iphone 13 brings a new design and stylish colors. here's what to know

© Provided by CNET The iPhone 13 comes in a variety of new colors. Apple

The iPhone 13 line, unveiled Tuesday at an Apple hardware event, includes new colors and design changes that give the phones an upgrade over last year's iPhone 12 models. The four models -- a base iPhone 13, a Mini, a Pro and a Pro Max -- feature changes like a smaller notch, better battery life and new camera tricks. (Here's how to preorder the iPhone 13.) 

iphone 13 brings a new design and stylish colors. here's what to know

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We don't yet know how the iPhone 13 Pro Max (or whatever it ends up being called) will compare to the iPhone 12 Pro Max, pictured here.

Here are some of the notable color and design changes, along with upgrades you'll find in the iPhone 13 line compared to the iPhone 12. 

Read more: An iPhone 13 with iOS 15, a new battery and cameras could be amazing

iPhone 13 sizes

These are the confirmed iPhone 13 sizes: 

iPhone 13 Mini: 5.4-inchiPhone 13: 6.1-inchiPhone 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 post-production 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 webpages. It also affects how smooth supported games feel. 

Many people were expecting to see the 120Hz refresh rate in the iPhone 12 since some higher-end phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the OnePlus 8 Pro, have this feature. On Twitter, tech analyst and leaker Jon Prosser claimed the decision not to implement 120Hz in the iPhone 12 Pro was made due to battery life issues as 5G drains so much battery on its own. But that will likely be less of a problem in the iPhone 13, which has a longer battery life. 

iphone 13 brings a new design and stylish colors. here's what to know

© Provided by CNET The iPhone 12 had a 60Hz display. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET

A bigger battery

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 hoursiPhone 13 Pro: 1.5 hoursiPhone 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 heavier phone

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 oz., the 13 is 7.65mm thick and weighs 6.14 oz. But that's a difference most people probably won't notice. 

iphone 13 brings a new design and stylish colors. here's what to know

© Provided by CNET The iPhone 13 is very slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12, but not by much. Apple

iPhone 13 colors

The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini come in five colors: starlight, midnight, blue, pink and Product Red. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in silver, graphite, gold and 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. 

For more, check out our review of the iPhone 12 and the best ways to sell or trade in your old iPhone.

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