by Vedh Mungara ‘23
Published Oct. 20th, 2021
It’s that time of year again: Apple unveils its new products that everyone’s been waiting for. In this year’s September Apple event, the tech giant’s releases included the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. While it may seem as though they just added an extra number and some new colors, the additions are a lot more significant at closer glance.
The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have the same three upgrades as the standard 13 does over their predecessors, but with larger improvements in each category. Starting at $999 and $1,099 respectively, they both feature a much better battery, display, and the biggest leap in camera technology yet.
To accommodate the largest battery capacity yet produced in an iPhone, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are heavier and thicker. But it pays off: while testing the 13 Pro Max for 1.5 weeks, I was not able to drain its battery in a single day even with ten hours of screen time. Apple claims that the 13 Pro boasts the same 1.5-hour increase in battery life compared to the 12 Pro, while the 13 Pro Max has a 2.5-hour increase compared to the 12 Pro Max. For the first time in the history of the iPhone, Apple has made a phone that I can carry on a weekend camping trip and not worry about it running out of battery.
In terms of display, the 13 Pro and Pro Max now feature a cutting-edge 120hz display, a significant level-up from the 60hz display on every other iPhone. This means navigating these new models will feel buttery smooth because their displays refresh themselves twice as fast every second. This is in addition to a brightness boost, going from 800 nits on the 12 Pro to 1000 nits on the 13 Pro and Pro Max.
Still, the biggest improvement in the Pro and Pro Max this year is their camera system. The camera array features three brand-new cameras: a telephoto, a wide, and an ultrawide camera. These cameras make for the best camera system that you can purchase right now, arguably beating out some professional DSLR cameras. The cameras have excellent photo and video quality in daylight, along with great low-light performance due to larger sensors. Aside from average consumers, professional filmmakers will be excited to get the benefits of high-quality cameras at a smaller size and cheaper price than the industry standard.
Although the 13 and 13 Mini will suit most consumers for their everyday needs, the 13 Pro and Pro Max will fulfill the demands of the power users who want to make the most out of their mobile devices.