Apple iPhone Guides

Updated May 2022

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iPhone 13

Apple launched the iPhone 13 in September 2021, alongside the iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The iPhone 13 is Apple’s mainstream option, delivering many of the same features found on the iPhone 13 Pro at a more affordable price point. Like its stablemates, the iPhone 13 is powered by the 6-core A15 Bionic chip. The iPhone 13 also features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and a dual 12MP camera setup with sensor-shift image stabilization, and wide-angle and ultrawide lenses. The iPhone 13 camera also supports advanced software features such as Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Cinematic Mode with rack focus.

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iPhone 13 Mini

The iPhone 13 Mini was unveiled in September 2021 as a smaller and lighter version of the mainstream iPhone 13. As its name suggests, the iPhone 13 Mini features a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and weighs in at just 141g. The iPhone 13 Mini’s dimensions make it a great option for people with smaller hands or anyone looking for a more pocket-friendly iPhone. Like its bigger brother, the iPhone 13 Mini is powered by the 6-core A15 Bionic chip and features dual 12MP cameras with wide-angle and ultrawide lenses.

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iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro was launched in September 2021 as a premium alternative to the mainstream iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro is built around Apple’s 6-core A15 Bionic Chip, which is capable of powering through even the most demanding games and apps without a hint of slowdown. Similar to the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro features a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED screen. But unlike the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro display features Pro Motion technology with a 120 Hz high refresh rate for smoother motion. The iPhone 13 Pro also upgrades camera capabilities with a triple 12MP camera setup consisting of wide-angle, ultrawide, and telephoto lenses. The iPhone 13 Pro camera offers advanced features such as sensor-shift image stabilization, Smart HDR 4, Cinematic Mode with rack focus, and Apple ProRes support.

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iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple released the iPhone 13 Pro Max in September 2021 for consumers looking for a flagship device that bridges the gap between smartphone and tablet. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is powered by the 6-core Apple A15 Bionic chip, backed by 6GB of RAM, and it features a large 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also features Pro Motion display technology with a 120 Hz high refresh rate, delivering a smoother experience when gaming, browsing the web, and scrolling through apps. The iPhone 13 Pro Max is also a great camera due to its advanced computational photography tools and triple 12MP camera array with ultrawide, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses.

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iPhone 12 Mini

Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 Mini during their virtual event on October 13th. The smallest iPhone in their 2020 lineup, the iPhone 12 Mini is equipped with all the same features as the larger iPhone 12, only it comes in a much more compact form factor that's roughly the size of the iPhone 7. The iPhone 12 Mini features a 5.4-inch OLED display, 5G, better drop protection, improved water resistance, MagSafe magnetic charging, and is powered by the same A14 Bionic chip as its more premium siblings. As for the camera, you’ll find a primary wide and secondary ultra-wide cameras on the back, along with the lastest features like Portrait mode, Night Mode, Smart HDR 3, and the ability to record Dolby Vision HDR video.

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iPhone 12

Apple introduced the iPhone 12 in October 2020 alongside the smaller iPhone 12 Mini and more premium iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone 12 is a direct followup to the previous generation iPhone 11, but ups the ante with a fresh new design and an OLED display panel. Other noteworthy features include the addition of 5G network support, stronger glass that’s less prone to breaking, improved water resistance up to 6 meters, faster A14 processor, Smart HDR 3, Dolby Vision HDR video recording, MagSafe magnetic charging, and more.

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iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro was announced in October 2020 as a followup to the previous year's iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro screen size is slightly larger than its predecessor, up now to 6.1-inches (same size as the regular iPhone 12 model). Inside the phone is powered by an A14 Bionic chip and for the first time ever, now features 6GB of RAM. Along with updated internals, Apple introduced a new design with flat, stainless steel sides more reminiscent of the iPhone 4 or 5. The camera also received several new features, like Night Mode which now works on all 4 cameras and with portraits thanks to the LiDAR scanner. The iPhone 12 Pro also can record Dolby Vision HDR, and features 15W MagSafe magnetic charging.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the highest-end model in Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup. It was officially unveiled during Apple’s October virtual launch event, showing off a brand-new design with a flat, stainless steel frame and all new Pacific Blue color option. The size of the screen was increased, outfitted with a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. Inside, the 12 Pro Max is powered by Apple’s A14 chip and 6GB of RAM, a first for the iPhone. Unlike the smaller iPhone 12 Pro, the 12 Pro Max primary camera features a larger image sensor with built-in stabilization. When coupled with the LiDAR scanner for improved autofocus in lower lighting conditions, the iPhone 12 Pro Max delivers superior lowlight photos, enabling Night Mode in all four cameras (even portraits). With 5G, Dolby Vision HDR capture, improved water resistance, 15W MagSafe magnetic charging, and more, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is simply the best fourteenth generation iPhone you can buy — hands down.

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iPhone SE 3rd Gen 2022

Apple unveiled the iPhone SE 3 on March 18, 2022 as a smaller and more affordable variant of the iPhone 13. The iPhone SE 2022 packs impressive specs, such as the Apple A15 Bionic chip, 3GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage. The iPhone SE 3 takes great pictures and videos with its 12MP wide-angle, rear-facing camera and 7MP FaceTime HD front-facing camera. Similar to the iPhone SE 2020, the iPhone SE 2022 features a 4.7" Retina HD display with True Tone and a physical home button. This makes the 3rd generation iPhone SE a great option for anyone looking for a modern and fast iPhone with a pocket-friendly form factor and Touch ID.

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iPhone 11

The Apple iPhone 11 was released in September 2019. Despite being the affordable 11th generation iPhone, it’s still quite a premium device. At its heart, the iPhone 11 is powered by the same A13 Bionic chip with machine learning as its bigger brothers, the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Camera capabilities are also great thanks to a dual rear camera with 4k 60 fps video recording and night mode. And all those pictures and videos are sure to look great when viewed on the vibrant 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display.

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