The Rewind: iPhone 13 mini – my favorite smartphone ever.
12 mini wont be long for this world, although apple followed up the release with the device that addressed the key issue of battery life, its possible that the iphone 13 mini will be the last mini iphone that well see thats unfortunate, because the iphone 13 mini is My favorite apple smartphone of all time in this episode of the rewind ill discuss why, as we look back at the iphone 13 mini, but first a brief word from our sponsor imazing. Is the swiss army knife for ios device management for mac and windows? Use it to make time machine style, wireless backups and easily transfer documents, media and content, explore, system files, access device and battery diagnostics and more all of your data stays local on your computer or the drive of your choice and backups can be encrypted for maximum privacy. With imazing, you can dig into your iphones backup history browse your photo library without syncing and export multiple versions, you can even save and export whatsapp, chats and ios messages and its all ready for apples latest software and hardware. Its. No wonder why imazing is the most popular all purpose, iphone and ipad manager for mac and pc for a limited time, get 30 off imazing by clicking the link in the description special thanks to imazing for sponsoring nine to five mac. Welcome to the rewind another! Look at the iphone 13 mini as ive stated many times in the past. Iphone 4 era design with its flat edges, was my favorite iphone design ever up until last years.
Release of the iphone 12 mini with that release apple perfected, an already great design by removing the home button in favor of what roughly amounts to an edge to edge display by adopting swipe gestures for navigation and face id authentication apple, was able to delete the home Button giving way to a much larger display than we had with the 3.5 and 4 inch displays found in the iphone 4 and iphone 5 respectively. The iphone 13 mini features a comparatively massive 5.4 inch display, yet its placed inside a chassis, thats, only 0.31 inches taller and .22 inches wider than the iphone 5.. Remember how massive the screen on the iphone 6 plus felt the first time you used it. Well, the iphone 13 minis display is only .1 inches smaller than the iphone 6 plus, but it features a significantly smaller footprint. If the iphone 13 mini would have launched around the same time as the iphone 6 plus, its design would have been downright mind boggling. But what really makes this smartphone so great is its handheld usability. I can easily navigate around ios with just one hand, and finger fatigue is much less of an issue than it is with larger phones, its also easier to store in a jeans pocket and looks better than its siblings when mated, with accessories like the mac safe battery Pack and the iphone leather wallet, while it doesnt feature the lofty battery life pro camera features and display improvements of its bigger brother.
The iphone 13 mini is the pinnacle of iphone design. If you ask me, when you combine its proportions, materials and user experience, it simply doesnt get any better than this. The iphone 13 mini features 800 nits max brightness typical, which is a decent improvement over the iphone 12 mini 625 nits max brightness that results in a device thats a little bit easier to use, while in bright conditions like outdoors. But this is definitely one area where the iphone 13 pro models separate themselves from the baseline models, like the iphone 13 mini the 13 pro features significantly higher typical brightness of a thousand nits and, more importantly, it ushers in pro motion support to the iphone for the First time, of course, promotion which first debuted with the ipad pro brings variable refresh rate technology to the iphone and makes it possible to enjoy 120 hertz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and improve text. Rendering, while scrolling pro motion, is one of the key features that really had me strongly considering going with the iphone 13 pro as my daily driver, but i ultimately decided that i valued the portability of the iphone 13 mini just a bit more last year, i came Close to making the iphone 12 mini my main device, but the battery life just wasnt quite good enough to make that happen. This year apple addressed the battery life issue on its smaller iphone and, although it wont compare to the ridiculously long lasting max model, the thirteen mini improves just enough for me to usually get through a full days usage on most evenings.
I end up with like 10 to 15 battery life remaining, although on occasion ive had to top it off to make it through a full day, with the iphone 12 mini, almost never made it through a full day without needing to recharge. So its definitely an improvement in that area. With that being said, ive grown accustomed to keeping the max safe battery pack around to help me get through days where battery life might be an issue and ive been pretty happy with the performance. As i noted in my hands on review of the max 8 battery pack, this is a device that works with all mac safe, enabled iphones, but seems to have been specifically designed with the iphone 13 mini in mind. The iphone 13 mini comes with 128 gigabytes of storage, meaning apple has doubled the storage of its baseline devices, while charging the same 699 dollar price in todays, age, 64, gigabytes of storage and a smartphone is doable, but having 128 gigabytes in the base model is a Big win for customers and enough storage for the average user. Max save is probably the best smartphone accessory lineup that weve seen since smartphones became mainstream with the original iphone heres, hoping that apple continues to build on the capability of this easy to use accessory interface. Besides my mac, safe, enabled iphone leather case, my second most used mac, safe accessory is the iphone leather wallet. The leather wallet conveniently attaches magnetically to the back of the iphone 13 or to the back of a mac safe, enabled case.
I find it super convenient to keep up with a few cards that i need to take with me, while on the go and apple recently improved the leather wallet by adding find my support so that you can track it in the find my app if its ever Lost or misplaced the aforementioned max a battery pack, of course, is an accessory. I use here and there when necessary, if im going out – and i realize that my iphone 13 mini is low on battery ill, just slap it on to give it a boost. At 99, the maxi battery pack probably should cost about half of what it does. But you cant top its ease of use in its ios integration. A couple of additional mac safe, enabled products that i use sparingly are the magsafe duo which ive relegated to only using while traveling and the moment multi threaded mount for mac safe. I know thats a mouthful, but moments accessory is particularly intriguing in that it provides a quick and easy way to mount your iphone to a camera rig, which is great when using your iphone for functions like monitoring or camera control. I love this little guy all iphone models get apples latest and greatest a15 system on a chip from the cheapest iphone 13 mini to the most expensive, iphone 13 pro max you more or less get the same type of performance across the board granted on the pro Models, you do get additional memory and you also get better gpu performance with more cores, but the cpu performance of the iphone 13 mini will closely resemble the cpu performance of the iphone 13 pro max.
With this in mind, the iphone 13 mini proves to be a great value, youre getting latest generation performance in a package that costs hundreds less than the top of the line. Iphone 13 pro max the iphone 13 minis redesigned dual camera system is nothing to sneeze at as it improves on an already competent setup found in the iphone 12 mini. Both cameras are new and improved when compared to the year ago, model with the wide angle shooter featuring a bigger sensor with larger pixels for improved light gathering and the ultra wide camera comes equipped with a faster sensor for better low light performance. Another noteworthy improvement is sensor shift optical image, stabilization support for the wide angle, camera a feature that was previously exclusive to last years. Pro model sensor shift is also geared towards helping improve low light, photography and speeds up night mode capture by helping to keep the camera stabilized, while shooting handheld. Of course, there are added software improvements like cinematic mode, which brings rack focus. Video capability to the masses in photographic styles, to add in camera, personalized looks based on tone and warmth adjustments. Unsurprisingly, the cameras make for the biggest differentiator between the iphone 13 pro and the baseline iphone 13.. The pro version includes a telephoto lens, along with professional features like apple pro raw capture for photos, prores capture for videos, macro support for videos and photos, improved night mode performance, etc. Perhaps most notably, the iphone 13 pro features a faster aperture for better low light capture.
In both its wide and ultra wide cameras, theres no question that you sacrifice several noteworthy camera enhancements by skipping out on the pro models, but the iphone 13 mini features, a solid camera system, thats capable of taking fantastic looking photos and videos and ive been very happy With it with the iphone 13 mini, you dont get the awesome pro camera features and you dont get the larger and brighter display with variable refresh rate. However, you get a device thats much more accommodating to the hands and fingers with a design that looks much better. Proportionally speaking than larger iphone models, the iphone 13 mini starts at a reasonable 699 dollars comes with 128 gigabytes of storage features apples latest a15 chip and does a decent job of addressing the battery life issues from the previous year. The iphone 13 mini is not the most feature, dense apple smartphone that you can buy today, but its the best looking iphone and feels the best in the hand when using it. Unfortunately, if youre an iphone mini fan, you better remember how this feels, because its probably not going to be this way for long chances are that this is the last year of the iphone mini based on rumors, which is sad, but not all that surprising. If the iphone 13 mini does turn out to be the last mini iphone in apples lineup, i can say that i enjoyed it to the full. What do you think about the iphone 13 mini? Would you be disappointed if we dont see an iphone 14 mini sound off down below in the comments with your thoughts and thanks for watching? This is jeff with nine to five mac special thanks to imazing for sponsoring 9 to 5.
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