Apple Announces iPhone 13 Line with A15 Bionic Chip, 120 Hz Screen, and More

After months of leaks and rumors, Apple announced at an event this Tuesday (14) the iPhone 13. in multiple aspects, while implementing a remarkable battery boost and several long-awaited features.

In addition to the arrival of a reduced notch, the Cupertino giant’s new line of cellphones marks the debut of the first 120Hz Pro Motion screen on an iPhone, thicker cameras with advanced stabilization across all variants, and more.

As with the previous generation, the lineup consists of four models: the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Also similar to past releases, the devices share some basic specifications, such as the processor and storage, while having particularities of size, battery capacity, screen resolution, and others.

A15 Bionic, the most powerful mobile chip on the market

The iPhone 13 family is equipped with Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset, which despite maintaining the 5nm manufacturing process, promises substantial performance improvements over the A14 Bionic. The solution has 15 billion transistors and 6 cores, 2 high performance, and 4 low power redesigned to offer performance “up to 50% higher” compared to competitors.

The GPU has also been updated and marks the first time Apple has made a performance separation between traditional models and Pro variants: while iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have a 4-core graphics chip, iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will in addition to having 5 cores. This is the same strategy employed with the M1, which has different versions for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, despite keeping the name.

Still, Apple promises to be ahead of competitors regardless of configurations — the 4-core version is up to 30% more powerful than rival solutions, while the 5-core variant would increase the advantage to a respectable 50%.

The A15 Bionic also gains more Artificial Intelligence processing power, with the new 16-core Neural Engine, which is now capable of performing 15.8 trillion operations per second (TOPS), a considerable increase over the 11 TOPS of the A14 Bionic. Other new features include a new image processing chip (ISP), double cache, a new screen engine, and more.

iOS 15 brings enhanced notifications and privacy

The releases mark the debut of iOS 15, unveiled in June during WWDC 2021. Apple’s new operating system refines the formula the company has adopted in recent years, emphasizing notifications and privacy, while offering significant improvements for Siri and other elements based on Artificial Intelligence, such as the Photos app, equipped with Live Text, a new feature that identifies objects and text in images.

Some of the highlights include FaceTime with spatial audio and a new portrait mode, Focus feature with numerous settings to help focus on important moments, more robust Apple Maps with 3D cities and Augmented Reality navigation, redesigned weather app with more information, and privacy enhancements with Siri, Mail and more.

The debut of the 120 Hz Pro Motion screen with a reduced notch

The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max bring to Apple’s line of smartphones for the first time the company’s acclaimed ProMotion screen, with a 120 Hz refresh rate. the company adopted panels with LTPO technology, or Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon, in free translation.

Already present in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the OPPO Find X3 Pro, this type of screen can change the refresh rate in real-time, thus reducing energy consumption. The variation happens according to what is displayed: a web page can reduce the rate to just 10 Hz, while videos can set the frequency to 30 Hz or 60 Hz. Games and other activities that depend on greater fluidity activate the 120 Hz.

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini maintain the 60Hz rate but feature the same improvements offered by the updated panel, including 28% higher brightness, peaking at 1,200 nits, and better color accuracy. Another very welcome new feature shared by all models is the 20% reduction in notch size, criticized for years for taking up too large an area at the top of the screen.

The feat was achieved thanks to a reduction in the components used by the Face ID, as well as the repositioning of the call-in speaker, now closer to the metal edge.

iPhone 12 design, but with refinements

With the exception of the notch, the new iPhones do not bring drastic changes in design, but they have refinements that make the look of the devices, even more, premium, especially in basic models. The flat-screen has been kept, as are the straight sides, but there is a range of new colors available: Pink, Blue, Midnight (black), Star (white) and Red (PRODUCT)RED for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold and Graphite for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

There are also changes to the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini’s camera module, which now place their lenses diagonally, rather than placing them on top of each other. The whole family has a significantly larger set, due to the various improvements implemented in the sensors and lenses, and brings back the Ceramic Shield protection for the screen, which guarantees high resistance even in the face of sudden drops, in addition to aluminum and stainless steel for the sides on the iPhone 13/13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max, respectively.

Cameras with advanced stabilization on all lenses

The most impactful change for the whole family’s cameras is the addition of the Advanced In-Body Optical Stabilization System (IBIS), unique to the Pro Max model in the past generation. With this, Apple guarantees even greater stability in photos and videos, regardless of the model purchased.

The sensors are significantly larger, with 1.5-micrometer pixels on the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and 1.9-micrometer pixels on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, which work in conjunction with larger apertures, up to f/1.5, to deliver superior performance in low-light scenarios, with up to 92% greater light capture with ultra-angle and up to 2.2x greater in wide-angle.

Along with hardware improvements, there are a number of new features to enhance the photo and video capture experience. The main highlight is the Cinematic Mode, which allows recordings similar to cinema cameras, in HDR with Dolby Vision.

The novelty makes it possible to perform real-time adjustments on elements such as focus, and there are Machine Learning algorithms running to generate, for example, a depth map, so that focus adjustments can also be performed even after the recordings are finished.

Apple highlights how this is only possible thanks to the new A15 Bionic, and that it is a pioneer in the adoption of such technologies. Other than that, the supercharged processing power also enables the use of night mode on all cameras — with the iPhone 12, the model was only available on the main sensor — the improved Smart HDR 4 and Photographic Styles, which allows you to customize tones and the temperature of the image. Other highlights include the new ability to record slow-motion videos in macro mode, DeepFusion, lossless photos in ProRAW format, and more.

The interesting news is that Apple will release an update later this year to enable recording in ProRes, the company’s proprietary format used by professionals in conjunction with the Final Cut Pro editing program. The resolution can reach 4K at 30 FPS with Dolby Vision, but models with 128GB of storage will be limited to 1080P.

5G connectivity and additional features

The launches also bring improvements in the connectivity department, which will employ the 5G mmWave, considered the “true 5G”, in models sold almost all over the world. Apple has announced that it is working with around 200 mobile operators in various regions to accelerate the rollout of 5G.

In addition, we have NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, stereo audio, IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, 3D facial recognition with Face ID, Dual SIM support with one Nano-SIM and one eSIM, Ultra WideBand (UWB), 20W fast charging, up to 15W wireless charging via MagSafe, AirPlay and more.

Price and availability

The iPhone 13 family arrives on the market, including in the US, next Friday, September 24th, with the pre-sale scheduled for this Friday, September 17th. The suggested prices, 500 reais cheaper than those officially charged in the previous generation, are as follows:

iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • 128 GB: $1099
  • 256 GB: $1199
  • 512 GB: $1399
  • 1 TB: $1599

iPhone 13 Pro

  • 128 GB: $999
  • 256 GB: $1099
  • 512 GB: $1299
  • 1 TB: $1499

iPhone 13

  • 128 GB: $799
  • 256 GB: $899
  • 512 GB: $1099

iPhone 13 Mini

  • 128 GB: $699
  • 256 GB: $799
  • 512 GB: $999

iPhone 13 Pro Max: data sheet

  • Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR with ProMotion OLED, 2778 x 1284 pixels resolution, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 and HLG, 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM memory: n/a
  • Internal storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
  • Rear camera: 12MP (Main, f/1.5) + 12MP (Ultra wide, f/1.8, 120°) + 12MP (telephoto, f/2.8, 3x optical zoom)
  • Front camera: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Dimensions: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm
  • Weight: 238 grams
  • Battery: 4,352 mAh with 20W quick charge, 2.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 Pro Max, wireless charging (15W with MagSafe, 7.5W on Qi standard)
  • Extras: 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Face ID, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, UWB, IP68 certified, stereo audio, charging, and MagSafe accessories
  • Available colors: Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold, and Graphite
  • Operating system: iOS 15

iPhone 13 Pro: datasheet

  • Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR with ProMotion OLED, 2532 x 1170 pixels resolution, Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10 and HLG, 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM memory: n/a
  • Internal storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
  • Rear camera: 12MP (Main, f/1.5) + 12MP (Ultra wide, f/1.8, 120°) + 12MP (telephoto, f/2.8, 3x optical zoom)
  • Front camera: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm
  • Weight: 203 grams
  • Battery: 3,095 mAh with 20W quick charge, 1.5 hours longer battery life than iPhone 12 Pro, wireless charging (15W with MagSafe, 7.5W on Qi standard)
  • Extras: 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Face ID, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, stereo audio, UWB, IP68 certified, charging, and MagSafe accessories
  • Available colors: Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold, and Graphite
  • Operating system: iOS 15

iPhone 13: datasheet

  • Display: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution, HDR in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, refresh rate of 60 Hz
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM memory: n/a
  • Internal storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP (Main, f/1.6) + 12MP (Ultra wide, f/2.4, 120°)
  • Front camera: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm
  • Weight: 173 grams
  • Battery: 3,095 mAh with 20W quick charge, 2.5 hours longer than iPhone 12, wireless charging (15W with MagSafe, 7.5W on Qi standard)
  • Extras: 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Face ID, Wi-Fi 6, NFC, UWB, IP68 certified, stereo audio, charging, and MagSafe accessories
  • Available colors: Pink, Blue, Midnight (black), Star (white), and Red (PRODUCT)RED
  • Operating system: iOS 15

iPhone 13 Mini: data sheet

  • Display: 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels resolution, HDR in Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, refresh rate of 60 Hz
  • Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM memory: n/a
  • Internal storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB
  • Rear camera: 12MP (Main, f/1.6) + 12MP (Ultra wide, f/2.4, 120°)
  • Front camera: 12 MP (f/2.2)
  • Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.65 mm
  • Weight: 140 grams
  • Battery: 2,406 mAh with 20W quick charge, 1.5 hours longer battery life than iPhone 12 Mini, wireless charging (15W with MagSafe, 7.5W on Qi standard)
  • Extras: 5G, Bluetooth 5.0, Face ID, Wi-Fi 6, UWB, IP68 certified, NFC, stereo audio, charging, and MagSafe accessories
  • Available colors: Pink, Blue, Midnight (black), Star (white), and Red (PRODUCT)RED
  • Operating system: iOS 15

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