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10 Tidbits You May Not Know About iPhone 13/iPad/Apple Watch Series 7

Apple has announced a wide plethora of new products, including the 9th generation iPad, the all-redesigned iPad mini, the Apple Watch Series 7, and both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. With all of these major announcements, there are some smaller details that may have been easily overlooked, so here are 10 tidbits you may not know about for these aforementioned products.

  1. The iPad 9 has 3GB RAM whereas the iPad mini 6 has 4GB RAM, which is on par with the iPad Air 4.
  2. Most of the previous iPad and iPhone models in Silver offered white bezels. On the contrary, the iPad 9 now only comes in Silver and Space Gray, and both of these finishes have black bezels around the display. This is similar to how the white iPhone SE gets a black front-glass panel.

    Black bezels on silver iPad (9th generation), Source: Apple
  3. The volume controls on the iPad mini 6 are moved from the right side to the top side, which are opposite of the Touch ID-embedded power button. This is a necessary change to make room for attaching the second generation Apple Pencil. On the contrary, the iPad 9 is the only model in the current lineup to have a Lightning port, support for the first generation Apple Pencil, and a headphone jack.
  4. As reported by The Apple Watch Series 7 has the same processor and amount of storage as its predecessor – the Apple Watch Series 6. The next generation chip with a dual-sided design was planned for this generation, but was scrapped at the last minute alongside the rumored flat-edge design, which the Series 7 did not get. This is similar to when the Series 5 actually had the same processor as that of the Series 4. The only additional feature was a compass.
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    As you can see, the Series 7 gets the same model number as the Series 6, hence the same processor; Source: @stroughtonsmith on Twitter
  5. While Apple says that the Series 7 will be available later this fall, it has been confirmed that Apple will include the USB-C Magnetic Charger for not only the Series 7, but also the SE.
  6. As spotted by MacRumors, Xcode’s information revealed that both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini feature 4GB of RAM, whereas both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature 6GB of RAM. This is the same amount of RAM than each of its respective predecessor. Although both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro feature the same A15 chip, the Pro models actually have a 5-core GPU, which is the same as that of the newly announced iPad mini 6, whereas the standard models feature a 4-core GPU.
  7. According to 9to5Mac, even though the iPhone 13 models now feature a smaller notch, there is still no option to display even the battery percentage. However, considering that all the iPhone 13 models provide longer battery life, people might not need to know the percentage all the time.
  8. In terms of video recording features, the new Cinematic Mode is limited to up to 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. For ProRes video, you’re stuck with 1080p at 30fps if you go with the entry 128GB capacity. To get 4K ProRes at 30fps, you’d have to step up to at least the 256GB model. Because ProRes is a very advanced video codec, it remains to be seen if the Lightning port on both iPhone 13 Pro models would actually support faster USB 3 speeds to easily transfer footage of such quality. At least the 2017 iPad Pro models had a Lightning Port with such transfer speeds. For the other models, you’re stuck with a much slower USB-2 transfer speed.
  9. While all of the iPhone 13 models got rid of the 64GB option as the base capacity, the remaining previous generation models that Apple still sells still start at 64GB. If you were to choose between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 while standardizing the storage to either 128GB or 256GB, then you would technically pay $50 more to get the iPhone 13. Therefore, I think it’s worthing spending the extra $50 for all of the nice advancements if you factor in the same storage between those models. On the side note, we previously reported that Apple discontinued the 256GB option for the iPhone SE.
  10. Just like the standard iPhone 12 models that Apple still sells, both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are technically priced at $829 and $729, respectively when purchasing unlocked. You would get a $30 discount if activating through a carrier.

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Nick Soong
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