iPhone 13 Pro: 120Hz ProMotion display, A15 Bionic, 1TB storage configuration, more
Apple has officially unveiled the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, featuring advanced pro camera system upgrades, the new A15 Bionic chip, a 20 percent smaller TrueDepth camera system, Cinematic mode on iPhone, and more.
Shown alongside the iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, and redesigned iPad mini at Apple’s “California streaming” keynote, the iPhone 13 Pro features the same design as the iPhone 12 Pro it replaces, available this time in a new Sierra Blue color option and a 1TB storage configuration.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max introduce Super Retina XDR displays with ProMotion, supporting an adaptive refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz. Offered in both 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch sizes, the new display features a more efficient OLED panel, new display engine of A15 Bionic, faster GPU performance, always-on touch coprocessor, and is custom-designed to operate with iOS 15, making gestures, animations, and activities like gameplay feel faster and more responsive.
According to Apple, this is the brightest display ever on iPhone with up to 25 percent higher max outdoor brightness, at 1000 nits.
With the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has given the camera system a sizeable update. Apple is introducing an all-new Wide camera with a larger sensor with 1.9 µm pixels, the largest ever on iPhone, for less noise and faster shutter speeds needed across lighting conditions. Coupled with the larger ƒ/1.5 aperture, the Wide camera on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a sizeable improvement in low-light situations, up to 2.2x when compared to iPhone 12 Pro, and nearly 1.5x when compared to iPhone 12 Pro Max.
The new Ultra Wide camera features a much wider ƒ/1.8 aperture and a new autofocus system, bringing a 92 percent improvement for low-light environments, producing images that are brighter and sharper.
With the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple is introducing Cinematic mode – a new rack focus feature similar to Portrait mode that applies a depth effect to videos either during and after capture. Apple is also rolling out support for ProRes, an advanced video codec used widely as the final delivery format for commercials, feature films, and broadcasts, to offer higher color fidelity and less compression.
The A15 Bionic chip uses 5-nanometer technology and has nearly 15 billion transistors. The new devices feature a new 6-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores.
Apple touts that the new iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature more 5G bands, allowing them to work in more places on 5G for greater coverage and performance. By the end of 2021, support for 5G on iPhone will double around the globe, with over 200 carriers worldwide in 60 countries and regions.
Apple says the mix of the A15 Bionic chip’s improved power efficiency combined with a larger battery offer the longest battery life ever in an iPhone. iPhone 13 Pro will supposedly last up to one and a half hours longer in a day than iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max will last up to two and a half hours longer in a day than iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Customers will be able to pre-order the new devices on Friday, September 17, with availability beginning Friday, September 24. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 (US) and iPhone 13 Pro Max for $1,099 (US). iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in Graphite, Gold, Silver, and Sierra Blue in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and all-new 1TB storage options.