The new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max are finally in our hands, which means we can now figure out whether the new models are good from a theoretical and practical point of view. What has actually changed, rather than what Apple said at the presentation? How noticeable are these changes in real life? Is it worth paying more for the newest iPhones? We're about to find out.
Briefly about the boxes.
Apple in recent years hasn't devoted a separate presentation to the environment. Here there is recycling, there is less harmful metals are used, and in the last generation and even removed the charging unit. And this year, for the first time in my memory, there is no plastic wrap on the boxes of iPhones.
Now you can't even do an AFMR with unpacking and goosebumps. To unpack the box, all you have to do now is tear off the two stickers on the bottom.
Is the new color a top?
This year they pleased us with the new available storage capacity - a whole terabyte! And the color too, sky blue, it looks very beautiful both in pictures and in real life. At the same time, all the colors of the pro-versions of iPhones are still absolute unisex, by and large suitable for both men and women.
Screen, hardware, chips
Last year, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max were essentially different smartphones: the Pro Max had much more advanced cameras, which is the only reason I bought the big phone. This year I'll get the smaller one, as the only differences between the models are again the screen size and the battery. This is great news.
Of course, the most noticeable change is the Pro Motion screen. From 10 to 120 hertz, and the frequency constantly changes depending on the content on the screen. If you haven't encountered this technology, imagine moving everything as smoothly and quickly as possible, or better yet, see for yourself on occasion what it looks like. We've already seen this in the iPad Pro, and why it took so long to get to the iPhone is not very clear. Apple is catching up here, despite constant claims that it's an incredible new technology.
Naturally, 120 hertz is nice, but if you're a battery saver, you can turn on the forced 60 Hz in the universal access settings. The Always-On Display feature never showed up. But in everyday life the screen can be brighter, up to 1000 nits. In HDR mode, the brightness is the same as in the last generation, up to 1200 nits.
For the first time to the difference between ordinary and pro-phone added a difference in performance: the pro-version now has not a 4-core, but a 5-core graphics chip, according to preliminary calculations beating the previous generation of graphics by almost 50 percent. All this to implement new features when shooting, support for dynamic clocking and, of course, support for powerful games and applications.
But the processor power did not get such an increase. All because the new A15 Bionic is made by the same 5-nanometer processor as the previous A14 Bionic. Yes, the processor of the new iPhone is more powerful, but the difference is hardly even twenty percent. And what really matters is the battery life. If you count only by the numbers, the battery of the last generation is 11 percent more than the last generation, and the pro max is 18 percent more. But there is also the influence of the processor, which has also become more energy efficient, and the screen, which dynamically changes the clock speed.
However, even with the increased battery and better energy efficiency, it's safe to say that even the pro-Max battery will last two days for only a few. It is still a battery for one, rather long, day.
Other changes are in evidence. For example, the reduced bangs. Although it is now remotely reminiscent of the old budget Android, but the sensors remained the same, you can see more of the screen, and the speaker was moved to the top. By the way, the speaker is now very thin and elegant, but the reduced bangs themselves do not give exactly the same advantages. The new generation of Face ID, but I still cannot unlock the phone horizontally. More space at the top of the screen, but you still can't view the battery percentage, although there's obviously room for it. It's raw and not Apple-like.
For two years now we've been living with the event that changed the planet forever - the coronavirus pandemic - and Face ID still doesn't work properly with the mask. Either you register your face with it, and you get a very low security percentage, or you use the Apple Watch, and then the iPhone will unlock literally any face at all. Even in the case where you can't see the face, but the watch is nearby. Or, more infuriatingly, you use a passcode.
Why can Apple build a fingerprint scanner into the power button of the iPad Mini or Air, but can't do it in its flagship, the Pro device, and give us a choice of two unlock methods? That would have been a very useful innovation and a very good reason to buy the Pro model, but for some reason Apple is not even scratching their heads about it.
Cameras and new shooting capabilities
The biggest part of the pro-version updates are the cameras.
The main camera. Pixels increased by two tenths of a micron, the aperture opened to one and five tenths.
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