It’s time to give my thoughts 1 month later after the official release of the iPhone 13 lineup.
let’s say for the unboxing Apple has just decided to make it look like you are grabbing a refurbished 1500 Dollar smartphone down streets.
In other words, the satisfying feeling of unboxing Apple phones is gone!! and maybe for the good of our environment and maybe the Silicone Valley Company Intrest. Let me know what you think
Whats inside the box?
So, inside this thin and lightweight box, you will find the iPhone 13 and a USB-C to Lightning cable.
Just remember that there is no wrapping around the phone as Apple aims to reduce electric waste and the extra profits are just bonuses.
Apple hasn’t yet switched to USB-C on iPhones for a variety of reasons. The most common of which being accessory compatibility and electrical waste. The EU Commission is pushing for this shift, so we’ll either see the end of Lightning-capable iPhones or, given Apple’s past history, the last of iPhones with any kind of USB connector.
Some papers, the SIM-ejection pin, and one Apple sticker are kept in the little paper container.
- Body: 146.7×71.5×7.7mm, 174g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins), Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).
- Display: 6.10″ Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak), 1170x2532px resolution, 19.48:9 aspect ratio, 460ppi; Wide color gamut, True-tone.
- Chipset: Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm): Hexa-core (2×3.22 GHz Avalanche + 4xX.X GHz Blizzard); Apple GPU (4-core graphics).
- Memory: 128GB 4GB RAM, 256GB 4GB RAM, 512GB 4GB RAM; NVMe.
- OS/Software: iOS 15.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm, 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm.
- Front camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm, 1/3.6″; Depth: SL 3D.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec; Front camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 3240mAh; Fast charging 20W, 50% in 30 min (advertised), USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe wireless charging 15W, Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W.
- Misc: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; NFC; Siri natural language commands and dictation, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support.
The biggest letdown has to be the missing ProMotion support – the 120Hz refresh rate is exclusive to the Pro models this year, and we guess the base models will have to wait a year or two before they are allowed to have it. The ultrawide camera autofocus upgrade is also exclusive to the Pro series, which is not great, but it’s what Apple usually does, so not surprising either.
With the ongoing chip crisis, among other production problems due to the pandemic and lack of resources, the iPhone 13 devices will face various delays with production and shipping, but doesn’t this happen every year? Oh, well…
Design, Build Quality, Handling
The iPhone 13 is essentially the same as the iPhone 12. But with three minor differences: diagonally aligned back cameras, a smaller screen notch, and a slightly heavier chassis. Despite these, the iPhone 13 remains one of the most elegant and basic smartphones on the market. With one of the most sturdy and water-resistant designs. Oh, and it’s surprisingly grippy!
A new iPhone wouldn’t be complete without at least one new color. And with the iPhone 13, that hue is Pink. It replaces the cool green option that was released last year and was popular but is no longer available..
The size of the screen notch is the most noticeable change on the front. The iPhone 13 is shorter, but if we’re being picky, it’s also approximately a millimeter thicker.
This wasn’t likely a design choice for the purpose of novelty But rather a necessity due to the primary camera’s new bigger sensor and sensor-shift stabilization
The front camera and Face ID sensors remain unchanged, and the earpiece doubles as a stereo speaker.
While we’re at it, the speaker grille has been replaced with a separate component with its own frame, rather than a thin mesh beneath a cutout. We’re not sure why this complication was required, but we’re hoping for the best.
Apple iOS 15 on the iPhone 13
All new iPhones come with Apple’s iOS 15 out of the box. It’s not a major update over iOS 14. But it does round many UI elements shapes such as settings menus and icons, notifications, buttons. The new version improves heavily on FaceTime and Messages, Notification management, Safari browser (now with extensions), Wallet and Maps. It also makes Photos and Spotlight even more intelligent. While the Camera app can now read and let you copy text in real-time.
Let’s take a closer look at the iPhone 13’s iOS 15 now. Its interface is still based on homescreens populated with apps and widgets, App Library for your less important apps, and Notification and Control Centers.
There is a system-wide Dark Mode. You can enable it manually or schedule it from within Display Settings, and it switches to dark all-white backgrounds across iOS. The Dark Mode affects all system apps but also apps that rely on system backgrounds. You can also check the option to darken the homescreen wallpaper when in Dark Mode.
Some of the novelties that come with Apple iOS 15 include better FaceTime service, smarter Spotlight search engine, Focus modes, improved Safari browser and Weather app, and more.
The new FaceTime app looks more and more like Zoom, and it now supports Grid view! It has a cleaner interface, supports background blur, spatial audio. And most importantly – it can make conference calls, non-Apple users can join the fun, too, by using an invite link thru Chrome or Edge web browser.
The Apple users can enhance their microphones with Voice Isolation or Wide Spectrum and let others hear them much better.
for the full details about IOS 15 click here
Benchmarks and Performance
All iPhone 13 models are powered by Apple’s latest A15 Bionic processor. It’s Apple’s second 5nm chip (TSMC’s second-generation 5nm technology) with 15 billion transistors, which is 27% more than the A14 in the iPhone 12 phones.
The new A15 chip uses a Hexa-core processor with two large Avalanche cores running at 3.23GHz and four smaller Blizzard cores running at 1.82GHz. Whatever that implies (Snapdragon 865, perhaps? ), the improved chip should give a 50% boost in performance over the competition.
For the Pro models, there is a new 5-core Apple GPU, and for non-Pro devices like our iPhone 13, there is a new 4-core Apple GPU.
We used the standard benchmark programs, and the Apple A15 Bionic processor appears to be the finest in the world, far outperforming the competition. It has a 15% increase in multi-core performance over the A14 and a 10% increase in single-core activities.
When it comes to gaming, the iPhone 13 performs; there isn’t a single current game that doesn’t operate smoothly and with the best graphics. It doesn’t become too hot when doing so, and the battery can last for approximately 9-10 hours until the battery runs out.
It also has the world’s fastest chip to date, and we couldn’t ask for anything more. We understand that 4GB RAM may seem laughable for Android, but iOS and its apps handle this capacity well because of Apple’s optimizations and program management methods. It’s sufficient. When you minimize a game, it usually pauses. The worst that can happen is some of your minimized apps may need to restart if too much time has passed after you’ve minimized them. But this seems to be valid for any phone, isn’t it?
Camera, Photo and Video Quality
There are two hardware upgrades and a couple of software ones available for the iPhone 13.
The primary 12MP camera has gotten a new sensor with larger pixels and high-end sensor-shift stabilization. It now uses a larger Sony sensor with 1.7µm pixels (vs. 1.4µm on the iPhone 12). The lens is 26mm f/1.6, like on the iPhone 12’s main camera, but the stabilization is of a different kind. Instead of optical stabilization, this camera now uses the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization. This means the sensor itself is stabilized in real-time and not the lens akin to the in-body stabilization or IBIS seen on many large-sensor digital cameras.
The secondary camera is identical to the iPhone 12’s – a 12MP imager with 1.0µm pixels and 14mm f/2.4 lens for ultrawide photos. The focus is fixed, and there is no stabilization.
The selfie camera is also lifted straight from the iPhone 12. It has a 12MP sensor with 1.0µm pixels and a 23mm f/2.2 lens. The focus is once again fixed. When using portrait mode on this camera, it captures depth info with the structured-light 3D scanner, so it should be taking some impressive selfies portraits.
The 12MP photos from the main camera are rich in detail, with great contrast and incredibly low noise levels. The dynamic range is okay, not the best we’ve seen. But we can describe it as balanced and natural instead of over-the-top.
The white balance is exceptional, and the colors are as true to life as possible. Some of the less-colorful samples may seem, well, a bit anemic, but we’ve looked, and these were the real colors. If you are not keen on Apple’s way of using painfully accurate colors. You can always opt for one of the Photographic styles and set the tone and hues for every photo that comes next.
One thing we are not fans of is the foliage presentation. Sometimes the grass is good and leaves look fine, other times – they are awfully smeared. With this new and even bigger sensor. We sure expected richer intricate detail, but we got the same as last year and the year before that. It seems Apple’s skills are not particularly good in this area.
For a few generations, Apple has offered two Field-of-View settings on the selfie camera. A somewhat zoomed-in 7MP crop that is comparable to a 30mm field of view. And a full 12MP mode that offers a 23mm equivalent FoV.
If you hold the iPhone in portrait mode, selfies are cropped to 7MP to give a tighter frame. But if you move the phone horizontally, the camera app automatically switches to the wider 12MP option. Allowing you to capture more of the scene. You may also manually switch between the two settings using the viewfinder’s switch shortcut.
The iPhone 13 is clearly minor advancement over the iPhone 12. And we can’t think of a single reason why someone who owns an iPhone 12 should upgrade.
However, the iPhone 13 is one of the greatest contemporary smartphones on the market because to its attractive appearance, enhanced durability, strong technology, fantastic speakers, and exceptional daytime and nighttime photography performance. And, for such a little device, the battery life was rather impressive.
Of course, there are plenty of offers on the market, and the competition within Apple’s own series is already tough enough. Let’s say you are using an older model iPhone, should you get this €900 iPhone 13 or another iPhone?
Well, the iPhone 12 is now at least €100-150 cheaper than the iPhone 13, while carriers are pushing even bigger promotions as they are getting ready to replace the older model with the new one. And it’s pretty much the same device with a slightly bigger notch and a missing Cinematic video mode. We can’t blame anyone that would skip these features and get the iPhone 12 at a large discount instead.
The iPhone 11 is also still on sale, and it’s now cheaper at about €500-€550. It is one particularly powerful smartphone that’s great for gaming, plus it is also a dual-glass IP68-rated device. It has a 6.1″ LCD screen and a familiar 12MP dual-camera, supports Face ID, and its 12MP selfie shooter is really good, too. Not to mention that battery life is great, too.
You can, of course, get the €800 iPhone 13 mini if you want the most compact yet most powerful iPhone, which is identical to the iPhone 13, but smaller. Or, if you want to get the best compact iPhone right now, the €1150 iPhone 13 Pro will offer you a 120Hz display, more powerful graphics and much better ultrawide and telephoto cameras. It is a significant update over the iPhone 12 Pro and will surely get the most attention. We guess most people will get it for the versatile photography skills with the added autofocus on the ultrawide and its 3x zoom lens, so you should consider it, too.
And if you are into Android phones of similar size and capabilities like the iPhone 13. You may want to explore the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, or the Asus Zenfone 8, or maybe the Realme GT 5G. These are all not-so-large phones with 120Hz OLEDs, powerful processors, and great cameras, plus they are all cheaper! The Realme GT is not water-resistant, but it’s quite affordable, so it’s worth mentioning.
The Apple iPhone 13 is a capable smartphone with one of the quickest chipsets and one of the finest camera kits, making it perfect for on-the-go photography and video capture, making it ideal for bloggers and vloggers on a budget. It also excels at streaming your favorite shows and playing challenging games. Its speakers are also shockingly good.
The iPhone 13 has a premium design and excellent all-around protection. But it’s not only about the aesthetics; it’s also about the durability, thanks to the Ceramic Shield and sapphire lens covers.
There is also another thing that seems to be an iPhone-exclusive – the promised 5 years of major updates. That’s a whole lot more than any Android device can offer, but also understandable since Apple makes a limited number of phones and has full control over every aspect of them.
The iPhone 13 is not a perfect smartphone. The notch is still huge as Apple doesn’t want to resurrect the Touch ID yet. The 120Hz display is exclusive to the more expensive Pro model. And it just won’t allow for faster than 25W charging. Though this could be somewhat responsible for the longer battery lifespan of the iPhones
- Outstanding design – sturdy and water-proofed.
- Bright OLED screen, HDR10, Dolby Vision.
- Dependable battery life.
- Loud stereo speakers, excellent output.
- Unmatched performance, 5G.
- Great all-round photo and video quality across all three cameras.
- Minor upgrade over iPhone 12.
- No 120Hz refresh rate.
- The notch is still an eyesore even if smaller.
- The fast charging can be handled better.
- iOS (with its limitations) remains a love it or leave it affair.