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Boardiesboi

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I just picked up my iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB Sierra Blue from the Apple Store in Sydney Australia.

First impressions:
  • The new phone feels does not feel any heavier in the hands than the 12 Pro Max
  • The smaller notch is not that noticeable. But the font size in the status bar on either side of the notch seems to have increased, and they've moved it down from the top of the display. Why not keep the same font and position and add an extra icon or two?
  • Sierra blue is absolutely stunning in person. It looks more steel / ice / glacial blue and not so much baby / powder blue. The colour on that stainless steel band is beautiful. Like the Pacific Blue last year, you get different colours in different lighting conditions
  • Promotion display - Just WOW. Never had a Samsung 120Hz screen before so I didn’t even realise how smooth scrolling, swiping between pages on the Home Screen and watching videos can be. It’s worth every penny and is very noticeable even to untrained eyes like mine.
  • Display is cooler than the 12 Pro Max display and no yellow tint when put side by side against each other.
  • It pairs perfectly with the Apple dark cherry and sequoia green leather case,
  • MagSafe magnet attachment does not seem any stronger than last year
Happy to take questions! I've taken the day off work so I should be able to answer your questions within a reasonable time.

Some photos attached. Includes direct comparison with 12 Pro Max Pacific Blue, and when paired with Apple black silicone, dark cherry, sequoia green leather cases and Otterbox Aneu series in light blue.

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A few more pics in indoor lighting, sitting next to balcony window with afternoon light filtering through. I think it’s the colour contrast that makes most pics look grey blue. Next to the leather cases, it looks visibly more blue.

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Comparison with AirPods Max Blue
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Jumpie

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I’m kinda hoping to swap my graphite for the blue in store. The year before I was able to swap my gray for green. The pics Apple had didn’t impress me because they did look baby/powder blue but the pics real people posted are better. Fingers crossed

Edit: yes, I could it! As long as I canceled my order, reordered and came in for a new pick up time. Crazy.
 
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erikkfi

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OK, questions.

1. Is the stainless edge fingerprinty? One of the rumors was that they'd treat it so it was a little less of a magnet, but this was a tough year for rumors.
2. Does it sit flat when it's in a case? Looks like it maybe doesn't.
 

IconIc215

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One thing that sticks out to me is the cooler displays as you mention in your post. If people want a yellower display that is what true tone is for. Congrats and enjoy your new device!
 

Waughy

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Nice first impressions post, thanks for sharing. The cherry case looks quite nice, might add it to the list of considerations. Still waiting to see how golden brown looks. At least with the cherry, and green, if the colour wears off like the 12 leather cases have, it won’t be as noticeable.
 

Boardiesboi

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First photo looks light grey, how does pro motion help in videos?
Really depends on the lighting. But I would say it’s steel blue/light grey in most conditions And more icy blue indoors and under low light.

Videos look smoother (assuming same wifi speed) and swiping on the Home Screen is definitely noticeably clearer.
 

Boardiesboi

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OK, questions.

1. Is the stainless edge fingerprinty? One of the rumors was that they'd treat it so it was a little less of a magnet, but this was a tough year for rumors.
2. Does it sit flat when it's in a case? Looks like it maybe doesn't.
1. Yes still attracts fingerprints. Maybe ever so slightly less visible but I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a lighter colour compare to my PB.
2. No it doesn’t sit flat.
 

metzy25

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Is the graphite 13 pro max identical in color to the graphite 12 pro max in the picture?
 

Saladin12

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Looks an absolute beaut! Making me even more excited to take delivery of mine tomorrow (well today, as it's now 00:40 here in the U.K.)!

Thoughts on the Otterbox case? It's the only case I'm considering that covers the colour of the phone!
 

naturalstar

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Thank you for posting once again @Boardiesboi !!! Beautiful write-up and pics!

Hmmm, looks steel grey quite a bit here, but in the videos the blue really popped. Its going to be like the Pacific Blue last year where lighting will make all the difference. Funny enough, my living and dining room color palette is grey and blue with steel blue on the walls.

So pumped for tomorrow’s early pickup!
 

Boardiesboi

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Looks an absolute beaut! Making me even more excited to take delivery of mine tomorrow (well today, as it's now 00:40 here in the U.K.)!

Thoughts on the Otterbox case? It's the only case I'm considering that covers the colour of the phone!
The case itself is fine but it’s got a greenish yellow tint to it and doesn’t match the sierra blue at all. It shouldn’t be called light blue to be honest. It’s like a pale green/yello.

I’ve ready about saggy bottom lips on the 12 series but it seems fine here.
 
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sonstar

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Really depends on the lighting. But I would say it’s steel blue/light grey in most conditions And more icy blue indoors and under low light.

Videos look smoother (assuming same wifi speed) and swiping on the Home Screen is definitely noticeably clearer.
Is it worth dropping $2K when you have a 6 month old 12 pro max??
 

Saladin12

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The case itself is fine but it’s got a greenish yellow tint to it and doesn’t match the sierra blue at all. It shouldn’t be called light blue to be honest. It’s like a pale green/yello.

I’ve ready about saggy bottom lips on the 12 series but it seems fine here.
Thanks mate, enjoy your new phone!
 
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Sammy in SoCal

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The case itself is fine but it’s got a greenish yellow tint to it and doesn’t match the sierra blue at all. It shouldn’t be called light blue to be honest. It’s like a pale green/yello.

I’ve ready about saggy bottom lips on the 12 series but it seems fine here.
This is the case I’m trying when I get my phone tomorrow
 

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ghsDUDE

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Damn, the 12 Pro Max was pushing it in weight. You don’t think it’s too heavy?

Can you use it with one hand easily?
 
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