The iPhone mini remains in Apple’s offer for at least another year. At its California Streaming event, the company announced that its base iPhone model will reappear in two sizes. Like its bigger brother, the iPhone 13 mini has the company’s latest on-chip system, the A15 Bionic. According to Apple, the 5nm chip includes nearly 15 billion transistors.
Critically, Apple claims that battery life has improved significantly on its latest iPhones. Compared to its predecessor, the company says that most users should get an hour and a half of extra battery from the iPhone 13 mini. This increase in uptime comes thanks to the A15 Bionic phone chip, more efficient internal components and software optimization the company has made under the hood. Given that battery life was one of the few places where the iPhone 12 mini was a disappointment, it’s a big upgrade.
Without a doubt, the iPhone 13 mini does not have the ProMotion screen found on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Instead, just like its predecessor, it has a 5.4-inch OLED screen. However, Apple has redesigned a range of Face ID cameras on both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini to make it smaller and less intrusive. According to Apple, the comma is now 20 percent smaller. In addition, the OLED screen is 28 brighter and has a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits.
On the eve of today’s event, there was a conflict over whether Apple will equip the entire line of iPhone 13 with fingerprint sensors on the screen. Lastly, the iPhone 13 mini and its siblings do not add any new methods of biometric authentication. As such, unless you are, you will still need to enter the password to unlock the iPhone 13 mini while wearing the case.
Like the iPhone 12 mini, the 13 mini incorporates Apple’s ceramic shield technology, which the company claims helps make the phone’s screen more resistant to damage caused by falls. It is also IP68 certified against water and dust.
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