iPhone 13 design hands-on: major camera upgrades, smaller notch & more

The exclusive: This is your first look at the updated design coming to Apple’s 2021 iPhone lineup, rumored to launch sometime in September.

  • There aren’t any major, structural changes…but there are big camera upgrades happening across the board
    • The lower-end 5.4/6.1-inch iPhone models will see their lenses criss-crossed for a fresh design
    • Apple’s 6.1-inch Pro model is getting a much larger camera module equal in size to that on the Pro Max
  • A smaller, redesigned notch is also coming: the speaker grill has been relocated to the top bezel accordingly
  • Minor button placement changes for the side button and volume rocker can also be seen here, but it’s possible they could also be a printing error

Our take: We’ll have to wait until September for the full picture of what these iPhones will be, but on the outside these absolutely look like an “S year” upgrade. It’s the same great design we got on iPhone 12 but with camera changes and a new notch. And this is a good thing: I wasn’t ready to part with the iPhone 12 design so soon. It still holds up with no contest.

AirTag shown in first hands-on photos and videos (roundup)

The news: Ahead of pre-orders on Friday, the first photos and videos of Apple’s AirTag have been published by members of the media.

  • AirTag, which is incredibly tiny, seems to be a better option for finding things than something like a Tile due to the UWB capabilities with Precision Finding (a beautiful UI, might I add)
  • Many reviewers also noted how private these feel, with anti-human-tracking features built-in and location data not stored on the AirTag itself
  • They seem to get scratched easily, however: a number of media reported scratches and scuffs after just a few hours of usage…which is disappointing considering that most AirTags are likely to get banged around
  • Photos and videos in this article were provided by Andru Edwards, CNET, Marques Brownlee, Mashable, Sam Sheffer, TechCrunch and The Verge



First hands-on videos of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are out

The news: Select sites have published early hands-on videos of iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max ahead of pre-orders later this week.

  • The Verge, CNET, Hypebeast and Engadget have shared their early impressions below
  • Pre-orders for iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max go live (tomorrow) on November 6 at 5am PST

Our take: The mini looks really, really good…as I expected it to for a while. The form factor is so nostalgic but still extremely practical. And if you love big phones, the Pro Max looks great! But it looks gigantic and pretty hefty. Looking forward to going hands-on with both of these myself in a week.

Gallery (via Hypebeast)


First hands-on images and videos of iPhone 12 mini surface

The news: Ahead of pre-orders next week, the first hands-on media of iPhone 12 mini has popped up online.

  • A now-privated YouTube stream posted by George Buhnici and new photo by L0vetodream show just how tiny and portable the device really is
  • We found the original video online, and it’s split in 4 parts below
  • iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max release on November 13

Our take: I’m really excited to get this, and could absolutely see this becoming my vacation phone or even daily driver.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4