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New iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini gets A15 Bionic chip, smaller notch, and improved battery life

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Sep 2021, 10:16am

New iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini gets A15 Bionic chip, smaller notch, and improved battery life

Note: This article was first published on 15 September 2021.

(Image source: Apple)

So Apple has decided to stick to tradition and call their latest iPhones the iPhone 13. 

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have the same design as last year’s iPhones. The enclosures are made of 100% recycled aluminium. Sizes are also unchanged, so the iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display while the iPhone 13 Mini gets a 5.4-inch display.

The display is Apple’s Super Retina XDR display so they use OLED panels. Apple says they are 28% brighter than last year’s display. They are protected by Ceramic Shield. Eagle-eyed readers might also notice that the notch is smaller. That’s thanks to a smaller TrueDepth camera system which has allowed Apple to shrink the notch by 20%. 

The processor is new. Inside is Apple’s new A15 Bionic which is built on a 5nm process and is a 6-core component with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. It also has a 4-core GPU. Apple claims A15 Bionic’s CPU is 50% faster than the leading competition, while its GPU is 30% faster than the leading competition. However, it stopped short at identifying who this “leading competition” is.

Despite the more powerful chip, battery life is up thanks to a larger battery and more efficient components. According to Apple, the iPhone 13 should last 2.5 hours than iPhone 12 while the iPhone 13 Mini should last 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 Mini.

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The cameras in the new phones are also substantially improved. The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini still has two cameras but the sensors are new. The main wide camera’s sensor captures 47% more light and features sensor-shift optical image stabilisation technology that debuted in last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max. The ultra wide camera also has a new faster sensor with a faster lens so it takes better photos in challenging lighting situations. There’s also a new Photographic Styles mode that uses machine learning to apply real-time filters to your photos to create a distinctly personal look.

The new Cinematic Mode. (Image source: Apple)

On the video side of things, there’s support for Dolby Vision in 4K at 60fps. And there’s a new Cinematic Mode that lets you create depth effects and focus transitions. You can even do this post-capture.

The new iPhones support 5G and Apple says it has increased support for more bands and it will support 200 carriers in over 60 countries by the end of the year.

(Image source: Apple)

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will be available in five colours: Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink, and (PRODUCT)RED. Starting capacity has been doubled to 128GB and there’s a new 512GB option.

Pre-orders start on 17 September and the phones will be available in retail on 24 September.

Prices are as follows:

iPhone 13 prices
Storage iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Mini
128GB S$1,299 S$1,149
256GB S$1,469 S$1,319
512GB S$1,799 S$1,649


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