IPHONE 13 Specification

iphone 13 review and specification

Apple didn’t raise the iPhone 13 starting price from the iPhone 12, yet doubled the storage amounts, and introduced its usual suite of upgrades like new photography features and a bigger battery, as well as new color options. Right now, in 2022, the iPhone 13 is a solid performer that has not had any major software issues and has been an easy recommendation for those who want a new iPhone see the review.

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iPhone 13 Unboxing

Just like on the iPhone 12 series, there is no charger in the iPhone 13 box. The wrapping is very minimalistic, with only the phone, a USB-C to Lightning cable, the SIM card ejector tool, as well as the warranty leaflets, and short user manuals. This means that you will have to buy Apple’s 20W charger separately if you aren’t already invested in the iOS ecosystem, or have an older iPhone. These are our picks for the best iPhone 13 chargers.

Same with the iPhone 13 earphones – they are not in the box, and you have to either buy a new set that can be plugged directly into the Lightning port of the iPhone 13, or use your favorite wired ones with an older audio jack via the Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter that Apple sells separately.

 

iPhone 13 models

This is a good place to mention that there are three other models and this iPhone 13 review is of the lower-priced regular model with a 6.1-inch screen. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the top model with the largest, 6.7-inch screen, the biggest camera sensor pixels, and the best battery life in the series.

The iPhone 13 Pro is more compact at 6.1 inches, yet it keeps the same camera setup and 120Hz refresh rate, only at the cost of a smaller battery.

The iPhone 13 model is the same size at 6.1 inches as the iPhone 13 Pro, but it weighs less and doesn’t have the “Pro” features like a 120Hz refresh rate and ProRes video recording, plus it lacks a zoom camera and the other two cameras are not quite as advanced as on the Pro.

Finally, the iPhone 13 mini is a super-compact 5.4-inch model that further shrinks the battery capacity, but all else is identical to the iPhone 13.  https://mobileflor.com/mobile-under-20k-review/

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What’s new about the iPhone 13?

  • More compact notch and diagonal rear camera placement
  • New blue and pink colors, but fewer color choices than iPhone 12
  • 512GB iPhone 13 model for the first time
  • Brighter, 800-nit display
  • Apple A15 Bionic processor with faster CPU and GPU performance
  • A larger battery that allows for 2.5 hours more usage than the iPhone 12 in a day
  • Cinematic Mode that blurs the background for video recording
  • Better main camera sensor with 1.7 µm pixels so it can capture more light
  • Photographic Styles support

 

 

Apple iPhone 13 design and display

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Bright n’ heavy, not that notchy

The iPhone 13 is all about subtle but compounded design differences from an older iPhone that make its flat edges look and feel like a completely new Apple handset in the palm, and not only because it’s heavier. After all, the extra weight brought longer battery life!

Both the iPhone 12 cases and screen protectors don’t fit the iPhone 13. The new iPhone’s power button is offset and the body is thicker because of the bigger battery, while the screen protectors won’t match the smaller notch on the 13, so you’d have to get new ones.

Perhaps the most striking difference in design, however, is the camera bump on the back that now includes the larger sensor of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and a new ultrawide camera module that warranted a diagonal repositioning.

 

iPhone 13 – smaller notch, larger bump, offset buttons, new colors

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Did Apple do it so that your street cred is defended, as people would immediately recognize you are carrying the latest iPhone with the Cinematic video mode and new camera features? Bazinga!

Moreso the new iPhone 13 now comes in new colors – starlight, midnight, pink, and blue – that are different from last year’s iPhone 12 in blue, green, black, white, and purple hues, while even the (PRODUCT)RED version is darker red now.

 

 

 

Dual camera, sensor-shift stabilization

The Apple iPhone 13 offers a similar camera setup to the iPhone 12’s. There are two 12MP cameras on the back and one 12MP selfie shooter at the front. The SL 3D scanner for Face ID assists the Portrait mode in selfies.

There are two hardware upgrades and a couple of software ones available for the iPhone 13.

The primary 12MP camera has gotten a new sensor with larger pixels and high-end sensor-shift stabilization. It now uses a larger Sony sensor with 1.7µm pixels (vs. 1.4µm on the iPhone 12). The lens is 26mm f/1.6, like on the iPhone 12’s main camera, but the stabilization is of a different kind. Instead of optical stabilization, this camera now uses the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization. This means the sensor itself is stabilized in real-time and not the lens akin to the in-body stabilization or IBIS seen on many large-sensor digital cameras.

The secondary camera is identical to the iPhone 12’s – a 12MP imager with 1.0µm pixels and a 14mm f/2.4 lens for ultrawide photos. The focus is fixed, and there is no stabilization.

The selfie camera is also lifted straight from the iPhone 12. It has a 12MP sensor with 1.0µm pixels and a 23mm f/2.2 lens. The focus is once again fixed. When using portrait mode on this camera, it captures depth info with the structured-light 3D scanner, so it should be taking some impressive selfies portraits.

All three snappers support up to 4K@60fps video capturing with Cinematic Stabilization and Expanded Dynamic Range. Dolby Vision HDR capturing is possible on all cameras in all modes. The new Cinematic Mode works on the primary and selfie shooters only.

 

 

Camera app and features

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The viewfinder has been mostly the same since the iOS 13 and the iPhone 11 – you can see outside of the viewfinder thanks to the precise calibration of the two cameras that allows seeing what will be left outside of the frame in real-time.

The Apple image processing includes all legacy features like Smart HDR, Night Mode on all cameras, and Deep Fusion.

The Night Mode icon pops up automatically when a low-light scene presents itself, and it will take a pseudo-long-exposure shot, handheld, of course. You will see the seconds suggested next to the Night Mode icon, but if you tap on it, you can change the simulated long exposure or altogether disable it. Usually, it’s between 1 and 2 seconds, but sometimes the phone allows you to go for up to 30 seconds depending on the environmental light or its lack thereof. You can use this model on the main, the ultrawide, and even the selfie snapper.

Deep Fusion is used when light conditions aren’t ideal, say, indoors. It triggers instead of Smart HDR and Night Mode. Deep Fusion uses four frames before you hit the shutter, four more once you do, and one long exposure shot. The Neural engine will select the best frames and create a high-quality HDR photo that is very detailed, sharp, and more natural looking. The Neural processor’s machine learning process analyzes the image being taken and processes them differently depending on what’s in the frame – say, sky, foliage, or skin tones. Meanwhile, structure and color tones are based on ratios obtained by the Neural unit on the A15 CPU.

As usual, all cameras talk to each other, so they already know the correct exposure and tone mapping settings when you switch between them. This applies to both stills and videos.

The camera interface is mostly unchanged. You swipe between modes and have a couple of settings you can uncover with an upward swipe – flash, night mode, live photo, photo aspect, exposure compensation, and filters. In video mode, you can change the resolution and frame rate from the viewfinder.

     

 

Camera app • Ultrawide • Night Mode • Photographic styles

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Portrait mode is available on the main and the selfie cameras. There is no RAW mode on the iPhone 13.

There is a new feature called Photographic Styles which automatically edits a photo, one element at a time (applying different corrections to the subject and background, for example). You can choose between Standard, Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool. You can tune each of these modes to your liking, and set your preferred one as default. It’s like filters, but more permanent.

The new hardware and software on the iPhone 13 generation enabled another interesting camera feature – Cinematic Mode. It does automatic rack focus, but the phone records a depth map alongside the video, so you can change the focus point manually after the fact. Editing such videos is possible in iMovie and Clips apps.

 

Is the iPhone 13 waterproof?

  • Yes, up to six meters (20 feet) for up to 30 minutes

Apple may have been late to the standard iPhone water-resistance game, but it now prides itself in providing one of the highest waterproofing standards of all phones barring niche tough and durable models.

The iPhone 12 series, for instance, have an IP68 rating like most of them water-resistant phones, but they can dive up too much deeper, 19.6 feet (six meters) depths of water for 30 minutes compared to virtually all other waterproof handsets.

Not that the others can’t withstand such pressure, but anecdotally and not in an official specs list as Apple touts its abilities. The iPhone 13 doesn’t dive any deeper than the already set record, so it can chill at the 20 feet bottom of a freshwater lake, too, but it hardly needs to do more than that.

 

The iPhone 13 iOS software

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When Apple introduced iOS 15, it touted plenty of new features as the reason to update from whatever your current iPhone is running. Chief among those is a Safari browser redesign, Notification Summary and Focus mode, portrait mode FaceTime-ing, Health, Maps, and Wallet apps getting trendy new features, and a whole lot more. There is also Live Text and object recognition on the iPhone 13, as you can interact with text and recognized objects or landmarks in live Camera previews, Photos, screenshots, Quick Look, and Safari.

Since the release, we have seen a few updates too: iOS 15.1 was the first major update that came a month after the launch and added SharePlay for FaceTime, plus it unlocked the ProRes video recording feature on the iPhone 13 Pro series. Shortly after, iOS 15.1.1 fixed call drop issues, and most recently, iOS 15.2 added an App Privacy Report feature where you can see how often apps access your location, camera, and other possibly sensitive features. There haven’t been any major issues with the iPhone 13 family since the launch.

The iPhone 13’s Apple A15 processor makes the new on-device speech processing faster when calling Siri, offline Timers & Alarms, Phone, Messaging, Sharing, App Launch, Control Audio Playback, and Settings, not to mention the continuous on-device dictation feature. 

These new iOS 15 features look and perform great on the iPhone 13, and everything moves fast in front of your eyes albeit less smooth than on the Pro models due to the dearth of 120Hz display refresh rate.

The iOS 15 interface elements are visually the same on the iPhone 13 as they would be on the 12, though, as the notch shrinkage didn’t lead to any glaring differences that would bring fatter, more easily visible icons, letters, and numbers on the left and right side of the notch.

That’s all Apple is doing with the extra screen-to-body ratio on the iPhone 13 – leaving more display area free for iOS 15 signage, instead of cramming more info in the newfangled space up top.

 

Does the iPhone 13 have 5G?

Yes, but on Verizon, you may need a new 5G SIM card to activate

You bet, and the richest set of 5G bands, too. Just remember when you purchase an iPhone 13 that there are numerous model numbers, each with a different set of 5G bands, so be careful when buying an iPhone 13 from one region to use in another.

Unfortunately, the rumored iPhone 13 5G satellite connectivity didn’t materialize, or at least Apple didn’t announce it’s there, but it would have been for basic usage like emergency text messaging anyway.

We found the iPhone 13 reception to be great, pulling a bar extra than other phones in the same spot and having the download speed to match the iconography. When it comes to the Wi-fi chip, though, connectivity was slower both on the 2.4GHz and the fast 5GHz bands of our home router, sometimes up to 50% slower compared to a Wi-Fi 6-capable Android phone lying just right next to it.

Apple iPhone 13 speakers, mics, and call audio quality

The iPhone 13 comes with a set of stereo loudspeakers thanks to the earpiece that doubles as a speaker, too, and a second downward-blasting one located next to the Lightning port. 

While in stereo speaker mode the two work loud and clear in tandem with as much of a full sound as is possible from such tiny noise emitters while watching videos or playing games and music, we were curious about the call quality.

Given that the iPhone 13 now has the earpiece moved to the top frame, instead of sitting in the notch itself as on previous iPhones, did the sound change? We are happy to report that the iPhone 13 call quality remains great, with strong and clean voices coming through the earpiece, while the other end said the three iPhone 13 mics picked our voice timber very well.

The three mics do a decent job at noise cancellation though they struggled to isolate and amplify our voice narration properly during video capture in admittedly rather windy conditions that would put a burden on any microphone and noise-canceling algorithm.

 

Apple iPhone 13 battery life and charging speed tests

Watch YouTube the whole day!

One of the biggest iPhone 13 upgrades if you are coming from the 12, after the camera system and the storage doubling, is the better battery life. The iPhone 12 to iPhone 13 battery saw a 15% capacity increase – 2815 mAh to 3240 mAh – with a corresponding jump in battery life.

Couple the larger pack with a more frugal processor, and Apple says that the iPhone 13 delivers 2.5 hours better battery life than the iPhone 12 in the same mixed usage scenarios which is a rather breathtaking increase.

Our demanding battery test returned similar results – at 13 hours and 43 minutes the iPhone 13 has a very good battery life indeed, as all the new iPhones do when compared to previous iPhones but many Android phones as well.

Should I get an iPhone 13?

If you can stomach the price difference, better get the iPhone 13 Pro instead. To our mind, $200 extra may be worth it to get the higher iPhone 13 Pro display refresh rate, longer battery life, better main sensor, the ultrawide camera that doubles as a Macro model, and the true 3x optical vs the faux 2x digital zoom on the iPhone 13.

Under the hood, the iPhone 13 Pro comes with record large pixels for unsurpassed low light shots, more memory, as well as an extra GPU core that shows when you are shooting and refocusing in the new Cinematic mode option.

If you get a good iPhone 13 deal or are bent on getting one of the colors that the iPhone 13 comes with but the iPhone 13 Pro is not available, then maybe go for the slightly cheaper option. 

If you are looking for a similar alternative on the Android side of things, you can go for the Galaxy S21 specs that offer a higher display refresh rate and better camera zoom quality than the iPhone 13 for the same price. 

These advantages, however, don’t warrant a jump from the iOS ecosystem if you are already invested, just if you are considering swapping a lowly Android for Apple’s latest but not greatest.

The whole of our iPhone 13 review, however, points to the fact that the iPhone 13 purchase is not worth it now that the Pro has a 120Hz display on top of all its other numerous advantages for just two Benjamins more.

 

The Good

  • Much improved battery life
  • Dynamic and jolly photos in more challenging conditions
  • Easy to view outdoors display with perfect calibration
  • Snazzy Cinematic video mode
  • Double the predecessor storage for the same price

The Bad

  • The slow display refresh rate for the price point
  • Wired and wireless charging take comparatively long
  • Cinematic video mode is finicky without good lighting
  • Taller notch eats into some video formats
  • Worse value for money ratio than the iPhone 13 Pro

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