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iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max: Everything you need to know

Apple has just announced its brand new products to the iPhone lineup – iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max, taking technology to the next level. All these new iPhones feature the next-generation A15 Bionic chip, capable of handling up to 15.8 trillion operations in a second.

Here’s what you need to know about the iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max:

Display & Design:

The iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR Display with a 2532‑by‑1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max comes with a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display with a 2778‑by‑1284-pixel resolution at 458 ppi. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max offer up to 1000 nits of Brightness (typical) and the number bumps up to 1200 nits while watching HDR content. They have a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. The Display on these new models also have Ceramic Sheild, introduced with the iPhone 12 Series last year. Apple has also reduced the size of the TrueDepth Camera System, which means that users get to enjoy more screen area. ProMotion has finally been added to the iPhone 13 Pro series. Your iPhone can now adjust from 10Hz to 120Hz depending upon the content. Both these newly announced iPhones have IP68 water resistance of a maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes.

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iPhone 13 Pro Display
iPhone 13 Pro Series: Display
Image: Apple

Performance & Battery:

The iPhone 13 Pro & the iPhone 13 Pro Max are powered by the performance beast, the A15 Bionic Chip, which is the same chip used to power the newly announced iPad mini (5th generation). The 5nm A15 Bionic chip has a new 6-Core CPU, out of which 2 are high-performance cores, and the other 4 are high-efficiency cores. It has nearly 15 billion transistors and can perform 15.8 trillion operations in a second. Apple says that they’ve increased the CPU performance of the Machine Learning Accelerator used by functions like Advance Text-to-Speech, Siri, and On-Device Processing of Directions in Maps. Apple claims that the A15 Bionic is the fastest chip in any smartphone ever, offering up to 50% faster CPU than the competition. It also has a 5-core GPU, offering up to 50% faster Graphics than the competition. Your games can now run with better visuals with this technology. Machine Learning has also been taken to the next level with the new 16-core Neural Engine. It introduces a new level for Image Processing and Video for experiences like Live Text, now faster on the A15 Bionic chip. The iPhone 13 Pro offers up to 1.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max offers up to 2.5 hours more battery life than the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

A15 Bionic Chip
iPhone 13 Pro: A15 Bionic Chip
Image: Apple

Camera:

The iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max offer a Triple Camera System, with a Wide, Ultra-Wide, and Telephoto lens coupled with a LiDAR Scanner.

Wide: The new Wide Camera now has a 1.9μm sensor, the largest ever on an iPhone allowing the camera to capture 47% more light, making low-light photography even better. The wide camera now has f/1.5 aperture, making it the biggest sensor Apple has ever put in camera. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max offer 2.2x improvements in low-light conditions when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro and nearly 1.5x when compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Sensor-Shift Optical Image Stabilization, introduced with the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, has made its way to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. Shutter speed has been increased & noise has been reduced too.

Ultra Wide: The new Ultra-Wide Camera is now even wider, with ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new autofocus system. This results in 92% improvement for low-light environments to produce brighter and sharper images. This new lens can focus at just 2cm, meaning that Macro Photography is now possible. Not only photos, but also videos including Slow Motion and Time Lapse.

Telephoto: The new 77 mm Telephoto camera allows users to get 3x optical zoom, instead of 2.5x times from the iPhone 12 Pro series. The Telephoto camera now supports Night Mode.

iPhone 13 Pro Camera
iPhone 13 Pro Series: Camera
Image: Apple Newsroom

Apple also introduced three new features:

  1. “Photographic Styles”, that has the capability to boost or mute colors without affecting skin tones. You can choose Vibrant to make your photos look bright and vivid or Rich Contrast for darker shadows and deeper colors or Warm/Cool to accentuate golden or blue undertones. You can adjust the warmth and tone of a Photographic Style live. It’s just like editing a photo while capturing it! This feature is supported on both the front and rear cameras.

iPhone 13 Pro Photographic Styles
iPhone 13 Pro Series: Photographic Styles
Image: Apple

2. “Cinematic Mode”, lets you change the focus between people, pets, and objects with a beautiful depth effect, just like the movies so anyone can cinema-style moments. Moreover, it changes focus automatically between subjects. For example, if there are two people, pets, or objects in the frame, and one person or pet looks at the other person, pet, or object, the focus shifts automatically. The focus is back on the main subject when the person looks away from the other person, pet, or object, or speaks. This feature supports up to 1080p at 30 fps on both the front and rear cameras.

iPhone 13 Pro Cinematic Mode
iPhone 13 Pro Series: Cinematic Mode
Image: Apple

3. “ProRes”: The iPhone 13 Pro series introduces an advanced video codec known as ‘ProRes’, which is used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, that results in higher color fidelity and less compression. You can record a video in ProRes for up to 4K 30fps. Interestingly, the 128GB variant of the iPhone 13 Pro series only supports up to 1080p 30fps of ProRes Video Recording. The powerful A15 Bionic chip with advanced video encoders and decoders, and fast flash storage has led the iPhone to be only smartphone in the world to provide an end-to-end workflow — capture, edit, and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes.

Connectivity:

The iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max offer superfast 5G Connectivity with mmWave Technology (mmWave only in select regions). It offers 21 sub‑6 GHz bands and 3 mmWave bands on the U.S Models because of the customized hardware design. This will help in better & wider 5G Coverage throughout the globe. The iPhone 13 series will also feature “Smart Data Mode” which will switch between 5G and 4G/LTE to preserve battery life. iPhone will automatically switch to the 5G Network when required. Apple says that by the end of 2021, iPhone will support over 200 carriers worldwide in 60 countries.

5G
Image: Apple

MagSafe Updates:

MagSafe Technology was introduced with the iPhone 12 series last year. The iPhones have magnets on the back which allows many accessories to connect with just a snap. One of the popular accessories, “MagSafe Leather Wallet with MagSafe” has received an update. It now works with the Find My Application on your iPhone to help you locate it when it’s lost. It records when the wallet was separated from the iPhone and shows it on the Find My App. However, it does not have real-time tracking features, like AirTag.

Pricing, Colors & Availability:

The iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in four elegant finishes – Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold, and Graphite. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 for the 128GB variant, $1,099 for the 256GB variant, $1,299 for the 512GB variant, $1,499 for the new 1TB variant. The iPhone 13 Pro will be available to Pre-order on September 17th starting at 5 a.m. PDT and it will be available starting September 24th.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099 for the 128GB variant, $1,199 for the 256GB variant, $1,399 for the 512GB variant, $1,599 for the new 1TB variant. The iPhone 13 Pro will be available to Pre-order on September 17th starting at 5 a.m. PDT and it will be available starting September 24th.

iPhone 13 Pro Series
iPhone 13 Pro Series
Image: Apple

Environment:

Apple claims that the iPhone 13 Pro series has been designed to minimize its impact on the environment, including antenna lines that now use upcycled plastic water bottles, chemically transformed into a stronger, high-performance material. The iPhone 13 series uses 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in magnets like the ones used in MagSafe, 100 percent recycled tin in the solder of the main logic board, and, for the first time, in the solder of the battery management unit. Both models also use 100 percent recycled gold in the plating of the main logic board and the wire in the front camera and rear cameras. Apple has also eliminated the outer plastic wrap and redesigned the packaging, avoiding the usage of 600 metric tons of plastic ultimately bringing Apple closer to its goal of completely removing plastic from all packaging by 2025.

The iPhone 13 Pro series is truly a step forward in terms of mobile technology and Apple will continue to improve its iPhone lineup every year. Stay updated with the latest Apple news at Appleosophy and follow our Telegram News Channel here. Join the Appleosophy Community on Telegram here.

Pururaj Dutta

Author: Pururaj Dutta

Vice President of Redfruit Media

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