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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review

The greatest iPhone ever produced. Words that are spoken yearly. And the iPhone 15 Pro Max will win this illustrious distinction in 2023. This is the one to have if you have to have the best. And because you’ve likely already placed a preorder, this review is now complete. But if you want to know whether this iPhone is indeed worth the hype, we’ll go to work and put the iPhone 15 Pro Max to the test.

The newest Apple buzzword is titanium. In order to make its 15 Pro models even more upscale, durable, and lightweight, the manufacturer altered the chassis on those models from stainless steel to titanium. You will first notice this, and this is how the iPhone 15 Pro series will be remembered.

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Of course, there are other, more significant new features. With a new, console-grade GPU with raytracing and an upgraded processor, the new Apple A17 Pro chip sounds rather remarkable. The long-overdue transition to USB-C has finally occurred, and it includes compatibility for USB 3 speeds. Aside from that, the primary 48MP camera has been upgraded to shoot at 24MP and to offer two new focal lengths (28mm and 35mm).

The new telephoto camera with a unique tetraprism periscope enabling 5x optical zoom is definitely the standout feature for non-gamers. Apple’s design innovation enables this particular lens to let in more light and provide more sophisticated stabilisation. The silencer was removed by Apple from the Pro models and replaced with a programmable Action key, which can still function as a silencer if desired.

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The rest of the device, including the 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED with 120Hz refresh rate, Dolby Vision support, and Dynamic Island cutout, is carried over from the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Ceramic Shield panels are a permanent fixture. The potent stereo speakers are also. Additionally, the 3D LiDAR scanner, the 12MP AF selfie, and the 12MP ultrawide camera with macro focus are all making a comeback.

Of course, the larger iPhone is loaded with connectivity functions. In addition to NFC, Wi-Fi 6e, Ultra Wideband 2, crash detection, and SOS messages for emergencies, there is dual-SIM 5G capability through a second eSIM card.

Of course, iOS, now in its 17th edition, is responsible for the majority of the iPhone’s magic, for better or worse. Additionally, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will receive at least five years of guaranteed iOS updates, and frequently more.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max specs:

  • Body: 159.9×76.7×8.3mm, 221g; Glass front (Corning-made glass), glass back (Corning-made glass), titanium frame (grade 5); IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 min), Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified).
  • Display: 6.70″ LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (HBM), 1290x2796px resolution, 19.51:9 aspect ratio, 460ppi; Always-On display.
  • Chipset: Apple A17 Pro (3 nm): Hexa-core (2×3.78 GHz + 4); Apple GPU (6-core graphics).
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM, 1TB 8GB RAM; NVMe.
  • OS/Software: iOS 17.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS; Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.8, 120mm, 1.12µm, dual pixel PDAF, 3D sensor-shift OIS, 5x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF; Depth: TOF 3D LiDAR scanner.
  • Front camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm, 1/3.6″, PDAF, OIS; Depth: SL 3D.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, 10-bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), ProRes, Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps), 3D (spatial) video, stereo sound rec; Front camera: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4441mAh; Wired, 50% in 30 min (advertised), 15W wireless (MagSafe), 7.5W wireless (Qi), Reverse wired.
  • Connectivity: 5G; eSIM; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 6e; BT 5.3; NFC.
  • Misc: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer; stereo speakers; Ultra Wideband 2 (UWB) support, Emergency SOS via satellite (SMS sending/receiving).

With USB-C, any compatible device may now be plugged in and used immediately. Attach a wired input device, phones, hard drives, headphones, accessories for external cameras, HDMI cables, etc. Now that the latest iPhones have it, most contemporary accessories connect via USB-C.

Unboxing of Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

One of these little retail boxes containing the new iPhone 15 Pro Max, along with a USB cord, is how it is delivered to consumers. Additionally, a small paper container contains some papers, one sticker bearing the Apple logo, and a SIM ejection tool.

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The braided insulation on the new USB cable (C-C) should significantly increase its lifespan. Finally! But in case you were wondering, the cable is a USB 2.0 one.

Design

It is so titanium, oh my. no one has ever said. before Apple made a big deal out of it. In fact, the aerospace-grade titanium frames used in the new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max replace the stainless-steel ones because they are lighter, stronger, and less prone to corrosion. Instead of the previous models’ shiny, jewellery-like finish, the new frames have a matte appearance.

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You can immediately feel the 20 grammes of weight difference between the new iPhone 15 Pro Max and the 14 Pro Max. The 14 Pro Max always felt a little heavier than what we would consider to be typical and pocket-friendly, so this is a great upgrade.

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The slightly perceptible but obviously perceptible rounded chamfers are another frame modification. The new 15 Pro Max feels even thinner and more at ease in the hand with this little design enhancement. We can now hold and use the iPhone 15 Pro Max almost carelessly thanks to the matte finish’s improved grip.

Additionally, it is no longer an issue for those who had their week-old beard crushed between the steel frame and the glass.

The greatest among non-rugged smartphones, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is still IP68-rated for dust and water resistance with a projected endurance of 30 minutes in 6m deep water. The hardest smartphone glass, the Ceramic Sheild, is also here to stay.

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The back panel is still made by Corning, is matte, and is still not a Ceramic Shield panel. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is available in Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, and Natural Titanium (seen in the image). Despite being relatively muted, they are all nevertheless attractive.

Other unique Apple features, like as the Dynamic Island cutout and the rear camera’s triangular arrangement, will endure for at least one more generation. We want to share a few thoughts with you before taking a deeper look and examining the new features, such as the Action button.

First, when compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the new iPhone 15 Pro Max feels nothing short of luxurious. Apple has changed the Pro to feel like the non-Pro this year. By Apple’s standards, the pricey model feels subpar. In reality, the “oh-so-titanium” is “oh, aluminium”. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has the same appearance and feel as the iPhone 14/15 Plus because of the new material, chamfers, and finish. And that may be difficult for ardent Apple supporters to accept.

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Second, even though the titanium frame is more expensive, the exterior has not been improved. According to several teardowns, the interior chassis now contains more aluminium than steel, and the new rounded chamfers might be weak design elements.

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The glass panels on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, particularly the back panel, break far more easily than on the prior model, as shown by the countless drop tests on YouTube. In fact, a single drop from a close distance can completely ruin the back. And while the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have easily withstood a dozen fall over the course of its lifetime, the 15 Pro Max could be destroyed by just one. And that is just unfortunate!

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Positively, the 15 Pro Max is simpler to fix than the 14 Pro Max, according to the teardowns. But this is useless because each component needs Apple’s digital signature to function properly. Let’s hope the EU provides another long-awaited nudge and prevents Apple from impeding independent repair work.

Let’s now take a closer look at the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The stunning 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED rounder edges and two perforations can be found on the front, where they combine to form the Dynamic Island eyesore, er, feature. In terms of quality, colours, contrast, brightness, and viewing angles, the screen is in fact among the best on the market. Its bezels are also even and narrow.

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Unavoidably, a pill-shaped cutout is there. It has a 3D scanner for the safe Face Unlock feature as well as a 12MP OIS selfie camera with AF. The ambient light sensor for the display is located behind it, while the sensor for the cameras around the back is located next to it.

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Similar considerations apply to the speakers, one of which is positioned at the bottom and the other is concealed behind a scarcely perceptible grille-free outlet above the display.

The iPhones from the Series 15 don’t have Touch ID.

We must acknowledge that Apple is the only company that can make a large ugly into a cool feature. The Dynamic Island animations and multitasking functions are really cool. We will admit that we frequently employ its multitasking features because they are practical.

Let’s now discuss the rear. It has a matte glass exterior with an Apple logo that resembles a mirror.

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Similar to last year, the camera housing is square. It has three protruding metal rings with cameras on each one: a 48MP primary, a 12MP ultrawide, and a 12MP 5x periscope telephoto.

The LiDAR scanner, an ambient light sensor, a single rear-facing microphone, a dual-LED dual-tone flash, and all of the components are flush with the camera enclosure.

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Without a case, you can bet that the iPhone wobbles a lot when placed on a flat desk. Additionally, whatever glass that those camera lenses come into touch with will be scratched.

MagSafe is supported by the iPhone 15 Pro Max for wireless charging and accessory attachment. The MagSafe wallets, cases, chargers, stands, and other accessories have grown in popularity in recent years, and the magnets are rather powerful. MagSafe has evolved from being seen as a simple gimmick to a robust portfolio of accessories.

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Let’s finally discuss the titanium frame. It feels good to the touch and is grippy and fingerprint-resistant.

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The new USB-C connector is located at the bottom, and it is encircled by two dotted grilles: one for the main microphone and the other for the second stereo speaker.

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The long Side key is the only one on the right and is used for Lock/Wake up, powering on, Apple Pay, as well as capturing screenshots, turning off, restarting, or activating the emergency menu.

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The SIM tray, the two volume keys, and the new Action key, which is like a 50% smaller version of one of these buttons, are all located on the left side of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The previous Mute switch has been replaced by this new Action key.

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When you press the Action key for a long time, it turns on or off. Silencer, torch, magnifier, camera shortcut, focus, voice memo, shortcut, and no action are among the predefined activities. The Shortcut option offers countless possibilities and lets you attach any configuration you’ve created in the shortcut app.

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We question whether the Action key’s original position is the optimum one for that purpose because it is intended to be used more frequently than the Mute switch. It didn’t feel natural to adjust your handhold and repeatedly reach for it during the day, but time will tell, we suppose.

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is almost the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max but 20 grammes lighter, measuring 159.9 x 76.7 x 8.3 mm and weighing 221 grammes.

Despite the fact that you can’t really see the titanium, the 15 Pro Max has a sturdy, secure feel to it when you hold it. Even though the build is different, it has the same look and feel as the iPhone 15/Plus and Apple has virtually done away with one of the few significant variances between the two models

We give the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s design and construction an A(-). Even if the new frame doesn’t feel very Pro-like, you can tell it was made with great care and attention to detail at every stage. Unfortunately, this vehicle’s rear glass is more easily broken, which is a drawback.

Display

The dazzling, colour-accurate OLEDs on the iPhones are renowned for having enormous notches. One of those does come with the iPhone 15 Pro Max; in fact, it is carried over directly from the 14 Pro Max. Yes, we are referring to the 6.7-inch LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED with a 460ppi density and 1,290 x 2,796 pixels.

The screen can dip down to 1Hz for the Always-On and Standby functionalities since it supports ProMotion, the fancy name for the dynamic 120Hz refresh rate.

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A wide colour gamut, HDR10, and Dolby Vision video standards are also supported by the iPhone’s display. The Dynamic Island pill cutout is present on the panel. Corning’s Ceramic Shield shields it and seems to have an oleophobic coating for improved smudge resistance.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 15 Pro Max display offers True Tone changes and a Haptic Touch function made possible by a strong Taptic Engine.

Our brightness test is complete, and the results match those of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

According to Apple, the maximum brightness is 1,000 nits in normal use and increases to 2,000 nits in bright outside circumstances. 1,600 nits are reported as the peak HDR brightness, which is oddly less than the outdoor value.

We were unable to meet Apple’s maximum statistics, much like with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but that doesn’t mean the measurements weren’t impressive.

The greatest manual brightness we recorded was 846 nits, which is excellent because few smartphones support such high brightness for extended periods of time. The highest outside brightness we were able to record was 1,787 nits, which is rather remarkable.

Colour accuracy

The screens on the iPhone are meticulously calibrated while the device is still in the factory; it lacks any colour settings.

The majority of apps, including the one we use for testing, target the sRGB colour space on the iPhone 15 Pro Max in terms of colour accuracy. Additionally, this iPhone screen offers excellent colour calibration right out of the box, just like all previous iPhone panels do. Even at the absolute lowest brightness, it still maintains colour accuracy.

Refresh rate

You have no control over the refresh rate, in classic Apple style. It is dynamic, and for static images and always-on/standby modes, it should decrease to 1Hz. Similar to last year, online pages may scroll smoothly at a refresh rate of 120Hz, but any embedded moving content will be shown at a frame rate of 60fps.

All tests were limited to 60Hz, thus there isn’t out-of-the-box support for high frame rates; the onus is on the developer to enable it. However, there are several HFR games available in the App Store, allowing you to make the most of this modern GPU.

Streaming and HDR

Both HDR10 and Dolby Vision compatibility for the iPhone 15 Pro Max display have been approved. As you might anticipate, the iPhone possesses all required DRM certifications, enabling third-party services like Netflix or YouTube to provide HDR streaming.

Another point worth noticing is that Apple handles HDR video playback in a fairly flexible manner given that HDR is not dependent on content being displayed in full-screen. It can only function on the screen area where the video is now playing, which is a little strange to experience at first.

Haptic feedback

The iPhones belong to a select group of smartphones that should be commended for their haptics. We adored the Taptic engine’s accurate and gratifying feedback.

Battery life

The battery capacity of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has increased up to 4,441 mAh (by roughly 2-3%) from that of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Apple frequently touts the Plus model as having the best battery life, but the 15 Pro Max’s LTPO OLED and new 3nm chipset should provide an even longer battery life. Although we are presently evaluating the Plus model’s battery life, we do have outstanding data for the Pro Max.

The overall endurance rating for the iPhone 15 Pro Max was 118 hours. It performed admirably on our 25-hour call test and remarkably well on the screen-on testing, scoring more than 24 hours on both the web and video playback tests.

Charging speed

The retail package for the iPhone excludes the charger. All current iPhones offer both fast wireless charging with MagSafe-certified chargers and fast cable charging via USB Power Delivery.

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The iPhones, including the 15 Pro Max, support up to 20W wired and up to 15W wireless charging, according to Apple’s published specifications. No matter the battery capacity of an iPhone, Apple advertises that it can recharge 50% in 30 minutes with its 20W adaptor.

With Apple’s original 20W power adapter, we’ve finished our charging test, and the results are consistent with the 14 Pro Max. Up to 23%, 46%, and 80% of the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s charge were obtained in 15, 30, and 60 minutes, respectively.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max will charge with up to 25W of electricity in this case, thus if you get a 30W charger, you can enjoy somewhat faster charging.

With the 20W charger, a full charge took 1 hour and 49 minutes, and even with a quicker charger, the time was nearly the same. Typically, it took Apple around 30 minutes to top out the final 5%. Also, keep in mind that we didn’t use Optimised Charging in this test because it would have slowed down the last few percent points even more.

The Optimised Battery Charging option in the Battery settings should be helpful if you want to extend the life of your iPhone’s battery as much as possible. It enables the iPhone to customise its charging curves to match your charging habits, which are mostly connected to nighttime charging and sleep schedules, thereby reducing the amount of time the battery is at 100%. Up to 80%, it will charge quickly (well, iPhone-quickly) and won’t finish until shortly before it anticipates you’ll need the phone. When the battery level reaches 100%, the phone stops using the charger, and no power is supplied.

The latest iPhones have a new battery health setting called 80% Limit that should increase battery life even further. The iPhone will only ever charge to 80% as a result of this. With a lower cycle count and the ability to fast charge whenever and however you wish, this method keeps your battery in better condition.

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When using universal Qi-compliant charging pads, the iPhone 15 Pro Max offers wireless charging up to 7.5W. Apple would prefer that you use their 15W-capable MagSafe magnetically linked accessory.

The iPhone may recognise the device with higher battery life and decide whether it needs to function as a power bank or as a charge receiver when reverse wired charging is enabled. If you connect something like AirPods or an Apple Watch, it charges them with 2W of power and the reverse charging power ranges from 4-4.8W.

Speakers

There is no audio improvement on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The hybrid stereo speaker system is the same as what was used in earlier models. The phone has a separate speaker at the bottom, and the earpiece also serves as a speaker.

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Both speakers have identical sound quality and are extremely loud. Additionally, they produce a well-balanced sound.

When playing in portrait position, Apple has designated the top speaker as the right channel; when playing in landscape orientation, the output is modified to fit the orientation of the phone. In either event, a little portion of the “opposite” channel will still be broadcast by each speaker, only at a considerably lower volume.

The speaker system on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is identical to that on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, so it is not unexpected that it provides a Very Good loudness (just shy of Excellent) and an amazingly rich sound output across the board, including bass, voices, and treble.

Software

Apple’s iOS 17 comes preinstalled on every new iPhone. Despite what Apple may attempt to convince you, the new iOS 7 is the smallest upgrade ever. In addition to a number of other updates, it adds a new Standby mode, highly customised Contact Posters, password sharing with friends, offline maps in Maps, revised Messages with automated SMS code deletion, and interactive widgets.

Now let’s examine iOS 17 on the iPhone 15 Pro Max in more detail. Its user experience is still built around home screens with widgets and apps, an App Library for your less-used apps, and control and notification centres.

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The lock screen on iOS 17 operates according to a well-known logic; it integrates with the Notification Centre and contains shortcuts to the torch and camera in addition to your notifications. On the iPhone 14 Pro and beyond, the Always-on option is accessible, and you can choose not to use the wallpaper if you’d rather.

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When the phone is placed in landscape orientation when charging, the new optional Standby mode goes on. With a larger clock and calendar, it resembles a landscape Always-on in several aspects. It can also display notifications. Additionally, a red-coloured Night variant is available.

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If you select secure unlock, the lock screen can be bypassed using Face ID or a PIN.

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By selecting from a variety of interesting wallpapers and including a row of widgets (up to four), you can personalise your lock screen. Widgets can only be arranged in one row. It’s cool that you can create a few alternative lock screens and switch between them whenever you want (tap and hold, then swipe). By doing this, you may quickly alter the appearance of the home screen and notification centre to suit your mood or the circumstances.

Additionally, you have the option to modify both the lock screen and the home screen simultaneously.

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When you press the Action key for a long time, it turns on or off. Silencer, torch, magnifier, camera shortcut, focus, voice memo, shortcut, and no action are among the predefined activities. The Shortcut option offers countless possibilities and lets you attach any configuration you’ve created in the shortcut app.

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Typically, your apps fill the home screen (s) and widgets. There are two distinct screens: the Today page is on the left, and the App Library is on the right.

You can conceal particular home screens; for example, you could conceal a page of games while at work or a page of work/school apps while on vacation. However, you cannot reject Today and the App Library.

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You can attach a Focus mode to each lock screen preset you make thanks to the Focus capability, which is still available. Additionally, changing lock screens now affects the Focus mode in addition to all other ways of switching between Focuses.

There are numerous Focus modes, many of which are very adjustable, including Work, Personal, Driving, Gaming, and Do Not Disturb. Naturally, you can also develop and automate your own.

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Widgets can cohabit with app icons on any of the home screens as well as the Today page. The three widget sizes that iOS supports are 2×2, 4×2, and 4×4. Widgets can be stacked on top of one another and optionally rotate automatically if they are the same size.

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Now that the widgets are interactive, you can tap on some of them to make changes without opening the application. If you have a Home widget, for instance, you may directly toggle gadgets on and off from the widget.

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/The App Library is a home screen window that is always to the right of your home screen. Upon installation, apps are automatically added to the App Library. Additionally, the sorting is automatic; you cannot change the categories or transfer apps across categories. The App Store tags that the developer provided when uploading the apps determine how the apps are sorted.

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The Today page has not expired. The same widgets and stacks are available for your home screens. You can also make use of outdated third-party widgets in this location that still need to be upgraded for more recent iOS versions. If you decide to use any new widgets, they appear immediately after the older ones. We found this Today page to be mostly worthless, thus it’s a shame it can’t be disabled.

By swiping the left horn or the pill itself, the Notification Centre is called up. You can use multiple wallpapers on your home screen and notification centre because the pane was combined with the lock screen in iOS 11.

With a swipe of the right horn, the toggles in the Control Centre, which contains customisable and (some) extendable toggles, are activated. Any element can be tapped and held to reveal more controls. The percentage of the battery is also shown here.

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There haven’t been any improvements to the Task Switcher; you still view app cards and swipe them to close them. To quickly navigate between apps, you can also swipe on the gesture line.

The Dynamic Island makes multitasking more practical. The i-shaped cutout, together with its animations and practical functions, are referred to as such by Apple. The Dynamic Island is essentially a pill-shaped notch because Apple has blacked the centre portion for aesthetic reasons. There are only the microphone and camera indications can be seen.

Black backgrounds are utilised in all of the island’s animations. Three Island modes are available. Standard form: a dormant island or merely a microphone and camera indicator.

The active form is a longer, pill-shaped notch containing information for specific events, alerts, and notifications on both the left and right sides. If you open another app that is compatible and can be minimised here, such as the Timer, this long pill can also split in half to form an i-shaped one.

By tapping and holding on the little animation, a third form that grows into a pop-up balloon can be accessed. However, a tap will launch the corresponding app instead. We believe that these motions should have been reversed or at the very least customizable, but as always, Apple is right.

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Starting with the Face ID animation, charging animation, music information (Music, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Soundcloud), call information (Phone, WhatsApp, Skype, Instagram, Google), timers, etc., the Dynamic Island incorporates a variety of features. You receive a cute animation that shortens the island and adds a small icon to the left side if you activate a second programme that requires the Dynamic Island.

Calls, AirPods and Watch connections, Battery and Charging, Focus adjustments, AirDrop, Face ID, AirPlay, NFC events, SIM alerts, and Silencer on/off are among the available system notifications.

Here are a few of the new features.

When calling someone on FaceTime and they aren’t accessible, you can now leave audio and video messages.

Check-In is now a feature in Messages. Checking in with family members while travelling is no longer necessary. Once you’ve started a Check-In, a friend or member of your family will be alerted immediately when you arrive at your location. The chosen contact will receive information on your device’s location, battery life, and cell service status if you aren’t moving closer to your destination.

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It’s an intriguing new feature, live voicemail. The phone will now automatically pick up when a number you don’t recognise calls; it will also show you the live scrolling text of what the caller is saying so you can quickly determine whether it’s worthwhile to speak to them. Calls that are flagged by carriers as spam won’t show up as Live Voicemail but will be immediately rejected instead. Everything related to transcribing is done on a device.

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A new call screen that users can customise is called Contact Posters from Apple. Photos or Memoji can be given lovely makeovers, including “eye-catching typography” and vibrant font colours. Through a new feature called Name Drop, which is as simple as touching two phones together (or an iPhone and an Apple Watch), these also function in third-party apps and are also utilised when you wish to share contact information with someone.

The Photos, Music, and TV apps from Apple are used to manage the multimedia.

Years, Months, Days, and All Photos are the four main library views available in the Photos app. As usual, there are extensive photo and video editing features as well as AI-powered search possibilities. With Visual Lookup, you can intelligently clip an object or copy text from any image.

The default video player for locally stored movies and series that you’ve uploaded via iTunes is the TV app, which is a component of iOS 17. This is where you can discover the Apple TV+ streaming service as well as the digital shop for films and TV episodes. It can be a little intimidating, but you gradually adjust.

The default player is music, and it mainly utilises Apple Music. If you have a few minutes to spare, you can upload your songs via iTunes even if you choose not to use the streaming service.

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Your docs, PDFs, and eBooks can be found here in books. News and Stocks have a seat. Your default web browser is Safari, which has been updated to include Face ID for the Private tabs, and your default map app is Apple mapping, which now supports offline mapping.

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The most recent Pro models also come with a LiDAR scanner on board. By launching laser beams and detecting their reflections with a specialised sensor, it calculates distances. In this way, the phone can create a 3D model of an object that is incredibly exact and then position it almost wherever. Consider buying new furnishings. This is going to be ideal. LiDAR can be used to compare the sizes of items that you can’t place next to one another.

You may use the LiDAR scanner exclusively for measuring distances, using it as a sophisticated digital tagline. It is also highly accurate at doing so. Alternatively, you can specify a distance and view virtual walls at that distance in real-time. The LiDAR scanner can be useful for experts like interior designers. You can also enjoy a fantastic AR experience with suitable apps and games, which are widely available on the App Store, thanks to the potent AR capabilities that are also added benefits of LiDAR.

Satellite-based Emergency SOS is supported by all current iPhone models. Although it only supports text messages and will largely be used in emergencies, this service does allow for two-way contact, so you will be informed when help is on the way. Your location can also be shared with pals via the Find My app so they can keep an eye on you.

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Find My reports location over satellite

You can create custom messages to describe your predicament, but when time is of the essence, a few carefully crafted questions will allow you to quickly send out a detailed SOS. This year, a new function called Vehicle Emergency Satellite Services was implemented. It will be necessary to have a current AAA membership in the US for roadside assistance.

A message can be sent in around 15 seconds from a site with a clear view of the sky, but if there are trees in the way, it can take longer. Two years of satellite services will be provided to iPhone customers without charge, after which time there will be some sort of charge. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States all have access to emergency SOS through satellite.

All iPhone 15 models include crash detection as well, owing to a new accelerometer that can detect up to 256G. The phone will automatically call emergency services if such an emergency arises. Call After Serious Crash is a setting under the Emergency SOS menu that controls this. There are no further settings; you can just turn it on or off.

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Find My reports location over satellite

Finally, let’s talk about connectivity for a moment.

The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max’s new Type-C port is supported by a USB 3 data connection, resulting in a maximum theoretical transfer speed of 10 Gbps. However, the included cable can only be used with USB 2.0 devices.

The Type-C Alt mode on the iPhone 15 Pro Max offers video output (Display port DP), hence the majority of Type-C hubs that include a video interface ought to be able to receive a signal from the device. Without any further fancy choices, such as a separate desktop mode or anything of the type, you simply get a mirror of the display by default. In other words, it simply mirrors the UI’s screen.

While certain programmes, such as Netflix and the Photos app, have dedicated casting of material to the display in 16:9 aspect ratio, others, like the Photos app, act differently. Netflix can even output in 4K and matches the content’s resolution. However, some video apps, like YouTube, don’t exhibit this behaviour and are confined to a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

This behaviour appears to be uncontrollable, and depending on the video output adapter you choose, your experience may differ.The iPhone does, however, provide a few display options when connected to an external display, chiefly relating to the selection of HDR or SDR colour style if supported, as well as a toggle enabling the capability to automatically adapt and match the output resolution to the content being played.

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Additionally, all iPhone 15 models support USB Host mode, and we were able to connect a mouse and keyboard. The keyboard immediately began to function, but it took turning on the Assistive Touch setting in Settings for the mouse to pick up and really display an on-screen cursor. Hard drives, card readers, and USB flash drives all function properly and are instantly mounted so they show up in the Files app. The Camera app also recognises compatible external storage, where ProRes videos can be produced.

There are numerous USB-C game controller and phone holders supported as well. Everything that functions over USB-C on Android should function just as easily on the new iPhones.

Finally, we observed numerous people enquiring about the signal reception of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. We discovered that it performed similarly to the 14 Pro Max in that we never lost signal in the city, even when we were in subterranean parking garages or all-metal lift cabs. Even with only one bar of signal, the call quality was really good. The Sony Xperia 1 V and 5 V, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, the Galaxy Z Flip5, and the Tecno Phantom V Flip (which were near the reviewer(s) at the time of testing) all performed worse in our tests for 4G, 5G, and Wi-Fi reception than the iPhone.

Performance

The Apple A17 Pro chipset, Apple’s most recent creation, powers the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. The iPhone models now feature console-grade graphics and hardware ray tracing acceleration, therefore the Bionic designation is no longer applicable. Of course, in Apple’s opinion.

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The manufacturer has console games available for its new “console-level” 6-core Apple GPU as soon as it is released. Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4 Remake, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage (the newest AC game!) ports have been obtained by Apple for the iPhone 15 Pro and will launch in early 2024.

There is no disputing that these games will function properly and be optimised for the new iPhones. A further intriguing development is the release of well-known contemporary console games for iOS.

With 19 billion transistors, the new Apple A17 Pro chipset is the first ever mass-market SoC produced at the TSMC 3nm production node. The 6-core A17 Pro processor still includes two speed cores running at 3.78GHz and four efficiency cores operating at 2.02GHz. It’s simple to trust Apple when it says the performance cores are 10% quicker than those in the A16 Bionic because their clock speed is also 10% faster.

The GPU is a 6-core device, and according to Apple, its peak performance is 20% quicker than that of its predecessor. Software-based Ray Tracing on last year’s processor is reportedly 4 times slower than hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, which is made possible by the GPU. This means that the GPU won’t provide much, if any, speed improvement over the 5-core GPU from last year, but it will significantly reduce the burden of raytracing on the hardware (resulting in better graphics).

The 16-core Neural Engine, according to Apple, is twice as quick as the chip from last year for machine learning tasks.

A display engine with hardware AV1 decoding and a ProRes codec are also included in the A17 Pro SoC. The chip supports the industry-standard ACES colour profile and enables the new iPhone 15 Pro models to capture 4k 60fps in ProRes RAW.

The new Pro variants also include 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There are 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB NVMe storage options available.

It’s now time for the benchmark!

The performance of the single-core CPU has clearly improved over the 14 Pro Max by 10%, while the multi-core performance has increased by roughly 6%.

The iPhone 15 Pro is thus one of the world’s fastest smartphones in terms of raw performance, and its GPU is undoubtedly the fastest, particularly for ray tracing.

We conducted comprehensive testing because the new A17 Pro chipset has been the subject of numerous stability complaints on the internet.

We’ll start with the APSI Benchmark and 3D Mark stress tests, which we run regularly.

The 30 minute APSI Bench continuous CPU test revealed that the 15 Pro Max throttled to 78% in terms of stability under prolonged CPU stress. That’s a commendable outcome. We received 92% on our 14 Pro Max and iOS 16 last year. We decided to test it again this year on iOS 17, and we received a 76%. Weird!

The CPU has reached a sustainable level at 78% peak performance and can remain there for as long as is necessary, as shown by the test’s 95% return when we ran it again for 30 minutes immediately after it concluded.

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APSI Benchmark

Next, some GPU testing will be done.

We began by performing the standard 3D Mark Wildlife Stress Test. This is a great score for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, especially for a flagship with passive cooling and glass displays, at 70% stability.

Additionally, we used ray tracing to run the 3D Mark Solar Bay stress test, and we achieved roughly 60% stability.

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After that, we repeated the procedure but conducted the tests twice. We saw another decline on the second iteration of each of those tests, which would reduce the overall throttling that occurred over the course of 40 minutes to 50%. Note that it happened gradually over time rather than all at once. The GPU eventually stabilised at 50% of its performance, and that value seems to remain its bottom if no other factors are present (like extremely hot weather).

Additionally, we played Call of Duty for roughly 40 minutes without encountering any performance issues. The same holds true for one hour of Pokémon Go, even though this game may not be as taxing. Throttling undoubtedly took place, but we were unable to feel it.

Last but not least, we did read stories of iPhones overheating, some of them when fast charging. We used two iPhone 15 Pro Max units for this review, each purchased from a separate shop, and even after an hour of GPU stress testing, neither of them got uncomfortable hot. Warm, a little uncomfortable (but not too much), yes, but never hot. Although we are aware that such problems have been encountered and documented, we haven’t yet been able to reproduce them on our systems.

And given that we conducted the same tests on the iPhone 14 Pro Max—which we had previously praised as having exceptional stability—we were shocked to see that, under iOS 17, its stability had declined. Because of this, we believe that a software problem may be at play in addition to or independently of the inadequate heat dissipation.

One other thing to note: the iPhone 15 Pro lost 15% of its battery power throughout an hour of 3D Mark stress testing, which is a commendable result and speaks highly of the device’s gaming prowess.

Despite appearing to be one of the world’s fastest chips, the Apple A17 Pro was not the big deal that Apple had billed it to be. However, its ray tracing abilities appear to be quite promising, and the GPU is undoubtedly superior to the competitors.

The A17 throttles its GPU to 50%, just like any other chipset, to prevent the phone from overheating during intensive hour-long GPU stress testing. We’ve never performed a longer GPU stress test on a phone, so there may be many more that drop to 50% performance after a few repeated tests.

While we haven’t had any problems with overheating, others have, and we think there’s a software issue that has to be fixed. Let’s hope Apple quickly fixes that.

Although the newest iPhone performs admirably overall, there may be some problems.

Camera

There are four cameras in all on the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: three on the back and one for the selfie. A LiDAR system in the back and a 3D ToF camera in the front help each of these setups even more. On the new Pro Max variant, everything has been changed save the selfie camera.

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Let’s investigate the back camera setup. The 48MP main camera, which boasts a larger sensor, 1.22 m pre-binned pixels, and second-generation sensor-shift stabilisation, is where it all begins. It has a 24mm f/1.78 lens.

The iPhone 15 Pros now have some new photography options thanks to this camera. Along with 48MP ProRAW, 48MP HEIF/JPG photos can now be captured. A 28mm or 35mm digital zoom option is also possible with the new, larger sensor, and the iPhone will let you choose one of these focal lengths as your normal setting.

The first periscope camera for an iPhone makes its debut on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The Pro Max can now zoom over 3x and up to 5x, or 120mm in 35mm equivalent terms, thanks to the foldable optical construction. The optical layout is distinctive. Light is reflected through four components before it reaches the sensor in what Apple refers to as a tetraprism. According to Apple, the lens is an f/2.8, the brightest on a phone with a 120mm camera—a rather specific claim, to be sure. There is optical stabilisation as well, which involves simultaneous movements of the lens and sensor to reduce any camera shake.

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The improved 12MP ultrawide camera in the iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a huge sensor with 1.4 m pixels and 100% focus pixels, as well as a 13mm f/2.2 lens. Naturally, macro photography is supported. This camera sports an enhanced Night Mode, HDR, and new anti-reflective coating.

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Camera App

The selfie camera has a brilliant f/1.9 aperture on its 23mm lens and a 12MP 1/3.6″ sensor once more. It also supports autofocus. Another uncommon feature on a selfie camera is OIS.

The 9-LED flash from last year, which features LEDs organised in a 3×3 grid, is now here to stay. They can all be individually fired and modified. True-tone flash with slow sync is what it is.

Camera app and features

Since iOS 16, the viewfinder has remained largely unaltered. Due to the three cameras’ exact calibration, you can see what will be beyond the frame in real time by looking through the viewfinder.

All archival features, such as Smart HDR, Night Mode, and Deep Fusion, as well as last year’s Photonic Engine, are included in Apple’s picture processing.

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With the exception of Night Mode, all improvements are unavoidable. When a low-light scenario appears, the Night Mode indicator appears automatically, and you can see the suggested seconds next to the icon. Longer exposures are an option, as is completely turning off Night Mode.

There is also a macro mode option. It’s a feature that is only available on the most recent Pro versions and is made possible by the ultrawide camera’s ability to autofocus.

As usual, all cameras communicate with one another, so when you move between them, they already have the right exposure and tone-mapping settings. Videos and static images both fall under this.

There are toggles for 0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 5x on the camera interface. In the event that you are close enough to take a macro photo, the toggle appears automatically. By tapping the 1x toggle, you can zoom in to the equivalent of 28mm (1.2x), and by tapping it again, you can zoom out to 35mm (1.5x). We now know that those are harvests and upscales from the usual output, but they are still rather good.

You may access a few options, including flash, night mode, live photos, picture aspects, exposure correction, and filters, by swiping upward between modes. The resolution and frame rate in video mode can both be adjusted from the viewfinder.

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All three cameras—the primary, telephoto, and selfie—support portrait mode. The new iPhones have a new Portrait feature called Portrait after the fact. When you photograph a person, a pet, or any other object that might be appropriate for portrait mode, the iPhone will automatically take a depth map. Additionally, you can blur the background using the Photos app if you change your mind later. Neat! Apps like Focos, in our opinion, may soon become obsolete.

In the standard Photo mode, we also saw that the camera app displayed an F shortcut on the viewfinder when it was about to take a depth map. If you use it, you won’t need to enter Portrait mode; a portrait will be taken immediately.

All cameras can shoot in RAW, and if you have Resolution and RAW control enabled, the primary camera can shoot in 48MP. JPEG Max will become a new toggle as a result.

Photographic Style is a feature that automatically adjusts a photo, one component at a time (for example, applying various fixes to the subject and background). Standard, Rich Contrast, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool are your options. You can adjust each of these options to your preferences and make your favourite the default. It is similar to filters but is more durable.

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Daylight photo quality

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max’s primary camera by default records at 24 MP, although there are alternative options for 12 MP and 48 MP. The 24MP photographs the iPhone saves are most likely the result of supersampling and multi-stacking because the 48MP sensor still has a Quad-Bayer colour filter.

Although typical Apple, the 24MP daylight images from the main camera are quite good. When compared to the 12MP output, we can see that almost everything has better detail, including the mountain, labels on products, building decorations, and greenery. However, the level of detail for moving things like cars (and licence plate numbers) remains the same. This indicates Apple still has some limitations despite its superb supersampling.

Of course, with a 48MP Quad-Bayer sensor on the camera, it can’t be anything else. It can either supersample the 12MP output or crop the centre of the 48MP image. Based on the contrast and dynamic range, we believe the latter.

To cut a long tale short, we believe it is worthwhile to save the 24MP photographs in their default resolution because they have more detail visible. Additionally, each HEIF image’s file size increased by around 1MB to 1.5MB (from 2.5MB to 3.8MB).

There is no discernible noise in the detailed images. The colour reproduction is an exact 1:1 replica of reality, and the white balance is perfect. The dynamic range is sufficient, and the contrast is excellent.

Apple’s picture processing has largely remained the same for a while; the extremely accurate colours appear somewhat anaemic, and their algorithm still has a tendency to sharpen images excessively.

Tip: Use one of the additional Photographic Styles if the colour rendition isn’t to your taste as well. We chose a more saturated one right away after finishing the review. This is a colour preset that is always used unless you alter it rather than a filter that you need to select each time.

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And here are a couple of images captured with the new iPhone’s 12MP camera. Those are the typical oily, over-sharpened muck that iPhones display as exemplary photographs. They are not, though. We believe Apple finally realised this and used supersampling to resolve the issue. Magic.

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48MP Camera

Finally, let’s look at some 48MP photos. Looking through them, we saw a detail that was not visible on the 24MP images, which means they could be worth something especially if shot in RAW. They are not that detailed in full resolution, obviously, and heavily over-sharpened.

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For individuals who desire a focal length that is smaller than 24mm, it is a useful feature. The camera’s 1x mode can be tapped twice to switch between 28mm (1.2x) and 35mm (1.5x). Even more conveniently, you may choose either as the default focal length for your camera.

We tried running a small trial with this new functionality. Using Photoshop’s Preserve Details 2.0 resampling technique, we manually clipped from 24mm 24MP images and upscaled them to 24MP. When comparing the two images, we’d say there isn’t much of a difference between Apple’s 28mm snap and our straightforward crop-and-upscale.

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The 35mm photos follow the same pattern.

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2X Zoom Photos

Apple can provide a 2x lossless zoom by trimming from the centre of the 48MP image thanks to the 48MP sensor. No matter the main camera’s chosen resolution, those are always saved in 12MP.

The 12MP 2x zoomed photographs are excellent; they have plenty of detail without being oversharpened, superb contrast, and a broad dynamic range. The colours correspond to the expected outcome.

Although there are some indications of supersampling, which were most noticeable in the foliage, they are essentially reliable 2x zoomed photographs.

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3X Zoom Photos

Since the difference between 2x and 5x is not that great, some of our readers requested photographs that were 3x zoomed. They do have a point, though.

Unfortunately, the photographs taken at a 3x magnification are obviously missing in detail because it is plain that they were cropped and upscaled above 2x. The only “magic” used by Apple is a straightforward digital zoom.

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5X telephoto

The new 5x telephoto camera takes excellent pictures; there is enough resolved detail, albeit not astounding amounts, minimal noise, and the correct amount of sharpness. Great contrast, a realistic dynamic range, and true colours are the other characteristics that mirror those of the main camera.

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10X Zoom

And now for some 10x zoomed images. Those shots aren’t quite at the level of the S23 Ultra 10x, but we believe Apple may have also used supersampling because they show more detail than a basic crop and upscale would have. So, if necessary, the iPhone 15 Pro Max would provide high-quality zoomed images beyond 5x.

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Ultra-wide Camera

The ultrawide shooter’s 12MP images are among the excellent, if not the best, that we have seen from a camera of this type. Their high-frequency detail, such as vegetation, is a smeared and over-sharpened hot mess, but they do give high-resolution detail and superb corner rendition and sharpness.

The ultrawide shots are otherwise quite nice, with accurate colours, strong contrast, little noise, and a good dynamic range.

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Macro Camera

Dual-pixel autofocus is also supported by the ultrawide camera, which is helpful if you want to take close-up macro photographs at 3–4 cm distances. The camera may automatically switch to macro mode whenever you are very close to a subject, but it will have the same field of view as the main camera. In other words, it will crop before going upscale. We prefer to simply switch to the UW camera and complete the task on our own because of this.

The macro photos we took with the ultrawide camera are fantastic since they capture the subject in focus in great clarity, sharpness, and colour. Great contrast and a commendably broad dynamic range can be seen across those photographs. Surprisingly beautiful colours can be seen in this close-up.

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Selfie Camera

The selfie camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the same as the one Apple debuted last year; it sports a 12MP sensor, a 23mm f/1.9 OIS lens, and autofocus. The camera still has two FoV settings in the viewfinder: the full 12MP mode, which has a 23mm equivalent FoV, and the slightly zoomed-in 7MP crop, which is equivalent to a 30mm FoV.

When holding the phone in portrait mode, selfies are cropped to 7MP to create a more compact frame, but when holding it horizontally, the phone automatically switches to the wider 12MP mode, giving you a better view of the scenario. By touching the arrows next to the shutter button, you can manually move between those two settings as well.

The 12MP selfies we took with the iPhone are excellent; there is plenty of detail, no noise, gorgeous colours, good contrast, and a good amount of dynamic range without being excessive.

Portraits

Portrait mode on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is set to 2x by default, but you can also select 1x or 5x. The native 120mm f/2.8 lens should provide some stunning images, but the simulated 48mm focal length is ideal for such pictures.

Start with the standard 2x shots. These images were saved in 12MP and appear to be great; the subject separation accuracy is remarkable, the fake blur is quite believable, the colours are pleasant, and the dynamic range is broad.

Low-light photo quality

The way Apple’s Night Mode works is still the same; it automatically activates in dimly lit situations and typically selects a 1-second exposure for the primary camera and a 2-second to 3-second exposure for the secondary cameras. Alternate exposure times or turning off the Night Mode are both options. Until you re-enable it or restart the camera app, it will remain disabled.

As we established, both the Night Mode and 2x zoomed photographs are always saved in 12MP. Disabling Night Mode is the only option to take a 24MP night photo.

The first group of images we present to you below were taken using Auto, and for the majority of them, the algorithm selected a 1s exposure duration. Only the first and last pictures were taken without NM in them.

The primary camera’s (Auto) pictures are excellent. The images captured in Night Mode are marginally brighter than the actual scene, but they are not excessive. The photographs have excellent sharpness, no noise, and a wealth of detail.

The dynamic range is accurate with occasionally brightened shadows, the exposure is excellent overall, and the colour presentation and saturations are vibrant and gorgeous.

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The 24MP images have a cooler tone, a darker overall exposure, and darker, less contrasty shadows, giving them a more realistic appearance. Even if there is some noise, there is still a tonne of detail, and it doesn’t interfere with the image.

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2X zoom photos

The Auto shots we took at a 2x zoom are remarkable; they are crisper and more detailed than any 2x telephoto camera available today. They have excellent colours, no noise, strong contrast, and a dynamic range with slightly deeper shadows but few blown highlights.

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If you choose not to use the Night Mode, the images taken at a 2x zoom will have a larger dynamic range, a more realistic appearance, and better colours. However, this will reduce the sharpness and resolved detail.

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5x telephoto

Amazing evening shots may be taken with the 5x telephoto lens! It loves to use Night Mode for short bursts of time (approximately 2-3s), and the resulting photos are quite remarkable with lots of detail, exceptional clarity, minimal noise, wonderful colour presentation, strong contrast, and acceptable dynamic range.

These are some of the top 5x-zoomed nighttime images that a phone in 2023 can take.

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When the Night Mode is disabled, the primary camera’s digital zoom frequently increases to 5x. Without using Night Mode, the telephoto camera only produced three usable images. They nevertheless look natural and are sufficiently sharp and detailed. They have more realistic colour saturation and are a little louder and darker than the Night Mode ones.

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Ultra-wide Camera

Excellent Auto photographs are provided by the ultrawide camera. They are bright, detailed, and sharp with a good balance. They also have excellent colour saturation and high contrast.

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It is not advised to turn off the Night Mode because the pictures will be darker, louder, softer, and with duller colours. Despite being relatively average, they are nonetheless very much usable.

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Video capturing

All four cameras on the iPhone 15 Pro Max can capture video at up to 4K60 resolution. If you want a more cinematic motion look, 4K24 is also accessible everywhere. Apple refers to the cinematic video stabilisation that all videos receive as being of the highest quality (Enhanced Stabilisation is ON by default). The slow-mo settings have a 1080p and 240fps upper limit.

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There is an action mode; it uses the ultrawide camera at 60 frames per second. It substantially cuts from the 4K footage, which is why the quality is 2.8K, and produces wonderfully smooth and stabilised video. Although it can be captured at any resolution and frame rate and is available for all back cameras, as we already mentioned, its primary hardware is the ultrawide camera at 2.8K@60fps.

Up to 4K at 30 frames per second in Cinematic mode is supported on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

If you transfer videos to an external USB 3 hard disc, ProRes can now be filmed in 4K60. Encoding for logs is also supported. Additionally, a spatial video capturing option will be available, allowing you to play your iPhone videos in 3D on Apple Vision Pro.

Up to the same maximum resolution of 4K60, HDR films can be directly captured into the Dolby Vision format. These films can be edited on the go with your phone, uploaded to YouTube or any other well-known platform, or simply sent to your friends. Any non-HDR player or screen will see the video normally, and any Dolby Vision-compatible player or display will see the film with enhanced colours. This is because the Dolby Vision data is saved outside of the video stream.

Additionally, you can choose between H.264 and H.265 HEVC video encoders. H.265 is used in the High-Efficiency mode, which is required for 4K60 and HDR footage, while H.264 is used in the More Compatible option for more convenient playing on a variety of devices.

Similar to other iPhone models, the iPhone 15 Pro Max records wide stereo audio for videos at a bitrate of around 192kbps.

We want to commend the iPhone camcorder for producing equally excellent 30fps and 60fps footage across all resolutions before we get started. The iPhones still provide amazing video quality even with the always-on artificial stabilisation, which typically softens other movies.

Our Verdict

The titanium frame of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is not a reason to purchase it. Its USB-C port and 5x zoom camera aren’t features that will sell millions of units either. It will take some time for mobile gaming graphics to fully utilise the console-level GPU.

So why get an iPhone 15 Pro Max?

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max is worthwhile purchasing because to its all-around user experience, opulent design, premium services, premium guarantee, flawless iOS, and varied camera experience with excellent photographs and movies. We are unable to include a thousand more minor details in this judgement.

We don’t think many iPhone 14 Pro/Max users would immediately upgrade because the hardware changes are primarily minor ones. But compared to the 13 Pro Max and the 12 Pro Max, it is a noticeable improvement.

One of the most significant changes is intended for videographers and will fly under the public’s notice. We’re talking about recording 4K60 ProRes videos directly to an external SSD drive or memory card, which may allow for hitherto unimaginable use cases and workflows.

The majority of the promises made by the new model are kept, including cleverly worded ones like performance enhancements. Thermal management is now the only potential problem that is uncertain. Although we were unable to duplicate the chipset and charger overheating, there have been reports of overheating and/or severe throttling. Of course, this does not imply that they do not exist.

The iPhone was never designed with tech-savvy smartphone users in mind; instead, Apple attracted a sizable customer base by providing products of consistently great quality, exceptional ease, and (some) professional functions. And, if you ask us, the formula continues to work even better than before.

Should you purchase the new iPhone then? You know, it’s the best iPhone ever produced. It features a beautiful design, a superb display, excellent performance, loudspeakers, pro-grade cameras with consistently excellent photo and class-leading video quality, a long battery life, and likeable but odd iOS.

It is still one of the greatest smartphones available right now, despite the possibility of a performance issue and some flaws in the image processing.

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Yes, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is worthwhile to carry around in your pocket because it combines the best features that Apple has to offer for 2023 and does it flawlessly. If it doesn’t, Apple will in all likelihood fix it. Is it the top smartphone available? No. Maybe? Yes! What you are seeking for and who you are will depend on each other. It is definitely a yes if you want the best possible Apple experience.

Pro’s & Con’s

Pro’s

  • A beautiful design that is now lighter and waterproof to a depth of 6 metres.
  • Outstanding OLED, extremely bright, true to colour, and Dolby Vision.
  • fantastic battery life.
  • Excellent speaker balance, volume, and sound quality.
  • outstanding performance.
  • improved connectivity everywhere, UWB2, as well.
  • Impressive Pro modes, industry-leading video capture and stabilisation.
  • Superb images captured by all cameras throughout the day and at night.
  • Now that USB-C is here, we are a fan
  • iOS updates for at least five years are included with every iPhone.
  • Obviously, the finest iPhone ever produced!

Con’s

  • far more expensive than analogous Android solutions.
  • There isn’t a charger in the box, and charging takes a while.
  • iOS limitations by Apple can turn off newcomers to the ecosystem.
  • Under load, the GPU throttles back to 50% of its maximum performance
  • There are situations when less sharpening may be beneficial in photo processing.
  • According to reports, the rear glass is now far more likely to break.

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