Apple’s New and Improved iPhone 13 Is Worth the Wait

The iphone 13 pro

The iphone 13 pro

Darlene Fuentes-Catalan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

On September 17, 2021, Apple held its annual event when they announced new products. This year, the event was streamed online on the Apple website and was hosted by Apple CEO Tim Cook. At the event, Apple announced the new iPhone 13s, ipads, the Apple watch series 7, and new shows coming to Apple TV.

Apple revealed four new iPhones, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13 pro, and the iPhone 13 pro max. There are only 3 key changes to the pro line, that being a better camera, display, and battery life. Apple also introduced new features to the camera system, including filmmaking techniques such as Cinematic mode, which lets you edit the depth effect after you shoot a video and is available on all iPhone 13s. The iPhone 13 pro max now has a new Super Retina XDR display with refresh rate up 120 Hz called ProMotion. The prices for Apple’s flagship models have not changed, with the iPhone 13 pro still starting at $999 and $1099 for the Pro Max. 

The iPhone 13 and 13 mini both got some notable upgrades. A diagonal camera placement to support sensor-shift optical image stabilization, a feature previously only available on the iPhone 12 pro max. The iPhone 13 starts at $799 and $699 for the mini. 

The iPhone was available to pre-order on September 17, 2021. Yet due to the high demand and a global chip shortage, shipping dates are being pushed back well into November and most models are sold out in stores.

Out of sheer luck, I was able to get my hands on one of these models, the iPhone 13 Pro Max. After three weeks, some notable things I noticed was the improved battery life. It would last two days before I needed to charge it again, and it charged very quickly using Apple’s mag safe charger.