Is the iPhone 13 Pro really more powerful than the 12 Pro? — 2022

On the one hand, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. On the other, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Four phones, two generations, and only a year apart. Many similarities and differences. In this article we analyze in depth the key characteristics of these devices, so if you have any doubts we will solve them for you, whether you already have one of the '12' generation and you are considering the change or if you directly do not have any.

The key in the 'Pro' ranges of the iPhone

For several years now, Apple has been used to launching various devices. On the one hand the standard models that have been accompanied by the 'mini' in the last two generations and on the other hand the 'Pro'. Although it is true that they share many things between them, such as the processor or a good part of the improvements in cameras, they also have differences.

Precisely in the cameras there are also differences. The normal models have a double camera made up of a wide angle and an ultra wide angle that coincides in specifications with those of the 'Pro', although the latter add a third which is the telephoto and that allows to have a higher quality optical zoom than the standard digital zoom, in addition to having the addition of its own digital zoom. Also in these years they are incorporating higher quality formats in photography and video such as ProRAW or ProRES. All this without forgetting the sensor LiDAR exclusive to this range at the moment.



At the performance level, they usually have some more RAM that facilitates your tasks at the photo, video level and perform heavier editing or rendering tasks. In some cases, such as the '13 Pro', some additional improvement is included, such as the ProMotion screen, while in the past they were the ones with OLED panels when the standard ones mounted LCD.

As far as size As far as we are concerned, we also see differences, although in these generations that we are comparing, the iPhone '12' and '13' have the same inches (6.1) as the '12 Pro' and '13 Pro'. Where if there are changes is in the 'Max' that incorporate the largest sizes that, in the case of these, are 6.7 inches.

Comparison table iPhone 12 Pro and 13 Pro

And given the fundamental differences that these ranges usually have with the rest of the models, it is time to start analyzing their differences specifically. Below you can see a comparative table with the raw specifications of both generations. Where you see that 'Pro' and 'Pro Max' appear, it is because within the same generation there are differences, while if you do not see this indicative, it is that it is a common feature for both.

iphone 12 pro and iphone 13 pro

CharacteristiciPhone 12 ProiPhone 13 Pro
Colors-Silver
-Graphite
-Golden
-Pacific Blue
-Silver
-Graphite
-Golden
-Alpine Blue
DimensionsPro:
-Height: 14.67 centimeters
-Width: 7.15 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.74 centimeters
Pro Max:
-Height: 16.08 centimeters
-Width: 7.81 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.74 centimeters
Pro:
-Height: 14.67 centimeters
-Width: 7.15 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.76 centimeters
Pro Max:
-Height: 16.08 centimeters
-Width: 7.81 centimeters
-Thickness: 0.76 centimeters
Weight-Pro: 187 grams
-Pro Max: 226 grams
-Pro: 203 grams
-Pro Max: 238 grams
Screen-Pro: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
-Pro Max: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
-Pro: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) with ProMotion technology
-Pro Max: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED) with ProMotion technology
Resolution-Pro: 2,532 x 1.70 at 460 pixels per inch
-Pro Max: 2,278 x 1,284 at 458 pixels per inch
-Pro: 2,532 x 1.70 at 460 pixels per inch
-Pro Max: 2,278 x 1,284 at 458 pixels per inch
Brightness800 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR)1,000 nits (typical) and up to 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA14 Bionic with 16-core Neural EngineA15 Bionic with 16-core Neural Engine
Internal memory-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
SpeakersDouble stereo speakerDouble stereo speaker
Battery-Pro: 2,815 mAh
-Pro Max: 3.867 mAh
-Pro: 3,095 mAh
-Pro Max: 4.532 mAh
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
Rear camera-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2.4
-Telephoto: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2 (f / 2.2 in Pro Max)
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/1.5 aperture
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx with f/2.8 aperture
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
PriceDiscontinued at AppleFrom 1,159 euros (Pro) and 1,259 euros (Pro Max) at Apple

Given this, and despite the fact that later we will analyze each section in more depth, we will tell you which are the first most notable differences :

    Weight:Although in dimensions they are practically identical, their difference in thickness almost negligible, the weight has changed in a remarkable way. It is not very exaggerated, but it is noticeable that the '13' weigh more. Screen:Although they have identical sizes and resolutions, the screens of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have higher brightness and also have ProMotion technology. Processor:Whether it is more or less notable, the generation gap between one and the other is noticeable. A14 for the '12' and A15 for the '13'. Cameras:In its corresponding section we will explain what it affects, but the lenses of the most recent models increase in size and improve their specifications. Price:The '13's start from identical prices to the '12's at the time, but are no longer comparable as the old ones have been discontinued. However, you can still find units in some stores such as Amazon .

The few changes at the design level

It is true that visually and especially in photos, they are seen as very similar phones. However, there is some difference to highlight between them beyond the increase in thickness that we have already told you about, which is hardly appreciated even in person. One of them is the subject of color palette. Although the graphite and silver remain identical shades in both generations, the same does not happen with the other two.

The color golden has become a slightly more cream color on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, while the color blue it's not even similar. Pacific Blue called Apple the one from the '12' being a darker tone that even tends to a black color depending on how the light hits it. While the alpine blue or sierra blue of the '13' is a much softer color that in his case would tend to hide more with the whites.

Same form factor, except for two details

And although in the end that of the colors is for tastes (never better applied the saying of for tastes the colors) if there are some more changes such as the increase in size of the camera module. In the 'Max' models it is somewhat less noticeable because already in the '12 Pro Max' we found larger lenses than those of the '12 Pro', but between the 6.1-inch versions of both generations we do see appreciable differences and it is that the module has grown considerably.

iphone 12 pro and 13 pro

Precisely this camera module, together with the fact that the buttons have moved slightly , are to blame for there is no cover compatibility between one generation and another. It is not serious if you do not have any of them, but if you go from one generation to another you will have to go through the box again if you want to protect the device.

Another notable change in design is the notch . While in the '12' we found an eyebrow identical in size to the one that was introduced for the first time in the iPhone X, in the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max we found that has been reduced by 20% . It is now narrower, although it is slightly taller. All this thanks to a redistribution of the sensors that, in any case, does not affect the correct functioning of the Face ID, speaker or camera that are still located inside.

Screens and the WOW effect of 120 Hz

We already saw in the comparative table that both phones share dimensions and resolution. As well as the OLED technology that continues to show very balanced and natural colors with blacks enhanced by the very nature of these panels. And although the changes introduced in brightness and addition of ProMotion technology may seem small, they really are not.

We honestly can't say that these two changes by themselves are a compelling reason to tip the balance in favor of the most recent generation, but they are at the end of those things that you only value when you stop having them after having tried them. The minimum brightness of 1,000 nits is very noticeable and especially in conditions in which light strikes directly on the screen, though perhaps not overly noticeable in other situations.

screen iphone 13 pro

However, the ProMotion screen is remarkable. This technology refers to auto adaptive refresh rate that Apple has introduced in the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max that moves between 10 and 120 Hz . What does this mean? Well, the screen will update its content up to 120 per second. The usual was (and is in the '12 Pro' of 60 Hz). This is something that is noticeable simply by scrolling between apps or moving through the feed of an app like Twitter or browsing a web page.

It is also noticeable in video games. And although this is a technology that Apple has not even invented (other mobiles from the competition had already had it for years and the iPad Pro itself since 2017), the truth is that it has certain peculiarities in the iPhone. On a technical level, it works intelligently by making the computer interpret what part of the system or app it is in to adapt the refresh rate. In the middle of a vibrant game of a car game, for example, it will be at 120 Hz, while if you are in a system menu or in that same game it will be at 10 Hz.

All this in order to optimize battery and unlike what happens in Android. In Google's operating system, any application that wants to can make use of the 120 Hz refresh rate, but it will be continuously moving at that rate, while on the iPhone it will adapt automatically.

screen iphone 12 pro

As we said, it is not something decisive, but it is very remarkable. If you have an iPhone 12 Pro or are going to buy it, you will have a very good user experience at the screen level and probably you will not be able to put a single hit. Now, if you try the iPhone 13 Pro you will notice a substantial change and although when you get used to it, it leaves a little forgotten this technology, you will soon miss it if you go back.

The differences in performance

Although we do not want to subtract an iota of importance from the previous sections, it is clear that in the end a phone is made up of much more. And if we are talking about iPhone of the 'Pro' range with even more reason. That is why in the following points we will analyze the highlights of these phones at the performance level, with special emphasis on the real use that is going to be given to them, but without forgetting those who are looking for a device that can also be taken to the professional field.

Which battery lasts longer?

The million dollar question. Saying the exact hours of autonomy of these devices is impossible, but not because of a lack of data, but because neither in these nor in any other is it possible to give specific data that ends up being real. Everything will always depend on the use that is given to it or the level of deterioration that the battery carries over time. According to Apple, these are the data, although in the end we insist that they are unreal, since no one will use their smartphone for a single uninterrupted use like the one in these examples, although it serves as a guide.

    In offline video playback:
      iPhone 12 Pro:up to 17 hours iPhone 12 Pro Max:up to 20 hours iPhone 13 Pro:up to 22 hours iPhone 13 Pro Max:up to 28 hours
    In streaming video playback:
      iPhone 12 Pro:up to 11 hours iPhone 12 Pro Max:up to 12 hours iPhone 13 Pro:up to 20 hours iPhone 13 Pro Max:up to 25 hours
  • **In playback of audio:
      iPhone 12 Pro:up to 65 hours iPhone 12 Pro Max:up to 80 hours iPhone 13 Pro:up to 75 hours iPhone 13 Pro Max:up to 95 hours

iphone 12 pro and 13 pro battery

Now in a actual day-to-day use , how do they behave? Let's go by parts. The iPhone 12 Pro It stood out negatively for offering less autonomy than the normal '12'. Not much, but notable. Assuming that the mobile is at 100% battery health, it is a mobile that with normal use (calls, internet browsing, checking social networks, email, etc.) will arrive just at the end of the day. If the use is less intensive, it would not be necessary to charge it, but as soon as you consume content such as YouTube or the like, you will have to have a charger ready.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max For its part, it makes a substantial difference, making it possible to reach the end of the day without difficulties even with intensive use. It is true that perhaps if the use is excessively intense if you need it, but on rare occasions you will remember the charger if the battery is also in its maximum health.

The iPhone 13 Pro It does make a difference with the '13', now having an autonomy that, despite not reaching that of the '12 Pro Max', does not generate too many difficulties. We would still not recommend forgetting the charger if the use is very intensive, but you could go a little calmer knowing that you have a mobile capable of holding and not letting you down.

already with him iPhone 13 Pro Max we take off our hat. In various tests carried out, it stands as the high-end smartphone with greater autonomy of the market, which is said soon. It is a device that in intensive use can continue with battery at the end of the day. Rushed at times, but with enough battery and sometimes even with percentages of around 20%. In normal use it could even be at 40-50%, which leads us to see that it can last more than a day. If the use is also minimal, you can perfectly spend a day and a half without remembering to charge it.

Only then will you notice the change of the processor

It is not the same to change from one generation of processors to one that is 2, 3 or 4 years ahead. There the change is very remarkable, even if it is in small details. However, when the change is from one year to another, the difference is small. Be careful, we are talking about noticing the change in an obvious way. The evolution from one chip to another, as is always the case, is very detailed and well thought out. There is a technical difference that, according to data from Apple and various tests, places the A15 of the iPhone 13 with 50% more power than the A14 of the iPhone 12.

However, going back to day-to-day use, you may not notice any changes. The operating system works just as smoothly in both, the apps take a short time to open in each one and both chips manage their respective batteries in an excellent way, thus asserting Apple's competitive advantage as it is the one who designs software and hardware.

a14 vs a15 apple

So, where can you see that evolution? Well, in addition to the photographic and video treatment, which we will talk about in the next section, in very specific tasks and they have a high level of demand. Precisely video recording is one of them, but not the only one. It can be seen in the rendering times of a photograph that is opened with professional editing apps, in the layout of videos or in specific apps focused on architecture or similar.

Although as we already mentioned with the screens section, we do not believe that this is a determining point. Obviously you will notice changes if you are a professional who focuses your iPhone on working with very demanding applications and tools, but perhaps not excessively, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max still being excellent terminals for it. But if you are a less demanding user, you will not even notice a difference in the use of one and the other.

Is the evolution noticeable in the cameras?

It must be said that there are interesting changes in the cameras. It is perhaps not a radical change or one that supposes a very relevant difference for all types of audiences, but there are certain changes to take into account starting with the magnifying lens size in the most recent models, essential to achieve improvements such as those that have been incorporated. In this table you will see what these differences are on paper and later we will go deeper into it.

colors iphone 13 pro

specsiPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro MaxiPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
Front lens typeTrueDepth camera: 12 Mpx with f / 2.2 apertureTrueDepth camera: 12 Mpx with f / 2.2 aperture
photos front camera-Smart HDR 3
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Smart HDR 4
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Lighting
-Retina Flash (with screen)
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos front camera-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
- Recording in HDR Dolby Vision up to 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
-QuickTake Video
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
- Recording in HDR Dolby Vision up to 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Cinema mode with shallow depth of field in 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
ProRes 1080p (Full HD) recording at 30 frames per second on 128GB models and 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second on 256GB and up
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p at 120 frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization (4K, 1080p and 720p)
-QuickTake Video
rear lens types-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 1.6
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2.4
-Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx with aperture of f/2 (Pro) and f/2.2 (Pro Max)
-Wide angle: 12 Mpx with f/1.5 aperture
-Ultra wide angle: 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-Telephoto lens: 12 Mpx with opening of f / 2.8
Photos rear cameras-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Close-up zoom in Pro: x2 (optical) and x10 (digital)
-Close-up zoom on Pro Max: x2.5 (optical) and x12 (digital)
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Mode in Night Mode
-Portrait Lighting
-Dual optical image stabilization
-Smart HDR 3
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Apple ProRAW
-Flash TrueTone
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Approach zoom: x3 (optical) and x15 (digital)
-Portrait Mode with Depth Control
-Portrait Mode in Night Mode
-Portrait Lighting
-Optical sensor shift image stabilization
-Smart HDR 4
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
-Apple ProRAW
-Photographic Styles
-Flash TrueTone
Videos rear cameras-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) up to 60 frames per second
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical Image Stabilization
-Close-up zoom: x2 (x2.5 in Pro Max) (optical) and x6 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-QuickTake Video
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) up to 60 frames per second
-Cinema mode with shallow depth of field at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
ProRes 1080p (Full HD) recording at 30 frames per second on 128GB models and 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second on 256GB and up
-Slow motion in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical sensor shift image stabilization
-Approach zoom: x3 (optical) and x9 (digital)
-Zoom out: x2 (optical)
-Audio zoom
-Time-lapse with stabilization
-Time-lapse with Night Mode
-QuickTake Video

Photography with few changes

Leaving the always cold technical data in the background and going to real life, we can find certain photographic improvements promoted fundamentally by the ultra wide angle lens aperture improvements of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. This favors taking photos in Night Mode much better, offering greater light.

One of the aspects where this aforementioned improvement is most noticeable is in photographs of the stars We can now take a perspective of the night sky, achieving truly amazing results that are worthy of professional cameras, although obviously at a lower resolution, since they are still photographs captured by a mobile phone.

We also found improvements in stabilization of the iPhone 13 Pro thanks to the fact that there is now a displacement sensor that helps snapshots come out with less noise without being moved. Although it must be said that this sensor was already incorporated in the iPhone 12 Pro Max, this being a difference between it and the '12 Pro'.

13Wide 1 night 12Wide 1 night

Furthermore we see a longer range telephoto lens that reaches x3, which although it is not a radical leap, helps us to be able to place ourselves further from what we want to photograph without losing optical focus, also having a digital zoom of up to x15. Small improvements that although they do not suppose a beastly jump from the '12' to the '13', they do have to be taken into account.

They have also been added in the new generation known as photographic styles that allow you to preset a series of settings when taking pictures and that are accessible from the camera's own interface. A function that, although it is available in the '12' from the subsequent editing settings, can save time by capturing the photos directly with the settings we want.

However, In general, there are no excessive differences. and photographic results can be obtained that, except for the aforementioned Night Mode, look practically identical. In addition both both generations can take pictures in Apple ProRAW format that gives a higher quality, so there is no difference in this sense either, being able to conclude that in general lines the improvements in photography are notable, but scarce enough for it to be a truly groundbreaking change.

The great leap at the video level

Unlike in photography, here we do see more than substantial changes. Aspects such as the quality of the video do not change, but the modalities do. The absolute star in this sense is the Cinema mode . This is basically a video portrait mode that helps the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max to be useful for video content creators and even record movies with great quality.

The operation of this modality is very simple, since it allows people or objects to be brought into focus while the background is blurred, automatically having a change of focus when, for example, the person turns their head to look elsewhere. You can also select the focus manually during the recording, although without a doubt what is most striking is that you can change all this once the video is recorded, from the editing settings, so it is possible to retouch and improve it. that was not done live.

choose movie mode

Also added the Apple ProRES format which gives even higher quality to the videos of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, although it is not available for versions with 128 GB of capacity, having to go to models with 256 GB or more.

Regarding other video sections Now if we do not see differences and something similar to what happens in photography happens, and that is that the results of one and the other iPhone can be confused as they are very similar. And although we do not want to detract from the great virtues of Cinema Mode, we must say that if this is not a functionality that you think you can take advantage of, the field of cameras in general should not be decisive in your decision to buy or not any of the iPhone 13 Pro.

Other highlights they share

Apart from all this, there are other aspects to highlight about these devices and that we believe it is important that you take them into account. Above all because is shared by all four and therefore you will have, for better or worse, the same experience with any of them.

    Operating system:currently iOS 15 and later versions are identical in features for all four devices. Exceptions such as Cinema Mode or other functions that for obvious hardware reasons do not have the '12', but otherwise are the same. And regarding years of updates, they are expected to go a long way according to what has been seen with devices such as the iPhone 6s, which in 2022 will already be updating for their seventh year. MagSafe technology:The magnet system integrated in the iPhone 12 remains identical in the '13', making it compatible not only with magnetic chargers with this technology, but also with accessories such as card holders.
MAGSAFE DUO CON IPHONE 13 PRO

iPhone 13 Pro with MagSafe Duo (no case)

    5G connectivity:Although the infrastructure that allows connecting to these high-speed networks is still somewhat in its infancy, all four devices have the possibility of connecting. Of course, the units sold outside the United States do not have mmWave antennas, probably caused because in Europe there has been insufficient deployment of this connectivity. Accessories not included:And no iPhone, nor of course these, incorporates a charging adapter and wired headphones (EarPods) as they did in the past. They do include a charging cable from Lighting to USB-C.

Last conclusions

At this point, you have already been able to see what the similarities and similarities are between these iPhones in real day-to-day use. If you already have an iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max , at least in our opinion, we don't think it's worth the jump. As long as those improvements like Cinema Mode don't mean a major advance for you, in which case it will be necessary. Also if you want to resize and go from a 6.1-inch model to a 6.7-inch model or vice versa. If you also manage to sell the current one at a good price, all the better, but we insist that the change will not be so noticeable, especially when you get used to changes such as those of the ProMotion screen.

If you don't have any of them if it is more logical to opt for the most recent models. Above all because Apple no longer sells the iPhone 12 Pro . In this way you will have the latest technology and you will notice the change much more, especially if you come from an iPhone prior to '12'. In any case, if you find a good offer for an iPhone 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max in another store, we do not recommend rejecting it either because you will also be enjoying a cutting-edge device that will give you many years of joy.

What we can recommend, as we always do in this type of comparison, is that if you are still in doubt, make a list of the most important points you consider on a phone. Based on them, point out which of these smartphones that we are talking about covers it better, so that it can finally help you draw a conclusion about which one to buy.