The iPhone 13 Pro Max is no longer Apple’s most premium phone, as it’s just been replaced by the iPhone 14 Pro Max. As we expected, the entrance of Apple’s latest flagship has ultimately spelt the end of the 13 Pro Max.
While discontinued, the iPhone 13 Pro Max will still be available to buy from retailers and telcos for a little while longer, but expect stock to dwindle in the coming months.
A discontinued handset could also mean that discounts on the device are more readily available. For instance, we’ve seen discounts of up to 10% offered by Amazon (opens in new tab), while the telcos recently slashed up to AU$300 off the device. If you do want to pick up the iPhone 13 Pro Max with a plan, Vodafone is our telco of choice because it has the device for the cheapest price (opens in new tab) (and 40GB of data to go with it).
We think Vodafone offers the best overall value for most people, though it’s unfortunately let down by having the least coverage. If you’re in regional or rural Australia, Telstra or Optus might serve you better. If you’re keen to buy, our best deal and plan recommendations are below:
- Vodafone Unlimited plan | Unlimited data | AU$60p/m (opens in new tab)
Compare iPhone 13 Pro Max plans
Best overall iPhone 13 Pro Max plan
iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$112.04p/m (opens in new tab)
If you want the super-premium iPhone 13 Pro Max on the cheapest plan, we’d recommend going with Vodafone. When you pair the phone with Vodafone’s Lite plan (opens in new tab), you can get set up with 40GB of data for AU$112.04p/m on a 24-month contract. Vodafone’s network does have its limitations though, so you could consider Optus if coverage or 5G are a priority – it has 30GB for AU$126.04p/m (opens in new tab).
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,688.96
Best premium iPhone 13 Pro Max plan
iPhone 13 Pro Max (256GB) | 40GB data | 24 months | AU$119.12p/m (opens in new tab)
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is a premium smartphone, so you can expect to pay a hefty sum to own it. If it’s the 256GB version of the device you want, Vodafone’s Lite plan (opens in new tab) will get you 40GB of data, and paired with handset repayments it shakes out to be AU$119.12 each billing. If you want wider 5G coverage though, we’d recommend Optus, where you can get 30GB of data for AU$133.12 a month (opens in new tab).
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,858.88
Cheap iPhone 13 Pro Max plans
There’s no two ways about it – the iPhone 13 Pro Max is a pricey phone, so if you want to pick it up at the cheapest possible price, you’ll be looking at the 128GB model. Here are the most affordable monthly options from the three major telcos – note that on each of these, you’ll be paying the handset off over 36 months:
Telco iPhone 13 Pro Max plans compared
In the comparison tables below, you’ll find how much the iPhone 13 Pro Max costs at Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, as well as how much you’ll pay monthly for each storage option. Further down, you’ll also see options for buying the iPhone 13 Pro Max outright.
iPhone 13 Pro Max @ Telstra (24m term)
- Click here to order the iPhone 13 Pro Max @ Telstra (opens in new tab)
|Basic (40GB)||Essential (180GB)||Premium (300GB)|
iPhone 13 Pro Max @ Optus (24m term)
- Click here to order the iPhone 13 Pro Max @ Optus (opens in new tab)
|S (30GB)||M (100GB)||L (220GB)||XL (360GB)||Plus (500GB)*|
* AU$69p/m price for first 12 months, then reverts to AU$89p/m.
iPhone 13 Pro Max @ Vodafone (24m term)
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|Lite (40GB)||Lite+ (120GB)||Super (200GB)||Super+ (300GB)||Unlimited|
Want the iPhone 13 Pro Max outright? Here's where you can do so:
- Apple (opens in new tab)
- Bing Lee (opens in new tab)
- JB Hi-Fi (opens in new tab)
- Harvey Norman (opens in new tab)
- Officeworks (opens in new tab)
- The Good Guys (opens in new tab)
- Telstra (opens in new tab)
iPhone 13 Pro Max at a glance: what you need to know
OS: iOS 15 | Screen size: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR (120Hz) | Resolution: 2778 x 1284 | CPU: Apple A15 Bionic | Memory: N/A | Weight: 238g |Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB | Battery: 4,352 mAh | Rear camera: 12MP wide + 12MP ultra-wide + 12MP telephoto | Front camera: 12MP
On the outside, the iPhone 13 Pro Max hasn’t changed a whole lot when compared to last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max, but inside, there’s a host of top-end tech to justify its jaw-dropping starting price of AU$1,849.
Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chipset promises to be the tech giant’s most powerful mobile processor to date, with performance that outranks the nearest rival by a whopping 50% – at least according to Apple.
An upgraded OLED display also means the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR screen is now capable of 1,000 nits of brightness and a super-smooth variable 10Hz to 120Hz refresh rate, thanks to the company's new ProMotion technology.
Looking at the camera array, you’ll find that lens and software improvements now enable a new 'cinematic mode' – essentially a super nifty suite of tools that give you easy depth filtering and Dolby Vision support for video capture.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a lofty starting price of AU$1,849, which is the same introductory price as last year’s iPhone 12 Pro Max. If you want the best of the best, the 13 Pro Max is a no-brainer for a super high-end iOS device.
With that said, Apple has discontinued the 12 Pro Max on its official online store, but you may still be able to find it on shelves and at telcos for some time yet, though be sure to pay less than its original launch price. Both devices feature 5G capability and a design that’s strikingly similar, so it’s worth investigating the older device if you’d rather save a bit of cash.
- Buying outright? See the best SIM-only plans in Australia