On Thursday, Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel. In the video, the team showcases several shots created with the iPhone 13 Pro and practical effects. The video focuses heavily on the camera features that the iPhone 13 Pro brings to the table. These features include more effective low light capture and Cinematic Mode. Across the various shots, the team attempts to recreate the magic of movies using nothing but an iPhone and several practical effects.
It’s pretty incredible to see just how much you can do with an iPhone these days. Entire films have been shot on iPhones, including Tangerine and Unsane. Now the effects are even greater. It is more commonplace to use an iPhone in cinema. And the latest one shows us why.
iPhone 13 Pro Cinematic Mode puts movie magic in your hands
The iPhone 13 Pro has one of the best cameras in the smartphone world right now, as noted in our review. Not only does it take fantastic photos, but it also comes packed with other features that help strengthen Apple’s claims. Chief among those new features is its Cinematic Mode. The feature works as a built-in rack focus for the iPhone. With Cinematic Mode, you can easily add depth of field to videos. Edits can be made on the fly during filming or in edits afterward.
In the video, the Experiments team mixes Cinematic Mode and the iPhone 13 Pro’s new enhanced low-light mode to create excellent shots. There’s no computer generation here, either. Instead, the team created all of its effects using practical methods and materials. Clouds used in a shot are made from pillow stuffing. The team also breaks down how it created hyper-drive star streams using falling water and colored lights. It’s a great reminder of just how much you can do with practical effects and a great camera.
Delivering a great camera
The camera has become a cornerstone of how good smartphones are in recent years. Cameras have become such a big deal, in fact, that many manufacturers focus a lot of their presentation on them.
The iPhone 13 Pro—and the other devices in the iPhone 13 lineup—all bring forth a ton of great features to deliver fantastic video and photos. More significant additions like Cinematic Mode might not add a lot to video recording for everyday users. For the budding filmmaker, though, it could be a dream come true. By putting such a powerful camera directly in the phone, Apple has given creators a new way to create without having to spend hundreds of thousands on expensive cameras and equipment.
You can see more experiments from Apple’s latest phone cameras on YouTube.
Where to buy an iPhone 13
You of course can buy an iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Max from Apple directly. The phones are all available now, as pre-ordering ended about a month ago. A rundown of the pricing is as follows:
- Standard iPhone 13: $799, or $33.29 per month for 24 months
- iPhone 13 Mini: $699, or $29.12 per month for 24 months
- iPhone 13 Pro: $999, or $41.62 per month for 24 months
- Boost it with the iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1,099, or $45.79 per month for 24 months
The iPhone 13 Mini is assuming that you activate the phone on a carrier when you buy it. You’ll be able to save more if you trade your old phone in. If you want to buy one through your carrier, you can with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Visible, and Optimum Mobile, to name a few.
Secrets you can do with your iPhone 13 and iOS 15
On top of having an awesome camera, the iPhone 13 has iOS 15. There are some sweet secret codes you can use to get more out of your phone. You can access your iPhone’s IMEI as well as change your signal strength to a number to see how well you are doing. There is better text selection and you can drag and drop between apps.
You can also change up three different settings to boost your battery life. Turning off specific location services can save your battery life. Changing how background apps refresh will also lead to longer and better settings. Take a look at all you can do with the iPhone 13.