Apple event recap - iPhone 13 camera updates, A15 Bionic Chip & more

15 Sep 2021

Earlier this morning, Apple introduced four new iPhone models, two new iPads and the new Apple Watch Series 7. Apple also confirmed the release date of their new mobile operating system, iOS 15 which will be available for public download on September 15.

Here's a closer look at the iPhone 13 related highlights from Apple’s largest annual event:

Key Features: at a glance

  • Four new iPhone models (iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max)
  • New A15 Bionic Chip (Increased Performance)
  • Upgraded camera sensors (Highlighted by a new cinematic mode)
  • 120Hz Display (Pro Models)
  • Improved Battery Life

Apple’s new iPhone 13 range was unveiled on Wednesday, with the announcement of four new iPhone 13 models that build on the success of their acclaimed 2020 iPhone 12 series.

New Bionic Chip

All four devices will be powered a new A15 Bionic chip, bringing increased performance and speeds.

When you consider Apple’s current CPU (the A14), is probably the best CPU in the market, we're excited to see how much power Apple's new processor will be able to provide.

Design Refinements

Apple Holding Phone

While the overall design of the iPhone 13 is very similar to the iPhone 12 series, the notch on the front of the phones is 20 % smaller than last years’ range, with the phones also coming is slightly thicker and heavier

Here are the confirmed iPhone 13 sizes and colour options:

  • iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inch
  • iPhone 13: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Pro: 6.1-inch
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-inch

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini colours:

  • Starlight
  • Midnight
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Product Red

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colours:

  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Gold
  • Sierra blue

Camera Upgrades

The camera systems across the models are set to feature several noteworthy updates, highlighted by wider apertures and a new cinematic focusing feature.

The iPhone 13 will include a 12MP wide lens and a 12MP ultra-wide lens, both of which will be powered by new sensors.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max go a step further, with new 77mm telephoto, ultra-wide and wide lenses, and 6x optical zoom. The Pro models will also feature a macro lens, giving users the ability to shoot subjects with a high level of detail from less than an inch away.

Meanwhile, Apple’s new cinematic mode will allow you to gracefully switch between focus subjects and create a beautiful depth-of-field effect when recording video content.

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Increased Battery Life

Despite a faster chip, better cameras and 5G compatibility, it’s pleasing to hear that thanks to larger batteries, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max should last two and a half hours longer than their iPhone 12 counterparts, while the iPhone 13 Mini and 13 Pro both should last an hour and a half longer than last years comparable devices.

Smooth refresh rate

With most phones utilising a refresh rate of 60 frames per second (60Hz), Apple is finally set to join the likes of the Samsung and OnePlus (to name a few), by rolling out a 120Hz ProMotion display for its higher end iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models.

The feature, which already exists in the iPad Pro, should bring an incredibly smooth scrolling experience to the device, especially as users scroll through dynamic content on their device.


In another plus for Aussie consumers, pricing across the four models will remain the same as what we saw last year with the iPhone 12 range, with pre-orders set to open via Apple on September 17.

  • iPhone 13 starts at $1,349 (AUD)
  • iPhone 13 Mini will start at $1,199 (AUD)
  • iPhone 13 Pro will start at $1,699 (AUD)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max will start at AU$1,849 (AUD)

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