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Week 2 of the regular 2021 NFL season kicks off Thursday, September 16 with the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. Check out our full NFL regular season schedule for all matchups, start times and where to watch every game.
Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season kicks off tonight with a Thursday Night Football matchup in the NFC East when the Washington Football Team hosts the New York Football Giants at FedEx Field. Both teams are 0-1 heading into the second week of the season and are joined by the Dallas Cowboys behind the division-leading 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles. Washington’s defense will need all hands on deck to stifle the Giants offense and force pressure on 3rd year QB Daniel Jones. In his young career, Jones hasn’t shown he can perform well under pressure, as he leads the league with 30 career fumbles in 28 games, 18 of which he’s lost to the other team, including a costly one in last week’s loss to the Broncos. If Jones can revert to being Danny Dimes and outplay Washington QB Taylor Heinicke then the G-Men have a chance.
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Sunday Night Football will be the home of the biggest matchup of the week when two former NFL MVPs — Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson duel it out under the bright lights of primetime. Mahomes and the 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a thrilling Week 1 comeback against the Cleveland Browns, where the Chiefs scored 23 points in the second half. Jackson’s Ravens aren’t flying high after a disappointing 33-27 overtime loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders were getting a solid pass rush against Baltimore’s O-line and if it wasn’t for Jackson’s mobility, they would’ve had more than the game-winning sack by Carl Nassib. The Ravens must sow up their offensive line woes if they plan on defeating the Chiefs in Charm City in what some may label as a “prove it” game for Jackson, who is 31-11 as a starter for his career (including playoffs), yet 0-3 against Mahomes.
The Week 2 finale will be an interesting NFC North matchup between 0-1 teams on the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field. After failing to complete their comeback against the 49ers in their season opener, QB Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions take on a Green Bay Packers team that had dreadful quarterbacking (36.8 passer rating!) from reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers against the Saints last week. After spending all offseason trying to escape Green Bay for greener pastures, Rodgers opened the season laying an egg that got him benched for second-year QB Jordan Love. Rodgers is 17-5 in his career against the Lions, with 46 TDs and 8 INTs, if he has a performance similar to his season debut then the chatter about sabotage will only get louder.
Fans will be at every stadium rooting for their favorite team; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch every single moment on the gridiron during Week 2 of the NFL season, below.
Here’s the TV schedule for Week 2 games.
Fans will have plenty of options to watch all of their favorite NFL teams and stars compete on the gridiron without spending a fortune.
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AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast the local games on CBS, FOX, and NBC.
Select games will be available to stream through NFL digital properties such as NFL.com, the NFL app, and the digital properties of the respective teams. Plus, fans can watch the game on their phones via the Yahoo Sports app.
Most of the major subscription live TV streaming services carry this week’s games, so fans can watch the game from anywhere.
DIRECTV Stream has CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC for only $70/mo.
fuboTV offers CBS, ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, and FOX in their Family package for $65/mo. Sports Plus with NFL RedZone is only $10.99/mo for fans who want to watch every score and the biggest plays around the league on NFL RedZone.
Hulu + Live TV includes CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC for only $65/mo. Fans can watch the biggest plays of the day on NFL RedZone with the Sports add-on for only $10/mo.
Sling TV includes ESPN, NBC, NFL Network, and FOX with their Orange + Blue package for only $50/mo. Big plays, highlights, scores, and the best moments of the day are available on NFL RedZone with the Sports Extra add-on package for $11/mo.
Vidgo offers NFL Network, ESPN, and FOX for only $55/mo.; however, new and returning subscribers can take advantage of their $10/mo. special.
Vidgo is the perfect service to catch all the big scores of the day as it includes NFL RedZone.
Youtube TV has CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network for only $65/mo. With the Sports Plus add-on, fans can watch the biggest plays and scores on NFL RedZone for $11/mo.
Peacock Premium subscribers can watch every Sunday Night Football game, Thanksgiving Day game, and Super Bowl LVI for only $5/mo.
Paramount+ is an inexpensive way to watch live games on CBS for only $9.99/month or $99.99/year.
Here are just a couple more notes before we list all your streaming options.
First, Verizon no longer has an exclusive deal to stream games to smartphones and tablets, so you’ll be able to catch a good number of games regardless of your cellular provider. (Read about the NFL Mobile app, below.)
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Second, Fox Sports plans to show Thursday Night Football games in 4K HDR, or high dynamic range, as it did last year. (The games are actually produced in 1080p; Fox then upconverts them for viewers with 4K HDR TVs.)
Games in 4K HDR will be available through the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps on Apple TV 4K and select Roku devices, plus FuboTv and YouTube TV streaming packages that carry the channel. Additionally, some viewers can get 4K service from pay-TV providers such as Altice/Optimum, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, and Verizon FiOS.
Amazon Prime members can watch 11 Thursday Night Football games this season. The games will be simulcast on Fox and the NFL Network, and you can also see them on Amazon’s Twitch channel. (Starting in 2022, Amazon Prime will become the exclusive home for NFL Thursday Night Football; the games won’t be available on Fox and the NFL Network.)
The agreement, which covers 15 games next year, is part of a long-term deal that runs through 2032. Each game will also be televised free in the participating teams’ home markets. Amazon will also air one preseason game per year.
We expect that, like last year, Amazon will get one or two exclusive late-season games, and will show a wild-card playoff game that’s also on other networks.
AT&T is spinning off the company’s TV and video businesses, including DirecTV and AT&T TV, into a company called New DirecTV.
AT&T TV plans start at $70 per month for a package with about 65 channels. You can watch NFL games on all four broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—in most markets, plus ESPN. The only games you won’t get are the exclusive Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network.
There’s no longer an option, even with pricier plans, to get the NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, or NFL Sunday Ticket. However, AT&T TV subscribers can get NFLSundayTicket.TV if they are unable to get satellite where they live. With this service, you can stream live, out-of-market NFL regular season games every Sunday.
Meanwhile, AT&T TV Now and AT&T TV will soon be folded into a single brand called DirecTV Stream.
NFL Sunday Ticket is the most comprehensive NFL package you can get, offering every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. (It doesn’t include games shown on your local channels.) DirecTV has the exclusive rights to the package this year, so you have to be a DirecTV subscriber.
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As we noted above, parent company AT&T lets people who can’t use a satellite dish for DirecTV’s regular service watch the football package through a streaming service. That includes lots of people living in apartments or townhouses, college students, and people in single-family homes where an obstruction prevents satellite TV reception.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can get NFLSundayTicket.TV for $294 a season. A step-up Max plan costs $100 more, and adds NFL Red Zone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone. You can also add NFL Game Pass, which streams every regular season game after it airs, for an additional $100.
College students can get NFLSundayTicket.TV U, which includes everything in the TV Max plan, for just $100. Game Pass can be added for another $100.
You can’t get any of these packages with AT&T TV, which is the new name for the DirecTV Now cable-style streaming service (described above).
A lot will change down the road, because DirecTV’s deal for the NFL Sunday Ticket package is set to expire at the end of the 2022 season. There are reports that several companies, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, and YouTube, are interested in acquiring the rights.
The sports-centric FuboTV, one of the few places to watch NFL games in 4K with HDR (from Fox), costs $65 a month. With it, you get games on CBS, Fox, and NBC in many markets.
Thanks to a long-awaited deal with ESPN, FuboTV also gives you access to Monday Night Football, plus the NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football games. (Some of those are also available on Amazon and Fox.)
NFL RedZone, with game highlights and replays from every Sunday game, can be added as part of FuboTV’s $11-per-month Sports Plus add-on pack.
Priced at $65 per month, Hulu’s live TV service, called Hulu + Live TV, provides access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC local broadcasts in many markets.
You can also get CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports. But the big news for 2021 is that Hulu reached a deal for the NFL Network to be available on Hulu + Live TV. That’s important to sports fans, because the NFL Network has eight exclusive Thursday Night Football games that aren’t available on Amazon or Fox.
For an additional $10 per month, you can get a sports add-on pack that includes NFL RedZone, with 7 hours of Sunday Night Football action, plus the ability to stream all RedZone programming from the 2020 NFL season before the 2021 season begins.
Locast is a streaming service that provides free over-the-air broadcast channels via the internet. It’s currently available in 36 markets across the country. Locast lets you watch any games that broadcast on affiliate ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC channels.
There’s a twist, though. The company is a nonprofit that doesn’t directly charge consumers for content, and it’s relying on a copyright exception granted to nonprofits. To make money, it asks for donations of at least $5 per month. (Locast will regularly interrupt programming to ask for that donation until you pony up.)
If this seems too good to be true, it might be. ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC Universal have sued Locast in federal court, alleging that the service violates their copyrights by sending TV content to customers without paying for it. The broadcasters want the service shut down and are asking to be paid damages.
If you subscribe to a pay-TV service, you may be able to watch football when you’re on the go by using a network’s mobile app. The following apps all require authentication, meaning that you need to be a cable or satellite subscriber.
• CBS Sports: In addition to those who get Paramount+, the network is letting “authenticated” CBS viewers—meaning those who get CBS through a pay-TV service—stream games via the CBS Sports app, and online at CBS.com.
• Fox Sports: The Fox TV Everywhere app offers live coverage of local-market games and regional sports networks. You can also access the games through most cable-style streaming services, such as FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. You can watch NFL games via FoxSports.com on your laptop or tablet and some streaming devices—including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. You get access only to the channels in your TV lineup.
• NBC Sports: NBC will stream every 2021 Sunday Night Football game live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. Both require authentication that you have a cable, satellite, or live streaming TV subscription, and both will let you watch football on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, computer, Samsung smart TV, many streaming players, and Xbox game consoles. The games will also be available on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service (see below).
• WatchESPN: ESPN’s mobile app delivers Monday Night Football, along with shows such as SportsCenter, to your computer, smartphone, tablet, Xbox game console, and streaming players, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. The newer $5-a-month ESPN+ streaming service doesn’t have live Monday Night Football games, though they are coming in 2023. ESPN+ will have one exclusive game (a regular season international game) starting in the 2022 season.
NFL Game Pass lets you watch pretty much any game you want, but with one big caveat—you’ll have to wait until the game’s original broadcast is over.
Priced at $99 for the season (or four $30 monthly payments), the streaming service lets you watch replays of all the regular season games, plus games from prior seasons. It doesn’t include the Super Bowl.
Formerly a perk only for Verizon wireless customers, the NFL mobile app now lets you stream NFL games, regardless of what carrier you use.
Access is free, and the same programming is also available on Verizon’s Yahoo Sports App for mobile devices. It’s limited to live local-market games and prime-time national games. It includes playoff games and the Super Bowl nationwide. But you can’t watch Sunday afternoon out-of-market games, which are controlled by DirecTV.
If you like watching Sunday afternoon football games, you’ll want access to CBS. Cord-cutters can use the company’s new Paramount+ streaming service, which replaced CBS All Access. It offers access to the entire CBS NFL football season, though this year the Super Bowl shifts to NBC.
You’ll also get an AFC Wild Card showdown, AFC divisional playoff contests, and the AFC Championship game. Also included are all the NFL-related pregame shows, including “The NFL on CBS,” plus “Inside the NFL,” which is moving from Showtime to Paramount+.
The games will be available on both the $5 Paramount+ ad-supported service and the $10-a-month ad-free version. You can also stream games on mobile devices, something that had previously been exclusive to Verizon cellular customers.
A new deal, signed a few months ago, will bring an expanded schedule of games, including some with NFC teams, to both CBS and Paramount+ starting with kicks in 2023.
Sling TV is something of a mixed bag for football fans. Though it includes NBC, Fox, the NFL Network, and ESPN, it’s missing ABC and CBS. Also, you’ll need to subscribe to both the Blue (NBC, Fox, NFL Network) and Orange (ESPN) plans to get all the games. Each plan costs $35 a month, but you can get a combined plan for $50 a month.
Because Sling TV lacks CBS, you won’t get the AFC games that network shows on Sunday afternoons. One bit of good news is that Sling has restored access to the NFL Network, and you can add NFL Red Zone as part of an $11-a-month Sports Extra add-on.
After a price hike, YouTube TV now offers 70-plus channels for $65 per month. It includes all the major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—plus the ESPN networks and Fox Sports. Last year YouTube TV added the NFL Network, plus the ability to add NFL RedZone in the Sports Plus tier for an additional $11 per month.
Also, YouTube TV now has a 4K HDR option, which costs an additional $10 a month for the first year. The company recently announced that it would have some Thursday night games in 4K this year.
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iPhone 13 preorders began today, Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET, and will ship on Sept. 24. Like last year, we didn’t get to have any hands-on time with the devices due to the pandemic, but you can expect to see more in-depth reviews and impressions in the coming weeks. We usually recommend waiting until then, but we get it. Sometimes you just really need a new phone ASAP.
The base 128 GB iPhone 13 ($799).
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This year, the major upgrades for the iPhone 13 lineup were all about the cameras. The iPhone 13 has two cameras, a 12-MP main camera and another 12-MP ultra-wide camera. This time around, Apple’s arranged them diagonally and they have the same sensor-shift stabilization features as last year’s 12 Pro models. The new cameras have better low-light performance and the front-facing camera also supports new filters, Dolby Vision HDR recording, night mode selfies, and all that jazz. They also get the same Cinematic mode for videos that the Pro models do. Sure, the Pro models have an extra telephoto lens, but do you really need it? Be honest with yourself about the pictures you take. If you don’t obsess over your photos, have zero interest in editing them, and mostly take candid shots for friends and family, the iPhone 13's cameras are good enough for your needs.
Apple’s doubled its base storage option on the iPhone 13 to 128GB. For the average person, a combination of 128GB and cloud storage is enough for your videos, music, and all those pet pics you took during quarantine. Meanwhile, the base Pro model is $200 more for an extra camera, variable refresh rate, and slightly better battery life. Most people would likely prefer the extra savings, and all-around the iPhone 13 offers a good set of features for under $1,000.
The Pro models are meant for power users or anyone who needs a little extra to get things done. If you’re a gamer, the LTPO displays with their variable refresh rates (up to 120Hz) might be worth the splurge. If you need a good camera for work (or if you’re serious about photography), then the Pro models’ additional telephoto lens and ProRaw formats are worth the extra splurge. If you’re a filmmaker or amateur video creator, the ProRes format and extra storage options are also attractive options. The Pro models also offer more storage. While the regular iPhone 13 and 13 Mini max out at 512 GB, the Pro models go up to 1TB.
As for whether you should opt for the $999 Pro or $1,099 Pro Max, that’s going to come down to your individual battery and screen preferences. The Pro Max will get you a larger 6.7-inch screen compared to the Pro’s 6.1 inches. For battery, the Pro Max gets up to 28 hours of video playback (25 streamed) and 95 hours of audio playback. The Pro gets 22 hours of video playback (20 hours streamed), and 75 hours of video playback. You just have to decide if the Pro Max’s extra screen real estate and longer battery life are worth the extra $100.
Whether you get the Mini or SE will depend on your priorities for cost, camera, and 5G. There’s no question that the Mini will take better pictures, but in our review, we found the iPhone SE’s camera holds up pretty well. Cost-wise, the base SE is $399, which is much cheaper than the Mini. However, the base iPhone SE only gets you 64GB of storage, while the base Mini gets you 128GB. You’ll have to pay $100 for a 128GB SE.
You still shouldn’t upgrade just to get 5G. If it’s not a priority, opting for the SE will save you some cash. If you do care about 5G, you might want to go for the Mini or hang tight for a 5G SE (if there is one).
If you’re set on saving some moolah by opting for a last-gen iPhone, we’d recommend the iPhone 12. Sure, the iPhone 11 is $100 cheaper at $499, but the iPhone 12 is the better investment. It supports 5G, has newer hardware, and will retain a better trade-in value for longer.
Each carrier has an iPhone 13 trade-in deal, so you’ll have to consider what your current carrier is offering, what you might get for switching, and also the strengths of each carrier’s network (particularly its 5G support) in your area. Overall, T-Mobile currently has the best 5G service but this will heavily depend on where you live. If you want more detail, you can check out our State of 5G in 2021 report.
As far as trade-ins, here’s what each carrier is offering:
Confused? We don’t blame you. Carrier deals are usually a headache to parse. You can, however, go through Apple’s website or head to an Apple retail store in person and compare carrier discounts there as well to see which deal makes the most sense for you. It’s a smidge easier if you want to compare pricing, as well as Apple Card or iPhone Upgrade Program financing options. If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can also get anywhere between $110-$790 off. New and existing members of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program can already go through the pre-approval process ahead of Sept. 17 either on the web or using the Apple Store app.
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Apple has unveiled its latest series of iPhone devices, the iPhone 13 series, which includes the standard iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. While these are iterative upgrades from last year’s version, there are several improvements like the new ProMotion display on the Pro series, larger camera sensors, smaller display notch, and more. If that convinces you to pick one up, make sure you check out the best iPhone 13 and 13 Mini deals, or the best iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max deals depending on which one you’re planning to get.
You might also be interested to know all of the various color options the four phones are available in, before making a purchase decision. That’s exactly why we’ve compiled all of the different colors into a single post to help you decide which one suits you the best.
The iPhone 13 and 13 Mini come with glossy backs and a matte frame, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have a matte back with a glossy frame. Here are all the colors for you to take a look at.
The iPhone 13 is available in five different color options. Three of the colors are the same as last year with some minute differences, while two of them are new.
The iPhone 13 Mini is essentially just a smaller version of the iPhone 13 which means it’s available in the exact same colors as the iPhone 13. The only difference would be the size of the chassis.
Unlike the standard iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro has a matte finish back with glossy edges made of stainless steel. What this means is you don’t get the fun colors that you do with the standard variant. Instead, what you get are shades that are slightly more subtle and classy, giving the phone a more premium look.
Just like how the iPhone 13 Mini is a smaller version of the standard iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a larger version of the iPhone 13 Pro. What this means is the Pro Max model also gets the same colors as the Pro.
If you’re planning to get the standard iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini, the new Starlight color looks quite classy and is an option you should consider. If you like a more playful color and want something that looks funkier, the Red iPhone is the way to go. If you like typical black phones that look stealthy, you should opt for the Midnight variant of the iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Mini.
If the Pro or Pro Max is what you’re getting, you should surely consider the new Sierra Blue color mainly because it stands out and looks unique. It’s almost like a way of saying “hey look, I have a new iPhone!” If you want something to flaunt, the Gold color is the way to go, thanks to its shiny sides. The Silver variant looks classy and is the most elegant of the lot.
All the colors Apple is offering with the iPhone 13 series look good, and it all comes down to personal preference as to which one you like the best. Regardless of which color you pick though, it’s always wise to use a case with your phone to protect it and even improve the way it looks. We have compiled a list of the best iPhone 13 cases, best iPhone 13 Mini cases, best iPhone 13 Pro cases, and the best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases. Make sure to check them out to protect your brand new iPhone.
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How promising is Apple's new video mode?
This is all great stuff, but Cinematic mode is perhaps the most eye-catching update.
Cinematic is a video mode that’s available to all four iPhone 13 phones, and it’s intended for people who want to take the framing and cinematography of their videos a bit more seriously.
Apple brought in Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Emmy-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser to big the feature up at the phones’ launch, which you can see below.
This may seem like overkill, but the 2015 film Tangerine was shot on an iPhone 5S, which has a tiny 1/3-inch 8MP sensor and only offers 1080p, 30fps video recording. The movie’s director, Sean Baker went on to make The Florida Project – although not on an iPhone on that occasion.
Cinematic mode is designed to act like a virtual focus puller. This is someone who might work alongside a camera operator, ensuring that the right parts of the picture are in focus, and perfectly sharp.
Of course, many modern cameras have this to some extent. We now take features like face detection – where if someone walks into frame, the focus will be drawn to their features – for granted. Cinematic mode goes much further, though, in several areas.
The first area is to do with predicting where the focus needs to head to next. In its demo (below), Apple showed the camera focusing back and forth between people as one looks away from the camera. In another scene someone enters the frame from the left, and the camera quickly transitions focus to their face, almost seeming to start the transition before they were fully visible.
This suggests that Cinematic mode’s focus behavior may be influenced by the ultra-wide camera, which in this scenario is not actually used to capture footage.
The ultra-wide becomes a sort of director of photography, if one whose production notes are written a fraction of a second before they’re enacted. This should give your videos a better sense of deliberation, even if it is automated.
It’s not yet clear if the above is the case, and it’s possible that the primary camera does all the focus work. Either way, we’re looking at an autofocus system that uses algorithms informed by Apple’s study of cinematography. The choices it makes about when to change focus, and what to focus on, are deliberately filmic.
Focus pixels are essential here too. For autofocus to look natural and deliberate, it has to avoid the ‘seeking’ effect seen in contrast-detection AF. This is where the autofocus motor overshoots the point of focus and pulls back, with the focus appearing to wobble before it hits its mark.
All the iPhone 13 phones have dual-pixel AF, a phase-detection autofocus method that allows for seek-free focus even with limited lighting – although in Apple’s own demos some of the focus changes don’t land with the confidence of a pro focusing manually.
Shallow depth of field is the thing that will really make your Cinematic mode videos look truly different, though. This is like the iPhone’s Portrait photo mode, brought over to video.
The background can be blurred to a far more pronounced extent than the lens itself is capable of. While the iPhone 13 Pro has a wide-aperture f/1.5 lens, the tiny scale of these lenses means they can only really throw the background out of focus ‘naturally’ with very close-up subjects. Cinematic mode does it with software.
This isn’t the first time background blur has been added for video. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro had it in 2018, while Samsung’s S10 phones and Note 10 had Live Focus Video in 2019.
However, the results in these cases were pretty patchy, and were not built up into something useful enough for people actually interested in shooting short film-like pieces with their phones.
Cinematic mode offers just that, and also lets you alter the extent of the blurring effect after you shoot, by selecting an aperture value, or f-stop. As with real-world lens depth of field, the smaller the f-stop number, the more blurred the background will be.
Apple says you can change the point of focus after shooting too. And here’s the first slightly crunchy part.
The iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode can make parts of the image blurrier, but it can’t make out-of-focus parts appear sharp, and this is where the phones’ small lenses actually become a benefit. Their naturally wide depth of field means that even if you want to switch to a subject that isn’t perfectly in focus, it should still appear sharp in motion next to other parts of the image that are deliberately thrown out of focus.
And it’s not as if plenty of films haven’t made it into cinemas with slightly out of focus moments anyway.
There was a camera that let you genuinely change the point of focus post-shoot: a Lytro Illum. It uses a light field sensor that captures the direction of light bouncing off an object rather than just a ‘flat’ representation of a scene. However, it couldn’t shoot video, its image quality wasn’t great, and the company shut down after the follow-up Immerge VR camera came out.
Apple could theoretically use the ultra-wide camera on your iPhone as a second point of focus, on hand at all times with different focus information should you wish to change subject post-shoot. However, this would likely result in more questionable-looking results, as you’d drop down to the cropped view of a camera with a narrower lens aperture, smaller sensor pixels and a slightly different view of a scene.
Cinematic mode will also offer manual controls over the point of focus, rather than letting the software do all the work, because you probably don’t want to automate too much of the creative process.
The iPhone 13 will let you lock focus to a subject, or manually select the focus point if Cinematic mode doesn’t do what you want it to.
This may introduce visible jolts, even if you use a tripod, but all four iPhone 13s have sensor stabilization, which should be able to all-but eradicate such jolts from footage if you’re careful enough with your gestures.
Questions remain as to exactly how parts of Cinematic mode work. But here’s what we think, and hope, is going on.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini must use parallax to determine the various depths and distances present in a scene. This is where the feed of the wide and ultra-wide cameras is compared, and the discrepancies between their views of the scene can separate near objects from ones further away.
It may also analyze motion between frames. If you pan across a scene and assume that objects themselves are static, you can judge their relative distance by the amounts they move frame-to-frame. However, it seems unlikely that Cinematic mode relies on this entirely, as it wouldn’t work when the iPhone 13 is mounted to a static tripod.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have another tool – LiDAR. This uses light wavelengths outside of human vision, analyzing the light that’s bounced off objects and reflected back to the sensor to create a 3D map of a space.
We hope, and would expect, that this is used in the Pro phones’ version of Cinematic mode, as it seems perfect for the job. However, this would also mean that the effectiveness of the blurring effect, and its ability to deal with subjects that have a complicated outline, may vary between Pro and non-Pro iPhone 13s, and Apple hasn't mentioned anything about LiDAR being involved in the process.
Cinematic mode renders video in Dolby Vision HDR, and you may be able to use ProRes video later in the year with when it is added to iOS 15. We’ve got a separate feature on Apple ProRes to bring you up to speed with that feature.
However, the resolution and frame rate of Cinematic mode is limited to 1080p, 30fps. ‘Normal’ HDR video with Dolby Vision can be recorded at an impressive 4K/60fps.
That’s going to disappoint those who already shoot everything at 4K resolution. However, in a way we find it reassuring. It shows that Cinematic mode is not a simple trick, that even with the Apple A15 Bionic’s 16-core neural processor, the CPU – or something else – acts at a bottleneck, and brings the capture rate down below that of even budget Android phones.
We’re slightly concerned, though, by the character of the focus shifts in Apple’s demos, which suggest the effect of a stills camera made to focus as quickly as possible. To get the real ‘rack focus’ effect seen in films, you’d need the option to slow down the focus motor so that it strolls to its destination rather than leaping there – and as far as we can tell so far, there’s no control over that.
Apple hasn’t confirmed if Cinematic mode is coming to any of the last-generation iPhone 12 phones either. However, it seems unlikely given that Apple has enough excuses not to bring it those handsets — they have last-generation CPUs, and their vertically aligned cameras may affect their ability to judge parallax on the fly. For now we’re just looking forward to seeing what the creative people out there make of the iPhone 13’s Cinematic mode – and what they do with it – when they get their hands on it.
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17 September, 2021 - 07:27am
Apple suggests the video will help users choose the iPhone that's the right fit for them.
Find the right iPhone for you. Let's walk through the new iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max as we explore the incredible new features, sizes, and colors available.
The iPhone 13 and 13 Pro models are available for purchase as of today, and pricing starts at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini and goes up to a $1099 starting price for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Customers who pre-order today can expect to get their devices starting on Friday, September 24.
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Update now to protect against multiple actively exploited security vulnerabilities.
New features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.
Updated cameras, smaller notch, new colors, faster A15 chip, and more.
ProMotion displays, smaller notch, A15 chip, improved triple-lens rear camera.
All-new design, 8.3-inch display, Touch ID power button, and more. Order now, launches September 24.