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When is the Apple Event September 2021?

Apple's "California Streaming" event will be a virtual media event held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, where the company is expected to unveil the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and possibly third-generation AirPods. Mac RumorsSeptember 2021 Apple Event on MacRumors

What time can I preorder the Iphone 13?

Starting Friday, consumers can preorder the iPhone 13, the latest version of Apple's popular smartphone. Preorders kick off Friday at 8 a.m. EDT, available through the Apple Store website, as well as wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile/Sprint and Verizon, along with retailers Best Buy and Walmart. USA TODAYiPhone 13 preorders kick off Friday. Here's what you should know

What was unveiled at Apple event?

The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant revealed the iPhone 13 and a smartwatch with a new look during its annual September event, which the company streamed live on its website rather than holding in person because of Covid-19 precautions. The Wall Street JournalNew iPhone 13 Pro and Watch Series 7 Unveiled at Apple Event

Has the new Iphone been announced?

The iPhone 13 series are now official, having been unveiled at the September 14 Apple event. We've got everything you need to know about the new handsets, including the all-important pricing and release date info. TechRadariPhone 13 release date, price, features, specs and news

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9to5Toys 21 September, 2021 - 10:12pm

Apple's iPhone 13 has arrived, and as usual, carriers are rolling out the trade-in deals to entice users to upgrade or switch. AT&T came out of the gate with the best trade-in offer of the season, essentially giving away the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Mini for at a starting price that can go as low as "free" to new and existing customers. And as of Friday, Sept. 17, Verizon effectively matched that offer, while AT&T bumped its deal to also allow for a free iPhone 13 (and will also offer $1,000 off the iPhone 13 Pro Max with qualifying trade-ins, too). 

T-Mobile is similarly offering all three devices for free to both new and existing customers.

In all cases, there are plenty of caveats. It all depends on the phone you're trading in, the wireless plan you have and the financing you choose. 

Preorders on the iPhone 13 are now available (and already back-ordered in some cases). To help you avoid having to comb through the fine print, we've outlined the key details on the three carriers' respective trade-in offers. 

It is also worth noting that T-Mobile has added a new Magenta Max iPhone upgrade program it calls Forever Upgrade that will guarantee you "up to $800" back (up to $700 for the Mini, or less if you're buying an iPhone 12 today) in future trade-in credits. 

The catch here: You will need to wait two years to trade in the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12 that you're buying today to get the credits, and you will need to be on Magenta Max for the entire time. 

Those with other T-Mobile plans can get up to $500 off, but you will need to trade in an iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, or an iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max to get that discount. Those with older devices can get up to $400 offer, with full details available by clicking on the "On us with Magenta Max with trade" link on T-Mobile's product pages. 

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15 Best iPhone 13 Mini Cases (2021)

Heavy.com 21 September, 2021 - 10:12pm

The iPhone 13 Mini might not have the specs to match the more powerful iPhone 13 Pro Max, but it is still a powerful and feature-packed handset that is absolutely worth protecting with a case. Read on below to browse our picks for the best iPhone 13 Mini cases available now.

The Mag Armor is a relatively new design for veteran case-makers at Spigen but its grippy design and MagSafe compatibility make it one of the best iPhone 13 Mini cases so far. By simply adding a grippy texture and a metal plate to interact with Apple’s magnetic accessory suite, this small case provides so much more utility to your iPhone. It is not the most durable protective case out there but it will stand up against daily wear and tear no problem.

The OtterBox Defender is one of the most popular cases of all time, and still remains a solid protective option for new releases to this date. This case has both a large raised protective bezel and a rugged bumper frame, both of which exceed military-grade drop test standards. It also has a silver-based antimicrobial coating to protect you from germs that build up on your phone.

As you should already expect, Apple’s official Leather MagSafe Case is a fantastic (if not a bit expensive) protective option for your iPhone 13 Mini. This compact yet durable case adds some basic protection to your phone as well as MagSafe compatibility and a splash of color. It won’t protect your phone from serious drops but it will definitely keep it safe from scratches and scuffs. As long as you are generally careful with your stuff, this case should do the job just fine. We also recommend this case on our roundup for the best iPhone 13 Pro cases.

The Caseology Nano Pop Case brings grip, protection, and just a pop of color to your iPhone 13 Mini at a reasonable price. Its simple design works well with the understated curves of this phone and it comes in a variety of colors to mix and match. It has just enough of a raised bezel to protect your phone’s display and rear camera array from direct impact. And wireless charging works fine too. This makes it the best case for users on the go.

If you want to provide some extra protection for your iPhone 13 Mini without radically altering its form factor, the Ringke Fusion-X is the case for you. It is both slim and durable thanks to its extended bumper frame. Its large edges act as a bezel against impact damage without ruining the slim profile of your iPhone 13 Mini. It is inexpensive yet effective. Don’t be surprised if you find it on my roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases too.

The Poetic Revolution Series Case isn’t much of a looker but it is a highly functional phone case this adds both a built-in screen protector and a foldout kickstand to your iPhone 13 Mini. It also has a grippy texture and meets military-grade drop test standards, so it definitely delivers on the protective side too. I only wish that it came in more colors.

The Zizo Bolt Series Case might have one of the most questionable designs of any modern phone case but it does a standout job protecting your iPhone 13 Mini. Plus, the weird pinhole texture and diagonal stripes have actually kind of grown on me. Or maybe I am just biased by the inclusion of a foldout kickstand and an included belt clip from a budget phone case. Either way, the Zizo Bolt is definitely a head-turner.

The Gear4 Denali Snap Case is a well-rounded case that offers a balance of protection and portability, with MagSafe compatibility to boot. Add in a D30 antimicrobial coating and a grippy backplate and you’ve got the recipe for one solid phone case.

Though some wallet case enthusiasts will prefer the modular Apple MagSafe wallet accessory, the Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 is still one of the best iPhone 13 Mini wallet cases and is absolutely worth your consideration. It has a rear card slot that can hold up to three cards plus cash. It also has a raised bumper frame with a grippy texture. Just note that this case doesn’t work with wireless charging.

The Ghostek Covert Clear Case is a grippy and protective iPhone 13 Mini case that provides both rugged drop protection and MagSafe compatibility. The case’s air-cushioned edges meet military-grade drop test standards and are more than capable of handling daily bumps and scratches. It also adds some grip to match. However, it is worth noting that clear plastic does discolor over time so be cautious if you use your phone in heavy UV light often.

The Raptic Shield Series is an ever-reliable protective case mold, as demonstrated by its appearance on our list of the best iPhone 12 Mini cases. It strikes an agreeable balance between protection and portability, allowing it to absorb shock from the average drop without adding much bulk to this slim 5.4-inch handset. The materials meet military-grade drop test standards and come in a variety of colors to mix and match with your phone. The clear backplate is not only great for showing off the stock color of your iPhone 13 Mini but it also allows for hassle-free wireless charging.

The Urban Armor Gear Plasma Case is built to handle any adventure you might bring it on, and without busting your pockets at the seams at that. Its large raised corners are more than enough to disperse shock from everyday drops and its grippy texture will help prevent damage pre-emptively. It does not support MagSafe charging but it does support normal wireless charging.

The Lifeproof See Case offers a solid amount of protection for your iPhone 13 Mini without compromising its ability to connect to MagSafe chargers. This case isn’t the bulkiest of Lifeproof’s lineups (and therefore, doesn’t offer the same protection as something like the OtterBox Defender) but it is backed by Lifeproof’s limited lifetime warranty. That said, it still offers reliable protection from a trusted name brand.

The Unicorn Beetle Style Case is a great option for showing off the nude beauty of your iPhone 13 Mini without leaving it vulnerable to the scratches and scuffs that come from daily use. This case is made from clear TPU and PC materials and has a bumper frame shape that adds protection where it counts, the phone’s vulnerable edges. This allows the case to maintain an overall slim form factor and support wireless charging from a number of different charger styles.

The Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear Case gives an ombre aesthetic to your iPhone 13 Mini while also enabling it to work with MagSafe accessories like Apple’s MagSafe wireless charger and battery pack. It isn’t the most heavy-duty case I’ve reviewed but it does have a Microban antimicrobial coating, which is nice to see.

Though it might not seem like there is much to consider when buying a case, there is an overwhelming variety of iPhone 13 Mini cases available and they are not all made equally. And while there is nothing wrong with picking whichever case looks nicest to you, we suggest only picking from cases that meet our standards.

So what makes a good case different from a bad case? That's a complicated question, considering that different users have a variety of different needs. But to make things easier, we evaluate every case we review on a few key parameters: protection, portability, grip, wireless charging support, and additional features.

Generally, if a phone case doesn't perform in at least three of these categories, it's probably not worth your hard-earned cash. But because everyone's needs are different, we made a point to include both heavy-duty protective cases and lightweight utility cases alike. You'll also find kickstand cases, wallet cases, and more.

Considering that the iPhone 13 Mini is the cheapest phone of its generation (as well as the easiest one to hold onto), it is not outlandish to imagine one using this phone without any case at all. However, going caseless is almost always a bad idea and the statistics support this.

According to a report from Business Insider, 86% of their survey respondents said that they use a case with their iPhone. And there is a clear reason for this: the pros of a case almost always outweigh the cons. Yes, cases add some bulk to your phone and cover up its beautiful aluminum frame, but they also extend the lifespan of your phone by preventing unecessary damage. On top of that, they confer additional benefits like built-in kickstands, card slots, pop sockets, and screen protectors.

Skipping out on a case might make sense in a few fringe scenarios, but on the whole, the majority of iPhone users agree that a case is worth using.

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Hands on: iPhone 13 Pro review

Firstpost 21 September, 2021 - 08:00am

The iPhone 13 Pro isn’t a major change to the Apple formula, but it brings with it a few upgrades that may peak your interest, such as a smooth 120Hz display and, Apple claims, better battery life than previous iPhone models.

There are also photography and video upgrades, and a new 1TB-storage variant. The changes from the iPhone 12 Pro are negligible, but if you own an iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS or earlier the iPhone 13 Pro makes a compelling case for being your next handset.

We’ve yet to use the iPhone 13 Pro for an extended amount of time, but our full review of the phone is in progress, and we’ll be bringing you our comprehensive verdict in the coming days.

The iPhone 13 Pro was revealed on September 14, and you can pre-order the handset now from Apple, as well as from a variety of retailers and carriers. The iPhone 13 Pro release date is set for September 24, 2021.

The price starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,699 for the cheapest model with 128GB of storage. If you need more storage you can choose from a 256GB model at $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,869, a 512GB model at $1,299 / £1,249 / AU$2,219 or the 1TB variant at $1,499 / £1,449 / AU$2,569.

This is the first time we’ve seen a 1TB iPhone, and that price is correspondingly high. If you want a slightly higher-specced phone with a larger screen and battery, there’s also the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which starts at $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,849.

The iPhone 13 Pro is the company’s most premium device yet that doesn’t include a Max in the title, and unlike the iPhone 13 Pro Max this is a more appropriate size for one-handed use. If you’re looking for a new, mid-sized iPhone, this handset, or the iPhone 13, should suit you perfectly.

Apple’s design has been refined from the iPhone 12 Pro, but the differences are limited.

It comes with stainless steel edges, a matte finish on the rear and Apple’s Ceramic Shield glass on both sides. Apple says that protection makes it four times less likely to smash when compared to an iPhone without the technology.

In our time with the phone we’ve found the design to feel good in the hand; it has a touch more heft than the iPhone 13, which helps it to sit in our hand comfortably.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 are almost identical in size, but you can’t switch cases between the two as they have a slightly different rear camera housing.

The rear camera array on the iPhone 13 Pro does protrude from the body quite a bit, which may be an issue for some – it’s especially noticeable when you lay the phone down on a surface.

The right-hand edge of the handset houses the power button, while the left-hand side is home to the mute slider, volume buttons and SIM tray. On the bottom edge of the handset are the speakers, and a Lightning port for charging.

Like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. This features the best pixels-per-inch rating of the entire iPhone 13 range at 460ppi, and the picture quality looks crisp.

A significant upgrade from Apple here is the introduction of a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, which means the on-screen image refreshes 120 times a second for a more fluid experience than we’ve seen on previous iPhones; it’s most noticeable when you’re playing games or scrolling your social media feeds.

It’s a variable refresh rate, which is automatically adjusted depending on which apps you’re using. For example, most games will use a 120Hz refresh rate, while if you’re reading an ebook the rate could drop as low as 1Hz.

The idea here is to save on battery life when you’re using apps that don’t benefit from the high refresh rate. We’ve found the new screen tech works well so far, but we’ll bring you our more considered thoughts in our full review.

Apple has also reduced the size of the notch on the iPhone 13 Pro. No, there’s still no under-display camera, but the notch here is 20% smaller, meaning you’ve got a little more  screen real estate to work with.

Every little helps, but it’s something you’re unlikely to notice unless you hold this phone up next to last year’s model – don’t expect to be wowed by the size of the notch as you take your new iPhone out of the box.

The camera setup on the iPhone 13 Pro comprises three 12MP shooters: the primary wide camera with an f/1.5 aperture, a telephoto camera with f/1.8 aperture that’s capable of 3x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and 120-degree field of view.

There’s also a 3D LiDAR scanner element, which is used to measure depth and improve elements like the bokeh effect where Portrait mode will blur the background around a subject.

We’ve yet to try out the various camera modes and features on the iPhone 13 Pro extensively, but we have used the new macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and we were impressed by it.

We’ve also yet to properly test the battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro, but Apple says it’s improved over what we saw on the iPhone 12 Pro, and good for up to 22 hours of video playback.

That’s not the fastest charging we’ve seen in a smartphone – some of the latest Android handsets are hitting 120W or even faster – but it’ll be fine for most users. Note, though, that there’s no charger in the box as Apple continues to wage war on e-waste, so you’ll have to purchase a charger or use an existing one.

There’s also wireless charging on the iPhone 13 Pro at up to 15W when using Apple’s MagSafe chargers, or up to 7.5W with standard Qi wireless charging pads.

Like all the new iPhones, the iPhone 13 Pro runs on Apple’s A15 bionic chipset, which the company claims is the best on the market right now.

We’ve yet to properly put the processor through its paces in the iPhone 13 Pro, but we have fully tested the iPhone 13, and we found that the chip delivered fantastic performance on that phone, with apps loading instantaneously and games running smoothly, even if you’re unlikely to notice much difference from an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12.

You’ve got the choice of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage on the iPhone 13 Pro. We wouldn’t recommend going for the 1TB option unless you really think you need that extra space – for example if you shoot a lot of video – and many users could find 128GB a bit limiting, but most people will be well served by either or those two middle options.

The iPhone 13 Pro is 5G-ready, and you’ll be able to use the next-gen connection standard as long as your plan supports the technology and you’re in an area that has coverage.

The iPhone 13 Pro isn’t a huge step up from the iPhone 12 Pro, but if you own an older iPhone you may find that this is the best handset for you to upgrade to in 2021.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has more to recommend it if you like a larger phone, while the iPhone 13 is there for those who want something a touch cheaper. If you’re somewhere in the middle of those two handsets, the iPhone 13 Pro looks to be a strong choice – if not a particularly exciting handset in terms of design and new features.

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Hands on: iPhone 13 Pro review

CNET 21 September, 2021 - 08:00am

The iPhone 13 Pro isn’t a major change to the Apple formula, but it brings with it a few upgrades that may peak your interest, such as a smooth 120Hz display and, Apple claims, better battery life than previous iPhone models.

There are also photography and video upgrades, and a new 1TB-storage variant. The changes from the iPhone 12 Pro are negligible, but if you own an iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS or earlier the iPhone 13 Pro makes a compelling case for being your next handset.

We’ve yet to use the iPhone 13 Pro for an extended amount of time, but our full review of the phone is in progress, and we’ll be bringing you our comprehensive verdict in the coming days.

The iPhone 13 Pro was revealed on September 14, and you can pre-order the handset now from Apple, as well as from a variety of retailers and carriers. The iPhone 13 Pro release date is set for September 24, 2021.

The price starts at $999 / £949 / AU$1,699 for the cheapest model with 128GB of storage. If you need more storage you can choose from a 256GB model at $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,869, a 512GB model at $1,299 / £1,249 / AU$2,219 or the 1TB variant at $1,499 / £1,449 / AU$2,569.

This is the first time we’ve seen a 1TB iPhone, and that price is correspondingly high. If you want a slightly higher-specced phone with a larger screen and battery, there’s also the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which starts at $1,099 / £1,049 / AU$1,849.

The iPhone 13 Pro is the company’s most premium device yet that doesn’t include a Max in the title, and unlike the iPhone 13 Pro Max this is a more appropriate size for one-handed use. If you’re looking for a new, mid-sized iPhone, this handset, or the iPhone 13, should suit you perfectly.

Apple’s design has been refined from the iPhone 12 Pro, but the differences are limited.

It comes with stainless steel edges, a matte finish on the rear and Apple’s Ceramic Shield glass on both sides. Apple says that protection makes it four times less likely to smash when compared to an iPhone without the technology.

In our time with the phone we’ve found the design to feel good in the hand; it has a touch more heft than the iPhone 13, which helps it to sit in our hand comfortably.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 are almost identical in size, but you can’t switch cases between the two as they have a slightly different rear camera housing.

The rear camera array on the iPhone 13 Pro does protrude from the body quite a bit, which may be an issue for some – it’s especially noticeable when you lay the phone down on a surface.

The right-hand edge of the handset houses the power button, while the left-hand side is home to the mute slider, volume buttons and SIM tray. On the bottom edge of the handset are the speakers, and a Lightning port for charging.

Like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. This features the best pixels-per-inch rating of the entire iPhone 13 range at 460ppi, and the picture quality looks crisp.

A significant upgrade from Apple here is the introduction of a 120Hz maximum refresh rate, which means the on-screen image refreshes 120 times a second for a more fluid experience than we’ve seen on previous iPhones; it’s most noticeable when you’re playing games or scrolling your social media feeds.

It’s a variable refresh rate, which is automatically adjusted depending on which apps you’re using. For example, most games will use a 120Hz refresh rate, while if you’re reading an ebook the rate could drop as low as 1Hz.

The idea here is to save on battery life when you’re using apps that don’t benefit from the high refresh rate. We’ve found the new screen tech works well so far, but we’ll bring you our more considered thoughts in our full review.

Apple has also reduced the size of the notch on the iPhone 13 Pro. No, there’s still no under-display camera, but the notch here is 20% smaller, meaning you’ve got a little more  screen real estate to work with.

Every little helps, but it’s something you’re unlikely to notice unless you hold this phone up next to last year’s model – don’t expect to be wowed by the size of the notch as you take your new iPhone out of the box.

The camera setup on the iPhone 13 Pro comprises three 12MP shooters: the primary wide camera with an f/1.5 aperture, a telephoto camera with f/1.8 aperture that’s capable of 3x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and 120-degree field of view.

There’s also a 3D LiDAR scanner element, which is used to measure depth and improve elements like the bokeh effect where Portrait mode will blur the background around a subject.

We’ve yet to try out the various camera modes and features on the iPhone 13 Pro extensively, but we have used the new macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro Max and we were impressed by it.

We’ve also yet to properly test the battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro, but Apple says it’s improved over what we saw on the iPhone 12 Pro, and good for up to 22 hours of video playback.

That’s not the fastest charging we’ve seen in a smartphone – some of the latest Android handsets are hitting 120W or even faster – but it’ll be fine for most users. Note, though, that there’s no charger in the box as Apple continues to wage war on e-waste, so you’ll have to purchase a charger or use an existing one.

There’s also wireless charging on the iPhone 13 Pro at up to 15W when using Apple’s MagSafe chargers, or up to 7.5W with standard Qi wireless charging pads.

Like all the new iPhones, the iPhone 13 Pro runs on Apple’s A15 bionic chipset, which the company claims is the best on the market right now.

We’ve yet to properly put the processor through its paces in the iPhone 13 Pro, but we have fully tested the iPhone 13, and we found that the chip delivered fantastic performance on that phone, with apps loading instantaneously and games running smoothly, even if you’re unlikely to notice much difference from an iPhone 11 or iPhone 12.

You’ve got the choice of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage on the iPhone 13 Pro. We wouldn’t recommend going for the 1TB option unless you really think you need that extra space – for example if you shoot a lot of video – and many users could find 128GB a bit limiting, but most people will be well served by either or those two middle options.

The iPhone 13 Pro is 5G-ready, and you’ll be able to use the next-gen connection standard as long as your plan supports the technology and you’re in an area that has coverage.

The iPhone 13 Pro isn’t a huge step up from the iPhone 12 Pro, but if you own an older iPhone you may find that this is the best handset for you to upgrade to in 2021.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has more to recommend it if you like a larger phone, while the iPhone 13 is there for those who want something a touch cheaper. If you’re somewhere in the middle of those two handsets, the iPhone 13 Pro looks to be a strong choice – if not a particularly exciting handset in terms of design and new features.

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iPhone 13: Should I upgrade my iPhone?

Laptop Mag 20 September, 2021 - 03:01pm

Is the iPhone 13 worth the upgrade?

However, if you have an iPhone 11 or higher, whether you should upgrade is trickier. It all depends on who you are as a person and what you need from your daily driver. An upgrade isn’t imperative for the average consumer, but for certain niche groups, swapping your older-gen iPhone for a new one might be worth it. Let’s take a deep dive into who’d benefit from an iPhone 13 upgrade the most. 

Apple made some sweeping improvements to the iPhone 13’s cameras. It zapped the chip with powerful cores for machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and graphics performance, boosted the display with a 120Hz refresh rate (Pro and Pro Max only), improved the battery life, and more. These sweet upgrades may be significant to some, but not others.

Apple made a big to-do about the iPhone 13 sporting the world’s most advanced cameras (compared to other handsets). No, the iPhone 13 won’t replace professional camera equipment, but my colleague Peter J. Norman — an audiovisual freelancer and Apple loyalist — says that he’s poised to ditch his iPhone XR for the iPhone 13. Why? “I’d use the iPhone 13 as a run-and-gun backup in case my camera fails,” he told me.

The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have two enhanced 12-megapixel rear cameras: the wide and ultra-wide lenses. Here are the specs for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13’s dual-camera system:

 Wide 

Ultra-wide 

If those specs don’t mean anything to you, to sum it all up, the wide lenses on the two lower-tier iPhone 13s offer 47% more light compared to the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12, which means brighter results on your photos and videos. As for the improved ultra-wide camera, Apple claims that it will “help reveal more of the dark areas with less noise.” Thanks to the new A15 bionic chip, next-generation image signal processing and computational photography, the mini and 13 have the most advanced dual-camera system in iPhone history. If you’re an on-the-go photographer who'd benefit from shooting richer, highly detailed content, an upgrade to the iPhone 13 is worth considering. 

If you want the best smartphone cameras that money can buy, take a look at the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Unlike the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13, the Pro and Pro Max come with a telephoto lens, which lets you zoom in for a closer view of your subjects. If macro photography is your jam, you’ll have to snag the upper-tier iPhone 13 devices — the autofocus system inside their ultra-wide lenses can magnify subjects with a minimum distance of two centimeters.

Here are the specs for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone Pro Max’s wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses:

 Wide 

Ultra-wide 

 Telephoto

Compared to the last-gen iPhone Pro devices, Apple says that the wide lens offers a 2.2x improvement in low light while the ultra-wide lens serves up an improvement rate of 92%.  

In addition to the enhancements listed in the last section, Apple gushed about its brand-spankin’ new Cinematic Mode, which lets creators play around with a technique called “rack focus.” It brings a whole new dimension to visual storytelling by bringing specific subjects in focus to guide viewers’ attention. Even if you’re not a pro filmmaker, Apple claims that the feature is intuitive to use, so anyone can make cinema-grade videos with the new iPhone 13. Cinematic Mode can be found on all four iPhone 13 devices.

The Pro models are also the only smartphones that provide end-to-end pro workflow, so you can record and edit in Dolby Vision. So if you’re a travel vlogger who wants to capture stunning video of cityscapes or a busy, bustling street, you can shoot it and edit it with pro-quality cameras and apps — all with a device that can fit in your pocket. Apple’s ProRes format, coming later this year, will only be available on the Pro Models. ProRes is an advanced video codec widely used for the final delivery format for feature films, commercials and broadcasts. It offers exceptionally high color fidelity, less compression and more efficient encoding. With ProRes, you can record up to 4K at 30 frames per second (not available for the 128GB variant).

If 30% doesn’t cut it, how does 50% sound? The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max have the most powerful graphics ever with a new 5-core GPU that is 50% faster than other comparable smartphones. Another perk gamers should consider is the 120Hz refresh-rate display on the Pro and Pro Max, which should make gameplay appear smoother and more seamless. 

The Super Retina XDR display isn’t new, but according to Marvel Future Revolution’s executive producer Joe Lee (who experimented with the iPhone 13), it “allows gamers to see further into the distance, and catch more details and surroundings.” 

It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 13 line is 5G compatible, which means you could take advantage of faster download speeds while you’re on the go.

Clubs and lounges are known for having low-lit environments, so you’ll need a device that can output stunning photos despite the awful lighting. Apple boasts that the wide lens is the biggest sensor they’ve ever placed in their dual-camera system. As a result, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 performs better in poorly lit areas.

Sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) was introduced in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but now it can be found in all iPhone 13 devices. So while you’re wobbling around after having too much to drink (but you still want to upload stable images and videos to your social media account), sensor-shift OIS will use a floating sensor to counterbalance your shaky movements.

The iPhone 13 Pro models also sport Smart HDR 4 (an upgrade from Smart HDR 3 in the iPhone 12 line), which improves color, contrast and lighting, particularly for group photos and night-mode photography.

The A15 Bionic chip has the fastest smartphone CPU on the planet, and it has dedicated machine-learning accelerators (thanks to its new 16-core neural engine). It can handle a whopping 15.8 trillion operations per second, so if you need to run tasks that require fast machine-learning computations, the iPhone 13’s got your back.

Apple mentioned SwingVision as a platform that greatly benefits from its machine-learning boost. It’s an artificial-intelligence app that gives detailed analyses of tennis shots with a single camera. Other ML-based apps that get a leg up from A15 Bionic include Peak Visor (it uses AR to provide elevation details and names of nearby peaks for outdoor navigators) and Seek (an app that relies on image-recognition technology to identify plants and animals).

If you’re an iPhone 12 user (and you didn’t get the Pro Max), you may be disappointed with the battery life. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have an 8-hour battery runtime, and the mini is even worse, lasting 7 hours and 21 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test.

According to Apple, here’s how the iPhone 13 compares to its predecessor in terms of battery life.

Apple says that the Pro Max has the longest battery life ever in iPhone history. We don't know if that’s true, but we’ll let you know the facts when we get the iPhone 13 line in our lab for testing. 

As mentioned, if you have a phone that’s several generations old, you’re long overdue for an upgrade, so obtaining an iPhone 13 won’t hurt. 

Another group that should consider snagging an iPhone 13 that didn’t merit its own section are seekers of cool points. If you’re the type who loves having the latest, newest, top-of-the-line gadgets, then the iPhone 13 was made for you.

For owners of newer iOS devices, I’m not convinced the everyday, general consumer would benefit from the iPhone 13’s upgrades. But if you’re a part of the aforementioned groups who’d gain an upper hand by snagging an iPhone 13, knock yourself out.

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!

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iPhone 13: Should I upgrade my iPhone?

CNET 20 September, 2021 - 03:01pm

Is the iPhone 13 worth the upgrade?

However, if you have an iPhone 11 or higher, whether you should upgrade is trickier. It all depends on who you are as a person and what you need from your daily driver. An upgrade isn’t imperative for the average consumer, but for certain niche groups, swapping your older-gen iPhone for a new one might be worth it. Let’s take a deep dive into who’d benefit from an iPhone 13 upgrade the most. 

Apple made some sweeping improvements to the iPhone 13’s cameras. It zapped the chip with powerful cores for machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and graphics performance, boosted the display with a 120Hz refresh rate (Pro and Pro Max only), improved the battery life, and more. These sweet upgrades may be significant to some, but not others.

Apple made a big to-do about the iPhone 13 sporting the world’s most advanced cameras (compared to other handsets). No, the iPhone 13 won’t replace professional camera equipment, but my colleague Peter J. Norman — an audiovisual freelancer and Apple loyalist — says that he’s poised to ditch his iPhone XR for the iPhone 13. Why? “I’d use the iPhone 13 as a run-and-gun backup in case my camera fails,” he told me.

The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have two enhanced 12-megapixel rear cameras: the wide and ultra-wide lenses. Here are the specs for the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13’s dual-camera system:

 Wide 

Ultra-wide 

If those specs don’t mean anything to you, to sum it all up, the wide lenses on the two lower-tier iPhone 13s offer 47% more light compared to the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12, which means brighter results on your photos and videos. As for the improved ultra-wide camera, Apple claims that it will “help reveal more of the dark areas with less noise.” Thanks to the new A15 bionic chip, next-generation image signal processing and computational photography, the mini and 13 have the most advanced dual-camera system in iPhone history. If you’re an on-the-go photographer who'd benefit from shooting richer, highly detailed content, an upgrade to the iPhone 13 is worth considering. 

If you want the best smartphone cameras that money can buy, take a look at the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Unlike the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13, the Pro and Pro Max come with a telephoto lens, which lets you zoom in for a closer view of your subjects. If macro photography is your jam, you’ll have to snag the upper-tier iPhone 13 devices — the autofocus system inside their ultra-wide lenses can magnify subjects with a minimum distance of two centimeters.

Here are the specs for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone Pro Max’s wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses:

 Wide 

Ultra-wide 

 Telephoto

Compared to the last-gen iPhone Pro devices, Apple says that the wide lens offers a 2.2x improvement in low light while the ultra-wide lens serves up an improvement rate of 92%.  

In addition to the enhancements listed in the last section, Apple gushed about its brand-spankin’ new Cinematic Mode, which lets creators play around with a technique called “rack focus.” It brings a whole new dimension to visual storytelling by bringing specific subjects in focus to guide viewers’ attention. Even if you’re not a pro filmmaker, Apple claims that the feature is intuitive to use, so anyone can make cinema-grade videos with the new iPhone 13. Cinematic Mode can be found on all four iPhone 13 devices.

The Pro models are also the only smartphones that provide end-to-end pro workflow, so you can record and edit in Dolby Vision. So if you’re a travel vlogger who wants to capture stunning video of cityscapes or a busy, bustling street, you can shoot it and edit it with pro-quality cameras and apps — all with a device that can fit in your pocket. Apple’s ProRes format, coming later this year, will only be available on the Pro Models. ProRes is an advanced video codec widely used for the final delivery format for feature films, commercials and broadcasts. It offers exceptionally high color fidelity, less compression and more efficient encoding. With ProRes, you can record up to 4K at 30 frames per second (not available for the 128GB variant).

If 30% doesn’t cut it, how does 50% sound? The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max have the most powerful graphics ever with a new 5-core GPU that is 50% faster than other comparable smartphones. Another perk gamers should consider is the 120Hz refresh-rate display on the Pro and Pro Max, which should make gameplay appear smoother and more seamless. 

The Super Retina XDR display isn’t new, but according to Marvel Future Revolution’s executive producer Joe Lee (who experimented with the iPhone 13), it “allows gamers to see further into the distance, and catch more details and surroundings.” 

It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 13 line is 5G compatible, which means you could take advantage of faster download speeds while you’re on the go.

Clubs and lounges are known for having low-lit environments, so you’ll need a device that can output stunning photos despite the awful lighting. Apple boasts that the wide lens is the biggest sensor they’ve ever placed in their dual-camera system. As a result, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 performs better in poorly lit areas.

Sensor-shift optical image stabilization (OIS) was introduced in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, but now it can be found in all iPhone 13 devices. So while you’re wobbling around after having too much to drink (but you still want to upload stable images and videos to your social media account), sensor-shift OIS will use a floating sensor to counterbalance your shaky movements.

The iPhone 13 Pro models also sport Smart HDR 4 (an upgrade from Smart HDR 3 in the iPhone 12 line), which improves color, contrast and lighting, particularly for group photos and night-mode photography.

The A15 Bionic chip has the fastest smartphone CPU on the planet, and it has dedicated machine-learning accelerators (thanks to its new 16-core neural engine). It can handle a whopping 15.8 trillion operations per second, so if you need to run tasks that require fast machine-learning computations, the iPhone 13’s got your back.

Apple mentioned SwingVision as a platform that greatly benefits from its machine-learning boost. It’s an artificial-intelligence app that gives detailed analyses of tennis shots with a single camera. Other ML-based apps that get a leg up from A15 Bionic include Peak Visor (it uses AR to provide elevation details and names of nearby peaks for outdoor navigators) and Seek (an app that relies on image-recognition technology to identify plants and animals).

If you’re an iPhone 12 user (and you didn’t get the Pro Max), you may be disappointed with the battery life. The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have an 8-hour battery runtime, and the mini is even worse, lasting 7 hours and 21 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test.

According to Apple, here’s how the iPhone 13 compares to its predecessor in terms of battery life.

Apple says that the Pro Max has the longest battery life ever in iPhone history. We don't know if that’s true, but we’ll let you know the facts when we get the iPhone 13 line in our lab for testing. 

As mentioned, if you have a phone that’s several generations old, you’re long overdue for an upgrade, so obtaining an iPhone 13 won’t hurt. 

Another group that should consider snagging an iPhone 13 that didn’t merit its own section are seekers of cool points. If you’re the type who loves having the latest, newest, top-of-the-line gadgets, then the iPhone 13 was made for you.

For owners of newer iOS devices, I’m not convinced the everyday, general consumer would benefit from the iPhone 13’s upgrades. But if you’re a part of the aforementioned groups who’d gain an upper hand by snagging an iPhone 13, knock yourself out.

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!

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