Breaking Down Apple’s iPhone 13 Event — More Power, Better GPUs, and a Slice of the Future
Apple’s iPhone 13 event delivered across the board although, in all fairness, it was precisely what we’ve become accustomed to — for better and worse. In other words: this year’s iPhone 13 event transpired in exactly the same fashion as so many that came before it.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the latest generation of iPhones will sport better cameras, improved low light performance, a more powerful SoC (not that we needed one), and small little tweaks that will, by all means, result in a more enjoyable user experience. What we’re interested in most, however, is how these devices will fare when it comes to mobile gaming, and whether they’re worth the asking price when contrasted against Apple’s direct competitors and their current offerings.
Additionally, we won’t delve into Apple’s history and whether or not their products are “overhyped” and “overpriced.” If you’ve been following the tech space for a few years then you surely have an opinion on the matter and there’s very little use in trying to persuade you to change it — we’re all entitled to our own beliefs and points of view.
Instead, we’ll go over these oh-so-alluring devices in a more holistic manner, with mobile gaming being the main lens through which we observe things. We’ll touch on other topics as well, but this will neither be a breakdown nor a “review” — you’ll be able to find those elsewhere without breaking a sweat.
So, with that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at Apple’s iPhone 13 event!
iPhone 13 & Mini — Incremental, But Still Important Updates
First of all, both the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will feature a display that’s 28% brighter (up to 800 nits), with all the many bells and whistles we’ve all become accustomed to like True Tone, P3 wide color gamut, and HDR support.
The most interesting upgrade, however, is located deep within their enclosures: Apple’s A15 Bionic SoC. Manufactured on a 5nm node, the A15 will supposedly deliver awe-inspiring performance along with all-day battery life. Moreover, it’ll pack a 6-core CPU, with 2 high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency ones (for those menial, daily tasks that don’t require too much horse power). These changes (along with other factors) should result in 2.5 hours more battery life on the iPhone 13, and 1.5 hours more on the 13 Mini. Not too shabby!
Apple is also touting “30% faster graphics than the competition” although we’ve yet to see any benchmarks or direct comparisons. Still, we know from empirical evidence that Apple’s SoCs always deliver mind-boggling performance, so we’re definitely going to give them the full benefit of the doubt on this one.
For a more comprehensive look at the many improvements Apple has made in the camera department, make sure to check out the following link. Last but certainly not least, all iPhone 13 models will start with 128GB of storage — a highly welcome change (and a long overdue one, in all fairness).
iPhone 13 Pro & Max — Truly Cutting-Edge
For those who want the absolute best tech money can buy, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will surely be of interest. In addition to packing the absolute best cameras Apple has ever created, they’ll also sport ProMotion displays or, in other words, 120Hz adaptive refresh rates. Naturally, as is so often the case, Apple has made a big deal about it despite being late to the party.
High refresh rate displays have been a thing in the Android world for quite a while now. In fact, the first-ever phone to have one — the Razer Phone — was released all the way back in November of 2017. It was an IGZO panel with horrible brightness, but at least it was as smooth as butter! As previously mentioned, these displays will adapt in accordance with what’s happening on the screen so as to preserve battery life.
Paired with a 5-core GPU and the mind-blowingly powerful A15 Bionic, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will offer the absolute mobile gaming experience money can buy. Whether Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 2200 (the one sporting RDNA 2 graphics from AMD) will be able to compete still remains to be seen, but Apple has generally had an upper hand for what feels like an eternity and that probably won’t change any time soon. Although, in all fairness, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that other companies are starting to catch up.
Longer battery life is also a part of the equation and, frankly, we’re glad to see it! With an additional GPU core, these two devices will no doubt offer best-in-class performance when it comes to gaming (and basically all other tasks and workflows), so if you’re looking to game on the go, don’t think twice about it!
iPad 9 — More Than Sufficient
The ninth-generation iPad isn’t nearly as alluring as any of the devices listed above (or below), but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of our consideration. Far from it, in fact! With an A13 Bionic SoC inside along with a True Tone display, it’s the cheapest and most budget-friendly option for those looking for a powerful little tablet — be it for gaming or content consumption.
And, well, the A13 is still an obscenely powerful chipset capable of chewing through any mobile game you might throw its way. Apple’s SoCs were always “ahead of their time,” so don’t think for a second that it won’t be able to handle the latest and greatest titles on the market!
iPad Mini 6 — A Truly Spectacular Tablet
Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini is as well-rounded a tablet as they come. It’s compact, jaw-droppingly beautiful, and has Apple’s latest and greatest A15 Bionic inside. What’s not to like? It’s basically a smaller iPad Pro sans a 120Hz display. In other words: it’s a strikingly attractive device with powerful internals to match. So if you’ve been looking for something bigger than your phone — and yet smaller than Apple’s other 11” and 12.9” offerings — then the iPad Mini 6 is the perfect device for you.
With an 8.3” Liquid Retina display, it’s the perfect size for basically any mobile game out there — especially those with a lot of visual flair and information (think digital card games, for instance). A game of MTG: Arena or Legends of Runeterra will be more enjoyable (and legible) than ever before!
All in all, Apple knocked it out of the park with yet another series of devices that will push the envelope even further. We have reached the point of diminishing returns, but as long as Apple doesn’t start charging extra no one should be complaining. Moreover, potential buyers will have as varied a range of products to choose from as possible — a great situation to be in, as far as we’re concerned!
The onus is now on Samsung and Qualcomm; they’ll have to deliver sooner rather than later if they want to compete on even footing!