In a nutshell: Today Apple announced the entire iPhone 13 lineup. The two mainstream models include the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini, both phones come standard with 128GB of storage, which is double the capacity of the models they replace. The new non-pro iPhones add several features, including a new A15 Bionic chip, a smaller front-facing sensor notch, a more advanced dual-camera array, and more.
Apple’s standard iPhone lineup Keeps the same flat-edged design with just a couple of slight visual variations. The notch on the front-facing sensor array is a bit smaller—a 20-percent size reduction according to Apple’s calculations. The iPhone 13 has a dual camera on the rear, similar to its predecessor, but the lenses are set up diagonally instead of being stacked. Other than that, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini resemble last year’s models with a 6.1- and 5.4-inch display, respectively.
Inside the device is where Apple made the most significant changes, starting with new silicon. The iPhone 13 is powered by Apple’s 5nm A15 Bionic. The A15 sports a 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. With almost 15 billion transistors, Apple claims the A15 is up to 50 percent faster than its competition.
The A15 also houses a 4-core graphics processor that is 30 percent faster than any other smartphone. Graphically intensive games should run smoothly, with “more lifelike visuals and lighting effects.”
Topping off the A15 is Apple’s 16-core Neural Engine, capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second. The neural engine is a processor dedicated to machine-learning applications. It will handle iOS 15 features like Live Text, which allows users to generate copyable text from photos. It will also process ML workloads related to the new camera system, such as rack focus (more on that in a minute).
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