Apple’s iPhone 13 series continues in the footsteps of the preceding iPhone 12 generation, with two regular premium models with core capabilities and two ultra-premium variants with additional features, particularly in the photography field.
Regardless of which iPhone 13 model you purchase, the general experience should be identical. You’ll get Apple’s fantastic iOS and ecosystem, as well as tremendous performance and superb cameras. There is no way to go wrong with any model.
Even so, it’s worth looking at the differences between all of the models to see whether there’s anything in the Pro models that you’d be interested in, or to confirm that the basic models have all you require. The following table summarizes the key variations in specifications among the new iPhone 13 versions.
Some of these variations have some nuance and extra detail that you should be aware of, which we go through below.
|Specifications||iPhone 13 Mini||iPhone 13||iPhone 13 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro Max|
|Display||5.4-inch OLED Super Retina XDR||6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR||6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR with adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz||6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR with adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz|
|Processor||Apple A15 Bionic||Apple A15 Bionic||Apple A15 Bionic||Apple A15 Bionic|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Rear cameras||12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide||12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide||12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP 3x optical zoom||12MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP 3x optical zoom|
|Battery||Up to 13 hours of video streaming||Up to 15 hours of video streaming||Up to 20 hours of video streaming||Up to 25 hours of video streaming|
Apple iPhones have high-refresh-rate screens for the first time – up to 120Hz, to be exact. That’s twice as fast as the previous iPhone screens’ 60Hz refresh rate. Only the iPhone 13 Pro versions, to be precise, have a high-refresh rate screen that can reach 120Hz.
The smoother animations and films seem on a screen, the higher the Hz (hertz) value. It’s mostly cosmetic, since animations while swiping around the phone’s operating system and apps appear to be more fluid and less fuzzy. However, the smooth experience provided by high-refresh-rate screens goes a long way toward making a phone feel speedier and more powerful, as well as more premium.
Differences in cameras
The normal iPhone 13 has a dual-lens camera system, as does the iPhone 13 Mini. According to Apple, it boasts a new wide camera that can collect 47 percent more light for less noise and “brighter outcomes.” The new bigger sensor can collect more light, which is usually beneficial for daytime photographs, but it also speeds up Night Mode capture times. Both phones include Apple’s sensor-shift OIS (optical image stabilization), which reduces blurring caused by unsteady hands.
According to Apple, the basic iPhone 13s has a new ultra-wide camera that captures more dark areas with less noise.
The Pro models, on the other hand, have features and capabilities that the basic v and Mini lack. For Night Mode portraiture and speedier autofocus in low light, the Pro models contain a LiDar sensor. They also have Apple’s ProRAW mode, which allows you to take RAW photos that are easier to edit.
It’s wonderful to see that Apple’s new cinematic mode for capturing films with changing depths of field, or “rack focusing,” is supported by all of the new iPhone 13 models.
Differences in battery life
Smaller phones will almost certainly have lower battery life than larger phones. What’s strange is that, despite being the same size, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have drastically different battery life.
The basic reason for this, according to Apple, is that the iPhone 13 Pro‘s battery is larger.