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GADGET lovers, brace yourselves: Apple’s most expensive mobile phone is finally here and it’s amazing.

I tested the new iPhone 13 Pro Max and it was a great tour of the technology.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is huge and very impressive


The iPhone 13 Pro Max is huge and very impressiveCredit: Sean Keach / The Sun
The monitor is one of the best on the market


The monitor is one of the best on the marketCredit: Sean Keach / The Sun

First, remember that the Pro Max is not for everyone – this is the Pro model and therefore it is more expensive.

There are four new models this year: iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Ranges start at $699 / £679, but this model will cost from $999 / £949 to $1,599 / £1,549.

This year’s Pro and Pro Max are identical, so you’re really choosing between 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screens.

I prefer the latter, but those with smaller hands, pockets or egos may prefer the standard Pro.

Not much has changed from last year’s iPhone 12 – or iPhone 11, for that matter.

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The notch that sticks out of the screen is a bit smaller (but it needs to go and soon!) and comes in new colors (including the cool Sierra Blue).

But for the most part you’re getting the same premium version, with Apple’s Super Retina XDR display.

This time, the screen has been upgraded with ProMotion technology, as borrowed from the luxurious iPad Pro.

That means the display’s refresh rate adjusts up to 120Hz to make scrolling and animations look better than ever. This refresh rate can drop as low as 10Hz when idle, to preserve battery life.

Smoother scrolling is a big selling point, but I find (and enjoy) more when switching between apps.

The screen is also 25% brighter outdoors, rising to a peak of 1,200nits in some parts of the screen when viewing HDR content.

It’s again an OLED display and it’s absolutely stunning – easily one of the most accurate and vibrant panels on the market.

You’ve got the display’s Hard Ceramic Shield (to prevent breakage) and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.

Really, the good thing on the Pro Max is what’s inside.

First, there’s a powerful new A15 Bionic processor, which Apple has managed to pull off a massive 15 billion transistors.

Computing benchmarks show it can beat every other smartphone on the market – including top Android rivals.

Some performance boost also helps give the Pro and Pro Max an extra 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours of battery life per charge.

Of course, your iPhone being ridiculously fast is great – but not surprising.

Perhaps more interesting are the changes to the camera, which will turn even the ugliest of photographers (myself included) into professional photographers – or at it.

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There are three lenses in total.

The first is telephoto, for portrait-style photography – with a 77mm focal length, 3x optical zoom and f/2.8 aperture.

Next is Ultra Wide, with a 13mm focal length, f/1.8 aperture and faster sensor, for wide and engaging shots.

And then there’s the more typical Wide camera, with a 26mm focal length, f/1.5 aperture and variable-sensor optical image stabilization.

One of the best new features is Macro photography, a long-requested and much-welcomed feature.

This uses an ultra-wide lens to focus on objects at a minimum distance of 2cm.

Awesome, Macros work for video too.

You can get very close and capture levels of detail that are invisible to the human eye.

Getting the focus right and the image steady is a little tricky given how close you are to the subject – but you get the hang of it pretty quickly.

Low-light photography has been significantly improved.

That’s partly due to the goodness of some calculations, but also thanks to the wider aperture and larger sensor.

It’s definitely in a great position right now – low-light photography hasn’t always been the iPhone’s strong point.

But photos taken even in extremely low light show a surprising amount of detail and good levels of brightness.

Importantly, you still get a sense of the original shadow of the scene, instead of the obvious false brightness.

One of Apple’s highlights during the keynote was Cinema Mode.

First of all, this allows you to shoot footage with an adjusted depth of field, which looks great.

But the main advantage is that the camera can tell when a new person has entered a scene and will automatically switch focus between them.

It’s a Hollywood technique on your iPhone and it works great.

Better yet, you can adjust the focus – or even change the background blur, or “bokeh” – after you’ve shot the scene.

And like before, you can shoot in Dolby Vision HDR. Brag.

There are new Photo Styles that let you choose presets created by Apple.

These include Warm, Cool, Vivid and Rich Contrast, and all of them are attractive enough.

But they are completely optional, so you can use the straight shooter if you want.

For true camera enthusiasts, there’s the option to shoot movies in ProRes, Apple’s high-quality video format (up to 8K) for professional editing and broadcasting.

Complete package

Storage is one of the other big stories of the year.

In particular, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have four different options.

You’ll get 128GB (enough for most normal people), 256GB, 512GB, and a new 1TB option.

The latter will set you back a staggering $1,599 / £1,549 for the Pro Max, but it will still appeal to some savvy users.

It’s clearly aimed at a small number of people, though, and I’d recommend going with 128GB or 256GB unless you’re using your iPhone professionally as a creative work.

Both the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max support 5G Internet, which was first introduced with smartphones last year.

There really isn’t much to say: 5G is very fast and is getting faster and faster.

Coverage is not widespread (or even close), but networks are expanding rapidly across the US and UK.

Currently, 5G is widely integrated in regular phone contracts, and soon you will have a hard time buying a phone that doesn’t support 5G.

In any case, if you’re using an iPhone 11 or later, this is a great time to upgrade.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max runs on Apple’s new iOS 15 mobile software.

Of course, it’s not exclusive: even the original iPhone SE and iPhone 6S support the new update.

But it does have some cool tricks you’ll love, including Focus mode to prevent distractions, as well as Portrait Mode for FaceTime calls.

iPhone 13 Pro review verdict – absolutely epic

Gadgets lovers will rightly look at the iPhone 13 Pro and say that “not much has changed from last year”.

That’s correct: there are some big improvements in camera and battery life, but not much else.

Of course, very few people upgrade their phones every year – and for those, this should be enough.

If you’re using a phone as recent as the iPhone 11 Pro, this is a worthy upgrade.

And if you’re using something older like an iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone XS, this will be a huge leap. Especially for the former.

What Apple did was transform an already good iPhone into something special.

Apple has made huge strides when it comes to processing performance, and iOS is incredibly capable – even the once mocked Apple Maps is now awesome.

If you like iPhone, you won’t be disappointed at all.

The Sun says: The ultimate iPhone for the high-end iPhone enthusiasts – this Pro model lives up to its name and delivers better than ever. This is the best smartphone you can buy today. 5/5

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are now available for pre-order and go on sale from September 24. Check it out iPhone 13 offers Page.

All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but are subject to change. Always do your own research before making a purchase.

Amazingly capable triple camera setup


Amazingly capable triple camera setupCredit: Sean Keach / The Sun
The new Sierra Blue color option is smart


The new Sierra Blue color option is smartCredit: Sean Keach / The Sun
The new Macro photography mode is impressive - capture the fine details of a medium-sized cat's very small nose


The new Macro photography mode is impressive – capture the fine details of a medium-sized cat’s very small noseCredit: Sean Keach / The Sun
There are four color options available for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max


There are four color options available for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro MaxCredit: Apple

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Where to buy iPhone 13?


You’ll find these SIM-free handsets available for purchase on Amazon:

  • Apple iPhone 13 256GB (midnight), Amazon – buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Mini 256GB (midnight), Amazon – buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro 256GB (graphite), Amazon – buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 256GB (graphite), Amazon – buy here


In the United States, all four handsets can be picked up at BestBuy, where you can purchase them for a one-time cost or in monthly packages.

  • Apple iPhone 13 128GB (midnight), BestBuy, $699.99 buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Mini 128GB (midnight), BestBuy, $599.99 buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro 256GB (graphite), BestBuy, $899.99buy here
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB (graphite), BestBuy, $999.99buy here
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