With a triple lens camera, more power and a longer-life battery than 2020's iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro is a standout smartphone. Read on and we'll walk you through all its key features.
iPhone 13 Pro features and specs
- 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED display, with 2532 x 1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi
- Weight: 203g
- Dimensions: 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.65mm
- Triple lens camera: 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultra wide
- Four storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage
- 3095mAH battery capacity
- Four colourways: Graphite, Gold, Silver and Sierra Blue
- Also available: iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro Max
Powered by a super efficient A15 bionic chip and backed up by a hexa-core CPU and a hefty 6GB of RAM, the iPhone 13 Pro delivers a fantastic performance.
As well as a host of new features, it comes with 5G connectivity, Apple Pay and IP68-rated water and dust resistance.
iPhone 13 Pro availability and price
iPhone 13 Pro release date: 24 September 2021
Price: From £949 (at release) when bought SIM-free and off-contract
However, if you’d rather go for a contract plan, that price will vary. Compare contract deals on the iPhone 13 Pro using our comparison tool on this page.
How good is the iPhone 13 Pro’s design and display?
The iPhone 13 Pro comes in a very similar design to the previous iPhone 12 generation. We’re talking a stainless steel and glass chassis, flat edges, and a nice big screen. One difference is the size of the camera notch at the top of the screen – the it's around 20% smaller on the iPhone 13 Pro.
Being part of the Pro line, it has a slightly thicker and sturdier body, made from stainless steel rather than aluminium. Nevertheless, it’s got the same dimensions as the regular iPhone 13.
The display is a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED. It’s a little brighter than that on a standard iPhone 13, offering stunning colours and truer blacks. Plus, durable Ceramic Shield tech in the glass means it won’t smash in a hurry.
One new upgrade is the screen’s 120Hz maximum dynamic refresh rate. This ensures a smooth and seamless browsing experience, especially when scrolling.
How good is the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera?
For both casual snappers and budding photographers, the iPhone 13 Pro has a lot to offer. The main camera setup features three 12MP lenses:
- One f/1.5 Wide lens
- One f/2.8 77mm telephoto lens
- One f/1.8 Ultra Wide lens
The improved Wide and Ultra Wide lenses now take better photos in low light, and they support wide colour capture. The 77mm telephoto lens, meanwhile, has a 3x optical zoom – perfect for macro photography and videos.
Together, they make a powerful camera capable of a huge variety of gorgeous, professional-looking snaps. You get Smart HDR4, Night Mode, Portrait Mode, four new Photographic Styles, and much more, including a new Cinematic Mode that easily shifts focus between subjects.
As for the selfie camera, you get a very capable 12MP f/2.2 wide lens. Like the back cameras, it features Night Mode, Smart HDR4 and 4K video. And, of course, Face ID for security (this time around, there’s no fingerprint sensor).
How good is the iPhone 13 Pro’s battery life?
The battery capacity is also a serious improvement. It’s a 3095mAh affair, which, combined with the efficiency of the new processor, means up to 2.5 hours more battery life than the previous iPhone 12 Pro.
With moderate use, the iPhone 13 Pro should last more than two days between charges.
iPhone 13 Pro full review
For more on the iPhone 13 Pro, read our full review.
What are the key differences between the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max?
There are only two main differences between the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models:
- The screen is bigger on the Pro Max, at 6.7 inches
- The Pro Max has even longer battery life, with a capacity of 4352mAh
Otherwise, the two have identical specs and features, such as the same camera setup and A15 Bionic chip and performance. But if you’ll benefit from more screen space and a phone that can last longer between charges, it’s worth plumping for the Pro Max.
How does the iPhone 13 Pro compare to other flagship handsets in the UK market?
On the Android side of things, there’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Like the iPhone 13 Pro, they’re the fancier versions of their regular Galaxy S21 and Pixel 6 counterparts.
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Our rating out of five: 5/5
With its powerful performance, excellent camera and abundance of features, the iPhone 13 Pro is a worthy upgrade from the previous year’s iPhone 12 Pro.
At the time of writing (February 2022), it’s one of the best phones on the market right now. If you want something a step above the regular iPhone 13, but you don’t need the extra size and battery capacity of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it’s a great choice.
iPhone 13 Pro contract options
If you want to get a mobile phone contract, rather than buying the device outright, there are several ways you can get a good deal.
Can I get the iPhone 13 Pro with no upfront cost?
Most likely, yes. iPhones with no upfront cost are available from lots of networks – though it depends what deals are available at any given time.
Find the deals with nothing to pay upfront available right now using our comparison tool. Just set the upfront cost filter to zero (or whatever maximum cost you’re willing to pay today).
Can I get the iPhone 13 Pro with unlimited data?
Yes, almost certainly. Networks that offer iPhone contracts with unlimited data include EE, O2, Three, and Vodafone.
You can see which deals are currently available using the comparison tool above. Set the data allowance filter to unlimited or high data, and choose the plan that suits you best.
What’s the cheapest way to get an iPhone 13 Pro?
The iPhone 13 Pro is a costlier version of a flagship iPhone, so it’s not likely to be cheap. But you can still find a good deal.
Use the comparison results on the deals table above, and sort by cost to see the cheapest deals at the top.
You may find the cheapest deals are those with lower monthly allowances, from smaller networks, from resellers, and/or on refurbished handsets.
However, the cheapest way of getting an iPhone 13 Pro is to buy it outright and then choose a low-cost SIM-only deal to use with it.
Can I get the iPhone 13 Pro with poor credit?
It may be a challenge. Networks always run credit checks on phone contracts, and with the iPhone 13 Pro being a flagship handset, the bar may be high.
If you have a poor credit history, you may be more likely to be accepted onto a contract from a reseller or on a refurbished phone - and you should consider the pros and cons of refurbished phones if you're looking to go down this route. You can also visit our webpage on what you can do if you have a bad credit score.
But the best way to get your hands on an iPhone 13 Pro with bad credit is to simply buy it outright and go for a SIM-only deal.
Is the iPhone 13 Pro worth buying in 2023?
At the time of writing (February 2022), it’s one of Apple’s latest and greatest models. If you’re keen to get your hands on the most up-to-date tech, now is a great time to buy the iPhone 13 Pro.
However, if you’re not so keen on the price tag that comes with it, you could always wait until the next iPhone is announced. The iPhone 13 Pro is bound to drop in price then.
Will the iPhone 13 Pro drop in price?
Typically, you’ll have to wait until the newest model is released before the current line-up drops in price.
Apple usually unveils its newest generation of iPhone every September or October. So, if you’re hoping the iPhone 13 Pro will drop in price, you’ll have to wait until then.
Should I upgrade or wait for the 2023 model?
Right now, at the time of writing (February 2022), the iPhone 13 Pro is one of Apple’s latest models. If you’re itching to upgrade to the most current iteration, it may be well worth taking the plunge – particularly if you have an older phone.
On the other hand, if you don’t feel the urge to upgrade just yet, you can always wait to see what the iPhone 14 line-up has to offer.
iPhone 13 Pro specs
|Sim Card Type||Nano|
|Form Factor||Candy Bar|
|Size||71.5mm x 7.7mm x 146.7mm|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||6.1 inches|
|Resolution||1170 x 2532 inches|
|Pixels Per Inch||460 ppi|
|Touch Screen Type||Capacitive|
|Processor Cores||6 Cores Cores|
|Internal Storage||128, 256, 512, 1000|
|Primary Camera||12 MP|
|2nd Camera||12 MP|