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Apple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 13
Apple iPhone 13
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8.7/10
Informr score
The Apple iPhone 13 currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 73 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While it's a questionable upgrade over the already-impressive iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 brings better battery life, improved cameras, a great display, and Apple's premium build quality to yet another generation of iPhones. As with past years, it's only real competition (for the price) are other iPhones.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Brighter display
  • Best performance
  • 5G Support

What's bad

  • No 120Hz display
  • Slow charging

Probably the most stand-out thing about the new cast of iPhones is implementing a cinematic camera mode that brings a bokeh-like effect to video, but with Apple sitting at the top of so many charts already with the iPhone 12, does the iPhone 13 offer enough to be worth the additional price?

Design

There's not a lot to parse here. It looks just like last year's iPhone and features Apple's premium metal and glass build. The only actual change may be the camera notch on the phone's front being about 20% smaller than before.

The iPhone 13 comes in different colors this year if you like a little flair. Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and Red offer a bit more personality than Apple's usual lineup.

Display

The lack of a 120Hz display disappointed some reviewers, noting that even the more budget phones had the option available.

They didn't feel it was fair to lock this increasingly common feature behind the iPhone Pro price tier.

It is still an excellent display, though. It is now 28% brighter than the iPhone 12, too -- a big perk for anyone who uses their phone outdoors frequently.

Performance

It seems like we'll never see a day when Apple isn't the front runner when it comes to performance, and once again, they've knocked it out of the park.

While everyday scrolling and social media may not be too noticeable, the difference comes in when you're playing games and multitasking. The iPhone 13's chipset is the very best in the business.

Software & Storage

You'll find the usual 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage offerings. Also, as usual, there's no option for microSD card expansion, so it's probably best to overestimate slightly unless you want to store things predominantly in the cloud.

The iPhone 13 ships with iOS 15 -- Apple's latest software. But that's available on many older (and more affordable) iPhones as well.

Cameras

The cameras are probably the most improved feature overall when comparing the older iPhones to the iPhone 13.

The bigger lens draws in up to 47% more light, providing much better low-light photography without going into night mode.

The next change is the option to change color temperatures and other details within the camera app. If you'd rather have something more subdued or more vibrant, you can switch between modes instantly.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature is the Cinematic mode, which allows you to feel like a movie magician. It automatically changes focal points as things happen with your video and allows you to adjust them after recording manually.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 13 easily beats the iPhone 12 with two whole extra hours of battery life, according to most reviewer's tests.

That's 10 hours and 33 minutes of live battery life at full brightness with constant web surfing.

Apple claims this is due to a larger battery, the A15 Bionic chip, and better screen regulation.

Wireless charging is available as well. But you won't find a charger included in the box, as Apple has removed them to reduce waste.

Audio

With no real mention of audio quality from reviewers. Where the speakers are positioned on the iPhone 13, one can assume that nothing has changed there.

If you really want to enjoy your audio, headphones are recommended.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum and glass chassis
  • 6.1-inch Super RetinaXDR display
  • A15 Bionic processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • iOS 15
  • 128/256/512GB of storage
  • 12MP front and rear camera
  • 3095mAh battery

Bottom Line

While the gap between iPhones gets smaller in terms of improvements, Apple still pulls some strings and makes each version better.

The iPhone 13 base model is just that -- the baseline experience in this year's lineup. However, if you simply want the size of the Pro or Pro Max but none of the features (or extra cost), it's an interesting value.

Tom's Guide states, "The iPhone 13 improves on what was already the best iPhone for most people by introducing a bunch of welcome enhancements. I especially like the longer battery life, as the iPhone 12's endurance was underwhelming even for a 5G phone. I wouldn't recommend that iPhone 12 owners upgrade to the new iPhone, but the iPhone 13 is worth it if you own an iPhone 11 or older device."

Tech Radar says, "If you own an iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 likely isn't for you, as there's not enough that's new here to merit the upgrade – but if you own an older iPhone, such as an iPhone 8 or iPhone XR, there's plenty to be excited about."


Operating system
iOS
Processor
3.22 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Top Ten Reviews

With an impressive new camera system and huge battery life gains, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is Apple’s best effort yet, but won’t be an instant upgrade for all.

- Lloyd Coombes, Top Ten Reviews
IT Pro

There is no denying that the iPhone 13 is a phenomenal handset and, if we take into account its £779 price tag, it may even be the best smartphone on offer right now. The only issue Apple might have is convincing people it's enough of an upgrade, because it is oh so similar to the iPhone 12. However...

- Bobby Hellard, IT Pro
Android Central

The iPhone 13 has the same design as its predecessor, but you get upgraded internal hardware, a new camera module that takes phenomenal photos in any lighting situation, double the amount of base storage, and better battery life. You still don't get a 120Hz screen or USB-C, but the upgrades on offer...

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
Digit

The iPhone 13 takes the best from the iPhone 12 and adds new and advanced features making it a very refined upgrade over its predecessor. At its asking price of Rs 79,900, the iPhone 13 is a no-brainer for someone who is looking to upgrade from the iPhone 11 or older.

- Siddharth Chauhan, Digit
Gadgets Now

The iPhone 13 has everything that you would want in a smartphone. It has an eye-catching design, excellent performance, battery life that will give you no reason to complain and consistent cameras. It’s hard to find a fault in the iPhone 13 except that the 60Hz refresh rate could’ve been added but A...

- Aabhas Sharma, Gadgets Now


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Apple iPhone 13 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $799.00. You can compare iPhone 13 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone 13 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 13 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone 13's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

Processor
3.22 GHz

There is a Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.22 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 15 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3095mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3095 mAh battery.

iPhone 13 Specs

Overview
Release Date September 24, 2021
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System iOS 15

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Processor Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core 3.22 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256/512 GB
RAM 6 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable
Cellular
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
GPS Type A-GPS
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels, f/1.6
Zoom
2x optical, 5x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
12+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels
Pixel Density 460 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone, Corning Gorilla Glass
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3095 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 1140 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.765 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 174 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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