Apple has officially announced the cutting-edge part of the iPhone 13 range: iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both phones have a faster A15 Bionic chip, three new cameras and a display improved with a display with 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate that can illuminate up to 1,000 nits.
The price of the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $ 999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $ 1,099. Both can be ordered on Friday and shipped on September 24th. Phones are available in four colors: graphite, gold, silver and the new blue.
THE display Super Retina XDR on both models support variable refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz and are the same size as last year at 6.1 and 6.7 inches. But with a slightly smaller bulge that should allow for more space in the iOS status bar.
Both devices use the new A15 Bionic chip, which offers overclocking of the familiar CPU and GPU, compared to last year. The company also says the chip should be faster for machine learning tasks.
This is the third year in which Apple has split its line of flagship phones in regular and Pro devices. And in the past year, many reviewers noted that there wasn’t much difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12.
And while the iPhone 12 Pro has an extra telephoto lens, lidar sensor, and more RAM and storage, it isn’t. But the design core, processor, 5G capabilities and the display OLEDs were all similar, if not identical, to the regular iPhone 12.
The company says the phones have a brand new triple camera system. And the ultra-wide camera should provide better photography in low light conditions. The ultra-wide camera is also expected to see improvements, thanks to a wider aperture.
The zoom lens has now increased up to 3x, allowing for 6x optical zoom on all three cameras. All three cameras now feature a night mode and there’s a new macro mode for shooting subjects from just 2 centimeters away. Optical image stabilization with sensor shift is included in both models.
For what concern software, the company announced a new Photographic Styles feature for photography, which appears to be working in somehow like traditional camera filters with some computational photography. On the video side, the Cinema Focus feature announced for iPhone 13 is also available on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 Pro can also record up to 4K at 30 frames per second in ProRes, a high-quality video format that gives video editors more control when editing footage after it has been taken.
However, the 128GB base storage option will hit 1080p resolution at 30fps. The company says ProRes support will be available in a future update of iOS 15.
Battery life has also been improved, with the iPhone 13 Pro lasting 1.5 hours in longer than the iPhone 12 Pro. And the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasts 2.5 hours in more than the iPhone 12 Pro Max when charged.
Storage options for the iPhone 12 Pro range from 128GB to 1TB, the largest storage the company has ever offered on a phone. The performance of 5G has also been improved with support for more bands, which Apple says should provide better coverage.
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