iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 pro which one to buy? Why should you go Pro?
In 2021, Apple unveiled two new smartphones at the annual keynote. The iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro packed A15 Bionic chip and a longer-lasting battery than its predecessors. To comply with EU’s ecological regulations, the clear glass of both models was covered by a thin layer of sapphire.
Starting at just $799, the iPhone 13 is a lot more affordable than the Pro model which starts at $999. One advantage to opting for the less-expensive model comes in the size: the display on this phone is only 5″, while the screen on the “Pro” device is 6.5″.
If you’re looking for extra battery life or better camera features then you may want to pay a little extra for the higher-end model, but if you’re mainly interested in its other strengths like durability or speed, then either should work.
Comparing the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone13 and iPhone13 Pro share similar features, most importantly its display size, processor, and 5G connectivity. Apple lists these same features of the iPhone 13 and iPhone13 Pro:
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Similarities
- 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution P3 Wide Color, and Haptic Touch
- 20 percent smaller notch
- Face ID authentication
- A15 bionic chip and new 16-core neural engine
- Sub-6GHz 5G connectivity
- Wide and 12MP Ultra Wide cameras with image stabilization for less blur at greater zoom
- Your photos will be better than ever before with the built-in features like a Pro Mode, Smart HDR 4, and more.
- Dolby Vision HDR video recording in 4K at 60fps, Night mode Time-lapse, and more
- Apple Includes 12MP True Depth Front Facing Camera with 2.2 Aperture and Retina Flash, Photo Styles, Portrait Mode, Night Mode, Smart HDR 4, 1080p 30fps Movie Mode, 4K Dolby Vision HDR Video Recording 60fps and more.
- Ceramic Shield front glass
- Your smartphone is waterproof! That means you can use it in the bath and shower without any worries. It’s not just dust-proof, either: Your phone has an IP68 rating which means that it can endure being submerged up to a depth of six meters, or a little over 15 feet!
- MagSafe accessories and wireless chargers
- Available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options
Apple reveals that the design of the iPhones is fairly similar, but there are still some important differences like the ProMotion Display, LiDAR Scanner and Telephoto camera lens making it clear that iPhone 13 has specifically tailored features to its need.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Differences
|iPhone 13 mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Storage||128, 256, 512GB||128, 256, 512 GB||128, 256, 512, 1TB||128, 256, 512, 1TB|
|Screen size||5.4 inches||6.1 inches||6.1 inches||6.7 inches|
|Resolution/ppi||2340 x 1080/476||2532 x 1170/460||2532 x 1170/460||2778 x 1284/458|
|Adaptive refresh||No||No||Up to 120Hz||Up to 120Hz|
|Chip||A15 Bionic||A15 Bionic||A15 Bionic||A15 Bionic|
|Rear cameras||Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)||Dual 12MP (Wide, ultrawide)||Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, Ultra Wide)||Pro 12MP (Telephoto, Wide, Ultra Wide)|
|Zoom||None / 5x digital||None / 5x digital||3x optical / 15x digital||3x optical / 15x digital|
|Front camera||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth||12MP TrueDepth|
|Colors||Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink||Red, Starlight, Midnight, Blue, Pink||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue|
|Size||5.2 x 2.5 x 0.3 inches||5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches||5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches||6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches|
|Weight||4.97 ounces||6.14 ounces||7.2 ounces||8.5 ounces|
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: price and availability
Apple has announced that the iPhone 13 will be available for purchase starting on September 24, 2021, with 16GB, 64GB and 256GB models at $799 / £799 / AU$1,349, $899 / £879 / AU$1,519 and $1099 / £1079 / AU$1,869 respectively.
The iPhone 13 Pro will also be available in these same three storage capacities ranging from $999 / £949 / AU$1,699 to $1,299 / £1,249 / AU$2,219. However there will also be a more expensive 1TB model which begins at $1,499/£1449/AU$2,569. These prices are expected to vary slightly depending on local currencies and market demand.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Design and Colors
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro both have the same rounded, premium design that was first introduced with the iPhone 12 lineup. The most noticeable visual difference between the two devices is their different use of materials and finishes.
This will allow owners to enjoy a device with a more advanced touch screen that uses haptic feedback technology, making it possible to further immerse themselves in content produced by Apple’s advanced development team.
The iphone13 and the iphone13 pro are both created using revolutionary new materials. They have a smooth aluminum edge instead of the usual plastic, and there is a shiny stainless steel on the back instead of glass. The iphone13 is lighter because it uses aluminum rather than steel, which makes it more eco-friendly as well.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: ProMotion Display
Every time a new iPhone comes out we’re always assured that it will be the best smartphone on the market, but is it really true this time with iPhone 13 Pro? This handset boasts ProMotion technology and a brightness level of 200 nits.
That’s even brighter than the predecessor in typical – non-HDR – mode. For anyone working on the go, you’d better make sure your free hand is free from items like coffee cups so as to ensure you don’t spill anything over the impressive Super Retina display.
The iPhone 13 does not have the ProMotion feature that the iPhone 13 Pro has but let’s face it, this is a minor problem which will only be noticed by those who have been lucky enough to try using a device with a 120Hz display features.
Those who haven’t will likely feel that they can live without it and would prefer to have the one feature that really makes the iPhone 13 stand out from its predecessors – Voice ID without Touch ID.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Cameras and LiDAR
Although the front-facing camera of both models remains similar and even seems to be from the same model, their back camera is what separates them, with only a few differences.
The iPhone 13 has a dual 12MP camera which include Ultra Wide angle lens and Wide angle lens. However, on the other hand, the iPhone 13 Pro has a triple camera setup that is able to digitally zoom in ten times more than the iPhone 13 due to its telephoto lens.
It also comes equipped with an optical zoom of three times that enables it to capture clear images without sacrificing detail when zooming in mid capture.
The iPhone 13 is more than sufficient for capturing memories in all kinds of situations, but if you’re looking for the best possible camera experience, the iPhone 13 Pro will be better suited.
Apple’s flagship device boasts a telephoto lens, which allows for greater detail in photos and better zooming capabilities, as well as LIDAR, a feature designed to help you view things from long distances.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Video
There’s also a new “Cinematic” mode for capturing videos with smart near- instant autofocus between different subjects, as well as more dramatic depth-of-field effects; think portrait mode video but more powerful.
And although, it might not always recognize a faster moving subjects right away, we’ve determined this won’t be a major issue when all of your subjects are already slow mouthing creatures like cats or puppies and even if they are people.
iPhone 13 Vs iPhone 13 Pro: Performance
Our testing reveals that the iPhone 13 scored 4,129 on the Geekbench 5 multi-core test and 1,684 in the single-core test. This was a significantly higher result than what we found operating the iPhone 13 Pro which only performed slightly better, scoring 4,718 and 1,733 respectively. That being said, this difference is so small that it was barely noticeable regardless of how you used your phone.
When pushing 3DMark to the limit, iPhone 13 scored 55.9 frames per second, while iPhone 13 Pro managed a staggeringly impressive 70-plus fps. This shows that when you need performance, iPhone 13 Pro is there for you and will be the way to go most of the time, but there are situations where standard Apple’s latest phone will not let you down either.
A15 Bionic Chip
The new iPhones, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro share one improvement over last year’s models: a new chip called the A15 Bionic. It offers moderate performance improvements over last year’s A14 chip.
But while the chips in both phones are the same, you’ll notice that the iPhone 13 Pro has an additional core in its GPU (graphics processing unit)—which means it performs graphics tasks better than its sibling, which supports Apple TV apps with remote-control functionality. Both phones include 12-megapixel rear cameras, with 12MP and 10MP options for front shooters.
For its newest device, Apple offers a battery capacity of 3240mAh. The iPhone 13 Pro comes equipped with a 3095mAh battery. One might dismiss this as an illogical feature and assume that the larger screen requires more power. However, in actuality, Apple’s new smart technology has reduced power consumption by scaling down the refresh rate of the display from 120Hz to 10Hz whenever applicable.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are both available with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage, but the iPhone 13 Pro is also available with a 1TB storage option for $1,499.
- Outstanding design – sturdy and water-proof.
- One of few properly high-end phones that can pass for ‘compact’.
- Brightest OLED screen we’ve seen, super accurate, Dolby Vision, sort of 120Hz.
- Loud stereo speakers.
- Unmatched performance, 5G.
- Great all-round photo and video quality across all four cameras.
- Stale looks, the notch should have been gone by now.
- Compact as it may be, the ‘small’ 13 Pro weighs a lot.
- 120Hz refresh rate not widely available in third-party apps at launch.
- Battery life not up to the Max’s standard.
- The chipset is prone to heavy throttling under max load.
- The fast charging isn’t very fast and the charger is not bundled.
- iOS (with its limitations) remains a love it or leave it affair.
Overall, the iPhone 13 Pro is a premium version of iOS’s latest flagship device. It has some clear advancements over the iPhone 13, such as its materials and cameras. The iPhone 13 Pro is $200 more than the iPhone 13, but many will find it challenging to justify this amount for some specific improvements that do not significantly change about how you use the device.
Those wanting the most premium and feature-rich Apple phone can seek this newest typical looking model for all its capabilities and advanced camera features, or look into special features including ProMotion, Telephoto lens or shooting video in ProRes format.
Since the two devices share a large majority of features, it is difficult to specifically recommend that one model over another without going into more detail. We understand that each person has different needs in an everyday phone and we’d love to hear what you think! Of course, both models come with awesome upgrades like OLED Super Retina XDR Displays and Technology, Accessibility through Apple’s MagSafe technology, A15 Bionic Chips, and improved design. Which device do you keep? Let us know on our blog!