Runtime is the biggest throwback of the iPhone 13

Like last year’s choreography, Apple has unveiled four iPhones: two Pro variants in addition to the two base models. The products are mostly based on the same foundations that start with the device design. The square design brought back last year has remained (and is expected to last for a few more years), as have the sizes of the displays and devices. With this year’s models, only the notch, which is the top of the screen cut into the screen, presented on the iPhone X has been reduced. The designers cut the hanging area by 20 percent, which is required because of the front camera as well as Face ID sensors. Based on the images, Apple did not touch the coffee, leaving a relatively wide band around the panel, which is only further highlighted by the angular design of the device.

Apple did not mention improvements to face-based biometric identification, or Face ID. A few weeks ago, rumors broke out that the new devices would solve masked face recognition, but for now, it looks like it didn’t happen in the end. However, the information about Touch ID proved to be (unfortunately) true: Apple still didn’t bring back the more convenient way of identifying in many cases. Neither the screen nor the power button has a fingerprint reader under it.

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With regard to the rumors of recent weeks and months, it can also be stated that the recently mentioned satellite connection (emergency call function) was also omitted, so its implementation can only take place next year. On the positive side of the latter, Apple has not cut the path of wired charging and data connectivity, as it has retained the socket on the bottom of the device, although it is still Lightning standard. Incidentally, the development did not mention any improvements in terms of charging, so the two-year-old wireless charging, which has been rumored on the iPhone 11 for two years, has still not been included in the devices.

So what did Apple give us this year?

The basic models, namely the 6.1-inch iPhone 12s 13, as well as the 5.4-inch 12s In the case of 13 mini, the smaller notch was accompanied by a more advanced OLED display. In the present case, this covers incremental improvements that have increased the maximum outdoor brightness by 28 percent to 800 nits, coupled with 1200 nites in HDR mode. At the same time, the panel provides more efficient operation, which means lower dissipation (consumption).

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The processors of the devices have almost traditionally been updated. The iPhone 13 has a uniform A15 chip, which, like the rest of the products, can be considered an incremental development. In this case, Apple may have an excuse, as the room for maneuver in manufacturing technology was quite modest compared to last year. The insert is based on the 5 nm + (or N5P) strip width of the TSMC, which can be considered the crease seam of the 5 nanometer debuted in 2020. The process offers about 7 percent higher transistor power and 15 percent lower dissipation due to some minor modifications.

Apple’s chip design team has had to squeeze the most out of this, and while there is guaranteed to be no shortage of professional competence at the division, they can’t cross physical limits even in Cupertino. No wonder the 2 + 4-core A15 listened deeply to the rate of acceleration measured by its predecessor, which presumably couldn’t be much higher than 10 percent. Instead, in an unusual way, the reference was an unnamed Android competitor, against which the CPU could be “up to” 50 percent and the GPU up to “30” percent faster. In the absence of sufficient room for maneuver, the capacity of a cache was doubled, and an integrated image processor (ISP), a display engine, and fixed-function units used to decode and encode videos were reworked by the engineering staff. At the same time, the A15 promises more efficient operation with modest acceleration. (The exact extent of the latter will be determined from independent tests.)

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In addition to the processor, another important chip for smartphones, the modem, has also been updated. While Apple is listening deeply to the exact type of this, this is certainly the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 radio unit. The main advantage of the newer chip over the X55 in last year’s iPhones is that devices equipped with the X60 can connect to 5G networks virtually anywhere in the world, regardless of the frequency band in which they operate – or can combine their capacity. . Apple presumably referred to this in its presentation by saying that the iPhone 13 can now work with 200 different 5G networks in a total of 60 countries.

The X60 supports Carrier Aggregation (CA) in all spectra, which, in addition to making more efficient use of the range, could theoretically achieve up to 7.5 Gbps download and 3 Gbps upload bandwidth. The modem is compatible with both 5G non-standalone based on 4G and future 5G standalone systems. In this sense, VoNTE can be considered the successor to VoNR, and 5G Dual SIM is already supported.

Camera, camera, camera!

It is no surprise that the cameras on the device and the related services have improved further this year as well. All this is no wonder in light of the fact that it is still the easiest (literally) way to make visible progress in this area that is visible to the naked eye. To Apple’s credit, the 12-megapixel pixel count hasn’t risen in years, meaning the company isn’t primarily trying to outperform its competitors in marketing.

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For the base models, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, Apple also touched both rear-facing cameras. With the default wide-angle (26mm, f / 1.6) unit, this means a brand new image sensor chip that promises to utilize 47 percent more light. All this is accompanied by a more advanced sensor-stabilized image stabilizer and a 7-member lens that provides visibly better images in any lighting conditions. The number two ultra-wide-angle (13mm, f / 2.4) camera underwent a minor upgrade, which also affected the image sensor chip, which Apple said was faster.

As a big bang for the new camera system, Apple has bell-ringing a feature based mostly on software development, Cinematic Mode. This translates the artificial depth of field known as a portrait mode in previous years into video, which can be used to create motion pictures with a cinematic effect. IOS can automatically change the focus or blur the background accordingly, while the user can change some settings during recording.

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With this, the innovations of the basic models, i.e. the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, are almost exhausted. However, in addition to the five new hues, there are two more welcome changes: Apple has doubled the storage capacity of the smallest models to 128 gigabytes. Even better news is that thanks to various optimizations (display, processor) and higher battery capacity, the operating time of the iPhone 13 mini has increased by one and a half and that of the iPhone 13 by two and a half hours. With this, the devices are likely (but almost certainly the iPhone 13) to jump to the forefront of runtime rankings.

The price of the card-independent iPhone 13 starts at HUF 335,000 gross and the iPhone 13 mini starts at HUF 295,000. The amounts are HUF 15,000 and HUF 5,000 lower than the starting prices of their predecessors, respectively, so high inflation and tight chip supply have not yet appeared in the price tags of iPhones. (US dollar prices have not changed.) In addition to some price reductions, Apple will also leave last year’s models on the market, so the iPhone 12 will be available for $ 290,000 gross and the iPhone 12 mini for $ 250,000.

And what about the Pro?

The two iPhone 13 Pro models were differentiated by Apple as seen from their predecessors, with minor differences. The latter mainly affects the display, which, as previously rumored, has received the ProMotion technology, which promises a more fluid display than the iPads Pro.

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Behind the marketing is a higher image refresh rate of up to 120 hertz. Although the presentation did not mention this, it was presumably solved by Apple with LTPO display technology, which can adaptively reduce the upgrade to as much as 10 hertz. With this, the device does not run the panel at maximum unnecessarily, so lower values ​​can compensate for the extra consumption resulting from 120 hertz. Depending on the application, the operation may even be more efficient if you touch the display less often or play a standard, lower frame rate (25-30 fps) movie. In addition to the dynamic, higher update, the maximum brightness of the panel has also been increased: the 1000 nit is a 25 percent improvement over the peak of the iPhone 12 Pro.

In addition to the display, the rear camera is another highlight of the iPhone 13 Pro (and Pro Max) models. The plus one camera is no longer a surprise, but it is that there is no overlap with the units seen on the base models based on the numbers seen in the presentation. The wide-angle camera in the Pro models works with a hair’s own brightness (f / 1.5) and larger pixels, which allows it to perform significantly better in low light conditions.

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The difference is even greater with the ultra-wide-angle camera: the brightness is significantly higher (f / 1.8) and the optics consist of one more member, while autofocus has also appeared here. The telephoto camera has also been taken more seriously by designers: the 52mm and 65mm lenses of previous models have been replaced by a 77mm optics that offer three times the optical zoom (wide angle) in macro mode. The LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) released last year has, of course, survived, allowing for faster and more accurate photographer-video focus.

With the more advanced display and the differences around the rear-facing cameras, the difference between the base models and the Pro can be almost completely ticked. The housing of the more expensive models is still made of stainless steel instead of aluminum, and for the Pro models, Apple has thrown in 1 terabyte of storage as a fourth option, which presumably only a few have missed so far. Certainly, many people are happy that the operating time of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max has also increased significantly: the former can be extended by 1.5 hours and the latter by 2.5 hours on a single charge. With this, the iPhone 13 Pro Max will have a good chance of starting for the podium places in the races for runtime competitions. A few years ago, dozens of critiques were rightly received about the uptime of iPhones, which Apple apparently took seriously, as it now looks like it has managed to completely work out the disadvantage.

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Last but not least, the pricing starts: the 128 gigabyte iPhone 13 Pro starts at HUF 425,000 gross and the Pro Max starts at HUF 465,000, which are both HUF 15,000 lower than the starting prices of the iPhone 12 Pro. Thanks to the 1 terabyte option, however, you can buy an iPhone from Apple for more than 681,000 forints more expensive than ever before.


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