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Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max announced with 5-core GPU A15 Bionic, ProRes video capture, 120 Hz ProMotion display, and dual eSIM support

Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max now feature an A15 Bionic SoC with a 5-core GPU. (Image Source: Apple)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max now feature an A15 Bionic SoC with a 5-core GPU. (Image Source: Apple)
Apple has refreshed its iPhone Pro lineup this year with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both the iPhone 13 Pro models feature identical specs save for the display and offer new, improved cameras with OIS, 4K 60 ProRes video, Cinematic Mode, 120 Hz ProMotion display, A15 Bionic SoC, and up to 1 TB storage.
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Alongside the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, Apple also introduced the upgraded iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both the iPhone 13 Pro (6.1 inches) and Pro Max (6.7 inches) feature identical specifications save for the display size and resolution. 

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in graphite, gold, silver, and a new sierra blue finish. Powering the new iPhone 13 Pro lineup is the 5 nm A15 Bionic that offers a 5-core GPU, a 6-core CPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine, which Apple says is capable of 15.8 trillion operations per second. 

The iPhone 13 Pro series now feature a Super Retina XDR ProMotion display that supports a 10 Hz to 120 Hz adaptive refresh rate. According to Apple, the new display works in tandem with enhancements in iOS 15 to offer smoother gestures and gameplay while yielding a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. 

There's also a new 12 MP triple-camera system comprised of Telephoto, Wide, and Ultra Wide lenses. The Telephoto lens has a 77 mm focal length with 3x optical zoom and an f/2.8 aperture while the Ultra Wide offers a 13 mm focal length and f/1.8 aperture. The Wide-angle lens comes with a 26 mm focal length, 1.9-micron pixels, and an f/1.5 aperture. OIS is available in the Telephoto and Wide-angle lenses. While the Telephoto and Ultra Wide lenses feature a 6-element lens, the Wide angle uses a 7-element lens with sensor shift OIS.

Apple is also bringing a few video enhancements to the iPhone 13 lineup. There's a Cinematic Mode that allows recording at a shallow depth of field. However, this feature limits video capture to just 1080p at 30 fps. Apple is also bringing ProRes capture at 4K 30 fps to the iPhone later this year. The catch here is that models with 128 GB of storage will be limited to 1080p 30 fps video. Macro photos and videos make their debut with the iPhone 13 Pros as well. Complementing these improvements is a new storage option up to 1 TB.

Apple also said that the new iPhone 13 Pro offers 1.5 hours longer battery life than the iPhone 12 Pro while the iPhone 13 Pro Max stands to offer 2.5 hours longer runtime compared to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Interestingly, battery life on local audio playback seems to have been improved a lot in this generation. For instance, according to the official specs, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max offered an 80-hour audio runtime, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can offer up to 95 hours. Up to 10-hour uplifts are seen with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 as well compared to their 12 series counterparts.

Apple emphasized a lot on 5G connectivity during the keynote. The company said that over 200 carries in 60 countries will have 5G networks by end of 2021. All new iPhone 13 models support dual-SIMs with either nano-SIM and eSIM and, for the first time, dual eSIM. 

The iPhone 13 Pro will be available starting from US$999 (₹1,19,900) while the iPhone 13 Pro Max will start from US$1,099 (₹1,29,990). Buyers can get up to US$640 off by trading in their iPhone 12 Pro for the iPhone 13 Pro and up to US$790 with the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Pre-orders go live on September 17 5 AM PDT with availability from September 24.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2021-09-15 (Update: 2021-09-15)