So, after a unplanned hiatus, I’m back and the topic is good to restart again. The most anticipated devises of any year are out and it may not be massive upgrade as people might’ve thought but its still new.
So, just like last year, Apple showed off four new iPhones, Apple Watch Series 7(which got delayed), base iPad and the whole new redesigned iPad Mini. Today, I’ll only be talking about the new iPhones, so let’s do this. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are a step up from last year, Apple added ProMotion 120hz display, bigger camera lens with wider aperture and finally after 3 years decreased the notch size on all 2021 iPhones by 20% which only sounds good on paper but doesn’t give anymore screen real-estate(still no battery indicator). The iPhone 13, non-pros also got updated with bigger and better cameras including the sensor-shift stabilization from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The whole lineup got just a little bit thicker to accommodate the cameras and bigger batteries. This solved the problems people had with iPhone 12 Mini.
Let’s talk specs, the non-pros are exactly the same except the size, same is the case with the Pros. The non-pros have a 60hz Super Retina OLED 1170 x 2532 pixels which supports Dolby Vision HDR and has a brightness of 800 nits. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max has 120hz Super Retina OLED 1170 x 2532 pixels and a 1200 nits of peak brightness. I’ll not into detailed specs too much because then this will be a thesis not an article.
Talking about the cameras, the whole lineup has now better low light performance and nifty new tricks like the Photographic Styles and Cinematic mode and Pro-Res which exclusive to Pro models. Photographic styles are not filter but it allows you to enhance your captured images by creating your own presets, which can be saved using the default Camera app. Cinematic mode is basically portrait mode for video but with some Apple-ly goodness. It can detect faces and focuses accordingly, its light years ahead of its competition, it may not be perfect but it shows the capability of tech when it is actually at that level. Pro-Res is almost Hollywood quality video but comes with a caveat, first, its not present at launch ,its a “Coming soon” feature and second, if you get the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max with 128gb then its capped at 1080p@30fps but can record $k@30fps if you have the 256gb version or higher.
Now comparing the 13 lineup with last year, right off the bat, no it doesn’t makes sense to upgrade, the design is unchanged, you’ll not be able to tell the difference in photos in good lighting conditions. Still if you want to upgrade and you’re rocking a iPhone 12 or 12 Mini then I suggest getting the Pro models ’cause that’ll be a bigger jump. The iPhone 13 non-pros is good upgrade if you’re coming from iPhone 11 or older but I strongly believe that if you have the extra cash, then get the iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max, it will give a smoother display, extra tele-photo lens along with a LiDAR sensor and stronger stainless steel frame.