The iPhone 13 is expected to come in four models when it’s announced today at the big Apple event. If that strategy sounds familiar, that’s because Apple also launched four iPhone 12 nearly a year ago. But it looks like the gap between the regular and Pro series will be even bigger once the iPhone 13 arrives.
Based on the rumors, the 5.4-inch iPhone iPhone 13 mini, 6.1-inch iPhone 13, 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max should have plenty in common, from the A15 Bionic processor to faster 5G and a smaller notch. However, the Pro series should truly be on another level this year.
Based on rumored features, the iPhone 13 Pro appears to be more Pro than ever before, especially when it comes to the anticipated 120Hz displays and improved cameras. Our iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro comparison should give you a good idea of what to expect.
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Prices and storage
We’ve heard conflicting reports on the price for the iPhone 13 series. Initially, market research firm TrendForce said that the iPhone 13 prices would be “relatively on par” with the iPhone 12.
If this is the case, you can expect the iPhone 13 mini to start at $699, the iPhone 13 at $799, the iPhone 13 Pro at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max at $1,099. There is a report that the iPhone 13 prices could be slightly higher this year due to rising chip production costs, but we’ll have to wait and see.
One rumor from Max Weinbach points to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini dropping the lame 64GB option and starting with 128GB. But only the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are tipped to offer a max of 1TB of storage.
iPhone 13 vs iPhone 13 Pro: Design and colors
The good news is that all four new iPhone 13 models are reportedly getting smaller notches, which means you’ll get a little more screen real estate. Apple is said to be moving the speaker and perhaps shrinking some of the tech that makes Face ID possible to make this happen.
Based on alleged dummy units, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will allegedly both feature nearly identical measurements to their predecessors, with the only other major design change expected to be a diagonal camera arrangement on the back. Otherwise, the buttons have been shifted down somewhat, according to the dummy unit leaks, and the SIM card tray is further down.
The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will allegedly feature larger camera arrays on the back to accommodate bigger lenses, and the camera bump is supposedly larger as a result. Both iPhone 13 Pro models may be thicker than the iPhone 12 Pros as well.
In terms of iPhone 13 colors, there have been rumors that Apple was looking at a possible pink iPhone 13, while the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max could be coming in a matte black and perhaps bronze or orange.
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Displays
This could be the biggest difference of all between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. Only the iPhone 13 Pro models will reportedly boast 120Hz ProMotion displays. This would enable smoother scrolling as well as better movie playback and gameplay.
The regular iPhone 13 models are expected to feature 60Hz displays, so the same refresh rate as the iPhone 12 series. In addition, we’ve heard that Apple may offer an always-on display more for the iPhone 13 Pro series, which would let you look at the time and notifications without using as much power. This would be thanks to the use of LTPO technology. Here’s what an iPhone 13 always-on display could mean for you.
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Cameras
The regular iPhone 13 should offer some notable camera upgrades, including computational photography features we’ve never seen on an iPhone before. For example, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini could deliver portrait mode video, as well as astrophotography for shooting the night sky.
In addition, the regular iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini may boast sensor-shift stabilization, which was previously reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This would enable steadier stills and video.
However, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are expected to offer a new 6-element ultra-wide angle lens for better image quality. Plus, a separate report claims that only the iPhone 13 Pro series will feature LiDAR sensors for enhanced auto-focus and AR performance.
While the iPhone 13 Pro models already have an advantage with their telephoto lenses, it’s not clear whether you’ll get a more powerful zoom this year.
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Batteries
According to one leaker, all four iPhone 13 models will be getting larger batteries. But the iPhone 13 Pro Max would have the largest of the bunch at 4,352 mAH. The 6.1-inch iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are tipped to get 3,095 mAh batteries, while the smallest iPhone 13 mini would get a 2,406 mAh pack.
iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro: Outlook
Our recommendation for the past couple of years has been the standard iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. They’ve simply been the best iPhones for most people. However, we expect a lot of shoppers willing to pay a premium will gravitate toward the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max this year because of their rumored 120Hz displays with always-on functionality. It does make a big difference in everyday usability.
Plus, the iPhone 13 Pro should continue to exclusively offer telephoto zoom, along with LiDAR and a better ultra-wide camera. We won’t have the complete iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 13 Pro picture until Sept. 14, but at this point, it looks like Pro could be the way to go for those who want a truly cutting edge new iPhone.