The evolution of the iPod Moderna booster approved Ryan Gosling could play Ken in upcoming Barbie movie NFL 2021: How to watch without cable Uncharted movie trailer PS5 restock tracker
CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.

iPhone 13 Pro Max vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: How Apple's highest-end phones stack up

Let's take a look at the top of Apple's iPhone lineup from this year and last.

Apple has taken the wraps off the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, its new luxe smartphones meant to succeed the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The announcement was made at Apple's product launch event in September, where the company also unveiled the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini. The latest Pro models offer some new design features, including a smaller notch, but the biggest changes include longer battery life, three new cameras, a 120Hz display and a maximum storage capacity of 1TB, which is double the storage in last year's Pro models. If you want specific numbers, scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a side-by-side specs chart.  

Read more: CNET's iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max reviews

Sarah Tew/CNET

Similar to its predecessor, the iPhone Pro Max 13 offers a massive 6.7-inch screen and a nearly identical look and feel. But Apple's newest model offers a 120Hz display, longer battery life and new cameras, and storage capacity has been extended to a whopping 1TB for the first time.

Andrew Hoyle/CNET

The iPhone 12 Pro Max received stellar marks from our editors when it debuted, thanks to its premium build, great battery life, outstanding cameras and 5G support. But Apple is phasing it out and will only sell refurbished models on its site.

Despite these upgrades, Apple didn't increase the starting price tag across any of its new iPhones, running contrary to some widely circulated rumors. The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 (£949, AU$1,699), while the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,849) for the base 128GB model. Meanwhile, Apple has decided to discontinue the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, though refurbished models are still available on Apple's online store. 

iPhone 13 Pro

Apple

Take a look at the specs chart below comparing Apple's latest Pro models with their predecessors. Let us know in the comments if you'd prefer to save money with a refurbished iPhone 12 Pro model, jump in with the new iPhone 13 line or if your current iPhone is still the best for all of your daily needs.

Now playing: Watch this: Review: iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are Apple's best
11:51

iPhone 13 Pro models vs. iPhone 12 Pro models


iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 13 Pro Max
Display size, resolution 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 2,532x1,170 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels 6.7-inch OLED; 2,778x1,284 pixels
Pixel density 460ppi 460 ppi 458ppi 458ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.78x2.82x0.29 in 5.78x2.82x0.3 in 6.33x3.07x0.29 in 6.33x3.07x0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 146.7x71.5x7.4 mm 147x72x7.65 mm 160.8x78.1x7.4 mm 161x78x7.65 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.66 oz; 189g 7.19 oz; 204g 8.03 oz; 228g 8.48 oz; 240g
Mobile software iOS 14 iOS 15 iOS 14 iOS 15
Camera 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video capture 4K ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)* 4K ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (1080p at 30 fps for 128GB storage)*
Processor Apple A14 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic Apple A15 Bionic
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
RAM Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed Undisclosed
Expandable storage No No No No
Battery Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 22 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 17 hours of video playback Undisclosed; Apple lists 28 hours of video playback
Fingerprint sensor No (Face ID) No (Face  ID) No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Connector Lightning Lightning Lightning Lightning
Headphone jack No No No No
Special features Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz; lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) Lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM) ProMotion technology with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz; lidar scanner; 5G enabled; MagSafe; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging; dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM)
Price off-contract (USD) $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB) *launch price $999 (128GB), $1,099 (256GB), $1,299 (512GB), $1,499 (1TB) $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB) *launch price $1,099 (128GB), $1,199 (256GB), $1,399 (512GB), $1,599 (1TB)
Price (GBP) £999 (128GB), £1,099 (256GB), £1,299 (512GB) £949 (128GB), £1,049 (256GB), £1,249 (512GB), £1,449 (1TB) £1,099 (128GB), £1,199 (256GB), £1,399 (512GB) £1,049 (128GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB), £1,549 (1TB)
Price (AUD) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB) AU$1,699 (128GB), AU$1,869 (256GB), AU$2,219 (512GB), AU$2,569 (1TB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) AU$1,849 (128GB), AU$2,019 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB), AU$2,719 (1TB)