Apple officially launched the iPhone 13 range at its 14 September keynote event, which also saw the launch of a new iPad, iPad mini, and Apple Watch 7. Despite a product-heavy event, the star of the show was undoubtedly the iPhone 13 handsets.
Following the same convention as its predecessor, the latest range arrives in four varieties: the iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max, and 13 mini – all of which, once again, offer 5G connectivity.
The upgrade doesn’t involve a dramatic redesign (apart from a diagonal orientation of the cameras), but you do get an improved display, better cameras, a stronger battery, and improved performance with an upgraded A15 Bionic processor.
The A15’s 6-core CPU – made of 2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores – and 4-core GPU make the iPhone 13 “50% faster than the competition”, according to Apple. The A15 Bionic also powers the new 6th gen iPad mini (here’s where you can buy one).
You can also expect improved low-light shots on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini with an upgraded Smart HDR 4 support. A new Photographic Styles feature also lets photographers save camera settings for future use, while the Cinematic Video feature allows video recording with a shallow depth of field (as you might see in a film) in 1080p (30fps).
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini both offer Super Retina XDR displays which Apple says is 28 percent brighter than the iPhone 12 equivalents. The handsets achieve a maximum brightness of 1200nits, while also being more power-efficient.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max add to these upgrades by also introducing adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz. Aperture sizes on the Pro variants also get a boost, along with optical zoom, which now goes up to 6x (up from 4x). The 13 Pro and 13 Max operate on an A15 Bionic chip with a stronger 5-core GPU too, for even more powerful graphics processing.
If you want to get into the technical details of all the specs and upgrades, take a look at our full iPhone 13 range guide.
Here we’re looking at all the places you can pre-order the iPhone 13 in the UK and US, whether you’re buying SIM-free or on contract.
When do the iPhone 13 phones release?
Unlike the iPhone 12 range, the 13 isn’t getting a staggered release.
All iPhone 13 phones will become available to pre-order directly from Apple on Friday 17 September at 1pm (BST)/ 5am (PT), and full sales will begin on Friday 24 September.
How much do the iPhone 13 phones cost?
iPhone 13 mini prices
- 128GB: £679/$699/AUD$1,199
- 256GB: £779/$799/AUD$1,369
- 512GB: £979/$999/AUD$1,719
iPhone 13 prices
- 128GB: £779/$799/AUD$1,349
- 256GB: £879/$899/AUD$1,519
- 512GB: £1,079/$1,099/AUD$1,869
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini will be available in pink, blue, Midnight, Starlight, and (Product)Red.
iPhone 13 Pro prices
- 128GB: £949/$999/AUD$1,699
- 256GB: £1,049/$1,099/AUD$1,869
- 512GB: £1,249/$1299/AUD$2,219
- 1TB: £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,569
iPhone 13 Pro Max prices
- 128GB: £1,049/$1,099/AUD$1,849
- 256GB: £1,149/$1,199/AUD$2019
- 512GB: £1,349/$1,399/AUD$2369
- 1TB: £1,549/$1,599/AUD$2,719
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will be available in graphite, gold, silver, and Sierra Blue.
Does Apple have any trade-in deals on the iPhone 13 phones?
If you already have an iPhone you can save on the new iPhone 13 with Apple’s trade-in offers. You can save anywhere from £35/US$110 to £610/$790, and turn in models as old as the iPhone 6s in the UK.
Apple UK only accepts iPhone models, but US shoppers can trade in a greater variety of devices, including the:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy S8 to S20+
- Google Pixel 3a to Pixel 5
- LG G8 ThinQ
- LG V40 ThinQ to LGV60 ThinQ 5G
US customers who want to trade-in and buy the iPhone 13 on contract can get a $200 credit as well as discounts up to $500 off the monthly line rental costs. You’ll need to trade in directly via Apple online or in-store while signing on with AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile/Sprint.
T-Mobile/Sprint is slashing $500 off the contract costs (split over the monthly payments) when customers sign up to its Magenta Max plans.
See the trade-in network offers directly at Apple for the:
Where to buy/pre-order the new iPhone 13 phones SIM-free
The iPhone 13 phones should be widely available from major retailers. We’ve pointed out any confirmed retailers along with any that have pre-order registration pages.
Where to buy the new iPhone 13 phones on contract
We expect all major networks in the UK will begin pre-order offers on the iPhone 13-range phones. We’ve highlighted any that have already been confirmed.
If you missed Apple’s event, watch it again here.
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