iPhone 13 Questions and Answers

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Are you in the market for an iPhone 13? Maybe you already have one and you’re curious about some specs. The iPhone 13 lineup comes in four different models.

  1. iPhone 13 mini
  2. iPhone 13 
  3. iPhone 13 Pro
  4. iPhone 13 Pro Max

What can you expect from these powerful Apple smartphones? Here’s some our most asked questions about the iPhone 13. 

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 How is the iPhone 13 different from the iPhone 12? 

First things first, let’s compare the iPhone 13 to the previous generation. Everyone with an iPhone 12 is probably wondering if the upgrade is worth it. 


The battery on the iPhone 13 is larger than the battery on the iPhone 12 and that’s generally going to offer a better battery life. Let’s compare the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max below:

iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Up to 28 hours for video playback
  • Up to 95 hours for audio playback
iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Up to 20 hours of video playback
  • Up to 80 hours for audio playback

Apple has also mentioned that most users will experience: 

  • 2.5 hours longer battery life on iPhone 13 Pro Max than iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • 1.5 hours longer battery life on iPhone 13 Pro than iPhone 12 Pro
  • 2.5 hours longer battery life on iPhone 13 than iPhone 12
  • 1.5 hours longer battery life on iPhone 13 mini than iPhone 12 mini


Sizes are very similar on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. The height and width are exactly the same but it's the depth that's different. The iPhone 13 is a touch deeper and it also weighs more.

iPhone 13
146.7 x 71.5 x 7.65 mm | 174g
146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4 mm | 164g
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The iPhone 13 also has a brighter display than its predecessor and the dual cameras (wide and ultrawide) feature larger sensors for better image quality in low light scenarios. 

Another difference to note is the processor. The iPhone 13 models feature an A15 bionic chip (rather than the A14 on the iPhone12) for improved speed, efficiency and performance. 

 Does an iPhone 12 phone case fit the iPhone 13?  

It almost fits — but not quite. The body of the iPhone13 doesn’t appear that different from the iPhone 12. Since the dimensions are almost identical, you would figure that an iPhone 12 cover would work with an iPhone 13 … but that’s not the case. 

In addition to the 13 models having more depth, the new camera design and the location of the buttons on the side of the phone can cause some incompatibility.

In short — no, an iPhone 12 case won't fit on your iPhone 13. 

 Does the (120Hz) refresh rate on the Pro models make a difference? 

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature ProMotion. ProMotion is a feature that updates a display 120 times per second (rather than the standard 60 times per second). The 120Hz refresh rate basically provides you with a smoother scrolling experience and improved responsiveness. 

Does it really make a difference? 
If you hold two phones side by side you’ll likely be able to notice the difference with ProMotion but in day to day use this feature might not be very obvious or one that concerns you.

 How does the iPhone 13 charge? 

The iPhone 13 features a lightning charging port. That means you can charge by plugging the into the wall. Just note that although the cable is included with your iPhone 13, the powder adapter for the wall is not. You can also charge using any Qi-wireless charger or opt for the (Apple suggested and faster) MagSafe charger.

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 Are the cameras better on the iPhone 13? 

Overall, yes. Not only do the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models feature a larger sensor on the main camera but all of the models offer the option for cinematic mode which enables any video enthusiast to take their filming to the next level. You’ll notice richer color, enhanced images in low light and a more true to life video experience. 

Are you considering an iPhone 13 and want an even more in depth rundown? Discover more on Apple. If you’re shopping for great deals on the iPhone 13 you’ll probably want to shop our selection of premium refurb on Frank Mobile. You could also check out trusted refurbished devices on OzMobiles.

Are you looking for a fast way to compare Apple smartphone models? Apple offers a great comparison feature right on their website. 

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