iphone 13: apple adds larger battery, more storage, cinematic video mode

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After nearly a year of rumors and leaks, the iPhone 13 is official. During a virtual event on Tuesday, Apple announced the follow-up to last year's iPhone 12 with four new models: the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. The new phones run iOS 15, come with a larger battery, more storage, a new A15 Bionic processor and new camera features. The base model of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini are available in five colors: Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight and Product Red. And the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max get a giant camera upgrade as well as a new display 120Hz high refresh rate display.

iphone 13: apple adds larger battery, more storage, cinematic video mode

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Another render of a pink iPhone that's been going around Twitter.

Without a carrier discount, the iPhone 13 starts at $829 (£779, AU$1,349) for 128GB which is twice the storage the iPhone 12 had. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729 (£679, AU$1,199)for the same 128GB of storage. Like the iPhone 12, if you buy an iPhone 13 or 13 Mini tied to a US carrier, you receive a $30 discount.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 (£949, AU$1,699) for 128GB of storage and the 13 Pro Max at $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,849). For the first time, you have the option to get 1TB of storage on an iPhone. The extra storage is only available on the Pro models and pushes the price of an iPhone 13 Pro Max to $1,599. Below is a breakdown of prices (without a carrier discount) and storage options.

The iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max get a bigger battery

Probably the most welcomed feature announced is a bigger battery. Apple didn't share the size, but claims that the new battery along with iOS 15, the A15 chip and updated display adds two and a half hours more battery life to the iPhone 13 compared to the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Mini should get an hour and a half more than the iPhone 12 Mini. That's a significant increase. The battery life on the iPhone 12 Mini was a compromise some people weren't willing to make. So it's exciting to see the new Mini get such a big bump is just a year.

Apple says that the Pro models should see a similar increase in battery life with the iPhone 13 Pro getting two and a half more hours and the 13 Pro Max getting an additional hour and a half.

The iPhone 13 brings new cameras and cinematic mode

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini gets an updated camera system which is apparent from the new diagonal orientation of the two rear cameras. The camera on the iPhone 12 were stacked vertically. The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini get an improved 12-megapixel camera and a better ultrawide lens and sensor. The main cameras on each phone get sensor-based stabilization which first launched on last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max.

There is a new Cinematic mode to make to your videos appear more film-like. When using the mode, the camera can lock onto your subject to keep them in-focus whether they are standing still or moving. The iPhone can even anticipate when your subject comes into the frame. Another neat effect is the ability to pull focus from one subject to another.

The iPhone 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max get longer telephoto cameras

The iPhone 13 Pro also has a new triple-camera system with better lenses and sensors. The telephoto lens comes with 3x optical zoom which is 1.5x longer than the camera on the iPhone 12 Pro and 1.2x longer than the tele lens on the 12 Pro Max. Take a look below at the different telephoto lenses the Pro models of the iPhone 13 and 12 have.

To put things in perspective, this is an enormous improvement for the iPhone by it still pails in comparison to the telephoto cameras on the Galaxy S21 Ultra and phones from Huawei.

This is a developing story. See all of CNET's coverage from today's Apple event. 

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