Now that we’ve discussed the reasons for buying or not buying the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, let’s move on to the Pro models. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, just like their younger siblings, come with many improvements. These Pro models even take the iPhone 13 series far compared to the vanilla models in terms of features, take 120Hz screens for example. So let’s see if you should buy iPhone 13 Pro models or not?
iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max Reasons to Buy
The new iPhone Pro models come with a 120Hz screen and that’s probably their highlight as well, apart from the impressive cameras, of course. In addition, they have a faster GPU and larger batteries. So let’s look at the reasons why to buy them.
120Hz and brighter screen
This year, Apple finally introduced a high-speed refresh screen for its Pro models. The feature, which has been available for more than a year even on mid-range Android phones, comes as “ProMotion” in Apple’s terms for the latest iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Interestingly, Apple offered it as an adjustable refresh rate that can go from 10Hz to 120Hz. IOS 15 has also been upgraded to make the most of the new “ProMotion display”.
The screen size remains the same as last year, at 6.1 inches for the iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7 inches for the Pro Max. The new panels are up to 25% brighter than last year, offering outdoor lighting up to 1000 nits and up to 1200 nits of maximum brightness. Other features such as HDR protection and ceramic shield are also the same.
The iPhone 13 Pro range comes with a triple camera setup, just like last year, however, there is a brand new wide camera with a much larger sensor size of 1.9 μm pixels. This is the largest ever on the iPhone and has an aperture of ƒ / 1.5.
Recall, the 12 Pro Max had a pixel size of 1.7 μm and a lens with an aperture of f / 1.6 for the main camera. This means the wide camera offers a big improvement in low light conditions and can capture up to 2.2x more light.
The telephoto camera also has a new lens with an aperture of 77 mm f / 2.8. This is more than 65mm lenses compared to last year, but it’s a reduction in terms of aperture. The telephoto camera offers 3x optical zoom over the main camera and a total optical zoom range of 6x.
The new ultra-wide camera now also has a much wider lens with an aperture of f / 1.8 compared to the f / 2.4 lens on last year’s Pro models, bringing a 92% improvement in low light situations. It also has a new autofocus system and offers brighter and sharper results.
The new lens also brings macro photography capabilities to the iPhone 13 Pro models with a minimum focal length of 2cm. This feature is also available for video recording, including Slo-mo and Time-lapse.
Optical image stabilization with sensor shift, technology that stabilizes the sensor instead of the lens is available on both models. Also, all cameras on the Pro models support night mode.
The new cameras also have support for “ProRes” video, which is Apple’s professional video codec used for commercials and feature films. ProsRes videos can be recorded at 1080p at 30 fps for models with 128 GB of memory and at 4K 30 fps for other models. You can also edit ProRes videos on the iPhone 13 Pro.
Like the iPhone 13 series, Dolby Vision HDR is also supported up to 4K 60 fps on all models. Thus, the iPhone 13 Pro series is the only smartphone in the world that offers an end-to-end workflow for video recording, ie. Capture, edit and share in Dolby Vision or ProRes.
Interestingly, the iPhone 13 Pro models can also record a depth map with a video that allows you to change the depth of field even after shooting. It also supports cinematic mode with autofocus feature.
A15 Bionic chipset with faster GPU
We have already talked about Apple’s new A15 Bionic chipset, which is super powerful, consists of 15 billion transistors and is based on a 5nm process with a 64-bit architecture. The chipset comes with a 2 + 4 CPU structure (performance + efficiency) with two large cores and according to Apple offers 50% faster performance than the competition.
Unlike the iPhone 13, the GPU in the Pro models has 5 cores, which gives it a higher speed and makes it “50% faster” in terms of graphics. There is a built-in 16-core neural motor that has also been upgraded and delivers 15.8 TOPS (trillion operations per second).
More RAM and 1TB of storage space
Apple is offering 8GB of RAM with all Pro models this year compared to 6GB of RAM on last year’s Pro models. In addition, there is a new 1TB storage option for both Pro models, which will entice consumers who want to record high-definition videos and fear that their storage space will soon be full.
Better battery life
Battery life on the Pro models has also improved significantly. Due to the adjustable screen refresh rate, more efficient chipset and iOS optimization, larger cells offer even more power.
According to Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro will now last 1.5 hours longer than the 12 Pro, and the 13 Pro Max can last 2.5 hours longer than the 12 Pro Max on a single charge.
Apple did not mention anything about fast charging at this year’s launch. This means the new iPhone will also support fast 20W charging and 15W charging using the MagSafe wireless charger.
Just like the iPhone 13 models, there is also a Smart Data feature that will switch from 5G to LTE to save battery. Speaking of 5G, as mentioned in a previous article, Apple has improved connectivity with more 5G bands. This will allow new iPhones to work in multiple locations in 5G networks.
iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max Reasons not to buy
Let’s now talk about some of the reasons why you wouldn’t want to buy these iPhone 13 Pro models. One of them could be the high price, and some of the reasons are the same as with the iPhone 13 model.
There are no visible design changes
Just like we said in a previous article for the iPhone 13, the design of the Pro model remains similar to last year. The stainless steel body is sandwiched between the glass plates. The dimensions of the new iPhone Pro models are also similar to last year’s Pro models, ie 7.65 mm thick for 13 Pro and Pro Max.
However, the weight increased significantly. The scale for the 13 Pro goes up to 203 grams, and for the iPhone 13 Pro Max up to 238 grams. Just like the iPhone 13 models, the comma with the TrueDepth front camera is now 20% smaller.
The new iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max come in graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue.
As we’ve already told you, and you may know, Apple has stopped providing all accessories other than cables to its phones since last year. However, when you spend a fortune on a phone, you can at least expect those things in return. Well, for Apple it doesn’t matter which model it is, you’ll have to buy a charging brick separately if you don’t already have one.
No Touch ID
We have already talked about Touch ID. People have been expecting this feature from Apple for the last 2-3 years, but this old feature has not yet returned. For now, you have to rely on Face ID and see how accurate this time is, especially when we continue to wear masks.
Also, read | How to unlock iPhone while wearing a face mask No Apple Watch required
So, as you’ve seen, there are some really good features in the iPhone 13 Pro models that are also a big improvement even compared to the 13 and 13 Mini. For example, the cameras in these Pro models are quite improved, the GPU is faster and most importantly they have a high refresh rate. So, if all these features mean a lot to you and you can afford to spend a huge amount on them, then you can opt for these Pro models.
Price and availability
This year’s Apple iPhone Pro models start at the same price as last year. The price of the iPhone 13 Pro in India is set at Rs. 1.19,900 for the base model. It is interesting that new storage options of 1 TB are available this time as well.
Check all Indian and US prices here:
- iPhone 13 Pro 128 GB – Rs. 1,19,900 (999 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro 256 GB – Rs. 1,29,900 (1099 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro 512 GB – Rs. 1,49,900 (1299 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro 1TB – Rs. 1,69,900 (1499 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro Max 128 GB – Rs. 1,29,900 (1099 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro Max 256 GB – Rs. 1,39,900 (1199 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro Max 512 GB – Rs. 1,59,900 (1399 USD)
- iPhone 13 Pro Max 1TB – Rs. 1,79,900 (1599 USD)
The iPhone 13 Pro series will go on sale through Apple authorized retail stores across India from September 24th. Pre-bookings begin Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m.
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