iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max announced with 120Hz, bigger batteries and Pro camera features

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, and among them two are the stars of the show: the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the most expensive and most feature-packed of the bunch.

The iPhone 13 is a 6.1-inch phone, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a truly gigantic 6.7-inch phone, and both have grown slightly thicker compared to the previous generation. The reason for that is bigger batteries, one of the most requested features, and Apple delivers. The cameras on the back have also gotten bigger and the phones now come with new pro camera features. All of that is powered by the same Apple A15 Bionic processor on both phones (actually, this same processor powers all four new iPhones).

So what’s special about these new Pro iPhones? And how are they different from the non-Pro models? Read on to find out!

This story is being developed as the news unfolds…

Design, Size and Colors

The new Pro iPhones come with virtually the same design as last year’s models: flat sides, flat screens, and mostly unchanged looks except for a slightly thicker body and if you look closer, you’d also notice that Face ID has shrunk in size too.

The rest is quite familiar as the phones are made of toughened glass and feature a stainless steel frame, which does add a bit of extra weight compared to the aluminum-made non-Pro iPhones. The pair also feature IP68 water protection for added security.

Apple has also reserved the more jubilant colors for the non-Pro iPhones, while these two Pro models come in more subdued, “professional” colors.

Displays: 120Hz ProMotion

The iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 6.1″ OLED screen, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max features a significantly larger, 6.7″ OLED display.

Both look gorgeous and get super bright under the sun, remaining very legible, a big advantage over cheaper devices. But what’s unique and new here is the 120Hz ProMotion screen technology. This has been available on Android phones for a while, and it’s finally now coming to iPhones. Basically, you get a screen that refreshes 120 times per second instead of the tradition 60 times (aka 60Hz). This results in buttery smooth scrolling experience, but do keep in mind that the screen will automatically switch to a lower refresh rate when you have static content, so that it doesn’t drain excessive battery.

Performance and Storage

The star of all four iPhone 13 models is the Apple A15 Bionic processor inside them. This latest Apple-made chip features further improvements and extends Apple’s lead over the competition when it comes to processing speeds.

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come with 128GB of native storage in the base version, but you can also opt for one of the more expensive models: you also have a 256GB version, a 512GB version, and for the first time, a 1TB model for the most demanding users. As always with iPhones, there is no microSD card slot for memory expansion.

Cameras with Pro features

The iPhone 13 Pro and the 13 Pro Max sport three cameras on their back, a main, an ultra-wide and a zoom lens (the zoom lens is the one missing on the other two, non-Pro iPhones). For the other two cameras, the quality is identical across all four iPhone 13 models. The improvements this year are focused around a faster aperture ultra-wide lens and a slew of camera processing enhancements for better image quality.

All four models also come with a new Cinema Mode, which is essentially Portrait Mode, but for videos as it blurs the background and leaves only the subject in sharp focus.

What’s unique to the Pro iPhones is support for the ProRes codec which is a bit like a RAW mode for video and allows editors a lot more flexibility when color grading. It also takes up a lot of space, but you probably already know that.

The LiDAR sensor (used for AR) also remains an exclusive for the Pro models and will not be available on the cheaper, non-Pro iPhones.

Audio Quality

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come with dual speakers (one bottom-firing speaker and another speaker embedded in the earpiece). The quality is similar to previous iPhones, which is to say you get a bit more bass and depth than your usual smartphone.

The headphone jack is still missing, to no one’s surprise. Instead, you can use the Lightning port for wired headphones, or just go with wireless headphones like the AirPods.

Battery Life and Charging

iPhone 13 / Mini / Pro / Max battery life in numbers

Apart from the screen size difference, one of the most convincing reasons to buy an iPhone 13 Pro Max over the 13 Pro is the battery size. This year, Apple includes larger batteries in all iPhones, but the Pro Max has got the biggest battery boost to the tune of a nearly 20% increase in capacity, while the non-Max model features a nearly 10% battery size boost.

We will be updating this article with official battery life estimates from Apple as soon as these become available, and we’re curious to also find out how 120Hz will affect battery life as well.

On the charging front, these premium iPhones come with no charger in the box, only the cable. So yes, you’d have to separately purchase a charging brick. Currently, the fastest one Apple sells provides 20W of power, uses a USB-C connection and costs $20.

All four new iPhones also support MagSafe wireless charging at speeds of up to 15W with compatible chargers.

Prices, availability and conclusion

The iPhone 13 prices remain roughly in line with what we have already had last year.

Below, you can see a breakdown of the prices on all iPhones currently available: 

Just as you would expect, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be sold on all three major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile), as well as all across the globe. You will be able to buy a new iPhone in stores starting on Friday, September 24th.

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