It’s usually hot, the network is terrible, you have to use your iphone 13 pro for practically everything these days, from pictures to ticket scanning to food ordering, and you’re usually there for as long as you can to get the most bang for your buck. It’s the ideal stress test because it doesn’t require any artificial battery rundowns or controlled photo conditions.
In my testing, the majority of Apple’s upgrades had a noticeable impact on the quality of life of my trip, albeit not always significantly. The screen brightness, the longer telephoto lens, and the battery life were all highlights.
For me, the iPhone 13 Pro’s battery lasted just over 13 hours in the parks, running it to the end. You’d think you’ll get a bit more out of it in real-world standard use, so I’m confident that Apple’s estimate of an hour or longer movie playback time from the iPhone 12 Pro is probably very realistic.
Though it was difficult to apply the same degree of stress to the iPhone 13 Pro Max during my tests, I believe you can expect even more battery life from it, given the surplus it had when my iPhone 13 Pro needed charging. Bigger battery, longer battery life, no big surprise.
If you’re going to the parks and doing the rope drop, I’d take it off the charger around 6 a.m. and have a charger ready by 4 p.m., so you don’t run out of juice. That’s not a bad run for an iPhone in difficult conditions and with heavy camera use.
Apple’s new ProMotion display was also a nice upgrade, and I noticed an increase in screen brightness. I would say in the sun you will have a hard time telling.
ProMotion’s variable screen refresh rate, rising to 120Hz as you scroll through Safari, is a really good quality of life improvement. Unfortunately, I’m a bit wary of this department as I’ve done many calculations on the iPad Pro in the last few years, but it’s going to be a great leap for iPhone users who haven’t experienced it yet.
I’m happy to report that I haven’t noticed any significant jumps in scrolling, so it’s responsive and easily handles this variability.
Pretty damn impressive, especially with longer battery life, not less. Apple’s device performance per watt is still a (relatively) underrated victory for the chip division. It’s not just that iPhones and M1 laptops are incredibly fast this year, but they can be used for a huge amount of time without connecting to a charger. For those wondering, the iPhone 13 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM.
Since the Apple system is not locked to 120Hz, this saves battery power by lowering the refresh rate when viewing static content such as photos or text while not scrolling.