Things to Know about Apple iPhone 13
With its unique rack-focus function and lightweight, simple use, double-Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar-nominated cinematographer Grieg Fraser laud the newest iPhone Pro for “changing the language of film in a very good manner.”
Depth-of-field in stills debuted on iOS in 2016 with Portrait Mode, and its peculiarities have been minimized, if not eradicated, despite all of the AI and LiDAR depth map wizardry thrown at it.
As other smartphone makers have discovered, using this to video is considerably more challenging. However, we anticipate more from Apple, especially with Cinematic Mode dynamically shifting focus – for example, when the in-focus subject glances at someone else, the iPhone will transfer focus to that person, much like a cinematographer could.
There will be touch controls to manually alter focus if you wish, or you may recreate the entire thing in the Photos app, because the video, like Portrait Mode, will have depth map information stored.
Changes to the iPhone 13 design
What else is different in terms of iPhone sales in these ultra-niche markets? Apart from the colours, the design is very similar. The Pro model is made of stainless steel, while the regular model is made of aluminium. Although the sensor notch is 20% smaller, there is no on-screen Touch ID.
According to Apple, the primary chassis change is an internal revamp that allows for a considerably larger battery. The iPhone mini gains 1.5 hours of battery life, while the normal iPhone and iPhone Pro Max get up to 2.5 hours.
This is a significant increase, so it’s worth noting that this year’s A15 Bionic is being promoted up to 50% quicker than the top competition, with the GPU being 30% faster. We’ve become accustomed to A-Series chips annihilating the competition, so these statistics appear to be more than useless.
This year’s focus was most likely efficiency above performance, and considering the A-Series’ performance edge, it’s a worthwhile trade-off.
At the very least, the 16-core neural engine gets a boost, with 15.8 trillion operations per second, up from 11 trillion in A14.
It’s also worth noting that the battery life comes with improved 5G compatibility with additional bands, albeit the extremely high-speed mmWave 5G is only available on devices sold in the United States – exactly like the 12. The 5G capabilities and absence of significant new features help to explain why Apple emphasized large carrier trade-in incentives.
Despite the seemingly constant cost, this year’s iPhones may be the most inexpensive in a long time, starting at £679/£779 for the iPhone 13 (5.4/6.1-inch) and £949/£1049 for the iPhone Pro 13 (6.1/6.7-inch) with base level 128GB storage. Pre-orders begin on the 17th and will ship on the 24th.
.ProRes video recording on the iPhone 13 Pro
Workflow is further aided by hardware support for Apple’s professional codec, ProRes, at resolutions up to 4K at 30fps (or 1080P HD on the entry-level 128GB Pro model). And, in addition to ProRes, there’s the ability to film in Dolby Vision, which was launched last year, so it’s not unexpected that the iPhone Pro will have a 1TB storage option this year….
The camera system is entirely new. The Ultra Wide camera offers Macro photography (and video), with a focus distance of 2cm. The Pro-specific LiDAR scanner is used to provide Night mode once more, but it is now available on all cameras. The Telephoto camera has a focal length of 77mm and a 3x optical zoom.
Another characteristic that distinguishes the Pro versions is the 120Hz refresh rate screen, which Apple originally introduced on the iPad Pro. To save power, the refresh rate is adjustable based on what’s happening on the screen; for example, when reading an article, the refresh rate may drop to 10Hz.
The cameras on the basic iPhone 13 are similar to last year’s, but low-light performance has been considerably improved by a move from optical image stabilisation to the sensor-shift technology formerly used on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Photographic Styles are also available, enabling you to customize your preset appearance.
The iPhone 13 Pro will be ideal for cinematographers who enjoy experimenting with smartphones. Along with the Alphas and Canon DSLRs squeezing out pro camcorders in the low-end market, video journalists will be interested in this.
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