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iPhone 13 review: How Apple's new smartphone differs from its predecessor

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At the beginning of September, Apple unveiled a slew of new devices. One of the most anticipated
new products is the iPhone 13, which should become the company's most "popular" flagship – its
price starts at 79,990 rubles for a 128GB version. A version of the smartphone in red has been tested
by "RG". Product Red is a special colour for Apple gadgets; a portion of the proceeds from sales of
this line is donated to the fight against AIDS and COVID-19.

Compared to the iPhone 12, the packaging has changed. Whereas previously all of the company's
new devices were wrapped in a film, it has now disappeared. The smartphone buyer only gets the
box itself without the film. The box is sealed at the bottom with special tails, indicating that the
gadget has never been opened. All you have to do to open it is remove them. The package includes
the smartphone itself, a Lightning cable and a set of papers, including an apple sticker.

Russians bought a record number of iPhone 13
Although the design of the smartphone is very similar to the previous generation, there are a few
changes that catch the eye. Firstly, the famous fringes have been reduced in size (they have become
20% smaller), which have been present in all iPhones since the iPhone X. This is a good thing, as there
is more usable display space for the same screen size of 6.1 inches. Secondly, the iPhone is slightly
thicker and heavier than its predecessor, but this is not felt at all in everyday use. The differences can
also be seen on the back of the device – the cameras are positioned diagonally instead of vertically.
An interesting fact: all the technical inscriptions that used to be located on the side edge have
disappeared from the device.

The iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2532 x 1170
pixels. The brightness has increased compared to the previous generation – while it was 625 nits
there, the iPhone 13 has 800 nits. Users are unlikely to notice this in practice, but working with the
device in bright sunlight will be much more comfortable. The display is covered with protective
Ceramic Shield glass, and Apple assures that it has become even more scratch-resistant. It's worth
saying a few words here based on experience with the iPhone 12 Pro Max – not a single scratch
appeared on the previous generation's glass in almost a year.

The most important change compared to the previous generation is the camera. It captures 47%
more light and gets the sensor stabilisation feature from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In simple terms,
Apple has moved the camera from the top-of-the-line model of the previous generation to a simpler
and lower priced device, improving it and adding new features. The iPhone 13 shoots very well:
portraits, cityscapes, and night shots come out crisp and saturated. Examples of photos can be
viewed in the gallery on the website of RG.

Beautiful girl with headphones using smartphone and eating an apple after jogging outdoors.

The Cine Effect function deserves a separate paragraph. It works in the following way: when shooting
a video you can focus on the nearest object first and then transfer the focus to the farthest one. This

is done with a tap on the screen. All this "apple" magic works in 1080p resolution at 30 frames per
second. Other interesting "chips" – the smartphone can now shoot video in 4K resolution at 60
frames per second. The iPhone is rightly regarded as one of the best smartphones for shooting video,
and it's great that even the younger models now have ultra-high resolution video shooting at high
frame rates. But if you plan to shoot a lot of video on the iPhone, it's best not to skimp on storage
space and go for the 256GB or 512GB version.

The battery life on a single charge in the iPhone 13 has increased compared to its predecessor.
According to Apple, the device will last two hours longer than last year's model. This is indeed
noticeable in practice. For three days, the smartphone was used in three different modes. On the
first day, the iPhone was permanently connected to the home Wi-Fi network. It was used for calls,
chatting in messengers. In total, from 8.22 minutes to 0.14 minutes the device discharged 82% of its
battery, resulting in 7 hours and 2 minutes of pure screen time. On the second day, the device
discharged 64% in 4 hours 16 minutes of net screen time, but the device was working mostly on LTE
networks and without Wi-Fi. And on the third day the smartphone was used very little, it discharged
45% in 3 hours and 38 minutes of screen time. In summary: the battery life of the new product was
satisfying, it can safely be used all day without additional charging.

A few words on performance. The iPhone 13 has the A15 Bionic processor, and there are no
complaints about its performance. The smartphone runs very fast, coping with all 'heavy' tasks, be it
gaming or video editing in iMovie. Apple has long been ahead of the curve in the mobile processor
market, and so far none of its Android rivals have even come close in synthetic tests to the A14
Bionic, let alone the new chip.

Apple has a great device that is sure to find a buyer. There are no Android devices with the same
screen size and performance on the market, so Apple is in a league of its own here, and fans of
flagship smartphones in a compact form factor will only have to choose between the iPhone 13 and
iPhone 12.

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