When is the Iphone 13 release date?
Apple is famously secretive when it comes to tech announcements but going by the latest rumours, Apple's iPhone 13 launch date will be September 2021. The next-gen iPhone is expected to bring a host of upgrades including a super-fast 5G modem, ultra-wide 48MP camera and Apple's first-ever 120Hz display. What Hi-Fi?iPhone 13: release date, price, leaks and all of the news
- Aug. 11th 2021 7:43 am PT
We’ve heard reports now about a bunch of iPhone 13 camera improvements, and assuming that they turn out to be true, I think Apple is going to be selling one to me.
I’ve often said that my iPhone is my least-important Apple device. If I had to rank my iDevices by how much they matter to me, my MacBook Pro would top the list, followed by iPad, then iPhone …
That in large part reflects my lifestyle, of course. I worked from home even pre-pandemic. I spend my working day sat at my Mac, and only tend to use my iPhone when I’m out. Most of that usage is listening to music and messaging.
But one thing has changed significantly in recent years: My iPhone has become my primary camera for everyday “capturing memories” shots. That means that the photographic capabilities of the phone are perhaps the most important aspect of the device.
For general photography, iPhone quality has been getting visibly better with each generation, and by the iPhone X it was already competing with mirrorless cameras when it came to night shots too – the toughest test of a small-format camera.
The iPhone 11 Pro closed the gap even more, and while the general low-light performance of the iPhone 12 Pro Max was only a marginal improvement, Night mode portraits were a real game-changer – and ProRAW support the clincher.
We were already expecting some worthwhile improvements to the iPhone 13 cameras.
First up is the sensor-shift image stabilization coming to the iPhone 13 Pro (it’s currently a 12 Pro Max exclusive), which provides faster response than lens-based stabilization. Both Pro models are also set to get an upgraded ultra-wide camera with autofocus, wider aperture, and an additional lens element for better low-light performance and reduced distortion. Finally, we’re expecting some kind of astrophotography features for improved photos of the night sky.
But a report yesterday suggested we can also expect significant enhancements on the video front.
Bloomberg specifically mentions the addition of a Portrait mode when shooting video, expanding Apple’s synthetic background blur effect beyond static photos […]
The report also says that the iPhone 13 Pro models will also be able to record in the ProRes video format for the first time, offering higher-quality output for creative professionals. The Apple ProRes format was developed by Apple more than a decade ago, and now supports up to 8K resolutions. Final Cut Pro is coded to efficiently handle and edit ProRes content, and is widely used in the professional video industry for delivering final rendered projects.
I’m slowly but surely getting into video. Granted, it wouldn’t make much sense to have spent a rather scary amount on filmmaking kit only to end up shooting on an iPhone, but there is one case where improved video capabilities would make a big difference: travel.
When it’s just me, then photography or videography is a large part of what I enjoy about the travel experience. I find it enhances my appreciation of the things I’m seeing, and I really enjoy looking back at photos or videos from past trips. So on solo journeys, I’ll happily carry camera kit with me.
But when I’m with my girlfriend, it’s a different story. She has no interest in hanging around while I set up shots, so the point-and-shoot nature of an iPhone is ideal.
Using an iPhone for video does currently involve significant compromises. Most notably, there is no control over depth of field when shooting iPhone footage. But bringing Portrait mode to video – especially if it’s flexible enough to allow DOF control for things as well as people, the same way it is for still photos – would be a whole new world.
I already used my my iPhone 11 Pro as a video camera for one holiday, accepting that this would reduce the result to home movie level, and that was fine – especially as I was just snatching a few seconds’ worth of footage here and there. But with depth of field control, it might then be possible to create something much closer to the result achievable from a dedicated video camera.
If this report is true, I’m going to be sold.
What about you? Is there anything in the iPhone 13 reporting to date that has particularly impressed you? Please let us know in the comments.
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Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer and EU Editor for 9to5Mac. He’s known for his op-eds and diary pieces, exploring his experience of Apple products over time, for a more rounded review. He also writes fiction, with two technothriller novels, a couple of SF shorts and a rom-com!
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10 August, 2021 - 05:44pm
What if your iPhone could warn you of small screen cracks before they got bigger?
While future flat and folding iPhones may be best suited for crack-detecting screen tech given how often users damage phone displays, the patent doesn’t limit its tech to just handsets. Indeed, it openly lists different product categories that such display tech could feature in, like computers and wristwatch devices.
That presupposes a lot about the detection technology, though – we have no idea whether it would be just as feasible to implement in a large 27-inch iMac screen as it would in the latest iPhones, which max out at a 6.7-inch display. It would make sense to deploy it first in Apple phones and then roll it out to its broader lineup.
Lastly, it would just be cool for Apple to one-up its rivals in the display arena given how it typically lags behind in mobile screen tech – we only just got OLED displays in last year’s iPhone 12 range, which is years after Samsung and other Android phonemakers added them to their premium handsets.
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10 August, 2021 - 09:58am
Sony’s Funimation Global Group has purchased Crunchyroll from AT&T, eight months after announcing its intention to do so. The deal merges the two biggest dedicated anime streamers in the U.S., placing Sony in pole position in a fast-growing market.
The purchase price is $1.175 billion, subject to customary working capital and other adjustments, as previously announced. AT&T expects to use the money to pay off some of its copious debt.
News of the acquisition broke in December, after months of rumors. The sale then hit a snag when the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly extended its antitrust review. The prospect of consolidation not only alerted the government but also alarmed many fans, who worried that it will hurt the anime industry by reducing the number of buyers.
Crunchyroll has five million paid users and over 120 million registered users across 200 countries. It also produces originals, publishes news, hosts a forum, organizes events, and more. Funimation streams a catalogue of over 700 series across 49 countries, and has distributed and marketed six of the top 20 anime films in the U.S.
It remains to be seen exactly how the two companies are integrated. In a statement, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said: “Our goal is to create a unified anime subscription experience as soon as possible.”
Sony and its anime subsidiary Aniplex have spent the last five years on an anime acquisition spree, snapping up France’s Wakanim, Australia’s Madman Anime, then Funimation itself (buying a 95% stake in the company for $143 million). In 2019, all three were merged under the Funimation name.
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