It's official: the iPhone 13 phones are now available to buy as of 24 September. Apple launched its latest handsets at its 14 September Keynote event, along with a new iPad, iPad mini (6th generation), and Apple Watch Series 7.
In keeping with iPhone 12 naming conventions, the latest iPhones are called the iPhone 13, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max and 13 mini despite rumours that suggested that Apple would leap directly to the iPhone 14 due to superstitions.
While the 5G handsets look fairly similar to the iPhone 12 range phones, the upgrade ushers in a few key changes.
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini both offer new Super Retina XDR displays that are 28% brighter than the previous generation, achieving a maximum of 1200nits – though Apple manages to make them more power-efficient too.
Under the hood, both phones offer the brand new A15 Bionic chip, moving up from the iPhone 12's A14. The A15 offers a 6-core CPU (2 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores) and a 4-core GPU, allowing the phones to operate up to "50% faster than the competition". You can also expect better battery life. (You'll find the A15 on the brand new iPad mini too – here's where you can buy one)
As for cameras, both the iPhone 13 and 13 mini offer better low-light performance with Smart HDR 4 support. There's also a new Photographic Styles feature that lets users save specific photo settings while a new Cinematic Video mode allows users to record with a shallow depth of field in 1080p (30fps quality).
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max brings additional features (that is, including the ones the 13 and 13 mini bring to the table). For starters, both offer adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz. New camera lenses also introduce larger aperture sizes, while optical zoom expands up to 6x (up from the iPhone 12's 4x). The 13 Pro and 13 Pro run on the A15 Bionic chip too, but with 5 GPU cores for blazing-fast graphics.
We've only skimmed the iPhone 13 range's specs and features, see our full iPhone 13 range deep dive for everything there is to know about the phones. For more buying advice we also have iPhone 13 series: Which new iPhone should you buy?
Here, we're going through where to buy the iPhone 13 phones, with full details on prices, release dates, and retailers in the UK and US. This is a developing story, and we'll be updating this article with the deals across every model soon.
If you missed Apple's launch event, here's everything that was announced.
Release date: When do the iPhone 13 phones go on sale?
The iPhone 13 phones are now available to buy as of 24 September:
Unlike last year, Apple isn't staggering the release. Pre-orders across all the handsets began on 17 September, and sales began on Friday 24 September.
Where to buy the new iPhone 13 phones SIM-free
Here are all the retailers currently selling the new iPhone 13 phones:
- Currys PC World
- John Lewis - save £10 when you buy with Apple MagSafe charger
- KRCS - £8 off
- Laptops Direct
We will update this list as more retailers confirm availability.
Where to buy the new iPhone 13 phones on contract
You can find the iPhone 13 from the majority of UK contract providers.
- EE - Smart Benefit plans include options for two years of Apple TV+
- Vodafone -Get £360 (guaranteed) when you trade-in iPhone 11 Pro/Pro Max. Plans start at £29 upfront, £40 per month (iPhone 13 mini)
- O2 - plans start at £38.99 per month, £30 upfront for 3GB data (iPhone 13) + 3 months of Disney+ , free 3-year warranty with select plans
- Sky Mobile - Plans start at £30 per month, no upfront cost for 3GB data (iPhone 13 mini)
- Tesco Mobile - Plans start at £32.49 per month (iPhone 13 mini)
- Three - Get 6 months half price and extra £120 off with trade in
- Virgin - Get £300 off with trade-in
It's also worth checking out the following retailers for competitive contract prices and cashback offers:
- T-Mobile/Sprint - trade in and sign up to a Magenta Max plan to get up to $800 off monthly bills
How much do the new iPhone 13 phones cost?
iPhone 13 mini prices
- 128GB: £679/$699/AUD$1,199
- 256GB: £779/$799/AUD$1,369
- 512GB: £979/$999/AUD$1,719
iPhone 13 prices
- 128GB: £779/$799/AUD$1,349
- 256GB: £879/$899/AUD$1,519
- 512GB: £1,079/$1,099/AUD$1,869
The iPhone 13 and 13 mini will be available in pink, blue, Midnight, Starlight (silvery white) and (Product)Red.
iPhone 13 Pro prices
- 128GB: £949/$999/AUD$1,699
- 256GB: £1,049/$1,099/AUD$1,869
- 512GB: £1,249/$1299/AUD$2,219
- 1TB: £1,449/$1,499/AUD$2,569
iPhone 13 Pro Max prices
- 128GB: £1,049/$1,099/AUD$1,849
- 256GB: £1,149/$1,199/AUD$2019
- 512GB: £1,349/$1,399/AUD$2369
- 1TB: £1,549/$1,599/AUD$2,719
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will be available in graphite, gold, silver and Sierra Blue.
Are there any iPhone 13 trade-in deals?
There's no denying prices are steep. Thankfully, Apple has trade-in deals to reduce costs.
Apple is offering anywhere from £35/US$110 to £610/$790 off an iPhone 13 handset with trade-in. You can trade in handsets as old as the iPhone 6s. While UK customers can only trade-in iPhone devices only, US customers can trade in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Note 20, S8 to S20+, Google Pixel 3a to Pixel 5, and LG G8 ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ to LGV60 ThinQ 5G phones too.
If you spread the cost of the phone on a monthly basis, Apple will reduce the monthly amount. If you pay in full, Apple will credit your payment method with the trade-in value after they receive your old device. You should receive the iPhone 13 handset within 14 days if your old handset meets all the trade-in conditions.
In the US, Apple also has trade-in offers with network carriers that offer $200 credit. If you opt for AT&T or Verizon, you'll need to trade-in directly via Apple online or in store. If you opt for T-Mobile/Sprint, you'll additionally need to change your plan to Magenta Max with T-Mobile/Sprint. In addition to the $200 from Apple, activating the new handset can shave another $500 off the monthly line rental costs.
Head to Apple US to see its network trade-in deals: