Apple has officially announced the cutting edge part of the iPhone 13 lineup: the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both phones have a faster A15 Bionic chip, three all-new cameras, and an improved display with a 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate display that can brighten up to 1,000 nits.
The iPhone 13 Pro price starts at $999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. Both are available to order on Friday, and ship on September 24th. The phones are available in four colors: graphite, gold, silver and the new light blue.
Super Retina XDR displays on both models support variable refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz, and are the same size as last year’s at 6.1 and 6.7 inches. But with a slightly smaller bump that should allow more space in the iOS status bar.
Both devices use the new A15 Bionic chip, which delivers an 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 that Apple has divided its flagship phone lineup into regular and Pro devices. And last year, many reviewers noted that there wasn’t much difference between the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12.
And although the iPhone 12 Pro has an additional telephoto camera, a lidar sensor, and more RAM and storage. But the basic design, processor, 5G capabilities, and OLED display were all similar, if not identical, to the regular iPhone 12.
The company says the phones have an all-new triple-camera system. And the ultra-wide camera should provide better low-light photography. While the ultra-wide camera should see improvements too, thanks to a wider aperture.
The zoom lens is now increased up to 3x, enabling 6x optical zoom across all three cameras. All three cameras now have a night mode, and there is a new macro mode for shooting subjects from just 2 centimeters away. Sensor shift optical image stabilization is included in both models.
On the software side, the company announced a new Photographic Styles feature for photography, which appears to work somewhat like traditional camera filters with a bit of computational photography. On the video side, the Cinema Focus feature announced for the iPhone 13 is also available on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13 Pro can also shoot up to 4K at 30 frames per second in ProRes, a high-quality video format that gives video editors more control when editing shots after they’re taken.
However, the base 128GB storage option will hit 1080p resolution at 30fps. The company says ProRes support will be available in a future iOS 15 update.
Battery life has also been improved, with iPhone 13 Pro lasting 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 Pro. And the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasts 2.5 hours longer 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. 5G performance has also been upgraded with support for more bands, which Apple says should provide better coverage.