Everything you need to know about the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7 and new iPads

Tech giant Apple presented four new iPhone models on Tuesday evening. The iPhone 13 series has a better screen, more powerful battery, faster processor and better cameras than the previous generation. At the same virtual event, the company also unveiled new versions of the Apple Watch and iPad (mini).

The iPhone 13 looks largely the same as its predecessor. One difference is that the so-called notch, the bulge in the screen where sensors are for, among other things, facial recognition, which has become narrower. Just like last year, the 5G device will come in four versions and three different sizes. It concerns the ‘standard’ iPhone 13 with a screen diagonal of 6.1 inches, an iPhone 13 mini of 5.4 inches, a 6.1-inch Pro model and finally a larger iPhone 13 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display.

The iPhone 13 (mini) got an improved Super Retina XDR OLED display with 28 percent more brightness. Still, the battery lasts up to 2.5 and 1.5 hours longer than with the previous generation of iPhones, respectively, thanks to the more energy-efficient A15 Bionic chip.

The two more expensive Pro models have three cameras instead of two and a ProMotion screen that can refresh more often, up to 120Hz, making moving images smoother. The biggest eye-catcher on these devices is without a doubt the Film mode, where the focus is automatically shifted when a new subject comes into focus. Example: When someone turns their head away in view, the iPhone will automatically focus on another person or object. That looked very professional during the demonstrations. It is also possible to adjust the depth of field afterwards: seen before with photos, but for videos this is still quite unique. Another difference with the ‘normal’ iPhone 13 (mini) is the GPU or graphics processor: it has an extra fifth core on the Pro models, which can be an asset in games, among other things.

All new smartphones run natively from iOS 15, which will also be available for quite a few other iPhones from September 20.

Target prices: the iPhone 13 is available from 909 euros, the mini version starts at 809 euros. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at 1,159 euros, its bigger brother at 1,259 euros. The price always depends on the storage capacity (from now on at least 128 GB, but not expandable), with Apple now for the first time also launching a model with 1 terabyte of memory. For the most complete version of the iPhone 13 Pro Max you pay a hefty 1,839 euros.

The optics of the iPhone 13 Pro. © Apple

Bigger screen for the Watch

The Apple Watch Series 7 turned out to be a bit more innovative than the iPhone 13, which mainly relies on more power. To start with, the smart watch gets a new display with almost twenty percent more screen surface and remarkably thin bezels of only 1.7 mm. As a result, much more information fits on the display – think of extra lines of text in a message, so that you have to scroll less.

The Watch still offers an autonomy of eighteen hours, which is quite little compared to the main competitors, but the gadget now charges 33 percent faster wirelessly. Apple also claims it is the most rugged Watch yet, thanks to more shatter-resistant crystal, IP6X certification for dust resistance, and the fact that the watch meets the WR50 water resistance standard.

Operating system on duty is WatchOS 8. That includes not only extra watch faces and an improved Mindfulness app, but also new features for cyclists. The timepiece uses advanced algorithms to analyze GPS, heart rate, accelerometer and gyroscope data to detect when users start a ride, prompting them to start an Outdoor Cycle workout if it hasn’t started. The gadget even tracks your active calories when you ride an e-bike.

The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in five aluminum cases and a range of bands in new colors and styles. The clock will not appear on the market until ‘later this year’ and will cost at least $399 (euro prices have not yet been announced).

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Apple Watch Series 7. © Apple

iPad-updates

Furthermore, the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad (from 389 euros) was upgraded with a faster A13 Bionic processor and a better 12-megapixel camera on the front. the device can also be operated with an Apple Pencil (of the first generation) and has at least 64 GB of storage on board – double that of the previous model.

The iPad mini, the smallest model in the tablet family, has been redesigned and now looks a bit more like the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. The model also got a larger 8.3-inch screen, faster A15 Bionic processor and better cameras (12MP on both sides). It is worth noting that the iPad mini is also available with 5G functionality. Prices start at 599 euros.

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The new iPad mini. © Apple

The iPhone 13 looks largely the same as its predecessor. A difference is that the so-called notch, the bulge in the screen where sensors are for, among other things, facial recognition, has become narrower. Just like last year, the 5G device will come in four versions and three different sizes. It concerns the ‘standard’ iPhone 13 with a screen diagonal of 6.1 inches, an iPhone 13 mini of 5.4 inches, a 6.1-inch Pro model and finally a larger iPhone 13 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display. The iPhone 13 (mini) got an improved Super Retina XDR OLED display with 28 percent more brightness. Still, the battery lasts up to 2.5 and 1.5 hours longer than the previous generation iPhones, respectively, thanks to the more energy-efficient A15 Bionic chip. The two more expensive Pro models have three cameras instead of two and a ProMotion screen that refresh more often, up to 120Hz, making moving images smoother. The biggest eye-catcher on these devices is without a doubt the Film mode, where the focus is automatically shifted when a new subject comes into focus. Example: When someone turns their head away in view, the iPhone will automatically focus on another person or object. That looked very professional during the demonstrations. It is also possible to adjust the depth of field afterwards: seen before with photos, but for videos this is still quite unique. Another difference with the ‘regular’ iPhone 13 (mini) is the GPU or graphics processor: it has an extra fifth core on the Pro models, which can be an asset in games, among other things. 15, which will also be available for quite a few other iPhones from September 20. Target prices: the iPhone 13 is available from 909 euros, the mini version starts at 809 euros. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at 1,159 euros, its bigger brother at 1,259 euros. The price always depends on the storage capacity (from now on at least 128 GB, but not expandable), with Apple now for the first time also launching a model with 1 terabyte of memory. For the most complete version of the iPhone 13 Pro Max you pay a hefty 1,839 euros. The Apple Watch Series 7 turned out to be somewhat more innovative than the iPhone 13, which mainly has more power. To start with, the smart watch gets a new display with almost twenty percent more screen surface and remarkably thin bezels of only 1.7 mm. As a result, a lot more information fits on the display – think extra lines of text in a message, so that you have to scroll less. The Watch still offers an autonomy of eighteen hours, which is quite little compared to the main competitors, but it The gadget will now charge 33 percent faster wirelessly. Apple also claims it’s the most rugged Watch yet, thanks to more shatter-resistant crystal, IP6X certification for dust resistance, and the fact that the watch meets the WR50 water-resistance standard. Operating system on duty is WatchOS 8. That doesn’t just include additional watch faces and an improved Mindfulness app, as well as new features for cyclists. The timepiece uses advanced algorithms to analyze GPS, heart rate, accelerometer and gyroscope data to detect when users start a ride, prompting them to start an Outdoor Cycle workout if it hasn’t started. The gadget even tracks your active calories while riding an e-bike. The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in five aluminum case designs and a range of bands in new colors and styles. The clock will not appear on the market until ‘later this year’ and will cost at least $399 (euro prices have not yet been announced). Furthermore, the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad (starting at 389 euros) was upgraded with a faster A13 Bionic processor and a better 12-megapixel front camera. the device can also be operated with an Apple Pencil (of the first generation) and has at least 64 GB of storage memory on board – double that of the previous model. The iPad mini, the smallest model in the tablet family, has been redesigned and now looks somewhat more on the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. The model also got a larger 8.3-inch screen, faster A15 Bionic processor and better cameras (12MP on both sides). It is worth noting that the iPad mini is also available with 5G functionality. Prices start at 599 euros.

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Everything you need to know about the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7 and new iPads