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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a larger screen size is important to you, the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a 6.7-inch display compared to the iPhone 12's 6.1-inch display. For photography enthusiasts, the iPhone 13 Pro Max provides superior camera performance with better still photo and video quality, and includes additional camera features like a telephoto lens. The iPhone 13 Pro Max also has a longer battery life, which means you can use your phone for a more extended period without charging. However, it is heavier and slightly larger, which may be less comfortable for some users. Both models have similar build materials, no headphone jack, and support wireless charging, but only the iPhone 13 Pro Max offers a high refresh rate display for smoother scrolling and animation. If these improvements are worth the potential tradeoff in size and weight, then the iPhone 13 Pro Max might be the better option for you. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12
iPhone 13 Pro Max
8.0
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has very good overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 12 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12
iPhone 13 Pro Max
7.8
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max and Apple iPhone 12 both have good photos, though the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12
iPhone 13 Pro Max
8.6
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max takes very good videos, while the Apple iPhone 12 takes good videos.

Battery

6.2 Hours
iPhone 12
iPhone 13 Pro Max
9.6 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 has 6.2 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max has 9.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max is 6.7 inches.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

GENERAL

Price
$600
$610
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
October 23, 2020September 24, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.7"
Resolution
2532 x 11702778 x 1284
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
460458
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14A15
Internal Storage
64 gb128 gb
RAM
4 gb6 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/108/10
Photos Score
7.1/107.9/10
Videos Score
7.3/108.6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.2 hours9.6 hours
Battery Capacity
2815 mah4352 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 w15 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"6.33" x 3.07"
Weight
5.78 oz8.47 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedAlpine Green, Graphite, Sierra Blue, Gold, Silver
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better BatteryApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better ScreenApple iPhone 13 Pro Max
Better performanceApple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Apple iPhone 12

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Pocket-lint

Stuart Miles | March 2022
"The iPhone 12 offers many of the important things that you want from the iPhone: a decent camera, 5G, great screen, fast processor. For the group of people who want a new iPhone without the price tag of the iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 13 range, this is a great choice. There's no settling for second best with this smartphone."

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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Tom's Guide

Mark Spoonauer | March 2023
"The iPhone 13 Pro Max is that rare phone that gets a 5-star rating from us. You get blistering performance and a very responsive 120Hz display. Plus, the battery life is among the best we’ve seen from a 5G flagship. Some may simply prefer the iPhone 13 Pro because it’s smaller and lighter, as there are no other functional differences between the two handsets. But if you prefer a bigger screen, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is the closest thing to perfect you can get in a phone."

About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

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