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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is nearly flawless in every aspect that defines a great smartphone. Although the iPhone 14 Pro Max is now available and the phone has advanced in various areas, its predecessor has shown to be a strong option with a 120Hz refresh rate with greater efficiency than anything that came before and exceptional battery life.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

On the other hand, The iPhone 13 Pro Max's camera performance will show how extraordinary it is. When it initially came out, it was one of the best camera phones we'd ever reviewed. There are bokeh-effect Cinematic mode films, the option to set your Photography styles, and the ability to snap super close-up photographs utilizing a combination of macro mode with the ultra-wide camera. The iPhone 13 Pro Max succeeds in nearly every aspect of how a great smartphone should be. This premium flagship ($1,099) has the fastest phone performance ever, a refresh rate of 120 Hz display, and long battery life. However, the iPhone 13 Pro Max's camera stands out since it is the best smartphone camera we have yet to see. The camera little bump on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is more efficient than it looks with the larger sensors and the overall look is thicker than on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, we will like how the notch on the 6.7-inch screen is reduced. Certainly, you should evaluate the iPhone 14 Pro Max concerning the iPhone 13 Pro Max to see how it differs from the most recent premium flagship model. Similarly, if you're looking for all of the same features in a smaller, slightly less expensive device iPhone 13 Pro might be the best option. It's worth mentioning that if you trade in your prior iPhone or another phone since there is an option of saving price on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Details of Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • The starting value is $1,099
  • Size of the screen: 6.7 inches
  • 2778 x 1284 (458) resolution (PPI)
  • Refresh rate: up to 120Hz
  • Rear cameras include Professional 12 megapixels (telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide)
  • 3x optical zoom / 15x digital zoom Front camera with 12MP TrueDepth
  • Colors include gold, silver, graphite, and Sierra blue.
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Weight: 8.5 oz.
  • IP68 water resistance
  • For smoother scrolling, the screen refresh rate is high.
  • A display with a 1,000 nit brightness
  • Apple's A15 Bionic chip has improved performance (both CPU and GPU).
  • The bigger battery has a 2.5-hour duration on average than the 12 Pro Max.
  • Charges at a faster 27W rate.
  • Supports for Apple ProRes video recording
  • When capturing video, utilize Cinematic Mode to blur the background.
  • It boasts a larger main camera sensor and lenses with a wider aperture, allowing it to capture more light.
  • In addition to the usual storage capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, Photographic Styles support 1TB storage.
  • GSM / HSPA / CDMA / EVDO / LTE / 5G Technology
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) or SIM Nano-SIM and eSIMIP68 dust and water resistance (up to 6m for 30 minutes).
  • Apple Pay (MasterCard,Visa, and AMEX permitted)

Pros of Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • Amazing battery life 6.7" HDR screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 1,000 nits peak brightness
  • Fastest processor and GPU performance in the industry
  • A quick camera that consistently produces stunning images Industry-leading video quality Outstanding loudspeakers with a rich, boomy sound.
  • Outstanding design - strong and water-resistant.
  • The brightest OLED panel we've seen, incredibly accurate, Dolby Vision, and a type of 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Battery life is class-leading (with 60Hz restrictions).
  • Excellent output from loud stereo speakers.

Cons of Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • Because of its large physical size, it is impossible to carry in a pocket.
  • A USB-C port would have been preferable to the proprietary Lightning port.
  • Charges are slower than on comparable phones, requiring about 2 hours to completely charge.
  • Stale appearances, the notch could have been removed by now.
  • A phone weighs 240g as a specific unit, and a case does not make it shorter or lighter.
  • At launch, the 120Hz refresh rate was not commonly available in third-party apps.
  • Under maximum demand, the chipset is prone to significant throttling.
  • It does not include a charger.

P rice and Release Date

Prices for the iPhone 13 Pro Max start at $1,099 for 128GB of storage, and it is currently available for purchase. The 256GB option costs $1,199, the 512GB option costs $1,399 and the gigantic 1TB option costs $1,599. Keep an eye on the Apple Store discounts page to know about the most recent coupons and sales to save money. The 128 GB iPhone 13 Pro Max costs 1,049, the 265GB model costs 1,149, and the 512GB model costs 1,349 in the UK. The 1TB iPhone 13 Pro costs 1,549 if you have a lot of money and need a lot of storage capacity.

Design and Colors

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has the same clean edges as the 12 Pro Max model, but it has a distinct design. To begin with, the camera array is larger than before, taking up some more place on the phone's back. The iPhone 13 Pro Max weighs 8.46 ounces, making it somewhat heavier than the 8.03-ounce weight of its predecessor. However, it's a big deal because the latest iPhone Pro has a larger battery.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

On the plus side, Apple maintained the essential Face ID functionality while reducing the notch on iPhone 13 Pro Max display by 20%. Even though it's not a full-screen view, the new iPhone is an improvement. The single big flaw in the design of the iPhone 13 is the lack of Touch ID either in the power switch or beneath the display.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

At a time when many individuals wear masks in public, having an alternative way to easily unlock our iPhones would be better. Because of the iOS 15.4 software update, Face ID can now be utilized with masks since it's updated, and it is flawless. There are four color options for the iPhone 13 Pro Max such as gold, silver, graphite, and Sierra blue. The graphite model will have a polished professional feel but it's not as playful as the other colors. Keep in mind that you can now fix your iPhone with the help of Apple's new iPhone self-service system fix kits but proceed with precaution because you will need some technological expertise.


120Hz The ProMotion display offers smoother performance and animations. A brighter screen makes reading outside easier. The design is completed by Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back, as well as a scratch-resistant Ceramic Shield display that has an oleophobic coating. Apple and Corning are reluctant to discuss the quality of Gorilla Glass, although early testing has revealed that it is nearly similar to Gorilla Glass Victus.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max's new ProMotion display is both the display's and the device's overall most important change. This 6.7-inch display's refresh rate can be manually scaled from 10Hz to 120Hz, resulting in smoother animations and overall performance.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

We can read the content more easily on Apple's newest phone by fast and smooth movement. Simply put, it appears to be more reactive. Other operations, such as swiping between programs or returning to the home screen also benefit from these features. However, we all will be more interested in programs that utilize ProMotion which includes Catalyst Black, a fast-paced online battle game that makes you shoot easily in all directions and mutate into monsters. The iPhone 13 Pro Max as well as iPhone 13 Max initially had difficulty with certain apps not supporting 120Hz refresh rate, but the iOS 15.4 update allowed third-party apps to support 120Hz refresh rate. Another advantage is the improved brightness of the screen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. 837 nits are measured for the overall score when the adaptive option is off, and 1,038 nits when it is turned on. The iPhone 13 Pro Max display gives amazing clarity even in dim lighting.


New sensors let in more light, resulting in brighter photos, 3x optical/15x digital zoom is more powerful along with captivating macro mode. As a result, the camera array on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is larger. The primary wide camera is Apple's largest to date with 1.9 million pixels and an f/1.5 aperture, letting in 49% more light than the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

Furthermore, the ultrawide camera features a larger f/1.8 aperture (vs. f/2.4 on the iPhone 13 Pro Max) for brighter shots with a wider field of vision. Apple's latest computational photography engine, Smart HDR 4, is used in the cameras. Smart HDR 4 uses local modifications to process recognised faces in photographs individually. According to Apple, this is not a filter because it intelligently interacts with the image processing system during capture to make local modifications to an image. The telephoto lens of the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers 3x optical zoom, an improvement over the iPhone 12 Pro Max's 2.5x.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

Apart from the hardware, there are many camera improvements. For instance, the ultrawide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro Max can take pictures from as close as 2 centimeters away. The new iPhone captured every corner and crevice, whereas the iPhone 12 Pro Max struggled to get close.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max captured this purple pansy extremely well, with rich color and lots of detail in the petals. Remember that the macro mode can be tough to use at times since it is clunky and jerky when used by itself, however, Apple is working on a solution. Another brand-new feature on the iPhone 13 camera lets you modify the warmth and tone of the images in a Photographic Style. There are options for standard, rich contrast, colorful, warm, and cool. You can also modify these as needed. When it comes to overall image quality, the iPhone 13 Pro Max outperforms the competition.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

Take a look at this photo of pumpkins with the sun overhead along with a shadow. The iPhone 13 Pro Max captures a brighter sign in the foreground and brighter pumpkins than the Galaxy S21 Ultra. On the other hand, Samsung's image is somewhat brighter overall.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

A person standing in front of the Manasquan reservoir looks better in a photo taken with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both the face and green shirt are brighter. You can notice how much better the new iPhone is if you have an older phone, like the iPhone 11 Pro as in this photo, it appears to be black and fuzzy.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max shines in complex images, as evidenced in this comparative shot taken along the lake's edge. The photograph on the iPhone more accurately represents the translucence of the water and makes the rocks that surround it stand out, whereas the image on the Galaxy S21 Ultra appears flat in comparison. Despite a 2.5x improvement in telephoto zoom, the iPhone 13 Pro Max falls short of Samsung's greatest. When we zoom into some boats at 3x, we can observe slightly brighter images of the S21 Ultra.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

At the very least, the iPhone 13 Pro highest's 15x digital zoom outperforms the iPhone 12 Pro Max's 12x digital zoom.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

In this selfie comparison between the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 Pro Max's bigger sensor comes out ahead. With the new iPhone, the face and blue shirt appear brighter, whereas the person was hidden in the shadows with the prior year's camera.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The Galaxy S21 Ultra from Samsung and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are both competitive when it comes to taking ultrawide photos. However, due to the intricacy of the rock in specific, the ripples in the water give the new iPhone a slight advantage.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The photography of this hydrangea blooming late at night in almost full darkness puts the iPhone 13 Pro Max through its paces in low light. Neither image is exceptionally sharp, but the pink and green leaves on the iPhone are more accurate.

Video and Cinematic Mode

With automated focus and bokeh ProRes support for additional creative control, Cinematic mode will also steal the stage. The iPhone 13 Pro Max's Cinematic movie mode is so fantastic that you'll have the feeling of a mini-Spielberg. Filming a few videos which add a bokeh effect to the footage and automatically shifts the focus on various subjects based on what's in the frame. We may also have fun with Cinematic mode by recording with several angles. Unfortunately, across the whole iPhone lineup, Cinematic mode resolution is limited to 1080p, so you can't have portrait-style videos and 4K-quality ones at the same time.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers ProRes video, a standard for video editing, if you desire even more artistic control. ProRes files can be shot at up to 30 frames per sec in 4K, but only the 256GB and higher models support this and the 128GB model can only record in ProRes at 1080p, most likely due to the large size of these files. The iPhone 13 Pro Max's video recording capability won't let you down no matter what you film. From the sky treetops and puffy clouds to the flowing water and waving branches, everything in this panoramic vista of the Manasquan River appears DSLR-like.


The A15 Bionic beats Android phones in terms of performance. With Significant graphic improvement, The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the quickest phone in the world, thanks to its powerful A15 Bionic CPU. People will completely be immersed in the Warp Drive racing game, which has rapid frame rates and seamless action even as you zoom (and occasionally teleport) across the course which challenges the machine learning skills of the iPhone 13 Pro Max by quickly identifying several plants around.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max once again surpasses its Android competitors in benchmark tests. Geekbench 5, a performance evaluation tool, gave the iPhone 13 Pro Max a multi-core rating of 4,549 and a single-core rating of 1,720. The iPhone 12 Pro Max scored 4,111 and 1,603 points, respectively, while the Samsung Galaxy S 21 Ultra received 3,440 and 1,123 points. The iPhone 13 obtained a significantly lower score of 4,436/1,668, which we believe is related to the bigger RAM of the Pro Max. The iPhone 13 Pro Max should have better graphics than the competitors as it outperformed the 3DMark Wildlife limitless test. It produced 68.4 frames per second, compared to 54 frames per second for the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 34 frames per second for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Video editing should be simple with this phone as the iPhone 13 Pro Max required only 25 seconds to transcode a 4K clip to 1080p in the Premier by Adobe Rush app. This is slightly faster than the iPhone 12 Pro Max's 28.5 seconds, but significantly quicker than Samsung's time of 1:02.

Battery Life and Charging

A smartphone with one of the best battery life of 12 hours and 16 minutes. Because there isn't a USB-C port, the charging rate is still 20W. One of the best features of the iPhone 13 Pro Max review is the battery life. Thanks to a bigger battery and other improvements, the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasted an amazing 12 hours and 16 minutes on the battery test, which continually surfs the web with 5G at 150 nits of screen brightness. The iPhone 12 Pro Max had an overall battery life of 10 hours and 53 minutes last year, while the Galaxy S21 Ultra had an 11:25 battery life.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is included in the list of the greatest phone batteries because anything more than 11 hours is excellent. When using a 20W UBC-C charger, the iPhone 13 Pro Max only charges 50% of its capacity after 30 minutes, while rival smartphones like the OnePlus 9 Pro, as well as Xiaomi 11T Pro, may charge to 100% in that time or less. While MagSafe charging is convenient at 15W, it is also slower. There is some good news to share. If you use a stronger 30W charger, the iPhone 13 Pro Max can be fully charged in roughly 90 minutes. It costs $49 from Apple.


You can watch videos and listen to audio with your friends with SharePlay software. As a result of enhanced focus, distractions are reduced. When it comes to widgets, iOS 15 is not as ground-breaking as iOS 14, but it does offer some innovative and fun enhancements. FaceTime receives much-needed audio and visual enhancements and as with iOS 15.1, the new "SharePlay" feature allows you to listen to music or view films or TV episodes with friends or family. We can appreciate iOS 15's new Focus feature, which allows you to filter notifications based on what you are doing. If you're a fan of Apple's extensive product ecosystem, its software configuration is outstanding. Apple Watches, Air Pods, and iPads connect easily, and data transfer across devices is simple thanks to iCloud and Airdrop. Although Apple is excessively eager to push its Music, News, and TV subscription plans onto you, Apple's first-party apps are elegantly displayed and brilliantly functioning. So get ready for free-trial notification for Apple TV Plus and Apple Arcade, the latter of which is an Apple exclusive that gives you access to some pretty amazing mobile games. Notifications have been optimized as well, thanks to a new summary view that protects you from becoming overwhelmed.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Review

A redesigned Safari, a more sophisticated Weather app, and an upgraded Maps app with more data and sharper road views are among the other new features in iOS 15. Lastly, Live Text emulates Google Lens by using the camera to recognize text in real-time for search. Developers continue to produce fantastic apps for Apple devices, and this tendency has not paused with the release of iOS 15. Additionally, there is a lot more to anticipate with the arrival of iOS 16. Apple introduced numerous new feature enhancements, including the lock screen as well as Messages. Furthermore, a recent Apple update allows you to unlock your iPhone 13 Pro Max in landscape mode using Face ID.

iOS 16

Apple started offering iOS 16 betas over the summer, which you could test on an iPhone 13 Pro Max. Later this year, the lock screen will be the center subject of the major upgrades. This is fantastic because Apple now allows you total customization. Other notable changes include the ability to edit/undo sent messages, as well as various Home app updates.

Problems and Issues

So far, owners of the iPhone 13 have experienced a few concerns. For example, Some iPhone 13 purchasers have claimed that the phone cannot be unlocked using an Apple Watch, though the fixing process is on the way. Furthermore, a few iPhone 13 users have complained that the touch display isn't responsive enough in a variety of circumstances, which may be an iOS 15 problem. There have been allegations that the cameras on the iPhone 13 Pros are automatically switching between lenses, and Apple has published an update that will allow buyers to disable this feature. Furthermore, the ProMotion screens on the iPhone 13 Pros do not run at 120Hz for some apps, which Apple will resolve in an update. Certainly, developers must also optimize their apps.


iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of the rare phones we can award five stars since it has better cameras and video recording capabilities, as well as the very appealing Cinematic mode and macro mode which includes blazing performance and a highly responsive 120Hz display. Furthermore, the battery life has been greatly enhanced by placing it amongst the best for a 5G flagship. But with the iPhone 14, we ought to anticipate seeing faster charging, a slimmer design with a smaller camera bump, and perhaps a full-screen look. Some consumers may choose the iPhone 13 Pro since it is smaller and lighter. If you want a phone with a larger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is closest to the ideal phone. Of course, you should consider upgrading from your current Apple phone to the new iPhone 14. Finally, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is one of the most significant phones available since it is the fastest phone in the world with excellent battery life, and the camera system is more adaptable and produces better pictures, while video recording remains the best.

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