The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max deliver on long battery life and serious camera upgrades
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Alongside the basic and mini models, Apple has two new Pro edition iPhones: the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Keeping in line with the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, these two models bring some much welcomed upgrades — but nothing quite mold-shattering.

After five days with both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, let's unpack and see if these are truly Pro-grade devices.

The who, what and how

Who this is for: The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are for those who want the best camera possible packaged in the highest-end iPhone. Notably, it features a trio of lenses that are some of the most versatile we've ever tested so we see photographers, influencers and videographers getting the most out of this.

What you need to know: Apple level-set the features across both of these Pro models. All is the same except for battery size and screen size. The 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max both get a triple camera system with a LiDAR Sensor, Super Retina XDR displays with a 120Hz refresh rate, an A15 Bionic with an extra GPU core and a gorgeous new Sierra Blue color. There's also no price increase from the 12 Pro or 12 Pro Max.

How this compares: The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are some of the best flagship smartphones on the market. The cameras can easily roll with the likes of a Samsung Galaxy S21, Z Fold 3 or even Pixel 5a and deliver more color accurate and realistic images. We'd hedge that this is the first phone to also make macro photography a real feature which other phones have struggled with. It's also finally in line with the refresh rate of other flagship phone displays. If you just want an iPhone but don't need the addition of a third-lens or better low-light capabilities, the standard 13 is likely a better bet.

A trio of versatile lenses with a super power

Jacob KrolCNN

The aspect that sets the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max apart from other phones — even the 13 and 13 Mini — is the phone's cameras. And by just reading the megapixels, you might think they're identical. You still get a 12-megapixel wide, 12-megapixel ultrawide and 12-megapixel telephoto camera, but they feature upgraded sensors and modes.

Let's start with the 12-megapixel wide camera, which features a massive sensor that makes itself a really…
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