iPhone 13 Overview Updated September 15, 2021

iPhone 13: Features, release date, design, and more

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The iPhone 13 was announced on September 14 with a handful of new features. Year-over-year, the update brings design changes, camera improvements, and much more. Read on for our full roundup of everything you need to know about the iPhone 13, including naming details, the smaller notch, and more.

What is the iPhone 13 called?

This year, the iPhone is continuing its increment upwards in terms of naming, with the iPhone 12 being succeeded by the iPhone 13.

iPhone 13 design and size

In terms of design, the 2021 iPhone lineup looks nearly identical to the existing iPhone 12, though slightly thicker and heavier to accommodate larger batteries. Apple has also shrunken the size of the notch by 20% in terms of width.

While the iPhone 12 mini has reportedly experienced weaker-than-expected demand than Apple had expected, the form factor sticks around for another year, with Apple officially introducing the iPhone 13 mini.

  • One 2021 iPhone model with a 5.4-inch OLED display
  • Two 2021 iPhone models with a 6.1-inch OLED displays
  • One 2021 iPhone model with a 6.7-inch OLED display


The iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max all feature OLED displays. This year, however, the Pro models have a notable distinction: a new ProMotion display technology.

The ProMotion display gives the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max an adaptive refresh rate technology, allowing it to range from 10Hz to 120Hz based on what you’re doing.

Smaller notch

Finally, what about the notch? Every year, there is an expectation that the notch and Face ID cutout will get smaller, and it has finally happened with this year’s iPhone 13 lineup…sort of.

The iPhone 13 lineup features a notch that is around 20% smaller in terms of width, but is actually ever-so-slightly taller because Apple has relocated the earpiece speaker to the top bezel. Regardless, the overall appearance of the iPhone 13 will be sleeker as the total notch reduction is visually apparent. 

Camera upgrades

Apple says that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini include a “massive leap in camera design” with a new Wide camera that gathers 47% more light for less noise and brighter images. Apple has also added sensor-shift optical image stabilization to the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and iPhone 13 mini, a feature that was previously exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple says that this “stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens so shots are more steady, while the custom-designed Ultra-Wide camera with a new sensor captures images with more detail in the dark areas of photos and videos with less noise.”

The iPhone 13 also introduces a new Cinematic mode feature, which records videos of people, pets, and objects with a depth effect and automatic focus changes. This is similar to the Portrait mode feature that has been available for still images. Apple says that users can change the focus during and after capture, and adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie.

Apple is also introducing something it calls Photographic Styles, which it describes as customized preferences and filters that intelligently apply the right adjustments to different parts of the photo to ensure the important elements, like skin tones, are preserved.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max do have their share of exclusive features. Both models feature an Ultra-Wide camera with a 92% boost in low light performance, f/1.8 aperture, auto-focus, and 6-element lens. The Wide camera packs an f/1.5 aperture and up to 2.2x improvement in low light performance. Finally, the telephoto camera includes a new 3x optical zoom sensor for the first time.

Other camera features include:

  • Macro photography – Users can capture sharp, stunning images where objects appear larger than life, magnifying subjects with a minimum focus distance of 2 centimeters
  • Smart HDR 4
  • ProRes video recording
  • Night mode for all three cameras

A15 Bionic processor

The iPhone 13 lineup is powered by Apple’s newest A15 Bionic processor, but more details on performance improvements compared to the iPhone 12 are unclear as of now. 


While rumors had indicated that Apple was exploring low-earth-orbit satellite commutation technology for the iPhone 13, this did not actually come to fruition. Rumors had also suggested mmWave 5G support would expand to new countries outside of the United States, but this also did not happen.

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Storage options

For the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13, Apple has doubled the base storage configuration from 64GB to 128GB. This means the iPhone 13 is available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are available in storage configurations of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options.

Larger batteries

Battery life on the iPhone 12 took a hit due to 5G adoption and other changes. This year, Apple is touting significant battery life improvements with the iPhone 13 versus the iPhone 12.

Apple has reportedly adopting new space-saving designs inside the iPhone 13 such as integrating the SIM card slot with the mainboard, reducing the front optical modules’ thickness, and more. This frees up internal space for larger batteries.

According to Apple, you can expect the following battery life improvements this year:

  • iPhone 13 mini will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 13 will last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12
  • iPhone 13 Pro will last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max will last 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max

Check out our full breakdown of iPhone 13 battery life details here for more information.


With the iPhone 13 features the same design as the iPhone 12, Apple has redesigned the color options to help entice upgraders.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini colors:

  • Pink
  • Midnight
  • Blue
  • Starlight
  • Red

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors:

  • Gold
  • Graphite
  • Sierra blue
  • Silver

Release date: When will iPhone 13 come out?

The iPhone 12 launched later than usual due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPhone 12 launch was also staggered, with Apple releasing the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro first, followed by the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro max a month later.

This year, however, things are back to normal: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max will each be available for pre-order on September 17 and the first orders will arrive on September 24.

Price: How much will iPhone 13 cost?

Apple has also maintained the same pricing for the iPhone 13 as the iPhone 12:

  • iPhone 13 mini: $699
  • iPhone 13: $799
  • iPhone 13 Pro: $999
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1099

Wrap up

The iPhone 13 isn’t a major upgrade compared to the iPhone 12, but there are still multiple quality of life improvements. The design has remained largely the same, but expanded camera features, drastic battery life improvements, and more still represent notable

The rumor mill certainly indicates that there are a variety of potential changes in store for the so-called iPhone 14 next year, but for now, the iPhone 13 is the best of the best.

iPhone 13 Stories Yesterday

A new report by the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that the iPhone 13 lineup is delivering ”some of the best results in many quarters,” although the two mini version launched so far still account for as little as 3% of all sales on the second quarter of 2022.

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iPhone 13 Stories April 19

New data from Canalys shows how smartphone shipments worldwide have fallen 11% due to adverse market conditions. Demand has remained slow in 2022 amid an unfavorable market.

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I recently got the chance to compare and contrast a completely impromptu iPhone video shoot with a carefully planned interview shoot with a full-on studio setup – and while the results are certainly not comparable, my iPhone 13 Pro Max did a perfectly solid job.

Not long ago, I helped out a friend by shooting three video interviews. To do so, I used two BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera rigs, a motorized slider, studio lighting, a separate sound recordist with his own gear, and two hours of setup prior to shooting. The results won’t be ready to share for some time, but I’ve been able to review the footage …

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iPhone 13 Stories April 15

Apple’s supply chain is being badly hit by COVID-19 lockdowns in China, with the situation getting worse, say analysts. It follows Apple production being halted at three key suppliers, affecting iPhoneiPad, and Mac assembly. This has already seen shipping dates slip for build-to-order MacBook Pro models.

The worst-case scenario could see iPhone production falling behind by as many as 10 million units …

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iPhone 13 Stories April 13

Today Apple announced the winners of its iPhone Macro Challenge. While some photos were produced by professionals, others were just taken by daily iPhone users that saw an opportunity to try the macro photography function of the latest iPhone 13 Pro.

In an interview with photographer Tyler Stalman, Apple’s VP of iPhone Marketing, Kaiann Drance, talks about the context and the evolution of mobile photography. Not only that, but Stalman was also able to speak to some of the winners of the iPhone Macro Challenge.

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Back in January, Apple announced an iPhone Macro Challenge as its latest ‘Shot on iPhone‘ competition. iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max users were asked to share their best photos taken in macro (close-up) mode, and the company has today announced the winners.

Nature themes dominate, with flower and other plant photos accounting for six of the ten winning shots…

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iPhone 13 Stories March 23

Premium smartphone sales reached a new record high in 2021, according to a new report today, with Apple taking the top slot in each of the six global regions covered.

The iPhone maker is also said to be best-placed to take advantage of Huawei’s effective demise

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iPhone 13 Stories March 20

Best iPhone 13 cases [Updated: March 2022 CASETiFY capsules, recycled MagSafe, battery, more]

The best iPhone 13 cases are all ready and waiting down below. Our yearly roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases has now been updated with some new designs and brands to keep your precious Apple handset safe and looking its best. Alongside some collections from some of the big third-party brands and all of Apple’s latest colorways for iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone 13 mini, our updated 2022 list of the most reliable and interesting iPhone covers will give folks a good idea of what’s out there in various price ranges — from pricey leather sheaths to more affordable models you can flip out with your outfits — in order to make a truly informed decision. You’ll even find some screen protectors options as well. Head below for a closer look at our roundup of the best iPhone 13 cases. 

iPhone 13 Stories March 17

A new 5G smartphone record was set in January, when fifth-generation mobiles accounted for more than half of all smartphone sales for the very first time.

The iPhone 13 played a huge role in this milestone, accounting for more than a third of all 5G phone sales …

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iPhone 13 Stories March 16

Shenzhen iPhone production was forced to shutdown at two Foxconn facilities due to a new COVID-19 outbreak – but has now partially restarted.

Although the Chinese government ordered the city into complete lockdown for at least a week, it has now granted an exemption to Foxconn to use the same ‘closed loop’ system used by other companies in Wuhan at the start of the pandemic …

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iPhone 13 Stories March 15

iPhone 13 production is expected to start in April at Foxconn’s plant in Chennai, India. This was originally scheduled to happen in January, but it was delayed after Apple placed the facility on probation following worker complaints about the conditions there.

It’s just one of a number of issues Apple has faced as it continues efforts to reduce its dependence on China

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iPhone 13 Stories March 11

As pre-orders for the green iPhone 13 and alpine green iPhone 13 Pro just opened, some YouTubers and journalists are sharing a closer look at these new mid-cycle iPhone colors. Head below for a closer look at this new design in the real world.

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With the Apple Online Store back, users can now pre-order the new green iPhone 13 and alpine green iPhone 13 Pro. They’re the latest color additions to Apple’s flagship phones introduced in September.

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iPhone 13 Stories March 8

During its special “Peek Performance” event on Tuesday, Apple revealed new colors for the entire iPhone 13 lineup. While iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini now come in Green, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro are available in Alpine Green – and they come with new wallpapers that match the new colors.

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Today during its Peek Performance event, Apple took the wraps off new green iPhone 13 color updates for both the standard version and iPhone 13 Pro. The updates — green for iPhone 13, and alpine green for iPhone 13 Pro — follows last year’s mid-cycle release of the iPhone 12 in a special purple version.

Last minute rumors suggested that we’d see an iPhone 13 with a special green colorway during today’s event, and now that rumor has proved true. Learn more about the green iPhone 13 and alpine green iPhone 13 Pro inside.

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iPhone 13 Stories March 7

As we’re almost 24 hours away from the first Apple event of the year, a last-minute rumor claims that alongside the iPhone SE 3, the company will also unveil a new color for the iPhone 13 model.

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iPhone 13 Stories March 1

Global iPhone production reportedly set a new all-time record in the holiday quarter, Apple managing to balance huge demand for the iPhone 13 line-up with a well-managed supply chain operation to minimize the impact of component shortages.

Two additional factors were at play for Apple, according to market intelligence company TrendForce …

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iPhone 13 Stories February 27

Spring is almost here, which means new iPhone 13 MagSafe cases. With the first Apple event rumored for nine days from now, leaked photos reveal the new MagSafe silicone cases for the iPhone 13 line.

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iPhone 13 Stories February 25

The iPhone average selling price (ASP) hit double-digit growth last year, increasing 14% year-on-year. The popularity of the iPhone 13 was the key driver, helping propel the global smartphone market as a whole to record annual revenue of $448B.

Despite component shortages, the smartphone market grew 7% year-on-year, with Apple taking by far the largest slice of the pie …

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iPhone 13 Stories February 22

Here’s how iPhone 13 battery life compares to iPhone 12 and 11

Battery life gets a solid improvement with the iPhone 13 lineup. Follow along below for a detailed look at how iPhone 13 battery life compares to iPhone 12 and 11.

iPhone 13 Stories February 21

The iPhone 13 has been available for almost six months, and while it’s proven to be very successful, there are some reasons you might want to buy an iPhone 12 — or stick with an existing iPhone instead of upgrading. Head below as we detail the differences and similarities between the iPhone 12 vs. the iPhone 13.

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iPhone 13 Stories February 18

iPhone screen production has been hit by the on-going shortage of display driver chips, says a new report today. The shortage is set to affect production both this month and next.

The issue is expected to run into the millions of display panels…

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iPhone 13 Stories February 11

Apple flash storage supplier warns of NAND contamination; prices could rise by 10%

One of Apple’s main flash storage suppliers has revealed a large-scale contamination incident at its production facilities, with TrendForce warning that this could see NAND chip prices rise by up to 10%.

It’s currently unknown whether any Apple products will need to be recalled …

iPhone 13 Stories February 1

Here are four ways to find the battery percentage of your iPhone 13 and earlier iPhones too

Noticed that your iPhone 13 (iPhone 12 down to X too) doesn’t show the battery percentage in the status bar? Read along for four ways to show iPhone 13 battery percentage.

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