It’s that time of the year again when Apple wows us all with the next iteration of the most popular mobile phones on the market. This year’s iPhone 13 range – the 15th generation of iPhones released by the Silicon Valley giant – iPads, and Apple Watches were all announced at Apple’s September 14th California Streaming event (great choice of title guys).
Below, we delve into all the exciting pieces of palm candy revealed at the event, including the updated tech set to grace the new devices, when they’re coming out, how much they are, and more.
Apple iPhone 13 range: specs, when they’re coming out, how much they’ll be, and what they’ll look like
Everyone’s favourite high-spec smartphone range is shaping up nicely. Apple announced four phones in the new range. Ordered in terms of price and performance, we’ll be getting the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Let’s look at their specs, what they’ll look like, when they’re coming out, and how much they’ll be.
When will the iPhone 13 range be released?
You won’t be waiting long at all! All four iPhone 13 handsets will be released on Friday, September 24th, 2021.
What are the iPhone 13’s and iPhone 13 Mini’s specs and prices?
The mid-range iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini phones build on last year’s fantastic line-up. When it comes to specs, improvements on the iPhone 12 range include an even-better 12MP dual-lens rear camera for wide and ultrawide images, 4K HDR video, and more powerful 5G.
Apple’s new A15 chip is present too, which comes packed with six CPU cores, 4 GPU cores, and a 16-core neural engine for AI – next-gen technology through and through.
Both will be IP68 dust and water-resistant and come with Super Retina XDR displays which are 28% brighter than the 12 range. 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models will be on offer too – essentially double what we got last year – and will run on iOS 15. Battery-wise, you’re looking at 17 hours of video playback for the Mini, and 19 for the iPhone 13.
What will the iPhone 13 and Mini look like?
Apple is also offering five great colour options this time around, including midnight (black, to the uninitiated), pink, blue, starlight (which is a silvery colour), and (PRODUCT) red, and all will be compatible with MagSafe magnetic charging. The iPhone 13 will be a 6.1-inch device, while the Mini will boast a 5.4-inch screen.
How much are the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini?
Price-wise, the iPhone 13 will cost £779 (128GB), £879 (256GB), or £1,079 (512GB), while the iPhone 13 Mini is a bit cheaper, at £679 (128GB), £779 (256GB), or £979 (512GB).
What are the iPhone 13 Pro’s and iPhone 13 Pro Max’s specs and prices?
The premium smartphones in the upcoming 13 range really pull out all the stops. First, let’s look at the similarities between the 13 and Mini. The A15 chip is the same, alongside the 5G boost and 12MP front-facing camera. All will run Apple’s new operating system iOS 15, have IP86 protection, and MagSafe charging.
The differences are where things get really exciting though. Sized at 6.1 inches for the Pro and 6.7 inches for the Pro Max, each phone’s OLED screen comes with ProMotion technology that changes the refresh rates of the displays from 10Hz to 120Hz. It means you get incredibly fluid image movement when it matters – and when it doesn’t, the phone saves energy by reducing its refresh rate. It’s a nifty bit of tech that’s only been on the iPad Pro until now.
Then there are the cameras. The Pro models come with an extra 12MP telephoto lens that has 3x optical zoom, plus up to 15x digital zoom, offering serious power for photography lovers. The wide and ultrawide cameras also have higher f-numbers. We won’t bore you with the details, but it means they let in more light – great for night shots – and can give you more of that lovely background blur prized in portraits.
The video is better too – ProRes recording will be present on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, though Apple is keeping tight-lipped on the specifics for now.
You also get a LiDAR scanner (which was present on the 12 Pro models but is still very cool and a Pro exclusive) that lets you build 3D models of objects and surroundings. And the batteries are better too, with 22 hours and 28 hours of non-stop video playback for the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max respectively.
Lastly, as well as the 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models, there’s a whomping 1TB model too – just the ticket if you like to play fast and loose with 4K video. And the colours are slightly different too: gold, silver, graphite and sierra blue (a sleek, silvery blue).
How much are the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max?
Given their improved specs, bigger screens and 1TB storage option, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max cost a little more than their mid-range brethren.
For the iPhone 13 Pro you will be set back £949 (128GB), £1,049 (256GB), £1,249 (512GB) or £1,449 (1TB). The Pro Max prices are £1,049 (128GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) and £1,549 (1TB).
Apple Watch Series 7: bigger, with premium features
Hot on the heels of the new iPhone comes the Apple Watch 7. With a slightly updated design, Apple’s new smartpiece has a just-a-bit bigger Retina display that, crucially, has much smaller bezels while retaining the same overall shape as the Watch 6. This allows the screen to meld with the case and strap. It looks seriously slick as a result, as well as being easier to read and tap.
Durability is increased too, with improved crack resistance, an IP6X rating and WR50 water resistance rating letting you check your messages while swimming lengths! Battery life is the same as the 6 at 18 hours, but with a USB-C connector it now benefits from 33% faster charging. And design-wise, you can take your pick from green, blue, (PRODUCT) red, starlight and midnight.
While there isn’t an official release date for the Apple Watch 7 (‘later this autumn’ is all Apple is saying), it will cost around £379.
Apple iPad and iPad Mini 2021: slimmer and faster
What are the new iPad’s specs and prices?
The iPad is very much a small step up from the previous model, with a similar design, Touch ID button, and silver and space grey colour options. The 10.2-inch, 1620×2160 display is the same too, alongside the 8MP rear camera.
The differences start when we look at the 12MP front-facing camera, which will offer higher-quality video calls. The A13 Bionic chip is a 20% faster upgrade on last year’s device as well, and the operating system is the brand-new iPadOS 15.
Out on September 24th, the new iPad will cost £319 (64GB Wi-Fi), £439 (64GB LTE), £459 (256GB Wi-Fi), and £579 (256GB LTE).
What are the new iPad Mini’s specs and prices?
The iPad Mini sees much bigger changes compared to the more budget iPad.
The Liquid Retina 8.3-inch display is the fanciest we’ve yet seen in a Mini, the A15 Bionic chip from the new iPhone line brings a 40% boost to processing and a whopping 80% to graphics, and both rear and front-facing cameras are now 12MP shooters that will let you capture yourself and your surroundings in crystal-clear resolution. The front-facing camera is ultra-wide too – perfect for Facetiming with multiple people in the room.
You can get your hands on the new iPad Mini from September 24th. It’ll cost £479 (64GB Wi-Fi), £619 (64GB LTE), £619 (256GB Wi-Fi), and £759 (256GB LTE).
We’re super excited to check out Apple’s sparkly new range of iPhones, iPads, and the new Apple Watch. If you want to upgrade later this year, choose Mazuma when selling your devices – you’ll get the best price possible to finance your upgrade! Get in touch if you have any questions or head back to the blog.