The Apple September event is just around the corner, making a comparison between iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max more relevant than ever. At that event, Apple will likely introduce its latest iPhones, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the flagship device in the iPhone 14 range.
After all, the iPhone 13 Pro Max currently claims that title. It’s the best phone you can buy right now and it’s the winner of the Tom’s Guide Award 2022 for the best phone of the past year. To top the numbers on the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a tall order, even for a phone manufacturer with Apple’s track record of rolling out improved devices each fall.
However, based on the iPhone 14 Pro rumors we’ve heard leading up to this fall’s release, Apple is up to the task. The Pro range is tipped to get the most substantial upgrades among Apple’s latest handsets and as the largest and most expensive model, the iPhone 13 Pro Max should reap the most benefits from that strategy.
We won’t know how the new Pro Max model compares to its predecessor until Apple officially unveils the iPhone 14 series. But thanks to the steady stream of rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone plans, we have a pretty good idea of the differences between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Specs
iPhone 14 Pro Max (rumors)
iPhone 13 Pro Max
Starting price $1,199
Screen size 6.7 inches
Refresh rate 1-120Hz
Processor A16 Bionic
RAM 6GB LPDDR5
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Rear cameras 48MP main; 12MP ultra-wide angle, 12MP telephoto
12MP head; 12MP ultra-wide angle, 12MP telephoto
Front camera 12 MP (f/1.9) with autofocus
Battery Size: 4,323 mAh
Colors Graphite, Gold, Silver, Purple
Graphite, Gold, Silver, Blue, Green
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max price
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first – you’re probably going to pay more for the iPhone 14 Pro Max than you would have paid last year for the same-sized iPhone Pro model. Multiple rumors indicate that the price of the iPhone 14 Pro models will increase by $100. That would mean the iPhone 14 Pro would start at the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s debut price of $1,099, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max itself would cost $1,199. That’s as much as Samsung charges for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the closest competitor to the iPhone Pro Max model.
You’re not completely out of luck if you want a big screen iPhone but don’t want to pay more than $1,000 for it. Apple is reportedly introducing a new iPhone 14 Max model this fall. Think of the standard iPhone only with a Max-sized screen. That phone is tipped at $899, but as our iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro comparison indicates, the Pro model will have more improvements to justify the higher price.
And that’s what a comparison between iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max comes down to, if Apple really opts for that $100 price hike. Will the new features on this year’s model make people forget about the higher price? Let’s dig deeper into the feature rumors to find out.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Design and Display
At first glance, the iPhone 14 Pro Max probably looks like its predecessor, with flat bezels surrounding a 6.7-inch screen that takes up much of the phone’s face. The difference this time around is that there is not expected to be a notch in the top of the screen. Instead, the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s front camera and Face ID sensors are said to be housed in dual cutouts that should give you a little more screen space to work with. Whether the cutouts turn out to be more distracting than the notch on the iPhone 13 Pro Max remains to be seen.
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The back of the phones should look the same, with one noticeable difference. Since the iPhone 14 Pro Max gets a larger camera sensor, this could mean a slightly larger camera array. That’s notable because it’s not like the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera array was considered slim.
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The graphite, silver, and gold colors of the iPhone 13 Pro Max are likely to stick around for the new model. Other rumors about the color of the iPhone 14 point to a new purple option for the pro models. That would leave the current colors Sierra Blue and Alpine Green on the iPhone 13 Pro Max out in the cold.
Apple’s current Pro models feature Pro Motion displays, with dynamic refresh rates that range between 10 Hz and 120 Hz, depending on the action on the screen. It’s almost certain that the iPhone 14 Pro Max will maintain this adaptive refresh rate, and the refresh rate is rumored to be as low as 1 Hz, which matches the range of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It would also pave the way for an always-on display feature for the iPhone 14 Pro models.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Cameras
While the same set of rear cameras with wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses are coming to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, expect a big change in that main camera. Rumors tip that the iPhone 14 Pro series will have a 48MP main camera, ending years of 12MP sensors appearing on Apple phones. In addition to a larger sensor, the new camera is expected to deliver clearer images than previous iPhones, while also supporting 8K video.
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We haven’t heard anything about rumors of changes to the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. It’s possible that Apple could also introduce new camera software features similar to the Cinematic Mode that debuted with the iPhone 13 lineup.
Up front, at least one analyst believes the entire iPhone 14 lineup will get a new selfie camera. The updated camera is expected to have a wider aperture and a more complex 6-piece lens; it’s tipped to include autofocus as well. The rumors make sense given Apple’s recent focus on video chatting.
Add all these changes together and it looks like the iPhone 14 Pro Max will offer a better camera experience than the iPhone 13 Pro Max – impressive, considering that the latter phone is already the best camera phone in our opinion.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max Performance
While some rumors suggest that the standard iPhone 14 will not be upgraded from the A15 Bionic processor that powered the iPhone 13 series, there is no concern for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Pro models of this year’s iPhone range should be lining up for a new A16 Bionic chipset that promises better performance and more efficient use of power.
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Just how much better? An A16 Bionic vs. A15 Bionic comparison suggests it won’t be a big jump as the new chipset will be built on the same 5-nanometer process as its predecessor. Since the A16 will be Apple’s third 5nm chipset, any overall boost will be modest at best. There is talk of Apple adding another core to the A16’s GPU, which would be a boost to graphics performance, however. Since the A15 already outperforms Android phones, we expect the iPhone 14 Pro Max to take the A16 Bionic to the best benchmark numbers we’ve seen from a phone.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely have the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but Apple’s new Pro models can switch to faster LPDDR5 memory. Another rumor suggests that the Pro models will start this year with 256GB of storage instead of 128GB, possibly as a way to take the sting out of that $100 price hike; however, a recent report clears up this iPhone 14 Pro Max storage rumor.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max battery life and charging
For the iPhone 13 series, Apple has increased battery capacity throughout, with the iPhone 13 Pro Max jumping to a 4,352 mAh cell. That helped the phone last 12 hours and 16 minutes during our battery test, putting the iPhone 13 Pro Max on our list of the best phone battery life.
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It’s unlikely that Apple will be able to use an even larger battery for the iPhone 14 Pro Max — in fact, a report suggests a slightly smaller battery compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. But given the likely improvements in power efficiency from both the A16 Bionic chipset and screen refresh rate, the iPhone 14 Pro Max should be able to keep up with its predecessor.
iPhones continue to charge at 20W, while competing Android devices aim for ever-faster charging speeds. We haven’t heard much about the expected charging power of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, although a rumor earlier this year said that Apple was working on 30W charging. Any improvement would be welcome here, although the iPhone 13 Pro Max will be released after half a year. hours reaches 50% of its capacity.
There’s at least one change that we’re pretty sure the iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t make: We’re unlikely to see a USB-C port on this year’s models. There was some hope for that, as European regulators push Apple to move away from its own Lightning charging. But analysts expect that switch to take place in 2023.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max outlook
The iPhone 13 Pro Max was a near-perfect phone that raised the bar for every phone to come after — including the iPhone 14 Pro Max. We’ll soon see if Apple’s upcoming phone is up to the challenge of surpassing last year’s model, but the many rumors of changes suggest that Apple is leaving nothing to chance.