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Updated January 10, 2024·

If the camera is a significant factor for you, the iPhone 14 Pro Max offers a substantially improved photography experience with a higher-resolution main camera and additional features like ProRAW and ProRes video recording. However, the iPhone 13 still has a very capable camera for most needs. On the matter of display, the iPhone 14 Pro Max not only has a larger screen but also offers ProMotion technology with a 120Hz refresh rate, which makes for smoother scrolling and animation; the iPhone 13, however, has a standard 60Hz display. Battery life is also better in the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which may be important if you're away from a charger for extended periods. Still, the iPhone 13 offers sufficient battery life for average use. Both have the same pixel density, so sharpness will be similar, and they share the same ecosystem benefits of iOS, though the iPhone 14 Pro Max would likely receive iOS updates for a longer period due to its newer release. In essence, if top-of-the-line features aren't critical to you and cost is a major consideration, the iPhone 13 remains a strong performer that will meet most users' needs at a more affordable price. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Apple iPhone 13
  • The Apple iPhone 13 has no clear advantages over the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Advantages of the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Excellent for taking photos
  • Best in class for recording videos
  • Excellent battery life
  • Best in class display quality
  • Best in class performance

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.7
iPhone 13
iPhone 14 Pro Max
9.2
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has excellent overall camera quality, while the Apple iPhone 13 has good overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.5
iPhone 13
iPhone 14 Pro Max
9.1
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max takes excellent photos, while the Apple iPhone 13 takes good photos.

Video Quality

8.0
iPhone 13
iPhone 14 Pro Max
9.5
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max takes best in class videos, while the Apple iPhone 13 takes very good videos.

Battery

7.1 Hours
iPhone 13
iPhone 14 Pro Max
10.0 Hours
The Apple iPhone 13 has 7.1 hours of battery life. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max has 10 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 13 has a screen size of 6.1 inches and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is 6.7 inches.

Cost

$629
iPhone 13
iPhone 14 Pro Max
$1,000
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The Apple iPhone 13 has a price of $629 and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max costs $1,000.
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How the Apple iPhone 13 and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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GENERAL

Price
$629
$1,000
Brand
AppleApple
Operating System
iOSiOS
Release Date
September 24, 2021September 16, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.1"6.7"
Resolution
2532 x 11702796 x 1290
Variable refresh rate
NoYes
Pixels Per Inch
460460
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A15A16
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
4 GB6 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.7/109.2/10
Photos Score
7.5/109.2/10
Videos Score
8.1/109.5/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS48 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
7.1 Hours10 Hours
Battery Capacity
3240 mAh4323 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.78" x 2.81"6.33" x 3.06"
Weight
6.14 oz8.47 oz
Back Material
GlassGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.05.3
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 71, 77, 78, 79, 258, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 70, 77, 78, 79

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Pink, Midnight, Starlight, Green, RedDeep Purple, Gold, Silver, Space Black
SD Card
NoNo
Custom ROM Support
NoNo

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TechRadar

James Peckham | September 2022
"The iPhone 13 isn’t a game changer for Apple’s series of smartphones, but it’s an important iteration that offers better battery life, a better processor and an upgraded camera setup than iPhones that have gone before it. If you’re looking for a fast and capable smartphone, and don’t need the extra features of the pricier Pro model, this is a top choice."

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

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Britta O'Boyle | March 2023
"The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is not just big in form, it's big in character. There's a refreshed design that's really striking, especially in this larger format, coupled with performance enhancements, battery improvements, camera improvements, the Always-On Display and the Dynamic Island feature. It will be too big for some, but if you're looking for the best iPhone Apple has made to date in the biggest possible format, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is definitely the one - it is excellent."

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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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