The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have the best cameras and battery life of any iPhone we’ve tested. Both cameras have a slew of high-end features, such as the ability to record ProRes videos, that help them live up to their names. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are excellent in every way.
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The look of all three phones is similar to that of the 12 series. The stainless steel sides are gleaming, while the back is matte and comes in four colors: graphite, gold, silver, or Sierra blue. The Sierra blue iPhone appears light gray in some lighting
The notch is 0% smaller. Although it isn’t as wide as before, there is still a notch.
The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are both thicker and heavier. The 13 Pro adds 15 grams, while the 13 Pro Max adds another 12 grams.
The screen on the 13 Pro is 6.1 inches, while the one on the 13 Pro Max is 6.7 inches. The screens are noticeably brighter in everyday use. The displays have Apple’s ProMotion technology, which means the iPhone can now support a high refresh rate for the first time.
The refresh rate changes between 10 and 120Hz depending on what’s on the screen. Samsung took a similar approach with the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The screen looks fantastic when in use. Even mundane things like scrolling feeds look better. Animations are smoother, graphics are crisper.
The main camera has a new sensor. It has a faster f1.5 aperture lens, which means more light is collected. The ultrawide features a new auto focus sensor and lens that improves light gathering as well. Last but not least, the telephoto camera receives a new sensor and lens with a 3x optical zoom.
The Pro iPhones did produce brighter photos, but the difference wasn’t always noticeable.
Taking a photo in Night mode was also faster and compatible with the 3x telephoto camera. The camera on the iPhone 11 and 12 series had a strange quirk where it reflected light sources. That quirk still exists on the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, especially if you have string lights in your shot, but overall it’s improved.
Better battery performance is due to more than just the larger battery. The LTPO display, which automatically adjusts the refresh rate, contributes significantly to the improvement. The refresh rate on the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max is fixed at 60Hz, whereas the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max can go as low as 10Hz while using less power.
If you’re looking for the best iPhone Apple has ever made by a long shot, the iPhone 13 Pro Max it is, thanks to a truly long-lasting battery. You’ll need large pockets to own this phone, both literally and metaphorically, as it’s huge and expensive — but you’ll get a lot for your money.