Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini
With the recent launch of the iPhone 13, every smartphone enthusiast has been frantically trying to figure out if the newest iteration is worth their money and time. Whether you’re thinking of switching to an iPhone from a different brand or upgrading your previous phone to the newest one, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you end up regretting the purchase.
Instead of wasting time by listing all the different versions of the new iPhone, we’ll just get that matter out of the way quickly – there is almost no notable difference between the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and iPhone Mini. The more you pay, the higher the camera quality and the GPU, but the differences are still very minor and will be completely unnoticeable to the average phone user (and those who do notice will hardly find it worth the extra cost).
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at what’s new with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini to determine if you should leave your previous iPhone or Android phone behind for this new upgrade.
An Advanced Camera
Apple claims that this is their most advanced iPhone camera yet, and it features multiple modes – Ultra-Wide, Wide, and Telephoto – which ensure great visual fidelity for any pictures and videos you will take with this new camera. There are three rear cameras that automatically reduce noise and tone mapping, as well as a bunch of other features that make the overall experience better, although some of them are indeed buzzwords thrown together for advertising purposes.
Apple’s intention behind the new camera and its aggressive advertisement campaign, though, is to encourage people to use it like an actual camera, shooting short films and taking cool pictures of their friends and environment. With how good the images look, you can’t blame them.
The battery capacity of the iPhone 13 is 19 hours, while the iPhone 13 Mini’s is 17 hours. Although this isn’t a significant improvement, it is still around 2 extra hours of video playback and 10 hours extra of audio playback compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 12.
The GPU of the iPhone 13 has been improved from the previous model, although the cores that are being advertised are split between different models. For example, the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have 3 cores, while the Pro and Pro Max have 5. Experts who have used both, however, claim you can’t really tell the difference between either of them, as all four models run every application seamlessly and smoothly.
Every model of the iPhone 13 has OLED screen panels, which is not a new thing, as every modern-day phone have featured them in certain price ranges. What’s criminal here is that, despite being costly enough, the iPhone 13 and iPhone Mini have a refresh rate of only 60 Hz. Although one could argue that most people don’t need a higher rate anyway, it’s not fair nonetheless.
Instead, the better refresh rates are only included with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, which have ProMotion displays that range between 10 Hz to 120 Hz.
The display size is another difference between the four models, as the 13 Mini’s is 5.4 inches, the 13 and 13 Pro are 6.1 inches, and the 13 Pro Max is 6.7 inches.
The cinematic mode of the new iPhone is one of its most advertised features, which is made possible by its new advanced camera.
These are the only differences between the iPhone 13 and the previous generation of iPhones; if you’re comfortable using an iPhone 12, you might not have much incentive to “upgrade” to this phone and might be better off waiting for the iPhone 14. If you care about these small changes and/or don’t have an iPhone 12, then you might as well pick a model and go for it.