The iPhone 13 series was announced on September 14 at Apple’s huge launch event, and pre-orders are now open. Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 began on September 17.
Unlike the iPhone 12 series in 2020, the iPhone 13 series will be available for purchase on the same day. In this article, I’ll be explaining some important things to know about the iPhone 13, capping it with the price in Nigeria.
About iPhone 13
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini are Apple’s new budget flagship iPhones, sold alongside the more costly iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 mini replaces the iPhone 12 mini, while the iPhone 13 replaces the iPhone 12. The new iPhone 13 models have flat sides, an aerospace-grade aluminum casing, a glass back, and are somewhat thicker than the iPhone 12 models. Models of the iPhone 13 are available in Red/Product, Pink, Blue, Midnight/Black.
Both new models have 28% brighter Super Retina XDR Displays. It has a 2340×1080 resolution (476 pixels per inch) and a 2532×1170 resolution (460 pixels per inch). It has 1200 units of maximum brightness with True Tone to adapt the display’s color temperature with ambient light, Wide Color for rich, vibrant hues and Haptic Touch for feedback.
The front-facing TrueDepth camera system has been improved, and the Face ID notch has been shrunk. The iPhone 13 and 13 mini both include a Ceramic Shield cover glass with nano-ceramic crystals for greater drop protection. The latest iPhones are IP68 water and dust resistant, and can withstand submersion in 6 meters of water for 30 minutes.
iPhone 13 comes with 12 megapixel Wide and Ultra Wide cameras with diagonal dual-lens back camera. The Wide camera now has a brighter f/1.6 aperture with Sensor-Shift Stabilization, while the Ultra Wide camera has a brighter f/2.4 aperture for better low light performance.
The iPhone 13 models add Cinematic Mode, which employs rack focus to seamlessly shift focus from one subject to another, elegantly blurring the background and providing movie-quality depth effects. The iPhone’s camera app’s depth of focus and blur can be modified in Cinematic mode. The iPhone 13 models can also record 4K video at 60 fps.
Deep Fusion, a carryover from iPhone 12, operates in mid- to low-light scenarios to bring out texture and detail.
Photographic Styles are a newer type of filter that selectively alters colors and brightness without affecting skin tones. Vibrant, Rich Contrast, Warm, and Cool are available, as well as Tone and Warmth settings.
Face ID works with the 12-megapixel front-facing camera, which supports Smart HDR 4, Deep Fusion, Night Mode, Cinematic Mode, Night Mode Selfies, and more.
They use an updated A15 Bionic chip. It has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU (one less than the Pro variants), and a 16-core Neural Engine.
Apple announced iOS 15 in June 2021, with a September 20th release date and it comes in the iPhone 13. iOS 15 includes new FaceTime features, tools to decrease distractions, a new notification experience, privacy enhancements, and redesigned Safari, Weather, and Maps.
iOS 15 adds contact photographs for people and larger app icons for notifications. A notification summary collects alerts and prioritizes them to reduce distraction.
Focus is a new feature that filters notifications and apps based on the user’s preferences. Messages will show a user’s Focus preventing incoming alerts. iOS will suggest a Focus for certain occasions, such as work or bedtime, but users can also build their own.
Safari has a new look. Controls are now easy to reach with one hand, focusing on content. A new, minimalist tab bar floats at the bottom of the screen for easy swiping.
The Maps app now shows buildings, pedestrian crosswalks, bike lanes, and more in 3D. New city driving features include enhanced route data, pinned favorite lines, disembarkation notifications, and AR walking directions.
FaceTime calls now have voice isolation and Spatial Audio, so they sound as if they are coming from where the person is on the screen. FaceTime now enables Portrait mode and a grid layout to show several faces simultaneously.
iPhone 13 comes with 5G and a U1 Ultra Wideband processor for spatial awareness. When 5G isn’t accessible, a Smart Data Mode switches to LTE to save battery life. The phones allow twin eSIMs and don’t ship with a real SIM, however there is a nano-SIM slot.
Larger batteries and the more efficient A15 chip have enhanced battery life. Both the iPhone 13 small and the iPhone 13 have up to 1.5 hours greater battery life than the iPhone 12 mini.
Because they contain magnetic connectors, they can charge at up to 15W using Apple’s MagSafe Charger. With a 20W power adaptor, the iPhones can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini do not come with a charger or EarPods; these must be purchased separately. They do come with a charging USB-C to Lightning cable.
Storage starts at 128GB and goes up to 512GB. An accelerometer, proximity sensor, light sensor and barometer are all built-in.
iPhone 13 Price in Nigeria
The iPhone 13 mini starts at $699 and the iPhone 13 starts at $799, with no price hikes this year. Going with the official USD to NGN exchange rate, the iPhone 13 costs around N330,000 while the iPhone 13 mini costs around N290,000.
However, iPhone prices always vary due to the different storage variants. Also, Nigerian retailers always increase their prices by a certain percentage. The above price is unless you’re ordering directly from Apple which can be difficult.
When the iPhone 13 hit the Nigerian market, you can get more information on the price of the phone. For now, you can follow the price in this article.