Apple broke the mold in 2020 when it unveiled the iPhone 12 small, a 5.4-inch entry-level version of its 6.1-inch iPhone 12, breaking years of phone growth in size and width. Together with the iPhone 12, the 12 Pro, and the 12 Pro Max, the launch brought the total number of new phones to four. It also opened up a new revenue stream by attracting a different demographic. A market that does not want to spend more than $1,000 on a flagship phone and does not desire to have a large, bulky phone protruding from their pocket or bag.
A launch that appeared to be successful. iPhone sales increased by more than 18% year over year in the quarter that followed the device’s introduction in September 2020, according to Apple’s quarterly earnings. This explains why Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 13 small as a follow-up at an event in September 2021.
We’ve been testing the iPhone 13 small for the past month to see how it stacks up against other iPhone 13-series phones and how it performs on its own.
Describe the iPhone 13 mini
The smallest and least expensive device in the larger iPhone 13 lineup is the iPhone 13 mini. It is most similar to the iPhone 13 in terms of appearance, specs, and cost, although neither device has the top-tier, “professional” features found in the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 small, which debuted in September 2020 as the successor to the iPhone 12 mini, features many of the same features. The 5.4-inch True Tone Ceramic Shield display is the same. Nothing distinguishes the camera hardware; both phones have the same IP68 waterproof rating and nearly equal specs. But, the iPhone 13 small is significantly more powerful, uses less power, and has software updates that really set it apart.
First off, the A15 Bionic Processor, Apple’s “fastest, most efficient CPU ever,” powers the iPhone 13 small. The 13 mini (and the rest of the iPhone 13 series) will be better able to handle more demanding AI and machine learning workloads because to this chip’s new 16-core Neural Engine, 6-core CPU, and new 4-core GPU. Because of this, the entire spectrum is particularly well-suited for streaming HD video and playing games.
The iPhone 13 mini’s hardware has been enhanced to work with iOS 15, the most recent version of the operating system, including this CPU. This increases the phone’s strength and capability to tackle demanding tasks while also extending the time between charges. A number of new software features, new video and photography modes, and storage options are all included in iOS 15.
The 12MP dual-camera system includes a Wide and Ultra Wide sensor on the back and a 12MP Real Depth sensor up front. These are all compatible with iOS 15 and support the new modes, such as Cinematic Mode and Photographic Styles. You can now take better, more polished photographs and videos thanks to these new software upgrades.
Features of the iPhone 13 mini
The iPhone 13 tiny, as the name suggests, reduces the size of the great majority of features found on the iPhone 13. All the while providing some noteworthy improvements over its 2020 equivalent, the iPhone 12 small.
The iPhone 13 mini contains all of Apple’s most recent software innovations because it operates on iOS 15, Apple’s most recent version of its operating system. This includes new privacy options in several apps, including Siri and Mail, as well as redesigned notifications and the Weather app. Apple Maps now now has 3D and augmented reality tools.
Also, it contains new Focus capabilities that are intended to minimize interruptions while you work, sleep, or spend time with loved ones. Another little but incredibly important improvement is the ability to search for photos directly from the main Search bar.
The iPhone 13 range’s new hardware has been optimized for use with the software, which enhances the iPhone 13 mini’s performance and increases its battery life by up to five hours over the iPhone 12 mini. The section below on the iPhone 13 small Batteries has more information on this.
Mini iPhone 13 design
Small and delicate, the iPhone 13 small is a gadget. The iPhone 13 mini’s diminutive size is amusing and adorable when compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. In comparison to the larger models, it also has a rather toy-like feel to it. We don’t have very huge hands, yet the iPhone 13 small fits in them without any trouble.
The iPhone 13 appears and feels less expensive than it actually is as a result, in a way. Yet, as you begin using the phone and see how intelligent and responsive it is, it becomes almost incredible how Apple was able to create such a compact, light-weight device with so much technological prowess.
As previously stated, the notch on the iPhone 13 mini is about 20% smaller than that on the iPhone 12 mini. This is more noticeable on the 5.4-inch display than on any of the larger iPhone 13 phones, and it does restrict the amount of space available for games and films, but if you’re a serious gamer or streamer, it’s unlikely that you’ll choose a small device. So, this issue can be entirely moot.
Although the iPhone 13 small weighs 7g more than the iPhone 12 mini, there isn’t much of a difference overall. We’re also prepared to make this comparatively little compromise in exchange for better battery and power specifications.
Quality of the iPhone 13 tiny screen
The quality remains the same even if the display is substantially smaller than those found on the other iPhone 13 models. Quite surprisingly. In actuality, the iPhone 13 mini’s PPI (476 vs. 460) is higher than the iPhone 13’s.
It has a max outdoor brightness of 800 nits and makes use of a Super Retina XDR OLED panel. This is a 28% increase over the iPhone 12 mini. The Super Retina XDR display can further increase the brightness to 1200 nits while viewing HDR images or videos, giving scenarios the most lifelike appearance we’ve ever seen on a phone this size.
This is made possible by the iPhone 13 mini’s True Tone feature and support for the P3 wide color range. Games and HD content flourish when these varied aspects are combined. Also, because each OLED pixel has its own light source, it helps to boost contrast and make blacks appear deeper and darker. The iPhone 13 small display does have a lesser 60Hz refresh rate than the 120Hz seen on the Pro models due to the lower pricing point. You won’t even notice this for routine tasks.
13-megapixel iPhone camera
On the surface, the iPhone 13 mini’s camera configuration doesn’t seem to have altered. The images and movies that are taken on this phone now have a higher quality due to a number of changes that have been made in the background.
Hardware-wise, Apple claims that the Wide camera now has the “largest sensor ever,” which collects 47% more light. The new sensor-shift optical picture stabilization is also included with the phone. This is made possible by the way the iPhone 13 interacts with the new neural engine and image processor on the A15 Bionic Chip, which helps to stabilize and smooth out your photographs and videos. Also, the Ultra-Wide camera has a revolutionary sensor that captures four times more scenery while revealing more of the dark areas with less noise. It works well when photographing landscapes or when there isn’t much space or distance available.
Yet those wishing to enter the smartphone market may find the iPhone 13 mini useful. Whether it be elderly or less tech-savvy folks who have never possessed a device like this or youngsters and their parents who are searching for a method to improve independence. It’s a terrific place to start because to the effective combination of excellent design, user-friendly software, and top-notch technology.