The photos show five visible changes when compared to the iPhone 12 …
First, and most obvious, is a 15% larger battery in the standard iPhone 13. The exact increase in capacity varies by model.
According to the released stats, the iPhone 13 mini will sport a 9.57 watt hour battery, compared to the 8.57 watt hour battery in the iPhone 12 mini, or an increase of about 11.6%.
The standard iPhone 12 featured a 10.78 watt hour battery. For the iPhone 13, Apple has packed in 12.41 watt hours, an increase of 15%.
The iPhone 12 Pro had the same 10.78 watt hour battery as the 12, but the iPhone 13 Pro now has a 11.97 watt hour battery — up 11%.
Finally, Apple’s largest phone — the iPhone 13 Pro Max — now sports a 16.75 watt hour battery. That’s up 18% from last year’s 12 Pro Max, which had a 14.13 watt hour battery inside.
Apple claims up to 2.5 hours longer battery life, and early reviews seem to back this.
I’ve only had the phones for a little less than a week, so I focused most of my use on the smaller iPhone 13 Pro as a kind of worst-case test. And my results are in line with Apple’s claims. On a day when we really pushed the phone with lots of 4K video and max brightness on the screen, it still lasted from early morning to 11PM with 20 percent remaining — with somewhere north of four hours of very heavy use in the screen time tracking app.
The notch is of course a bit smaller this year, and the interior shots reveal how this has been achieved. The TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID is 20% smaller. Additionally, the dot projector has been repositioned.
Finally, the Taptic Engine is visibly smaller in the iPhone 13, and the earpiece has been relocated.