The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max feature 120Hz display, better cameras

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Apple has announced its new lineup of phones in its virtual conference. Apart from the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, the company has two Pro models with some premium features that you will not find in the regular iPhone 13.

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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. For the Pro model, 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 boundaries with our most advanced technologies for users who want the best iPhone possible,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.


If you decide to buy the iPhone 13 Pro instead of the iPhone 13, here’s what you’ll get. The design is a bit different, as the Pro model gets glossy stainless steel bands on the phone case. There are also three stainless steel rings surrounding the three camera sensors. The back of the device is made of matte glass.

There are three different camera sensors instead of two on the back of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Apart from the ultra-wide and wide cameras, you get a 3x camera. It seems that the wide and ultra wide cameras are not the same in the Pro model versus the regular model.

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Last year, only the iPhone 12 Pro Max had sensor shift optical image stabilization. This time around, sensor shift optical image stabilization is available in the entire iPhone 13 lineup. Basically, the regular iPhone 13 is getting many advanced camera features that were limited to the Pro model.

Notably, 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 video with the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

So here’s what you get on the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max:

  • 77mm telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.
  • Ultra-wide camera with /1.8 aperture and “up to 92% improvement in performance in low light”, according to Apple.
  • Wider camera with /1.5 aperture and “up to 2.2x improvement in performance in low light”, according to Apple.

For the first time, you can use Night Mode with all three cameras. That way, you don’t have to remember which camera will give you the best results.

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iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come with Pro Motion display with P3 color range. Like the 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 may 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 than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Like the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, the Pro models come with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip. It is a 5mm design with 15 billion transistors. There are two high-performance cores and four energy-efficient cores. You should get roughly the same performance across the lineup, but there’s a newer 5-core GPU in the Pro lineup.

Pre-orders start Friday and they’ll be available on September 24th. There are four models with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage.

Read more about Apple's Fall 2021 event on TechCrunch

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