iPhone 13 price, release date and technical specifications

The iPhone 13 is the talk of the town as the keynote approaches. Design, specifications, release date, price… a lot of details about the next generation of Apple smartphones are already known. We offer you a complete review of this information in this post.

The launch of the “iPhone 13” series is coming soon. And we already have a lot of information about them, even though the firm is doing everything to avoid leaks this year. In this file, you have the opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the new iPhone.

Here’s what we know about the iPhone 13 :

HOW MANY MODELS FOR THE IPHONE 13?

In 2020, Apple presented 4 iPhone models at the same time. The apple brand should do it again this year with the release of an iPhone 13 Mini, an iPhone 13, an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Even if the sales figures of the iPhone 12 Mini are catastrophic, the Cupertino firm should give another chance to the compact format with an iPhone 13 Mini.

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📅  WHAT IS THE IPHONE 13 RELEASE DATE ?

Apple would announce the iPhone 13 at a keynote on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Pre-orders would open on Friday, September 17 for a release in stores on September 24. Contrary to last year, the Cupertino firm has not delayed its schedule. All signals are green for an exceptional demand.

As a result, Apple has already revised its initial production upwards. However, we are not immune to some unexpected events. The component shortage is still far from over, and Apple is not spared by the phenomenon. Moreover, Foxconn, Apple’s subcontractor, fears that the epidemic outbreak in Asia could paralyze its production line. Thus, it is not impossible that the firm decides to postpone the release of the iPhone 13 to ensure sufficient quantities at launch.

💰 WHAT IS THE PRICE ?

Analysts expect Apple to stick to last year’s pricing schedule. The iPhone 12 prices would be identical to the iPhone 13 prices:

  • The Mini: from $ 950
  • The Standard: from $ 1068
  • The Pro: from $ 1362
  • The Pro Max: from $ 1480

📱 WHICH DESIGN FOR THE IPHONE 13 ?

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Apple will reduce the size of the notch on the iPhone 13. So the notch, even if less imposing, will still be part of the design. Apple needs room to house its TrueDepth sensors, which are essential for Face ID facial recognition technology, even after managing to miniaturize them somewhat. Apple had to combine the infrared camera and the dot projector into a single module. A hands-on from YouTubers Unbox Therapy shows that the notch is even smaller than expected on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, thanks in part to speakers placed in the frame.

The iPhone 13 would also be thicker than the iPhone 12, by 0.26mm. We lose a little compactness, but the iPhone 12 were rather thin, so it is not a big problem. On the other hand, the photo block would also be more prominent. To protect it, Apple applies a layer of sapphire crystal on the lenses to make them more resistant. On the standard iPhone 13, Apple would now arrange the sensors at the diagonal. This is also the case on the iPhone 13 Mini, which the renders below show the design.

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2021 could be the year of the return of Touch ID, although we must take the information with caution. Of course, there will be no fingerprint reader on the bottom edge like on previous models, the iPhone 13 will be equipped with a sensor under the screen. Users will thus have the choice between two biometric options to unlock their smartphone. The compulsory wearing of masks in public places in many countries is no stranger to the reintegration of Touch ID. According to the latest news, Apple has finally decided to postpone Touch ID until next year.

It is rumored that Apple is also developing a technology that would allow the Face ID and Touch ID sensors to be housed under the screen using an identical technology. The notch would then disappear on future iPhones.

The aesthetics of the iPhone 13 should resemble the design of the iPhone 12 with a metal frame and flat edges. However, they could be a little thicker, especially because of the photo modules. But persistent rumors mention the possibility that one of the models, or even all of them, will be devoid of any charging port. Apple is indeed a bit stuck in Europe while the European Commission wants all manufacturers to adopt a USB type C port. An official patent describes the new “MagSafe” wireless connector on these devices. The next iPhone 13 should mark less fingerprints thanks to a special coating.

Another render indicates that the standard 13 would come in four colors: white, blue, gold and black. For the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has developed 4 exclusive colors: Sunset Gold, Matte Black, Rose and Pearl. The matte color will be the darkest color ever offered on a Pro model.

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🔲  WHAT IS THE SCREEN SIZE ?

Bis repetita for Apple with the iPhone 13, we take the same screen diagonals as the iPhone 12:

  • The Mini: 5.4 inches
  • The Standard : 6.1 inches
  • The Pro: 6.1 inches
  • The Pro Max: 6.7 inches

On the other hand, there is news on the refresh rate. Apple had given up on the idea of offering 120 Hz tiles on the iPhone 12, fearing that it would ruin battery life, which can already be challenged by 5G. But this time, it’s the right one: the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will indeed enjoy a 120 Hz screen, with ProMotion. The standard and mini models are not concerned and will remain at 60 Hz.

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It is Samsung that will provide the OLED LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide thin-film transistor) panels of the iPhone 13 Pro. This technology is very interesting to take advantage of a variable refresh rate, which automatically adjusts according to needs. For example, the screen goes below 30 Hz if it is not used, allowing to save battery. A system that is already found on the iPad Pro and its ProMotion screen (but without LTPO in this case) and on the Apple Watch. Thanks to the LTPO technology, Apple would finally offer Always-on screens on iPhones. This always-on screen will allow to display contextual information, such as the time or the battery level, continuously even when the smartphone is in standby, without ruining the autonomy.

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⚡️ WHAT PERFORMANCE?

One of the attractions of the iPhone 12 was their Bionic A14 SoC, the first chip etched in 5nm. We’re going to have to wait before we go 3nm, the Bionic A15 is made with a 5nm+ etch process. We should have even more impressive performance with this new SoC, as well as better energy efficiency, while iPhones are already champions in this area.

Regarding connectivity, all iPhone 13s will of course be 5G compatible, thanks to the presence of a Snapdragon X60 modem from Qualcomm. This modem will be able to simultaneously combine millimeter wave 5G and sub-6 GHz 5G to provide both high speed and good coverage to users. According to sources close to the industry, Apple is expected to release mmWave 5G-enabled iPhone 13s in more countries.

The iPhone 13 would benefit from the new WiFi 6E standard, whose main interest is to add a third frequency band to this technology, the 6 GHz joining the 2.4 and 5 GHz to de-clutter the latter. This standard promises a more stable connection, faster speeds (up to 11 Gb/s) and reduced latency. Again, not all countries are on the same level. In the United States, WiFi 6E is useful, as 6 GHz is available. Note that WiFi 6E was validated by the European Commission in July. Apple should therefore offer WiFi 6E to iPhone 13 sold in France.

🧠  MEMORY

We should start on the same basis as on the 12 series with iPhone 13 and 13 Mini with 4 GB of RAM and the Pro models with 6 GB. The iPhone 13 Mini and 13 would come with 64, 128 or 256 GB of internal memory. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max would be entitled to 128, 256 or 512 GB storage. We can also expect variants offering 1TB of storage on the iPhone 13 Pro, potentially to keep videos in 8K 45 FPS particularly heavy. However, some rumors claim that Apple would not increase the storage space offered this year.

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🔋 AUTONOMY, BATTERY AND CHARGING

We can hope that the iPhone 13 will be a little more generous in autonomy. And if the first rumors are to be believed, that’s exactly what’s coming: Apple would have managed to free up space to integrate bigger batteries. This means a thinner FaceID module, and various adjustments to the design of the components. In addition to these higher capacity batteries, the next chip in the iPhone 13, their possible 5G modem manufactured in-house, as well as their new ProMotion screens should help them improve their autonomy.

For now, here are the battery size estimates for each model:

  • iPhone 13 Mini: 2406 mAh
  • iPhone 13 : 3095 mAh
  • iPhone 13 Pro : 3095 mAh
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max : 4352 mAh

Apple is also testing a cooling system with a vapor chamber to change the various tolerance parameters, which could also result in a larger battery – because it will be less necessary to avoid sticking it to some particularly hot components. The technology has already proven itself on a few high-end Android smartphones, such as the Galaxy Note 20. In addition to these design considerations, the heat chamber is useful when the device is heavily used, when a video game is launched for example. As the Apple brand is becoming more and more powerful in gaming, it’s no surprise that it’s considering vapor chamber cooling for the iPhone 13.

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Note also that the iPhone 13 could be the first iPhone in history to offer a reverse charging system. We owe this information to the famous leaker Max Weinbach. It is precisely thanks to the larger size of the iPhone 13 batteries that Apple would be able to integrate this feature. As a reminder, the iPhone 12 was equipped with a wireless charging system, but due to the low battery capacity of the iPhone 12, Apple preferred never to activate it.

Finally, Apple is also developing an intelligent system of alerts to allow you to charge the iPhone 13 always at the best time of day. Based on your usage patterns and location, iOS would send you notifications to remind you to charge your device’s battery.

📷  CAMERA

Apple will continue to rely on 7P lenses on the iPhone 13 (and surely the iPhone 14), as with the iPhone 12. An optical element that allows a very small aperture of f/1.6, ideal for capturing more light. The 7P lenses are becoming more popular and production capacity is increasing, so we should see a drop in prices that will benefit Apple, which intends to take advantage of it.

But don’t panic, some new features are expected for the camera of the next iPhone. First of all, the Lidar will be part of the camera. However, as evidenced by several leaks, the Lidar scanner would be reserved for the most expensive versions of the iPhone 13, in this case the Pro models.

However, it should be noted that previous information from the production chain assured the opposite, in other words that the Lidar would equip the entire iPhone 13 range. It is therefore advisable to take this information with a pinch of salt until Apple confirms it or not. If the Lidar is indeed absent from the entry-level models, it will follow in the footsteps of the 120 Hz screen, which is also reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Sensor Shift optical image stabilization, which only benefited the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will also make its appearance on lower models on the iPhone 13, as indicated by several leaks. As a reminder, this is a system based on the ultra wide-angle sensor, which acts as a gimbal and able to move to follow the action at best without shaking.

The ultra wide-angle sensor that could also be entitled to a complete overhaul, with an aperture that would go from f/2.4 to f/1.8, a major change for the capture of light, resulting in night shots sharper and with less noise. A new optical element will also be added to this module (from 5 to 6), probably aimed at reducing distortion effects, which are often a problem with ultra wide angle. Last but not least, this specific lens should receive an autofocus feature, absent until now. These additions have pushed Apple to increase the size of the photo block.

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But how will the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max stand out in terms of photography if the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini catch up with them on all points? These two references should have XXL photo sensors, with a more interesting aperture for light management. They should thus show better capabilities on photos in bad light conditions. Improvements in terms of image definition may also be part of the package. For their part, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will use the lenses found on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. In any case, everything indicates that Apple expects a record demand since orders for photo sensors have reached an unprecedented level.

Finally, iPhones will remain the undisputed champions of video, their real strength compared to high-end Android phones. A special anamorphic lens would allow filming in 8K quality at 45 frames per second. It is likely that only the Pro models will be capable of this. In addition, the smartphones will offer for the first time the Portrait mode on videos, until now reserved for photos. This feature is accompanied by the presence of a new format, ProRes, which can record movies in very high definition.

🔎 IOS 15

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Apple unveiled the new features of the iOS 15 update at WWDC in early June 2021. The update signals the arrival of a feature called “SharePlay” on FaceTime, an option soberly named “Focus” that allows you to mute certain notifications and a new Weather app.

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