The successor to last year’s iPhone 12 series, the new iPhone 13 lineup comes in the form of the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and the top of the line iPhone 13 Pro Max each of which comes with a modest series of upgrades across the board and, of note, massively improved camera arrays.
Aesthetically speaking, this year’s crop of iPhones are similar to last year’s save for realigning some of the dual rear camera arrays of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini from a vertical to a diagonal position that somewhat evokes the mental image of domino pips.
iPhone 13 series gets the A15 Bionic processor
Common to all of the new iPhone 13 line-up is the addition of their A15 Bionic processor that is built on a 5nm process, features a hexa-core CPU that’s 50% faster than the competition with a quad-core GPU that’s 30% faster than the competition, though this is upgunned to a 5-core GPU on the more powerful iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max and a 16-core Neural Engine capable of tackling 15.8 trillion operations per second. The new range also gets 5G connectivity.
The new A15 Bionic is the cornerstone of their vastly improved cameras for the entire range with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini sporting improved rear dual camera arrays and the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max featuring more powerful rear triple camera arrays.
On top of the A15 Bionic, the new phones also have enhanced battery life over their predecessors on account of the more efficient A15 Bionic processor with the iPhone 13 mini getting 1.5 hours longer battery life over the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 getting 2.5 hours longer battery life over the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is rated for 2.5 more hours more than the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 1.5 more hours on the iPhone 13 Pro over the older iPhone 12 Pro.
The new range will also have enhanced storage sizes with upgrades to minimum storage size going up from 64GB to 128GB across the board. Across all four iPhone 13 series variants, you’ll get 128GB, 256GB and 512GB as storage options though the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both get a humongous 1TB storage option.
Screen sizes are similar though the new iPhone 13 range gets 20% smaller notches across the board for their ProMotion OLED displays, 120Hz refresh rates and a slab of CeramicShield to protect the screen display. The iPhone 13 Pro Max gets a 6.7-inch display while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 gets a 6.1-inch display. The smaller iPhone 13 mini gets a 5.4-inch display. All of the new range also get IP68 water and dust resistance.
iPhone 13 series cameras
Cameras have been improved across the range with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini inheriting the sensor-shift optical image stabilisation seen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max for their dual camera arrays.
The larger iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max retain a triple camera array but have a larger primary sensor that has a wide F/1.5 aperture and 1.9 µm pixels for better low light capture as well as sensor-shift OIS which is a feature that was exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The Ultra Wide camera gets an F/1.8 aperture and 2cm macro photography capability and the telephoto camera gets 3x optical zoom.
Video capture is up to Dolby Vision HDR in 4K@60fps and 4k@30fps in ProRes though the most interesting addition for auteurs is the addition of smarter rack focus in a new Cinematic Mode to enable more cinematic looking videos.
iPhone 13 series availability and price in Malaysia
Fresh off the global announcement, you can start preordering the new Iphone 13 series on 1st October and availability from 8th October in Malaysia. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both get four colourways at retail – Pink, Blue, Midnight and Starlight and an online exclusive Red. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both get four colourways as well – Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold and Graphite. Here’s how much they’ll cost for each variant.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-13
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max https://www.apple.com/my/shop/buy-iphone/iphone-13-pro
Colour options: Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and Red
iPhone 13 mini 128GB RM3,399
iPhone 13 mini 256GB RM3,899
iPhone 13 mini 512GB RM4,799
iPhone 13 128GB RM3,899
iPhone 13 256GB RM4,399
iPhone 13 512GB RM5,299
Colour options: Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold and Graphite
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 128GB RM4,899
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 256GB RM5,399
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 512GB RM6,299
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 1TB RM7,199
iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB RM5,299
iPhone 13 Pro Max 256GB RM5,799
iPhone 13 Pro Max 512GB RM6,699
iPhone 13 Pro Max 1TB RM7,599