Revolutionary iPhone 15 Pro Max in 2024

One of the most complex evolutions in the history of the iPhone. This is the first definition I would give to a reader when describing the iPhone 15 Pro Max. After reviewing its technical sheet, it does not suggest any major changes.

After extensive testing and analysis, experts have discovered that this iPhone is leading Apple in a new direction. The phone has been tested thoroughly and all aspects beyond the basic specifications have been examined. This iPhone is paving the way for Apple’s future.

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This analysis is detailed and fascinating. It focuses on the camera, processor, and other differences from the previous generation of the iPhone 14 Pro Max. It is perfect for those who are curious about these aspects. Make yourself comfortable, because there is a lot to tell.

Design: could be even tougher

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Apple has a bet for this iPhone and, presumably, the next generations: titanium. The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max says goodbye to stainless steel to embrace a polished, aerospace-grade titanium contour. Apple treats the metals used to build spaceships with this name. Beyond the marketing strategy around this material, practice reveals that its presence is not so notable.

Apple says that the inside is made of 100% recycled aluminum. They redesigned the inside to accommodate new parts. One of the new parts is the “tetraprism” telephoto lens.

Disassembling the phone shows that titanium coats the aluminum chassis with a thin layer. This means that titanium is not as prevalent in the device as aluminum. No matter how much attention it gets, the important thing is the benefits gained from using this material.

Greater resistance and lower weight. These two are the main benefits of titanium compared to stainless steel

Let’s get to the actual translation of using titanium instead of stainless steel. This material shines for its best strength-to-weight ratio. The latter has been noted: the device has lost no less than 19 grams.

I compared the new model to the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro. I found that it feels more like the smaller iPhone in my hand than the Max version.

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The new iPhone is heavier, but the manufacturing process makes it easier to remove the back glass. Thanks to this, the price of repairing a broken glass goes from 669 euros for the 14 Pro Max to 229 euros, more than 400 euros difference.

My unit is the one finished in Natural Titanium. From my point of view, the finish to buy this generation for its aesthetics and cleanliness. Much has been said on social media about how badly titanium handles fingerprints. In the case of this unit, this has not been the case.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max, particularly in this color variant, is less prone to fingerprint smudges compared to some iPhone 14 Pro models with shiny frames. It appears more discreet than the white iPhone 14 Pro with a silver stainless steel frame, which tends to show dirt easily. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is not completely resistant to fingerprints and oils, but its finish needs less cleaning. This makes it easier to keep the phone looking clean.

I want to highlight, after a few days of use, how good the finish feels on this iPhone 15 pro max. I thought it was complicated to create an even more premium manufacturing process, but I was wrong.

The titanium, seeing the phone in person, suits it much better than the steel (again, sticking to the color of this unit). The back of the phone doesn’t show fingerprints much. After testing many high-end phones this year, I think this one stands out for its strong build quality.

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There have also been changes to the front of the device. The screen borders are smaller now. The front uses more space for display, with 89.8% compared to 88.3% in the last version. This information comes from GSMArena.

Do you notice the reduction in bezels? In my opinion yes, but not in a radical way. If we have a previous generation iPhone next to it and we sharpen our view, it will be easy to notice the narrowness of the new frame

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Otherwise, it’s not that noticeable a jump. Apple is one of the few companies that make devices with symmetrical bezels. They don’t have the annoying lower chin that many other high-end devices still have.

The finish has also been refined both in the corners and in the most superficial layer of the front glass. Now it is a more rounded mobile and the glass has a much smoother transition to the frame. This added to the weight that has been lost, makes the iPhone 15 Pro Max a more pleasant phone to hold in one hand.

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At the bottom, it still maintains the same speaker, microphone, and port structure. The latter is now type C and has USB 3.2 technology. In the performance section, we will explain how it works. The titanium button panel now has an even more solid touch and, above it, we find the great protagonist of this generation: the action button.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Volume switch dies for a good cause

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Goodbye to the volume switch that has been with us since 2007. Will I miss it? No. _ Apple has replaced it with an action button.

Smaller and more discreet than the one released with the Apple Watch Ultra, but with a similar philosophy. A programmable button, with a total of eight actions:

Silence

Concentration modes

Camera (photo, selfie, video, portrait, portrait mode selfie)

Flashlight

Voice note

Magnifying glass

Shortcut

Accessibility (all accessibility features)

No action

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In my first review, I pointed out the button issue: you need to hold it down instead of just pressing it. I have been using the device for a week now, and this problem still exists. After using it for a week, this drawback still stands. When I studied cognitive ergonomics, they taught me a simple rule: it’s easier to press something than to keep it pressed.

Apple added a button to prevent accidental presses. The button needs to be held down for less than a second. You must do this before opening apps or functions. The action button is hard to press accidentally because of its location, hardness, and travel.

iphone 15 pro max phone case

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Before concluding the design section, it is necessary to dedicate a few lines to the new line of Apple cases. The company chose to prioritize the new braided iPhone 15 Pro Max phone case that is compatible with MagSafe. They decided not to include the skin in this product.

It is made of microtwill, a fabric widely used in uniforms and work clothes. It is a strong fabric made by weaving three threads together.

This technique makes it durable and long-lasting. The main objective of this change is to reduce carbon emissions and be more ecological. All good on paper.

In practice, this case is not of the best quality. In just a week of use, the edges are already quite worn, some fabric has come off the edges and there are some marks. It is not a case that is going to age well and taking into account that it costs 69 euros, I would bet on other much cheaper and more durable alternatives.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Screen: no changes in sight

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The screen is one of those points in which, in my point of view, Apple has been conservative. On a technical level, it is the same panel, with the same resolution, size, and brightness. I compared my 14 Pro to a lux meter. The HDR and peak brightness values were the same as the previous generation.

Apple is one of the few companies that offers a real and sustained brightness of 2,000 nits (as long as the phone does not heat). Although we are seeing some proposals that on a technical level reach up to 2,500 or 2,600 nits, these are only shown in HDR content in small white areas of the panel. This means that, in full sunlight, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will still be one of the best.

Despite this, with the powerful processor, Apple may need to improve resolution and brightness on the iPhone 15 Plus. It surprises me that the only major difference in the panel is ProMotion.

For yet another year, it is important to highlight the exercise at the calibration level. This 6.7-inch panel, with a resolution of 2,778 x 1,284 pixels and an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, performs a simply outstanding exercise with calorimetry.

The Always On Display and its second life with iOS 17 in iPhone 15 Pro Max

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With the iPhone 14 Pro came the Always On Display mode, which allows you to leave the panel on with an interface identical to the lock screen, with no completely black screens. As in the previous generation, a highlight of the iPhone’s AOD is that it depends on the brightness sensor itself. If we are outdoors and we block the panel with high brightness, the panel will shine brighter. If we are indoors with low brightness, the Always on Display illuminates minimally.

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The dynamic island has finally killed the notch and is present in all members of the iPhone 15 family. It was one of the most notable changes last year, and a way to turn the home of Face ID sensors into a functional space and dynamic. The size of the island has not changed this generation, so it remains as characteristic as it is annoying. This design solution is located somewhat lower than the bottom of the notch, so it becomes more noticeable when we are viewing content.

Having discussed the island’s problems, it is time to talk about the benefits. iOS continues to improve with new features such as notifications, pausing recordings, resuming recordings, and real-time maps. These are some of the functions that come with the system.

Incoming calls

AirPods connected

Face ID

AirDrop

Low battery

Mute Switch On/Off

AirPlay

Airplane mode/No service

Call in progress

Music/Playback Apps

Timer

Map Directions

voice notes

Record screen

The list of compatible apps is growing, including Uber, Flighty, Spotify, Citymapper, Nike Run Club, Audible, etc. The evolution is correct. It is not a revolutionary element, but it is one of the best ways to convert a necessary evil (if we want to have the most advanced biometric system, it must be hidden somewhere) into a valuable function.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Sound: one of the leaders in its category

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The audio of the iPhone 15 Pro Max continues to be one of the best, if not the best we have tested on a high-end mobile. Clear, crisp sound, clean in high frequencies, rich in low frequencies, and with a very high final volume, without distorting very noticeably. This generation, Apple’s official headphones go to type C, to be compatible with this new generation of products.

With iOS 17, iPhone 15 Pro Max ringtones are also renewed, and we have the option to customize spatial audio using the iPhone camera. This will make a custom profile based on the size and shape of our ear. It helps headphones with spatial audio, such as the new AirPods, adjust to fit our ear shape.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Performance: equal parts heat and power

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The industry’s first processor was manufactured in a three-nanometer process. The Apple A17 Pro has been designed based on the Apple A16 Bionic, with the new extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography node.

The improvements in the processor’s microarchitecture translate into 10% higher CPU performance compared to the previous generation and a GPU that represents a 20% jump and gains one core (six cores this generation). Apple says its efficient cores are much better than competitors, with up to three times better performance. Additionally, this processor is the first of its kind to support ray tracing technology.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max enhances performance. It helps popular console games like ‘Resident Evil Village,’ ‘Resident Evil 4,’ ‘Death Stranding,’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed Mirage’ run well. These games can maintain a steady 30 FPS. This is made possible not only through chip manufacturing improvements but also by a strategic increase in clock frequencies.

The A17 Pro boasts a 3.78 GHz clock speed, surpassing the A16 Bionic’s 3.46 GHz. Additionally, the high-efficiency cores’ frequency has been raised from 2.02 GHz to 2.11 GHz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 runs at 3.36 GHz, while the MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ operates at 3.35 GHz.

The USB-C in iPhone 15 Pro Max

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This generation the iPhone finally leaps USB-C. In the iPhone 15, it does so with the USB 2.0 standard, while in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max the commitment is to USB 3.2. As I mentioned in the impressions, a cable with the USB 2.0 standard comes in the iPhone 15 Pro Max box. A practice that needs improvement, but the context here is quite clear: all Android manufacturers follow the same trend.

Some terminals such as the Xiaomi 13 Pro or the OnePlus 11 are not compatible with the USB 3.2 standard. Apple has no choice but to follow European legislation and commit to this standard, which will finally allow us to charge our iPads, Macs, or iPhones with the same cable. In the battery section, we will clarify its operation.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Biometrics

The biometrics section will be brief and concise: we have the same functions as last year. Face ID continues to be the most effective facial recognition system at the moment, and the integration with the operating system is complete. It serves as identification for payments, unlocking applications, identification for passwords, etc. It is possible to set up an alternate face so that two people can unlock the same iPhone, as well as unlock the phone with a mask.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Software: iOS 17 is the definition of stability

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iOS 17 is the version that gives life to this iPhone 15 Pro Max and, after serious autonomy and performance problems with the beta versions, I can assure that the operation is impeccable in its stable version. At the time I write these lines, the version I use is iOS 17.0.2,

a small revision of the first version with improvements in security and stability. As is usual in iOS, the changes are quite minor compared to the previous generation, although this is in a system that is once again somewhat more mature and more polished.

Many of these changes are visual. First of all, it changes the calling interface, where we can see the personalized posters that we create for our contacts. These can be images or memos of the contacts to which we assign a poster, all customizable from the contacts application.

Iphone 15 pro max Cameras : one of the most complex systems in the industry

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Explaining the cameras of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is quite a challenge. Not so much because of the phone’s hardware itself, which is not too far from its direct rivals, but because of all the changes at the software and processing level that come this generation. Let’s start with the simplest: the hardware that this 15 Pro Max has.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max camera setup features a 48MP main sensor with f/1.78 aperture and dual pixel PDAF, accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide lens with 120˚ field of view and a tetraprism telephoto lens providing 5x optical zoom. The selfie camera is 12MP with autofocus. Video capabilities include 4K at various frame rates, HDR cinema mode, ProRes LOG video, and other creative options.

Noteworthy improvements from the iPhone 14 Pro Max include the tetraprism telephoto lens, enhancing optical zoom, and minimizing reflections with improved lens coating. The hardware remains largely similar to its predecessor, offering advanced photographic capabilities

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Apple has created its design when approaching this telephoto lens. It is a glass structure that folds just below the objective and has the function of reflecting light rays four times.

So that? So that the light travels the same space for longer, thus extending the focal length to 120mm. To avoid getting too complicated, you can stay with the fact that Apple has designed a 5x zoom that does not need a physically much larger sensor.

As support, an image shift optical stabilization module has been added (a system similar to the one found in the main sensor, although with 10,000 micro-adjustments per second).

Although we have a total of three cameras, Apple boasts that using an iPhone 15 Pro Max is like using seven cameras. Because? Because it is capable of shooting at the following focal lengths.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Macro

13mm (ultra wide angle)

24mm (1x)

28mm (1.2x)

35mm (1.5x)

48mm (2x)

120mm (5x)

Only a few phones offer the same range of photography options as this one. This phone has a unique range of photography options.

Apple’s main selling point is the high quality of photos taken with this phone. It achieves this by using crop cuts instead of digital zoom. However, the macro quality is the only downside.

The only downside is the macro quality. different areas of the sensor to achieve this. This is a half truth.

This last point is not always easy to understand, what is the difference between a crop sensor and digital zoom? In a digital zoom, on an image already taken, we enlarge a certain number of times. This translates into an irremediable loss of quality since we are simply expanding digitally.

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A rather curious point about this camera has to do with one of the obsessions that I usually have when analyzing camera apps: the preview. So far, only Apple and Google can show in the preview (before taking the photo) what the final result will be, HDR included. The rest of the rivals show the highlights completely burned out and, until we open the gallery, we don’t know if it could have been corrected or not.

I must clarify that this only happens in scenes in which HDR has to work at its maximum, in the most common photographs we will continue with a preview that is very faithful to reality, including highlights.

IPhone 15 pro max Ultra wide angle and zoom photography

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The ultra-wide-angle on the iPhone 15 Pro Max offers modest improvements over its predecessor, benefiting from enhanced processing. However, it falls short of expectations, leaving room for a more powerful sensor in this category.

On the other hand, the zoom capabilities are a highlight, allowing shooting at 26, 28, 35, 48, and 120mm. The 28mm (1.2x) and 35mm (1.5x) options involve a crop, limiting resolution to 24 megapixels, but the negligible loss in quality is outweighed by the convenience of four focal lengths from a single sensor. Overall, the zoom functionality stands out as a noteworthy and commendable feature.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Portrait mode photography

The portrait mode is, along with the 24 megapixels, the biggest change in this generation. I can say without fear of being wrong that it is the best implementation of this concept on a smartphone. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is capable of automatically detecting that we want a photo to be in portrait mode. Apple told us about people and animals but… it goes much further.

The portrait mode is, along with the 24 megapixels, the biggest change in this generation. I can say without fear of being wrong that it is the best implementation of this concept on a smartphone. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is capable of automatically detecting that we want a photo to be in portrait mode. Apple told us about people and animals but… it goes much further.

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In a photo with different elements at different depths, click on one element for Apple to recognize it as a portrait. In the preview we will see an ‘f’ (the classic portrait mode aperture icon). This will tell us that in the gallery, later on, we can edit that photograph with its relevant depth map.

This photograph is a great example. The tree is some distance from the building behind. Something perhaps difficult to appreciate given the image compression generated by a 120mm. Despite this, I pointed it at the building to tell the iPhone that I wanted to blur the trees.

As you can see, the generated depth map is practically perfect: it allows me to set the building as the main element, but also the tree. The technical complexity when establishing this type of map is high. In the high range, portraits of people and animals are usually controlled. However, it is difficult to show depth in objects, especially in shots like this.

IPhone 15 Pro max Video

In the video, there are two main new features. The first is that we can finally record by changing cameras in 4K 60 FPS mode. The second is, for me, one of the most important video innovations in Apple’s history: recording in logarithmic format.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a feature called LOG. This feature allows for recording in a flat profile. Recording in a flat profile makes it easier to enhance images and improve colors during editing.

I wanted to compare the differences between recording in 4K 24 FPS (my preferred format for cinematic recording) in HDR Dolby Vision format, without Dolby Vision, and in LOG. The results remind me of when I first saw a RAW on the iPhone.we also review about drones.

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ProsCosThe new 24-megapixel camera is a small leap forward.

Autonomy remains a spectacle.

iOS 17 has leaped forward in maturity.No screen improvements of any kind.

The heat issue is as random as it is worrying.

Fast charging continues to lag behind its direct rivals.

iPhone 15 Pro Max, Gadget Raise’s opinion

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max is a much more important evolution than its technical data sheet makes it seem. The jump to USB-C is one of the most relevant changes in the history of the iPhone.

It has arrived very late, but it has arrived. The titanium finish, beyond the controversies on the table about its resistance, is the best aesthetic and ergonomic finishing touch on an iPhone in recent years. It’s something I didn’t expect, a jump that we will only notice when we have it in hand.

The changes in the camera are relevant. Smart HDR has improved as expected, producing a great 24-megapixel shot in automatic mode.

The 5x telephoto lens also performs well, bringing the iPhone up to par with its competitors in terms of zoom capabilities. The 48-megapixel mode is not very convincing, but it is not commonly used. Overall, the iPhone now offers better zoom and photo quality with these upgrades.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is a safe choice in the high-end market. It has the most support, best LOG profile, powerful CPU, and good battery life. It is a reliable option for those looking for a top-of-the-line mobile phone.

Design: could be even tougher

iPhone 15 pro max spectrum

iPhone 15 Pro Max Volume switch dies for a good cause

iphone 15 pro max phone case

iPhone 15 Pro Max Screen: no changes in sight

The Always On Display and its second life with iOS 17 in iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro Max Sound: one of the leaders in its category

iPhone 15 Pro Max Performance: equal parts heat and power

The USB-C in iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro Max Biometrics

iPhone 15 Pro Max Software: iOS 17 is the definition of stability

Iphone 15 pro max Cameras : one of the most complex systems in the industry

IPhone 15 pro max Ultra wide angle and zoom photography

iPhone 15 Pro Max Portrait mode photography

IPhone 15 Pro max Video

iPhone 15 Pro Max, Gadget Raise’s opinion