The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were unveiled at Apple Streaming in California on Tuesday, as predicted, rumored and leaked for almost a year now. Newer iPhones have narrower notches, better cameras and … not much else. Apple hosted its typical keynote-style event, which, while virtual by necessity, did not lack superlativeness and praise for every little detail. But while the gap between the Pro and regular models has narrowed, the fact remains: there was nothing to worry about.
The new iPhones are exactly the same shapes and sizes as their immediate predecessors, the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series, give or take a few millimeters. Of course, they come in a variety of colors. In the front, we have slightly narrower (but taller) notches, and I don’t think this is a significant improvement. I’d love to see my battery level percentage again if allowed, but given how quickly the Android world realized that labels weren’t worth copying, Apple doesn’t really come out ahead.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini still only have two rear cameras, and they are now positioned at an awkward diagonal – a rare example of Apple going with something so anti-minimal. Non-professional models don’t have a dedicated optical telephoto camera, nor can they use their wide-angle cameras to shoot macros, which even low-cost Android phones have been capable of for some time now.
Cinema Mode and Photo Styles are two big new camera features, and they don’t look like they’ll appear on older iPhones with future versions of iOS. These are great benefits for anyone really interested in the art of photography or cinematography, but they are not for situations where you just take out your phone to quickly take a picture of what is happening around you, or even for the photos and videos you take regularly. about people, places and events. This is for those times when you can carefully consider how to frame your subject, what expression to capture, and what nuances you, as a photographer, want to bring to your work.
Will it be interesting for amateurs and financially limited directors? Of course. Does the average person want to think so much about everyday photography? Unlikely.
Of course, improving camera quality over generations is always a good thing, especially when you get new devices at the same prices as previous models. Low light performance should be good in all respects, and sensor bias stabilization will be of minor importance in all situations.
Fortunately, there are no major differences in camera functionality in each pair of iPhones – the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini share the same specs as the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, professionals have more than just an extra telephoto lens; their wide and ultra-wide cameras are different from those of the non-Pro models. Reviews will show how real use will differ. However, while you no longer need the biggest and best iPhone to get top-end features, note that ProRes video recording is limited to 1080p, not 4K in 128GB storage options – likely due to flash read and write speeds. – so you still have to spend a little more than the entry-level price to get all the best features.
When it comes to sheer power, while the new A15 Bionic SoC is at the heart of all four new iPhones, the two Pro models get one extra GPU core. As with many recent Macs based on Apple’s M1 SoC, GPU power is used to differentiate price points. This should have some impact on games as well as video encoding performance. Apple didn’t go into details on the SoC’s frequencies or thermal performance, only telling us that there are two high-performance cores and four energy-efficient ones. Notably, this keynote also did not address performance comparisons – except that Apple considers itself to be several generations ahead of its competitors, which effectively tells us that last year’s products are still great.
What else do the new iPhones offer? Battery life has been increased to two and a half hours, which is great. If you want a 120Hz refresh rate, you’ll have to opt for one of the Pro models as this is inexplicably a factor in the differences between families. The Ceramic Shield front panel, IP68 rating and MagSafe accessory compatibility seem to carry over from last year unchanged.
Then, of course, there’s iOS, the iCloud ecosystem, easy integrations with Apple Watch, Mac, and AirPods, and Apple’s familiar calls for security and privacy. There is a promise of software updates for several years; much more than any Android phone manufacturer has ever been able to offer. All four phones will be superbly built with high quality materials and finishes. IPhone displays always look great, speakers are fine, and call quality is nothing to complain about.
IPhone prices tend to decline over time, and we can often find attractive discounts on previous generation models when major e-commerce websites are holding back their sales. Even when looking at the new official MRPs, the iPhone 12 family still looks great. The iPhone 12 mini (Review) now costs Rs. 59,900 for 64GB Rs. 64,900 for 128GB and Rs. 74,900 for 256GB, compared to the Rs. IPhone 13 mini. 69,900 for 128GB Rs. 79,900 for 256GB and Rs. 99,900 for 512 GB.
There is some overlap when you consider the iPhone 12 (Review), which is now worth Rs. 65,900 for 64GB Rs. 70,900 for 128GB and Rs. 80,900 for 256GB, up from the Rs. IPhone 13. Rs. 79,900 for 128GB, 89,900 for 256GB and Rs. 1,09,900 for 512GB. Would you rather buy the new iPhone 13 mini or the larger iPhone 12 for the same price? This will be an interesting point to consider in our full review.
The iPhone 12 Pro (Review) and iPhone 12 Pro Max (Review) are officially discontinued, but we are confident that they will be on sale for a while. If they drop to Rs. 100,000 (as the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max recently did) are worth considering even when compared to the non-professional iPhone 13.
The iPhone 13 Pro will set you back Rs 20. 1,19,900 for 128GB Rs. 1,29,900 for 256GB Rs. 1,49,900 for 512GB and Rs. 1,69,900 per TB. The iPhone 13 Pro Max costs exactly Rs. 10,000 more per tier, making the 1TB option for Rs. The 1,79,900 most expensive iPhones in history. You probably won’t need 1TB of storage unless you’re a filmmaker, but 128GB will limit your videotaping aspirations, so tradeoffs are the most reasonable. If you want the very latest and greatest, it will be worth it.
On the other hand, there are still annoying limitations that iPhone users have to live with – limited user interface customization, a locked file system, cumbersome Bluetooth file transfers, expensive accessories, and its own Lightning port (no charging adapter in the box). What’s more, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore the fact that you can get several equivalent or better features in Android phones for as little as Rs. Rs 15,000 45,000.
Despite all this, there will always be buyers for the iPhone. Resisting the call is difficult. In India, even older models are in high demand due to the seductiveness of the brand. As Apple includes India in its first wave of countries, this launch is just in time for this year’s festival shopping season and big e-commerce sales. There is only one question you should think about before buying: have the iPhone 13s finally crossed the point of diminishing gains for a generation? We’ll have an answer to that question shortly as we go through a detailed review of these new iPhones.