. I think a lot of people will want to try, especially for social videos on TikTok.

Performance with new A15 Bionic:

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So there’s a new chip inside, the A15 Bionic is a very powerful, fast, high-end chip and delivers fast and fluid performance and is more efficient than the previous generations.

The new A15 is the custom 5 nm chip made by Apple and offers a 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU. Out of 6 cores, 2 are performance booster cores and the remaining 4 are energy-efficient cores. The GPU is more powerful to handle any rough situation like rendering to gaming with ease.

The A15 Bionic doesn’t offer dramatic performance gains over the A14 Bionic powering the iPhone 12, but there is a definite increase in speeds and advancements in machine learning intelligence enable many new computational feats, like the Neural Engine computing 15.8 trillion operations per second.

Apple says that the iPhone 13’s CPU is up to 50% faster than the competition while the GPU can handle graphics rendering 20% faster.

On Geekbench 5, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 13 scored 1688 and 4436 respectively. That’s much better than the 1,593/3859 turned in by the iPhone 12, and it outperformed the Galaxy S21’s scores of 1,048/3302.

The iPhone 13’s graphics performance also impresses. On the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark, the new iPhone hit 55.9 frames per second. That’s just a bit higher than the iPhone 12 (51 fps), but the Galaxy S21 Ultra mustered only 33 fps.

Apple changes the internal setups for their standard and high-end pro model and they perform better than the standard model.  Although the company doesn’t reveal too many details, the 5-core GPU seems the key differentiator. Some new features like ProRes recording are restricted to the pro devices due to the difference in computing power.

Battery Life:

iPhone and cable
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Probably by far the biggest improvement done in the battery section in iPhone 13 and the battery backup is significantly high compare to the iPhone 12.

One of the big reasons is the new Apple A15 chip, which is very energy efficient, and also the new iPhone 13 comes with a slightly larger battery.

Apple in their event claims that now you get Up to2.5 hours of more battery life on iPhone 13 and  Up to1.5 hours of more battery life on iPhone 13 mini which is pretty awesome.

Already it gives us an excellent battery performance Five hours of screen on time without a problem, Six hours too pretty regularly before getting down into low battery and in light usage, it stretches to seven hours. That’s really a big improvement.

With some camera testing, watching some videos and movies in high definition, emails, and surfing, and playing some high-end games at the end the phone still left some juice which is awesome.

When it comes to charging the iPhone 13 charges very slow compare to other brands which offer super-fast charging. Now it still charges 20 watts over Lightning cable, 15 watts over MagSafe wireless charging.

There is no split, superfast charging batteries or stronger magnets for MagSafe. The new iPhone got to 51% capacity in 30 minutes with Apple’s 20W charger.

New iOS 15 Inside:

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On the software front, the new iPhone 13 shipped with Apple’s new operating system iOS 15. The combination of modified hardware and iOS 15 gives users a smooth and fast performance.

iOS 15 introduced some completely modified features like Focus Mode for better productivity, Share play in Facetime app to share and play with friends and familyLive text to pick up anything and get informed instantly, A much-improved Notification center, redesigned Stock apps (Weather, Clock, Safari, Apple Maps) and many more.

To know more about iOS 15 then check out this post where we discussed everything about the new iOS in detail.

Other Improved Features:

  • The Face ID from Apple reads your face and unlocks the phone. It consists of six different sensors used to scan a user’s face for biometric security. It includes the infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, dot projector, and selfie camera.
  • MagSafe, the Magnetic charging solution is also available. A series of magnets in the rear of the iPhone allows accessories like wallets and chargers to align perfectly with the device. The MagSafe Charger, Wallet, and MagSafe Battery Pack all work as before.
  • iPhone 13 provides support for many 5G bands worldwide. All models have 5G with sub-6GHz and mmWave capabilities, but Apple only supports mmWave in the United States.
  • Apple uses 802.11ax with 2×2 MIMO, or WiFi 6, in its latest devices. It is a highly efficient standard that quadruples throughput and translates to 75% lower latency when compared to 802.11ac.
  • iPhone 13 supports a single nano sim or if you want to insert a dual sim the second choice is e-Sim so it supports one physical sim card.
  • It’s IP 68 certified so water and dust resistant and also supports Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).
  • Siri the voice assistant, A-GPS, Proximity, Barometer, compass, and Ultra-Wideband all are present inside.

Final Thought:

The answer is pretty simple if you are currently using an iPhone Older than iPhone 12 then these new inclusion are quite big and you should consider upgrading but if you’re currently using iPhone 12 then you probably skip it for now.

The iPhone 13 design-wise looks exactly the same but feels a little heavy because of the bigger battery. An improved camera system, A15 Bionic Processor, A more powerful battery, 20% smaller notch, and above all the all-new iOS 15 undoubtedly gives you a smoother and smarter experience.

Although it has some flaws like it don’t have a 120 Hz refresh rate screen, the charging speed is very slow both wired and wireless, Cinematic mode only supports 1080p 30 FPS.

I know, If you’re an Apple fan all the above things are not gonna matter for you as you know the real-life experience of an iPhone. So if you already grab one tell me your experience about the brand new iPhone 13 in the comments section below.

 

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  1. As an iPhone user since my very first iPhone 4, I have always kept an eye on Apple’s new model releases. My current phone is a 10+max..so I am well due for a new phone!

    I really appreciate the depth you went to to explain the new iPhone features. I must admit I love the new camera features, I think this is what I am most interested by in this new model.

    You’ve really got me thinking now! I promised myself I wasn’t going to spend 1K on an iPhone this year…..but I can guarantee you I will be off to the Apple store very soon to check it out after reading your review!

    Thanks for a great article!

    1. First of all great to know that this article helps you to learn more about the new iPhone 13. Externally there are not so many changes in iPhone 13 but internally the camera sensors, battery, processor everything has changed. There is a big upgrade in the camera section with those newly introduced features and the photographic style filters and cinematic mode works flawlessly out of the box.

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