One little notch reduction is a huge leap for the iPhone! That’s the best way to describe the Apple iPhone 13, which is the tiniest iPhone update yet. Even if it doesn’t entice iPhone 12 users to upgrade, the iPhone 13 is still one of the most powerful smartphones on the market and poised to become a bestseller.
The infamous notch, which was initially introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, swept over the entire smartphone market in a matter of months, probably quicker than any other innovation to date. Due to pop-up or under-screen selfies, it has now developed into droplets, punch holes, or gone entirely.
Apple, on the other hand, has reduced in size for the first time in four years, albeit not much, and the process of getting rid of it has finally begun. The speculations regarding the iPhone 14 are already running wild.
With iPhone 13, focusing just on the notch size is incorrect. This basic 13 model features a 6.1″ Super Retina XDR OLED screen with Dolby Vision that is now brighter, the Apple A15 Bionic, the most powerful mobile chip to date, and three highly capable 12MP cameras – two on the rear and one on the front.
The primary camera features a new, bigger sensor, and the sensor-shift stabilization from last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max has been carried over to the whole iPhone 13 series.
Other changes include doubled base storage, a larger battery, and a few new camera-specific software features like Cinematic mode and Photographic Styles.
That’s all there is to it: a brighter screen with a smaller cutout, a faster chipset, more storage, more battery, and a better main camera sensor. Although not the improvement iPhone 12 owners had hoped for, it is a significant boost for anyone with an earlier iPhone.
Apple iPhone 13 Price
Apple iPhone 13 specs at a glance:
- Body: 146.7×71.5×7.7mm, 174g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins), Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).
- Display: 6.10″ Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak), 1170x2532px resolution, 19.48:9 aspect ratio, 460ppi; Wide color gamut, True-tone.
- Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm): Hexa-core (2×3.22 GHz Avalanche + 4xX.X GHz Blizzard); Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
- Memory: 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM; NVMe.
- OS/Software: iOS 15.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm.
- Front camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm, 1/3.6″; Depth: SL 3D.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec; Front camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 3240mAh; Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised), USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe wireless charging 15W, Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W.
- Misc: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; NFC; Siri natural language commands and dictation, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.
The biggest disappointment has to be the lack of ProMotion support – the 120Hz refresh rate is only available on the Pro models this year, and we expect the base models will have to wait another year or two before getting it.
The ultrawide camera focusing improvement is also unique to the Pro series, which isn’t ideal, but it’s also not surprising given Apple’s track record.
Unboxing the iPhone 13
With the iPhone 13, there isn’t much to unbox because Apple has removed everything from the retail packaging save the USB cord with the objective of minimizing electronic waste, with the increased profit being a bonus. Apple has gone further greener this year by eliminating the plastic packaging and instead using paper stickers wherever covering was required.
So you’ll find the iPhone 13 and a USB-C to Lightning connection inside this slim and light box.
Apple has yet to transition to USB-C on iPhones for a variety of reasons, the most common of which being accessory compatibility and electrical waste. The EU Commission is pushing for this shift, so we’ll either witness the end of Lightning-capable iPhones or, given Apple’s track record, the end of iPhones with any kind of USB connection.
Some documentation, the SIM-ejection pin, and one Apple sticker are kept in the tiny paper container.