Apple iPhone 13: Release date, specs, pricing, and news

Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are finally announced, and here’s an overview

After months of rumors and leaks, the Apple iPhone 13 series is finally here. The phones may not represent a major design shift over last year’s iPhone 12 devices, but they still offer a number of upgrades, new features, and more.

Like last year, there are four iPhone 13 models: The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. All four of the new phones have upgrades, and some of those upgrades are features that users have been asking for, for years.

We’ll be publishing full reviews of the phones in the coming weeks. In the meantime, however, here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 13 series.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini reviews and features

  • The iPhone 13 lineup starts with the iPhone 13 mini retailing for $799.
  • The newest iPhone 13 flips the camera layout to a diagonal camera arrangement which offers better, high-quality photos thanks to the larger lenses.
  • iPhone 13s come in five new colors including blue, pink, midnight, a color called starlight, and a Product Red option.
  • Pricing has stayed the same, yet battery life according to the latest reviews is an incredibly meaningful change over the previous iPhone 12 smartphones.
  • Read our review roundup here, and stay tuned for our full reviews.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro max reviews and features

  • iPhone 13 Pro pricing has also stayed the same as the previous year’s models.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 while the iPhone 13 Pro Max retails for $1,099
  • The iPhone 13 Pro displays finally offers 120Hz ProMotion, seamlessly increasing or decreasing the refresh rate based on what’s being utilized on the smartphone, saving battery in the process.
  • The cameras yield another huge upgrade with physically larger sensors, all with either optical or sensor-shift stabilization, enhanced night mode, macro close-up photography, and Cinema video mode.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro notch is 20% smaller.
  • Battery life is rated at both 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours more, respectively.
  • According to reviews, the newest Bionic A15 CPU delivers at least 10% better performance than last year’s models.
  • The iPhone 13 Pro colorways are sierra blue, gold, graphite, and silver.
  • Read our review roundup here, and stay tuned for our full reviews.

iPhone 13 specs

iPhone 13 mini iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max
Starting price $699 $799 $999 $1,099
Storage 128, 256, 512GB 128, 256, 512 GB 128, 256, 512, 1TB 128, 256, 512, 1TB
Screen size 5.4 inches 6.1 inches 6.1 inches 6.7 inches
Pixel Density 476 pixels per inch 460 pixels per inch 460 pixels per inch 458 pixels per inch
Refresh rate 60Hz 60Hz Up to 120Hz Up to 120Hz
Processor A15 Bionic A15 Bionic A15 Bionic A15 Bionic
Rear cameras Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide) Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide) Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, ultrawide) Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, ultrawide)
Optical Zoom None None 3x Optical 3x Optical
Front camera 12MP TrueDepth 12MP TrueDepth 12MP TrueDepth 12MP TrueDepth
Colors Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue
Dimensions 5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
Weight 4.97 ounces 6.14 ounces 7.2 ounces 8.5 ounces
Water resistance IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Battery life (video playback) Up to 17 hours Up to 19 hours Up to 22 hours Up to 28 hours

iPhone 13 design

iPhone 13 revealed at Apple’s California Streaming event. Image source: Apple

The iPhone 12 series got a major design overhaul, and as such, we were never expecting the iPhone 13 to get many design changes. The latest devices retain the squared-off edges and large square camera module on offer by Apple’s previous-generation phones. That’s not a bad thing though — we loved the look last year, and it still looks great this year.

There are a few tweaks to design though. Perhaps the most obvious of those is the fact that the devices are getting a slightly smaller notch. It’s not a huge difference, but it should make that edge-to-edge display slightly more immersive. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for the notch-less iPhone that we’re all looking forward to.


Image source: Apple Inc.

The other design shift comes to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. The two devices now have diagonally aligned cameras instead of vertically aligned ones. It’s also not a huge change, but still a way to tell the phones apart.

The iPhone 13 Pro comes in four finishes, including a new Sierra Blue finish. All four have a stainless steel frame. The Pro devices also boast a larger camera module, giving it enough room to get larger camera sensors — which we’ll get into a little later. It won’t make a huge difference for those that put their phone in a case.

iPhone 13 display

The Pro iPhones are getting a major display upgrade. After years of high refresh rate Android phones, Apple’s Pro devices are finally getting ProMotion displays. That means that they’ll offer a 120Hz refresh rate that should give software smooth animations and a responsive feel. This is a feature that’s long overdue, but it’s still nice to see.

As mentioned, unfortunately, the feature is only coming to “Pro” models — so the standard devices aren’t getting the treatment. Hopefully, that will change for the iPhone 14 series, though only time will tell. Still, all four devices offer nice OLED displays that should look great whether they have high refresh rates or not.

The standard devices are still getting a bit of a display upgrade though. The device has a new high-efficiency display that can go up to an impressive 1200 nits.

Despite some early rumors, there’s no Touch ID sensor in the display. It’s possible that will arrive down the line.

iPhone 13 specs and performance

As is tradition, the series is getting an improved processor — all four models now offer Apple’s A15 Bionic chip. The new chip is based on the 5nm process, not a 3nm process as some rumors indicated. But it still should give an already super powerful chip a little extra oomph. It’s a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.

The storage amounts are being updated too. Apple has done away with the 64GB storage option, meaning that the base iPhone now offers 128GB. This will be helpful for those who like to store lots of files and media on their device — though those that rely heavily on cloud services may not notice much of a difference. And, there’s a new 1TB storage option too.

The devices have improved 5G performance too. Now, the device supports C-band 5G networks, which could play a large role in 5G deployment over the next few years.

iPhone 13 camera

The iPhone 12 series represented a big step forward for the iPhone’s camera, bringing larger camera sensors that perform better in low light. The iPhone 12 Pro Max in particular performed excellently in that respect. Apple is now bringing that tech to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. That should help devices offer better low light performance and stabilization.

Like the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini, the two lower-end models still have a dual-camera setup with one 12-megapixel wide and one 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. And, the Pro devices still have a triple camera setup, which adds a 12-megapixel telephoto camera to the mix.

There are some other improvements to the camera, besides the sensor-shift tech. The devices have a larger 7-element wide camera, which has a larger sensor. And, the iPhone 13 Pro devices offer an improved 6-element ultrawide camera with an f/1.8 aperture. This ensures they can perform better in low-light conditions, plus it allows the device to take macro photography without the need for a dedicated macro camera. And, the telephoto camera on the Pro models finally offers up to 3x optical zoom, making for a total of 6x zoom range when you factor on the ultrawide camera.

The series offers some new software features too. They have a new Cinematic Mode feature, which is basically Portrait Mode for video. The mode lets you change focus by tapping on subjects on the display. phones also offer a new AI-based filter system called “Styles.”

iPhone 13 battery

The series is getting a solid battery improvement too. All four models are getting a battery boost. According to Apple, the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro will offer 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Mini, while the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max will get a 2.5-hour improvement. The company says this is largely due to a more efficient chip and more efficient software. We’ll have to wait and see just how big the batteries actually are.

Pricing and release date

The overall pricing structure of the series is the same, with the iPhone 13 Mini coming in at $699. The standard iPhone 13 costs $799, while the iPhone 13 Pro costs $999, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max comes at $1,099.

All four of the phones are now up for pre-order, with full sales to begin on September 24. You can read about where to buy the iPhone 13 devices here.