Apple’s September event is just around the corner, which makes iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max comparisons more relevant than ever. At that time, Apple may unveil its latest iPhone, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be the top device in the iPhone 14 series.
After all, the iPhone 13 Pro Max currently holds that title. It’s the best phone you can buy right now, and it’s a 2022 Tom’s Guide winner for being the best phone of the past year. Overtaking the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a tall order, even for a phone maker with Apple’s track record of launching improved devices each fall.
However, based on the rumors we’ve heard about the iPhone 14 Pro ahead of its release this fall, Apple may be up to the task. The Pro line is expected to get the most dramatic upgrades among Apple’s latest phones, and as the largest and most expensive model, the iPhone 13 Pro Max should benefit the most 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 a steady stream of rumors about Apple’s upcoming iPhone plans, we’ve got a pretty good idea of how the iPhone 14 Pro Max will differ from the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max Specifications
|iPhone 14 Pro Max (rumored)||iPhone 13 Pro|
|screen size||6.7 inches||6.7 inches|
|CPU||A16 Bionic||A15 Bionic|
|Memory||6GB LPDDR5||6GB LPDDR4X|
|storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|rear camera||48MP main; 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto||12MP main; 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto|
|Front camera||12MP (f/1.9) autofocus||12MP (f/2.2)|
|battery size||4,323mAh||4,352 mA|
|color||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Purple||Graphite, Gold, Silver, Blue, Green|
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max price comparison
Let’s get the bad news out of the way for now — you’ll likely be paying more for the iPhone 14 Pro Max than you did for the same-sized iPhone Pro model last year. Multiple rumors suggest that the price of the iPhone 14 Pro models will increase by $100. That means the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max itself will cost $1,199. That’s as much as Samsung charges for the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the closest model to the iPhone Pro Max.
If you want a big-screen iPhone but don’t want to spend more than $1,000 on it, you’re not entirely out of luck. According to reports, Apple will launch a new iPhone 14 Max this fall. Consider that the standard iPhone has only one maximum size screen. The phone is expected to sell for $899, although as our iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro comparison suggests, the Pro model will have more enhancements to justify the higher price.
That’s how the iPhone 14 Pro Max compares to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, if Apple did opt for a $100 price hike. Will the new features of this year’s model make people forget about the higher price? Let’s dig into the rumored feature to find out.
iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max Design and Display
At first glance, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is likely to resemble its predecessor, with flat edges surrounding a 6.7-inch display that takes up most of the phone’s face. The difference this time around is that there isn’t expected to be any notch at the top of the screen. Instead, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is rumored to have its front-facing camera and Face ID sensor housed in a dual cutout that should give you more screen real estate to work with. Whether the cutout proves to be more of a distraction than the notch on the iPhone 13 Pro Max remains to be seen.
The back of the phone should look the same, but with one noticeable difference. Because the iPhone 14 Pro Max is getting bigger camera sensors, that could mean a slightly larger camera array. This is notable because it’s not as slim as the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s camera array is thought to be.
The graphite, silver and gold colors of the iPhone 13 Pro Max will likely carry over on the new model. Other iPhone 14 color rumors point to a new purple option for the Pro model. This will dull the current Sierra Blue and Alpine Green colors on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Apple’s current Pro models feature Pro Motion displays with dynamic refresh rates that scale between 10Hz and 120Hz, depending on the action on the screen. The iPhone 14 Pro Max will almost certainly retain this adaptive refresh rate, and rumors suggest it will be as low as 1Hz, which matches the range of the Galaxy S22 Ultra. It will also clear the way for the always-on display feature on the iPhone 14 Pro models.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max camera comparison
While the same rear camera array with wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto lenses will appear on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, major changes to the main camera are expected. Rumors have it that the iPhone 14 Pro lineup will feature a 48MP main camera, ending the 12MP sensor that has appeared on Apple phones over the years. In addition to the larger sensor, the new camera promises to deliver brighter images than past iPhones, while also supporting 8K video.
We haven’t heard of any changes to the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. It’s also possible that Apple will introduce new camera software features, similar to the movie mode that debuted on the iPhone 13 lineup.
First, at least one analyst believes the entire iPhone 14 lineup is getting a new selfie camera. The updated camera is expected to have a wider aperture and a more sophisticated 6-part lens; it also includes autofocus. Given Apple’s recent focus on video chat, the rumored change makes sense.
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, since the latter phone is already ranked as the best camera in our estimates cell phone.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max performance comparison
While rumor has it that the standard iPhone 14 won’t be an upgrade over the A15 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has no such concerns. The Pro models of this year’s iPhone lineup should be in line with the new A16 Bionic chipset, which promises better performance and more efficient power usage.
How much better? A comparison of the A16 Bionic with the A15 Bionic suggests this won’t be a big leap, as the new chipset will be built on the same 5nm process as its predecessor. Since the A16 will be Apple’s third 5nm chipset, any overall boost will be modest at best. Some say Apple will add another core to the A16’s GPU, but this will improve graphics performance. Since the A15 has already outperformed Android phones, we expect the iPhone 14 Pro Max to bring the A16 Bionic to the best benchmarks we’ve seen from a phone.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max may have the same RAM as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but Apple’s new Pro models may move to faster LPDDR5 memory. Another rumor suggests that this year’s Pro model will start with 128GB instead of 256GB, possibly to ease the pain of the $100 price hike. However, a recent report refuted this iPhone 14 Pro Max storage rumor.
iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max battery life and charging
For the iPhone 13 series, Apple has increased battery size across the board, jumping to 4,352 mAh in the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This helped the phone last for 12 hours and 16 minutes on our battery test, placing the iPhone 13 Pro Max on our list of the best phones with battery life.
Apple is unlikely to squeeze in a bigger battery for the iPhone 14 Pro Max — in fact, one report suggests the battery is slightly smaller compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Still, the iPhone 14 Pro Max should be able to keep pace with its predecessor, given the A16 Bionic chipset and display refresh rate that could improve energy efficiency.
iPhones continue to charge at 20W, while rival Android devices demand faster and faster charging. We haven’t heard much about the expected charging capabilities of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, despite rumors earlier this year that Apple was working on 30W charging. Any improvements are welcome here, although the iPhone 13 Pro Max did hit 50% capacity after half an hour.
We’re pretty confident the iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t make at least one change: it’s unlikely we’ll see a USB-C port on this year’s model. As European regulators are pushing Apple to ditch its proprietary Lightning charging, there is some hope. But analysts don’t expect that shift to happen until 2023.
iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max Prospects
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is a near-perfect phone that raises the bar for every phone after it — including the iPhone 14 Pro Max. We’ll soon see if Apple’s upcoming phone is up to the challenge, surpassing last year’s model, but the many rumored changes suggest Apple doesn’t stand a chance.