When you first take a look at the iPhone 13, it doesn’t seem to be all that new. However, as you start using this flagship, you realize that it offers much more than just a reduced notch.
The display of the new iPhone is brighter than that of its predecessor. The battery life has been extended. And, with new sensors and computational photography features that make you feel like an expert, Apple has upgraded an already excellent camera (even on a non-Pro phone).
Yes, the A15 Bionic chip inside the iPhone 13 is once again the fastest in the world. But it’s really about what you can accomplish with this chip. This features Cinematic mode, which adds depth of field to your videos while automatically moving focus, and Photographic Styles, which allow you to change the appearance of your photos.
Continue reading to explore more amazing features I learned using the new iphone 13.
1. Ultra-wide camera:
There’s a lot more to the iPhone 13 cameras than just a new diagonal lens configuration. Because of the bigger camera with 1.7m pixels, the wide camera now gathers 47 per cent more light than the iPhone 12.
Another advantage is that the ultrawide camera can now catch four times as many scenes as before, and its upgraded sensor provides superior low-light performance with less noise.
If you don’t like the iPhone’s default colour temperature or want greater control over your images, the Photographic Styles function is for you. You may choose from various settings in the Camera app, including standard, bright, rich contrast, warm, and cold.
2. Superior Dolby Vision HDR video quality:
The iPhone 13 is a one-of-a-kind smartphone that may make you feel like a director when shooting videos. This is due to a new function known as Cinematic mode. This effect adds depth of field to your movie and automatically shifts the emphasis to different subjects based on what’s going on in the frame, such as someone turning their head to talk to someone else. You don’t have to do anything, and it works as if by magic.
When I was shooting my three dogs playing with my daughter, I was blown away by how quickly the iPhone 13 focused on the pup closest to me, and as soon as he left the frame, my daughter and an elder golden retriever came into focus. Other smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung, have attempted the bokeh effect on the background. Still, the Galaxy S21 Ultra isn’t clever enough to transfer the focus from topic to subject in real-time.
3. Machine learning performance notably better:
The A15 Bionic doesn’t offer significant performance improvements over the A14 Bionic that powers the iPhone 12, but it doesn’t have to remain the fastest chip in any phone. The A15, like the A14 Bionic, has a 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU, but it now has a 16-core Neural Engine for machine learning and AI, up from 8 cores on the previous chipset.
Apple claims that the iPhone 13’s CPU is up to 50% faster than the competition and that the GPU can handle graphics rendering 20% faster. Before we go into the benchmarks, I want to talk about how fast this phone is in everyday use.
4. Brighter display:
The iPhone 13 lacks the adaptive 120Hz refresh rate of the iPhone 13 Pro, but it still has an excellent OLED panel. This Super Retina XDR display is now 28% brighter than the iPhone 12; it’s also certified at 800 nits, up from 600 nits on last year’s model.
The brightness difference isn’t spectacular, but it can aid while viewing the iPhone 13’s display in direct sunlight.
The overall display quality remains excellent. I was intrigued by the neon code encircling Neo as he went down the street in the Matrix Resurrections trailer, and in another image, I could pick out individual hairs on Neo’s beard as he peered up into the sun.
5. Smaller notch:
For the iPhone 13, there are just two distinguished design changes. First, the rear cameras are now placed diagonally rather than vertically.
Second, and most importantly, the notch is now 20% smaller while still delivering the same amazing TrueDepth camera system and Face ID you’ve come to expect since the iPhone X introduced this technology four years ago.
The narrower notch makes little difference in the day-to-day use of the iPhone 13. I didn’t find either notch obtrusive when watching videos in landscape mode side by side at full-screen.