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iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13 and 13 Pro

The Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro were both announced and released together in 2021. Both phones might share the iPhone 13 name and have similar sizes, but they aren’t the same. Some details and features set the iPhone 13 Pro apart from the iPhone 13. As such, we’ll be pitting them against one another in this iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro Comparison.

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Form factor and design

iPhone 13 Pro Lightning Port
iPhone 13 Pro Lightning Port Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro both have flat edges, with the display taking up most of the front, with hardly any bezel. Both phones have the same sizes.

Like last year’s models, Apple retains the notch, albeit with a smaller width.

The iPhone 13 has an aluminum frame and polished glass, while the iPhone 13 Pro has a stainless steel frame and a frosted matte back.

Apple iPhone 13 Display
Apple iPhone 13 Display Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The 13 is available in red, starlight, blue, midnight, pink, and green, while the 13 Pro is available in sierra blue, gold, silver, graphite, and alpine green.

The iPhone 13 Pro is 30 grams heavier than the iPhone 13. Both phones weigh 204 grams and 174 grams, respectively.

Display

An iPhone 13 Pro on a table next to Apple AirPods
An iPhone 13 Pro on a table next to Apple AirPods. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The next thing we’ll discuss in this iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 pro comparison is the display.

Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have 6.1-inch displays. They both have a screen resolution of 2532 by 1170 pixels. This works out to 460 PPI (pixels per inch). Also, both displays use OLED technology. Their displays are also protected using the ceramic shield, which Apple claims is tougher than any smartphone glass. The ceramic shield offers four times more drop resistance than previous iPhones, along with scratch resistance.

But the displays of both phones aren’t entirely the same. There are some notable differences.

Firstly, the iPhone 13 Pro display has adaptive refresh rates called ProMotion display. The regular iPhone 13 doesn’t have it. The ProMotion display refresh rate fluctuates between 10Hz to 120Hz, depending on what you are doing. So, games can be played at the highest refresh rate, while simple tasks like viewing a static web page will be at low refresh rates. The adaptive refresh rate feature helps conserve battery as opposed to other smartphones whose display remains stuck at the high refresh rates.

Furthermore, the iPhone 13 Pro has a max brightness of 1000 nits compared to the iPhone 13, which has a max brightness of 800 nits. So, if you work outdoors under direct sunlight, the iPhone 13 Pro might be a better option for you. Viewing HDR content increases the max brightness of both phones to 1200 nits.

Processor and performance

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The iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro have the same processor: the 5nm Apple A15 bionic processor. The iPhone 13 Pro has an extra GPU core than the iPhone 13, which has a 4-core GPU. The A15 is the fastest iPhone processor for opening more browser tabs, video editing, gaming, machine learning, and other advanced tasks. Reports show that the iPhone 13 has 4 GB of RAM while the iPhone 13 Pro has 6 GB RAM.

Camera features

iPhone 13 Pro Camera
iPhone 13 Pro Camera Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The most prominent physical difference you will notice between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro is the camera setup of both phones. iPhone 13 features a dual camera setup, while the iPhone 13 Pro features a triple camera setup for its rear cameras.

The 13’s dual camera system features wide and ultra-wide cameras. Its rear camera array gathers more light thanks to the faster f1.5 aperture lens, and it has a 12MP front camera.

The iPhone 13 Pro triple camera setup features a wide, ultra-wide, and an additional telephoto camera. The rear camera setup also has a LiDAR scanner for better night mode portraits. The front camera features the same 12 MP camera that the iPhone 13 has. The telephoto lens of the iPhone 13 Pro has a longer 3x optical digital zoom. So, you can capture clearer images from far distances. The telephoto camera also supports night mode.

Two or three?

Apple iPhone 13 Camera
Apple iPhone 13 Camera Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The advanced autofocus sensor and lens of the iPhone 13 Pro ultrawide camera also helps with better light gathering. The ultra-wide camera of the iPhone 13 Pro also adds macro mode for focus on the tiniest of objects. In addition, the iPhone 13 Pro retains the Apple ProRaw mode introduced with the iPhone 12 Pro. This lets you take professional, uncompressed photos in the RAW format. RAW images retain all the image data compared to the regular .jpeg images. But these photos are far larger than regular photos, and they take up a lot of space.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro feature night mode portraits across all their cameras, Smart HDR 4, deep fusion, and various photographic styles. Both cameras also support better portrait lighting support when editing portrait mode photos. You can add natural light, studio light, contour light, stage mono, and high-key light mono portrait lighting.

Video recording

The Apple ProRes video recording standard feature is the major difference in video recording in the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro debate. The feature allows iPhone 13 Pro users to record the highest quality professional cinematic videos in 4k at 30 fps. You can then edit the ProRes videos later with professional video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.

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You should go for a higher storage size iPhone 13 Pro so that you can record and store large ProRes files on the phone. Apple limits the 128 GB iPhone 13 Pro to 1080p 30fps ProRes videos as opposed to the 4k 30 fps you get with the higher storage models.

The iPhone 13 Pro also allows you to shoot macro videos in various formats, including time-lapse and slow-motion videos.

Cinematic mode was introduced to all phones in the iPhone 13 series, so both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support it. Cinematic mode allows users to record videos using shallow depth of field for a cinematic feel and appeal. You can also add lovely transitions when recording videos in cinematic modes.

Both phones let users record video from low resolutions to 4k resolutions at 24, 25, 30, and 60 fps. Also, both phones support Dolby Vision and HDR video recording.

Battery life

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The iPhone 13 Pro has a longer battery life compared to the iPhone 13. Apple claims that the iPhone 13 Pro lasts one and a half hours longer than the iPhone 13.

The two phones support fast charging, with their batteries reaching 50% in 30 minutes. You can also charge them wirelessly using Magsafe wireless chargers.

Connectivity

The next thing we’ll examine on this iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 pro comparison is their connectivity. Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G. So, you can access lightning fast 5G connection for streaming video and snappy downloads on both phones.

Biometrics

The biometrics are the same for the two phones in this iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 pro comparison. The only biometric unlock feature both phones have is Face ID. But Face ID has been improved with the ability to unlock your phone even if you are wearing a mask.

Software experience

There is no software difference in the iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro matchup. Both phones feature iOS 15, with software support expected to continue for about seven years. iOS 15 adds Focus mode, redesigned notifications, new emojis, additional Visual Lookup language support, additional voice options for Siri, and mask support for Face ID.

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Apple Maps now has augmented reality three-dimensional city driving and walking support. Live Text brings text recognition to photos taken with the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro cameras. iOS 15 brings improved user data and information protection.

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Storage options

Everyone wants an optimal storage option for their iPhone.

The iPhone 13 is available in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB versions, while the iPhone 13 Pro is available in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB versions.

Additional features

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are water- and dust-resistant. They come with IP68 ratings. Both phone models can withstand being submerged in water for 30 minutes with a maximum depth of about 6m. Experts recommend that you avoid exposing the phones to water intentionally. The water resistance protection is meant for accidental splashes and minimal rain.

Included accessories

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As usual, Apple keeps things minimal here. The standard iPhone packaging doesn’t include chargers or headphones. Apple continues the trend with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. You only get a lightning cord and a SIM removal tool in both boxes. The lightning cord has a Type C end, so you can only use it with Type C charging bricks. You can connect the cable to a laptop, a power bank, a regular charger, and an Apple-recommended 20W fast charger.

Pricing

Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro next to each other on a table
Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro next to each other on a table. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The iPhone 13 starts at $799 for the 128 GB and maxes out at $999 for the 512 GB model. The 256 GB version costs $899.

In contrast, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 for the 128 GB model and maxes out at $1499 for the 1 TB model. The 256 GB version of the iPhone 13 Pro costs $1099, while the 512 GB version costs $1299.

If your budget seriously hampers you, you should consider getting the iPhone 13 over the iPhone 13 Pro. But if you have more money at your disposal and want the extra features, you can purchase the iPhone 13 Pro.

But with the iPhone 14 coming later this year, you should be able to get both iPhones at the best prices from your dealer or cellular provider.

And that’s it for our iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 pro comparison.

For more information, visit the Apple website.

FAQ

Is iPhone 13 or 13 Pro better?

The iPhone 13 Pro is better than the iPhone 13, but it costs more and weighs more. It has a better camera, battery life, 120Hz ProMotion technology, and a better processor.

What is the difference between 13 and 13 Pro?

The key differences between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are the camera setup, battery life, additional processor core, display brightness, and weight.

Is the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro the same size?

Yes, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have the same size and dimensions. But the iPhone 13 Pro is about 30 grams heavier than the iPhone 13. This is partly due to the different materials used for both phones.

Is iPhone 13 Pro worth buying?

Yes, it is. The iPhone 13 Pro offers more premium features than the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. It offers good value without going for the extra large, heavier, and costlier iPhone 13 Pro Max. The better battery, brighter display, adaptive refresh rate, and triple rear camera setups make the iPhone 13 Pro an excellent purchase.

Is iPhone 13 Pro too heavy?

The iPhone 13 Pro weighs 204 grams and might feel a bit heavy for some users. But for other users, it remains a handy phone they can comfortably hold in their hands and slip into a pocket during a jog. If you need something lighter, you can opt for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, which weights 194 grams and 140 grams, respectively.

Which is best in iPhone 13 series?

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the crème de la crème of the iPhone 13 lineup. It is currently the most premium phone in the iPhone 13 series. It offers a larger 6.7″ display for better video viewing and gaming experience.
So buy the iPhone 13 Pro Max if you want the best of the iPhone 13 series.

Does iPhone 13 have fingerprint?

No, the iPhone 13 does not have a fingerprint sensor. But you can unlock the new iPhone models with face ID and passcode. Apple removed the fingerprint biometric unlock option when they removed the home button in the iPhone X. Current reports show that Apple has no plans to bring this back for the iPhone 14 and other future brands of the iPhone.

What color of iPhone 13 is most popular?

Various reports and sources reveal that several people favor the sierra blue color for their iPhone 13. Next to the sierra blue color, other popular options are Graphite and Pink. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 launched in 5 colors: red, starlight, blue, midnight, pink and green. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are available in gold, silver, graphite, sierra blue, and alpine green.

Which iPhone has the better battery life between iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro?

Lasting about one and a half hours longer, the iPhone 13 Pro model has a better battery life than the iPhone 13 Pro. So you can enjoy longer hours of video playback, streaming, and video games.

Is iPhone 13 Pro camera worth it?

Yes, it is. The iPhone 13 Pro camera offers ProRes video recording, improved zooming capabilities, a LiDAR scanner, and an extra telephoto camera. The triple camera setup is the main difference between the standard iPhone 13 camera and the iPhone 13 Pro camera. The iPhone 13 camera is also good as Apple ensured that all the iPhones in the iPhone 13 lineup can capture quality night mode portrait photos, Smart HDR 4, deep fusion, and various photographic styles.

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