The iPhone 13 collection might appear like an incremental replace from the skin, however the workforce from iFixit exhibits that after a teardown, there are some notable variations from the 12 Professional collection, particularly in terms of the digicam.
The iFixit workforce studies that there are seven important upgrades between the iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional. Particularly, the iPhone 13 Professional options an A15 Bionic chip with a brand new 5-core GPU and 6-core CPU in addition to a 16-core Neural Engine. It additionally has 6GB of RAM and a base 128GB of storage that’s configurable as much as 1 TB. It additionally has assist for Sub-6 GHz (and mmWave on the US fashions), 4×4 MIMO LTE, 2×2 MIMO 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Extremely Wideband, and NFC.
The show has additionally been upgraded and on the iPhone 13 Professional is a 6.1-inch (2532 × 1170 pixels) Tremendous Retina XDR OLED show with ProMotion, which suggests the show can intelligently shift the refresh fee from very low all the best way as much as 120Hz. It additionally will get 15W wi-fi charging and IP68 water resistance.
However most notably for photographers, the digicam array seems to be very completely different. The specs sheet says it’s a 12-megapixel triple digicam system made up of an ultra-wide-angle (ƒ/1.8), wide-angle (ƒ/1.5), and 3x telephoto (ƒ/2.8) cameras, plus a LiDAR module. However the on-paper specs don’t actually do the adjustments to this technique justice.
Within the picture above, iFixit exhibits that the iPhone 13 digicam module (left) is far bigger than the one discovered within the iPhone 12 Professional’s array (proper). Facet by aspect, there’s a clear distinction.
However the iPhone 12 Professional didn’t have essentially the most strong digicam system of the final technology — that went to the Professional Max. So how does the iPhone 13 Professional digicam’s dimension examine? Actually, it’s laborious to say from the photographs iFixit has supplied for the reason that group didn’t take photographs from the identical angles of the 2 fashions. It seems to be comparable, however there are undoubtedly some variations. For instance, Apple added stabilization to all three cameras on the iPhone 13 Professional, up from only one on the 12 Professional Max.
The photographs under are from iFixit’s 2020 teardown of the iPhone 12 Pro Max:
On a associated word, a report from GSMArena claims that the digicam sensors within the 13 Professional collection are utterly completely different from those discovered within the 12 Professional Max. A Chinese enthusiast claims that each one three have a brand new Sony IMX 7-series sensor behind them. The principle digicam is supposedly a Sony IMX703, the ultra-wide is outwardly a Sony IMX772, and the telephoto is supposedly a Sony IMX713. The iPhone 12 Professional Max reportedly used Sony 6-series sensors.
As attention-grabbing as it’s to see these modules exterior of their house, the primary motive iFixit performs its teardowns is to supply a repairability rating to electronics. Final 12 months, the iPhone 12 Professional Max scored a 6 out of 10 for repairability, and this 12 months the iPhone 13 Professional scores a 5 out of 10. iFixit says that along with the glass again that made the iPhone 12 Professional Max troublesome to restore, the iPhone 13 Professional software program part pairing “needlessly complicates” many repairs.
Picture credit: All teardown pictures by iFixit.