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Apple iPhone 13 brings massive camera upgrade, better display

The new iPhone 13 mirrors the iPhone 12 in terms of design but comes with longer battery life, a new A15 Bionic chip and more storage options

The new Apple iPhone 13 Pro is debuted during the California Streaming virtual product launch in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Apple unveiled its new lineup of iPhones on Tuesday night at its California Streaming event, which also included newer features for the iPad and Apple Watch. The iPhone 13, however, was still the highlight of the show.

The iPhone 13 will have a new chip called the A15 Bionic that enables features like automatically translating text. The phone also has a better display, longer battery life and a ‘Cinematic’ mode for automatically changing focus while taking videos, a Reuters report explains. Apple’s calling this its “biggest camera upgrade ever”. The iPhone 13 will also have custom 5G antennas and radio components for faster speeds.

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Many reports suggested the iPhone 13 looks quite similar to its predecessor, the iPhone 12, in terms of design. A Bloomberg Opinion column says the new series similar in design to 2020’s phones: “Other than a smaller notch for the front-facing camera on top of the screen, and they start at the same price points.” The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini will be available in five colours, while the Pro and Pro Max series will come in four color finishes, including graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue.

The most notable change in the latest high-end iPhone 13 will be an option for 1 terabyte (TB) of storage, 1,000 gigabytes (GB), on the device. This is up from its previous maximum of 512 GB and enough storage to accommodate roughly 250,000 photos, or about 500 hours of high definition video, an AP report explains.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in four stunning finishes including graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in four stunning finishes including graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue. (Courtesy: Apple)

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will also include new ProMotion displays for the first time. This brings an adaptive refresh rate display to the iPhone several years after it first came to the iPad Pro, according to an ANI report. The display supports an adaptive refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz.

Apart from the longer battery lives, the camera upgrade in the new iPhone lineup is the one feature that catches the eye. This includes an improved ultrawide lens, a cinematic-like video feature and technology for better nighttime pictures. According to an AP report, the latter resembles a feature Google has long offered in its line of Pixel phones, which haven't been big sellers yet. The A15 Bionic chip is expected to have a big role in the image processing and stabilisation department in the new iPhones, according to Apple.

In India, the iPhone 13 will start from 79,900 (128GB), while the iPhone Mini starts from 69,900 (128GB). The Pro series will start from 1,19,900 (128GB), while the Pro Max will cost Rs1,29,900 for the 128GB-storage model. As per a Livemint report, pre-orders for the new iPhones will go live at 5:30PM IST on Friday, 17 September and the devices will be available from Friday, 24 September.

There were also new updates to the Apple Watch series and the iPad, but no significant announcement on new Airpods. The Apple Watch Series 7 will now come with a larger screen and faster charging capabilities. The company also unveiled a new iPad Mini, which features an 8.3-inch display with slim bezels, and the new iPad (9th generation), featuring the A13 Bionic chip.

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