iPhone 13 Release Date 2021: price, technical sheet, all you need to know

iPhone 13 Release Date 2021; This year, Apple should brave the chip shortage again with a new – and potentially viral – iPhone model: the iPhone 13. While their keynote presentation is fast approaching, we already know a lot about the next iPhones.

How many iPhone 13 models will there be?

There will be four iPhone 13 models:

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Is the iPhone 13 called “iPhone 13” or “iPhone 12S”?

In all likelihood, Apple is not superstitious and will use the term “iPhone 13” to refer to its next iPhones. There will therefore be no “12S” iPhone as Apple could have done in the past.

iPhone 13: what release date and what price?

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The iPhone 13 will debut during a keynote held on September 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. (Paris). The price of the iPhone 13 may remain stable compared to those charged by Apple on the iPhone 12. In this case, you will get the following price list:

  • iPhone 13 Mini:        from £ 694 / 809 euros
  • iPhone 13:                from £ 780 / 909 euros
  • iPhone 13 Pro:         from £ 994 / 1,159 euros
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: from £ 1080 / 1,259 euros

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Yet, it is again possible at this point for things to evolve. The founder TSMC, which manufactures, among other things, chips for future iPhones, has already announced to its partners a 20% increase in its prices to cope with the shortage of chips. De facto Apple could catch up on the new storage options for the iPhone 13 Pro, a price that could exceed £ 1500 / € 1,800 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max 1TB.

What is the technical sheet of the iPhone 13?

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At this stage, we only have a rough portrait of the iPhone 13 datasheet. There is talk of a new powerful chip called Apple A15 Bionic, which should take the best of Apple Silicon M1 chips from the latest Macs and engraved in 5 nm. We know that it will not be an “M” chip like Apple’s latest iPad Pro.

Sources close to TSMC’s production lines confirm that the chip for the next iPhone will indeed be an “A” series like current smartphones. This chip will include the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem compatible with both 5G sub 6 GHz and mmWave, democratising this type of connectivity worldwide.

The modem is also WiFi 6E compatible, which delivers incredible speeds of up to 11 Gigabits per second. There should also be more RAM, more generous internal storage options, a better screen, and more capable batteries. Because of this last point, the design of the next iPhones will probably be a little thicker than the current generation.

How are the iPhone 13 performing?

The performance of the iPhone 13 will be significantly higher this year in almost all directions. The A15 Bionic chip is engraved using the 5 nm + process, which is more precise than the 5 nm engraving process of the A14 Bionic chip on iPhone 12. The more Apple increases the smoothness of engraving, the more the company can densify the number of transistors – which is true. Translates into significantly higher computing power 

The fineness of the etching is also responsible for improving energy performance. The more delicate the engraving, the less electricity the chip requires. Combined with more capable batteries and other components that consume less energy, it can deliver significant gains in range.

A brand-new 5G mmWave technology and WiFi 6E technology will help this smartphone deliver excellent network performance. However, the actual applications of this enhanced connectivity have yet to develop. There will be a new heat pipe system on all iPhone 13s.

A particularly efficient energy dissipation technology is available from the Galaxy Note 20 at Samsung, for example.

What are the screen sizes of the iPhone 13?

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The iPhone 13 will have precisely the exact screen sizes as the iPhone 12. It would be best if you ended up with the following diagonals:

  • iPhone 13 Mini:        5.4 ″
  • iPhone 13:                 6.1 ″
  • iPhone 13 Pro:          6.1 ″
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7 ″

Do iPhone 13s have a 120Hz screen?

The release of this product is one of the significant novelties this year. Apple was one of the first to offer 120 Hz displays in some of its products, while reluctant to adapt the technology to its iPhones. We can say that Apple tried to make its devices thinner without sacrificing too much autonomy until then.

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On the iPhone 12 generation, all models have lost autonomy compared to the previous generation. However, 120 Hz consumes more. And we can imagine that this is why Apple refused to integrate a 120 Hz screen in its iPhone in any case until the iPhone 13. Therefore, the 120 Hz ProMotion screen will be part of the model—iPhone 13 Pro with iPhone 13 Pro Max.

But the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 variants should remain on more traditional 60 Hz screens. Samsung will manufacture these screens. These are LTPO OLED displays. It would be a question of dynamically adjusting the refresh rate imperceptibly for the user so that the device can save some battery power whenever the opportunity arises.

LTPO technology should, for the first time, allow Apple to offer “Always On” technology on some of the models. Always On is a method that will enable some simple information to be displayed permanently on the OLED screen without spending significant energy or risking an afterglow effect.

How much RAM and internal storage do iPhone 13s have?

RAM is still a bogus issue on iPhones, while the effect of a few extra gigabits is felt more strongly on Android smartphones. However, Apple has probably chosen to increase the RAM available on the Pro models to 6 GB. The base models (iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12) should remain on 4 GB of RAM.

On the storage space side, we should find the following options:

  • iPhone 13 mini:        64, 128 or 256 GB
  • iPhone 13:                    64, 128 or 256 GB
  • iPhone 13 Pro:           128, 512 GB or 1 TB
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max:  128, 512 GB or 1 TB

The arrival of 1 TB of storage is undoubtedly related to improvements in the video recording part. We will come back to expect that these iPhones allow 8K video recording at up to 45 frames per second.

Which batteries for the iPhone 13?

This year all the battery capacities of the iPhone 13 have been revised upwards. The latest rumours thus evoke the following capacities (in brackets, the capacity available on the equivalent iPhone 12 model):

  • iPhone 13 mini:        2,406 mAh (2,227 mAh)
  • iPhone 13:                 3,095 mAh (2,815 mAh)
  • iPhone 13 Pro:          3,095 mAh (2,815 mAh)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 4,352 mAh (3,687 mAh)

Note that this year, in addition to a new MagSafe wireless charging system, the iPhone 13 could finally offer reverse charging to more easily charge accessories like AirPods Pro.

Can iPhone 13s make satellite calls?

We told you, the iPhone 13 will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 5G modem – which will provide them with sub 6 GHz and mmWave connectivity in addition to WiFi 6E. However, we forgot to mention a significant feature of this chipset: it could allow the iPhone 13 to make satellite calls.

Even when there is no network, Apple could still send texts and make emergency calls if they activate it. Apple will be the first manufacturer to offer the functionality before it appears on competing for Android smartphones.

Do iPhone 13s have better photosensors than iPhone 12s?

Initially, the LiDAR sensor, which allows capturing a more precise depth of field, would be generalised on all iPhone 13. It will ultimately not be the case. Apple still prefers to reserve this sensor for the more expensive Pro models.

There will nevertheless be some new things in the photo. A rumour echoed by analyst Ross Young estimates, for example, that the cheapest iPhone 13s will inherit larger sensors from the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max and Sensor-Shift stabilisation technology.

The rest is a bit more speculative at this point. All four models could carry an ultra-wide-angle f / 1.8. Autofocus may also be part of the cheaper models for the first time.

In addition, Apple has reportedly chosen to focus on astrophotography with a new special automatic mode. There is also talk of a video bokeh effect called “video portrait mode” and may be known as “Cinematic Video”. The professional ProRAW format would also be there.

iPhone 13 Design: What’s Changing?

In general terms, the iPhone 13 should resemble the “iPhone 5” design of the iPhone 12. However, there should be a few slight differences. According to renderings, it appears that Apple has changed the arrangement of the sensors of the cheaper models. Instead of being aligned vertically, they are now diagonally on the iPhone 13.

Another small change: 

Apple has finally managed to figure out how to make the iPhone 13’s notch a little narrower. It was failing to refine it in width. However, this is not the only slight change that emerges from these renderings. Indeed, we notice that these devices seem slightly thicker than the iPhone 12 generation.

The reason would be that these smartphones will carry a larger battery and probably photo sensors that physically take up more space than on the current generation, especially on the cheaper models. New colours should also be part of the game.

According to two leakers (EverythingApplePro and Max Weinbach), the iPhone 13 is likely to come in a matte black colour darker than the Graphite colour of the iPhone 12. There would also be a new pink colour.

Will there be a fingerprint sensor under the screen?

We never believed the rumour of a return of the Touch ID sensor in the form of a sensor below the screen. Apple has indeed never accustomed us to what might seem like a regression. Fingerprint sensors do not work well with all hands. If unfortunately, you experience excessive sweating, the device becomes particularly unstable.

Conversely, with Face ID, Apple has the most efficient and secure facial recognition technology on the market. We firmly believe that Apple will continue on this path. The company will not integrate a Touch ID sensor under the iPhone 13 screen. The technology may nevertheless land in an accessory like the Apple Watch shortly.

iPhone 13: Will Face ID finally work with surgical masks?

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The iPhone 13’s notch will be much narrower. 

The rumour of the return of Touch ID in iPhones relates to the difficulties that have arisen from the use of Face ID with surgical masks. Apple appears to be testing a new version of Face ID that works with surgical masks and fog on glasses.

Currently, it is unclear whether the enhancements will be an iPhone 13 exclusive or if Apple will deliver these enhancements to all Face ID-enabled smartphones via a software update.

What are the new features brought by iOS 15?

Along with the new hardware, the iPhone 13 should undoubtedly also benefit from the unique features of the iOS 15 update. 

When does Apple present the iPhone 13?

The iPhone 13 will be presented during a keynote on September 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. (Paris).

What is the price of the iPhone 13?

The price of the iPhone 13 should start at the same level as that of the iPhone 12. We, therefore, expect the following fees:

  • iPhone 13 Mini from 809 euros
  • iPhone 13 from 909 euros
  • Phone 13 Pro from 1159 euros
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max from 1259 euros.

Due to new internal storage options, the Pro models should nevertheless push some customers to spend significantly more than the iPhone 12. The most expensive model should therefore exceed 1800 euros.

What are the screen sizes of the iPhone 13?

The iPhone 13s will adopt the exact screen sizes as the iPhone 12s, namely smallest to largest, 5.4 “, 6.1”, 6.1 “and 6.7”.

Do iPhone 13s have a 120Hz screen?

Some iPhone 13 models do have a 120Hz ProMotion screen that allows smoother animations to be displayed. However, the component will only be available for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Are we sure that the iPhone 13 is called “iPhone 13”?

For a while, there was talk of Apple avoiding the number 13 by superstition. The brand could well have baptised this generation “iPhone 12S” and postponed the number 13. But many concordant leaks confirm at this stage that Apple has chosen the term “iPhone 13” for its next iPhones.

Pasito Tola

Pasito Tola is a tech enthusiast, writer, and engineer. He has a degree in Media Production and Telecom engineering from the University of Coventry and ISTA Ndolo. He is passionate about all things tech and has spent years exploring the latest gadgets, software, and innovations. His writing style is engaging, informative, and accessible, making even the most complex topics easy to understand. He is a valuable asset to our tech review site and we are lucky to have him on our team.