by Cathleen Cusachs

Apple launched the iPhone 13 series on September 24. Though some have criticized its design as being stagnant, there are a few important innovations worth highlighting. Apple’s iPhone features often set precedents in mobile communication technology.

For starters, the storage capacities have basically doubled. The minimum, once 64GB, is now 128GB. Other options available are 256GB, 512GB, and even a 1TB Pro model. The Verge says this was long overdue and “the issue has only grown as apps, photos, videos, and games continue to grow in size.” Mobile phones are holding more information than ever.

The battery life on the iPhone 13 series has also increased. The standard 13 has a battery capacity of 12.41 watt-hours. That’s a 15.1 percent increase from its predecessor. The 13 Pro Max’s battery is even larger, with a 16.75Wh capacity. In comparison, a Nintendo Switch, a gaming console, has a 16 watt-hours capacity. Read more about the batteries here.

Perhaps most well-known to the general public is the iPhone 13’s camera improvements. The standard 13 and the 13 Mini have two lenses: a regular wide angle and an ultrawide. To upgrade the wide angle, Apple took the large camera sensor once exclusively in the iPhone 12 Pro Max and made it the default for the 13 series. The 13 Pro, though, has an even larger sensor, and includes a telephoto lens. Business Insider reports Apple claims the wide angle has “a ‘2.2x’ improvement in low light conditions compared to the iPhone 12 Pro.” There are also improvements in focusing sensors and image stabilization. Read more about the cameras here.

These are just some of the new designs and features Apple’s iPhone 13 series includes. As smartphones become a larger part of our daily lives, their technology must become more convenient and capable, too. What innovations can we expect next?

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