After the iPhone 13 Pro Max, you might be wondering what could be improved upon for Apple? After all, the 13 Pro Max pulled it off with incredible battery life, it’s still the fastest phone in the world before the iPhone 14 series launched, and it has an excellent camera.
Well, with the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple seems to be improving the one thing that’s stopping some people from buying the Pro Max: the physical size! With a thinner bezel around the screen and a narrower overall screen aspect ratio, the iPhone 14 Pro Max might be just as powerful, but in a body that’s easier to grab with one hand.
But will all that also lead to a higher price tag?
In this article, we’ll summarize everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 Pro Max vs iPhone 13 Pro Max, but remember, we’re looking at the leaks and rumors, so none of the information in this comparison is final. We’d have to wait until mid-September, when Apple traditionally unveils its new iPhones, but let’s start with the…
- Thinner bezels, larger screen aspect ratio
- i-shaped cutout instead of the notch
- Faster A16 Bionic chip
- New 48MP main camera
- Potentially $100 higher starting price
- Possible satellite connection
Design and display quality
The new 14 Pro Max will feel a little less gigantic
The iPhone 14 Pro Max largely retains the look of its predecessor with the same screen size, flat sides and the same glass and stainless steel materials.
What does change are the dimensions of the new 14 Pro Max. Thanks to a larger screen aspect ratio, the phone itself is narrower and easier to grip with one hand.
What you’ll notice even more, though, is that “i”-shaped Face ID system on the front that replaces the notch. It still takes up quite a bit of space, but less than the notch and arguably gives the new iPhone 14 Pro series a look unlike any other phone.
Both the 14 Pro Max and 13 Pro Max are available in a selection of four colors, three of which are nearly identical: graphite, silver and gold. However, the fourth color option changes from the current Sierra Blue shade to a new shade of purple.
What we don’t see changing is the contents of the box: just expect to see a Lightning cable and no charger.
But what about the display? Both phones come with a 6.7-inch OLED display with an almost identical resolution.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has thinner bezels around the screen and uses a higher 20:9 aspect ratio, while the 13 Pro Max has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. We expect Apple to increase maximum brightness even further on the 14 Pro Max for a more comfortable outdoor viewing experience. And both Pro Series iPhones come with 120Hz ProMotion for smooth scrolling.
And when it comes to biometrics, both phones rely on Face ID. Despite that new i-shape on the 14 Pro Max, it uses the same sensors and facial recognition technology as the 13 Pro Max.
Performance and software
What will the new Apple A16 chip bring?
So far, all we know is that Apple is expected to use the new Apple A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro Max, an upgrade over the A15 processor used in the 13 Pro Max.
Apple shot that the iPhone 14 Pro would be the first with a 3nm processor, but it looks like problems will prevent that and the A16 can be built using 4nm technology, a smaller jump from the 5nm process that is used on the 13 series.
Apple would also stick to 6GB of RAM on the 14 Pro Max, just like its predecessor.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is also expected to introduce the latest iOS 16 software. As always, the 13 Pro Max will also be updated to iOS 16 at the same time.
A new 48MP main camera has high hopes
Apple has been a leader in camera quality, especially video, but what kind of news is it bringing to the table this year?
First, expect a brand new and larger 48MP main camera sensor, 1X, a change from the current 12MP camera. This isn’t just for the sake of 48MP landscape shots with stunning detail (although we’re looking forward to that), but it’s also about enabling 8K video recording, which is arguably the great feature for the 14 Pro Max.
We’re also hoping for improvements in Movie mode, the signature iPhone 13 Pro Max feature that blurs the background in video, just like Portrait mode for photos. Apple was super proud of it, but there are still some bottlenecks and the resolution is still limited to 1080p there.
One thing that doesn’t happen on the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the inclusion of a highly anticipated periscope lens. Android rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra have had a native long-range zoom for several years now, a feature that iPhones can’t match this year.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 13 Pro Max camera expected differences:
- 1X camera: 48MP on 14 Pro Max vs 12MP on 13 Pro Max
- 0.5X camera: 12MP, f/1.8 on both
- 3X camera: 12MP, f/2.8 on both
Audio quality and haptics
The iPhone 13 series has taken a massive leap in audio quality with a thumping, richer sound on all three models, and while we haven’t heard anything in the rumor mill about sound quality improvements, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the 14 series. .
We were also very happy with the haptic feedback on the iPhone 13 Pro Max thanks to the Taptic Engine. So far we expect this to work the same way in the 14 series.
Battery life and charging
Even if it lasts as long as its predecessor, the 14 Pro Max will be a big win
The iPhone 13 Pro Max brought a quantum leap in battery life, thanks in no small part to an increase in the physical capacity of the battery over its predecessor.
So far, we haven’t heard anything specific about the battery size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but given the ever-increasing demand from our smartphones, we would expect the same or larger battery.
- iPhone 14 Pro Max expected battery size: 4,352 mAh or more
- iPhone 13 Pro Max battery size: 4,352 mAh
We do not expect any changes in the charging area. The 13 Pro Max supports charging at 27W speeds, meaning a full recharge with a compatible charger takes about 2 hours. We expect much the same to be the case on the newer 14 Pro Max.
Both the 14 and 13 series iPhones support MagSafe, the magnetic wireless charging technology that offers speeds of up to 15W.
*Information in the table above is based on leaks and rumors and is not final or official.
Summary and final verdict
Ultimately, Apple has managed to keep the iPhone 14 Pro Max an exciting secret so far.
We’ve seen a few leaks showing off the new taller aspect ratio and i-shaped notch, plus we know about the upcoming more powerful A16 chip and 48-megapixel main camera, but none of the key new iPhone 14 features just made it. yet. That will cause a lot of excitement in the coming months, or… won’t there be a lot of news on the iPhone 14? We have to wait.
One specific rumor we’ll be keeping an eye on is about price: Is Apple really going to increase the starting price of the 14 Pro Max by $100? And will it even manage to deliver it on time, given the major delays it faces over the summer with Covid lockdowns in China?
Anyway, what do you think of the iPhone 14 Pro Max: What does Apple need to improve to let you buy one?