Apple doubles down on 5G with new iPhone 13, upgrades iPad Mini

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 13 and a new iPad Mini, expanding 5G connectivity and showing off faster chips and sharper cameras.

While the Cupertino, California-based company did not announce any blockbuster features or products on Tuesday, US time, analysts expect customers hanging onto older models like the iPhone X will be eager to upgrade.

The new iPhone 13, introduced during Apple’s virtual event, will come in five colours.

The new iPhone 13, introduced during Apple’s virtual event, will come in five colours.Credit:AP

The iPhone 13 will have a new chip called the A15 Bionic that will power features like automatically detecting when the phone’s camera is pointed at text. Apple said the iPhone 13 will have custom 5G antennas and radio components for faster speeds and will come in five colours.

The phone will start at $US699 ($954), and some US participating wireless carriers will offer up to $US700 off for qualifying trade-ins. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $US999 and the Pro Max starts at $US1099, with trade-in offers of up to $US1000. All three models will be available on September 24 in the US.

“The competition is still playing catchup to our chips – not just from last year, but even from two years ago,” said Kaiann Drance, an Apple iPhone marketing executive.

The Series 7 smart watch will feature a larger display and faster charging. It will start at $US399 and be available later this year.

The company also updated its iPad Mini with 5G connectivity and a reworked design that makes it look like the higher-end iPad Air and Pro models. Apple also updated its base-model iPad with a new camera for working and learning from home. The base model iPad starts at $US329, and the Mini starts at $US499. Both will be available next week.

Apple shares were down 0.5 per cent, in-line with a slight downturn in broader markets.

“It seems like there’s nothing really revolutionary announced, but of course, as usual, they announced enough improvements to at least generate some enthusiasm among consumers,” said Rick Meckler, partner at family investment office Cherry Lane Investments.


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