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How to pre-order the iPhone 13 in the UK today: Release date, cost and all the new features

This is everything we know about the the newest smartphone from Apple

Steve Hogarty,Daisy Lester
Friday 17 September 2021 14:17
Apple's New iPhone 13: What You Need to Know

Update: Looking for the best iPhone 13 deals? Head over to our iPhone 13 liveblog, where we’re tracking the best contracts and prices.

The iPhone 13 has been revealed and pre-orders opened at 1pm today.

Apple’s newest device launches 24 September, with prices starting from £679. The iPhone 13 looks similar to the iPhone 12, and has a smaller notch in the display, a new camera system and is powered by the company’s latest A15 chip. Apple claims it to be up to 50 per cent faster than its competitors.

There are four new iPhones announced: the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 pro and iPhone pro max. All models feature larger batteries and a more power-efficient chip that offers between 1.5 and 2.5 hours more battery life each day.

There’s a new cinema mode for shooting video using the rear cameras, while the more expensive devices – the iPhones 13 pro and 13 pro max – have a new 3x zoom telephoto lens and an ultra-wide camera that enables macro photography for the first time.

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Apple has also emphasised a more eco-conscious approach to the iPhone’s construction. The antenna bands are made from upcycled plastic bottles and the rare earth metals used in the magnets internally are from recycled materials.

iPhone 13 pro (128GB) 24 month contract – £0 upfront, £33 per month, Sky.com

Here’s the best iPhone 13 contract deal we’ve spotted so far. Sky is offering the iPhone 13 pro in any one of its four available colours for just £33 per month when you sign up for a 24 month contract.

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iPhone 13 (512GB) – £1,079, Amazon.co.uk

Amazon is selling the entire iPhone 13 range (all of the models, colours and storage capacities) unlocked and free from contract. There are no deals or discounts to be had – pre-orders only opened a few hours ago after all – so prices are the same as those revealed by Apple earlier this week. The iPhone 13 mini starts at £679, the iPhone 13 at £799, the iPhone 13 pro at £949, and the iPhone 13 pro max at £1,049.

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We’ll update this page with more iPhone deals as we find them, but head over to our iPhone 13 liveblog for all of the latest offers on contracts and SIM-only handsets as they’re announced. Here are a few of the best ones we’ve found so far:

  • iPhone 13 mini – £35.99 per month, or £679, Carphonewarehouse.com
  • iPhone 13 pro max with unlimited data – £30 upfront, £63.50 per month, O2.co.uk
  • iPhone 13 pro with unlimited data – £49 upfront, then six months at £35 per month and £70 thereafter, Three.co.uk

When can you pre-order the iPhone 13 in the UK?

Right now. All the iPhones will be available to pre-order from 1pm BST today and will be shipped to begin arriving by 24 September.

How long does it take to get the iPhone after pre-order?

One to two weeks. Pre-orders made today will arrive next Friday at the earliest, though some orders will arrive the following week

Read more: iPhone 13 – live: Today’s best contract deals and prices

How much does the iPhone 13 cost?

Apple revealed the price of all four iPhone 13 models during its livestream event on 14 September.

  • iPhone 13 mini: From £679
  • iPhone 13: From £799
  • iPhone 13 pro: From £949
  • iPhone 13 pro max: From £1,049

Where to buy or pre-order the iPhone 13

All the major UK retailers are taking iPhone 13 pre-orders starting from 1pm BST today, 17 September.

What iPhone 13 colours are there?

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are available in five colours:

  • Starlight (white)
  • Midnight (black)
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Product Red

Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max are available in four colours:

  • Silver
  • Graphite
  • Gold
  • Sierra blue

How big is the iPhone 13?

Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 13 is the same size as the iPhone 12, though the phone is thicker and heavier than last year’s device. Here’s each model side by side:

  • iPhone 13 mini: 5.4in
  • iPhone 13: 6.1in
  • iPhone 13 pro: 6.1in
  • iPhone 13 pro max: 6.7in

What are the features of the iPhone 13?

  • A smaller notch. The notch at the top of the screen has been reduced in width by 20 per cent. Apple has achieved this by moving the earpiece to the top edge of the phone.
  • 120Hz display. The iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max both feature “ProMotion” technology, which allows an adaptive refresh rate for smoother-looking scrolling.
  • Camera improvements. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both offer huge advancements over last year’s lenses. A new wide-angle lens gathers 47 per cent more light, reducing noise and improving detail. Once exclusive to the top-end iPhone pro max, optical image stabilisation is also now included on the cheaper iPhone 13s.
  • Macro photography. The cameras on the iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max can now capture super-detailed close-up shots of tiny objects placed just 2cm from the lens.
  • Ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. The iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max both feature a new ultra-wide lens that enhances low-light photography, as well as a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.
  • Cinematic video recording. Similar to portrait mode for stills, cinematic mode can film pets, people and objects with soft focus and automatic enhancements. Focal points can even be adjusted later on in the Photos app.
  • The A15 bionic processor. Apple’s newest chip powers the iPhone 13, enabling better power efficiency, battery life and performance boosts.

iPhone 13 model comparison

Size

Tele photo lens

Wide lens

Ultra-wide lens

120Hz display

PPI

Optical zoom

Battery (in video hrs)

iPhone 13 mini

5.4in

✔️

✔️

476

2x

17 hrs

iPhone 13

6.1in

✔️

✔️

460

2x

19 hrs

iPhone 13 pro

6.1in

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

460

6x

22 hrs

iPhone 13 pro max

6.7in

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

458

6x

28 hrs

Looking for some great deals on Apple products? We’ve compiled a shortlist of some of our favourite accessories to help you get the most out of your device.

Apple Watch SE, GPS + cellular, 44mm: £323.28, Amazon.co.uk

Track and meet your fitness goals with the Apple Watch SE. The GPS and cellular model allows you to text, call, get directions and stream music all without your phone. In our review of the Apple Watch SE, our tester praised its “dazzling design, intuitive notifications, accurate heart-rate monitoring, slick activity tracking and sleep monitoring, scores of watch faces, warnings when you’re in an over-noisy environment, fall detection and much more”.

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Apple Watch series 6 GPS, 44mm: £399, Amazon.co.uk

Apple’s top-of-the-range smartwatch packs a full suite of health sensors, from an ECG monitor to catch a misbehaving ticker to your usual step counters, sleep trackers, heart-rate monitor and blood oxygen level indicators. The Apple Watch series 6 featured in our list of the best smartwatches, where our reviewer fell in love with it: “The Apple Watch is easily the classiest smartwatch, with gorgeous design and immaculate build quality,” they said.

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Apple AirPods pro: £175, Amazon.co.uk

Apple’s premium in-ear wireless buds are comfortable to wear for extended periods, and come in a stylish compact charging case that provides more than 24 hours of power in a single charge. In our Apple AirPods pro review, our tech expert was suitably enamoured, saying they “offer some of the best noise cancelling in any in-ear headphones”.

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Apple AirTag: £29, Apple.com

Attach the AirTag to anything you don’t want to lose – your keys, your wallet, your dog – and you can use your iPhone to track its live location. As long as the tag is in Bluetooth range you can use your phone to make it emit a loud chirp. If the tag is any further away than that, Apple’s ‘Find My’ network of connected iOS devices can work together to locate your lost stuff. In our Apple AirTag review, our writer praised the gadget’s low price and ease of use. “For any iPhone owner prone to losing things, investing in a pack of four might be one of the best decisions you ever make.”

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Apple iPhone 12 silicone case with MagSafe: £49, Apple.com

The silicone case is a staple in Apple’s own-brand range and the latest model has a decent amount of grip and fits super securely thanks to MagSafe – the ring of magnets located on the back of the phone as well as inside the case. There are numerous colours to choose from, including black or white if you really want to play it safe. But there are more sultry options like eye-catching “kumquat”, “electric orange”, “sunflower” and a retina-searingly bright “pink citrus”. All are well-made and a perfect fit.

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Lucrin iPhone 12 classic case: £65, Lucrin.co.uk

Lucrin’s range of iPhone cases is very wide. There are pouches with pull tags, a card pocket, a protective wallet, a classic back protector and even a belt case. Once you’ve chosen the style, your next task is to pick a colour. There are dozens, from the demure to the unmissable. You can also customise the colour of the thread and add a monogram, and each one is superbly crafted, great-looking and soft to the touch.

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