Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


iPhone 13: Hands-on with the iPhone's newest colors

The iPhone 13 now comes in a new green color, while the iPhone 13 Pro comes in alpine green. Here's what they look like.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

Apple announced a whole bevy of new products earlier this week. From a new iPad Air powered by an M1 Apple Silicon processor and an updated iPhone SE with 5G to the Studio Display with a built-in FaceTime camera and the Mac Studio, which appears to be the most powerful Mac Apple's ever made thanks to its M1 Ultra processor

In addition to those big announcements, Apple also announced an update to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro lineups. It's not a huge update, by any means, but it's one that's sure to entice people to upgrade from an older iPhone or make the jump from an Android phone


Alpine Green on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

The update? A new color. Apple added Green to the lineup for the iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone 13, joining Pink, Blue, Midnight, Starlight, and Product Red. The iPhone 13's green color is glossy, like the rest of the color options, and looks more like a camouflage green to my eyes. It's as dark as the photos on Apple's website look, but perhaps slightly more vibrant. 

For the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, there's a new Alpine Green offering that joins Silver, Gold, Graphite and Sierra Blue. 

As with the rest of the color options for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, Alpine Green has a matte finish to it. It's a lighter version of camouflage green. I can't decide which color I like more, Sierra Blue or Alpine Green. 


The iPhone 13 in its new Green color. 

Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

So, there you have it. Two new colors were added to the iPhone 13 lineup. Nothing else changed about these particular models -- you still get an iPhone powered by Apple's A15 Bionic processor, an impressive camera setup, long battery life and MagSafe compatibility. 

You can order the Green iPhone 13 Mini or iPhone 13 right now, with deliveries set to arrive on March 18. You can also order the new Alpine Green iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro Max right now, with deliveries arriving next Friday. 


The new green color options for the iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, and cases that match. 

Jason Cipriani/ZDNet

If you already have an iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro and you want one of the new colors, there's good news -- Apple released new cases for its current iPhone line that matches the new colors. So, instead of paying for an entirely new green phone, you can save yourself a bunch of money and pick up the proper green case. You can buy an Apple Silicone case for the iPhone 13 Pro in Eucalyptus or Clover. Apple also has the same colors for the iPhone 13 in its Silicone case. Both models are $49.

First look: Apple 'Peek Performance' event in pictures

Editorial standards