Become a MacRumors Supporter for $50/year with no ads, ability to filter front page stories, and private forums.

asjdwf

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
76
5
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
 

BreakingKayfabe

Suspended
Oct 22, 2020
1,322
4,516
Southern Cal
When you hang around places like this you will read about people’s issues because it’s a central place where people come to voice their frustrations. It’s a very small percentage of people overall.

Just get your device and use it for a few days and see how it goes. Just enjoy the product and don’t worry about what everyone in our little chit-chat group is saying.
 

BigMcGuire

Cancelled
Jan 10, 2012
9,832
14,028
I wonder if it’s just me but as time goes on (over the last few years) I find that I am less and less sure with my decisions - I often look at the grass on the other side and wonder, should I have gone over there? But often times, it is just that, grass is greener on the other side and I regret making the move.

I almost went with an iPhone mini this year and I’m sure I’d have been able to use it just fine but my wife told me I’d regret it (she knows me really well) and some of my friends told me they couldn’t see me (with my usage) using a smaller phone.

It’s best to stick with what you know - take out a list of pros and cons and go with what you know works. Doesn’t hurt to try things in the store but —- this long post - I’d encourage you not to cancel but go with what you know works.

Like the other smart posters here above me - out of millions and millions of iPhone users, you’ll have a few who go to these forums, and out of the few that go to these forums, some will have problems and voice their opinion - it gets attention and helps them voice frustration but it is rarely indicative of a widespread problem. I know a handful of 13 Pro max owners (my wife and I are two of them) - our iPhones are perfect.

I’ve been buying iPhones for a long time and ALL the problems every year that I read on these forums, I’ve never had - nor my wife, nor my relatives, nor my friends, nor coworkers I know who buy iPhones.

So … lol. Basing your decisions on Macrumors - I wouldn’t recommend it :). In fact, Macrumors can make it difficult to enjoy your device because you’re looking for all these problems that (in my experience) often are so difficult to see.
 

MacCurry

macrumors 6502a
Aug 28, 2006
509
182
When I jumped from the Google Nexus in 2014 to the iPhone 6 Plus, I had an iPhone which was in the initial batch of expanding battery and warp within 3 weeks of having it. I almost jumped back to Google Nexus, but decided to go into my local Apple store. They took it and within a few minutes came back with another brand new phone and I was on my way. Needless to say, I was impressed.

The moral of the story is this: If you have doubts, cancel the order, and place it a month later when initial production issues have been resolved. Or, keep your order, get Apple Care, and your local Apple store will take care of you if there is a problem. The iPhone is a cash cow for AAPL and this is one product they won't mess up.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BigMcGuire

jcp007

macrumors 6502
Nov 6, 2020
426
246
Third Rock From the Sun
I wonder if it’s just me but as time goes on (over the last few years) I find that I am less and less sure with my decisions - I often look at the grass on the other side and wonder, should I have gone over there? But often times, it is just that, grass is greener on the other side and I regret making the move.

I almost went with an iPhone mini this year and I’m sure I’d have been able to use it just fine but my wife told me I’d regret it (she knows me really well) and some of my friends told me they couldn’t see me (with my usage) using a smaller phone.

It’s best to stick with what you know - take out a list of pros and cons and go with what you know works. Doesn’t hurt to try things in the store but —- this long post - I’d encourage you not to cancel but go with what you know works.

Like the other smart posters here above me - out of millions and millions of iPhone users, you’ll have a few who go to these forums, and out of the few that go to these forums, some will have problems and voice their opinion - it gets attention and helps them voice frustration but it is rarely indicative of a widespread problem. I know a handful of 13 Pro max owners (my wife and I are two of them) - our iPhones are perfect.

I’ve been buying iPhones for a long time and ALL the problems every year that I read on these forums, I’ve never had - nor my wife, nor my relatives, nor my friends, nor coworkers I know who buy iPhones.

So … lol. Basing your decisions on Macrumors - I wouldn’t recommend it :). In fact, Macrumors can make it difficult to enjoy your device because you’re looking for all these problems that (in my experience) often are so difficult to see.
I second the sentiments above. Only you can do the research and decide if the 13 Pro Max offsets the 11 Pro Max issues and if the new features that are only on the 13 Pro Max are attractive enough to make you comfortable with your decision.

That said, I upgraded from the 12 Pro Max which, if you "listen"the to most YouTube vlogs, the upgrade was not exactly encouraged nor recommended. Based upon my research and making up my own mind, I made the decision to upgrade. In my opinion, the ProMotion adaptive refresh rate, the brighter display, A15 increased efficiency and performance, larger battery, longer battery life and camera improvements not just to the hardware but the introduction of cinematic video, macro camera via auto focus and ProRes. The modem on the 13 Pro Max is better than the 11 Pro Max for better call quality and 5G UW bands on the 13 Pro Max. I believe that there are also improvements to WiFi and Bluetooth as well. There is 6GB of RAM on the 13 Pro Max vs 4GB of RAM on the 11 Pro. The 13 Pro Max also sensor shift stabilization where the 11 Pro Max is missing this hardware improvements. At the end of the day, it's up to you.
 
Last edited:

now i see it

macrumors G4
Jan 2, 2002
10,791
22,699
Smooth scrolling, slightly better camera and bigger battery are the key points the 13pm has over the 11pm
 

macintoshmac

Suspended
May 13, 2010
6,089
6,992
@asjdwf, couldn't be better said than this:

When you hang around places like this you will read about people’s issues because it’s a central place where people come to voice their frustrations. It’s a very small percentage of people overall.

Just get your device and use it for a few days and see how it goes. Just enjoy the product and don’t worry about what everyone in our little chit-chat group is saying.

Just use your new device and see if it fits your bill. Though, if the only issue you had with the previous device was battery life, then it might have been cheaper to get a battery replacement done and enjoy the device until you really feel the need to upgrade.
 
  • Like
Reactions: BigMcGuire

NewBench

Cancelled
Jun 24, 2010
620
696
If there were widespread device hardware problems then Apple would have recalled them.

Stop worrying about minor flaws, how many millions of iPhones are sold every year, of course you're going to get a tiny percentage of people complaining about things, some of which are subjective or trivial.
 

asjdwf

macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 23, 2012
76
5
The battery in my current phone Apple won’t replace even under Apple care. The 13 pro max is free under my phone plan.
 

Leo90

macrumors 6502
Sep 15, 2014
494
423
Switzerland
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
If the only problem you have with your iPhone 11 is the battery, why don’t you simply bring it to an Apple Store for a battery replacement? I got an iPhone 13 Pro Max and I love this phone, but I upgraded because I wanted the bigger screen and much bigger battery when compared to my previous iPhone 12.
 

Adelphos33

macrumors 68000
Mar 13, 2012
1,617
1,941
I wonder if it’s just me but as time goes on (over the last few years) I find that I am less and less sure with my decisions - I often look at the grass on the other side and wonder, should I have gone over there? But often times, it is just that, grass is greener on the other side and I regret making the move.

The issue is that Apple sells so many iPhones that functionally offer the same user experience for 95% of use cases. So it is harder to be sure of your choice, especially when each choice comes with price, appearance, weight, size, tradeoffs.
 

azhava

macrumors 6502a
Aug 29, 2010
588
574
Arizona, USA
...So … lol. Basing your decisions on Macrumors - I wouldn’t recommend it :). In fact, Macrumors can make it difficult to enjoy your device because you’re looking for all these problems that (in my experience) often are so difficult to see.
So true. There's a lot of good discussion and advice here, but it's also like being in a psychiatric ward when it comes to people obsessing and making mountains out of molehills over trivial issues.

If you want the phone and can afford it, buy it. If you really don't feel it's worth the upgrade, wait. Some people hang on to their phone for years, others have to have the latest and greatest every year as soon as it comes out. Make your decisions based upon your own situation, you don't need anybody else's validation either way.
 

Adelphos33

macrumors 68000
Mar 13, 2012
1,617
1,941
Smooth scrolling, slightly better camera and bigger battery are the key points the 13pm has over the 11pm

I guess the question is - if your 11PM has a strong healthy battery now, are smooth scrolling and the better camera enough of a reason to upgrade. I am waiting from my 13PM now and I am still frankly unsure. I took a ton of photos this weekend with the 11PM and they were excellent.
 

Tevosn

macrumors regular
Aug 6, 2020
169
175
It doesn’t feel like that big of an upgrade, but if you take a lot of photos that feels like a decent improvement, and I was happy with that.
I’m not happy with the iPhone 5 design, it is pretty uncomfortable to hold.
 

acblue94

macrumors 6502a
Jul 26, 2011
520
930
New York, NY.
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
What’s the regret? No matter what it’s better then you current phone. Gaps around screen is an isolated incident. 3 people out of millions report it on social media and hysteria breaks out. .00001% have issues.
 
  • Like
Reactions: dizmonk

ouruniverse06131986

macrumors regular
Jul 12, 2021
193
164
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
TRUST ME, you’ll regret it if you don’t buy it. Buy it.
 

LFC2020

macrumors P6
Apr 4, 2020
16,874
38,036
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
Pull the trigger, I upgraded from a 12 pro max to 13 pro max, no regrets, 120hz is butter, AMAZING battery life, macro mode makes taking photos fun again.

120hz alone, is worth every penny, no going back to 60hz, game changer. ?
 

jazz1

Contributor
Aug 19, 2002
4,549
18,498
Mid-West USA
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
I went from the 11 Pro to the 13 Pro Max. I think it is a great upgrade. Battery life, for my usage, is two long days! The camera system is very nice. Maybe I'm just lucky but I've had not issues. I love the larger screen going form the 11 Pro.
 

3Rock

macrumors 6502a
Aug 25, 2021
612
646
I have an IPhone 13 pro max on order from AT&T but having second thoughts.

I’ve had my 11 pro max since launch and absolutely love it. Only problem is that the battery life is bad now. I ordered an iPhone 13 pro max from AT&T but recently have been reading about a lot of issues with them. Overhearing, gaps around screen, as well as unresponsive screens.

Is it that big of an upgrade from the 11 pro max? Thank you for your time.
Some of use on this forum think it is a big deal. I for one am not one of them and can hold off another year until there are some really significant changes. It’s up to you personally but for me I set my back, but I had the iPhone 12 so that might be a different story than your iPhone 11. All the upgrades were not that significant to justify spending the extra money on something that my current phone is doing just fine. It’s up to you.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.