iPhone 13 Pro or 13 Pro Max: which one to choose and why — 2022

Choosing between the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max is not easy. Or at least not in all cases. Two devices belonging to the same generation that, despite this, have some differences. If you are undecided between choosing one or the other, you will be interested in knowing what its differential characteristics are and in which cases to choose one or the other.

Technical characteristics table

In previous generations of the iPhone we saw some more than notable difference between the 'Pro' and 'Pro Max' models beyond size. In this case, the difference is not so great, but there are several sections that should be known and there is nothing better to start seeing it than by looking at its specifications table.

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CharacteristiciPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro Max
Colors-Graphite
-Silver
-Golden
-Alpine Blue
-Graphite
-Silver
-Golden
-Alpine Blue
Dimensions-Height: 14.67cm
- Width: 7.15cm
-Thickness: 0.76cm
-Height: 16.08 cm
- Width: 7.81cm
-Thickness: 0.76cm
Weight203 grams238 grams
Screen6.1-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (OLED)
Resolution2,532 x 1,170 at 460 pixels per inch2,778 x 1,284 at 458 pixels per inch
refresh rateAdaptive technology up to 120 HzAdaptive technology up to 120 Hz
Brightness1,000 nits (typical) with maximums up to 1,200 nits (HDR)1,000 nits (typical) with maximums up to 1,200 nits (HDR)
ProcessorA15 Bionic with 16-core Neural EngineA15 Bionic with 16-core Neural Engine
RAM6 GB*6 GB*
Internal memory-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
-128 GB
-256 GB
-512 GB
-1 TB
SpeakersTwo stereo speakers with support for Spatial Audio and Dolby AtmosTwo stereo speakers with support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos
battery capacity3,095 mAh*4,352 mAh*
AutonomyFrom 20 to 75 hoursFrom 28 to 95 hours
Frontal camera12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture12 Mpx lens with f/2.2 aperture
rear cameras-Wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.5
-Ultra wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-12 Mpx telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture
-Wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.5
-Ultra wide angle of 12 Mpx with aperture of f / 1.8
-12 Mpx telephoto lens with f/2.8 aperture
connectorLightningLightning
Face IDYesYes
Touch IDDo notDo not
Release dateSeptember 24, 2021September 24, 2021
PriceFrom 1,159 euros at AppleFrom 1,259 euros at Apple

*RAM and Battery: The data offered here corresponds to tests carried out on the devices by specialized tools and professionals, since Apple does not officially give these values.

We will analyze in a more concrete way what these characteristics imply, but first we can already anticipate these as the notable differences between these iPhones:

    Dimensions and weight:As soon as you see the table, the difference in these sections is obvious. It is not that it is something exaggerated, but the change from one to another is noticeable. Resolution:as is evident from having different screen sizes, the resolution of both devices changes. Battery:1,257 mAh is what separates both devices, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max having a higher capacity. Autonomy:As expected by having a larger battery, the 'Pro Max' also takes the cake in this section by offering a longer duration than the 'Pro'. Price:Exact 100 euros is what officially differentiates the price of these devices, although it depends on the store and its possible sporadic offers, it could be a smaller or larger difference.

Differences in size and design

Although we could say that they are visually identical devices, because they are, it is really interesting to analyze how different each one feels and to what extent the specifications they share are good in this area.

Form factor and wearing comfort

Both devices share an aesthetic already introduced with the iPhone 12, which in turn is inherited from the iPhone 4 and 5. It is a form factor in which the phone is completely flat on all its edges (front, back and sides). ) with only a bend in the corners. This design has the peculiarity of polarizing the user a lot: Or you love it, or hate it.

iPhone 13 Pro Max Lenses

We are not going to judge whether it is more or less beautiful, since in the end they are purely personal perceptions. What we will say is that tend to slip and although in the 'Pro' model it may become a less frequent sensation, in the 'Pro Max' it becomes more noticeable as it is larger and therefore more difficult to grasp. In the same way that, with the passing of minutes, I can reach your hand hurt if you don't use a cover or don't grip them well.

Beyond this, when it comes to handling, everything has to be taken into account. The iPhone 13 Pro is a much more comfortable device, manageable even with one hand And it fits in almost any pocket. However, this gives up a larger screen. The 'Max', for its part, does just the opposite, being somewhat more complicated to handle with one hand and not suitable for all pockets, although in return it offers a very good screen experience .

Screen

Precisely with the screen we closed the previous section. And it is that these two iPhone incorporate the best panels ever seen on an iPhone and that they have even come to be classified as the best in the market in general. Although in terms of quality they offer similar features to those of previous years, it has an interesting addition such as the ProMotion display .

That is the name given to the refresh rate of 120 Hz. If you are not very used to these terms, you should know that this figure refers to the number of times per second that the content of the screen is updated. The higher the number of Hz, the greater sensation of fluidity it gives. And although there comes a point where the human eye is almost incapable of perceiving it, 120 Hz is noticeable and even offers that wow effect initially.

ios 15 on iphone 13

Although it is true that this refresh rate is always perceptible, in the end one ends up getting used to it over time and only notices it again when compared to one of the previous generation with 60 Hz. However, it offers many advantages not only to have a more fluid feel in scrolling or system animations, but also in video game .

What makes this screen special with those 120 Hz is in the fact that it is adaptive. And it is that the refresh rate adapts automatically at all times, the device being able to detect if it is in a menu and lower the frequency and put it to the maximum when necessary. This also helps prevent excessive battery consumption.

As an additional detail, mention that the ‘notch’ is still present in these iPhone. Of course, it has been reduced by 20% compared to what it was in the iPhone X and later versions. This is an element that, like design, you either love or hate. However, it must be recognized that over time one ends up getting used to their presence. And in case you were wondering, no, no more information is included in the top bar due to its reduction, since Apple simply chose to increase the size of the icons that were already there (time, WiFi, coverage...).

Behavior against bumps and scratches

We start by talking about the resistance to scratches and scratches of these devices. At the front we find Ceramic Shield , which is a material that is harder than most metals and that goes through a complex manufacturing process. This material is what allows make it harder to scratch the screen and many scratches are avoided, although it is not unbreakable and it is still advisable to put a screen protector.

Already in the back we find classic materials in the 'Pro' models such as textured matte glass with stainless steel mixes. Although they are materials that also withstand scratches very well, in the end they are still very sensitive , so they could still fall victim to breakage.

If we talk about the sides, both devices have stainless steel in this part that, although it is true that its mirror effect may seem attractive, it tends to accumulate footprints , so if they are used without covers you should take this into account.

Water and dust resistance

This is another section in which both devices are on equal terms. Both are certified IP68 according to the IEC 60529 standard. The first figure, '6', refers to resistance to dust, being the highest. The second, '8', refers to water resistance and in this case it is measured on a scale of 9.

This becomes that both devices should be submersible up to 6 meters for 30 minutes . And yes, they can and there should be no problem. However, it must always be borne in mind that the level of efficiency of this type of device ends up suffering over time and its use in such circumstances is not as appropriate.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vertical

If we also take into account that Apple still has no warranty coverage to damage caused by water, it is best to try to move the devices away from this element as much as possible. They can get you out of trouble if at any given moment a glass of water spills near you or you drop it into a bucket, but despite this you must be careful and dry it properly.

About your performance

Go ahead, as in other points, at a general level we find identical performance on both devices. We only find a relevant difference in terms of battery and autonomy of the same.

A15 Bionic processor

Being the most recent Apple chip for iPhone, we can find the best performance ever seen in a smartphone of the brand. And yes, it has its evolution with respect to the A14, although in general terms we must recognize that the difference is almost negligible. In any case, it is not a negative thing, far from it.

both phones they are left over in all kinds of actions. From the most everyday such as consulting social networks, browsing the internet or playing video to the most demanding uses, where we can find ourselves with full fluency to edit photography or video. Although where the A15 Bionic performs best is in the computational treatment of photos and videos, as well as in making iOS and the battery understand each other perfectly. We will discuss both issues in the next sections.

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Same software and for years

It may be obvious, but in case you were wondering, both devices run the same version of the operating system. Arriving on the market with the first of iOS 15, it is expected that both teams will continue to receive updates for at least 7 years . At least that is intuited by seeing how devices like the iPhone 6s have reached that figure.

Needless to say, in all these upcoming versions, both devices will have the same visual and functional updates, as well as fixes and performance improvements. At the end of the day, this guarantees that they are fully functional devices for years and that, even when they become outdated, they can continue to be perfectly usable.

ios 15 iphone

Differences in autonomy

Although it has never been officially confirmed, it is likely that the reason why Apple omits the battery data is due to how misleading they can be with respect to other terminals. And it is that both the processor and the operating system do their thing so that the performance of the battery is the best possible even with low capacities. Although in this case, none of them have exactly a small battery.

On paper, these are the data offered by Apple about their autonomy:

    In video playback (online):
    • iPhone 13 Pro: 20 hours
    • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 25 hours
    In video playback (offline):
    • iPhone 13 Pro: 22 hours
    • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 28 hours
    In audio playback:
    • iPhone 13 Pro: 75 hours
    • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 95 hours

cinema mode iphone 13

As you have seen, these case studies are useful to get an idea of ​​their difference. However, they are in the end unrealistic cases, since no one uses their phone for so many hours uninterruptedly and for a single functionality. If we add to this that over time the degradation of the battery will be inevitable, they are still in the end examples that, despite not being far from reality, are not entirely accurate.

In La Manzana Mordida we made a comparison of both as soon as they left, both having the same configuration and 100% battery health. In identical usages we find differences of 4 hours and a half in intensive use, with 12.5 hours for the 'Pro' model and 17 for the 'Pro Max' model.

This is one very large difference which leaves the iPhone 13 Pro Max in a very good place. However, and far from what it may seem, the iPhone 13 Pro does not have a bad autonomy. It does not stand out as much as its older brother, but it is also a device that supports intensive use without breaking a sweat.

Other aspects to consider

Beyond the performance of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, there are other important sections that will surely interest you. As it is, neither more nor less than that of the camera, the accessories that are included, the covers that can be used and, above all, the price list.

Same camera features

specsiPhone 13 Pro/13 Pro Max
photos front camera-Retina Flash
-Smart HDR 4
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh, depth control and portrait lighting
-Night mode
-Deep Fusion
Videos front camera-Cinema mode at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K (Ultra HD) at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-HDR recording with Dolby Vision in 4K at 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 6th frames per second
-Cinema quality stabilization
-QuickTack Video
Photos rear cameras-Flash TrueTone
-Smart HDR 4
-Apple ProRAW
-Portrait mode with advanced bokeh, depth control and portrait lighting
-Photographic Styles
-Night mode
-Approach zoom: x3 (optical) and x15 (digital)
-Zoom out: x0.5 (digital)
-Optical stabilization by sensor displacement
Videos rear cameras-Cinema mode at 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
ProRes recording at 4K (Ultra HD) at 30 frames per second* and 1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second
-Recording in 4K at 24, 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
-Recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 25, 30 or 60 frames per second
Recording in HDR with Dolby Vision in 4K (Ultra HD) at 60 frames per second
-Slow motion recording in 1080p (Full HD) at 120 or 240 frames per second
-Optical stabilization by sensor displacement
-Approach zoom: x3 (optical) and x9 (digital)
-Zoom out: x0.5 (optical)
-Audio zoom
-QuickTake Video
-Time-lapse in Night Mode and with stabilization
-Stereo recording

*Only models 256GB and up have the option to record 4K ProRes. The 128 GB is at 1080p its maximum possibility.

As you may have seen, both devices are identical in specifications in this area. Therefore, give identical results . Beyond the modalities already present in previous generations, we believe it is interesting to highlight new features that these devices include. In fact, some of them are 100% exclusive to them, since the '13' and '13 mini' do not have them.

It is the case of the macro photography which, automatically or manually (you can choose) allows you to obtain excellent photographs at very short distances. Ideal for taking pictures of very small objects, animals or plants or to bring out the more abstract side of large ones.

iphone macro camera

Also highlights the sensor motion stabilizer , which is not that it offers an insane change at the photographic or video level, but it is very useful. What it broadly allows, unlike the classic stabilizers, is to obtain an image with little noise and that looks sharper.

The ProRes is another exclusive feature of these two phones and is a new high-quality video codec created by Apple. Although at the level of quality very good pieces are obtained, it must be taken into account that they also take up more space. In fact, this could be the reason why the 128 GB model cannot obtain videos of this type beyond 1,080p.

Last but not least, we find a Cinema mode that if it is shared in this case by the 'non-Pro' versions. It becomes a portrait mode in video, adding a blur effect during recordings. Although it is obviously far from the accuracy of professional cameras, they are probably the best smartphones to carry it out. It stands out above all for allowing you to choose the focus live during the recording and for being able to change it completely by editing the video from the iOS gallery itself.

Accessories that come in the box

For better or worse, these iPhone bring what is already a classic. Or rather, they don't bring it. Neither power adapter nor headphones they are included in the box of the terminals as was the case with the iPhone 12. Since 2020 the brand has not sold any iPhone with these elements, nor the jack to Lightning adapter that was eliminated in 2019. The packaging does not include plastic either, although it does a tape to take off that will serve to distinguish if they are new or not.

case iphone 13 pro

What the box does include, in addition to the iPhone itself, is a small guide with user manuals and the classic apple sticker. They also include a Lightning to USB-C cable that will allow you to charge it, although you already know that you must buy the adapter separately (whether from Apple or not).

Cover Compatibility

The fact that these devices look practically the same as their predecessors can cause controversy when it comes to case compatibility. And you should know that none have covers compatible with others smartphone. Not even the iPhone 13 Pro can use those of the iPhone 13, unlike the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro that do have that compatibility.

The reason that other covers cannot be used is basically due to the lens size. Of course, it remains that, due to their difference in size in all senses, the covers cannot be exchanged between them.

apple leather case

Prices

Although in the specifications table we have indicated the starting price of these iPhones, the truth is that their value increases if versions with more memory are chosen. In this way we find this list:

    iPhone 13 Pro:
    • 128GB of storage: €1,159
    • 256GB of storage: €1,279
    • 512GB of storage: €1,509
    • 1TB of storage: €1,739
    iPhone 13 Pro Max:
    • 128GB of storage: €1,259
    • 256GB of storage: €1,379
    • 512GB of storage: €1,609
    • 1TB of storage: €1,839

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We can see that at the end difference of 100 euros between both is applicable in any of its capacities. However, we insist again at this point that both terminals are available in stores other than Apple and could offer it for different amounts.

Purchase Recommendations

If you think that these iPhones are the most suitable for you, having ruled out 'non-Pro' versions, previous generations and even Android devices, any of them will offer you a great experience of use. In fact, it will be a practically identical experience at all levels (performance, camera, versatility, years of updates...).

Now you must analyze their differences . If you are used to compact phones, the 'Pro' model would be the most suitable for being more restrained in size and being more manageable. The same thing happens if you are in the opposite situation and you are already used to large mobiles. As we already said in its corresponding section, in the end it is also a matter of getting used to it and if you fancy a change in size (for more or less), you will have to give yourself some accommodation time.

Regarding the battery difference, we must say that it is perhaps not as important as the size. And yes, there are changes and the 'Max' model indisputably offers greater autonomy. But if its size is going to be a problem for you, it may not end up compensating you and you should not forget that the 'Pro' also offers very good autonomy.

In short, whichever you choose, we insist again that they are two identical devices. Analyzing whether or not they are the best on the market today is subjective and I would give for a few other articles like this. But, without a doubt, in terms of Apple phones they are by far the best and even if new future generations are to come, it seems that they will take years to be left behind, since they are both premium-end features.

That said, here is a table with our scores based on our experience using both terminals. You will already notice that, except for the two highlights, we have given them the same note. It should be noted that it is a rating on a scale of 10 , with 0 being the lowest score and 10 being the highest.

pulled apartiPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro Max
Design7.57.5
comfort of use7.96.8
Screen9.59.5
Power9.99.9
Storage88
Sound7.57.5
Front camera7.27.2
Rear camera8.98.9
Autonomy8.39