iPhone 13 versions: country models & their sneaky differences!

Apple has twigged the iPhone 13 versions a little bit this year. So a few things have changed ever since last year’s iPhone 12 versions which I explained in this post

This year Apple has categorized the iPhone 13 into 5 groups of countries as follows.

The iPhone 13 country versions – a recommended video!

Here’s the video form of this blog post. If you have any further inquiries, you can ask via the comments section below this video on our YouTube Channel.

Group 1: The USA iPhone 13 Version

Group 1 only contains the US version. According to Apple Insider, the US iPhone 13 variant is the only one that supports mmWave 5G. I was quite surprised when I read that on their website.

mmwave 5g groove on the USA iPhone 13 version real life 4
the 5G mmWave groove on the USA iPhone 13: source

So I had to confirm that information. Hence I visited Apple USA’s iPhone 13 specs web page.

And noticed that the 3D model of the iPhone 13 & 13 Pro there, has a clear representation of a groove, which you won’t find in any other iPhone versions.

mmWave 5G groove displayed on the USA iPhone 13 versions
mmWave 5G groove displayed on the USA iPhone 13 versions: source
mmwave 5g groove abscent on other iPhone country versions 2
The 5G mm-wave groove is not present on other iPhone 13 variants: source

That groove is actually just a 5G mmWave antenna. mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas.

US iPhone 12 vs US iPhone 13 5G bandwidths 2.0
US iPhone 12 5G bandwidths vs US iPhone 13 5G bandwidths

Apart from that, the US iPhone 13 versions also support all other Sub-6 GHz 5G bands that Apple can possibly put in the iPhone.

That means, just like last year’s iPhone 12 the US iPhone 13 variant remains the most 5G compatible version this year.

iPhone 13 versions bandwidth compatibility comparison
iPhone 13 versions bandwidth compatibility comparison

Below are the US iPhone 13 Model numbers and Part numbers. Plus, I have created very detailed tables that contain all the iPhone 13 versions, model numbers, supported cellular bands, and as many part numbers as I could possibly find at the moment.

You can check them using the links at the end of this post or click here. Also, find the link to the best UAE iPhone prices at the end of this post.

USA iPhone 13 version Model Numbers

iPhone 13 Pro Model A2483, iPhone 13 Pro Max Model A2484, iPhone 13 Model A2482, iPhone 13 mini Model A2481.

Here’s our previous video on the iPhone 12 version differences

Group 2: The Dual Nano Sim Card iPhone 13 versions

Next is group 2 which includes China Mainland, Hong Kong, and Macau. The unique feature of this version is that they can use two nano sim cards simultaneously instead of the regular eSim + nano sim card combination which all the other models use.

But according to various sources, in the China Mainland variant FaceTime Audio and Wi-Fi calling is not supported.

Even though they are available in the Hong Kong and Macau versions. Below are the Model numbers for the Hong Kong and China iPhone 13 variants.

China, Hong Kong, and Macau iPhone 13 version Model numbers

iPhone 13 Pro Model A2639, iPhone 13 Pro Max Model A2644, iPhone 13 China Model A2634, Hong Kong/Macau Model A2634, iPhone 13 mini China Model, A2629 Hong Kong / Macau Model A2628.

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Group 3: The Russian iPhone 13 versions

Group 3 is a little bit unique because it contains countries that speak Russian. According to sources, the iPhone 13 versions here offer some Russian apps during setup as required by the local regulations.

Apple forced to preinstall specific apps in the Russian iPhone

The group includes the following countries. Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Below are the model numbers for the iPhones in this group.

Russian iPhone 13 iPhone version model numbers

iPhone 13 Pro Model A2640, iPhone 13 Pro Max Model A2645, iPhone 13 Model A2635, iPhone 13 mini Model A2630.

iPhone 13 and 13 mini
Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini

Group 4: Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabian iPhone 13 versions

Group 4 includes the following countries. Canada, Guam, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and USVI.

Nothing really stands out about the iPhone 13s in this group. Apart from the Japan version. By default, you cannot turn off the shutter sound in the Japan iPhone version.

However, I was able to find some very recent developments regarding the camera shutter sound on Japan iPhone versions which requires you to hit the like button and subscribe before proceeding.

Because, according to the information I obtained from this thread on Apple’s support community group, I’ll leave the link in the description below. 

It seems the recent iOS 15 update in the Japan iPhone 13 version, checks your geolocation and if it determines that you are located outside of Japan then you can mute the camera shutter sound just like in other iPhone versions. A statement that was confirmed by multiple users on the Apple Community Forum.

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The Japan iPhone official camera shutter sound easy Fix – iOS 15

Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabian iPhone model numbers

iPhone 13 Pro Model A2636, iPhone 13 Pro Max Model A2641, iPhone 13 Model A2631, iPhone 13 mini Model A2626.

Group 5 The Global iPhone 13 variant

Group 5 contains all countries from other countries not included in the previous 4 groups. Their iPhone 13 variants have nothing out of the ordinary except the South Korean version. 

According to sources, just like the Japan iPhone 13, the South Korean iPhone 13 also has the Camera Shutter sound lock. That means you cannot turn off the camera shutter sound of this iPhone.

Global iPhone 13 variant model numbers

iPhone 13 Pro Model A2638 iPhone 13 Pro Max Model A2643 iPhone 13 Model A2633 iPhone 13 mini Model A2628

Global iPhone variant countries

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, BES Islands, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia and Tahiti, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jersey, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion Islands, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Barts, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Island, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Willis and Futuna, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

However, I think it would probably also benefit from the iOS 15 update which enables the Camera shutter sound mute option if you are not located within the specified country. To round up, here are their model numbers, and the part numbers.

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Facetime in Middle East iPhones

Now, on the topic of facetime in UAE and KSA iPhones. iPhones from these countries now come with FaceTime per-installed.

However, FaceTime still officially does not work in the UAE. You can only make a FaceTime call in the UAE with the help of a VPN.

iPhone with Facetime vs iPhone without Facetime which should you buy?

Here’s our video on FaceTime in the middle east iPhones

Check iPhone 13 pro, 13 pro max, 13, & 13 mini model numbers here

iPhone 13 Mini model number check A2481, A2626, A2628, A2629, A2630
iPhone 13 model number check A2482, A2631, A2633, A2634, A2635
iPhone 13 Pro Max model number check A2484, A2641, A2643, A2644, A2645
iPhone 13 Pro Model Number Check A2483, A2636, A2638, A2639, A2640

Also read:
How to check your iPhone’s country of origin

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