iPhone 13: What Is So Special About It and Should You Upgrade?

September 27, 2021
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To many new and monogamous Apple product users, it can be confusing to differentiate between each model of the iPhone especially since there is a new one released almost yearly. There are a few notable upgrades to the iPhone 13s that make them worthwhile.

The two fundamental changes to the iPhone 13, compared to other models, are the improved battery life and the improved camera quality. The iPhone 13 also comes in a mini size, with increased base storage, and with a brighter display screen. Many of these features have long been requested by users.

Available in an assortment of colors like red, starlight, midnight, blue, and pink, the iPhone 13 certainly boasts some long-awaited features but you may still wonder if the changes are worth upgrading to.

iPhone 13 Design

Apple does not frequently change the outer design shape of their iPhones and the same goes for the iPhone 13. It shares the same flat edge design as the iPhone 12 series which many find sleek.

Like the iPhone 12s, iPhone 13s are available in various models including iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. While they seem similar in size, iPhone 13s are slightly thicker with more prominent camera protrusions meaning that they are not compatible with iPhone 12 cases.

Apple also reduced the notch size on the screen that houses the front-facing selfie camera and facial recognition. The size was reduced horizontally so it does not necessarily create more usable screen space nor does it include more information where the battery and time are located.

iPhone 13 New Processor and Improved Battery Life

While the iPhone 12 was powered by the A14 Bionic processor, Apple upgraded the iPhone 13 to the A15 Bionic processor. Both the A14 and A15 Bionic processors feature 6-core CPUs with 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. Both models feature a 4-core GPU along with a 16-core Neural Engine. Though Apple has not formally confirmed, CPU performance does improve in each new iPhone model year over year.

The improvement that everyone has been waiting for is increased battery life and the iPhone 13 offers it. The A15 Bionic processor allows the iPhone 13 to last up to 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 showcasing the efficiency of the A15 Bionic along with its greater physical size.

When fully charged, the iPhone 13 can be used for up to 19 hours of video playback, 15 hours of streamed video playback, and up to 75 hours of audio playback. Comparatively, the iPhone 12 could be used for up to 17 hours of video playback, 11 hours of streamed video playback, and 65 hours of audio playback. Both the iPhone 12 and 13 are fast-charge capable, adding up to 50% charge in 30 minutes.

iPhone 13 Camera Improvement

The iPhone 13 models all contain the same camera option although the main enhancement, when compared to the iPhone 12, is the wide-angle camera. This was achieved by installing a slightly larger wide-angle camera sensor that is able to take in more light and produce better image results.

The improvement to the camera sensors improved both photography and video quality. The main camera has sensor stabilization which helps video quality when the user is in motion. The larger camera sensors allow the image quality to be sharper, truer to color, and produce better images overall, even at night.

There is a new Cinematic Mode on the video function which is similar to Portrait Mode in how tracks and accentuates the main subjects being filmed. Apple has stated that in an upcoming update, users will be able to edit footage with Mac editing.

Using the True Depth camera system, the front camera was redesigned to fit in a space that is 20% smaller. You will notice this on the front notch of the display screen which has been shortened horizontally though it still features the same front-facing camera capabilities and facial recognition system.

As aforementioned the cameras on the back of the phone protrude slightly more than they did on the iPhone 12 meaning that protective phone cases designed for the iPhone 13 will be needed.

Differences in iPhone 12 and iPhone 13

iPhone 12s are available in 6 colors including black, white, red, green, blue, and purple. The iPhone 13 is available in updated color options such as starlight, midnight, blue, red, and the much anticipated, pink.

iPhone 12 Retail Price and Storage:

  • $699 USD for 64 GB of storage
  • $749 USD for 128 GB of storage
  • $849 USD for 256 GB of storage

iPhone 13 Retail Price and Storage:

  • $799 USD for 128 GB of storage
  • $899 USD for 256 GB of storage
  • $1099 USD for 512 GB of storage

Is Upgrading to the iPhone 13 Worth It?

Every time Apple releases a new model of iPhone, a dilemma ensues over whether or not to upgrade to the newest model, and the iPhone 13 is no exception. The easiest answer is to decide what you use your phone for and how long you would like it to last.

If you rely on your iPhone camera to capture images and take videos more than conventional cameras, then the additional quality, wide-angle imagery, and camera stabilization features may be right for you. The enhanced camera features are likely to be worthwhile for any photography buff though the average user may be okay with the image quality produced by their current phones.

With a larger and more efficient processor, this upgrade can be worthwhile for someone who uses their phone for business or needs their phone to be at optimal function for efficiency’s sake. Likewise, the increased battery life is a selling point in and of itself, ideal for those who are on the go or travel frequently that are otherwise inconvenienced by minimal battery life.

The larger base storage capacity of the iPhone 13 is also a selling point. It means less time and energy spent on going through old videos and photos deleting those that are taking up too much storage space.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are considering switching over to the Apple iPhone, a loyal Apple product user, or a tech enthusiast, the fundamental upgrades to the iPhone 13 compared to its predecessors are exciting. The technology found in the iPhone 13 can be worthwhile for anyone who has been waiting for the aforementioned upgrades and with all that added base storage, it is sure to last you a while, at least until the next model of iPhone is released.


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