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iPhone 13 release date, price and features

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Welcome to our information hub about Apple's 2021 iPhone 13 series, which include the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Here we have everything you may want to know about the iPhone 13 series, such as specs, features, the best cases, and more.

  • Also be sure to check out the new iPhone 14, which was just recently released!

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iPhone 13 release date


The iPhone 13 was announced on September 14, 2021, at 10am PDT, and began shipping shortly after – on September 24.

For reference, below we have a comparison of Apple's iPhone announcement and release dates from 2017 up to 2021:


iPhone 13 price

  • The iPhone 13 starts at $799

The price of each new iPhone model depends on the storage option you choose. Below we have all iPhone 13 models with their prices for each available storage option.


What are the iPhone 13 models' specs?



See the following pages for in-depth specs on each iPhone 13 model:


Reviews for the iPhone 13 models


Here at PhoneArena we thoroughly test and review each phone we get. Below we have for you a brief description of every iPhone 13 model, along with a link to its review, where you can learn more about it, see our camera samples from it, how it performed in our benchmark tests, how long its battery lasts and more...

  • The iPhone 13 mini is the smallest of the 2021 iPhones, although it still features the same modern design with flat edges as the bigger models, as well as the same fantastic performance. To learn more about it, please see our iPhone 13 mini review.

  • The iPhone 13 is the middle child of the 2021 models, featuring a more traditional-sized 6.1-inch display and the second biggest battery after the Pro Max. If you're interested in learning more about this model, see our iPhone 13 review.

  • The iPhone 13 Pro features an extra camera and two extra gigabytes of RAM over the previous two models. In addition, its display is twice as smooth at 120Hz refresh rate, as opposed to 60Hz. This is also the only iPhone 13 model aside from the Pro Max to be available in 1TB (1000 GB) of storage. Learn more about it in our iPhone 13 Pro review.

  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max shares a lot with the Pro, but is also the largest of the bunch, sporting a 6.7-inch display. It also has the largest battery (4352 mAh). Please refer to our iPhone 13 Pro Max review for more.

How does the iPhone 13 compare to other flagships


We've done comparisons with each iPhone 13 model against other popular smartphones on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max – Our expectations on how Apple's latest and greatest iPhone 13 Pro Max fares up against Samsung's flagship, the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy S22 vs iPhone 13 – Here we did a comparison of the iPhone 13 against Samsung's equally "base flagship" phone, the Galaxy S22.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Galaxy S21 Ultra – How does the biggest and most powerful iPhone 13 model compare against one of the best Android flagships out there right now? Find out in our comparison.

iPhone 13 mini vs iPhone 12 mini – Just how different is the iPhone 13 mini from its predecessor? In short – not very different. Should you upgrade anyways? We try to help you decide in our dedicated comparison of the two.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs iPhone 11 Pro Max – If you're two generations behind, but you're rocking a Pro Max iPhone nonetheless, is it worth upgrading to the iPhone 13 Pro Max? Find out in our comparison.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs iPhone 12 Pro Max – We compare last year's biggest and most expensive iPhone against its 2021 successor.

Google Pixel 6 vs Apple iPhone 13 – Google's redesigned Pixel 6 is quite an appealing Android flagship, albeit not easily available everywhere. Should you still go for it over the iPhone 13?

Google Pixel 6 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro – Battle of the pros! We compare Google's newest Pro Android phone against Apple's newest Pro iPhone. Which one really deserves the Pro title?

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs Pixel 6 Pro – Apple's most expensive and largest flagship iPhone against Google's most expensive and largest flagship Android phone.

iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 12 Pro – A worthy upgrade? Or should you stick with the iPhone 12 Pro for another year instead of upgrading? We'll help you decide in our comparison.

iPhone 13 mini vs. iPhone 13 – Does size matter? If you can't decide between buying Apple's iPhone 13 or the smaller iPhone 13 mini, our comparison of the two should be able to help you out.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 12 – We compare the base iPhone 13 to its 2020 predecessor.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 11 – Are you two generations behind, still rocking the iPhone 11? And more importantly – is it finally worth upgrading to the newer iPhone 13? Find the answers in our comparison.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro – If you're torn between Apple's two 2021 Pro models, we'll help you decide which one is better for you and what exactly might make the Pro Max better for you than the more affordable Pro.

iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro – Should you get the base iPhone 13 or the Pro model? Well, do you need twice as smooth and larger display, plus a bit more RAM? Or will the iPhone 13 be good enough for you, and you should save some cash and go with it instead? We help you find the answers in our comparison.

In what colors is the iPhone 13 available?


Different iPhone 13 models may be available in different colors. More specifically, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13's colors are different than the colors available for the two Pro models. To make things easier for you, below we have each iPhone 13 model and under it, all of its available color options:


Want to see how each color looks and learn more, in order to choose the best one for yourself? Check out our dedicated article: iPhone 13 colors: all the official colors.

What is the iPhone 13 battery capacity?



Want to see which iPhone 13 model has the best battery life? We tested their battery performance and have the results for you. Check out: iPhone 13 series battery life revealed.

What are the iPhone 13 camera specs?


Camera
Rear
Dual camera
Dual camera
Main camera
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.9''
Aperture size: F1.6; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.9''
Second camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide)
12 MP (Ultra-wide)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 13 mm
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 13 mm
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Features
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light
Front
12 MP
12 MP
Video capture
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
See the full Apple iPhone 13 vs Apple iPhone 13 mini specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


Camera
Rear
Triple camera
Triple camera
Main camera
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.5; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.65''; Pixel size: 1.9 μm
Aperture size: F1.5; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.65''; Pixel size: 1.9 μm
Second camera
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
12 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
Specifications
Optical zoom: 3.0x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 77 mm
Optical zoom: 3.0x; Aperture size: F2.8; Focal Length: 77 mm
Third camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
Specifications
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 13 mm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal Length: 13 mm
Video recording
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Features
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light
Front
12 MP
12 MP
Video capture
 
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps)
See the full Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.

Want to see sample photos and learn more about the iPhone 13's cameras and camera features? Please refer to the following article: iPhone 13 camera: Everything we know about the iPhone 13-series camera.

What are the best iPhone 13 cases?


The iPhone 13 models are built beautifully, featuring glass backs, glass-covered displays, and aluminum frames. 

However, you may be interested in looking for ways to protect your new flagship phone from daily wear and tear, or even accidental drops, and for that, we've rounded up the best cases available for each iPhone 13 model for you.

The best iPhone 13 mini cases you can get include Apple's own simple but effective MagSafe ones, plus more stylish options from third parties, such as Spigen and OtterBox.

The best iPhone 13 cases aside from Apple's basic ones include beautiful leather options from Mujjo and Nomad. And if you're looking for something rugged and affordable instead, we also have some great iPhone 13 cases from Spigen, UAG and other respected tough case brands.

The best iPhone 13 Pro cases you can buy right now include some solid rugged ones, like the OtterBox Defender with a built-in kickstand, plus some sleek and elegant options, if those are more your type.

The best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases range from stylish and colorful, eye-catching slim ones to tough and multi-functional ones, such as the Spigen Slim Armor case with a built-in wallet.

What are the best iPhone 13 deals?


Get the Google Pixel 6a with various gifts on Amazon

The Pixel 6a is available for purchase on Amazon with nice little discount bundles like a free case or a $50 Amazon gift card that essentially makes it a sub-$400 phone.

The noise-canceling Google Pixel Buds Pro up for sale to go with your Pixel phone

You can now buy the Google Pixel Buds Pro to go with your favorite Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, or Pixel 6 Pro color. The first major effort to create Pro earbuds resulted in Pixel Buds with Active Noise Cancellation and a whopping 11 hours of battery life on a charge.

Want to get an Apple iPhone 13 for cheaper? Check out the best iPhone 13 deals available right now for each and every model. 

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