iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors: Which should you buy?

Apple introduced the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max in 2021. Like in previous years, the professional models came in Graphite, Silver, and Gold. Unique to this model is the eye-catching Sierra Blue model, plus (as of Spring 2022) an earthy Alpine Green. Here's a brief look at each available handset to help you choose from the available iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors. Happy shopping!

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iMore Contributor Karen S. Freeman
Karen S. Freeman

I've been writing about Apple professionally since 2010, with a year-long hiatus to work at the Apple Store. I've owned every new model of the iPhone since I can remember and I take choosing a color very seriously. Even though I always use a case, I prefer a transparent case which shows of the color of my iPhone. I'm also a bit of a student of color theory; I even had a color consultation to find out what colors are my best. My iPhone is either in my hand or my pocket most of the time so its color does matter.

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Which of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors is the best one?

It's not very often when Apple offers a new finish for its top-tier iPhones. For years, we've been living with three colors — Silver, Gold, and some dark black variation. With the iPhone 13 lineup, we got lucky with Apple's introduction of the Sierra Blue model for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Slightly different than the Blue found on the iPhone 13 that also debuted, this model should look great no matter what you're doing. In Spring 2022, Apple introduced another new color for the iPhone 13 Pro series: Alpine Green. Decisions, decisions! Let's break it down.


The Graphite iPhone 13 Pro is an excellent choice that works well with a range of cases. Understated yet commanding, Graphite is elegant and the little black dress or tuxedo of iPhones. It goes with everything but doesn't distract from your personal style. If you're the kind of person that tends to shy away from flashy fashion but wants your iPhone to show off your power moves, the Graphite model will match your suit and your workout wear perfectly.

Alpine Green

The newest iPhone 13 series color will remind you of summer days when there is green everywhere. It's a beautiful new color that came as a surprise when it was announced. Of all the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max colors, Alpine Green is the most reminiscent of trees, grass, and the outdoors in general. This is the one for nature lovers.

Sierra Blue

This was my own personal choice of color. I love that the Sierra Blue is colorful and yet neutral enough to go with just about everything. The hue reminds me of a well-loved, nicely broken-in pair of jeans. That isn't to say this color only goes with casual wear; as it happens, it went beautifully with the formal dress I wore to my daughter's wedding. Sierra Blue makes a fashionable statement without being flashy or flash-in-the-pan trendy.


Silver, like Graphite, is a classic color. The white backside looks like white satin gloves. If you ever thought white was boring, this beauty will change your mind. It's rich like vanilla ice cream and clean-looking like an Apple Store. It's an Apple design through and through. It's got a little bit more of a "wow factor" than the Graphite model. So if you like to turn heads but don't like to show off, Silver is more your speed. It balances the line between classic and eye-catching. It also looks especially good with some of the more fashionable and best iPhone 13 Pro cases on the market, particularly the ones with a translucent wash of color.


Gold is definitely the flashiest color of this group. It's definitely a show-off—that gorgeous yellow glint sparkling at you from afar. If you feel like a king or a queen, this is the royal iPhone. It's not wild, though. It's more akin to a thin gold necklace or a small pair of diamond earrings. Of all the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max colors, there is just enough flash here to make people look, but not so much that your friends start questioning your choices. If you want to be noticed but like to do so in a subtle way ("Oh, me? You noticed my gold iPhone? Why thank you,") the Gold iPhone hits the sweet spot without being over-the-top.

The ultimate iPhone 13 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro color is up to you

Each iPhone 13 Pro on this list is the same on the inside. And yet, choosing the perfect color is essential to the buying process.

The Graphite iPhone 13 Pro is probably the one to pick for most folks. Like Black and Space Gray iPhones before it, the Graphite iPhone 13 Pro is smooth and iconic. However, if you're looking for something brand new and different, nothing beats the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro. It's nearly as dark as the graphite version but different.

Are you looking for something more ordinary? If color isn't your thing or you dislike the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro's pastel looks, consider the Silver iPhone Pro, Gold iPhone Pro, or Alpine Green iPhone Pro. 

All of the finishes are gorgeous and ready for close-ups, and all are among the best iPhones on the market. Whatever color you decide, happy shopping, and enjoy your new iPhone! 

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

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