For years, Android brands have loved to play the numbers game. With smartphones, it’s all about higher megapixels and bigger camera lenses. Ultra-wide, telephoto and macro lenses are now an integral part of entry-level and mid-range phones.

Here’s the thing, though, a macro lens isn’t really a feature that most people would use on their smartphones. You may have noticed that Macro lenses generally do not appear on flagship cameras. This is because brands prefer to prioritize ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, which can deliver higher quality photos and videos. Then suddenly, Apple integrated its own macro on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

A different macro point of view

Instead of following the crowd, Apple has done something more interesting: incorporate a macro mode instead of an additional lens. Only the iPhone 13 Pro variants have it on the 12MP ultra-wide lens, as the professional camera hardware and software are some of the most advanced and significant upgrades ever.


At first glance, the iPhone 13 Pro variants look like the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. But when you place them side by side, it’s clear that the iPhone 13 Pro variants have a much larger camera sensor. If you know your photography, a larger sensor means more light can be captured. According to Apple, the ultra-wide lens has been redesigned and can now focus close-ups at just 2 centimeters.

Let the photos do the talking

Okay, I think that’s enough on macro mode. I took the liberty of downloading a few snapshots outdoors with the iPhone 13 Pro. Check them out below!


Normal shot of a plant (left) compared to iPhone 13 Pro macro mode (right)


The difference between taking a very close-up photo of iPhone 12 Pro (left) and iPhone 13 Pro (right)


It looks like the macro mode even captured the magnifying effect of the leaf’s raindrops.


It’s a bee on the inside, by the way. No cropping


If you are determined, you can count the centipedes’ legs there


It’s an ant on my hand


This macro shot proves Apple is ahead of the pack

A macro mode to wait

Android fans often scoffed at Apple for being slow to adopt certain features. But they also forget that Apple takes its time to develop the best version before releasing it. Sure, there are Android phones with a great macro lens that I’ve tested before, but the iPhone 13 Pro’s macro mode wows the competition. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but it’s way better than what I’ve used and seen.


On that note, Macro mode activates on its own when you get close to a subject, even if you don’t feel like you’re close enough. So if there is one thing I would like Apple to implement, it would be an option to turn off this auto-macro mode. As an avid mobile photographer, I’d love to be in control instead.


The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are already available in Malaysia starting at RM4899 and RM5299, respectively. You can read more about the Pro variants at Apple Malaysia webpage here. And which macro photo do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more tech gadget reviews on

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