iPhone 13 release date NZ

Apple launches its new iPhones with impressive regularity. The second Tuesday of September is the date that Apple has chosen more often than not for the past decade. 

This run was obviously interrupted last year as Covid caused delays with manufacturers, pushing last year’s iPhone release date back a month, to October.

For 2021, Apple has maintained its yearly iPhone release pattern. On Wednesday the 15th, (Tuesday in the US) Apple announced the new iPhone 13 models that will be coming to New Zealand in late September.

iPhone 13 release date NZ

Friday 24th September 2021

Apple’s Summer event, which occurred on September 15th (NZ time), announced the iPhone 13 and its release date.

Similar to the iPhone 12 the new device comes in four models, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

In New Zealand, all of these models will be available to pre-order on Saturday the 18th of September, with the phones becoming available on Friday the 24th of September.

What will the 2021 iPhone be called?

As expected the 2021 iPhone is called the iPhone 13. There isn’t an S model this year.

The iPhone 13 comes in four models, the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

How much will the iPhone 13 cost?

The total cost for the iPhone 13 is dependent on what storage option you choose.

Check the list below to see how much each iPhone 13 model costs in New Zealand:

  • iPhone 13 mini:
    • 128GB – $1,249 (USD$699; £679)
    • 256GB – $1,449 (USD$799; £779)
    • 512GB – $1,849 (USD$999; £979)
  • iPhone 13:
    • 128GB – $1,429 (USD$799; £779)
    • 256GB – $1,629 (USD$899; £879)
    • 512GB – $2,029 (USD$1049; £1079)

The iPhone 13 Pro range will feature a new 1TB option along with the 3 usual options:

  • iPhone 13 Pro:
    • 128GB – $1,799 (USD$999; £949)
    • 256GB – $1,999 (USD$1,099; £1,049)
    • 512GB – $2,399 (USD$1,299; £1,249)
    • 1TB – $2,799 (USD$1,499; £1,449)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
    • 128GB – $1,999 (USD$1,099; £1,049)
    • 256GB – $2,199 (USD$1,199; £1,149)
    • 512GB – $2,599 (USD$1,399; £1,349)
    • 1TB – $2,999 (USD$1,599; £1,549)

What will the iPhone 13 look like?

There haven’t been any drastic changes to the look and style of the iPhone 13. It looks very similar to the iPhone 12. 

iPhone 13 screen changes

Screen Size

Similar to the iPhone 12 range, the four versions of the iPhone 13 have different size displays:

  • The iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch display
  • Both the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro have 6.1-inch displays
  • The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display

Screen tech

All four of the iPhone 13 models have Super Retina XDR OLED displays.

The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have max outdoor brightness of 800 nits which is a 28% increase on the iPhone 12 and 12 mini. With peak brightness levels at 1200 nits for HDR content.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max displays have a 25% higher max outdoor brightness, than the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, at 1000 nits and the intelligent display leverages a more efficient OLED panel to save battery.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max disap[lys also feature ProMotion technology. (See below)

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max 120hz refresh rate powered by ProMotion

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are capable of reaching a maximum 120hz refresh rate to increase frames and smoothness.

ProMotion will intelligently adapt the refresh rate for what the user is doing. It will increase the refresh rate for times when it’s needed and decrease it when it’s not, in order to save battery. 

20% smaller notch

The iPhone 12 notch at the top of the screen has been a contentious issue for owners of the device. Some feel that it’s too large and intrusive on the screen. 

Every device in the iPhone 13 range has a 20% smaller notch. But they’re all still capable of Face ID.

iPhone 13 Specs


All devices in the iPhone 13 range will have upgraded performance thanks to the A15 Bionic Chip processor.

The A15 allows for a number of improvements such as, bringing personal preferences to their photos using multi-frame image processing, battery life improvements due to its efficiency and new video encoders and decoders for an end-to-end workflow that will allow you to capture, edit and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Overall, the iPhone 13 will be faster, perform better and more efficient due to the A15 Bionic Chip processor


The A15 Bionic processor combined with more efficient components and a larger battery, in the iPhone 13 range results in longer battery life when compared to their iPhone 12 counterparts.

The iPhone 13 mini boasts up to 1.5 hours more battery than the 12 mini. The iPhone 13 provides up to 2.5 more hours of battery life than the iPhone 12.

The ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro’s battery lasts for up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro and the ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro Max’s battery lasts for up to 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.


For the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13, the camera array looks a bit different. It’s a dual-camera system but instead of being aligned one above the other, it’s aligned diagonally.

The iPhone 13 and 13 mini dual-camera system can gather 47% more light than the previous devices. The Wide camera now includes Sensor-shift OIS technology previously found in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This stabilises the Wide sensor so shots are more steady and there’s also an Ultra-Wide sensor that is able to capture more detail in dark areas.

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have the same three-camera array. The Wide camera has a larger sensor with 1.9 µm pixels for more detailed photos. It also has a larger ƒ/1.5 aperture and provides up to 2.2x improvements in low-light photography over the iPhone 12 Pro and 1.5x when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation has remained as well.

The Ultra-Wide camera has a ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new autofocus system that improves low-light environment photography by 92%.

The Ultra-Wide is compatible with auto-focus for the first time and it also brings a new type of photography to iPhones, macro photography. This is used for taking clear images on targets that have a minimum focus distance of 2cm. This macro technology also can be used in video such as Slo-mo or Time-lapse videos.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max also have a 77mm Telephoto camera. this offers 3x optical zoom for a total 6x optical zoom range on the camera system.

All four models will feature Cinematic mode. This is brand new to the iPhone 13 range and it enables the user to record video with a depth effect that automatically changes focus on the focal point. This is called rack focus and it can be performed before and after capturing footage. It also allows users to adjust the level of bokeh (the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject) in editing software after footage has been captured. Cinematic Mode records in Dolby Vision HDR and 4K 60fps video recording is now supported on all cameras.


All four of the iPhone 13 models will support 5G.

And Apple is looking to double its support for 5G with 200 carriers worldwide in 60 different countries.

iOS 15

With the release of the iPhone 13 range, we’ll also be able to get our hands on iOS 15.

This will bring a lot of improvements and enhancements with it as it’s specifically designed to work with the A15 Bionic Chip.

FaceTime will now be compatible with a portrait mode, Focus mode will be implemented to prevent intruding notifications, notifications will be redesigned and Live Text will be introduced. There will also be improvements to Apple Maps with a 3D augmented reality option, the Weather app will be redesigned with full-screen maps and new privacy controls in Siri and Mail will be introduced as well.

These are just some of the changes iOS 15 will bring.


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