Apple just unveiled its latest iPhone lineup, including iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, you might be curious how these new devices compare to older models like the iPhone 13 and even the hypothetical iPhone 14.
The iPhone 15 Pro, part of Apple’s premium smartphone range, offers an attractive option for those looking for a pro-grade phone that’s still comfortable to hold. But how does the iPhone 15 Pro, with its sleek titanium design, compare to the reliable and hugely popular iPhone 13 Pro? Price is not the only factor that differentiates them, although it is important.
Let’s dive into the features of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro to help you make an informed decision between the newcomer and the tried-and-true classic.
|Specifications||iPhone 15 Pro||iPhone 13 Pro|
|Show||6.1″ | Super Retina XDR | Always active||6.1″ | Super Retina XDR|
|Finish||Natural titanium, blue titanium, white titanium, black titanium||Alpine green, silver, gold, graphite, sierra blue|
|Processor||A17 Pro||A15 bionic chip|
|Storage||128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB||128GB | 256GB | 512GB | 1TB|
|Construction||Grade 5 Titanium||Stainless steel | IP68 rating|
|Battery||Up to 29 hours of video playback||Up to 22 hours of video playback|
|Port||USB-C | USB 3 support||Lightning | USB 2 support|
|main camera||48 megapixels | Up to 10x optical zoom||12 megapixels | video up to 4K|
|Connectivity||eSIM, 5G, Gigabit LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Blutooth 5.0, UWB, GPS, Wi-Fi calling||SIM card, 5G, Gigabit LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, UWB, GPS, Wi-Fi calling|
|Price||From $999||From $829|
Apple iPhone 15 Pro?
1. High quality camera
No matter how picky you are about your smartphone features, there’s one area where the iPhone 15 really shines: its camera. The iPhone 15 camera boasts an impressive 48MP image capture capacity and comes equipped with a 25% larger sensor than its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro. That’s not all; It can handle four times the resolution of RAW images and features a notable f/2.8 aperture, a significant improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro’s 12MP main camera.
Users can expect next-level portrait photography with double the light output compared to the previous model. This is thanks to a Lidar scanner that excels at capturing night mode portraits with a wider dynamic range while preserving brightness.
Additionally, the iPhone 15 Pro’s optical zoom covers a focal length spectrum from 13mm to 120mm. The camera also incorporates a tetraprism periscope design, which intelligently redirects light within the iPhone itself, eliminating the need for an extended telephoto lens. These camera improvements make the iPhone 15 Pro a formidable option for photography enthusiasts.
2. You want to adopt USB-C
Perhaps the most notable feature that sets the iPhone 15 apart from its predecessors is Apple’s adoption of USB-C ports on its devices. This means you can now use the same cable to charge all your Apple devices, as long as they are the newer models. The transition to USB-C also means faster data transfers from your iPhone to your Mac.
But it’s important to note that Apple’s move to USB-C wasn’t driven solely by innovation. Rather, it was a response to a mandate from the European Union, which requires all electronic devices sold and manufactured after 2024 to include a USB-C connector. While this is not yet a requirement in the United States, the shift towards USB-C as a standard charging connector in the EU suggests that it could eventually become the universal standard.
3. You want a more powerful iPhone
The iPhone 15 Pro moves away from the well-known surgical-grade stainless steel construction and opts for Grade 5 titanium. This change, among other improvements, contributes to the iPhone 15’s higher price compared to its predecessors. Titanium, although more difficult to shape compared to aluminum and stainless steel, offers several advantages for devices, including its relatively low thermal conductivity.
A notable benefit of titanium is its superior heat resistance compared to steel, potentially leading to fewer cases of iPhone overheating. To further aid heat dissipation, the new iPhone 15 Pro features an aluminum coating on the inside beneath its titanium exterior.
What’s more, the titanium construction manages to be lighter while maintaining the same strength as steel. During the launch event, Greg “Joz” Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, proudly proclaimed that this is the lightest iPhone Pro ever created.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro
1. You want cheaper
One of the smartest ways to watch your budget when buying a new phone is to consider an older model like the iPhone 13 Pro. You’ll find some attractive deals, like a refurbished iPhone 13 Pro with a generous 512GB of storage for just $815 at Amazon. Alternatively, you can pick up a used iPhone 13 Pro, with 128GB of storage, for a reasonable $880 at Best Buy, and both options are unlocked.
Now when you look at the iPhone 15 Pro, it comes with a starting price of $999. Fresh off the assembly line, sure, but if you simply need a new phone and don’t feel the need to splurge on the latest stuff, you have the potential to save a few hundred dollars by opting for a slightly older model.
2. You want a SIM instead of an e-SIM
Apple made a significant change with the iPhone 14 in 2022 by removing the slot for a physical SIM card. Instead, iPhones now use an electronic SIM, or eSIM, for activation. This means that the operator configures your phone wirelessly, without the need for a physical card. While this may not seem like a major change and may even be considered convenient in many scenarios, there is still a substantial group of people who prefer to have a physical SIM card.
The advantage of having a phone with a physical SIM card becomes evident when you want to change devices, especially in emergency situations. For example, if my iPhone XS Max failed, I could simply remove the SIM card and insert it into another backup phone I have at home. This way, I’ll still have a working phone while I fix the issue with my primary device, whether it’s repairs or getting a replacement. However, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and its eSIM, this convenient switch is not possible, leaving some users longing for the days of physical SIM cards.
3. You like gold iPhones
If you are a fan of the gold iPhone and were hoping to see the iPhone 15 Pro adorned in this luxurious color, I regret to inform you that the iPhone 14 was the last model to feature a gold finish. This is undoubtedly a point in favor of the iPhone 13 Pro for those who appreciate the golden aesthetic.
Speaking from personal experience, I switched to a purple iPhone 14 Pro Max when it launched, but I had been a devoted gold iPhone user for years after Apple discontinued the rose gold option. However, if you’re considering an iPhone 13 Pro and like the gold hue, you’ll be pleased to find that it’s still available from several resellers.
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