If you have a hard time remembering the difference between iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Apple has produced a seven-minute video that gives a “tour” for each of the four different models that were unveiled last week. The four are iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Color options for the non-Pro and Pro models are discussed and the tour guide informs us that the camera update for the Pro models is the largest ever made by Apple.
All four units are equipped with Cinematic Mode which allows you to control the bokeh effect (the blurry background in a portrait) for videos. It uses the phone’s neural network to decide when the focus of a video needs to change. This is the kind of effect you would see in movies, hence the name of the feature. And the cameras on all 2021 iPhone models will deliver improved low-light photos, at least according to Apple.
The non-Pro and Pro models also come with the Ceramic Shield, a glass-ceramic material developed by Corning and Apple that is said to offer stronger drop protection than the pre-iPhone 12 series models. And there’s the 5nm A15 Bionic chipset with 15 million transistors. There isn’t much improvement in the CPU this year, but the component should still bring some performance improvement (up to 21% according to one report) and better graphics.
Pro units have the ProMotion screen with 120Hz refresh rate. It just means the screen refreshes 120 times per second to provide smooth scrolling, enhanced animation, etc. Both iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max support macro photography, meaning the pair can take close-ups of small subjects, like bugs and bugs, for example. And the pair’s telephoto lens offers 3x optical zoom.
The video then details some of the new features, including photographic styles. which are similar to filters (but better, Apple notes). They can be used at the time a photo is taken, or added to any photo later. Photographic styles can work with four different styles such as Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool. Unlike conventional filters, skin tones are unaffected and the setting remains on so subsequent photos look consistent.
So if you haven’t ordered your new iPhone yet and are in a dilemma trying to decide which iPhone 13 series handset to order, maybe this quick guide from Apple will help you make up your mind.