iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max review: Apple gave us features we've wanted for years

Apple packs its new Pro phones with updated cameras, a bigger battery and the iPhone's first high-refresh-rate display.

The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have the best cameras and best battery life of any iPhone we've tested. Both offer a number of high-end features, like the ability to record ProRes videos, which help them live up to the Pro in their names. Overall the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are outstanding, which is why we've given them a CNET Editors' Choice Award. Our original review, first published in September, follows.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max mark the third year in a row that Apple released two Pro models. The phones have the same price as last year's 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, and are loaded with updated cameras, a larger battery and an A15 Bionic chip. By packing the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max with features many of us have wanted for years, including a display with a high refresh rate, Apple further defined the difference between its Pro and non-Pro phones. Three years ago, by comparison, the word Pro seemed more of a marketing term than an indication that the phone was any more professional than a regular iPhone.

The 13 Pro is an important signal that there isn't just one iPhone that works for everyone. Unlike last year, both phones now have the same camera array and only vary in terms of size, battery life and price.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 (£949, AU$1,699) and the 13 Pro Max at $1,099 (£1,049, AU$1,849) for 128GB of storage. For the first time, you have the option to get 1TB of storage on an iPhone. The extra storage pushes the price of a 13 Pro to $1,499 (£1,449, AU$2,569) and the 13 Pro Max to $1,599 (£1,549, AU$2,719). That's a lot of storage... and a lot of money.


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