Pro iPhones Compared: From iPhone 11 Pro to iPhone 15 Pro

Apple established the Pro line of iPhone in 2023 over the years, with a series of small changes, made big leaps in what a smartphone can do. Posted by erwinkarim on 9:39 AM, October 18, 2023 Last updated on 12:10 PM, October 30, 2023 Filed in: iphone, comparison, apple, iphone 11, iphone 12, iphone 13, iphone 14, iphone 15,

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One of the criticisms of Apple is they seem to be selling the same iPhone year after year. The designs are the same! The camera is just 12MP! Even the colors are not much different between this generation and the next.

While on the surface, those people are right to a degree, Apple’s designs are subtle from year to year and many people will notice. However, just like evolution, those small changes over the generations will add up over time. Year to year might see small and subtle changes, but once you compare it to the first, the current iPhone Pro is nearly unrecognizable from the first.

Improvements Since iPhone 11 Pro

Here are some of the improvements introduced since Apple unveiled the “Pro” line of iPhones:

  • USB-C: Yes, the EU has a hand in this, but Apple finally moved from Lighting to USB-C as the primary port.
  • MagSafe: MagSafe was an improvement over the Qi wireless charging standard. It was so good that it became the new Qi 2 wireless charging standard.
  • Action Button: The silent mode switch which was a staple since iPhone 1 has been replaced with the Action Button
  • Dynamic Island: The sensor array that hosts the FaceID sensors, selfie camera, and proximity sensor has been updated to be a part of the UI, no longer something to hide behind
  • Screen: The size yes still says the same, but the technology behind the screen has evolved over generations. Higher brightness values, HDR, and ProMotion are some of the features introduced over time.
  • ProMotion: Yes, Android introduced a higher refresh rate earlier than iPhones, but Apple can vary the refresh rate based on content.
  • Camera Systems: The major change over a generation is the camera system. At a glance, it is just 3 lenses behind the smartphone, but they got bigger, the computation photography got better and the sensor is more sensitive.
  • Night Mode: When low light is detected, it makes the shutter open longer to capture more light. And if it detects it’s on a tripod, the shutter can be as long as 30 seconds. Over time, the sensor is more sensitive and collects more light so the night pictures are getting better to the point of taking astrophotography is possible.
  • Night Mode Portraits: Just like Night Mode, but in Portrait mode it captures depth information and highlights the subject while blurring the background.
  • Macro Photography: Close-up photography to capture the very small like insects, flowers, or the eyeball.
  • ProRAW: Option to store photo sensor data so you have more data to edit with. Unfortunately, it does not capture other metadata like depth and suggested color presets.
  • ProRes: Apple’s propriety video format which collects sensor data from the camera. Apple’s other SOC chips like the M3 and M2 family are optimized for this.
  • Log Recording: An industry standard for managing color data when shooting video. The video will look washed out but gives you the option of having custom color grading instead of what is being processed on the phone.
  • Academy Color Grading: Another industry standard to preserve color info throughout the entire production process. This way, color info remains consistent throughout the entire production process.
  • HDR Videos: Often, when shooting against a bright background, you’ll either have your subject blacked out or your background washed out. With High Dynamic Range (HDR), you can have both the subject and background in perfect exposure.
  • Spatial Videos: Taking 3D videos that can be viewed with the Apple Vision Pro.
  • SOC Improvements: On the iPhone 11 Pro, it was the A13 Bionic chip which was quite advanced for its time. The latest iPhone 15 Pro features a chip that is twice as fast, has graphics three times more powerful, and can solve machine learning problems five times faster. The A17 Pro is powerful enough to play console games right on the phone itself.
  • SOS via Satellite: The latest iPhone can connect you to emergency responders (or roadside assistance in not-so-emergency situations) where there’s not even a cell reception. It does this by contacting satellites above your head.
  • Crash Detection: The latest iPhone can detect you’re in a crash and call emergency responders to your location.
  • Ceramic Glass: Stronger glass in the front to resist impact and scratches.


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Base Pro
iPhones iPhone 15 / iPhone 15 Plus (Renewed) - (Amazon) iPhone 15 Pro / iPhone 15 Pro Max (Renewed) - (Amazon)
Watch Apple Watch SE (Amazon) / Apple Watch Series 9 (Amazon) Apple Watch Ultra 2 (Amazon)
AirPods AirPods 3 (Amazon) AirPods Pro 2 (Amazon) / AirPods Max (Amazon)
iPad iPad 9 (Amazon) / iPad Mini (Amazon) iPad Air (Amazon) / iPad Pro M2 (Amazon)
Laptops MacBook Air (Amazon) MacBook Pro M3
Desktop Mac Mini (Amazon) / iMac (Amazon) Mac Studio / Mac Pro
Displays Studio Display (Amazon) Pro Display XDR (Amazon)

Other Ecosystem Items

Comparison Table

General comparison

iPhone iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
Launched 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
External Stuffs
Width 71.4mm 71.5mm 71.5mm 71.5mm 70.6mm
Height 144.0mm 146.7mm 146.7mm 147.5mm 146.6mm
Depth 8.1mm 7.4mm 7.65mm 7.86mm 8.25mm
Weight 188 grams 189 grams 204 grams 206 grams 187 grams
Charging Port Lighting, supports USB-2 USB-C supports USB 3
Wireless Charging Qi MagSafe
Action Button No Yes
Front Sensor Housing The Notch Dynamic Island
Side bar material Stainless Steel Titanium
Dust/Water Protection IP68
Screen Size 5.8" 6.1"
Resolution (Pixels) 2436x1125 2532x1170 2556x1179
Max Brightness (Typical) 800 nits 1000 nits
Max Brightness (HDR) 1200 nits 1600 nits
Max Brightness (Outdoor) - 2000 nits
Color Gamut P3
ProMotion NoYes
Always-On display NoYes
Camera System and capabilities
Main Camera 12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55" sensor 12MP, f/1.6 1/1.65" sensor 12MP, f/1.5 1/1.65" sensor 48MP, f/1.78 1/1.28" sensor 48MP, f/1.78 1/1.14" sensor
Ultrawide Camera 12MP, f/2.4 12MP, f/2.4 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/2.2 12MP, f/2.2
Telephoto Camera 12MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/2.2 12MP, f/2.8 12MP, f/2.8 12MP, f/2.8
Selfie Camera 12MP f/2.2 12MP f/1.9
LiDAR Scanner NoYes
Smart HDR 2 3 4 4 5
Night Mode Yes
Night Mode Portraits No Yes
Photographic Styles No Yes
Macro Photography No Yes
Apple ProRAW NoYes
Apple ProRes No Yes
Log Recording NoYes
Academy Color Encoding System NoYes
HDR Videos No Yes
Spatial Videos No Yes
System-on-Chip Processor
Name A13 Bionic A14 Bionic A15 Bionic A16 Bionic A17 Pro
CPU cores 6
Graphic cores 456
Neural cores 816
Photonic Engine No Yes
USB-3 Engine No Yes
Cell Support 4G5G
WiFi Support 66E
Bluetooth Support 5.05.3
UWB Support Yes 2nd Generation
Emergency SOS Yes
Emergency SOS via satellite NoYes
Crash Detection NoYes
Roadside Assistance via satellite NoYes

Pro Max Bodies Compared

For most features, the Pro Max has the same capabilities as the Pro bodies, but I’ll highlight where the differences are

iPhone iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 14 Pro iPhone 15 Pro
Launched 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
External Stuffs
Width 77.8mm 78.1mm 78.1mm 77.6mm 76.7mm
Height 158.0mm 160.8mm 160.8mm 160.7mm 169.9mm
Depth 8.1mm 7.4mm 7.65mm 7.65mm 8.25mm
Weight 226 g 228 g 240 g 240 g 221 g
Screen Size 6.5" 6.7"
Resolutions (Pixels) 2668x1242 2778x1284 2796x1290
Camera System and capabilities
Main Camera 12MP, f/1.8 12MP, f/1.6 12MP, f/1.5 48MP, f/1.78 48MP, f/1.78
Telephoto Camera 12MP, f/2.0 12MP, f/2.2 12MP, f/2.8 12MP, f/2.8 12MP, f/2.8

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