iPhone 13: All the new colors and design updates for Apple's new iPhone
The iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max feature a smaller notch, better battery life and more.
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The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini come in five colors, including a moody midnight hue and the long-rumored and oft-wished-for pink. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in four different colors, including the buzzy new Sierra blue. In comparison, the iPhone 12 comes in six colors: deep blue, minty green, Project Red, white, black and, most recently, purple. The iPhone 12 Pro models are available in silver, graphite, gold and Pacific blue.
iPhone 13 sizes
These are the confirmed iPhone 13 sizes:
iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch
iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-inch
iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-inch
These sizes are the same as the iPhone 12, but slightly thicker and heavier.
A smaller notch
Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X as a place for the selfie camera. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March predicted that the iPhone 13 would have a smaller notch than its predecessors. At Tuesday's event, Apple confirmed the iPhone 13's notch is 20% smaller than it was on the iPhone 12.
Some people thought that we had gotten a glimpse of a notchless iPhone during an episode of the popular Apple TV Plus series Ted Lasso. In two brief scenes of season 2 episode 6, we see an iPhone without a notch running iOS. Some speculated that the phone in question could have been the iPhone 13. But despite the buzz generated by images of the phone, it now seems more likely that it was a CGI imperfection in postproduction rather than a sneak peek of Apple's new iPhone.
The same Lightning port
While the headphone jack is a thing of the past for iPhones, some had predicted that the rise of MagSafe accessories last year meant the next iPhone would be portless. However, all iPhone 13 models do have a Lightning port.
A 120Hz display
As was predicted by Kuo in March, the two iPhone 13 Pro models feature a 120Hz display. The number of hertz a phone screen is able to display refers to its number of frames per second, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you're scrolling through apps and websites. It also affects how smooth supported games feel.
All four iPhone 13 models feature longer-lasting batteries than their iPhone 12 counterparts. This supports the 120Hz display on the Pro models. The extended battery life results from a combination of a bigger battery, iOS 15 and the A15 Bionic chip.
Here's how much longer, according to Apple, the new phones' batteries will last compared with their iPhone 12 counterparts:
iPhone 13: 2.5 hours
iPhone 13 Mini: 1.5 hours
iPhone 13 Pro: 1.5 hours
iPhone 13 Pro Max: 2.5 hours
The new iPhones also have a Smart Data Mode that automatically shifts to LTE when 5G isn't needed.
A slightly thicker width and greater weight
The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models are slightly thicker than their iPhone 12 predecessors: While the iPhone 12 was 7.4mm thick and weighed 5.78 ounces (164 grams), the 13 is 7.65mm thick and weighs 6.14 ounces (174 grams). But that's a difference most people probably won't notice.