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Short summary of what’s new with iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro

Apple announced the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro line today. They are all powered by the new A15 Bionic, has a similar design to the iPhone 12 line except for the smaller notch, new camera lenses, Cinematic videography, brighter display, and longer battery life.

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 screen is now 28% brighter at 800 nits overall, or 1200 nits for HDR content.

The A15 Bionic with 6-core CPU (2 high performance, 4 high-efficiency) features faster neural engine, new display engine, new video encoders & decoders, and new image signal processor.

Surprisingly, iPhone 13 will include the Advanced Optical Image Stabilisation with sensor shift from iPhone 12 Pro Max to both iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. That will make your low light photos shine even more.

The Cinematic mode surprisingly is also available in all iPhone 13 line, not just the Pro. It creates depth effects and focus transitions that we’ve all been waiting for! You’ll be able to shift focus from one subject to another to create that cinematic effect both manually and automatically.

You can even adjust the depth effect after you shoot the clip.

iPhone 13 will have better battery life compared to the iPhone 12 line.

There is also a Smart Data mode which will auto switch to LTE if what you are doing doesn’t need a 5G speed to save battery life. I turn my 5G off because of this on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, so maybe it’s time to turn 5G back.

iPhone 13 will now have 128GB as the minimum storage space (a free upgrade!).

Photographic styles is like filters on steroids. Unlike filters, they will intelligently apply the right adjustments to different parts of the photo (compared to having an extra layer laid on top of the whole photo).

There is also a new Pink finish.

iPhone 13 Pro

Similarly to iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro comes with new Super Retina XDR display with a more efficient OLED panel supporting 1000 nits brightness (25% higher than last year) or 1200 nits for HDR contents.

Apple ProMotion comes to iPhone 13 Pro which means the display has “Adaptive Frame Rate” or can dynamically adjust its refresh rate from 10Hz to 120Hz as needed, on-the-fly. So when you are scrolling your feed, the refresh rate goes to 120Hz for that smoothness but go back gradually to 10Hz as the screen stops.

I’ve reviewed many Android phones with high refresh rate and trust me, you’ll love this. Apple is doing this differently though with the Adaptive Frame Rate. All Android phones (as far as I know) can only do a fix refresh rate.

You also get a smaller notch.

The Pro line also features an all new camera system and display, plus a new 5-core GPU. It has a new 77mm Telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, Ultra Wide camera (f/1.8, 92% improvement in low light), Wide camera (f/1.5, 2.2x improvement in low light).

You’ll get a new Macro photography feature on the iPhone 13 Pro with the Ultra Wide lens – with a minimum 2cm distance to the subject. The sample shots look pretty amazing so far.

All camera lenses also have Night Mode now.

There is the ProRes Video (like a RAW format for videos) – obviously reserved for professional videographers which most of us are not unfortunately.

iPhone 13 Pro lasts 1.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max lasts 2.5 hours longer than iPhone 12 Pro Max.

A 1TB storage option on the iPhone 13 Pro if you always run out of space on your iPhone 12 Pro.

There is also a new Sierra Blue colour.


Unlike the iPhone 12 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get every feature on both phones so if you’ve been itching to get a smaller phone, you’ll be happy with the iPhone 13 Pro. Looks like I’ll be going for the iPhone 13 Pro myself this year.

Pre-ordering starts this Friday, 17th of September at 10pm AEST and they will all be available the week after, 24th of September.

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