iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max: Review, Specs, Price and Release Date

Not much of a huge leap from the iPhone 12 Pro but some nifty features to tickle your fancy. Today, we look at the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Are they worth upgrading to? All that plus more will be answered below.

Apple release iPhone 13 on September 16th, 2021. The phone released includes four models; iPhone 13, 13 mini, Pro and Pro Max. Kindly check here for the review of iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

Now, let’s check what’s up with iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max!

Key Review: iPhone 13 Pro Vs iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max is 6.7-inches and iPhone 13 Pro is 6.1-inches
  • Both have four colors: Sierra BlueSilverGold, and Graphite
  • Body: iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max is built with Surgical-grade stainless steel
  • Screen: Both iPhones have Ceramic Shield
  • Night mode now on every camera
  • 3x optical zoom on Telephoto
  • Up to 1TB storage on iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 pro max
  • 120Hz adaptive refresh display
  • iPhone 13 pro and iPhone 13 Pro max has iOS 15
  • Both has 5G enabled

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max – Review

  • iPhone 13 Pro’s Design

In terms of design, Apple has mastered the art of turning out fresh-looking designs, year in year out. It doesn’t end there, they also give a good performance for your money. This year’s iPhone still looks similar to last year’s Pro models. 

From a glance, they look similar except in terms of dimensions. But a closer look will begin to reveal the subtle differences.

From the front, we have a much bigger display which is made even bigger by the reduced notch. It’s still a good-looking display no doubt. But a device with a notch in 2021 still looks weird. Apple is slow in adopting new changes and trends to its devices. We’ve seen a decrease in the size of the notch this year, hopefully, it’ll be taken out by next year. 🙏

At the back of the device, I’ve got no problems whatsoever. It’s a glossy finish around the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, as opposed to the Matte finish we’re used to seeing on the Pro iPhones. 

You still get that Apple logo at the center and a big camera bump at the top. It’s not just big, but also wider. 

These big sensors should make for better photos than its 12 Pro. The sim tool, power, media, and volume keys still keep their positions.

We still miss the good old days of Touch ID. The power button should have doubled as a fingerprint scanner just like we have on the iPad, but we don’t call the shots at Apple. We only hope it gets added shortly.

  • iPhone 13 Pro’s Display

iPhones were heralded for having great displays in the past. But in recent times, the likes of Samsung have been doing a better job in this category. As I said earlier, Apple is kind of slow in incorporating new trends and features on their devices. I’m still clueless why they like it that way.

But we now have the high refresh rate display on the iPhone for the first time. Apple is calling it ‘ProRes’. There are no toggles for switching between high and lower refresh rates. Just as it is on the iPad Pro, it’s a variable refresh rate.

The ProRes feature will vary between 10Hz and 120Hz depending on your display needs. When mindlessly scrolling through your gallery, it doesn’t refresh much as opposed to high intense gaming. So basically, it’s an AI-based feature.

The display is much wider than last year’s models by just a few inches. This time around, we’ve got a smaller notch which makes for more screen real estate. Sadly, the additional screen wasn’t utilized as much as we’d want to. We expected to see the battery percentage on the iPhone. But Apple is not big on batteries, so it’s expected.

  • Battery/Performance

Over the past decade, Apple continues to hold its own against the competition in terms of overall performance. And they’re not looking to relinquish their claim all thanks to the A15 Bionic chipset – Apple’s own SoC.

The specs are not just great on paper but also combine with the iOS to turn out a price-worthy performance. When you factor in the new high refresh rate, then this device should fly. 

As expected, we don’t get abnormal heating which is a thing with the Snapdragon 888+, at least from the few devices we’ve seen. This is a huge plus for Apple. The ability to maintain adequate battery life while still giving a solid performance is something we’re not used to. Apple even promised a 2½ hours battery improvement from last year’s Pro models.

Not much of an increment in battery capacity, but some optimization from the software and the new chipset to keep it running optimally.

Not a game-centric device but you’d enjoy high graphics games on this device. When put side by side with the iPhone 12 Pro, this year’s Pro iPhones kind of leapfrog its predecessor in terms of all-around performance. Even the non-pro do a much better job in terms of performance.

We’re still getting used to devices being shipped with the charging adapter and this trend might continue for a while. This is the second Apple device to be shipped with just the charging adapter. However, you still get the USB-C to Lightning cable with the box. 

You do get fast charging if you use the cable on any of Apple’s adapters with 18W, 20W, 29W, 30W, 61W, 87W, or 96W capacity. That’s how far you can go while we wait for the type-C to become official on the iPhone.

Speaking of the USB-C, the EU has ordered all smartphone makers to switch to the USB-C. They’ve given all OEMs a two-year window to comply with this. We await what Apple will do. Do we get a USB-C port, or do we go all wireless with the MagSafe? We’ll let Apple answer that in the coming months.

But overall, if you’re a heavy user and pay close attention to performance, then you might consider upgrading, otherwise, the 12 Pros are still great options.

  • iPhone 13 Pro’s Camera

Apple cameras have gotten so good over the years that it’s now been looked at as the industry standard. Everyone wants to get ahead of them but each year, Apple keeps stacking up its lead among other competitors. 

This year’s iPhone has also extended its lead with the help of the A15 Bionic chipset and Apple’s computational photography which has gotten pretty good in recent times. Both Pro models have much bigger hardware – bigger sensors and wider apertures for more light.

As we know, the more light a camera gets, the better it performs. So without any doubt, this is much better than last year’s pro by just a little margin though. The picture quality looks great plus the new cinematic mode for videos. The camera app also sees some new additions where you can switch filters with the all-new Photographic Styles.

But it’s still a triple 12MP sensor which comes with some limitations. Are we going to see an upgrade to a much bigger sensor? We wait!

Specs: iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

  • Main camera: 12MP (main), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (telephoto)
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Display: 6.1-inch | 6.7-inch (iPhone 13 Pro Max) Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision
  • Network: 5G / LTE / HSPA / GSM 
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/ 1TB ROM
  • Software: iOS 15
  • CPU/GPU: A15 Bionic/Apple GPU
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, WiFi 6
  • Sensors: color spectrum, proximity, gyroscope, accelerometer, fingerprint (optical)
  • Colors: Graphite, Gold, Silver, Sierra Blue
  • Weight: 204g | 240g (iPhone 13 Pro Max)
  • Price: $999 and $1,099

Price of iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

The price of the iPhone 13 Pro starts from $999 while iPhone 13 Pro Max starts from $1,099.

  • In Nigeria iPhone, 13 Pro starts from N570,000 and the Pro Max will cost N627,000.
  • In India: iPhone 13 Pro starts from Rs. 1,19,900 and Rs. 1,29,900 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Conclusion: Should I Upgrade to iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max?

Apple has done a great job with this year’s releases. We’ve got a much better camera, a faster CPU, a high refresh rate, 5G, and good battery life. But there are still a few trivial things we still expect to change. The notch and the lightning ports lead the pack among other features.

But is it worth the upgrade? As I iterated earlier, if you focused on all-around performance, then by all means upgrade. Otherwise, you can wait for the iPhone 14 where we should see some big changes, hopefully.

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