Way back when the first iPhone came out in 2007, not everyone was convinced. After years of having a phone you could press the physical buttons on, having everything work off a screen felt strange. The idea of apps was beyond our realm of imagination. 

Now, of course, we have everything on our phones. From mobile banking to online gaming to apps that track your sleeping patterns – there’s nothing your phone can’t do. It seems like with every new update, there’s an addition we’d never have thought of. 

With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know what phone is going to be right for you, hence the need to check an online tech review. And when a new iPhone comes out, you need all the info to make sure you’re making a good investment. So, let’s take a look at the features of the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Features

The basic features of the iPhone 13 Pro Max are similar to the iPhone 13 Pro but with a larger screen. 

  • 6.7” Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion – this is a huge upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro which only has a 6.1” Super Retina XDR display
  • 5G Superfast cellular 

When it comes to the camera, there are a whole range of updates from the previous iPhone 13 Pro. 

  • Telephoto
  • Wide and ultra wide options
  • Cinematic mode in 1080p at 30 fps
  • Dolby Vision HDR video recording up to 4K at 60 fps
  • A massive 6x optical zoom range – remember that the iPhone 13 only has a 2x optical zoom range so this is a big step up 
  • LiDAR scanner for Night mode portraits as well as a faster autofocus in low light and next-level AR experiences

There are some parts of the new iPhone 13 Pro Max that have not gotten an upgrade which are:

  • A15 Bionic chip
  • New 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency 
  • New 5-core GPU
  • New 16-core Neural Engine
  • Face ID
  • Ceramic Shield front
  • Surgical-grade stainless steel
  • Water resistant to a depth of 6 meters for up to 30 minutes 
  • Compatible with MagSafe accessories and wireless chargers 

All of these features are the same as the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro however, there has been an upgrade in terms of playback. The iPhone 13 Pro Max allows for up to 28 hours of video playback as opposed to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 at 22 hours and 19 hours respectively. This news is most welcome to online gamers – their biggest issue with iPhones has often been the battery life, particularly for some of the more detailed and sophisticated games which are often played for hours on end. For example, using some of the finest online poker software can often drain a phone, especially when tournaments can last for hours but with the iPhone 13 Pro Max that won’t be an issue.

A closer look 

Now we can take a closer look into some of the specifics of the iPhone 13 Pro Max to see if this upgrade is for you.

Capacity

  • As with previous iPhone models, there are 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB options available
  • However, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both also come with the additional 1 TB storage option
  • This is great for those who are storing lots of photos, videos or other large files on their device, unless you prefer online cloud storage instead. 

Display 

  • Super Retina XDR display
  • 6.7-inch (diagonal) all-screen OLED display1
  • ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz
  • HDR display
  • 2778×1284-pixel resolution at 458 ppi
  • 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • Haptic Touch
  • 1,000 nits max brightness (typical)
  • 1,200 nits max brightness (HDR)

Size and weight 

  • Height: 160.8 mm (6.33 inches)
  • Width: 78.1 mm (3.07 inches)
  • Depth: 7.65 mm (0.30 inches)
  • Weight: 238 grams (8.39 ounces)

Chip

  • A15 Bionic chip
  • New 6-core CPU with 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores
  • New 5-core GPU
  • New 16-core Neural Engine

Video recording

  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity)
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • Sensor-shift optical image stabilisation for video
  • 3x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 9x
  • Audio zoom
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Stereo recording

Front camera 

  • TrueDepth camera
  • 12MP photos
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Retina Flash
  • Smart HDR 4 for photos
  • Photographic Styles
  • Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
  • Portrait Lighting with six effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High-Key Light Mono)
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
  • ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity)
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 4K at 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)
  • Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps
  • Night mode
  • Deep Fusion
  • QuickTake video
  • Animoji and Memoji

Overview 

Due to the long battery life and the 1TB of storage option available, this iPhone is definitely worth the upgrade if these are the criteria you’re after. If you’re an online content creator, photographer or videographer then this is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. But if you’re indifferent to these upgrades then it might be worth saving your pennies for another day.