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By Abhay V
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max bring 120Hz high refresh rate displays and more
by Abhay V
Apple today announced its flagship iPhone models, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The devices bring updates across the board in the form of a new display, upgraded cameras, improved computational photography capabilities thanks to the new A15 Bionic SoC, a 20 percent smaller notch that houses the FaceID sensors, and more. There is also a top-of-the-line 1TB storage option in the lineup.
The significant display upgrades come in the way of a new 120Hz adaptive refresh rate display that is touted to reach up to 1,000 nits in brightness. Just like Samsung's flagships, the refresh rate is adaptive, meaning it can range from 10Hz to 120Hz, depending on the content and the interactions on the screen, which saves battery. The firm calls it the "Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion". The screen sizes, however, remain the same at 6.1-inches for the iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inches for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The Cupertino giant is also boasting of massive improvements to the camera array on the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, thanks to larger sensors on the ultra-wide and wide-angle shooters, and a new telephoto lens that is capable of 3x lossless zoom. The company adds that the ultra-wide shooter can capture "92%" more light and also, for the first time, offers autofocus capabilities. The optics also allows for improved macro photography. The main camera, on the other hand, is said to offer a "2.2x" improvement over its predecessor, thanks to its f/1.5 aperture.
The phones also bring new computation photography improvements, including the Cinematic mode found in the iPhone 13 lineup for automatic focus shifting and improved depth of field. The cameras can also shoot in the ProRes codec to deliver higher color fidelity and lower compression, the firm adds, further touting the abilities of the shooters. The A15 Bionic also enabled Smart HDR4 and features such as Deep Fusion, Portrait Lighting, and Dolby Vision HDR recording. All three cameras now offer Night mode capabilities.
The A15 Bionic SoC in the iPhone 13 Pro series comes with the same six-core CPU as in the iPhone 13 series that houses two high-performance and four high-efficiency cores to make it 50 percent faster "than the leading competition". However, on the GPU side of things, the Pro series gets a five-core GPU, up from the four-core version in the iPhone 13 series. This, the firm says, makes it a GPU with the "fastest graphics performance in any smartphone". the SoC also sports a 16-core Neural Engine.
The efficiency gains in the A15 Bionic also bring battery improvements, with the company claiming that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are said to last one and a half hours and two and a half hours longer than their predecessors, respectively. Like the iPhone 13 series, these devices are offered with a base storage of 128GB. As mentioned, the top-of-the-line model maxes out at 1TB. As for other features, there are additional 5G bands to make the device compatible in more markets, Ceramic Sheild glass on the front, and IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be sold in graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue colors for $999 and $1,099 respectively. Pre-orders for the devices start on September 17, with the phones becoming available on September 24.
By Abhay V
Apple unveils iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini with a smaller notch and camera upgrades
by Abhay V
Apple took to the stage to announce a bunch of new devices and updates to services. This includes the new iPad and iPad mini, the Watch Series 7, updates to Fitness+, and more. However, the main focus of today's event was the iPhone. The first of the lot announced by the firm is the iPhone 13 series. Just like last year, there are two models - the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 mini.
The upgrades to the iPhone 13 series this year are modest. The Cupertino giant has reduced the width of the notch that houses the FaceID sensors, leaving more screen real estate at the top, thanks to a "redesigned" TrueDepth camera system. The phones retain the display sizes, with the iPhone 13 sporting a 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 13 mini housing a 5.4-inch panel. The firm says that it has improved the "Super Retina XDR OLED" display and made it 28 percent brighter.
The camera system is also seeing an upgrade in the form of a new sensor for the wide camera, which is the one that was used in the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The sensor is touted to be 47 percent larger than what was in the device's predecessor, bringing overall improvements to exposure. The camera system also houses the sensor-shift stabilization technology that debuted in the iPhone 12 Pro series. Both shooters now bring Night Mode. The device also adds a new Cinematic mode that features automatic changes to the depth of field and allows users to adjust focus after an image has been shot right from the Photos app on iOS.
As for the internals, the devices are equipped with the A15 Bionic SoC that helps improve image processing thanks to its new ISP, allowing for 'Smart HDR 4' that helps improve color, contrast, and lighting in post-processing. As for the chip itself, the firm claims that the six-core CPU is 50 percent faster and the four-core GPU is 30 percent "than the competition". Apple is also boasting of battery life improvements, with the iPhone 13 promising two and a half more hours over the iPhone 12, and the iPhone 13 mini bringing one and a half more hours on a change over the iPhone 12 mini.
Other features include support for 5G, IP68 water and dust resistance, and Apple's Ceramic Shield glass covering the front of the display. Another significant change in terms of specifications is that the base variant comes with 128GB of storage. There is no 64GB variant across the entire lineup.
The iPhone 13 series comes in five colors - pink, blue, midnight, starlight, and (PRODUCT)RED. The larger of the two devices, the iPhone 13, starts at $799 and the iPhone 13 mini will start at $699. The devices can be preordered starting September 17, with availability set for September 24.
Waiting for the Apple Event? Here's how you can tune in live
by Paul Hill
Apple is set to live-stream its latest Apple Event in less than two hours. It's expected that the firm will show off a new range of iPhone and Apple Watch devices as well as the launch of the next iOS and macOS versions. We could also see a refresh to Apple's AirPods.
Apple has become a bit more open in recent years, you no longer need an Apple device to stream the company's events, instead, they are broadcast for all to watch on YouTube. If you'd like to tune in, check out the stream below. It's set to begin at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. UTC and will likely run for a couple of hours.
If you won't be able to stick around for the live event, be sure to come back to Neowin regularly to check our coverage of the event and all the products that Apple announces today.
By Usama Jawad96
Apple warns that vibrations from a motorcycle engine may damage iPhone cameras
by Usama Jawad
A couple of weeks ago, Apple announced a free repairs program for iPhone 12 devices affected by sound issues with the receiver. Now, the Cupertino tech giant has issued an advisory (thanks, MacRumors) for another issue, but it will not be offering free repairs this time.
The problem this time around deals with high amplitude vibrations, such as those coming from a powerful motorcycle engine, affecting the iPhone camera setup. Essentially, numerous iPhone models offer camera-focused technologies such as optical image stabilization (OIS) and closed-loop autofocus (AF), enabling users to take sharp shots while countering effects of gravity and vibrations.
Apple says that while OIS and closed-loop AF are "designed for durability", extended exposure to high-amplitude vibrations at certain frequencies will eventually lead to reduced quality in images and videos. Apple further explains that:
It's unclear why Apple suddenly decided to issue an advisory about this matter given that OIS or closed-loop AF have been available in multiple iPhone models since the iPhone 6s Plus. It's likely that there has been an uptick in similar cases reported by customers. Apple has emphasized that the issue is common across "many" consumer electronics with these camera technologies and is not specific to the iPhone.
Apple Wallet users will be able to add their driver's license and state IDs
by Paul Hill
Apple has announced that residents in several U.S. states will be able to add their driver's licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet and have them accepted. The first states that will support the feature will be Arizona and Georgia with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow.
Commenting on the new feature, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, said:
With the rollout, Apple says the Transportation Security Administration will enable select checkpoints at airports where Apple Wallet users can verify their identity before boarding a plane. Apple said that this gives people a more secure and convenient way to present their driver's license and state IDs to authorities.
For those concerned about the security implications, Apple has several measures in place to help you relax. Neither Apple nor issuing states know when or where users present their IDs, the IDs are encrypted so they cannot be stolen or tampered with, the device uses encrypted communications to talk to the identity reader, if a phone gets lost, and you can use the Find My app to locate your device or remotely erase it. The encryption used by Apple meets the ISO 18013-5 mDL so it’s very secure.
Apple didn’t share exactly when the feature will be available but if you live in Arizona or Georgia you’ll be among the first to receive it. Afterwards, it will come to the other named states.