The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature 120Hz display, better cameras
Apple has announced its new lineup of phones at its virtual conference. In addition to the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the company has two Pro models with some premium features that you won’t find in the regular iPhone 13.
Of course, the Pro models are also more expensive. For reference, the iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699 and the iPhone 13 starts at $799. As for the Pro models, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. The iPhone 13 Pro has a 6.1-inch display while the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display.
“Our Pro lineup pushes the limits with our most advanced technologies for users who want the very best iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said.
Here’s what you’ll get if you decide to buy the iPhone 13 Pro instead of the iPhone 13. The design is slightly different, as the Pro models get shiny stainless steel bands around the case of the phone. There are also three stainless steel rings around the three camera sensors. The back of the device is made of matte glass.
There are three different camera sensors at the back of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max instead of two. In addition to the ultra-wide and wide camera, you get a 3x camera. It seems like the wide and ultra wide cameras aren’t identical in the Pro models versus the regular models either.
Last year, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max featured sensor shift optical image stabilization. This time, the entire iPhone 13 lineup gets sensor shift optical image stabilization. Basically, the regular iPhone 13 is getting many of the advanced camera features that was restricted to Pro models.
In particular, there’s a new cinematic mode with rack focus. You can track a subject and lock focus on that subject in real time. Cinematic mode shoots in Dolby Vision HDR. Later this year, you’ll be able to shoot ProRes videos with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
So here’s what you get in the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max:
- A 77mm telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.
- An ultra-wide camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture and “up to 92% improvement in low-light performance,” according to Apple.
- A wide camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture and “up to 2.2x improvement in low-light performance,” according to Apple.
For the first time, you can use Night mode with all three cameras. This way, you don’t have to remember which camera will give you the best result.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come with a Pro Motion display with P3 color range. Like on high-end iPad models, these iPhone models have an adaptive framerate. If you need it, your iPhone display can run at 120Hz. If you’re watching a movie, the iPhone can use a lower framerate to save battery life.
As the iPhone 13 Max is the largest smartphone in the lineup, you get more battery life. Apple promises a battery that lasts 2.5 hours longer for the iPhone 13 Pro Max compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Like the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, the Pro models come with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip. It’s a 5-mm design with 15 billion transistors. There are two high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores. You should get nearly the same performances across the lineup, but there’s a new 5-core GPU in the Pro lineup.
Preorders start on Friday and they will be available on September 24. There are four models, with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage.