8 things that Apple did not say in the presentation of the iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 presentation event did not have any pause, but still, there were some data and details that Apple missed.

This is not uncommon for the company, which tends to focus on the most surprising or cutting-edge aspects of its new products, treating the presentations as extended publicity rather than a symposium on its devices. It is inevitable that something will fall out of the presentation and, usually, it tends to be the ‘bad things’; although this year, Apple has also skipped some good ones.

The iPhone 13 is heavier and thicker

Aesthetically, it may seem identical to the iPhone 12, except for the ‘notch’ and the cameras; but that is not entirely true. Although the basic design is the same, Apple explained that it does not use the same chassis due to internal differences, including the larger battery size.

However, what Apple did not say is that this change means that the new iPhones are heavier and thicker than their predecessors; although the difference is so small that probably no one would notice:

iPhone 13 Mini: 141 grams – iPhone 12 Mini: 135 grams

iPhone 13: 174 grams – iPhone 12: 164 grams

iPhone 13 Pro: 204 grams – iPhone 12 Pro: 189 grams

iPhone 13 Pro Max: 240 grams – iPhone 12 Pro Max: 228 grams

Therefore, the biggest difference is the 15 grams between the Pro versions of both phones. In addition, all models are 0.25mm thicker than the previous version.

The notch takes up more vertical space

Another difference in the design will be in the ‘notch’ or notch, the controversial ‘mustache’ on the screen that houses the front camera, in addition to the sensors necessary for FaceID. As rumored, the ‘notch’ of the iPhone 13 is narrower, so we have more space on the sides and from the front, the mobile looks different from the iPhone 12.

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However, as revealed in , the new ‘notch’ is also a bit taller. At first glance it is difficult to distinguish it, but if we compare it directly with that of the iPhone 12, we will see that the notch goes down a little more, probably 1 mm; without the mobile in the hands, it is difficult to say if that will really affect the experience, but it is curious that Apple has not been able to prevent this.

Dual eSIM arrives

Since the iPhone XR, Apple allows you to use an eSIM, or virtual SIM card as sold by some operators, since it does not require a physical card but is stored in the device’s memory. That allowed to use a normal SIM and an eSIM at the same time, but dual SIM was only possible in China.

As of iPhone 13, we can use two eSIMs at the same time, so we can have two phone numbers even contracted with different operators. It is not dual SIM with two physical cards, but at least we have this option

Video recording limitations

The video was the main protagonist of the day, with functions such as the new Cinema mode that allows us to record with an intelligent depth effect; However, Apple did not clarify that this mode is only available at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second, which will affect the sharpness of the recorded videos.

Also, although Apple announced support for the ProRes format, used by professionals, in reality the highest quality will only be available on iPhones with more storage: 128GB models will be limited to 1080p and 30 frames per second when recording in this format.

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Goodbye to iPhone XR

With the arrival of the iPhone 13, the range of Apple smartphones is larger than ever; That is why the company has decided to stop selling the iPhone XR, which was its oldest model and was still offered as a cheaper entry point.

The iPhone XR has thus survived three generations, an achievement that says a lot about its quality. Going forward, the iPhone 11 will be the most affordable flagship model available ($499), overtaking the iPhone SE which is still the cheapest ($399).

The iPhone 12 is still selling

What you may be more surprised to see is that the iPhone 12 will not disappear with the arrival of the iPhone 13, and Apple will continue to sell it with prices starting at $599 for the Mini. In this way, Apple’s ‘ladder’ starts from $399 to $699 for the iPhone 13 Mini, and from there there is a jump to $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro.

It is somewhat striking, considering the few differences between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 13; probably many buyers will choose to pay $100 less, but that’s surely Apple’s plan.

The one that has not survived is the iPhone 12 Pro, nor its Max version: both versions are no longer sold.

The Apple Watch Series 7 is not a new model

Many of us expected more from the , especially after the many rumors that spoke of a complete redesign. The reality has turned out to be more normal, and although there is a change in design, with a larger screen, it is still the same watch as always, in every way.

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There is a reason Apple didn’t talk about the Apple Watch Series 7 CPU this year…

…and it’s because it’s the exact same as last year’s Series 6 ???? In fact it doesn’t even get a new model number, it’s effectively just a chassis tweak

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@strongonsmith)

In fact, the Watch Series 7 is so similar to the Series 6 that it even uses the same processor and, as it turns out, even has the same model number. To this we must add that it uses the same sensors. Therefore, Apple considers it more of a revision than a new model.

iOS 15 already has a release date

Many of us were left wanting more when Tim Cook said goodbye and closed the presentation. Apparently, he “forgot” to announce the release date of iOS 15, the new version of the system, something surprising considering that the iPhone 13 will be the first device to bring it by default.

At least, Apple fixed that soon after, announcing that iOS 15 will arrive on September 20, interestingly, before the iPhone 13. The decision may have been affected by the release yesterday of iOS 14.8, an update that covers serious bugs of system.

As expected, iOS 15 will be compatible with all iPhones starting with the iPhone 6s, a veteran that has already been supported for six years.

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