Apple introduces iPhone 13 Pro models featuring an improved camera system, 120Hz displays and better battery life

What just happened? Apple unveiled two new Pro-tier iPhones, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, today during its California streaming presentation. These premium models represent the best of what Apple has to offer in a smartphone, and it starts with the new A15 Bionic CPU.

Apple’s latest custom silicon features two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. There’s also a new 16-core Neural Engine capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second and a five-core GPU that’s up to 50 percent faster than the leading competition. In fact, Apple claims it’s the fastest graphics subsystem in any smartphone, ever.

Like last year’s models, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max ship with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch OLED displays, respectively. This time around, however, Apple has included an all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion. This technology allows the display to automatically sense what’s happening on the screen and adjust the refresh rate accordingly, from 10Hz all the way up to 120Hz.

The display is protected by Apple’s Ceramic Shield coating, with a textured matte glass covering on the rear. A surgical-grade stainless steel band encompasses the new Pro models, which are offered in four colors including graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue. The front-facing notch that houses the TrueDepth camera system is 20 percent smaller, no doubt a bonus for those that are averse to the notch.

The new iPhone Pro models also retain the same IP68 water resistance as last year’s offerings.

Aside from the bigger displays, most likely look to a Pro model iPhone for its rear camera system. This year’s models feature three cameras.

The 77mm telephoto boasts a six-element, f/2.8 aperture lens with a 3x optical zoom while the wide-angle utilizes a seven-element lens with an f/1.5 aperture. The ultra-wide camera employs a six-element lens with an f/1.8 aperture, and all have a sapphire crystal lens covering for enhanced scratch resistance. In total, you get 6x optical zoom range across the entire system.

Apple says the wide-angle camera has a larger sensor with 1.9 µm pixels to reduce noise. Combined with its f/1.5 aperture, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max afford a “massive 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, meanwhile, enables macro photography for the first time on an iPhone. This mode features a minimum focus distance of just two centimeters, allowing you to get closer to your subjects than ever before. The macro function also extends to video to include Slo-mo and Time-lapse.

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