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8.8/10
Informr score
The Apple iPhone 13 currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 63 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

While it's a questionable upgrade over the already-impressive iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 brings better battery life, improved cameras, a great display, and Apple's premium build quality to yet another generation of iPhones. As with past years, it's only real competition (for the price) are other iPhones.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Brighter display
  • Best performance
  • 5G Support

What's bad

  • No 120Hz display
  • Slow charging

Probably the most stand-out thing about the new cast of iPhones is implementing a cinematic camera mode that brings a bokeh-like effect to video, but with Apple sitting at the top of so many charts already with the iPhone 12, does the iPhone 13 offer enough to be worth the additional price?

Design

There's not a lot to parse here. It looks just like last year's iPhone and features Apple's premium metal and glass build. The only actual change may be the camera notch on the phone's front being about 20% smaller than before.

The iPhone 13 comes in different colors this year if you like a little flair. Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and Red offer a bit more personality than Apple's usual lineup.

Display

The lack of a 120Hz display disappointed some reviewers, noting that even the more budget phones had the option available.

They didn't feel it was fair to lock this increasingly common feature behind the iPhone Pro price tier.

It is still an excellent display, though. It is now 28% brighter than the iPhone 12, too -- a big perk for anyone who uses their phone outdoors frequently.

Performance

It seems like we'll never see a day when Apple isn't the front runner when it comes to performance, and once again, they've knocked it out of the park.

While everyday scrolling and social media may not be too noticeable, the difference comes in when you're playing games and multitasking. The iPhone 13's chipset is the very best in the business.

Software & Storage

You'll find the usual 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage offerings. Also, as usual, there's no option for microSD card expansion, so it's probably best to overestimate slightly unless you want to store things predominantly in the cloud.

The iPhone 13 ships with iOS 15 -- Apple's latest software. But that's available on many older (and more affordable) iPhones as well.

Cameras

The cameras are probably the most improved feature overall when comparing the older iPhones to the iPhone 13.

The bigger lens draws in up to 47% more light, providing much better low-light photography without going into night mode.

The next change is the option to change color temperatures and other details within the camera app. If you'd rather have something more subdued or more vibrant, you can switch between modes instantly.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature is the Cinematic mode, which allows you to feel like a movie magician. It automatically changes focal points as things happen with your video and allows you to adjust them after recording manually.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 13 easily beats the iPhone 12 with two whole extra hours of battery life, according to most reviewer's tests.

That's 10 hours and 33 minutes of live battery life at full brightness with constant web surfing.

Apple claims this is due to a larger battery, the A15 Bionic chip, and better screen regulation.

Wireless charging is available as well. But you won't find a charger included in the box, as Apple has removed them to reduce waste.

Audio

With no real mention of audio quality from reviewers. Where the speakers are positioned on the iPhone 13, one can assume that nothing has changed there.

If you really want to enjoy your audio, headphones are recommended.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum and glass chassis
  • 6.1-inch Super RetinaXDR display
  • A15 Bionic processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • iOS 15
  • 128/256/512GB of storage
  • 12MP front and rear camera
  • 3095mAh battery

Bottom Line

While the gap between iPhones gets smaller in terms of improvements, Apple still pulls some strings and makes each version better.

The iPhone 13 base model is just that -- the baseline experience in this year's lineup. However, if you simply want the size of the Pro or Pro Max but none of the features (or extra cost), it's an interesting value.

Tom's Guide states, "The iPhone 13 improves on what was already the best iPhone for most people by introducing a bunch of welcome enhancements. I especially like the longer battery life, as the iPhone 12's endurance was underwhelming even for a 5G phone. I wouldn't recommend that iPhone 12 owners upgrade to the new iPhone, but the iPhone 13 is worth it if you own an iPhone 11 or older device."

Tech Radar says, "If you own an iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 likely isn't for you, as there's not enough that's new here to merit the upgrade – but if you own an older iPhone, such as an iPhone 8 or iPhone XR, there's plenty to be excited about."


Operating system
iOS
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Macworld

The iPhone 13 is a fantastic phone, but it doesn’t bring many must-have upgrades over the iPhone 12.

- Michael Simon, Macworld
Tech Advisor

A 60Hz display is the only thing really stopping the iPhone 13 from being the most competitive phone on the market. It improves on its predecessor and otherwise outperforms rivals deftly.

- Alex Walker-Todd, Tech Advisor
IGN

The iPhone 12 was a good phone, and the iPhone 13 hasn’t really done much to become any better. A fleet of minor improvements help it stand above its predecessor, and the extra storage is reason enough to pick it over a discounted iPhone 12, which will only come with 64GB. But, without major adjustm...

- Mark Knapp, IGN
NDTV

There's no doubt that the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini work smoothly. The iPhone 13 mini in particular could be a good upgrade if you're currently using an older iPhone and want to stick with something small. On the other hand, the iPhone 13 is more in line with the current market, and should be...

- Jamshed Avari, NDTV
Notebookcheck

This year's iPhone comes with numerous welcome upgrades: Better battery life, a brighter screen, slightly better speakers, a slightly smaller notch. Of course, there are also new iOS features as well as a new, more powerful CPU. The design of the case still follows a sleek and fairly rectangular app...

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Apple iPhone 13 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $799.00. You can compare iPhone 13 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone 13 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 13 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone 13's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 15 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/ 512 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3095mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3095 mAh battery.

iPhone 13 Specs

Overview
Release date September 24, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 15

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Processor Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3095 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.765 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 174 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels
Pixel density 460 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.6
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
2x optical, 5x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.4, Ultra-wide), HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AAX, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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