Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 13 range. The new iPhones will be available for pre-order from
September 17, but how do you choose between the iPhone 13 Pro and the more budget-friendly
version of the iPhone 13? Is there any difference between them at all? We've tried to tell you
everything in this comparison.
Design differences between the iPhone 13 Pro | iPhone 13
The new products are from the same lineup, but the difference between the premium and the base
is noticeable, as with the iPhone 12 | 12 Pro. The first thing that catches your eye is the camera. Like
last year, the premium version gets a triple camera: each lens is 12MP. The budget iPhone 13
remained with the usual two 12MP lenses. One difference from the previous model is that the lenses
are now positioned diagonally, so that everyone notices you've upgraded. The body of the iPhone 13
Pro is made of surgical steel, when the iPhone 13 got an aluminium body. Which is stronger? My
experience has shown that steel is still better. Aluminum edges suffer from drops much more, they
get chipped and scratched. But steel fails in terms of fingerprints. However, if you carry your device
in a case, it is not a problem. Colours. There are more colours in the iPhone 13, moreover, a fresh
shade of tea rose has appeared there, which can't help but win you over. Still, the rumours about the
iPhone 13 Pink have paid off. But, you know, the Sierra Blue in the iPhone 13 Pro is a looker too. It's
still undecided which to get first. Also, the iPhone 13 Pro is 30 grams heavier than the iPhone 13.
Because of the materials and another camera. The difference for the user will not be noticeable.
The difference in the iPhone 13's display
One of the most interesting differences is the display of the new products. Here Apple have repeated
the practice as with the iPad Pro (2021). The budget model received the usual 6.1-inch Super Retina
XDR, while the iPhone 13 Pro is equipped with a cooler screen: the same 6.1 inch, but with the
ProMotion chip. This technology allows the refresh rate to adapt to what you're doing. Playing games
– catch 120Hz, reading – frequency decreases, surfing the internet and scrolling through pages quickly
– increases again. The trick is cool, very cool even. There are also differences in the brightness of the
device: iPhone 13: 800 nits (maximum standard) and 1200 nits (HDR) iPhone 13 Pro: 1000 nits
(maximum standard) and 1200 nits (HDR) When using HDR the brightness is the same, because this is
the maximum of this display.
Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro feature the A15 Bionic processor. This is Apple's latest
processor at the moment, which delivers the maximum performance. However, we can't ignore the
fact that (logically) the iPhone 13 Pro will have more RAM than the iPhone 13. Although it's not
documented, it probably is. It's more likely that Apple has repeated last year's experience and
implemented 6GB in the Poshka, leaving the iPhone 13 with 4GB. That way it's the Poshka that will
win out in performance. But, of course, this is still a guess. After tests everything will become clearer.
Comparison of iPhone 13 | 13 Pro cameras
The premium version got more plushies than the base version – that's to be expected. The three
cameras are hard to compare with the two, if only because quantitatively the iPhone 13 Pro wins
out. Nevertheless, the camera specs: iPhone 13: Main camera: 12MP, aperture ƒ / 1.6 Wide angle
lens: 12MP, aperture ƒ / 2.4 iPhone 13 Pro: Telephoto lens: 12MP, aperture ƒ / 2.8 Main camera:
12MP, aperture ƒ / 1.5 Wide angle: 12MP, aperture ƒ / 1.8 iPhone 13 Pro specs are better. On top of
that, the premium newcomer has also got chips: shooting in Apple ProRAW, digital zoom up to 15x,
shooting portraits in night mode, and support for the new ProRes format. Not every user will need all
this, only pros will use the same Apple ProRAW or ProRes, and with all other tasks will cope and the
basic iPhone 13. They've added sensor shift stabilisation to both models – there's less of a difference.
Unfortunately, LiDAR is not available in all models. At the same time, the front camera differs only in
the presence of ProRes in the older version.
The internal storage of the iPhone 13
Were deprived of the 64GB version. It's about time, the budget versions essentially no one wants,
because most users bought 128GB and above. So there are only three configurations of iPhone 13
available to us: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB. The iPhone 13 Pro on the other hand is available in four
internal storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. So far, I have little idea why you'd want to
get an iPhone with 1TB of storage because I store almost all my files in the cloud, but if you happen
to be shooting movies on your iPhone 13 Pro – maybe then you'll need that volume.
iPhone 13 battery comparison
The difference in battery life between the devices is expected. Like last year, Apple has added a
bigger battery to the Poshka. So we get the figures: iPhone 13: up to 19 hours of video playback
iPhone 13 Pro: up to 22 hours of video playback Three hours, but still there is a difference. Of course,
these are not exactly realistic figures and under normal circumstances you would get a lower figure,
but for now we rely on Apple data. Pricing for iPhone 13 Prices differ dramatically: iPhone 13 starts
from $799 iPhone 13 Pro from $999 What are we overpaying for? For the camera, RAM, battery,
better display, shooting features.
What to choose: iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro?
I would take the iPhone 13 Pro. If you've used the twelve or iPhone 11 before, you simply don't need
to upgrade to the iPhone 13. The iPhone 13 Pro, on the other hand, would be a noticeable upgrade.
But if you logically realize that you don't need the same ProRes, you won't use ProRAW and your
device's RAM is quite enough – take the latest Trinasca and forget about the headache. Both devices
are good, the difference (in fact) only in the display and camera, so just decide what tasks you need
to solve exactly. Based on that, choose your ideal flagship.