Last year it was pretty easy to write a review of Apple’s new smartphones. The “basic” iPhone 12 turned out to be so successful that the Pro practically had no arguments in its favor. A simple piece of advice could be given: if you choose an iPhone, go for the base model.
With the 13th generation iPhone, this advice is harder to come by.
I am sure that not only after the September presentation of Apple, but I also had a feeling that instead of a new generation. It seems that everything has become “better,” but at the same time, we can quickly find an answer to the question “Well, what’s so new?” somehow, it does not work.
Of course, if you start looking closely, there will be changes. The iPhone got a little thicker and a little heavier, the camera protrusion, the size and position of the lenses changed, which immediately gave rise to many jokes.
The perfectionism of Apple’s designers has won the final victory over regulators’ standards – in the 13th generation, not a single technical inscription or logo remained on the iPhone case. For example, you could find several technical symbols on the side edge in a smartphone from last year.
iPhone 13 Mini
On the one hand, changes in the appearance of the device are almost invisible. On the other hand, there are enough of them to keep the iPhone 12 case off the iPhone 13, so be careful.
Perhaps the most significant external improvement on the iPhone 13 is the more petite bangs. The speaker moved closer to the edge of the screen, and Face ID sensors took up the freed-up space. As a result, the “bangs” decreased by 20%.
I will warn you – you probably will not immediately notice the loss of these percentages. For example, when I first got to know the device, the question arose: “So, but now I definitely picked up a new model, and not an old one?”
Even with the iPhone mini, where every pixel is worth its weight in gold, the screen space freed up goes unnoticed. One of the reasons for this perception is that the area that appears on the screen is not used in any way – iOS just slightly increases the signal level and battery icons.
13: Capacity and Battery
Inside, there are two fundamental changes worth highlighting. The first is to increase the minimum internal storage of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Now for 80 thousand rubles, Apple offers a starter model with 128 GB. In 2020, for the same money, the company sold the iPhone 12 with 64 GB.
When buying an iPhone, it was not only me the thought jarred that 64 GB is somehow too small. And the additional 64 GB is not worth increasing the check by 15 thousand rubles. Now, the base iPhone 13 with 128GB should be enough for most needs.
The second change is the physical increase in the battery. It is now 15% more for the iPhone 13 and 9% more for the mini version. In terms of the duration of the work, Apple claims that the iPhone 13 will last two hours longer than last year’s model, and the iPhone mini – one and a half.
No one will argue that increasing the battery capacity is, of course, very good. But in the case of the iPhone 13, the extra two hours of battery life is more like a welcome addition because the iPhone 12 already kept a charge perfectly throughout the day. But in the case of the iPhone 13 mini, increasing the capacity has become an urgent need.
Last year’s iPhone 12 mini was often enough only for the first half of a day of active use, so an external battery was a must-have accessory for owners of a miniature smartphone.
I do not conduct special tests and measurements on the efficiency of the battery, but, as usual, I share my general impressions of the daily use of the device.
On the first day of testing at lunchtime, I charged the iPhone 13 mini to 100%. During the day, I lazily downloaded iPhone applications developed by TheDigiLead, took pictures of the cat, sat in Telegram, Reddit, and Instagram feeds – in a word, I spent the day with benefits for services and advertisers. Before bed, the red battery indicator spoke of a 3% residual charge.
For a couple of days of using the mini-version, I would stop at an intermediate conclusion: a noticeable increase in capacity. But the smartphone seems to lack another one or two additional hours to feel more confident leaving the house with it for the whole day.
The extra hours of operation, according to Apple, come not only from the increased battery size but also from the new energy-efficient A15 Bionic chip. This year, the processor is notable because instead of taking nesting dolls (when Apple compares the performance of the new model with the previous one), the company switched to comparisons with abstract “other smartphones.”
12 Pro Max: Camera
In short, Apple took the primary camera sensor from the iPhone 12 Pro Max and ported it to the iPhone 13. And since the images on the iPhone 12 Pro Max seem to be praised by all reviewers.
The phone is guaranteed to give good results in everyday shooting: night mode, rich shots with great details, fast focusing. The large sensor, carried over from the most expensive iPhone in 2020, offers predictable benefits – it picks up more light, so the results are impressive.
By the way, it is the size of the sensor that explains the diagonal arrangement of the cameras – to leave a compact square cutout, the cameras had to be placed diagonally.
13 Pro: The “Basic” Set
In the review, I constantly compare the iPhone 13 with the iPhone 12, and when comparing, the set of improvements is limited to pumping a few essential functions of the smartphone. The new camera, which was installed in the most expensive Apple smartphone last year, has a couple of new tasks for shooting, additional hours of battery life, and more internal memory.
For owners of older models, there will, of course, be much more innovations:
- A new design and a compact form factor.
- An OLED screen.
- The MagSafe ecosystem (it is developing slowly, but still).
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