Why I'm buying the iPhone 13 Pro Max, and maybe you should, too

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If you person a recent-vintage iPhone oregon don't request each the bells and whistles, you mightiness privation to clasp off. Here's why.


The caller iPhone 13 Pro lineup.

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Along with pumpkin spice everything and the instrumentality of football, it's practically September contented that Apple introduces caller iPhones. And truthful it is again successful 2021, with a full slew of caller phones: the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

I person a 256GB iPhone 12 Pro Max, and I'm getting acceptable to flip it speech (well, oregon commercialized it successful astatine least) for the caller iPhone 13 Pro Max for 1 precise bully reason: caller cameras.

SEE: How to migrate to a caller iPad, iPhone oregon Mac (TechRepublic Premium)

In my time occupation arsenic a car journalist, I'm perpetually utilizing my iPhone camera for photos and videos. I don't adjacent transportation my large DSLR camera anymore—my iPhone has replaced each my different cameras. And due to the fact that the caller iPhone 13 Pro has a full clump of caller camera tricks, it's a must-have for me. 

The Pro supports Telephoto Night Mode, Night Mode Portraits, and, astir interestingly, Macro Photography connected the ultra-wide Pro camera. It tin absorption astatine 2cm, and macro photos and videos are supported (including dilatory question and time-lapse).

Basically, due to the fact that I privation the implicit champion photos and videos (and I'm consenting to wage for it!), I'll beryllium going for the caller iPhone 13 Pro Max conscionable similar I person for the caller iPhone each twelvemonth going backmost to the OG iPhone successful 2007.

But should you get the caller iPhone? That's a precise idiosyncratic choice, and a hard 1 to make. Here are my thoughts and my proposal to you for a mates of antithetic scenarios.

SEE: iPhone 13 cheat sheet: Everything you request to cognize astir Apple's flagship phones (TechRepublic) 

If you are the benignant of idiosyncratic who buys the Pro level iPhone but isn't obsessed with having the latest and greatest:

  • If you person the iPhone 12 Pro, support it for different year.
  • If you person an iPhone 11 Pro oregon older, it's astir apt worthy the upgrade.

If you person a regular iPhone and don't request each the fancy Pro features:

  • If you person an iPhone 11 oregon 12, conscionable support it for different year.
  • If you person a telephone older than the iPhone 11, it's astir apt worthy an upgrade.

If you indispensable person the latest and top nary substance what (like me):

  • You already cognize what you're going to do, and iPhone preorders commencement this Friday.

Apple is emphasizing the low-light capabilities of the caller iPhone 13 Pro camera, including sharing this stunning astrophotography photograph arsenic portion of its selling package.

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The biggest updates implicit the past 2 iPhone cycles person been 5G, camera updates, and, this year, a caller 120Hz surface connected the Pro phones. 5G is cool, but it's not a game-changer (yet), and we'll person to hold and spot connected the caller surface until the reviews are out.

SEE: Apple shifts absorption to fittingness and distant from wellness monitoring for Apple Watch Series 7 (TechRepublic)

The camera updates are important if you instrumentality pictures a batch and truly privation the champion prime possible. But iPhones person had profoundly awesome photographic abilities for years. I cognize radical with five-year-old iPhones that are inactive taking photos that they're thrilled with, adjacent though they don't person nighttime mode oregon telephoto lenses oregon immoderate of the newfangled software-powered photograph modes.

Phones and cameras person some gotten a batch amended successful the past fewer years, and a fig of carriers are offering fantastic deals erstwhile upgrading this cycle.

If your telephone is much than 3 years old, it's worthy the upgrade. And if you privation the champion camera possible, it's besides worthy the upgrade. Other than that, this mightiness beryllium a twelvemonth to beryllium retired the iPhone upgrade rhythm and bargain a caller iPad instead.

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