IPhone 13 features

I spent a week with the basic iPhone 13 to see if it was even worth buying at the end of 2021.


There are few improvements: the camera is better, the battery is bigger, the notch on the screen is smaller. And the display itself is almost unchanged: the new 120Hz screen only went to the Pro version.


Is it worth buying? The short answer: owners of iPhone 12 and even iPhone 11 have no good reason to rush to the shop, unless you've been dreaming of diagonally positioned cameras. But you can't call the new model bad or unfortunate.


Briefly about iPhone 13

What it is

The iPhone 13 is Apple's current base smartphone


Apple A15 Bionic



Built-in memory

128, 256 or 512GB




6.1 inch, AMOLED, 60Hz

Main camera

12MP with f/1.6 + 12MP with f/2.4 (ultra-wide-angle)

Front camera

12 MP

Interesting features

Face ID cutout 20% smaller, camera sensors from iPhone 12 Pro Max, phone lasts 1.5-2 hours longer than iPhone 12: around 7-8 hours

Retail price

From 79,990 ₽

Few differences from previous iPhones

After a redesign in 2020, it would be strange to expect the iPhone 13 to be radically new: it just doesn't fit with the company's economic model, which saves assiduously by using the same cases with minimal changes for years on end.


Visually, the iPhone 13 differs from the 12 version with a narrower camera cutout in the display, a speaker shifted to the top edge and a diagonal positioning of the main camera lenses. The colour palette has also changed slightly, with pink, purple and green disappearing, blue getting lighter, and red getting darker.


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