Apple Event: Apple unveils the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

Apple announced their next generation of iPhones with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. The 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch displays feature Ceramic Shield on the front. Both models have an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance. The dual rear camera layout has been redesigned with diagonally arranged lenses. The Super Retina XDR OLED displays have an increase in max outdoor brightness at 800 nits, with higher peak brightness for HDR content at 1200 nits.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini come in five aluminum colors, including (PRODUCT)RED, starlight, midnight, blue, and pink.

Battery life has also been improved, made possible by A15 Bionic, more efficient components, a larger battery, and power optimizations from a deep integration of hardware and software. According to Apple, the iPhone 13 will be offering up to two and a half more hours of battery life in a day than iPhone 12, and iPhone 13 mini provides up to an hour and a half more in a day than iPhone 12 mini.

The wide camera comes with a bigger sensor to let in more light and improve capabilities for night mode shots. Sensor-shift OIS — introduced in iPhone 12 Pro Max last year — also comes to the Wide camera, even in the compact iPhone 13 mini. It stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens so shots are more steady, while the Ultra Wide camera with a new sensor captures images with more detail in the dark areas of photos and videos with less noise.

Portrait mode from the Camera app is now optimized for video calls in FaceTime in iOS 15

The phones also come with double base storage as compared to the iPhone 12, starting at 128GB and maxxed out at 512GB.

Tech Specs

Display

iPhone 13 mini
Super Retina XDR display
5.4‑inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED display
2340‑by‑1080-pixel resolution at 476 ppi

iPhone 13
Super Retina XDR display
6.1‑inch (diagonal) all‑screen OLED display
2532‑by‑1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi

Both Models

• Colours: (PRODUCT)RED, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink
• OS: iOS 15
• Capacity: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
• 800 nits max brightness (typical); 1200 nits max brightness (HDR)
• Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant: Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes)
• Chipset: A15 Bionic chip, 6‑core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores, 4‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine

• Rear Camera
Dual 12MP camera system: Wide and Ultra Wide cameras
Wide: ƒ/1.6 aperture
Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view
2x optical zoom out, Digital zoom up to 5x
Video Recording
Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
720p HD video recording at 30 fps
Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
2x optical zoom out, Digital zoom up to 3x

• Front Camera
12MP camera, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
Face ID enabled by TrueDepth camera for facial recognition

The redesigned rear camera layout with diagonally arranged lenses

• MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W
• Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W
• Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher (available separately)
• Sensors: Face ID, Barometer, Three‑axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor.

Pricing and availability

Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini start on September 17 and will be available in stores on September 24.

iPhone 13 mini
128GB: $699
256GB: $799
512GB: $999

iPhone 13
128GB: $799
256GB: $899
512GB: $1099

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