Details have emerged about how much it will cost customers to run the iPhone 13, Apple’s latest smartphone series recently introduced.
Sky Mobile was quickly out the door with a slew of deals. For example, it offers the 128GB iPhone 13 mini with unlimited calls and texts plus 3GB of data for £30 per month for 36 months. Alternatively, you can upgrade the data entitlement to 10GB for £37 per month.
If you’re a mobile user who needs more data permissions, you can get the same handset with 50GB for £40.99 per month, but you’ll have to pay £29 upfront.
If 36 months is too long for you, Sky does a 24-month deal on the 128GB iPhone 13 with unlimited calls and text messages plus 3GB of data for £48 a month (plus £49 upfront).
If you’d rather go pro, Sky Mobile is offering an iPhone 13 Pro (128GB) at no upfront, then £41 a month for 36 months. With this you get unlimited calls and text messages plus 6GB of data.
Finally, if you want the highest-spec (and biggest) version of Apple’s latest mobiles, Sky Mobile offers the iPhone 13 Pro Max for £45 a month with 6GB of data with no upfront cost, unlimited calls and text messaging.
Sky’s iPhone 13 tariffs allow you to roll over unused data for up to three years and stream unlimited amounts of video from Sky apps for free.
O2 will give you a 128GB iPhone 13 with a massive 250GB data allowance for £47 a month for 24 months, with no upfront payment.
The network also offers the 128GB iPhone 13 Pro with unlimited calls and text messages plus 5GB of data for £48.50 a month when you pay £30 upfront and are locked into a 36-month contract.
All plans include unlimited calls and text messages, and all offer limited, free subscriptions to Disney+ or Amazon Prime.
Spend £51 a month with EE for 24 months and get a 128GB iPhone 13 with 100GB of data and unlimited texts/minutes at no upfront cost.
If you want the iPhone 13 Pro, EE will give you the same deal for £63 a month for 24 months, with the same allowances.
Vodafone has a £43 monthly plan that gets you unlimited calls and text messages plus 100GB of data for a £10 upfront fee. This tariff has a maturity of 24 months.
Alternatively, Vodafone is offering the iPhone 13 Pro for £55 per month when you pay £49 upfront on a 36-month tariff. You get unlimited calls and texts plus 100GB for that.
The three charge £46 a month for 24 months for the 128GB iPhone 13 with 100GB of data and no call or text message limitations.
For the iPhone 13 Pro, you pay nothing upfront other than £55 a month for two years. It comes with unlimited calls and texts plus 100GB of data per month.
What’s new in iPhone 13?
At first glance it looks like its predecessor. But Apple’s latest iPhone 13 series brings with it next-generation technology and features that are sure to keep the company at the head of the smartphone market.
As with last year’s iPhone 12, Apple’s newest products come in four phone lines: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The quarter basically consists of a miniature version, a standard version, a version with premium features, and a larger version with premium features.
Here we focus on the base iPhone 13 version, with a starting price of £779 if purchased directly from Apple.
The handset features a 6.1” Super Retina XDR OLED display with Haptic Touch, True Tone and HDR technology. The panel displays images at 460 pixels per inch (PPI) and has a maximum brightness of 28% brighter than the iPhone 12. In terms of weight, the 13 is slightly heavier.
The iPhone 13 retains the ceramic shield and oleophobic coatings from its predecessor, which means it’s resistant to scratches and oil. Meanwhile, the phone has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. According to Apple, this means that the phone will work even if dropped in water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.
iPhone 13 introduces Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset, which includes a hexa-core CPU and quad-core GPU. As the “brains” of the device, they are responsible for the phone’s new features such as extended battery life, advanced machine learning capabilities, and the new Hollywood-like video mode.
According to Apple, this is the most powerful chipset the manufacturer has put in a phone. It claims the CPU is 50% faster than its competitors’ best efforts, with 30% faster graphics.
In terms of specs, the camera lenses on the iPhone 13 are the same as on the iPhone 12, but what matters is what you do with them. Apple says that thanks to the A15 Bionic processor, the new camera array can capture 47% more light, resulting in sharper images with less noise.
The new Cinema Mode offers a ‘shelf focus’ effect that automatically changes focus from subjects in the foreground to those in the background and vice versa as the camera and objects move. This is an effect that has been used in Hollywood for decades and gives users a professional feel to their video clips.
Memory and storage
Even the cheapest iPhone 13 model now comes with 128GB of storage instead of the 64GB that Apple offered in previous generations.
In terms of colors, the base model iPhone 13 comes in Starlight (white), Midnight (black), blue, pink and red options. The same combination goes for the iPhone 13 mini.
It’s not clear what the refresh rate is on the base iPhone 13. While Apple has been vocal about the 120Hz displays on the Pro and Pro Max variants, it’s quieter about the entry-level variant.
In contrast, many competing Android phones made by companies like Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi can all refresh at 120Hz.
Similarly, Apple doesn’t shout about RAM. While many flagship smartphones go 12GB and beyond, the iPhone 13 only has 4GB. Power alone isn’t everything, but maybe less raw power.
All models in the iPhone 13 series are compatible with Apple’s MagSafe accessories for wireless charging, auxiliary power supplies, and other accessories that magnetically attach to the back of handsets.
It has a charging cable with Apple’s proprietary lightning connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other, but no plug – you’ll have to supply one of these yourself. Any plug with a USB port will do.
High spec phones always consume a lot of battery life. However, Apple says it can better optimize the iPhone 13 by using the new A15 Bionic processor and get an extra 2.5 hours of standby time from its battery.