In the market for the iPhone 13? Read for a snapshot of what it's got to offer and take a look at our best iPhone 13 deals too.
iPhone 13 at a glance
- 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display
- 1170 x 2532 resolution
- Dual lens 12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide main camera
- 12MP selfie camera
- 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage
- Battery life up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 12
- Starlight (white), Midnight (black), Blue, Pink, and Red colour options
- Also available: iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
Availability and price
iPhone 13 release date: 24 September 2021
Pre-orders: From 17 September 2021
Price: £779 (at release)
If you’d rather spread that cost out over the course of an iPhone 13 contract, you’re in the right place to compare deals.
Design and display
Design-wise, the iPhone 13 certainly is recognisably an iPhone, with a classic look that carries more than a hint of earlier models. Its aluminium frame with a glass back features smooth square edges, and the 6.1-inch display takes up most of the front of the handset – with a small notch at the top for the camera, of course.
The display itself is a Super Retina XDR OLED screen, with incredible brightness up to 1200 nits. Ceramic Shield tech in the glass keeps it strong and means the screen is less prone to cracking.
The back camera of the standard iPhone 13 has two 12MP lenses – one wide, and one ultrawide. It’s primed to take great shots in low light, helped along by Portrait Mode and four new Photographic Styles that add clever filters to your photos as you shoot.
There’s also the new Cinematic Mode for your videos – a clever bit of tech that seamlessly shifts the focus between subjects.
As for the selfie camera, you get a 12MP ultrawide lens – also capable of shooting 4K video in crisp resolution.
Inside, the iPhone 13 sports a new A15 bionic chip – the fastest Apple processor to date as of 2021. It’s supported with a hexa-core CPU and 4GB of RAM.
You also get a heftier battery, with up to two hours’ more life per charge than the previous iPhone 12. It’s got wireless charging, and is compatible with MagSafe accessories.
And finally, storage starts at 128GB and goes up to 512GB.
What’s the difference between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12?
The design and display on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 are much the same, but under the hood you’ll find a few improvements.
For one thing, the iPhone 13 has longer battery life – up to around two hours more per charge, in fact. That’s thanks to both a chunkier battery and a more streamlined processor that makes things more efficient.
The main cameras are also a step up on the 13 model. They’re capable of better low light shots with truer colours, and the software includes new features like Cinematic Mode.
Can I get the iPhone 13 with no upfront cost?
Most likely, yes. A number of networks offer phone contracts with no upfront cost, and the iPhone 13 is no exception.
However, the deals themselves change pretty frequently. So the best way to find the ones with nothing to pay today is by comparing deals.
Just set the slider in the filters above to only show deals with nothing upfront.
Can I get the iPhone 13 with unlimited data?
You can find an unlimited data deal on the iPhone 13 by comparing here. Just move the slider above to unlimited (or very high) data to see all your options.
What’s the cheapest way to get the iPhone 13?
The cheapest way to get the iPhone 13 is to buy the handset outright and off-contract and get a SIM-only deal to use in it. But that’s a lot of cash to pay today.
Rather spread your costs? For the cheapest iPhone 13 contract deals, just set the filters above to show what you want from your plan, and sort by cost.
There are a few things to look out for to keep costs down:
- Deals from resellers, such as Carphone Warehouse or Fonehouse
- Deals from lower-cost networks, such as Tesco Mobile
- Deals with lower data allowances
- Deals on refurbished handsets
Can I get the iPhone 13 with poor credit?
It may be difficult. Networks always run credit checks on mobile contract deals – and since it’s a pricey flagship phone, credit checks for the iPhone 13 may not be too lenient.
Your best bet is to buy it outright and get a SIM-only deal, which doesn’t always require a credit check at all.
You may also have better luck choosing a deal from a reseller, or on a refurbished handset.
iPhone 13 specs
|Release Date||24/09/2021 00:00:00|
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||71.5mm x 7.7mm x 146.7mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||6.1 inches|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||460 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||6 Cores Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 256, 512|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||12 MP|