iPhones stand out as some of the most iconic devices in the smartphone industry, and for many, an iPhone remains an iPhone, regardless of its age.
With its enduring software support and timeless design, even models released years ago still hold their own.
Today, we revisit the iPhone 13 Pro and figure out if it’s still a solid contender in 2024. How does it compare to the latest iPhones and other devices?
In this article we delve into the cutting-edge features and practical experiences of the iPhone 13 Pro in the year 2024.
From its sleek design to the latest advancements in technology, we explore how this flagship device continues be a usable device in 2024.
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Launched in September 2021, the iPhone 13 Pro boasts an enduring design that surprisingly holds relevance in today’s designs of smartphones. The combination of a stainless steel frame and ceramic front and back panels not only contributes to its sturdiness and Apple’s distinctive and timeless design language.
In terms of build quality, the iPhone 13 Pro continues to compete admirably with smartphones released in 2023. Its solid construction and premium materials make it stand out, showcasing Apple’s commitment to delivering a device that withstands the test of time.
However, it’s worth noting a significant evolution in the iPhone lineup with the iPhone 15 models, which feature the introduction of a Type-C port as well as the Dynamic Island.
This omission in the iPhone 13 Pro could be addressed by utilizing affordable third-party dongles available through various online platforms.
While the iPhone 13 Pro’s stainless steel frame adds a touch of sophistication, but it comes with a caveat – susceptibility to scratches and fingerprints.
Prospective buyers considering a second-hand purchase should be meticulous care during inspection to ensure the device’s cosmetic condition aligns with your expectations.
The iPhone 13 Pro offers two display options: a 6.1-inch display and a 6.7-inch Pro Max variant. Both feature a 120Hz ProMotion display, initially seen in iPad Pros.
Focusing on the iPhone 13 Pro Max 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with 2778 x 1284 resolution and 458ppi, it remains competitive in today’s market. The display is sharp, accurate, and bright, reaching up to 1200 nits peak brightness. The only dated aspect is the notch, a distinctive feature that places it unmistakably in the older iPhone 13 Pro generation.
The stereo speaker setup provides immersive and loud audio, with a balanced soundstage and noticeable bass for casual video and audio streaming.
The display and the speakers on the iPhone 13 Pro can still compete in today’s screen technology on newer smartphones – even better as compared to other models that was released couple months ago.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max boasts a triple rear camera setup (12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultra-wide) and a 12MP selfie camera. While lacking some of the flashy features of newer iPhones, the camera setup handles various scenarios more than usable. Colors are accurate, details are present, and the portrait mode effectively separates subjects from the background.
While lacking extreme zoom capabilities like the S22 Ultra, the 2x telephoto and ultrawide lenses still deliver satisfactory results.
Night photos exhibit decent quality, although there’s noticeable noise in ultrawide night shots.
The iPhone’s standout feature is its integrated camera app, which would be ideal for social media sharing.
The iPhone 13 Pro also excels in its technological prowess. The A15 Bionic chip ensures smooth performance, and the ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate enhances the overall user experience, making it a formidable contender even in the context of newer smartphone releases.
Playing games on this devices is still good. Doing day-to-day tasks are also possible – you can move from one app to another swiftly. One thing that we think is a missed opportunity is the ability to do multi-windowing, this is not just on the iPhone 13 Pro, but also to newer iPhone models, we think its a missed opportunity as you cannot take full advantage of the screen real-estate, more so, its performance.
Even running the latest iOS 17 version, we haven’t encountered any hiccups most of the time, making this device still a solid contender in its space.
Equipped with a 4352mAh battery, the iPhone 13 Pro’s capacity may seem small, but software updates and optimizations allow it to last a full day with average use.
After two years of heavy usage, the unit we have still maintains 87% battery health, showing minimal throttling.
Charging from 0-80% with the 20W brick takes approximately 35-40 minutes, which is pretty decent for its age.
For connectivity, there’s 5G connectivity, Wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and all the standard connectivity sensors. For Security, FACE ID is present which I personally think, is still the golden standard of biometrics.
To wrap this video up, if you’re considering entering the iOS ecosystem without breaking the bank, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is a solid choice. With features and specs almost on par with current iPhones, it’s likely to remain usable for several more years due to Apple’s extensive software support.
While it might not outshine the latest models, the iPhone 13 Pro offers good performance, a quality display, and capable cameras, perfect for social media posting. Seen on Facebook marketplace for around PHP 35,000, it presents a compelling option compared to some upper-midrange devices.
Note that we don’t encourage you to get smartphones from unauthorized resellers, but if you can cop one of these at a price you think is feasible, make sure to do your research first so you don’t get scammed!
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max specs:
6.7-inch Super Retina (2778 x 1284) XDR OLED display, 458PPI
ProMotion 120Hz, HDR, True Tone
Ceramic Shield front
Textured matte glass back, stainless steel design
Apple A15 Bionic chip
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB storage
• 12MP F1.5 main, Sensor-shift OIS
• 12MP F2.8 telephoto, 6x optical zoom, Dual OIS
• 12MP 1.8 ultra-wide
– LiDAR scanner
– Cinematic mode recording
12MP F2.2 TrueDepth front camera
5G, 4G LTE
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou
IP68 dust and water resistance
20W wired fast charging
15W MagSafe wireless charging
7.5 Qi wireless charging
160.8 x 78.1 x 7.65 mm
Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue