The iPhone 13 is the latest iteration of Apple’s flagship smartphone
released in September 2021. This model comes in four variants:
the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In this review, we’ll focus on the standard iPhone 13,
which starts at $799 in the United States and $1,399 in New Zealand.
The iPhone 13 has a similar design to its predecessor, the iPhone 12, with a flat-edged aluminum frame and a ceramic shield front cover. However, there are a few notable changes. The camera bump on the back is now diagonal, rather than vertical, and the notch on the front has been shrunk down by 20%.
The iPhone 13 is available in five colors: pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. The phone feels solid and well-made in the hand, with a satisfying weight and a nice balance between screen size and overall dimensions.
The iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels and a pixel density of 460 pixels per inch. This is the same size and resolution as the iPhone 12, but Apple claims that the display is 28% brighter and has a higher peak brightness of 1200 nits.
The display is also more power-efficient than the previous model, thanks to a new LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) technology that allows for dynamic refresh rates. The refresh rate can go as low as 10Hz for static content and up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling and animations. This feature, known as ProMotion, is only available on the iPhone 13 Pro models.
One of the biggest improvements on the iPhone 13 is the camera system. The phone has a dual-lens setup with a 12-megapixel wide lens and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The wide lens has an f/1.6 aperture, while the ultra-wide lens has an f/2.4 aperture.
The main camera on the iPhone 13 has a larger sensor than its predecessor, which means it can capture more light and produce better low-light photos. Apple has also improved the Night mode feature, which can now be used with all lenses, including the front-facing camera.
The ultra-wide lens on the iPhone 13 has a new feature called Cinematic mode, which allows you to shoot video with a shallow depth of field, similar to what you would get with a professional camera. This feature is great for creating dramatic and cinematic videos.
The iPhone 13 is powered by Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip, which is faster and more power-efficient than the A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12. The A15 chip has a six-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, as well as a four-core GPU.
In benchmark tests, the iPhone 13 has shown significant improvements over the iPhone 12, particularly in multi-core performance. The phone also has 5G connectivity, which allows for faster download and upload speeds when connected to a compatible network.
Apple claims that the iPhone 13 has improved battery life compared to the iPhone 12, thanks to a larger battery and more power-efficient components. The phone is rated to last up to 19 hours of video playback, up to 75 hours of audio playback, and up to 13 hours of internet use.
In real-world use, the battery life of the iPhone 13 is very good, and should easily last a full day