It is called the iPhone 13 after all. As expected, Apple Tuesday announced its latest range of iPhones, iPad, and Apple Watch with minimal changes but features that take into consideration the new uses of these devices in the pandemic period.
The iPhone 13 will come in four versions like before with the same screen sizes. However, the new range is powered by the new and more powerful A15 Bionic processor with 5-nanometer tech and six-core CPU. This chip makes the phones faster and smarter, especially when working on machine learning and AI, but also lets Apple works on improvements around camera capabilities, clearly one of the biggest selling points of phones these days.
So the new iPhones will use computational photography to give a Cinematic video mode with algorithm-based automatic focus shift, and customised photo modes like in point-and-shoot cameras. Apple is even promising a ProRes Video later this year, almost like a RAW video file in 4K resolution. Interestingly the iPhone 13 range now has base storage of 128GB at the same starting prices as last year.
The iPhone 13 Pro models also feature a 5-core GPU for better graphics and a Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion that can go from 10Hz to 120Hz refresh rate when needed to showcase this capability.
Apple also showcased two new iPads, a 10.2-inch iPad powered by the A13 Bionic processor and an 8.3-inch iPad Mini, both with the capability to use the Apple Pencil. Both the iPads now have better cameras with Centre Stage that keeps users in focus on video calls using Zoom and other such apps. The iPad Mini got what Apple CEO Tim Cook called “ its biggest upgrade ever” which meant a complete upgrade with a thinner design and 5G support
The Apple Watch Series 7 has a larger Retina display with slimmer borders and a wrap-around effect around the edges. But the Watch is not expected right away and will be available later this year.