iPhone 13 Models Compared: Every Big Difference, From Price to Size
How does the iPhone 13 stack up against the iPhone 13 Pro? What about the Mini and Pro Max? Here's what you should know.
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Choosing the best iPhone for you can be difficult. First, you need to decide whether you want to wait for Apple's iPhone 14, which is expected to be released this fall, or buy an iPhone 13, iPhone 12 or iPhone SE 3 now. Then, if you narrowed it down to the iPhone 13, there are four different models to pick from -- the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Not to mention, each model comes in different colors and storage options, too. With all those choices, finding the perfect iPhone 13 fit can be confusing, but we're here to help.
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Price: iPhone 13 line (mostly) matches its predecessor's cost
The iPhone 13 lineup mostly mimics the pricing for the iPhone 12. Although Apple has done away with the 64GB storage option for its standard and Mini options, the pricing of the iPhone 13 have stayed the same. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $699 for 128GB of storage. The standard iPhone 13 starts at $799, the Pro starts at $999 and Pro Max at $1,099.
The prices for the Pro versions are similar to other high-end smartphone models like the Galaxy S22 Plus and Galaxy S22 Ultra, which cost $1,000 and $1,200, respectively.
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The prices for the iPhone 13 increase as you increase the amount of storage, especially since the iPhone features a 1TB storage option for the first time. The extra storage is only available on the Pro models and ups the price of an iPhone 13 Pro Max to $1,599.
Here are US prices for each of the iPhone 13 models:
IPHONE 13 SERIES US PRICES AND STORAGE
iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Storage: iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 1TB options
Apple has ditched its 64GB storage option for its latest iPhone. The standard iPhone 13 and Mini come in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options, while the Pro and Pro Max also come in a 1TB storage option. This is the first time you have the option to get 1TB of storage on an iPhone.
Size and design: All iPhone 13 models have a 20% smaller notch
All four versions of the iPhone 13 are thicker and heavier than their 2020 counterparts, but with smaller notches. Apple has included a notched display on every iPhone since the 2017 iPhone X, as a place for the selfie camera. The iPhone 13's notch is 20% smaller than it was on the iPhone 12.
The design of the camera setup shifted for the iPhone 13 Mini. The camera lenses are now situated diagonally from each other, rather than one atop the other like on the iPhone 12 Mini.
The iPhone 13 lineup ranges in screen size from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches. The iPhone 13 Mini is 5.4 inches, the standard iPhone 13 and Pro models are both 6.1 inches and the Pro Max is 6.7 inches.
iPhone 13 sizes
iPhone 13 model
iPhone 13 Mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
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Display: Only iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 120Hz refresh rate
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models both feature a 120Hz display. The number of hertz a phone screen is rated for refers to the number of frames per second it can display, which determines how fast and smooth the screen feels when you're scrolling through apps and web pages. The standard and Mini models, however, don't feature the 120Hz display.
The iPhone 13 lineup features a few camera upgrades, including the addition of cinematic mode and macro photography. But, similar to the iPhone 12 line, the iPhone's lidar scanner is still only available on the Pro and Pro Max. This is the second generation of iPhones to only feature a lidar scanner on its higher-end models.
The scanner, which made its debut in the 2020 iPad Pro, is used to help with autofocus and taking pictures in low lighting. (You can also use lidar to measure your friends' heights at parties, which is kind of cool.)
Apple's iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini have two improved cameras, with 12-megapixel wide and ultrawide lenses. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have three rear cameras, with 12-megapixel wide, ultrawide and telephoto lenses. All of the iPhones in Apple's 2021 series can also take night mode shots for the first time. Apple gave the Pro models a more advanced version of ProRes video, as well.
Battery: The iPhone 13 has better battery life than before
It says the iPhone 13 and iPhone Mini hold a charge for 17 and 19 hours of video playback, respectively. The iPhone 13 Pro is said to live for 22 hours, and the iPhone Pro Max for 28 hours.
Apple doesn't disclose exact battery specs for its iPhones, but a teardown by iFixit reveals significantly more capacious cells than in 2020's models. Notably, the iPhone 13 Pro has a smaller battery than the iPhone 13, apparently because the Pro's screen uses less energy.
The Pro version of the iPhone 13 adds a third rear camera with 3x optical zoom (up from 2x on the iPhone 12), a stainless steel body and a ProMotion screen with refresh rates up to 120Hz for smoother scrolling.
The Pro Max is Apple's largest iPhone, with a 6.7-inch screen. It's basically an upscaled version of the iPhone 13 Pro. Like that model, storage options for the Pro Max extend to a whopping 1TB for the first time.