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Apple launches new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro

Apple unveiled its new iPhone 13 range of smartphones which consist of the Mini, standard, Pro, and Pro Max during a live-streamed launch event. 

According to the tech giant, its latest line-up offers faster performance, better camera capabilities, brighter displays, and improved battery life.

The iPhone 13 Mini sports a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone and iPhone 13 Pro models come with 6.1-inch screens, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max boasts a 6.7-inch display.

In terms of design, changes have been kept to a minimum, with the most notable update being the dual rear lenses on the Mini and standard models now set diagonally in the camera bump instead of vertically.

The notch which houses Apple’s Face ID tech has also been reduced by 20% to occupy less screen space.

The iPhone 13 Mini and Standard also boast a 23% brighter screen with a peak of 1,200 nits.

The biggest advantage the Pro models have is the addition of Apple’s ProMotion technology, offering adaptable refresh rate support up to 120Hz.

All four models pack the new 5nm-based A15 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU, which Apple says will offer smoother and more efficient performance.

The iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 are paired with a 4-core GPU, while the Pro models get a 5-core GPU.

Both the dual camera on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, and the triple camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro offer a host of improvements.

This includes the addition of Cinematic Video — a video version of Portrait Mode — and recording in Dolby Vision HDR on all models.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini also features a sensor-shift OIS which was previously only available on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The Pro models’ lenses come with better low-light shooting, with night mode now supported on all three cameras.

In addition, they will be able to record up to 4K at 30fps in the high-quality ProRes codec within the Camera app.

There is a big development in the storage department as well, with the company dropping its previous entry-level capacity of 64GB in favour of 128GB.

In addition, the Pro models will be available with a massive 1TB capacity, the first time Apple has pushed the iPhone’s storage above 512GB.

Apple also notes that the battery capacity on all the models has also been increased.

The iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 will be available in black, blue, red, pink, and white.

Additionally, the colour options for the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be graphite, bronze, gold, and silver.

Pre-orders for all models in the US will open on 17 September, with shipping from 24 September 2021.

In the US, starting prices for each model is as follows:

  • iPhone 13 Mini (128GB) — $699
  • iPhone 13 (128GB) — $799
  • iPhone 13 Pro (128GB) — $999
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) — $1,099

Local availability in SA for these new devices as well as pricing is yet to be announced. 


Written by: Gabriella Steyn.

Guzzle Media