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Apple iPhone 13 Singapore Preview: Price Comparison, Specs, Release Date & More

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New year new iPhones.

On 15 September 2021, 1am Singapore time, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) announced the launch of the new iPhone 13 lineup of phones.

Like with every phone launch, the company is claiming that the new iPhone 13 is a huge upgrade over its predecessor.

Source: Apple

But enough with the fluff.

You are here because you want to find out if the new iPhone 13 series phones are worth it?

So… is it?

Here is all you need to know about the new iPhone 13 lineup!


TL;DR: Apple iPhone 13 Singapore Preview: What You Need To Know About the Latest iPhone

ModelPrice (64GB)Price (128GB)Price (256GB)Price (512GB)Price (1TB)
iPhone 12 MiniS$1,149 S$1,219S$1,389
iPhone 13 Mini-—S$1,149 S$1,319S$1,649
iPhone 12S$1,299S$1,369S$1,539
iPhone 13S$1,299 S$1,469S$1,799
iPhone 12 ProS$1,649 S$1,819 S$2,149
iPhone 13 ProS$1,649S$1,819S$2,149S$2,479
iPhone 12 Pro MaxS$1,799S$1,969S$2,299
iPhone 13 Pro MaxS$1,799
S$1,969
S$2,299S$2,629

Apple iPhone 13 Release Date Singapore

This year, Apple will be doing things a bit differently.

Last year, the company launched the iPhone 12 series in two waves.

But this time around, you can buy all the iPhone 13 series phones in one wave at launch.

If you cannot wait to get your hands on an iPhone 13 series phone, you can pre-order it from Apple on 17 September 2021, 8pm.

The phones will be officially launched in Singapore on 24 September 2021.

But, do note that each customer can only buy two iPhone 13 series phones.

Apple iPhone 13 Specs

Although the iPhone 12 mini did not sell as well as the other iPhone 12 models last year, Apple is persisting with a smaller iPhone in the lineup and launching four different iPhone 13 models this year.

To help you get an idea of what the iPhone 13 phones are like, here is an overview of their specifications.

 iPhone 13 MiniiPhone 13iPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro Max
Storage Options128GB | 256GB | 512GB128GB | 256GB | 512GB128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB
Display5.4-inch (diagonal) HDR OLED display

2340x1080 (476 ppi)

Brightness: 800 nits (typical) | 1,200 nits (HDR)
6.1-inch (diagonal) HDR OLED display

2532x1170 (470 ppi)

Brightness: 800 nits (typical) | 1,200 nits (HDR)
6.1-inch (diagonal) HDR OLED display

2532x1170 (470 ppi)

Brightness: 1,000 nits (typical) | 1,200 nits (HDR)

ProMotion (adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz)
6.7-inch (diagonal) HDR OLED display

2778x1284 (458 ppi)

Brightness: 1,000 nits (typical) | 1,200 nits (HDR)

ProMotion (Adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz)
ProcessorA15 Bionic chipA15 Bionic chipA15 Bionic chipA15 Bionic chip
Battery Life (Apple Claim)Up to 17 hours video playback

Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher (available separately)

Qi Wireless Charging & Magsafe
Up to 19 hours video playback

Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher (available separately)

Qi Wireless Charging & Magsafe
Up to 22 hours video playback

Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher (available separately)

Qi Wireless Charging & Magsafe
Up to 28 hours video playback

Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with 20W adapter or higher (available separately)

Qi Wireless Charging & Magsafe
Main Cameras1) 12MP (Wide) ƒ/1.6
2) 12MP (Ultrawide) ƒ/2.4
1) 12MP (Wide) ƒ/1.6
2) 12MP (Ultrawide) ƒ/2.4
1) 12MP (Telephoto) ƒ/2.8 with 3x optical zoom
2) 12MP (Wide) ƒ/1.5
3) 12MP (Ultrawide) ƒ/1.8

Apple ProRAW
1) 12MP (Telephoto) ƒ/2.8 with 3x optical zoom
2) 12MP (Wide) ƒ/1.5
3) 12MP (Ultrawide) ƒ/1.8

Apple ProRAW
Selfie Cameras12MP ƒ/2.2 with FaceID12MP ƒ/2.2 with FaceID12MP ƒ/2.2 with FaceID12MP ƒ/2.2 with FaceID
Video4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps

Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation
4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps

Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation
4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps

Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation

ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)
4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps

HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation

ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)
Dust & Water ResistanceRated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
Rated IP68 (maximum depth of 6 metres for up to 30 minutes) under IEC standard 60529
ConnectivityGigabit LTE with VoLTE

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit LTE with VoLTE

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit LTE with VoLTE

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0
Gigabit LTE with VoLTE

5G (sub-6 GHz)

Wi‑Fi 6 (802.11ax) with MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0

Source: Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Mini vs iPhone 13

Here are some key highlights of the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13.

Source: Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Source: Apple

Apple iPhone 13

Source: Apple

Aside from the screen size and battery, there is little separating the iPhone 13 mini (5.4 inches) and the iPhone 13 (6.1 inches), as both phones have five different colour options, three different storage options, the same dual-camera setup with upgraded lowlight capabilities, Apple’s new flagship A15 Bionic chip and brighter displays.

However, like with the iPhone 12 series phones, Apple will ship iPhone 13 series phones without the charger. This means that you will only be getting the phone and a USB-C to Lightning cable included in the box.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max

With the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, you are getting bigger, brighter and more responsive displays with a high refresh rate, better cameras with better low-light performance, Apple ProRAW, macro photography and an additional telephoto camera.

Not to mention more storage options in comparison to the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13.

The Pro models also benefit from an extra Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) core which means that the more graphics-intensive games might perform better.

Source: Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

Source: Apple

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Source: Apple

Aside from the screen size and battery, there is little separating the iPhone 13 Pro (6.1 inches) and the iPhone 13 Pro Max (6.7 inches) as both phones have four different colour options, four different storage options, the same triple-camera setup with upgraded lowlight capabilities and macro photography as well as Apple’s new flagship A15 Bionic chip and brighter displays with higher refresh rates.

Apple iPhone 13 Price Singapore vs iPhone 12 Price Singapore

Well, what about the pricing?

ModelPrice (64GB)Price (128GB)Price (256GB)Price (512GB)Price (1TB)
iPhone 12 MiniS$1,149 S$1,219S$1,389
iPhone 13 Mini-—S$1,149 S$1,319S$1,649
iPhone 12S$1,299S$1,369S$1,539
iPhone 13S$1,299 S$1,469S$1,799
iPhone 12 ProS$1,649 S$1,819 S$2,149
iPhone 13 ProS$1,649S$1,819S$2,149S$2,479
iPhone 12 Pro MaxS$1,799S$1,969S$2,299
iPhone 13 Pro MaxS$1,799
S$1,969
S$2,299S$2,629

You will be surprised to know that Apple has actually priced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini lower than their iPhone 12 counterparts at launch.

You are also getting better value in terms of storage as the base model starts for the iPhone 13 models start at 128GB instead of 64GB for the iPhone 12 models.

Whereas for the Pro models, Apple has not changed the price but added a new 1TB storage option. This will make the iPhone 13 Pro Max (1TB) the most expensive Apple phone of all time, as you will have to shell out a crazy S$2,629 for the most expensive model.

If you are counting, you can actually buy two affordably priced laptops for an iPhone 12 Pro Max (1TB).

Should You Upgrade From an iPhone 12?

From what I’ve seen so far, the short answer is no.

Although the iPhone 13 series phones have upgraded chips, better displays, better battery, better cameras and better gaming performance, I don’t think that the iPhone 13 series phones are game-changers like the Samsung Galaxy Flip series phones that change how people use smartphones.

Source: Samsung

A few points.

It is unclear if the iPhone 13 lineup’s A15 chip will provide a significant enough performance upgrade as the iPhone 12’s A14 chip is already more than capable enough to perform almost any intensive task you can throw at it.

There are also not many differences when it comes to the phones’ screen size and physical design.

Apart from a few upgrades, you can view the iPhone 13 lineup as a refinement of its predecessors which are already great phones. Chances are, your experience using an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 phone would be quite similar.

As such, most iPhone users will not see a major improvement upgrading to a phone that is just a year older.

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