Last night at a special event, Apple announced the latest iPhone 13 series. Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have a few significant updates, although the design hasn’t changed much. Here we are talking about the iPhone 13 Duo, which, like last year, starts at Rs 69,999. On the other hand, like every year, Apple has slashed the prices of the previous iPhone 12 series. So, should you buy the iPhone 13 series or stick with the previous year’s models? Let us know why you should or shouldn’t buy the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
Reasons to buy iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini
Let’s start with the reasons for buying the iPhone 13 series. When it comes to updates to the iPhone 13, the most important one is Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset. Other than that, there are improvements to the camera, the display is brighter than before, the battery life is better, and yes, most importantly, as previously mentioned, they start at the same price but with a different surprise. Give us all the details.
Powerful A15 Bionic Chipset
The major update in the new iPhone is the all-new Apple A15 bionic processor. Apple claims it is the fastest chipset of any modern smartphone, with the exception of the iPhone 13 Pro series, because the GPU on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini has 4 cores instead of the five on their Pro siblings. However, the processor is 50% faster and its GPU is 30% faster than the competition.
The 5nm chip with 64-bit architecture has nearly 15 billion transistors and a 6-core processor with two performance and four efficient cores. It features a new 16-core faster Neural Engine capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second.
Improved new camera sensors
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini also come with a 12MP dual camera on the back. However, this time, the main 12MP sensor has a 1.7μm pixel size and a 26mm f / 1.6 lens. Apple says it is the largest sensor in the iPhone’s dual-camera system. Plus, it can capture 47% more light with less noise.
The 12MP main camera is the same as on the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and features Sensor-shift OIS on the 12 Pro Max, a technology that stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens.
The 12MP ultra wide-angle camera also features a new sensor to capture more detailed images in the dark. However, it lacks autofocus like the iPhone 13 Pro models. There’s a cinematic auto-focus mode that can record in HDR Dolby Vision.
On the front is a similar 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera as the iPhone 12 series. It also supports HDR video recording with Dolby Vision for 4K up to 60fps.
Better battery life
Apple has increased the battery size on the iPhone 13 and mini. They are equipped with larger batteries than their predecessors, but like every year, Apple does not release numbers at this time. It promises up to 2.5 hours and 1.5 hours of extra battery life for the iPhone 13 models, respectively, compared to the iPhone 12 models.
Apple has also improved energy efficiency with the iPhone 13 series. They now support switching from 5G to LTE when higher speeds are not required.
More 5G bands
The custom design of the iPhone 13 series features more 5G bands than last year. Thus, the new iPhones will work in more locations and with more 5G network operators for better coverage and performance. Apple promises that iPhone 5G coverage will double globally by the end of this year, with more than 200 carriers worldwide in 60 countries.
Same starting price (more base storage)
New iPhones start at the same price as last year. However, this time they have an entry-level storage capacity of 128GB instead of 64GB. So you have to spend the same amount to double the storage. There are also 256GB and 512GB options.
When it comes to pricing, the iPhone 13 Mini starts at Rs. 69,900 in India ($ 699 in the US), while the regular iPhone 13 starts at Rs. 79,900 ($ 799 US). Check out the prices for all models here:
- iPhone 13 Mini 128GB – Rs. 69,900 (US $ 699)
- iPhone 13 Mini 256GB – Rs. 79,900 ($ 799)
- iPhone 13 Mini 512GB – Rs. 99,900 (US $ 999)
- iPhone 13 128GB – Rs. 79,900 ($ 799)
- iPhone 13 256GB – Rs. 89,900 ($ 899)
- iPhone 13 512GB – Rs. 1,099,900 (US $ 1,099).
Reasons why the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini not to buy
Now for the reasons not to buy. If you are thinking about an upgrade, then you already know what these improvements are, however there are some areas that have not changed since there are no significant changes in the design. On top of that, the display’s refresh rate is still 60Hz, while their older siblings got 120Hz, and again Apple won’t get any accessories in the box other than the cable.
No major design changes
The design of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini hasn’t changed much since last year. The new iPhones still have a metal body with flat edges and rounded corners. There is Gorilla Glass on the front and back, and the phones are IP68 rated again. This time, however, the notch at the front is 20% smaller.
In addition, with the increase in battery life, there is a slight increase in weight: 174 grams for the iPhone 13 and 141 grams for the Mini. The new models are also slightly thicker than the iPhone 12, but the rest of the dimensions remain the same.
The dimensions of the iPhone 13 mini are 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65 mm, and the iPhone 13 is 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm. The iPhone 13 duo is available in Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and (PRODUCT) RED. So, you can see that there are no significant design changes.
Similar display at 60 Hz
One thing the iPhone 13 and mini lacks is their high refresh rates. Since the vanilla versions are stuck with a 60Hz panel, their Pro siblings now feature a 120Hz display.
The size and other specifications of this Super Retina XDR panel also remain unchanged. The Mini has a 5.4-inch screen, while the iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch panel.
However, this time there is another improvement besides the smaller size, namely, the new screens are 28% brighter than last year. The maximum brightness can go up to 800 nits. Other features such as 1200 nits HDR peak brightness, HDR standards, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG remain the same.
No accessories in the box
You may already know that Apple stopped including any accessories in the box with the iPhone 12 series. Thus, there will again be no chargers and no other accessories inside the box except for the Type C to Lightning cable.
So if you have to buy a 20W USB C adapter separately for Rs. 1900 if you don’t already have it. The MagSafe wireless charger retails for Rs. 4500.
No Touch ID
Time and time again, users have been expecting the return of Touch ID with new iPhones. But Apple once again ignored this and did not provide TouchID with the iPhone 13 series. The new iPhones come with FaceID, which has now improved after facing some issues in terms of security and accuracy.
So, you have noticed that there are several significant improvements in the iPhone 13 series. However, for those using an iPhone 11 or newer, these improvements won’t make much of a difference. However, the powerful new A15 Bionic chipset and more memory for the same price is a good sign. In addition, there are new camera sensors, but we will only be able to tell you about the improvements to the camera after using it.
All in all, if you’ve been using an older iPhone, you can go for this. Otherwise, if you’re looking to save some money, you can still buy the iPhone 12 if the latest chipset and new camera sensors aren’t too important to you.
The new iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will be available at Apple Authorized Retail Stores in India from September 24th. Pre-orders start Friday, September 17th at 5:30 pm.
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