iPhone 15 vs iPhone 13 – which is for you?

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Following Apple’s latest iPhone announcement, you might be wondering if the upgrade is worth it or if you should invest in an older model. Here, we’re comparing the iPhone 15 vs the iPhone 13.

The Apple iPhone has won many hearts all around the world, and it is all set to do it yet again with the all-new iPhone 15. If you are torn between the iPhone 15 or the iPhone 13, we’re here to help. In this blog, we’ll compare these two iPhone devices in terms of design, specifications, and features to help you make an informed decision.

iPhone 15 overview

The iPhone 15 is the latest addition to the iPhone lineup, launched on September 12, 2023. There are four models: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are the most affordable, sporting a 6.1-inch OLED display and a 6.7-inch OLED display respectively, with two rear cameras. On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are higher-end models with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch OLED displays, featuring three rear cameras.

The 15 also brings new color waves, with the 15 coming in pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. However, these are not standard colors; they come in an industry-first color-infused back glass and a matte finish. The 15 Pro has four textured colors, with a titanium frame different from any regular iPhone: black titanium, blue titanium, white titanium, and natural titanium.

The most prominent feature of the iPhone 15 is that Dynamic Island replaces the notch and the lightning port with a USB-C port, which sets it apart from the rest. Also, the higher-end models of the iPhone 15 Pro models will be the first ones to support USB 3.

DetailiPhone 13
iPhone 15
Display– 5.4 inches (iPhone Mini)
– 6.1 inches (iPhone 13 & Pro)
– 6.7 inches (iPhone 13 Pro Max)
– 6.1-inch OLED (Standard, Pro)
– 6.7-inch OLED (Plus, Pro Max)
Refresh Rate– 120 Hz (iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max)
– 60 Hz (iPhone 13 Mini & 13)
– 60Hz (standard, Plus)
– 120Hz (Pro, Pro Max)
CPU– Apple A15 Bionic chip– A16 Bionic (standard, Plus)
– A17 Pro Bionic (Pro, Pro Max)
Internal Storage– 128GB, 256GB, & 512GB (All models)
– 1TB (iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max)
– 128GB, 256GB, 512GB (all models)
– 1TB (Pro, Pro Max)
Rear Camera– 12 MP camera with a main and ultra-wide camera (All models)
– 3 rear cameras, 12MP wide, ultra-wide, & telephoto lenses (iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max)
– 48MP main/12MP ultrawide (standard, Plus)
– 48MP main/12MP ultrawide, 12MP 3x telephoto (Pro)
– 48MP main/12MP ultrawide, 5x periscope telephoto (Pro Max)
Front Camera– 12 MP front camera (All models)– 48MP
Charging Port– USB-C to Lightning cable– USB-C
Battery Life– iPhone 13 Mini: 13 hours
– iPhone 13: 15 hours
– iPhone 13 Pro: 20 hours
– iPhone 13 Pro Max: 25 hours
– Appox. 26 hours of video playback
Price– iPhone 13 from $599
– iPhone 13 Mini from $499
– iPhone 13 Pro from $999
– iPhone 13 Pro Max from $1,099
– iPhone 15 Standard from $799
– iPhone 15 Plus Plus from $899
– iPhone 15 Pro from $999
– iPhone 15 Pro Max from $1199

iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 13 Camera

The iPhone 15 has a 48 MP camera, whereas the iPhone 13 offers just a 12 MP camera. Though the iPhone 15 has the same ultra-wide camera as the iPhone 13, with Apple’s Photonic engine, the former delivers a better low-light performance. Furthermore, the iPhone 15 has a better selfie camera with an aperture of ƒ/1.9, autofocus, and optical image stabilization.

It can also shoot 4K cinematic video recording, offers Action Mode Video Stabilization, and has a 25% larger sensor than the iPhone 13. Offering next-generation portraits with Focus, Depth Control, and improved Night Mode, it’s fair to say the iPhone 15’s camera comes out on top.

iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 13 Chip

Using the same chip as its predecessors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, the iPhone 15 has an A16 Bionic chip. Fabricated using a 4nm process, the 6-core CPU is more powerful and efficient than the A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 13. Furthermore, the iPhone 15 has a larger and faster LPDDR5 RAM of 6GB, which makes it better than the iPhone 13, which has only 4GB of RAM. Also, the faster CPU clock speed of the iPhone 15 ensures better overall performance than the iPhone 13.

iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 13 Charging Port

The iPhone 15 has a USB-C charging port, whereas the iPhone 13 has a lightning port. Thanks to this significant shift, the iPhone 15 delivers faster data transfer and charging speeds than the iPhone 13. Furthermore, the iPhone 15 is now EU regulation compliant, making it a better and more sustainable charging port than the iPhone 13.

iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 13 Pricing

iPhone 15 is expensive in terms of pricing as compared to the iPhone 13. The starting price of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is $799 and $899, respectively. You can buy the iPhone 13 at a lower price, starting at $699, and get the Pro and Pro Max models at $799 and $899, respectively.

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The iPhone 15 is currently the best in the smartphone market, with new and improved features, stunning design upgrades, and better specifications. However, if you still feel the iPhone 13 is a better choice, you can wait until Apple rolls out some new upgrades that might convince you to go for the iPhone 15. But if you have decided to get yourself the new iPhone 15, pre-orders will begin on the 15th of September, with the official store launch landing on September 22.

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