May 16, 2022
So, really, there's only three things about this phone that are genuinely better than the regular 13.

The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are better than you think.

So, really, there’s only
three things about this phone

that is genuinely better
then the regular 13.

iPhone 13 pro review

And one of them, you could argue,

maybe not that many people
are actually gonna notice,

but the other two are pretty big jumps.

And so, this feels like
a pretty big upgrade

disguised in the same design as last year.

So, I’ve reviewed the iPhone 13 already,

it was earlier this week.

There, I go over Cinematic
Mode and the new A15 Bionic,

and a smaller notch, etcetera.

This Pro phone has all of that.

apple 13 pro notch

But then on top of that,

the three major things that this phone

does better than the regular
13 would be the screen,

the battery, and the cameras.

Now, you might be
thinking, “Wait, akash

that’s the same list of three things

you said was better about
the iPhone 13 than the iPhone 12.”

You’d be right,

but this takes a bigger
leap in all those things.

So, to start with the screen,

start with the iphone screen

the 13 Pro is the same size as the 13

and the 13 Pro Max is bigger,

again, same sizes and
resolutions as last year,

but now, there is a smaller notch.


Okay, looks a little better
on the bigger screen,

even though there is no more information

on that extra screen,

but then the display is actually
noticeably brighter here,

even versus the 13,

it hits 1,000 nits max brightness

versus the 800 on the 13,

and even 1,200 nits peak with HDR,

and it’s really good.

It’s viewable everywhere, outdoors,

great responsive auto-brightness,

and it’s still one of the most

color-accurate OLED panels out there.

But what we’re really here for,

finally, are Apple’s Pro phones
now getting ProMotion,

Pro Motion in apple iphone 13 pro

meaning, an adaptive high
refresh rate display.

  • It’s about damn time.
  • Now, this has been really
    interesting to watch unfold

because it’s not just a matter of

dropping 120 Hertz display into the phone

and then calling it a day,

there’s a couple of different
considerations, and nuances,

and things to be able to do it well,

iPhone 13 pro_better than you think

and then there’s whether
or not people even notice.

That’s two different things.

furthermore, as a self-proclaimed pixel enthusiast,

as someone who’s seen a lot of phones,

Apple has done this really well

and it’s, of course, an OLED,

but it’s also an LTPO display,

meaning it’s an adaptive
variable refresh rate

that can ramp up to 120 Hertz,

refresh rate iphone 13 pro

but also now down to as low as 10 Hertz.

It actually has 12 different refresh rates

that it cycles between,

which is seven more than the iPad Pro.

So, this helps it respond

to exactly what’s
happening on the display.

So, if you’re watching a 24fps movie,

verge website

the display only needs to
refresh 24 times per second,

but if you’re scrolling through
a website or social media,

it’ll be nice and smooth.

Maybe for gaming, it’s
pinned at 120 Hertz,

but if you’re just
sitting on a home screen

or reading some text, like an email,

games ios

nothing’s happening on the screen,

it can go all the way down to 10 Hertz,

which can save battery.

So, this tech has been around
for years in other phones,

and it’s great.

So, the interesting part
is different phones ramp-up

at different times,

and for different reasons,
and different amounts.

So, an example is like,

no matter how high a refresh rate

of an Android phone, I have,

it’s always 60 Hertz for Google Maps.

Anytime I open Google Maps,

the whole rest of the phone:

notification panel, using
the app, it’s all 60 Hertz.

Probably to save battery

’cause it’s a GPS-heavy app,

but that’s one thing it always does.

So, it turns out there
have been a lot of places

where people have noticed the iPhone

doesn’t ramp all the way up to 120 Hertz.

In fact, a lot of places
in third-party apps

where it still stays at 60.

Now, I’ve noticed,

just from using a whole
a ton of different apps,

I was actually pretty
impressed by how many

are already using 120 Hertz animations.

And all of these apps, inside and out,

felt smoother and more responsive.

Also, all of iOS is smoother
and more responsive.

But for those that don’t,

Apple has put out detailed instructions

on how to make it easy for
developers to update their apps

to fully support ProMotion,

exactly the way they want to.

So, when your favorite apps get updated,

hopefully, the developers include it.

But all that being said,

will regular people

who gets this iphone even notice ProMotion?

And this is something
I’ve thought a lot about it,

especially since the announcement.

Of course, lots of other phones

have gotten high refresh rate in the past,

but because it’s an iPhone,

this is for millions of people

who have only ever seen a 60
Hertz phone their entire lives,

this will be the first time they ever see

a high refresh rate screen on a phone.

And so, this is the thing
I’ve been talking about

for so long.

So, when I actually first got this iphone 13 pro,

I’ve started handing it to people,

discretely, of course, but
handing it to them like,

“Hey, do you notice anything
different about this phone?

Like, swipe around,

maybe hold it next to your current phone.

Do you feel like it feels any different?”

And I’ll be the first to admit,

not as many people immediately
noticed it as I was hoping.

Different people had
different things about it

that they noticed.

Like, there’s a really
good video by Joshua Chang,

where he did that same thing.

He handed the phone to a bunch of people

and they all had different ways

by explaining what they noticed.

So, some of them didn’t notice,

but some of them notice things

like texts staying more
crisp on the screen

while you’re scrolling.

Some people just straight-up notice

the better smoothness
and touch responsiveness,

and called that out.

So, I’ll put it this way.

Not everyone will notice
ProMotion right away,

especially if they’re not
looking for it, but…

But, I don’t have…

I’m not crazy.

It’s not like I have
special eyes or anything.

So, I guarantee you this,

if you get somebody used to 120 Hertz

or just a high refresh rate in general

and they use this phone
for a couple of weeks,

couple months,

and then you hand them
back a 60 Hertz phone,

they will notice that difference

and they won’t wanna switch back to it.

Basically, I think people who buy this Pro iPhone

and get used to ProMotion
won’t wanna switch back to

a 60 Hertz iPhone,

just like people who switched

to a high refresh rate Android phone

don’t wanna switch back either.

But also, I’m kind of
hoping Apple doesn’t ship

another 60 Hertz iPhone next year.

They definitely could,

but I’m hoping, 90 Hertz,

at least, something like that.

Either way, that’s my stance
on the high refresh rate,

the ProMotion, in the Pro iPhones.

Clearly, the implementation,

technically speaking, is pretty great.

It’s super color-accurate,

it’s very bright, it looks
great, and it’s very smooth.

So, despite the notch and some
apps needing to be updated,

it’s one of the best-looking
screens on any phone right now

and, going with LTPO,

led these phones with their
new high refresh rates,

also, be battery champs.

So, this is the second big
thing about these new phones,

which is, holy smokes, man!

The batteries got really good.

Now, there’s a couple of
different compounding factors

that all pile on top of each
other to make this happen.

The fact that the ProMotion
dips below 60 Hertz

to save you battery when you
don’t need it is number one.

But number two, the A15 Bionic

is more efficient than last year.

And then the fact that these phones

are actually slightly thicker and heavier

to support an actually larger battery

is a really big number three.

So, the battery inside the iPhone 13 Pro is about 11% larger than the iPhone 12 Pro.

and the iPhone 13 Pro Max cell
is about 18% larger

then the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

That’s not a small amount

and you can actually
feel it in the weight.

These new apple iphones are about 20
grams heavier than last year

and probably heavier

then the phone you’re holding right now.

And the results have been dope.

I’ve mostly been dallying the apple iPhone 13 Pro here

and getting six, seven
hours of screen on time.

No problem, never really
killing the phone in a day,

I consider that an A.

And David’s been testing the
13 Pro Max here at the studio

and getting crazy endurance numbers!

He had a day with five
hours of screen on time

with 50% battery left, which is nuts.

So, I’m gonna go ahead and
put the iPhone 13 Pro Max

right up at the top

of the battery champ 2021
power rankings right now,

alongside a bunch of other phones

with the supermassive batteries,

like the ROG Phone 5 and the Moto G Power.

So, screens, check.

Batteries, check.

But once again,

the biggest change with these new Pro iphones

camera bump on iphone 13 series

is the cameras, again.

So, first of all,

I really like that the
iPhone 13 Pro and iphone13 Pro Max

have the exact same set
of cameras between them.

So, the phones are basically identical

except for screen size and
battery size, so that’s nice.

But yeah, once again,

big leap up with the Pro
phones and their cameras,

and they’ve got the
camera bump to go with it.

And it really is a massive,

like, three-layer camera
bump with this phone.

If you don’t have a case on the phone,

you’ll immediately
notice it sits up higher,

it rocks more from certain
corners on a table,

and it just kind of looks at you funny.

Remember when we thought the apple
iPhone 12 Pro had huge cameras?

Yeah, no. This is the next level.

These are much larger
sensors and cameras in here.

So, we’ve got triple cameras,

triple camera setup in iphone 13 pro

still got LiDAR, and a mic, and a flash,

and each of these cameras
is better than last year

in its own way.

So, the primary, 12-megapixel camera

with that even larger
sensor-shift stabilization

is excellent.

It’s remarkably consistent
through various lighting

in indoor and outdoor scenarios.

There’s also, of course,

the photographic styles to choose from

that I talked about in the previous post,

I landed on a rich
contrast as my favorite,

and honestly, I’ve just left
it there for most of my photos.

The main thing you’ll notice that makes it better

camera samples of iphone 13 pro

is the big sensor look

that we had only in the apple Pro Max last year.

So this natural Bokeh is so easy now

that you might find yourself
having to tap to focus

just a little bit more,

just to make sure you’re
focused on the right thing.

And you’ll find that you can get

that natural background blur much easier.

iphone 13 pro camera samples

It’s not always perfect,

it’s still tiny smartphone optics,

but the natural blur

is better than fake Portrait
Mode blur every time.

So, it does a great
job not fringing, also,

as some other big smartphone sensors do.

The Telephoto is also better this year.

So it’s, once again, a bigger sensor

and it’s also now a 3x optical zoom

instead of a 2x or 2.5x from last year,

and it looks almost as
good as the main sensor.

So, you’d love to see that.

That consistency between different cameras

gives you the confidence

to be able to switch between cameras,

like it doesn’t even matter
which one you’re using

iphone 13 pro camera samples

and that’s more true this
year than ever before.

Now, it’s no S21 Ultra.

You’re not gonna do that

deep double-digit zooming very well.

Some of the best periscope zooms

literally, look crisp at 10x,

while the apple iPhone 13 pro max is maxing out at 15

and it looks like a
watercolor painting there.

iphone 13 pro camera samples

So, it’s gonna be up to you to decide

if that’s something you care about having

in your phone or not.

And then last but not least, the Ultra Wide.

Again, closing in on the
corner to corner sharpness

of the main camera, it’s not quite there,

but this is one area where I was

maybe hoping to see a higher resolution

because you’re spreading this pixel count

over such a wide focal range,

maybe 16, 24 megapixels even,

would have been cool to see

iphone 13 pro camera samples

just to get that true matching sharpness.

Nevertheless, the photos and videos

from the Ultra Wide are world-class,

iphone 13 pro camera samples

literally tops among any
Ultra Wides in any smartphone,

and it’s now also capable
of macro photography,

unlike the Ultra Wide
in the apple iPhone 13 and 13 Mini.

And honestly, it’s pretty good.

So, you can get pretty close,

right up to about two centimeters
minimum focus distance

and there’s a pretty good
amount of chromatic aberration

and fringing, and artifacting

around the outside of the frames.

But as long as you’ve tapped a focus,

you can get a pretty good
close upright in the middle.

And it’s way better

than any crappy two-megapixel macro camera

has ever dreamed of being.

Now, I mentioned during the Impressions video,

iphone 13 pro camera samples

the Pro phones are doing
this auto-switching,

where if something comes

within about 14 centimeters of the camera,

it automatically switches to
the Ultra Wide in macro mode.

in iPhone 13 pro max it Doesn’t tell you, and doesn’t
let you manually switchback.

Honestly, it’s the most annoying part

of using this camera to me.

I take plenty of close-ups of objects

because I have no friends, I guess.

And every time I switched
to the Ultra Wide’s macro,

it produces an objectively
worse-looking photo.

So, Apple’s reached out
and they have said since

that they do plan on adding a toggle

to let you manual out of that Macro Mode.

I hope it gets added soon.

iphone 13 pro camera samples

It should be a software update.

Can’t wait for it because
my photos are suffering.

You know, there’s still no Astrophotography Mode

iphone 13 pro camera samples

in the apple iPhone.

Even though in Night Mode,

you can sometimes see some stars

if you hold the phone
still for long enough,

and there’s no Pro Mode for manual control

over photos or for videos.

That’s still gonna
require a third-party app

to really dig into that stuff.

What they did add is Cinematic Video Mode,

which I talked about in the apple iPhone 13 reviews.

To summarize, it’s a 1080p, 30fps,

HDR, video portrait mode.

And I really don’t think it’s the answer

when it comes to taking the reins

and making the best videos
possible on your apple iPhone,

at least not yet.

I mean, if you wanna
tailor a whole entire shoot

around focus racking,

then, yes, the apple iPhone 13 pro max will
punch above their weight class.

But, I find myself using
the Regular Video Mode

or even third-party apps

to get the best video
out of the apple iPhone, still.

But you know what would actually help

to get a better video out of the iPhone 13 pro max?

ProRes video.

iphone 13 pro review camera samples

Giant asterisk, that’s
not on the phones yet.

So the iPhones 13 pro should also,

ideally, in a software update,
be getting ProRes video.

For those unfamiliar,

that’s a high-quality video codec

that’s used all over the
professional industry.

It’s pretty sweet in apple ,

should be awesome to be able to shoot ProRes video

from your phone, mix
it with other cameras,

bring it into your editor,
and just start chopping that.

A couple of other small asterisks, though.

One, ProRes video would be
4K, 30 on every Pro iPhone

except for the 128-gig-based storage versions.

Those will max out at 1080p, 30fps.

It’s unclear if this is because

you just fill up the storage too fast

and they didn’t wanna let you.

There could be some merit to that.

4K is big files, it’s
like six gigs per minute.

You could theoretically fill
up the whole phone in two hours

if you just shot all day.

But also, it could be
because the slower storage

that’s typically used in lower-pricing,

lower-tiered models have less storage,

might not have supported
it in the first place.

It’s a high data rate.

One of the other, maybe
both, I don’t know.

But just know, as long as…

If you’re planning on getting a Pro iPhone

just to shoot 4K ProRes video,

you’ll have to get at
At least a 256 GB version

and you can actually go all the way up

to one terabyte of total storage.

But the tough part about

having a one terabyte iPhone 13 Pro

full of huge ProRes files

is offloading that to your
computer via lightning

at those awful speeds is
going to take forever.

It’s not exactly a Pro workflow.

It’s so brutal that for all the big games,

Apple always talks about USB-C, and the iPad,

and every other thing they do,

and Thunderbolt,

it’s just never made it to the apple iPhone.

Matter of fact, let me use this as a segue

for all the things that I wish

this iPhone13 Pro had for $1,000.

Number one, USB Type-C.

iphone 13 pro review camera samples

Probably never gonna happen,
but I can still dream.

And then faster charging,

and I don’t mean the 27 watts

that the iPhone 13 Pro Max can apparently support

from a higher-powered brick.

That’s not included in the box.

I mean, like, real 50,

65-watt, maybe even higher
wattage charging someday.

apple iphone 13 pro review

That, again,

it’s probably never gonna happen

But, nevertheless, iPhone 13 Pro Max’s huge battery

still takes a very long time to charge.

And I wish there was an all-black option.

apple iphone 13 pro review

Eh, minor detail,

there’s always a case or skin for that,

but there are a couple of other minor things

that didn’t quite fit
into this full review.

apple iphone 13 pro review

So, you can turn down the
the refresh rate of the display

to 60 Hertz limited,

but it’s not in the Display settings

like in every other phone,

it’s in Accessibility
settings under Motion,

and then Limit Frame Rate.

I haven’t tested this for
more than about a few minutes,

but I have a feeling
it won’t actually save

that much battery on this iPhone 13 pro,

considering it’s actively
bringing you down

below 60 Hertz all the time, anyway.

Then, if you’re using
a MagSafe Duo Charger,

which I actually do when I’m traveling,

the new camera bump on
the 13 Pro is so big

that it actually gets pretty close

to the wireless charging coil

to the point where if you
have a case on your phone,

it actually pops the phone
up slightly off the charger.

Now, it still works, but I’d
be careful what case you buy,

just in case you get one with
a camera bump that’s too big

apple iphone 13 pro review

and now, suddenly, it doesn’t make contact

with the charger anymore.

And then the new Sierra Blue color,

just so you know,

is a little paler in person

then it looks in the press
materials and on the Apple site.

Just warning you.

apple iphone 13 pro review

You know, it’s a slightly bluish silver,

not that that’s a bad thing,

just a warning.

I’ll try to show it as best I can

apple iphone 13 pro review

with all the footage from
the shiny, new Raptor Camera.

So, the minor upgrade turns out to be

pretty solid after all.

Spoiler alert!

Every iPhone upgrade from
here till the end of time

is it’s gonna be a minor upgrade.

That’s the way smartphones are.

But look, there’s nothing
wrong with a small upgrade.

In my opinion, that’s how you eventually

get great at something

is by getting a little bit
better every time you do it.

But that’s pretty much it for the 13 Pro,

let me know what you think of this phone

in the comment section below.

We can talk about it.

Thanks for watching.

I’ll catch you guys on
the next one. Peace.

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