iPhone 15 Pro Max Review: Action-Packed

iPhone 15 Pro Max Review: Action-Packed

In contrast to its newest smartwatch, which seems and feels nearly an identical to the mannequin it replaces, Apple appears to have carried out a fantastic job of retaining the good things and enhancing on the sore factors of final yr’s iPhone 14 Professional. There is a refreshed design, a extra highly effective telephoto digital camera, a class-leading processor, a brand new gaming expertise and final however not least, a USB-C port. The brand-new Motion Button is added to the lengthy checklist of enhancements, which replaces the enduring ringer/silent swap. Dynamic Island may be very a lot current however not unique, because the common iPhone 15 fashions even have it this yr.

And there are some extra adjustments in relation to dimension. Apple has additionally determined to distinguish the digital camera efficiency between its Professional and Professional Max fashions for the primary time ever. The regular-sized iPhone 15 Professional, together with its smaller show and smaller battery, now additionally lacks the periscopic telephoto digital camera and 5x zoom functionality of the Professional Max mannequin. It nonetheless will get the same old 3X telephoto zoom.

And so, it turns into crystal clear that with this yr’s iPhones, you’ll be able to solely get the very best expertise with the iPhone 15 Professional Max mannequin. Nonetheless, issues aren’t precisely picture-perfect with this “action-packed” iPhone. Let me elaborate.

iPhone 15 Professional Max worth in India

Apple’s iPhone 15 Professional Max, not like final yr’s mannequin, is out there in three storage variants. It is good to see Apple do away with the measly 128GB base storage variant, which appeared nonsensical final yr. The bottom variant now has 256GB of storage, adopted by a 512GB variant and a top-end 1TB variant, which is the one I acquired for assessment.

Whereas the 256GB base storage variant appears like excellent news, it nonetheless prices a hefty Rs. 1,59,900, which is Rs. 10,000 increased in comparison with final yr’s mannequin with the identical 256GB of storage. The 512GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 1,79,900, whereas the 1TB possibility is priced at Rs. 1,99,900, which is Rs. 100 shy of Rs. 2,00,000. And like each passing yr, patrons in India pay an pointless premium of round Rs. 60,000 in comparison with patrons within the USA. However that is the way in which issues are if you wish to buy an iPhone in India.

As for field contents, there’s nonetheless no charger within the field, however you do get a braided Kind-C to Kind-C USB cable and a SIM ejector instrument.

iPhone 15 Professional Max design

The design of the iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max will really feel acquainted in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional. Apple didn’t go in for an entire redesign and has roughly used the identical theme because the iPhone 14 Professional (2023) and the iPhone 13 Professional (2022), which got here earlier than it, which was additionally much like the iPhone 12 Professional (2021). Whereas there have been refined adjustments to the digital camera module between the iPhone 13 Professional and the iPhone 14 Professional, the variations between the 14 Professional and the most recent 15 Professional are little to none.

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Apple’s iPhone 15 Professional Max seems similar to the iPhone 14 Professional Max. It was changed with minor beauty design refinements.

A lot of the design adjustments must do with the body, which continues to be flat on the perimeters however now has curved edges the place it meets the glass screens on each side. Whereas it doesn’t sound like a giant deal, it truly is as a result of Apple has modified the fabric it makes use of for the exterior body from chrome steel to titanium. The lighter materials, together with the rounded edges of the body, provides the telephone a very good hand really feel, which is a drastic change from the sharp edges of the 14 Professional we reviewed final yr.

Whereas the titanium body makes the telephone lighter by about 19g, it additionally gathers loads of stains and prints after a couple of minutes of use regardless of having a matte end. That is extra seen on the darker finishes than on the Pure Titanium one I had for assessment. I discovered the aluminium body of the iPhone 15 to have higher resistance to smudges.

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The brand new Motion Button feels fairly sharp to the contact and will have been completed higher, just like the one subsequent to it.


As flawless because it seems on Apple’s web site, I seen a fantastic panel hole the place the rear glass display screen meets the titanium body. This minor hole let me really feel the sharp edges of the titanium body across the again when holding the telephone each single time. Oddly, the alignment is ideal with the show’s glass display screen, so I didn’t really feel any sharp edges whereas swiping inwards or outwards when utilizing the telephone’s software program interface. I am unsure how this fantastic hole impacts the IP68 score of the telephone long run, however for a tool that prices practically Rs. 2,00,000, it’s a bit disappointing.

Even the all-new Motion Button may be very poorly completed, and it seems like I am scraping my finger in opposition to it each time I attain out for it. In actual fact, I do not keep in mind once I final wrote about unhealthy construct high quality in a telephone costing upwards of Rs. 80,000.

Apple despatched throughout its FineWoven Case and FinWoven Pockets, that are each MagSafe equipment. Whereas FineWoven meets Apple’s targets in relation to its environmental requirements, it largely will not find yourself being the case of alternative by many this yr.

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The brand new titanium body has some sharp edges across the rear glass panel.


Constructed from “sturdy micro-twill” materials, Apple claims it has a “gentle, suede-like really feel”… however it doesn’t. The case feels a bit tough to the contact and is under no circumstances as luxurious or premium as lots of the premium leather-based circumstances out there on-line. Even the cutouts of the case do not match a few of Apple’s personal equipment, and the cutouts themselves are very sharp, which makes the case extra annoying to carry. The brand new MagSafe Pockets snaps on and, for as soon as, maintains a very good grip, not like earlier iterations. However I seen that it has a good grip solely when mounted onto the FineWoven case and never a lot when straight snapped onto the telephone.

iPhone 15 Professional Max specs and software program

Issues are particular with this yr’s iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max fashions. They get a brand new processor known as the Apple A17 Professional, which is a correct improve over final yr’s A16 Bionic and in addition loses its ‘Bionic’ tag. The brand new processor is manufactured utilizing an industry-first 3nm fabrication course of, which is a step up from the 4nm course of used for the A16 Bionic and lots of premium Android-powered smartphones.

Whereas the processor maintains its six-core structure like final yr, two high-performance cores are actually clocked at 3.78 GHz, which Apple claims can ship 10 p.c quicker uncooked efficiency than the earlier processor as an entire. A brand new Apple-designed six-core GPU, as per Apple, sees a 20 p.c bump in efficiency and now helps hardware-accelerated ray tracing and mesh shading, which comes of use when taking part in the brand new high-end AAA gaming titles which the corporate confirmed off at launch. Extra on that is within the efficiency part of this assessment. RAM has been elevated to 8GB over final yr’s 6GB.

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The brand new USB-C port, aside from charging and knowledge transfers, additionally provides DisplayPort help


The brand new processor additionally brings in help for USB 3.2 Gen 2, which permits for a lot increased switch speeds (as much as 10Gbps), which isn’t out there on the iPhone 15 fashions launched this yr. Not everybody will discover this handy, because it’s primarily focused at content material creators/videographers who shoot in ProRes, letting them save huge video recordsdata on to an exterior SSD, not limiting them to the telephone’s inside storage.

Why not get an iPhone with extra storage? That is as a result of SSD’s are nonetheless cheaper than iPhone storage upgrades. As all the time, there is a catch. The braided cable that comes within the field doesn’t help USB 3.0 speeds (solely USB 2.0), so you’ll need to buy a separate cable should you intend to shoot giant video recordsdata.

There’s additionally DisplayPort help, which suggests you’ll be able to plug in a supported cable and mirror 4K HDR video to a supported monitor or TV.

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StandBy mode works nice on the iPhone 15 Professional Max


Fortunately, Apple didn’t cut back the Professional Max’s battery capability, maintaining its extra power-efficient processor in thoughts. The iPhone 15 Professional Max has a 4,441mAh battery, which helps as much as 20W wired charging utilizing a suitable adapter, 15W utilizing a MagSafe wi-fi charger and seven.5W wi-fi charging with a regular Qi-compatible charger.

iOS 17 works in a fashion that will likely be similar to an iPhone 14 Professional or iPhone 14 Professional Max. The now customary Dynamic Island characteristic has not discovered a stable footing but, as not too many app builders (no less than in India) appear to have built-in the characteristic into their apps. Regardless, it is nonetheless as helpful because it was when it debuted with the iPhone 14 Professional, which is principally restricted to native iOS 17 apps. StandBy seems nice and is kind of helpful when the telephone is mounted on a wi-fi charging stand. And stays unique to the current Professional fashions as they’re the one ones to have an At all times-On show.

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iOS 17 brings some fancy new wallpapers and lots extra


iOS 17 fortunately brings in new wallpapers just like the Climate and Astronomy ones (which oddly jogged my memory of Xiaomi’s Tremendous Wallpapers and a few cool Kaleidoscope wallpapers, that are additionally out there on iPadOS.

The Motion Button certainly looks like a pleasant improve to the enduring ringer/silent swap, which has been current on each iPhone to this point. The button has a pleasant tactile really feel when pressed down and makes use of a haptic motor to ship vibrational suggestions when utilizing the identical. That is helpful when switching telephone modes (between ringer and silent) because it lets one establish the state it’s transitioning into.

Nonetheless, the button solely helps just one perform at a time. Whereas there are tons of guides on-line as to how one can go about making it immensely helpful, I ended up utilizing it primarily as a ringer/silent swap as a result of that is one I am used to. I even tried out a number of shortcuts utilizing the Shortcuts app, like creating a brand new observe in Evernote by merely urgent down the Motion Button and extra. However the button with its single-stage mechanism can solely be linked to 1 perform at a time. So, I typically reverted again to the default ringer/silent perform, as that was one thing I actually couldn’t do with out. I am hopeful that Apple will add the power to make use of no less than two features to this motion button (quick press and lengthy press) which may let customers retain the ringer/silent mode characteristic together with a second perform like a shortcut.

iPhone 15 Professional Max efficiency

The iPhone 15 Professional Max scored as anticipated when it got here to artificial benchmarks. The telephone managed a chart-topping rating of 16,66,1205 in AnTuTu. This was adopted by an equally spectacular efficiency in Geekbench, managing scores of two,938 and seven,116 in its single and multi-core exams, respectively. The iPhone 15 Professional Max managed GFXBench scores of 59fps, 60fps and 59fps in its T-Rex, Manhattan 3.1 and Automobile Chase take a look at suites, respectively.

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The brand new Motion Button replaces the enduring ringer/silent mode swap


I additionally tried Capcom’s Resident Evil Village. The sport is finest performed with a controller and never with the onscreen controls. The first cause for that is the restricted display screen area out there on an iPhone 15 Professional’s show. Then, there are the quite a few controls that one wants to recollect and consider whereas taking part in such titles. Certainly, these are lots simpler to grasp when paired with a Bluetooth controller (and good outdated muscle reminiscence).

Whereas it is unbelievable to see a recreation like this work so properly on a smartphone (it is not excellent), quite a lot of the atmospheric results are misplaced solely due to the iPhone’s display screen dimension. Nonetheless, the provision of a DisplayPort signifies that with the best gear, one can simply use the iPhone as a really succesful mini console (supplied you’ll find a method to preserve the telephone working cool). With extra titles coming quickly, all I can say is that we must wait and watch to see if AAA gaming on iPhone is a hit, however the telephone absolutely has the potential to drag off what Apple claims it could actually.

Making an attempt out common gaming titles, all of them labored flawlessly, with little to no heating points. Name of Obligation: Cellular labored easily each on the Max graphics and body price settings and even Medium and Extremely settings, respectively. The identical may be stated about Asphalt 9: Legends, which runs buttery clean at 60fps with nearly console-quality graphics.

Common software program utilization was clean general, however I did discover some random cases of heating even when utilizing the telephone indoors. The telephone rapidly warms up when used outdoor and may get toasty when working the digital camera, relying on how lengthy you retain taking pictures. In my expertise, even snapping about 10-15 photographs and three 4K movies in a span of quarter-hour in daylight is sufficient to get the telephone worryingly sizzling. Whereas the warmth bought me frightened, there have been no slowdowns or any app crashes when working the digital camera app. Whereas iOS 17.0.3 solved many of the beforehand reported heating points, the telephone nonetheless runs sizzling when looking by way of Instagram or utilizing the Uber app when linked to knowledge.

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The iPhone 15 Professional Max will get fairly sizzling when used outdoor


Apple’s 6.7-inch LPTO XDR OLED show stays much like the earlier mannequin. It exhibits correct, natural-looking colors, which is beneficial when taking pictures severe skilled movies. The 120Hz refresh price works like a appeal in relation to software program however works flawlessly when taking part in video games that help such excessive refresh charges. Contact sampling price work additionally showcases no seen lag when taking part in FPS titles like Name of Obligation: Cellular.

The iPhone 15 Professional Max simply lasted me a day and a half with informal utilization, which additionally included an hour of gaming. Taking part in a AAA gaming title depletes the battery lots quicker, so it is sensible to be plugged in when doing the identical. On most days, I ended a piece day with about 40-45 p.c left, however on chaotic work days with plenty of calls and fixed utilization, it’s attainable to deplete the battery to twenty p.c. In fact, all that is with the show’s At all times-on mode switched on, so maintaining it turned off will get you a further hour or two.

The wired charging expertise stays the identical as final yr. Regardless of not packing its charger within the field, the iPhone 15 Professional Max managed a 53 p.c cost in half-hour, reaching 83 p.c in an hour when linked to a 65W GaN charger. It accomplished the cost in two hours, which continues to be fairly gradual in comparison with what most Android flagships supply as of late.

iPhone 15 Professional Max cameras

In contrast to Google’s Pixel 8 Professional, which provides a majorly overhauled rear digital camera this yr, Apple has solely changed its 12-megapixel telephoto digital camera, which has 3X optical zoom with a brand new 12-megapixel telephoto periscopic zoom digital camera system with 5X optical zoom. In contrast to the earlier mannequin’s telephoto digital camera, this one additionally comes with the first digital camera’s 3D sensor-shift OIS.

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A lot of the cameras on the iPhone 15 Professional are an identical to those on the iPhone 14 Professional


The first digital camera, by default, now shoots at 24 megapixels, however you’ll be able to select to shoot 12-megapixel photographs should you want. The distinction in file sizes isn’t a lot, so for this assessment, I captured all samples at 24 megapixels when utilizing the first digital camera. It is also attainable to shoot at 48 megapixels, however that is primarily for ProRAW or ProRAW Max, which ends up in a lot greater recordsdata that can require extra tweaking later. Nonetheless, a degree to notice right here is that the iPhone 15 Professional Max is greater than succesful (or has the imaging bandwidth) of pulling it off, not like the Pixel 8 Professional, which struggles to course of the pictures after seize.

Because the different cameras have remained the identical as earlier than, the adjustments in picture high quality are primarily right down to the brand new processor and newer algorithms. Fortunately, these do have a enough influence on picture high quality this yr.

Apple nonetheless doesn’t wish to supply Professional digital camera controls on its Professional iPhone fashions. You both have to make use of its auto mode (designed for the typical Joe) or shoot in ProRAW or ProRes (finest reserved for professionals) for guide tweaking on a pc to tweak the picture to its fullest potential. Even Google’s Pixel 8 Professional this yr provides a really well-designed Professional mode, with very well-laid out and simplified Professional menus for fans, I do discover it arduous to grasp why Apple doesn’t wish to do that.

Nonetheless, I did discover one new setting deep contained in the Digital camera part of the Settings app. Out there with iOS 17 (and later), it lets one lock white stability whereas recording video. As soon as switched on, it can set the white stability relying on the scene that is seen within the first body. I discovered this very helpful as a result of Apple’s metering and white stability typically have a thoughts of their very own, which is why fans or these severe about video typically find yourself utilizing a third-party app, which lets one manually set the white stability and different controls.

Apple iPhone 15 Professional Max vs iPhone 14 Professional Max major digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)


Since I had the iPhone 14 Professional with me, it made sense to take a look at the distinction in high quality between the brand new and outdated fashions. With the first digital camera, the iPhone 15 Professional is clearly forward in relation to resolved element since it could actually seize photographs at the next decision. Nonetheless, I additionally seen enhancements when it got here to white stability, which was my largest criticism with the iPhone 14 Professional once I in contrast it with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely earlier this yr. Colors are much more correct in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional. The iPhone 15 Professional comes out on prime as soon as once more in low mild, showcasing significantly better element and colors. Nonetheless, Apple’s extra contrast-heavy method to dynamic vary nonetheless sees quite a lot of particulars misplaced within the shadows.

Apple iPhone 15 Professional Max vs iPhone 14 Professional ultra-wide digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)


Transferring on to the ultra-wide digital camera, issues have improved primarily when it comes to element. The pictures have much less noise in daylight and so do not seem over-processed as they did on the iPhone 14 Professional. There’s nonetheless noticeable purple fringing within the brighter areas of a picture. In low mild, the outcomes, similar to the iPhone 14 Professional, aren’t nice, with restricted element and gentle photographs. Macro photographs have not improved in comparison with the earlier mannequin (which is ok as a result of they had been nice), however they positively have higher colors.

Apple iPhone 15 Professional Max vs iPhone 14 Professional daylight zoom digital camera samples (faucet to see full dimension)


Coming to the brand new stuff, Apple’s new tetraprism or folded optical design, together with the soundness of its 3D sensor shift OIS, makes it much more steady when taking pictures on the far finish of the zoom vary when in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional. As for the pictures, the 5X optical zoom photographs pack in quite a lot of element regardless of utilizing a sensor with the identical 12-megapixel decision as final yr’s mannequin. The 5X optical zoom stage simply produces sharper and extra detailed photographs in daylight in comparison with the 14 Professional’s 3X optical zoom photographs. Nonetheless, the 15 Professional Max appeared to have some points with 3X zoom, which is a crop of the first sensor with barely blurry or gentle photographs. Transferring past 5X at 10X, photographs nonetheless seem fairly sharp and usable. At 25X, the outcomes are first rate with smudged particulars, however clearly not one of the best I’ve seen on a smartphone. Briefly, the iPhone 15 Professional Max’s zoom functionality maxes out at 10X.

Prime: Apple iPhone 15 Professional Max (5X optical zoom) backside: iPhone 14 Professional (3X optical zoom) (faucet to see full dimension)


In low mild, when utilizing Evening mode, the iPhone 15 Professional Max’s major sensor manages good picture high quality at 1X, however there is a noticeable drop in high quality with softer and fewer detailed photographs when taking pictures at 3X. Fortunately, picture high quality improves drastically at 5X optical zoom, however there is a little bit of noise and barely much less resolved element in these photographs. That is nonetheless a stable enchancment over the iPhone 14 Professional we reviewed final yr.

Selfies have not actually improved over the earlier mannequin when it comes to element, however there are noticeable enhancements in dynamic vary, which suggests much less blown-out and extra detailed backgrounds when clicking in opposition to the brighter scenes. It’s also possible to, for the primary time, skip the cropped view when taking pictures portraits as the brand new iPhone gathers depth knowledge from common selfies or photographs (which may be shot utilizing the complete body), letting one apply a bokeh within the submit through enhancing.

Selfies captured in low mild present much less noise in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional’s selfies however have the identical high quality and are available out fairly gentle general. Portrait photographs captured in daylight confirmed correct pores and skin tones, loads of element, and correct edge detection. Apple’s carried out a unbelievable job with its relatively distinctive telephoto digital camera this yr.

Whereas we had been fairly happy with the iPhone 14 Professional’s video high quality, the iPhone 15 Professional appears to do an analogous job, however I one way or the other most well-liked the 14 Professional stabilisation, because the 15 Professional appeared to not be as composed when panning or transferring round. Low-light video can also be fairly good, with captures with low noise and good publicity.

iPhone 15 Professional Max Evaluate: Verdict

With iPhone costs going increased with each passing yr and Apple introducing a brand new tier in its ‘Professional’ phase this yr, the iPhone positive appears to be dropping factors in relation to general worth. This additionally signifies that the very best iPhone expertise will get pushed additional out of attain for a lot of this yr.

Nonetheless, maintaining in thoughts all of the significant upgrades we now have seen with its lighter design, improved major digital camera, spectacular telephoto digital camera and sheer uncooked efficiency with its brand-new processor, it is arduous to argue that the brand new iPhone 15 Professional Max is not value upgrading to regardless of its increased sticker worth, even should you personal final yr’s iPhone 14 Professional.

In contrast to earlier fashions, Apple’s pitch for the iPhone Professional has additionally modified this yr. It’s not meant for the “Professionals” or for videographers who merely want the very best imaging high quality from cellphones. There’s AAA gaming, a lighter design, higher battery life, higher zoom and a customisable Motion Button, which makes it actually engaging or engaging even for the typical client who would in any other case choose up an everyday iPhone 15 Plus.

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