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Stiftung Warentest Apple’s new iPhone 13 in the quick test

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The Stiftung Warentest tests the new Apple smartphones iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max in a new quick test. We present you the first results of the testers.

The new smartphones from Apple have only been on the market since September 24th and Stiftung Warentest already has the iPhone 13 series a quick test subjected. The short test of the four smartphones should first show whether the new models perform better than their predecessors. A comparison with cell phones from Samsung, Sony and Co. will later take place in the large smartphone test, in which “test” quality judgments are then also awarded.

Visually, the models in the 13 series hardly differ from the iPhones in the 12 series. However, some deviations can be found in the cameras. At the iPhone 13 and 13 mini the two cameras are placed diagonally on the back. In addition, the main cameras are now equipped with double optical image stabilization with a movable sensor. This was previously only available on the iPhone Pro models. That iPhone 13 Pro and the Per max now also have an autofocus for wide-angle shots.

Compared to its predecessors, Apple has significantly increased the battery life according to Stiftung Warentest: The battery of the iPhone 13 lasts a full eight hours longer than that of the iPhone 12 at 40 hours. The iPhone 13 Pro Max has even improved the battery life to 52 hours. In comparison, the battery of the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasted only 41 hours.

With all four iPhones in the test, purely electronic eSIMs can now be used instead of classic SIM cards, which can still be used. Dual SIM, the option to operate two SIM cards in parallel, is standard on all models of the new iPhone generation. However, there is still a lack of a USB port and the ability to unlock the smartphone using a fingerprint sensor.

The new iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with a ceramic shield for protection. It can be backed up as usual via Face ID.

The fast A15 bionic chip is built into the interior. In addition, a new processor (CPU) with six cores for performance and efficiency, a more powerful graphics processor (GPU) with four cores and Apple’s new 16-core neural engine for a lot of power.

The advanced camera system on the back includes a twelve-megapixel wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lens. It can be used, for example, to record videos with HDR and 4K resolution. The front camera also offers twelve megapixels, a night mode and provides 4K HDR recordings with Dolby Vision.

The smartphone can of course be used with 5G, and it is protected against dust and water according to IP68. In addition, like all models in the new series, the iPhone 13 is compatible with MagSafe accessories and Qi chargers.

The Apple cell phone is available in five different colors and with 128, 256 or 512 gigabytes of memory. This also applies to the iPhone 13 Mini, which offers the same high-quality features and is the smallest version of the 13 series at 5.4 inches. But it is also much cheaper.

The iPhone 13 Pro is the same size as the iPhone 13 at 6.1 inches. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the largest smartphone in the range at 6.7 inches. Both models are equipped with a Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion and Ceramic Shield.

A new feature of the Pro smartphones is the very high image reproduction frequency of up to 120 Hertz. The displays not only convince with their color rendering, which is excellent according to Stiftung Warentest, but also with their particularly fluid movements.

The camera of the premium models from Apple is supplemented by a telephoto lens. In addition, they are not made of aluminum, but of stainless steel and have a more powerful graphics processor (5 core GPU) in comparison.

The even more powerful Pro versions of the iPhone 13 are available in four colors and with 128, 256 and 512 gigabytes and one terabyte of storage. The prices for Apple’s premium smartphones are between 1,149 euros and 1,829 euros.

With its new smartphones, Apple has managed to improve the battery life and the already convincing cameras. The iPhone 13 performs better in the test compared to its predecessor. Nevertheless, the Stiftung Warentest criticizes the still missing USB connection: Apple continues to stick to the Lightning connection, which is not compatible with other products. As is so often the case with the tech giant, the high prices are also noticeable. How the cell phones fare in comparison with the competition is what the examiners want to classify in their large comparison test in the future.

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