The new iPhone 13 comes in five colours
Apple has revealed four new iPhones, a new Apple Watch and two new iPads at its September launch event, which come with a host of tweaks and updates.
The new iPhones include the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, as well as the faster iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Among the key features Apple has been keen to show off are improved filming technology, longer lasting batteries and redesigned cameras.
There have also been some big changes in Apple’s pricing in the UK. Here we break down everything you need to know about the new iPhone.
iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini
First up we have the latest version of Apple’s "standard" iPhone range. These include the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. The iPhone 13 comes with a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 13 Mini once again repeats its smaller 5.4-inch design.
The pair come with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which Apple says is 50pc faster than the competition, and improved graphics that it claims will be 30pc faster. The screen is also brighter, 28pc brighter to be exact. It also comes in five new colours, pink, blue, midnight, starlight and red.
Tim Cook reveals the iPhone 13 with two cameras and smaller notch
It has to be said, these are fairly iterative upgrades after last year’s big 5G reboot. Apple has redesigned its camera housing so that the new lenses are diagonal, rather than vertical, and improved the systems behind its snappers so they can gather nearly 50pc more light, which should make for improved night mode shots. At the top of the phone there is a slight redesign, with a notch that is 20pc smaller and a smaller top selfie camera.
Battery life could be the one big area of improvement. Apple says you ought to be able to get up to 2.5 hours more juice out of its regular iPhone 13 and 1.5 hours out of the iPhone 13 Mini, a nice improvement.
There has also been a tweak to prices for UK consumers, although this is largely driven by changes in the pounds. Pre-orders start on Friday and the phone will be released on September 24.
- iPhone 13 Mini: Starts at £679 with 128GB of storage, £779 for 256GB of storage and £979 for 512GB of storage
- iPhone 13: Starts at £779 with 128GB of storage, £879 for 256GB of storage and £1,079 for 512GB of storage
iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
Apple’s beefed up Pro iPhones are back, with two new models once again. The iPhone 13 Pro is the 6.1-inch model and the iPhone 13 Pro Max for those with big hands and deep pockets (in both senses) with a 6.7-inch screen. New colours include a fetching gold and something called "sierra blue".
Tim Cook with the new iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone maker was most keen to impress the powerful graphics in these new models, which combine its A15 chip with a five core graphics processing unit. It claims this is 50pc faster than models from rivals. Its screen technology has also improved, now refreshing at 120Hz, meaning videos and games should look smoother.
Apple claims its triple lens cameras have had their biggest upgrade ever with redesigned ultra wide, wide and telephoto lenses. The cameras include enhanced zoom capabilities and up to 2.2x improved low-light performance.
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro in four new colours including sierra blue
They also come with a host of new software features. These include Photographic Styles, a new feature of its camera app that lets you edit and tweak images in real time as you take a shot.
It also says its video technology has taken a leap forward. Its phones come with a new mode called Cinematic Mode. This allows users recording films to tweak their videos in real time, adjusting focus or tweaking the lenses to zoom in on different figures.
Inside, you can also choose to bulk up your iPhone 13 Pro with some of its biggest storage chips ever. You can now add up to 1TB of internal storage to capture all those photos and videos. This comes at a price, however. While Apple has brought down the entry level price of the iPhone 13 Pro to £949, it has also released its most expensive model ever. The iPhone 13 Pro Max with 1TB of storage comes in at £1,549.
Pre-orders start on Friday and the phone will be released on September 24.
- iPhone 13 Pro: Starts at £949 with 128GB of storage, £1,049 for 256GB of storage, £1,249 for 512GB of storage, and £1,449 for 1TB of storage.
- iPhone 13 Pro Max: Starts at £1,049 with 128GB of storage, £1,149 for 256GB of storage, £1,349 for 512GB of storage, and £1,549 for 1TB of storage.
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple has upgraded its Apple Watch Series 7 with a bigger bolder screen and a few improvements under the hood.
It has increased the size of the watch screen by 20pc, while making its borders 40pc smaller for an all round slimmer look to the watch. It comes in case sizes of 41mm and 45mm with more rounded edges.
Inside you still get 18 hours of battery life, but it is also boosted by fast charging that should increase its charge time by 33pc.
The new Apple Watch Series 7
Apple has also added new features, such as a qwerty keyboard for sending text messages that users. The tech company also says that its watch face is now 50pc more durable than previous models. It comes in the colours midnight, starlight, green, and a new blue and red, while is also available with new watch scrap looks and designs.
The Apple Watch Series 7 will be available later this year.
iPad and iPad Mini
In a surprise to most Apple fans, Apple also delivered an upgrade to its iPad and iPad Mini lines.
Its cheapest iPad model now comes with a faster A13 Bionic chip and double the storage capacity. It has a 10.2-inch display and starts at £319. It has a 12MP front camera, which comes with Centre Stage, a mode we first saw on its latest iPad Pro models. This means the iPad can effectively track you around the room when you making video calls from FaceTime or Zoom.
The updated iPad 2021
Apple has also improved the environmental credentials of its gadgets, such as with 100pc recycled aluminium on its iPad. Pre-orders are open today with a full release on September 24.
There was also an overhaul for the iPad Mini. Starting at £479, and coming in grey, pink, purple and "starlight" colours, the iPad Mini includes support for the Apple Pencil, adds USB-C connectivity and 5G wireless. While keeping its small profile, it has a larger 8.3-inch screen with improved brightness.
Apple iPad Mini in its new colours
Touch ID moves to the power button, taking it off the front of the screen to squeeze in that display. The chipset is an A15 bionic for added power. Pre-orders start now with a full release on September 24.