Top 10 features in iPhone 13 pro max


The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are phones designed for people who care about the details. The improvements over last year’s iPhones are significant but not obvious at first glance.

Just as with the regular iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, the most important upgrades on the 13 Pro are to battery life and the camera system. The 13 Pro adds a third major improvement with a high refresh rate screen.

Upgrading the battery, camera, and screen sounds like an iterative, yearly update; they sound like the so-called “S” updates that Apple used to do for iPhones before its naming schemes became unpredictable. And it is true that the design is virtually identical to that of last year’s iPhone 12 Pros. But those assumptions — those words — don’t quite do justice to how big the changes really are.


Last year was a big design update for the iPhone, with flat sides, 5G, and MagSafe charging. This year’s models inherit all of that, changing the design in only minor ways. The most obvious one is the notch on the screen. It’s slightly smaller, but only horizontally — it still pushes down into what you’re looking at to the same degree. Apple also didn’t do anything with that extra space at the top, meaning you still can’t see your battery percentage without pulling down the control center.

The other design change is that the new iPhones are almost imperceptibly heavier and also thicker across the entire body compared to last year’s models. But the camera bumps on both phones are significantly bigger, which means that 12 Pro cases are not going to fit on the 13 Pro. I think the tradeoffs are worth it for the improved battery life and camera system.

The smaller notch on the iPhone 13 Pro Max (left) compared to the 12 Pro Max (right)
The smaller notch on the iPhone 13 Pro Max (left) compared to the 12 Pro Max (right) Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
Unlike many Android phones with gently curving displays at the edges, Apple does still have a small bezel around the screen. The rails on the edges are glossy stainless steel that picks up fingerprints, the glass on the back is a smooth matte. The front uses Apple’s Ceramic Shield finish to prevent cracks and the camera lenses are sapphire. It’s a beautiful phone, and I think it’s a huge step up from the curved sides we’ve seen on iPhones from the 6 all the way up through the 11.

The important spec outside of the camera system and the screen is the new A15 Bionic processor, which is indeed fast. But as always with iPhones, the primary purpose of that speed is ensuring the phone will still feel fast in years to come, not making it seem faster than last year’s device. There are a bunch of camera features that seem to be enabled by the A15, however. I’ll also just point out that the 13 Pro models get five GPU cores to the regular 13’s four, but that extra core doesn’t seem to enable anything specific beyond more speed.

Base storage still starts at 128GB, but at the top end, there’s a new 1TB option. That is a ridiculous amount of storage for a phone, but if you’re planning on shooting a bunch of ProRes videos then it might be something to actually consider. Screen sizes and resolutions are the same: 6.1 inches at 1170 x 2532 pixels for the 13 Pro and 6.7 inches at 1284 x 2778 pixels for the 13 Pro Max.

2-A15 Bionic Chip

All of the iPhone 13 models use Apple’s new A15 chip, which offers performance and efficiency improvements over the A14 chip used in the iPhone 12. Apple calls the A15 chip in the iPhone 13 Pro models the “world’s fastest smartphone chip” with two performance cores and four efficiency cores.

The A15 chip in the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max features a 5-core GPU, which is one additional GPU core that is available in the standard iPhone 13 models. Apple says that the iPhone 13 Pro models offer up to 50 percent faster graphics performance than any other smartphone chip, which has been confirmed in Geek bench benchmarks pitting the iPhone 13 Pro’s GPU against the iPhone 12 Pro’s GPU. Comparatively, the iPhone 13 models offer 15 percent faster graphics performance.

When it comes to the CPU, all of the iPhone 13 models offer the same capabilities and are approximately 10 percent faster in single-core performance and approximately 18 percent faster in multi-core performance compared to the iPhone 12 models.

Neural Engine
The 16-core Neural Engine is able to perform up to 15.8 trillion operations per second, and it powers features like Cinematic Mode and Smart HDR 4.

The iPhone 13 Pro models have 6GB RAM, while the iPhone 13 models have 4GB RAM. RAM has not changed from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 13, and the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models also had 4GB and 6GB RAM, respectively.

Storage Space
All iPhone 13 models start with 128GB of storage, and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max can be ordered with up to 1TB storage space, which is a new maximum.

3-TrueDepth Camera and Face ID

For biometric authentication purposes, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max use Face ID, the facial recognition system that was first introduced in 2017. Face ID components are housed in the True Depth camera system in the display notch, which is smaller this year.

Face ID is used across iOS tasks for unlocking the iPhone, allowing access to third-party passcode-protected apps, confirming app purchases, and authenticating Apple Pay payments.

iPhone 12 pro face id
Face ID works through a set of sensors and cameras. A Dot Projector projects more than 30,000 invisible infrared dots onto the surface of the skin to create a 3D facial scan that maps the curves and planes of each face, with the scan read by an infrared camera.

The facial depth map is relayed to the A15 chip where it is transformed into a mathematical model that the iPhone uses to authenticate identity. Face ID works in low light and in the dark, and with hats, beards, glasses, sunglasses, scarves, and other accessories that partially obscure the face.

iPhone apple watch unlock
For face masks, which do not work with Face ID, there’s an “Unlock with Apple Watch” feature for convenience. Unlock with Apple Watch allows iPhone users to take advantage of an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication measure to unlock their devices when wearing a mask. It can’t be used to authenticate Apple Pay or App Store purchases, and it can’t unlock apps that require a Face ID scan. In these situations, a mask needs to be removed or a passcode needs to be used instead.

Front-Facing Camera Features
In addition to powering facial recognition, the 12-megapixel f/2.2 camera in the TrueDepth camera system is also a front-facing selfie/FaceTime camera with many of the same features that are available for the rear-facing camera.

With the A15 chip, the iPhone 13 Pro models support many of the photographic capabilities that are available with the rear cameras, including Night mode for selfies, Smart HDR 4, Dolby Vision HDR recording, and Deep Fusion, along with ProRes and the new Cinematic Mode for capturing videos with the movie-like depth of field changes.

4K video recording, QuickTake video, Slo-mo video, Portrait Mode, Portrait Lighting, and the new Photographic Styles feature for selectively applying edits are all supported.

4-Triple-Lens Rear Cameras

The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ and Pro Max include a three-lens camera system with a 77mm six-element f/2.8 Telephoto lens, a 26mm seven-element f/1.5 Wide lens, and a 13mm six-element f/1.8 Ultra-Wide lens.

iPhone 13 pro max cameras:
Both the Wide and Telephoto lenses support dual optical image stabilization, while the Wide lens supports sensor-shift optical image stabilization.

The Wide lens features a wider aperture that lets in 2.2x more light and is the largest sensor in an iPhone yet. It supports Wide color capture.

iPhone 13 pro camera lenses specs:
The Ultra-Wide lens features a wider aperture, a faster sensor, and autofocus. The updated lens captures up to 92 percent more light, which should bring a drastic improvement in quality, and it also includes lens correction to account for distortion caused by the super-wide field of view.

The 77mm Telephoto lens features 3x optical zoom in, up from 2.5x in the 12 Pro Max, and with the addition of the Ultra Wide lens, there is a 6x optical zoom range and support for 15x digital zoom.

There’s also a LiDAR Scanner, which is not available on the ‌iPhone 13‌ and 13 mini.

Camera Features:
Macro Photography – The Ultra-Wide camera on the Pro models can focus at 2cm, which makes it ideal for macro photos. You can take macro photos or macro videos, including slow motion and time-lapse.
Smart HDR 4 – Recognizes up to four people in a scene and optimizes the contrast, lighting, and even skin tones for each person so everyone looks their best.
Photographic Styles – Photographic Styles are smart, adjustable filters that can do things like boost or mute colors without affecting skin tone. Styles apply selectively to an image, unlike a filter that’s applied to the entire image. Photographic Styles include Vibrant (boosts colors), Rich Contrast (darker shadows and deeper colors), Warm (accentuates golden undertones), or Cool (accentuates blue undertones). Tone and Warmth are customizable for each style, so you can get the exact look that you want.
Night Mode – Takes a series of images over a few seconds and aggregates them together to allow for photography in extremely low lighting situations. Night Mode on the Pro models works with Portrait Mode thanks to the LiDAR scanner, and with all three lenses.
Deep Fusion – Works in mid to low lighting conditions and brings out the texture and detail in the image.
Portrait Mode – Keeps the subject of the photo in focus while blurring the background.
Portrait Lighting – Changes the lighting of Portrait Mode photos with effects that include Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono, High‑Key Mono.
True Tone flash – True Tone flash is the built-in flash, and it is designed to match the ambient lighting so it doesn’t throw off the white balance of the photo when used.
Panorama – Captures panoramic shots up to 63 megapixels.
ProRAW – Lets users capture professional-looking photos using the ProRAW format.
Burst Mode – Allows a series of images to be captured all at once, which is good for high-action shots.
Video Recording:
The iPhone 13 Pro models support up to 4K video recording at 24, 25, 30, and 60 frames per second, and HDR video recording with Dolby Vision at 4K up to 60 frames per second. 1080p video recording and 720p video recording are also available.

Later this year, Apple plans to introduce support for recording ProRes video, which is the format used for films, commercials, and other professional applications. ProRes offers high color fidelity and low compression, so file sizes are large.

iPhone 12 pro cinematic mode
ProRes video recording is available up to 4K at 30fps, but note that at least 256GB of storage is required for this option. Those with the 128GB iPhone 13 Pro models will be limited to ProRes recordings at 1080p and 30 frames per second.

The iPhone 13 models offer a new Cinematic Mode that uses rack focus to seamlessly shift the focus from one subject to another when capturing video. It holds focus on the subject while blurring the background, and can automatically change the focus when a new subject is about to enter the scene. Blur and focus can be adjusted after capturing video as well through the Photos app. The cinematic mode works with the Wide, Telephoto, and TrueDepth cameras, and it supports Dolby Vision HDR.

Other video features include QuickTake video, audio zoom, Time-lapse, Night mode Time-lapse, continuous autofocus mode, 9x digital zoom, and the option to take 8-megapixel photos when recording 4K video.

5-Battery Life

Apple has improved battery life across the iPhone 13 lineup with the A15 chip and larger battery sizes. The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌’s battery lasts for up to 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro, and the ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max’s battery lasts for up to 2.5 hours longer than the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s battery. The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ supports up to 22 hours of video playback, up to 20 hours of streaming video playback, and up to 75 hours of audio playback. The ‌iPhone 13 Pro‌ Max supports up to 28 hours of video playback, up to 25 hours of streaming video playback, and up to 95 hours of audio playback. Both iPhone 13 Pro models support fast charging and can charge to 50 percent within 30 minutes using a Lightning to USB-C cable and a 20W power adapter.

6-5G Connectivity

The iPhone 13 models, like the iPhone 12 models, support 5G networks in addition to LTE networks. The 5G modems in the devices work with both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G, which are the two types of 5G, but mmWave speeds continue to be limited to the United States.

iPhone 13 pro sideways
mmWave 5G networks are the fastest 5G networks, but mmWave is short-range and can be obscured by buildings, trees, and other obstacles, so its use is limited to major cities and urban areas along with venues like concerts, airports, and other places where a lot of people congregate.

Sub-6GHz 5G is more widespread and available in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the United States and other countries. For the most part, when you use a 5G network, you’ll be using Sub-6GHz 5G. Sub-6GHz 5G is generally faster than LTE, but it’s still evolving and it’s not the super fast 5G you might be expecting.

5G connectivity allows for faster download and upload speeds, which speeds up everything from loading websites to downloading TV shows and movies. It also increases bandwidth for streaming services so you can watch in a higher resolution, and it brings improved FaceTime call quality. Over 5G or WiFi, FaceTime calls work in 1080p. In areas where LTE speeds are slow because of the sheer number of people, 5G frees up bandwidth and reduces congestion for faster usage speeds.

7-Bluetooth, WiFi, and U1

The iPhone 13 models include an Apple-designed U1 chip that enables Ultra-Wideband technology for improved spatial awareness, allowing the iPhone 13 models to precisely locate other U1-equipped Apple devices. Apple has likened Ultra Wideband to “GPS at the scale of the living room,” because the technology is designed for improved indoor positioning and location tracking.

The U1 chip allows the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13, Pro Max, to precisely track nearby AirTags. It’s also used for directional AirDrop and interaction with the HomePod mini, which also has a U1 chip.

As for Bluetooth and WiFi, the iPhone 13 Pro models support Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 (802.11ax).


The iPhone 13 lineup continues to offer built-in MagSafe technology in the form of a magnetic ring that is designed to connect to the MagSafe charger and other magnetic accessories.

The MagSafe charger snaps right onto the back of the iPhone 13 models and charges at 15W, which is higher than the 7.5W wireless charging available with Qi-based chargers.

iPhone 13 pro MagSafe
Other magnetic accessories are compatible with the magnetic ring, including cases, sleeves, snap-on wallets, and more, with third-party companies also able to make accessories for the MagSafe iPhones.

Apple warns that MagSafe Chargers can leave a circular imprint on its leather cases, and a similar effect has been seen on silicone cases. Apple also says that credit cards, security badges, passports, and keyfobs should not be placed between the iPhone and MagSafe charger.

Like all iPhones, the iPhone 13 Pro models with their MagSafe technology can cause interference with medical devices like pacemakers and defibrillators. Apple recommends keeping MagSafe iPhones and all MagSafe accessories a safe distance away from implanted medical devices.

9-Other Features

The iPhone 13 Pro models have a stereo speaker at the top where the notch is located and a second stereo speaker at the bottom next to the Lightning port.

The iPhone 13 Pro models are equipped with a barometer, three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and an ambient light sensor.

The iPhone 13 models feature support for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou location services. NFC with reader mode is included, and there’s a background tag feature that allows the iPhone models to scan NFC tags without the need to open an app first.


The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max finally offer iPhone users a screen feature that flagship Android phones have had for quite a long time: higher refresh rates. Apple’s branding for its screen is “Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion,” and the important part is the ProMotion, which previously has only been on the iPad Pro.

Historically, the iPhone has been able to refresh its screen at 60Hz (or 60 times every second), but the new iPhone 13 Pros can vary the refresh rates from as little as 10Hz all the way up to 120Hz. Apple is using a type of OLED display called LTPO (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) panel, technology first seen on Samsung phones. It has a wide dynamic range, can get much brighter, and also uses less power because it can ratchet down the refresh rate.

What all this means practically is that scrolling and animations look much smoother. It also has battery life benefits because if nothing’s moving on the screen, the screen needs to refresh less often and therefore uses less power.

None of this is news to Android users, but if you haven’t used a high refresh rate display on a phone before it can be a little hard to explain why it makes a difference. This is doubly true on iPhones because Apple has gotten away with not putting a high refresh rate screen on an iPhone for so long because iOS is itself a very smooth OS without very much jank in its animations.

When I scroll on the iPhone 13 Pro, the text stays readable instead of turning into a blur. Things moving on the screen are smoother. It feels more like direct interaction with my finger because the iPhone can literally change its refresh rate to match my movement.

Apple’s implementation is also smart: iOS keeps an eye on what activity is happening on the screen and adjusts the refresh rate to match. So the screen matches the 24FPS frame rate in video apps, for example. Apple tells me apps coded with its default tools like Swift will get these benefits for free and that developers will have access to tools to update their apps to support ProMotion if they like.

I get if all this sounds very silly. It is very much a premium feature that is more about the experience than anything practical. That’s exactly what ProMotion is and it is exactly what I think we should expect from a phone that costs more than a thousand dollars. It was a similar story when Apple’s own high-density Retina Displays hit the scene. Once many people experienced the nicer thing, they were bothered by its lack.

I have heard all the speculation about why Apple waited this long to implement this feature and I don’t really buy any of them. I admit that high refresh rates are the epitome of “nice to have,” but part of the point of Apple’s extravagant Pro phones is to provide the nicest experience. Now, finally, they do. Crucially, Apple did an excellent job with its implementation.

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