First impressions of the foreign press on the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro

New Apple smartphones will soon appear on the public sale, and on the eve of this event, the world’s leading media (The Verge, Wired, TechRadar, Engadget, CNBC and others) published reviews of new products. The main complaint of journalists is that the iPhone 13 does not support a full upgrade, it is rather the iPhone 12s, that is, slightly improved versions of last year’s models.

The journalists noted that smartphones have become a little heavier and thicker, as well as the thickness of the blocks with cameras has increased. This is conditionally compensated by a decrease in the width of the cutout for the front camera and the Face ID scanner. The reviewers did not get the impression that they are facing completely new devices, since the visual differences from previous models are not enough.

The iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have brighter OLED panels, and the increase in brightness is really noticeable in comparison, but the readability of the screen on a sunny day is still not perfect. Journalists did not notice performance problems, and the younger models work about as fast as the older ones, which are equipped with the same central processor, but a more efficient video chip.

None of the reviewers had any complaints about autonomy, smartphones seem to hold a charge noticeably longer than last year’s models, the battery lasts from morning until the end of the day even with intensive use (for example, when shooting 4K video). Apple has paid special attention to improving the quality of shooting on all new models. And this is noticeable, especially when using the night mode, which is now available even on the wide-angle sensor.

IPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have Super Retina XDR LTPO displays that support adaptive refresh rates from 10Hz to 120Hz. This technology saves battery power when displaying a static picture or text, and in dynamic scenes (for example, in games and video), the image becomes smoother. The reviewers noted that this function works flawlessly, the screen instantly changes the refresh rate depending on the situation and does not slow down.

Older iPhone 13 models have several additional modes for shooting and processing photos and videos, including the automatic application of one customized style to multiple photos. Professional modes sometimes have glitches, but Apple is likely to fix them with operating system updates.

All journalists agreed that the new iPhone line turned out to be very successful, although it contains few changes in comparison with the iPhone 12. Smartphones have become more productive, hold a charge longer, take better pictures and shoot videos, and that’s all, there are almost no external changes. The improvements are almost invisible to ordinary users, and for those who care about the smallest details, journalists are advised to take a closer look at the older models of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

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