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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Audio review

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The iPhone 13 Pro is the second model from the top of the top in Apple’s  2021 smartphone line-up.  The main difference to the top-of-the-line iPhone 13 Pro Max is the smaller 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, Both models are powered by the A15 Bionic chipset.

On the audio playback front, the iPhone 13 Pro shares the same audio specs as the other 13-series phones, including partnering with Dolby Labs to deliver an immersive stereo reproduction. As for recording, the audio zoom algorithm is still implemented when filming videos.

With the two devices sharing the same audio specs, one would expect the iPhone 13 Pro’s test results and scores to be identical to those of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. We have confirmed this by putting the iPhone 13 Pro through the DXOMARK Audio test suite.

Key audio specifications include:

  • Two speakers (up front-firing, and bottom side-firing)
  • Audio zoom
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Voice Isolation and Wide Spectrum microphone modes (for calls)
  • User‑configurable maximum volume limit

Test summary

Apple iPhone 13 Pro




  • Very consistent performances among all attributes
  • Pleasant tonal balance, with added low mid warmth compared to previous iPhone generations
  • Precise localizability and very good wideness despite stereo being inverted


  • Stereo is still inverted in the Music app, as it is with all iPhones
  • Bass distortion at maximum volume



  • Natural Timbre, especially consistent in high-SPL scenarios
  • Accurate envelope rendition
  • Good localizability and impressive wideness even in portrait mode
  • Good recording loudness and excellent resilience to high pressure levels
  • Mostly artifacts-free


  • Dark Timbre, lacking brightness and clarity
  • Below average SNR and intelligibility
  • Impaired distance rendition

Given the identical results, we are posting only this short article on the iPhone 13 Pro. For the full set of measurements and the complete analysis, please click on the link below and read the full review of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Go to the audio review of the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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