Apple rounded out its California Streaming event with the announcement of the iPhone 13, which is definitely the device everyone was talking about leading into the show. Apple announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini Are Coming
Apple promises an impressive amount of battery life from the new iPhone 13. In fact, the company cited two and half extra hours of battery life over the iPhone 12, which is a bold claim and one we’ll have to see for ourselves. The iPhone 13 Mini, which has a smaller battery, features a bump of an hour and a half. If the phone really can deliver that kind of boost, that could easily be the difference between making it through the day and not.
Apple announced that the iPhone 13 would come with a new A15 Bionic chip. Apple says that the CPU is 50% faster than the competition, and the GPU is 30% faster. That’s a pretty substantial performance benefit compared to other smartphones. The company says the chip can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second.
“Our customers rely on iPhone every day, which is why we’ve made iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini more powerful, more capable, and more fun to use,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Apple spent a lot of time hyping up the camera for the iPhone 13, and with good reason. The phones come with a dual-camera system with sensor-shift optical image stabilization, which was previously on the Pro version of the phones. It also comes with a cinematic mode that automatically performs a rack focus effect.
The company describes Cinematic Mode as a feature that “records videos of people, pets, and objects with a beautiful depth effect with automatic focus changes, so anyone can capture cinema-style moments” You don’t need to have the skills of a professional cinematographer to create visually compelling videos with this feature.
The front-facing camera is a 12MP TrueDepth camera. Notably, Apple managed to pack all of the FaceID and other technology into a smaller package, which has allowed the company to shrink the notch down and make the screen cover more of the phone.
iPhone 13 Release Date and Price
The iPhone 13 devices start at $699 with 128GB of storage, which is twice the storage offered by the base model of the iPhone 12. The price increases as you add more storage to the devices. The phones are available in pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED.
You can preorder the iPhone 13 on Friday, September 17, 2021. They’re set to ship on September 24, 2021, which means you won’t have to wait too long to actually receive your devices.