The new iPhone 13 and 13 Pro Max have finally arrived in our hands, which means we can now sort
out whether the new models are any good from a theoretical and practical point of view. What has
actually changed, rather than what Apple said at the presentation? How noticeable are these
changes in real life? Is it worth paying more for the latest iPhones? Let's find out.
Briefly about the boxes
Apple in recent years has not devoted a separate presentation to the environment. Here they
recycle, there they use less harmful metals, and in the last generation they removed the charging
block. And this year, for the first time in my memory, there is no plastic wrap on the boxes of
Now you can't even do an ASMR with unpacking and goosebumps. To unpack the box, all you have to
do now is tear off the two stickers on the bottom.
Is the new colour top?
This year they've delighted us with a new available storage capacity – a whole terabyte! And the
colour too, sky blue, it looks very pretty both in pictures and in real life. At the same time, all the
colours of the pro-versions of the iPhones are still completely unisex, by and large suitable for both
men and women.
Screen, hardware, features
Last year, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max were essentially different smartphones: the Pro Max had
much more advanced cameras, and that's the only reason I bought the big phone in the first place. I'll
get the smaller one this year, as the only differences between the models are again the screen size
and the battery. This is great news.
Of course, the most noticeable change is the Pro Motion screen. From 10 hertz to 120 hertz, and the
frequency constantly changes depending on the content on the screen. If you haven't come across
this technology – imagine moving everything as smoothly and quickly as possible, or better still, see
for yourself on occasion what it looks like. We've already seen this in the iPad Pro, and why it took so
long to get to the iPhone isn't very clear. Apple is catching up here, despite constant claims that it's
an incredible new technology.
Naturally, 120 hertz is nice, but if you're a battery saver, you can turn on the forced 60Hz in the
universal access settings. The Always-On Display feature never appeared. But in everyday life, the
screen can be brighter, up to 1000 nits. In HDR mode, the brightness remains the same as in the last
generation, up to 1200 nits.
For the first time, the difference between the regular and pro-phone has been added to the
performance difference: the pro-version now has a 5-core graphics chip rather than a 4-core one,
according to preliminary calculations beating the previous generation graphics chip by almost 50
percent. All this to implement new features in shooting, support for dynamic hercze and, of course,
support for powerful games and applications.
But the processor power isn't so boosted. That's because the new A15 Bionic is made using the same
5nm processor as the previous A14 Bionic. Yes, the new iPhone's processor is more powerful, but the
difference is barely even twenty percent. What really matters, though, is battery life. If you only
count by the numbers, the battery of the Proshka is 11 percent bigger than the last generation, and
the pro-max is 18 percent bigger. But there is also the influence of the processor, which has also
become more energy efficient, and the screen, which dynamically changes the clock speed.
However, even with the increased battery and better power efficiency, it's safe to say that even the
pro-max's battery will last only a handful of people for two days. It's still a battery for one, rather
There are other changes on the face. The reduced fringes, for example. Though it is now remotely
reminiscent of the old Android budget cars, but the sensors remain the same, a larger screen is
visible and the speaker was moved upwards. By the way, this speaker is now very thin and elegant,
but the reduced fringes themselves do not give exactly the same advantages. New generation Face
ID, but I still can't unlock the phone horizontally. More space at the top of the screen, but you still
can't view the battery percentage, although there's obviously room for that. Raw and not Apple-
For two years now we've been living with the event that changed the planet forever – the coronavirus
pandemic – and Face ID still doesn't work properly with the mask. Either you register a face with it
and get a very low security percentage, or you use the Apple Watch and then the iPhone is unlocked
by literally any face at all. Even in the case where you can't see your face, but the watch is nearby.
Or, more infuriatingly, you use a passcode.