Let’s do a short rewind before jumping into the iPhone 13 Pro Max chit-chat.
It’s late November 2020; you’ve received your iPhone 12 Pro Max, you set it up and start using it. You see, it’s a big phone! But it’s OK – that’s what you wanted anyway. A week or two later, you start realizing that there’s something else that makes it feel… different.
- You have the new iPhone. Congratulations on not being broke!
- You want the old iPhone. Congratulations on being basic!
Now, don’t get me wrong – the iPhone 12 design is beautiful, but that’s about as far as it goes. The flat sides don’t serve any purpose, while curved sides do.As smartphones continued to get bigger, manufacturers realized that they needed to do something to make them feel easier to handle. Samsung helped by pointing towards the direction of curved displays, and many other manufacturers jumped on board. We also started seeing more and more curved rear panels, which was the ultimate win for big smartphones. It simply makes them feel “normal,” when let’s be honest – they aren’t.
iPhone 13 Pro Max: Bigger doesn’t always mean better?
Is the 13 Pro Max going to be too… Max?
So, what’s the fuss about? Well, Apple’s iPhone 13 series is expected to become official in about a month and a half (yes, we are that far into 2021!).
To put your mind to rest – the flat design will stick around for years to come. Apple is a company that likes to stay behind its decisions, and in this case, history will repeat itself. Unfortunately.
While the lineup is expected to get some long-anticipated improvements like bigger and better camera sensors and 120Hz displays for the Pro models, there’s one iPhone that’s said to see more significant gains – of course, that’s the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max battery size:
- iPhone 12 series
- iPhone 13 series
- iPhone 12 mini – 2,227 mAh
- iPhone 13 mini – 2,406 mAh
- iPhone 12 – 2,815 mAh
- iPhone 13 – 3,095 mAh
- iPhone 12 Pro – 2,815 mAh
- iPhone 13 Pro – 3,095 mAh
- iPhone 12 Pro Max – 3,687 mAh
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 4,352 mAh
While the smaller iPhone 13 models get a decent increase in battery size, which might turn out to be a lifeline for the iPhone 13 Mini, it’s the iPhone 13 Pro Max that gets an 18% bump. That’s a big difference, compared to the 8% battery increase on the iPhone 13 Mini and 10% increase on the iPhone 13 & 13 Pro!
Obviously, Apple knows that the iPhone 13 Pro Max will need the extra juice to power the big 6.7-inch 120Hz screen and rumored Always-on display.
Fair enough. However, this comes with side effects. It’s expected that the iPhone 13 Pro Max (like the rest of the lineup) will be getting thicker – anywhere from 0.17-0.26mm. The increase in thickness also applies to the camera square, which will be housing larger sensors, especially on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Unusable for many?
To recap, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is:
- Getting thicker
- Getting a much thicker camera bump
- Getting a significant bump in battery size, so also heavier
- Keeping the flat edges
All of this could make the iPhone 13 Pro Max unusable for most people, even those with bigger hands. Of course, if you love the big size and redesign, you’ll still go for it. However, I feel like Apple might be crossing the “common sense” line here, which might turn out to be the biggest (literally) gamble they’ve ever taken.
You might think: “Just get a case with round edges!”. Well, while this might make the iPhone 13 Pro Max feel more comfortable to hold, it comes with another set of compromises. If the case is going to be of good quality (you know – to protect your $1100 phone), with rounded sides, and meant to protect your huge camera bump from contact with surfaces – this case will also have to be rather thick and heavy.
And – who doesn’t use a case? Especially with such an expensive device…
PhoneArena’s smartphone size comparison tool lets you put three phones side by side.
Or stack them, so you get see how wide the Max iPhone is.
“Just a few added grams and millimeters – how is that going to make a difference?” Yes, it’s going to. While this wouldn’t make any perceivable difference on a laptop or even a tablet, “a few added grams and millimeters” will always make a smartphone feel different. Edgy without a case on; thicker and heavier than ever with a case on.
Anyway. We’ll find out the answer in September 2021!
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