In mid-September is usually when Apple appears on its stage (now virtual) and reveals the new list of iOS devices that will go on sale. Like clockwork, the company achieved its annual cell phone update with new devices in the predictable iPhone 13 lineup, hitting stores next week.
Apple’s various models of the iPhone 13 closely resemble last year’s group of phones. Unsurprisingly, the staples on display today were the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini. All keep the sleek design established with the sharp angles, glass back, and flat sides of the iPhone 12.
These upgraded models are equipped with a new processor, the A15 Bionic, which Apple boasts of a 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU to “allow for more eye-catching visuals and lighting effects.” The 5G components have also been updated to support more cellular frequency bands to work with faster data speeds and on more cellular carriers around the world. Due to the higher efficiency in many components, Apple claims that these new devices have a longer battery life than last year’s models.
Advanced “sensor shift optical image stabilization” is making its way from iPhone 12 Pro Max to iPhone 13 and 13 mini for the standard wide-camera sensor. As for video shooting, these devices can record at resolutions up to 4K at 60 fps. Apple made a point in its presentation to showcase the new Cinematic mode for shooting videos, which uses sharpening techniques to give videos a theatrical feel.
At the higher end of the product line are the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, which remain the only devices with three camera lenses (wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto), and both feature a larger battery. than the original iPhone 13. These models also have an improved five-core GPU as a further improvement over the base models. However, the most significant update is the ProMotion display, which allows for variable refresh rates from 10hz to 120hz, doubling the refresh rate of all previous iPhones. This feature has been around on iPad Pro for a few years now and it really makes a difference while gaming and even looks great when scrolling through web pages.
Pricing for the newly announced phones starts at $ 699 for the iPhone 13 Mini, $ 799 for the standard iPhone 13, while the Pro and Pro Max start at $ 999 and $ 1099, respectively. Each comes in various storage sizes, which will increase the price the higher you go. The different prices and colors available for each model can be found at Apple website or your wireless service provider of choice.
The iPhone 13 and its entire family of Mini, Pro and Pro Max models are available to pre-order starting September 17 and will launch on September 24. Apple also included the first images of Star Wars: Hunters, a new game coming to iOS and Switch, in the presentation, which you can find here.