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Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are coming

by on14 September 2021

Same design, smaller notch, better camera

Apple has officially unveiled the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini models, retaining the same design, but giving these two much-needed performance updates.

Apple did not change much when it comes to the design of the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini, same flat edges, rounded corners, and a metal body with an IP68 rating. Although Apple was proud that the notch is 20 percent smaller, it still looks pretty large, especially on the iPhone 13 mini.

The screen remains pretty much unchanged for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini as you get the Super Retina XDR OLED screen. The size remains the same at 6.1-inch for the iPhone 13 and 5.4-inch for the iPhone 13 mini. This time around, they are slightly brighter, at up to 1200nits, but decided to keep them at 60Hz, leaving high refresh-rate panels for its iPhone 13 Pro lineup.

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The new A15 Bionic chipset for both phones

The chipset is a big update for the iPhone 13 lineup, as you get the Apple A15 Bionic, but this time, Apple did not give a lot of info about the new chipset, other than it is still made on 5nm process, has 15 billion transistors, double the amount of system cache, faster neural engine, new video encoder/decoder, new ISP, new display engine and more.

It still has two high-performance and four high-efficient CPU cores, as well as four GPU cores, at least in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Bear in mind that iPhone 13 Pro lineup got a slightly more powerful A15 Bionic with five GPU cores. The surprise is the performance estimate, as Apple say that the CPU part is 50 percent faster than the competition and GPU is 30 percent faster than the competition, but we did not get the usual comparison with the predecessor.

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iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini get a better camera system

Both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini will have a dual-camera system on the rear, with a 12-megapixel 1.7µm main sensor behind a 26mm f/1.6 7-element lens, and another 12-megapixel sensor behind an ultrawide 13mm f/2.4 5-element lens with 120-degree FoV.

The front camera is a 12-megapixel TrueDepth one.

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Rest of the updates, price, availability

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini apparently have a "better" battery life, and while Apple did not go into specifics, so we are not sure if those are larger batteries or the phones are just more efficient, you will get up to 2.5h more battery on iPhone 13 and up to 1.5h more battery life on the iPhone 13 mini.

Both phones will be available in starlight, midnight, blue, pink, and red color options, and will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options, leaving the 1TB reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro lineup.

The price starts at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini and $799 for the iPhone 13. Both will start shipping on September 24th with pre-orders opening in certain countries on September 17th.

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