The new iPhone 13 Pro comes with many new features, although its general design is similar to that of the iPhone 12 Pro it has replaced. If you are wondering whether to jump to the new model, or if you are wondering whether to buy an iPhone 13 Pro or an iPhone 12 Pro, here you will find all the differences between both models. The iPhone 13 Pro has changed more than you think.
Main changes of the iPhone 13 Pro compared to the iPhone 12 Pro
- A15 Bionic chip
- Longer battery life
- ProMotion screen
- Better cameras
- More brightness on the screen
- Cinema mode for recording videos
- ProRes video recording up to 4K
- More storage capacity (1 TB)
- Smaller notch
- Double eSIM
- New color: Alpine Blue
Differences between iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro
We analyzed all the differences between the new iPhone 13 Pro and the previous iPhone 12 Pro. They are more than those that are appreciated with the naked eye.
|iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 12 Pro|
|Dimensions||14.67 x 7.15 x 0.76 cm||14.67 x 7.15 x 0.74 cm|
|Weight||203 g||187 g|
|Screen||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED||6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED|
|Resolution and density||2,532 x 1,170 pixels, 460 dpi||2,532 x 1,170 pixels, 460 dpi|
|Processor||A15 Bionic||A14 Bionic|
|RAM||6 GB||6 GB|
|OS||iOS 15||iOS 15|
|Storage||128, 256, 512 GB and 1 TB||64, 128, 256 and 512 GB|
|Cameras||Triple camera (12 + 12 + 12 Mp), LiDAR||Triple camera (12 + 12 + 12 Mp), LiDAR|
|Battery||22 hours of video playback||17 hours of video playback|
|Colors||Silver, Graphite, Gold and Alpine Blue||Silver, Graphite, Gold and Pacific Blue|
|Others||Dual SIM, Dual eSIM, Face ID, IP68 water resistance 30 min at 6 meters, MagSafe, Ceramic Shield||Dual SIM, Face ID, IP68 water resistance 30 min at 6 meters, MagSafe, Ceramic Shield|
|Starting price||1,159 dollars||1,159 dollars|
Seen with the naked eye, it may appear that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro are identical. They have the same height and length dimensions, although the iPhone 13 Pro is slightly thicker and a few grams heavier.
The main aesthetic change is found in the camera module. This new module of the iPhone 13 Pro is considerably larger than the one found in the iPhone 12 Pro. The module of the iPhone 12 Pro is 3 cm wide, and that of the iPhone 13 Pro goes up to 3.7 cm wide, reaching the middle of the device.
Another notable aesthetic change is the notch, which has been reduced by 20% in this generation of iPhone . In addition, the highly demanded Pacific Blue color of the iPhone 12 Pro is no longer available and has been changed to the beautiful Alpine Blue.
The cameras of the iPhone 13 Pro have taken a major leap. We now have much larger sensors, and identical to the ones in the Max version. In the iPhone 13 Pro we have 3 sensors, wide angle, ultra wide angle and telephoto lens, each with a resolution of 12 megapixels. They are the same specifications as the iPhone 12 Pro, but the quality is not the same.
Our Pro camera system has raised the bar like never before. With state-of-the-art hardware capable of capturing incredible details. An intelligent software that offers you new image and video techniques. And a chip so absurdly fast that it defies the limits of what is possible. You will have to see your photos to believe them.
These are the main improvements to the cameras of the iPhone 13 Pro:
- Macro mode. The new ultra-wide-angle sensor allows you to focus at a distance of just 2 cm.
- Night mode on the telephoto sensor.
- Cinema mode for shooting videos with a shallow depth of field.
- The wide angle lets through up to 2.2 times more light in photos and videos.
- The ultra wide angle lets through 92% more light in photos and videos.
- The new telephoto lens has a 77mm focal length and 3x optical zoom.
- Photo Styles: Settings that raise or lower colors while keeping skin tones natural.
- The iPhone 13 Pro has Smart HDR 4, an improvement over version 3 included in the iPhone 12 Pro.
- ProRes. First smartphone that allows recording and editing in ProRes or Dolby Vision.
Specifications of the 3 sensors of the iPhone 13 Pro
- Telephoto sensor
- 77mm focal length
- Optical zoom x3
- Ƒ / 2.8 aperture
- Focus Pixels
- Six element lens
- Optical image stabilization
- Ultra wide angle sensor
- 13mm focal length
- Ƒ / 1.8 aperture
- Focus Pixels
- Six element lens
- Wide angle sensor
- 26mm focal length
- 1.9 μm pixels
- Ƒ / 1.5 aperture
- 100% Focus Pixels
- Seven element lens
- Optical Image Stabilization by Sensor Shift
The screen size and resolution of the iPhone 13 Pro has not changed compared to the iPhone 12 Pro. We still have a 6.1-inch Retina XDR OLED panel with a 2,532-by-1,170-pixel resolution at 460 p / p. However we have two major improvements to the new screen.
On the one hand there is the maximum brightness. The panel of the iPhone 13 Pro reaches up to 1,000 nits of brightness displaying content, up to 1,200 if the content is HDR. The iPhone 12 Pro stays at 800 nits, 1,200 with HDR content.
Although the big change in the screen is the ProMotion technology. The new screen of the iPhone 13 Pro can be updated with frequencies between 10 and 120 times per second. It is the device that automatically selects the refresh rate to see everything very smoothly or to save battery by reducing hertz. If we are watching a video at 30 frames per second, the refresh rate will drop, and if we scroll through the system, we will see extremely fluid animations.
The iPhone 13 range has seen a considerable increase in capacity and battery life. As reported by Apple, the iPhone 13 Pro gains an hour and a half of use on a day-to-day basis. These are the official data that Apple provides regarding the battery of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro:
IPhone 13 Pro battery life
- Video playback : up to 22 hours
- Video streaming : up to 20 hours
- Audio playback : up to 75 hours
IPhone 12 Pro battery life
- Video playback : up to 17 hours
- Video streaming : up to 11 hours
- Audio playback : up to 65 hours
As for fast charging and wireless charging, we keep the same specifications. Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with a 20W or higher adapter and 15W wireless charging with MagSafe.
Apple continues to improve the performance of its chips and the A15 Bionic is positioned as the most powerful on the market. The data collected specifies that it is 20% more powerful than the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 Pro and has up to 50% better graphics power. These are the data that Apple offers:
- CPU up to 50% faster than the competition.
- Graphics up to 30% faster than the competition.
- The A15 Bionic chip is behind features like Cinema mode, Photo Styles, and Live Text
Although the A15 Bionic is more powerful, we will hardly notice differences in daily use. Most of the power of the new chip in the iPhone 13 Pro will be used in the new photographic modes.