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9/10
Informr score
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 42 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

If you've bought an iPhone in the last couple years, the newest model is more of the same -- albeit it better. But for first-time iPhone buyers, creatives, those looking for the absolute best mobile experience available, or owners of much older iPhones, the iPhone 13 Pro is a powerful, premium phone. Be warned, however, it has a price tag to match. 

What's good

  • Improved battery life
  • Highest performance available
  • Fast 120Hz refresh rate display

What's bad

  • Minimal design changes
  • 4K video restricted to 128GB
  • Fast charging limited to 20W

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro offers a huge portion of the iPhone 13 Pro Max experience at a slightly lower price. With largely positive reviews from all market corners, it comes with improved cameras, a new cinematic mode, and a high refresh rate. But is it worth the admittedly hefty price tag? Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

Design

Not a lot has changed regarding the design of the iPhone 13 Pro, especially when compared to the iPhone 12 from last year. However, compared with the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it is much more manageable for people who like to use their phones one-handed. The camera housing is also a bit larger than that of the iPhone 13 base model and will be noticeable if you try to lay the phone flat on its back without a case.

Display

The iPhone 13 Pro is nearly the same screen as the iPhone 13 base model. The real difference comes from the refresh rate.

For gaming, silky-smooth scrolling, and other high-motion features, the 120Hz is a treat for the eyes. But it also has adaptive refresh which automatically adjusts the refresh rate depending on what apps you’re using. Reviewers said it works very well.

As a 6.1-inch XDR OLED panel, reviewers also loved the visuals on offer with excellent contrast, plenty of detail, and ample room to enjoy everything from games and movies to Facetime and texting.

Performance

The Bionic A15 chipset brings a much-noticed boost in performance for all models and allows for quick multi-tasking without any jitters. The high refresh rate display and new processing power make everything seem smooth and seamless from games to social media apps. Reviewers were very impressed.

Software & Storage

The iPhone 13 Pro runs iOS 15 right out of the box. But it’s not a massive change, aiming more to tweak and slightly improve on what iOS 14 already established. The options for internal storage have thankfully adjusted to 128/256/512GB options.

While there is a 1TB option but reviewers stated that unless you’re an avid movie maker it’s unnecessary for the price.

Cameras

Reviewers are in love with the new cinematic mode and its auto-adjusting focus and smooth transitions. Photos also look great, turning out clear and crisp even in low-light. The macro mode option pleased some reviewers with its ability to capture even the smallest objects in full focus from just inches away.

Battery Life

Battery life in the iPhone 13 Pro is better than the base iPhone 13 model however not as spectacular as the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

That being said it’s still really good, on an average day of use it lasted reviewers through the day. If you’re a little busier with it, you’ll likely need to charge it again mid-way through the day. However, fast charging and wireless charging support mean it can conveniently reach 50% battery in only 30 minutes.

Keep in mind though, it does not come with a charger in the box. In an attempt to curb electronic waste, Apple expects you to use your previous charger.

Audio

With nothing specific being mentioned about the speakers on the phone other than having them, it’s expected that it has the same average audio capacity as many of the smartphones on the market.

However, if you want to improve audio quality, you’ll need to use a pair of wireless headphones or find a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter to connect your favorite cans.

Specs at a Glance

  • Aluminum and glass chassis
  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Apple Bionic A15 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • IOS 15
  • 128/256/512GB or 1TB choice of storage
  • 12MP camera

Bottom Line

The iPhone 13 Pro offers a few advantages over the base iPhone 13 model, most notably the 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. While it’s not the true pinnacle of Apple’s 2021 line-up, it is certainly a very premium phone. Reviewers caution that if you already own an iPhone 12 Pro, the chances of finding all that much of a difference are slim.

However, if you’re new to iPhones or looking to upgrade from a three- or four-year-old phone, the iPhone 13 Pro tops nearly every mobile benchmark chart available.

Tech Radar says, “The iPhone 13 Pro is one of 2021’s best smartphones, even if it doesn’t quite do enough to warrant upgrading from the 12 Pro. The battery life is the best we’ve seen in Apple’s Pro iPhone, and you’re also getting top-level performance, a great camera package and a super-smooth 120Hz screen. While on their own none of the upgrades for 2021 are huge, they add up to offer a fantastic smartphone experience.”

Tom’s Guide states, “The iPhone 13 Pro is one of the most powerful phones ever. Despite the larger camera hump and lack of Touch ID, the latest iPhone is a beast with a stellar display and excellent cameras.”


Operating system
iOS
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The iPhone 13 Pro does not offer a lot of design changes this year. Instead, Apple’s top-end smartphones finally get a 120-Hz screen. The iPhone 13 Pro’s display could very well be the best smartphone display on the market right now. The 120-Hz OLED panel offers a very high brightness, great colour...

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Tech Advisor

The iPhone 13 Pro is the best of the 2021 Apple crop thanks to the 120Hz ProMotion display, enhanced camera, and two-day battery life - but bear in mind that the best Android rivals still win on charging speeds and low light camera performance.

- Dominic Preston, Tech Advisor
Six Colors

The iPhone 13 Pro is a very good phone. I’m sorry if you’ve come here expecting some sort of epiphany that you haven’t seen in a dozen other reviews. If you’re coming from an iPhone that’s more than a year or two old, it’s a truly excellent upgrade. Year over year? Less so. Personally, had I not bee...

- Dan Moren, Six Colors
GSMArena

With the newfound parity between the two Pro model sizes resulting in a shared camera system, the small Pro is suddenly in a position to be the iPhone of choice for more people than what the 12 was equipped to. While last year you had to go Max to get the ultimate cameras Apple offered, in 2021, it'...

- GSMArena
The Guardian

Last year’s iPhone 12 Pro didn’t offer enough to make it worth the extra money over the excellent iPhone 12, but Apple has significantly beefed up the iPhone 13 Pro. The super-slick 120Hz screen significantly improves the experience of using the phone, bringing it up to par with top Android phones....

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Apple iPhone 13 Pro prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $999.00. You can compare iPhone 13 Pro prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Apple backs up the iPhone 13 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 13 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1170 x 2532 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 15 operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 12+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256/ 512/1000 GB

Internal memory is 128/256/ 512/1000 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3095mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3095 mAh battery.

iPhone 13 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date September 24, 2021
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Networks
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE, 5G
Mobile / Cellular Data
5G, 4G/LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 15

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Processor Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) Hexa-core
Internal Storage 128/256/ 512/1000 GB
RAM 8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3095 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1320 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Sierra Blue, Silver, Gold, Graphite
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.67 x 7.15 x 0.765 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 204 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1170 x 2532 pixels
Pixel density 460 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, HDR, True Tone, Corning Gorilla Glass, 120Hz refresh rate
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, AAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.5
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
6x optical, 15x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Red-eye reduction, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.8, Telephoto), 3rd camera feature (12 MP, F1.8, Ultrawide), 4th camera feature (TOF 3D LiDAR scanner),HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AAX, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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