Apple iPhone 13 Professional

MSRP $999.00

“The iPhone 13 Professional packs loads of energy underneath the hood with a 120Hz show, wonderful digital camera capabilities, tons of storage, and countless battery life.”


  • Packs a number of energy into the dimensions
  • Unbelievable digital camera and video efficiency
  • Very long-lasting battery
  • Clean and responsive 120Hz display screen
  • Comes with 1TB storage possibility


  • No USB-C
  • Not all third-party apps are optimized for increased refresh display screen

I’ll say it upfront; the iPhone 13 Professional is the brand new iPhone mannequin you should purchase in case you can afford it. Not like final yr’s iPhone 12 Professional, it has all the identical capabilities because the bigger Professional Max mannequin. You’ll do not forget that final yr, the 12 Professional Max had larger digital camera sensors, giving it higher lowlight efficiency and 3x optical zoom, relatively than 2x.

Not so this yr. The iPhone 13 Professional has all the heart of the 13 Professional Max (apart from battery capability and display screen measurement, in fact) with out busting your hand or your pockets. Add into the combo the highly effective A15 Bionic processor, 120Hz ProMotion show, battery life that may final virtually two days, and wonderful digital camera efficiency, and also you get the very best iPhone 13 mannequin in your complete lineup.

iPhone 13 Pro back upright.

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iPhone 13 Pro right side.

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iPhone 13 Pro left side.

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The iPhone 13 Professional I reviewed got here in gold, which isn’t my shade of selection, however you’re employed with what you’ve. Each the entrance and the again are protected by Ceramic Glass and there’s a squared-off chrome steel strip operating alongside the edges, setting it aside in high quality from the cheaper aluminum of the iPhone 13.

All the usual buttons are current together with the Ring/Silent change and quantity buttons on the left and the Facet button on the best to activate Siri and toggle the display screen on and off. There are additionally bottom-firing audio system on both facet of the Lightning port. As I’ve identified with different iPhone 13 fashions I’ve reviewed, it’s a letdown to see Apple proceed to stay to Lightning, particularly when most individuals largely have USB-C gadgets. However I maintain out hope that Apple will make the change for subsequent yr’s mannequin.

iPhone 13 Pro style shot.Dan Baker/Digital Tendencies

The iPhone 13 Professional measures 5.78 x 2.81 x 0.3 inches and weighs 7.2 ounces. These are roughly the identical dimensions because the iPhone 12 Professional (5.78 x 2.82 x 0.29 inches), however it ideas the dimensions at virtually an oz. heavier (6.66 ounces) as a result of further battery capability and telephoto lens, each of that are welcome additions which might be value the additional weight. When it comes to usability, I discovered it to be as usable because the iPhone 13 — you possibly can navigate it with one hand and attain throughout the display screen. It’s solely with the Professional Max that you simply begin pushing the boundaries of one-handed use.

iPhone 13 Pro in hand.

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Like all the opposite iPhone fashions, the iPhone 13 helps IP68 dust- and water-resistance. I confess that got here into play extra usually than I anticipated as a result of the phone took a couple of spills within the park whereas I used to be juggling gadgets round throughout testing. That’s additionally the way it picked up a gouge on the display screen regardless of the Ceramic Glass defending the entrance. It’s often not seen except the sunshine displays on it simply so and it doesn’t affect usability. And in case you’re extra cautious than me and never doing a circus act within the park (or you’re utilizing a case or display screen protector), you seemingly gained’t endure from this difficulty.

When it comes to bodily variations between the iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional, there aren’t too many. The TrueDepth sensor has a 20% smaller notch on the display screen in keeping with Apple, which is true, however it’s additionally a bit deeper, and so far as I may inform, it doesn’t add a significant quantity of usable display screen actual property. As at all times, there’s Face ID, which I typically discovered to be hit-or-miss when sporting a face masks. You are able to do some alternate face scans to make it work higher, however it additionally isn’t as safe, so I made a decision to not go for it.

iPhone 13 Pro notch.Dan Baker/Digital Tendencies

On the again, the sensor array is fairly just like final yr. There’s a vaguely sq. digital camera housing and three cameras. The one notable distinction is that every digital camera sensor is greater, and the digital camera bump protrudes a bit extra. That’s a good trade-off for the improved digital camera efficiency in my estimation.


There are a number of promoting factors for the iPhone 13 Professional, however one of many largest is the display screen, and we don’t imply in simply measurement. Just like the iPhone 13, it’s a 6.1-inch Tremendous Retina OLED display screen with nice shade accuracy, 2532 x 1170 decision, and 460 pixels per inch. It’s sharp, vibrant viewing angles are nice, it will probably hit 1,000 nits in brightness, and punch as much as 1,200 nits for HDR content material. Outside visibility is great even in direct daylight, and the display screen additionally helps HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient.

That’s all implausible, however what actually units it aside is the 120Hz ProMotion show. ProMotion is a expertise that first hit the iPad Professional collection in 2017, letting Apple improve the refresh fee from the usual 60Hz to 120Hz for various sorts of content material. This has grow to be normal on Android flagship phones, however it’s a tech that Apple has been sluggish to undertake outdoors the iPad Professionals, so it’s nice to see it on each the iPhone 13 Professional and iPhone 13 Professional Max.

iPhone 13 Pro home screen.

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iPhone 13 Pro browsing.

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iPhone 13 Pro being used in-hand.

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What’s significantly distinctive about Apple implementation of ProMotion is that the iPhone 13 Professional makes use of a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) panel, which means that it’s capable of dynamically differ the refresh fee from as little as 10Hz when doing one thing fundamental like looking to as much as 120Hz for one thing demanding like quickly scrolling or gaming. This type of implementation was first developed for the always-on display screen of the Apple Watch to avoid wasting battery life, and it has the identical impact on the iPhone 13 Professional, however I’ll contact extra on that within the battery part.

In precise utilization, the ProMotion OLED display screen is easy and implausible to make use of. As somebody who was utilizing the 120Hz-capable Samsung Galaxy Fold 3 earlier than selecting up the iPhone 13 Professional, the transition was seamless when it comes to usability and smoothness, regardless of the change in show measurement. And don’t let anybody inform you that you simply gained’t discover the distinction.

The iPhone 13 Pro's screen.

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Main home screen on the iPhone 13 Pro.

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The iPhone 13 Pro's lock screen.

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The iPhone 13 Pro's power button.

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After getting used to 120Hz, it’s inconceivable to return, which does carry me to the one draw back of the implementation – not all apps run in 120Hz. Many of the video games I examined max out at 60 frames per second (fps), and on the time of testing, many third-party app animations weren’t enabled for 120Hz, which means animations seemed stuttery whereas scrolling was easy. All this can undoubtedly change over time as extra app builders allow help for ProMotion, however it’s one thing to be aware of.

I don’t often touch upon speaker high quality since there’s solely a lot you are able to do on a phone speaker, however the iPhone 13 Professional has remarkably strong stereo audio system. They don’t endure from a lot distortion, even at increased volumes, and supply good vary.

Efficiency, battery life, and connectivity

To some extent, it feels somewhat pointless to speak about efficiency on the most recent iPhone mannequin. It’s the iPhone 13 Professional; it has the most recent and biggest A15 Bionic processor with 6GB RAM, so in fact, it’s going to be an enchancment over what got here earlier than it. You get numerous massive storage choices, together with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB, which is what the mannequin I examined had. That’s a major quantity of storage, letting you obtain tons of apps and video games and take loads of pictures and video. I didn’t even come near filling it up throughout my testing.

I do know I stated benchmarks had been pointless to run on the most recent iPhone, however I ran them anyway, and the outcomes 9below) confirmed the phone’s highly effective capabilities. I used to be capable of launch loads of apps and play demanding video games like Genshin Affect and Asphalt 9. The iPhone 13 Professional will deal with all the pieces you possibly can throw at it, after which some.

AnTuTu: 823,553
Storage Learn/Write: 1635.3/1768.6 MB/s
RAM Learn/Write: 205.8/83.2 MB/s
3Dmark Wild Life Excessive:  56.4 fps

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro.iPhone 12 Professional (left) and iPhone 13 Professional (proper) Andy Boxall/Digital Tendencies

The iPhone 13 Professional is a battery king. Not fairly a lot because the Professional Max, however it nonetheless lasted for effectively over a day. If I actually needed to, I may go virtually two days earlier than needing to recharge. A variety of this is because of optimized energy utilization from combining the bigger A15 Bionic processor and the LTPO display screen with its variable refresh fee. The cell can be bigger at 3,095mAh in comparison with the two,815mAh battery that got here with the iPhone 12 Professional. The result’s hours extra runtime with common utilization, at the same time as an influence person.

The iPhone 13 Professional is a battery king.

As with all the opposite iPhone 13 fashions, the Professional is MagSafe appropriate, helps 20-watt quick wired charging, 15W MagSafe charging, and seven.5W Qi wi-fi charging.

Connectivity is nearly as good as you’d count on, with help for 5G, Extremely Wideband, sub-6GHz, and mmWave. I examined on T-Cellular within the higher NYC space, and whereas it didn’t stay as much as anticipated 5G speeds, connectivity was fairly steady general. The phone additionally helps dual-band Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Cameras and video

The iPhone 13 Professional, along with its bigger sibling, has the very best digital camera array within the lineup. You get three 12-megapixel sensors: A 12MP wide-angle, a 12MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultrawide that may take 120-degree snaps. This digital camera array interprets into really unimaginable photograph outcomes. At launch, the Digital camera app has you set your most popular filter. For this evaluation (and private desire), all pictures had been taken in Customary mode, which is most true to life.

All of the photographs taken outdoor in vibrant daylight had been wonderful. Each the usual and ultrawide cameras picked up loads of element and correct shade. The wealthy blueness of the sky, the fluffy white clouds, the inexperienced grass, the reflections and ripples of the pond, and even the nice particulars of particular person tree branches all got here throughout nice.

Additionally notable is how effectively the phone dealt with photographs in direct daylight. Blazing solar tends to be an enormous problem for phones, even flagships. The iPhone 13 Professional dealt with it like a — dare I say it – professional. Even when the solar was a blazing orb within the sky, it didn’t fully wash out the photograph or solid all the pieces into shadow. There was some darkness to the picture and a few colours, particularly muddiness to tree canopies, however Apple’s software program processing is clearly at play right here, and it’s spectacular to see.

Additionally worthy of reward is the element in each the ultrawide and telephoto lenses.

Additionally worthy of reward is the element in each the ultrawide and telephoto lenses. Whereas I did generally discover a little bit of edge distortion when taking pictures in telephoto, by and huge, it got here throughout with excellent readability and element. It’s additionally a champ at specializing in what’s most related within the photograph, a truth we famous in our deep-dive comparisons with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, the place the iPhone 13 Professional typically got here out on high as a rule when it got here to focusing. On the similar time, the Extremely gained out in sheer 10x optical zoom.

Except for the 3x telephoto zoom, the opposite large function at play on the iPhone 13 Professional is macro images. Usually, whenever you focus in shut on an object, the phone loses focus and blurs out. It simply can’t deal with the focal size. The iPhone 13 Professional, then again, can swap to the zoom lens to provide you a really shut concentrate on objects. This kicks in routinely, and whereas the result doesn’t at all times work out, when it does, the outcomes look nice, with a number of element, just like the stitching in a crocheting piece or the person veins in a leaf.

The one draw back is that since that is completely computerized, you possibly can’t manually pressure the phone into macro mode, so in case you attempt to shoot macro on a transferring object like a flower blown by the wind, it’s straightforward to get kicked out and in of macro mode.

Final however certainly not least with regards to images are lowlight pictures. The iPhone 13 Professional has a Evening mode that takes impact routinely when it detects lighting situations aren’t best. It largely works by growing autoexposure so {that a} photograph which may have snapped instantly will as a substitute take 5 to seven seconds to let in additional mild for a picture with higher readability. The end result is pictures taken at night time and in darkish rooms are quite a bit clearer than you often get, with higher shade accuracy. There’s some lack of element and muddiness, however it’s nonetheless a formidable lead to most photographs I took.

Cinematic mode is supported on each the rear and entrance cameras. It’s a neat impact that provides a movie-like blur to the background. It really works greatest when specializing in faces, however it tends to be hit-and-miss with objects. You additionally get Portrait mode, which provides the bokeh impact to each entrance and rear photographs. It’s neat, and I ended up snapping a number of photographs outdoor and enjoying round with the background.

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Including on to an already spectacular set of capabilities is the iPhone 13 Professional’s video recording capabilities. It could possibly deal with 4K at 24/30/60 fps and 1080p at 30/60 fps. I recorded easy and regular 4K video of a airplane flying overhead with virtually no shake or lack of focus that I may discover. It’s uncommon to get that degree of stabilization on a phone with out the help of a gimbal.

Software program and options

The iPhone 13 Professional updates to iOS 15 out of the field. We took a deeper dive into particular person options that rolled out with the working system, however the notable ones are improved notification summaries, help for textual content scanning within the digital camera app, tabs for Safari, and future help for storing immunization information and different information.

iPhone 13 Pro home screen.Dan Baker/Digital Tendencies

This evaluation isn’t an analysis of iOS versus Android. We’ve loads of these types of items if that’s what you’re fascinated about, and by now, you already seemingly know which ecosystem you favor. Nonetheless, I’ll word that this launch of iOS had extra bugs at launch than I’ve sometimes seen. Except for the app optimization for the 120Hz display screen and the hit-or-miss Face ID, I additionally had a difficulty with the phone not unlocking with my Apple Watch Sequence 6. Apple has acknowledged this difficulty, although, and it ought to be mounted within the subsequent replace.

Worth and availability

The iPhone 13 Professional is presently obtainable on sale for a beginning value of $999 in blue, silver, gold, and graphite shade choices. It additionally has 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage measurement choices and works with all main U.S. carriers. The one factor to be aware of whenever you decide storage measurement, apart out of your wants, is that ProRes recording at 4K 30 fps is just supported with a minimal of 256GB storage.

Our take

The iPhone 13 Professional is the very best iPhone you may get. Supplying you with the shape issue of the iPhone 13, a 120Hz display screen, wonderful digital camera efficiency, tons of battery life, and ludicrous storage choices, it really is a phone for energy customers. It was a pleasure to make use of as my every day driver, and also you gained’t be upset in case you shell out for it.

Is there a greater various?

When it comes to {hardware}, the iPhone 13 Professional is the very best mannequin within the lineup, however in order for you a longer-lasting battery and an even bigger display screen, the iPhone 13 Professional Max has all the pieces within the Professional, simply larger. The iPhone 13 is extra inexpensive, however it’s pared-down with no 120Hz display screen, telephoto lens, or help for macro pictures> It additionally doesn’t have a 1TB storage possibility. The iPhone 13 Mini is a fair smaller model with the identical {hardware}, making it a sensible choice in case you love small phones. You probably have an iPhone 12 Professional, our digital camera take a look at didn’t present a lot distinction between the 2 gadgets and it seemingly isn’t value upgrading.

Should you’re prepared to modify to Android, the Samsung Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9 Professional, and upcoming Google Pixel 6 can all supply equal or higher digital camera efficiency, simply as a lot energy, and loads of distinctive options. Android producers additionally are usually extra modern with adopting new tech like folding screens, supplying you with choices just like the Z Flip 3 and Fold 3.

How lengthy will it final?

Customary guarantee for the iPhone 13 Professional is one yr, however you may get Apple Care+ to increase it for two to three years and canopy two cases of unintended injury each 12 months. The phone can be IP68 water- and dust-resistant, letting it survive full immersion and rinsing within the sink. I did personally endure a superficial gouge after I dropped the phone on rocky floor with out a case, however that’s hardly normal use and straightforward to keep away from. Apple can be nice about software program and safety updates, so your iPhone 13 Professional ought to really feel like new for 3 years or extra.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure. There’s no query that the iPhone 13 Professional is the very best mannequin in your complete lineup, with all the identical capabilities because the Professional Max with out the majority or the larger hit to your pockets.

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