iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro: Enough changes to upgrade?


iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are Apple’s latest high-end smartphones that come with a range of new capabilities. But are they worth the upgrade if you already have an iPhone 13 Pro? Read along for an in-depth look at the iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro for everything new and different.

We’ll focus solely on iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro below. But for a look at how the 13 compares to the 15, and 15 vs 15 Pro, check out our dedicated guides:

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro

Screen sizes and design

The screen sizes between the 13 Pro and 15 Pro remain the same with 6.1-inches for the Pro and 6.7-inches for the Pro Max.

But differentiators for the 15 Pro/Max displays include Always-On, 120Hz ProMotion, the Dynamic Island, and an outdoor brightness up to 2000 nits.

Here’s the full look at the display specs for iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 15 Pro:

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iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
Size 6.1-inches 6.1-inches 6.7-inches 6.7-inches
Resolution 2532 x 1170 pixels 2556 x 1179 pixels 2778 x 1284 pixels 2796 x 1290 pixels
PPI 460 ppi 460 ppi 460 ppi 460 ppi
Super Retina XDR OLED
Dynamic Island
ProMotionadaptive refresh up to 120Hz
Always-On display
Typical brightness 1000 nits max 1000 nits max 1000 nits max 1000 nits max
HDR brightness 1200 nits max 1600 nits max 1200 nits max 1600 nits max
Outdoor brightness 2000 nits max 2000 nits max
True Tone
Haptic Touch
Wide color (P3)

The bezels on the iPhone 15 Pro are also slimmer than the 13 Pro, which is what allows the very slight increase in pixels.

Size, weight, design

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro design

Overall, the physical design of iPhone 15 Pro remains very similar to the 13 Pro, but Apple has given the 15 Pro more rounded edges for a more comfortable feel.

And for the first time, Apple has used titanium for iPhone with the 15 Pro and Pro Max. That means new brushed finishes, high strength and durability, and lighter devices too.

The other major update for the 15 Pro and Pro Max is the change of the side switch to the new Action Button that offers customization.

For size, weight, and materials, here’s iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro:

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
Height 5.78 inches (146.7 mm) 5.77 inches (146.6 mm) 6.33-inches (160.8 mm) 6.29 inches (159.9 mm)
Width 2.82 inches (71.5 mm) 2.78 inches (70.6 mm) 3.07 inches (78.1 mm) 3.02 inches (76.7 mm)
Thickness 0.30 inches (7.65 mm) 0.32 inches
(8.25 mm)
0.30 inches (7.65 mm) 0.32 inches
(8.25 mm)
Weight 7.19 ounces (204 grams) 6.60 ounces
(187 grams)
8.46 ounces (240 grams) 7.81 ounces
(221 grams)
Durability IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes IP68 (splash, dust, 6 meters of water up to 30 minutes
Ceramic Shield front
Back material Textured matte glass Textured matte glass Textured matte glass Textured matte glass
Edges Surgical-grade stainless steel Aerospace-grade Titanium Surgical-grade stainless steel Aerospace-grade Titanium

Because the 15 Pro and Pro Max have slimmer bezels than the 14 Pro and Pro Max, the new phones are ever-so-slightly more compact – except for thickness.

Of course, the new iPhones also come in new colors, we’ll get into that in detail below. Here are some great options to protect the iPhone 15 Pro:

Performance – A17 Pro vs A15 Bionic

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro chip

When unveiling the A17 Pro, Apple focused its comparisons against the A16 Bionic. Year-over-year performance improvements are becoming more minor but Apple says the A17 Pro is the “fastest mobile CPU.”

Here’s a breakdown of the iPhone 13 Pro vs iPhone 15 Pro chip specs: 

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
SoC A15 Bionic A17 Pro A15 Bionic A17 Pro
CPU 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency 6-core: 2 performance + 4 efficiency
GPU 5-core 6-core 5-core 6-core
Neural Engine 16-core 16-core 16-core 16-core
RAM 6GB 8GB 6GB 8GB

In real-world use, the A15 or A16 Bionic and A17 Pro are more than powerful enough for almost everyone. But here are a few A17 Pro stats vs the A16 Bionic:

  • Up to 20% faster GPU than A16 Bionic (with AV1 decoding, Pro Display engine, ProRes codec, hardware-accelerated ray tracing)
  • Up to 10% faster high-performance CPU cores than A16 Bionic
  • Up to 2x faster neural engine, up to 35 trillion operations per second

And game developers like CAPCOM say the new A17 Pro GPU has allowed console-exclusive games like Resident Evil 4 to come to iPhone.

GeekBench scores:

GeekBench offers a good look at how the performance has improved between the A15 Bionic and A17 Pro.

  • 27% faster single-core score
  • 31% faster multi-core score
  • 37% faster GPU
iPhone 13 Pro/Max iPhone 15 Pro/Max
Single-core score 2274 2894
Multi-core score 5483 7190
Metal (GPU) score 19798 27109

Battery life

iPhone 15 battery specs life

When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 15 Pro has a one hour longer battery for video playback than the 13 Pro and the same rating for audio playback:

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
Video playback 22 hours 23 hours 28 hours 29 hours
Audio playback 75 hours 75 hours 95 hours 95 hours

For how that compares to iPhone 14 and more, check out our full post on iPhone 15 battery life:

Cameras

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro cameras

Rear cameras

iPhone 15 Pro comes with a 48MP main rear camera, next-gen portrait with Focus and Depth Control, Smart HDR 5, and more.

A change this year is the 15 Pro Max gets the most capable camera with the telephoto lens having a 5x optical zoom (3x for 15 Pro like the 13/14 Pro).

The 15 Pro and Pro Max main cameras also have more powerful sensors and support shooting 24 and 48MP “super-high-resolution photos.”

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
Main lens 12MP, ƒ/1.5 aperture 48MP, ƒ/1.78 aperture 12MP, ƒ/1.5 aperture 48MP, ƒ/1.78 aperture
Main lens sensor 1.9 µm pixel 2.44 µm pixel 1.9 µm pixel 2.44 µm pixel
Main lens quick access focal lengths 24, 28, 35 mm 24, 28, 35 mm
Ultra Wide lens 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture
Telephoto lens 12MP, ƒ/2.8 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.8 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.8 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.8 aperture
Stabilization Sensor-shift optical image stabilization 2nd-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization Sensor-shift optical image stabilization 2nd-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization
Optical zoom 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 5x
Digital zoom Up to 15x Up to 15x Up to 15x Up to 25x
Flash True Tone flash with Slow Sync Adaptive True Tone Flash True Tone Flash with Slow Sync Adaptive True Tone Flash
Photonic Engine
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 4
Smart HDR 5
Next-gen portraits with Focus and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects
Night mode
Night mode portraits
Photographic Styles
Macro photography
Apple ProRAW
iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro cameras focal lengths

More new features for the 15 Pro models include the option to quickly change (and set a default) for different focal lengths for the main camera – 24, 28, and 35 mm.

Video recording

Video recording

There are a number of improvements for video recording between the 15 Pro and 13 Pro.

USB-C 3 support on the 15 Pro models means the ability to shoot ProRes directly to external drives – now at 4K60.

There’s also support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) plus the ability to capture Spatial video that can be viewed on Apple Vision Pro.

Two more differences are Action mode and log recordings.

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
4K recording ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps
1080p recording ✅ – at 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 25, 30, or 60 fps
Cinematic mode ✅ – up to 1080p at 30 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 30 fps ✅ – up to 1080p at 30 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
Action mode
HDR/Dolby Vision recording ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps
ProRes recording ✅ – up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity) ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps with external recording ✅ – up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity) ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps with external recording
Log video recording
Academy Color Encoding System
Macro video recording
Spatial video recording
Slo-mo recording ✅ –1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps ✅ –1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps ✅ –1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps ✅ –1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Time-lapse with stabilization
Night mode Time-lapse
QuickTake video
Stabilization Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video 2nd-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video Sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video 2nd-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization for video
Audio zoom
Stereo recording

Selfie camera

Apple’s TrueDepth front camera on the iPhone 15 Pro gets a range of upgrades found on the main rear camera.

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
TrueDepth front camera 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture 12MP, ƒ/1.9 aperture 12MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture 12MP, ƒ/1.9 aperture
Retina Flash
Photonic Engine
Deep Fusion
Smart HDR 4 for photos
Smart HDR 5 for photos
Next-gen portraits with Focus and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with six effects
Animoji and Memoji
Night mode
Photographic Styles
4K recording ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps ✅ – at 24, 25, 30, or 60 fps
Cinematic mode ✅ – up to 1080p at 30 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 30 fps ✅ – up to 1080p at 30 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 30 fps
HDR/Dolby Vision recording ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps
ProRes recording ✅ – up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity) ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps with external recording ✅ – up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity) ✅ – up to 4K HDR at 60 fps with external recording
Slo-mo recording ✅ – 1080p at 120 fps ✅ – 1080p at 120 fps ✅ – 1080p at 120 fps ✅ – 1080p at 120 fps
QuickTake video
Cinematic video stabilization ✅ – for 4K, 1080p, 720p ✅ – for 4K, 1080p, 720p ✅ – for 4K, 1080p, 720p ✅ – for 4K, 1080p, 720p

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro I/O

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro I/O

The major change for iPhone 15 Pro I/O is the switch from Lightning to USB-C. And the 15 Pro and Pro Max offer much faster transfer speeds with USB 3 support at up to 10Gbps.

USB 3 on the 15 Pro enables some neat new capabilities like shooting video straight to an external SSD and more.

More differences with the iPhone 15 Pro vs 13 Pro include WiFi, Bluetooth, and UWB upgrades, plus Thread support.

iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone 15 Pro Max
Lightning ✅ – with speeds up to 480Mbps ✅ – with speeds up to 480Mbps
USB-C ✅ – USB 3 up to 10Gbps (20x faster than Lightning) ✅ – USB 3 up to 10Gbps (20x faster than Lightning)
Face ID
WiFi 6 6E 6 6E
Bluetooth 5.0 5.3 5.0 5.3
Ultra wideband ✅ – gen 1 ✅ – gen 2 ✅ – gen 1 ✅ – gen 2
NFC with reader mode
Thread
Cellular GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA
5G Sub-6 GHz and mmWave with 4×4 MIMO Sub-6 GHz and mmWave with 4×4 MIMO Sub-6 GHz and mmWave with 4×4 MIMO Sub-6 GHz and mmWave with 4×4 MIMO
GPS GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou Precision dual-frequency GPS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou, and NavIC) GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou Precision dual-frequency GPS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou, and NavIC)
Audio playback Spatial audio/Dolby Atmos Spatial audio/Dolby Atmos Spatial audio/Dolby Atmos Spatial audio/Dolby Atmos
Video playback HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG
SIM Two active eSIMs or nano-SIM and eSIM Dual eSIM in US – physical included for most other countries Two active eSIMs or nano-SIM and eSIM Dual eSIM in US – physical included for most other countries
MagSafe
Qi and Qi2 Yes and uncertain Yes and yes? Yes and uncertain Yes and yes?

On the question of whether the new iPhone 15 Pro devices will support Qi2, Apple is saying yes but it’s a bit confusing:

So it’s also unclear if iPhone 13 Pro will support Qi2.

Safety

iPhone 15 Pro has three more advanced safety features than iPhone 13 Pro:

iPhone 13 Pro/Max iPhone 15 Pro/Max
Emergency SOS
Emergency SOS via satellite
Crash Detection
Roadside Assistance via satellite

iPhone 15 Pro colors

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are available in:

  • Natural titanium
  • Blue titanium
  • White titanium
  • Black titanium

Storage and pricing

iPhone 15 Pro/Max comes in at:

  • 128GB – $999 (only 15 Pro available in 128GB)
  • 256GB – $1,099 / $1,199
  • 512GB – $1,299 / $1,399
  • 1TB – $1,499 / $1,599

What’s in the box?

What's in the box

iPhone 15 Pro/Max just comes with the iPhone and a USB-C cable in the box.

If you need a power adapter, go with at least a 20W so you get fast charging for your iPhone. Good options include:

iPhone 13 Pro vs 15 Pro: Buyer’s guide

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are powerful and capable devices, but whether upgrading from the 13 Pro is worth it will depend on how you want to use your iPhone and what features you find valuable.

Reasons to consider upgrading to iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max

  • Most powerful and capable cameras for photos and video
  • Titanium build with slim bezels
  • USB-C with 10Gbps speeds, WiFi 6E support
  • Fastest chip, most powerful GPU for mobile gaming
  • Always-On display, ProMotion refresh rates up to 120Hz, and Dynamic Island

What do you think? Are the upgrades enough to switch to iPhone 15 Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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