Apple’s ‘California Streaming’ event saw the expected launches of Apple’s new smartphones, two new tablets, and one key peripheral. Let’s start with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. The focus on the two ‘regular’ iOS handsets leans into the tweaks to the design, notably the smaller notch and the new diagonal camera layout, and the new A15 Bionic chip with two high performance cores and four efficiency cores. Curiously Apple measured the increased performance against “the leading competition” and not the obvious benchmark of the A14 Bionic.
“Apple says the whole phone has been rearchitected to make room for “new technology” while also fitting a bigger battery. Apple wouldn’t give exact sizes, but it says the iPhone Pro’s battery life is up 1.5 hours compared to last year, and the base-model iPhone is up 2.5 hours.”