The rumors have proven to be amazingly true - a significant role in the innovations is played by video recording: the new iPhone 13 actually has the option to record ProRes in the Pro version for the first time (soon) and therefore also comes with twice as much storage space as before - 1 TB, if desired.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
That ProRes recording had an important role for the storage upgrade is indicated by the fact that ProRes video recording is only possible at 1080p 30 fps in the version with 128 GB of storage and only in the versions with 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB with up to 4K at 30 fps. There is also a new (AI) Cinema mode, which should help beginners in particular to produce interesting shots via automatic intelligent focus switching in a scene from one object to another.
120 Hz OLED Display - A15 Bionic SoC
Like its predecessor, the iPhone 13 Pro is offered by Apple in two variants: once with a 6.1" (2,532 x 1,170 pixels) and a 6.7" (2,778 x 1,1284 pixels) Super Retina XDR OLED display - both with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits (or 1,200 nits HDR) as well as ProMotion and an adaptive refresh rate of 10 Hz to 120 Hz.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max
As always, Apple has of course also upgraded the heart, centrally now working an A15 Bionic SoC manufactured in the 5 nanometer process with a 6 core CPU, 5 core GPU and 16 core Neural Engine. The new A15 Bionic chip, along with more efficient components, a larger battery and performance optimizations, ensures improved battery performance: in fact, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has the longest battery life ever on an iPhone. The iPhone 13 Pro has up to an hour and a half longer battery life per day than the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has up to two and a half hours longer battery life per day than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
New camera system
. The camera system has also been redesigned and now features (in addition to the LiDAR depth sensor) new ultra-wide, wide-angle and telephoto lenses (3x optical zoom and 77mm focal length, 6x optical zoom range for the entire camera system), along with new sensors for each and a new image signal processor (ISP) integrated into the A15 Bionic SoC, which provides better noise reduction and improved tone mapping, among other things.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Camera System
The new ultra-wide-angle camera enables both macro photos and macro videos (including time-lapse and slow-motion recording) with a focus at a distance of just 2cm. The new wide-angle camera is said to have up to 2.2 times better low-light performance than the previous model. In addition, all cameras now feature a night mode. Via computational imaging, the look of photos can simulate different photographic styles. Both models feature optical image stabilization (OIS) with sensor shift. Additional Photo features include Deep Fusion, Apple ProRAW, and Portrait Mode with Portrait Light.
Video: Cinematic Mode via AI and (soon acuh) ProRes recording
. Particularly interesting are the innovations in the area of video: so the iPhone 13 Pro can film in Cinematic Mode (cinema mode) with a shallow depth of field and automatically create focus transitions between subjects, i.e. if it is detected via depth data analysis of the LiDAR sensor that an important new subject is approaching the frame, then it focuses on it automatically. In addition, it is possible to subsequently adjust the sharpness or the degree of bokeh in the Photos app and in iMovie for iOS.
This will soon also be possible in external post-production on the Mac via iMovie and Final Cut Pro, but only in upcoming versions. However, the user can always take control of the direction and shift the focus themselves, either directly when shooting or when editing. The cinema mode is based on DeepLearning algorithms, which are executed on the new A15 including Neural Engine and trained with professional Hollywood camera techniques.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Cinematic Mode
As mentioned at the beginning, it is now possible to record in the professional ProRes format for the first time in addition to Dolby Vision HDR. The iPhone 13 Pro offers an end-to-end workflow for recording, editing, and sharing in Dolby Vision and ProRes, but the footnote says that ProRes recording will not be on board from launch, but will be added in a later version of iOS 15 for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple also does not yet reveal which ProRes modes (with which bitrate) will be available for recording.
Dolby Vision HDR can be recorded at up to 4K 60 fps, 4K at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, and 1080p HD video at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps.
Pricing and Availability
Fortunately, the rumors were not right on one point: Apple has increased the prices of the new models almost not at all (i.e. only by about 30 - 40 euros): to choose from are respectively iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models with 128GB (1. 149 and 1,249 Euros respectively), 256GB (1,269 and 1,369 Euros respectively), 512GB (1,499 and 1,599 Euros respectively) and 1TB (1,729 and 1,829 Euros respectively) in the four colors graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue. Both models are available for pre-order starting Friday, September 17 and will be available starting Friday, September 24.