Apple’s iPhone 13 Review: How Accessible is the Newest iPhone?

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Apple released the iPhone 13 in 2021, with its advanced features being the one thing that was promoted. Coming with their most advanced camera system ever, durability that is front and centre, the a 15 chip with lightning fast functions that leaves competition behind, and a much larger battery, it has been described by Apple as being their most powerful yet.

But how accessible is the iPhone 13 for disabled users? In this blog, I’m going to go through all of its features, as well as the box it comes in, and make time to share my thoughts on its accessibility features as well.

So as mentioned, the iPhone 13 line up comes with an upgraded True Depth camera system, and a much bigger battery size, by an hour or more. For those who don’t like the notch, you’ll be glad to hear it has been reduced in size, and the rear camera module now sits at a diagonal. Adding the A15 chip, it helps bring more speed and efficiency to every task, a plus for anyone who wants to use their phone as a computer.

As well as adding speed, the A15 Bionic chip also improves photo processing. Although the camera uses the same f/1.6 aperture and 12MP sensor that it always has, the new wide lens has sensor-shift optical image stabilisation, which — according to Apple — captures 47% more light than before.

Another camera update that has been added, however, is the ultra-wide angle camera, with much improved low-light performance. It also shoots highly impressive night mode photos, as these photos shot on my iPhone 13 show.

The i13 also let’s its users take advantage of Apple’s advanced photography pipeline, by letting you create preset rules for the camera to capture a style of photo while shooting.

Other camera features that our new with the iPhone 13 is the new ‘Cinematic Mode’, which filmmakers will no doubt find interesting. It allows you to track a subject who is important in your film, as well as tracking when they turn away, and can even be adjusted after recording.

I don’t have experience using ‘Cinematic Mode’ at the minute, but I’m writing a short film for which I might use it later this year. If you would be interested in seeing that in a future review, please tell me in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do.

Other capabilities which the iPhone 13 comes with is that it’s MagSafe compatible — which I don’t have time to go into today but I will write about in future — as well as being capable of reaching 5G. I haven’t been able to use 5G when out yet, so I’ll give my thoughts on this at some point, but this is all there is to say about this section for now.

The sound system — when you have your headphones off — is also brilliant.

But even then, there are a few bad things. One of these is that the Micro Photography feature is limited to the iPhone 13 Pro, so if you want to get into that style of photography, you’ll have to get the dearest model. Something else that is disappointing is that the accessibility features included in iOS Monterey has taken away the ability to enter your passcode if Face ID doesn’t work, and instead requires you to double click the side button, and your only other option is to change it to Assistive Touch, which I haven’t been able to change or to use.

It would be nice if the Micro Photography style wasn’t limited to the most expensive model, and equally it would be nice to have the option for Face ID from previous software upgrades — which didn’t have any problems — to come back.

So what do I think about the iPhone 13 overall? While the phone itself is brilliantly high tech and the top phone for anyone in the creative industry, the features included in the present iOS Software lets it down. Sometimes you don’t want to let other people know that you’re buying something, which — if you have a disability — is no different. If the option for the old Face ID option in previous updates was included in the more recent update, it would make the newest iPhone highly accessible. This problem also showed up on my iPhone X — so it isn’t just limited to just the 13 — but until Monterey is sorted out — it can’t be counted as completely accessible.

iPhone X Review

The iPhone X is one of the new iPhones designed by Apple, and has been on the market since 2017. The first to lose the home button, to have an OLED and mostly edgeless display and to include Face ID, it gives us many new technologies that are different to earlier models, and is made of stainless steel and glass. All of this has made it still a popular phone two years on from the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, and it is the cheapest option of the Xs available.

What Comes in the Box?


The Box that the iPhone X comes in, like other products, has a picture of the phone on the front, but as it’s smaller than any of the products I’ve reviewed so far, the product title and apple logo are on opposite sides of it. You get information about what else comes with it at the back of the box, including how many Gigabytes (GB) you have. The lid of it seems easy enough to take off, but like what I’ve said before about other Apple products, it would be better if they could introduce handles to let people with physical disabilities open it.

The first thing you see when you open the box is paperwork, a quick Start Up guide and Apple stickers, with the iPhone hidden under. Like other products, it has Apple’s special plastic, and once it is peeled off, you can really see the colour. Under it. there are EarPods with a Lightening Connector, a Lightening to Headphone Jack Adapter, a Lightening to USB Charger and a USB Power Adapter. (WARNING: THE LIGHTENING TO HEADPHONE JACK ADAPTER IS ONLY INCLUDED WITH THE IPHONE X, SO IF YOU HAVE AN XS, XS MAX OR XR YOU’LL HAVE TO ORDER SEPARATELY OR BUY WIRELESS HEADPHONES.)

What Else is There to Say About It?

The iPhone X comes with a Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto camera; a 7MP TrueDepth Camera, which works alongside the new Face ID and Animoji’s; an A11 Bionic Chip, allowing for greater speed; has water resistance of up to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 seconds, and allows for wireless charging. There’s a range of different Wireless chargers that work with the iPhone X, and I will review the Anker one I have in a future review. The capacities available are: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB, and it has a Super Retina HD Display, a 5.8-inch diagonal all screen OLED Multi Touch display, a HDR Display, and a True Tone and Wide Colour Display. This allows for 2436-by-1125 pixel resolution at 458 ppi and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. There is also 625 cd/m2 max brightness and 3D Touch.

Adding to Apple’s dream of making its products lighter than their previous models, the iPhone X is 143.6 mm (5.65 inches) in height, 70.9 mm (2.79 inches) in width, which is smaller than previous models, 7.7 mm (0.30 inches) in depth, and 174 grams (6.14 ounces) in weight.

How Do I Set My Phone and Face ID Up?

Your phone sets up in the same way as other iPhones, but where this one will differ is when it comes to setting up Face ID instead of Touch ID. The option to set up Face ID is included in the iPhone X set up, and you do it just by tapping Set Up Face ID. From here, you will be shown the camera, and it will guide you through what angles you should use to turn it on. Once it is completed, you will see a message allowing you to move on, and you just tap continue.

From here, you can set your Apple Pay and the iTunes and App Store to use Face ID instead of entering your password, but for me, it’s easier to have it set up so that I only have to use it once, as it would mean I would have to ask for it to be moved back more often. If you still have your old phone when updating to an X, you can get all your data from it when setting up the X.

How Do You Get Around the iPhone X if There’s No Home Button?

The iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, and although there’s still buttons at the side, a lot of them have been renamed. This means that a lot of the buttons we used to press have now been changed to gestures, including that to wake up the phone, you just simply tap it. To go to the home screen, you swipe up from the bottom, and to switch between apps you can swipe from the bottom and hold, swipe the bottom bar from left to right or swipe up from the bottom and over to the right. To close and review an app you can ether swipe up from the bottom and swipe up on an app, or swipe up and hold the page and card until the minus sign pops up. To activate Siri you can either hold down the side button or say: “Hey Siri,” and to take a screenshot you press the volume up and off button. Having a bigger phone means we no longer get the option of having our battery percentage, but you can get it by dragging into control centre by sliding down from the right corner. All of these have can be changed in Accessibility, so if you’re like me and struggle to reach the top of the phone you can turn on Reachability, which will allow you to drag from the middle instead of the top, and anything else you may have problems with.

What is the Camera and Audio Like?
As well as having Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras, the iPhone X also includes the second instalment of Portrait Mode _ first being used in the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s the first to use Dual Optical Image Stabilisation, with a 2x optical zoom and a digital zoom up to 10 times. The larger camera size allows for a wide colour capture of photos and live photos, and it is now possible to use different built in lighting effects while operating it. (The iPhone X comes with 5 different lighting effects _ Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, and Stage Manor). It also includes a Quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync, and HDR for Photos. It allows both HD and 4K Video Recording as well, with an Optical Zoom Stabilisation for video as well. However, the optical and digital zoom for video is slightly less _ being between 2 and 6 _ but it does have Slo-Mo support for 1080p at 120-240 fps, and has support for Time Lapse.

What are My Thoughts Overall?

I got the iPhone X for my birthday this year, and while I struggled getting used to it in the beginning, I’ve had very few problems with it that were all easily fixed. I use mine for Photography, filming and recording, and while the camera on my old phone _ an iPhone 6 _ was able to get good photos, this one captures everything better. The gestures I can’t do I’ve been able to change to being more accessible, but I would like Apple to raise more awareness of these feature so people who are locked into their bodies won’t be left out. I was never able to use Touch ID, so I’m finding Face ID a lot better.

The iPhone X is available in black and silver, and can be bought from any phone warehouse with various prices.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️