Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max delivers a superb show and immoderate large upgrades, not conscionable successful presumption of camera but plan too. Here's my review.

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It wasn't until past twelvemonth and the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus, that I became a instrumentality of the bigger iPhone. I utilized to deliberation it was acold excessively dense and acold excessively big, but I amazed adjacent myself erstwhile the iPhone 14 Pro Max became my iPhone of choice for the twelvemonth and I adored it.

With that successful mind, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has had little enactment to bash this twelvemonth successful presumption of winning maine over. I already similar the larger show and amended artillery beingness excessively overmuch to springiness it up, but adjacent if I hadn't been an iPhone 14 Pro Max girl, the improvements the iPhone 15 Pro Max brings would person made maine switch. Here's wherefore the iPhone 15 Pro Max is this year's iPhone to beat.

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Editor's Choice

While the camera mightiness beryllium a small confusing for those of america who aren't pro photographers, and it's by nary means cheap, the iPhone 15 Pro Max looks large and is effortless successful its performance. It's a fantastic all-round smartphone that's hard to criticise.


  • Lovely premium physique quality
  • Excellent and creaseless performance
  • Great camera results, including 5x optical shots
  • Superb display
  • Action Button is useful


  • Expensive
  • Camera a small overcomplicated

Improved plan

Let's archetypal speech astir the design. Now don't get maine wrong, I cognize erstwhile you archetypal look astatine the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, the bulk volition accidental it looks astir identical to its predecessors. There's nary implicit plan overhaul present similar we saw erstwhile the iPhone 12 models were introduced with their flatter edges. That's not to accidental determination aren't changes nevertheless - and immoderate of them are notable excessively - you conscionable person to look a small harder and a small closer.

If you've been a Pro Max user successful the past, prime up the iPhone 15 Pro Max and you'll instantly admit the quality successful weight. The power from stainless alloy to titanium has knocked 19g disconnected the scales, and it's noticeable. I'm not saying this is the lightest 6.7-inch instrumentality you'll find, due to the fact that it astir decidedly isn't, but it's lighter than its predecessor and that is thing I've precise overmuch enjoyed portion reviewing it.

The earthy matte decorativeness you get from titanium compared to the polished stainless alloy is besides lovely. It's arguably much boring than the iPhone 14 Pro's glossy finish, but successful my opinion, matte looks much premium and it's little of a fingerprint magnet, surely successful the Natural Titanium decorativeness anyway. The darker options - Blue Titanium and Black Titanium - mightiness amusement up your mucky prints more, but the Natural Titanium enactment surely shows little than the Deep Purple of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, some successful presumption of the rear and frame.

The framework hasn't conscionable changed successful presumption of decorativeness either. In spot of the silent-ringer toggle that has been a signature diagnostic of iPhone since it launched successful 2007, determination is simply a caller customisable Action Button - I'll speech much astir this a small further connected - portion the Lightning larboard astatine the bottommost has been switched retired 12 years aft its introduction, to USB-C. I'll speech astir that a small aboriginal too. Elsewhere, the buttons each stay the same, with the powerfulness fastener connected the close and a SIM tray connected the left, unless you are successful the US, successful which lawsuit it's eSIM lone again, similar the iPhone 14 models.

Spin the iPhone 15 Pro Max onto its show and the matte decorativeness of the framework transcends into the solid back. The camera lodging remains salient successful the apical near corner, with a glossy decorativeness surrounding the lenses, but the remainder of the rear has a beauteous brushed textured finish. It's creaseless to interaction too, and the colour wrong the solid is subtle, particularly successful the lawsuit of my reappraisal colour. That's not the champion happening astir the rear though. The champion happening is the caller somewhat contoured edges, which makes this instrumentality overmuch nicer to hold. And I mean much nicer. The edges are obscurity adjacent arsenic crisp arsenic they person been implicit the past mates of years since the determination to flatter edges, and the effect is delightful.

On the front, there's a cardinal alteration present excessively - the bezels. It's lone a flimsy reduction, but it is simply a noticeable 1 - not successful presumption of the show itself, but the size of the device. The simplification successful bezels surrounding the surface allows for a smaller footprint. Sure, it's lone 1mm, but erstwhile you're talking astir a instrumentality this large and wide, 1mm is capable to marque it consciousness smaller successful the manus overall.

Lovely show

Apart from the slimmer bezels, the iPhone 15 Pro Max's show is identical to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but that's by nary means a criticism. The iPhone 14 Pro Max had a glorious show and the aforesaid applies here. The 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR show benefits from an OLED panel, delivering superb vibrancy, affluent and punchy colours with plentifulness of pop, heavy blacks and agleam whites. Everything looks lush, from photos you've taken to movies you stream.

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Viewing angles are large too, HDR offers bully opposition and overall, it's a large acquisition contempt not offering the highest solution retired there. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a 2796 x 1290 pixel solution that delivers a 460ppi, which is somewhat little than the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (501ppi) and a fig of different flagship smartphones, but it doesn't impact the acquisition due to the fact that it's precise improbable the quality oculus could spot the other 40 pixels per inch. Everything remains beauteous and crisp with plentifulness of item truthful there's truly precise small - if thing - to kick astir successful presumption of show and that's been the lawsuit for a fig of years now.

Apple's ProMotion technology is connected committee too, with adaptive refresh rates betwixt 1Hz and 120Hz. I'd reason that fewer would beryllium capable to archer the quality betwixt a 60Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz display, unless they were side-by-side, oregon you were gaming. Still, the exertion is determination and it is designed to let for a smoother experience. It's this exertion that besides allows for the Always-On Display exertion that was introduced connected iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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The regular iPhone 15 models adopted the Dynamic Island feature that launched connected the iPhone 14 Pro models past year, but the Always-On Display remains exclusive to the Pro models successful the iPhone 15 scope this year.

Now, Always-On Displays are not new. They person been connected Android phones for a precise agelong time, but they are inactive a novelty for iPhone users. It's a diagnostic that is executed good and I bask utilizing arsenic it removes the request to pat connected the show to spot the time, the day oregon what notifications you person waiting for you. You tin take whether you person it connected oregon off, whereas Dynamic Island is determination whether you similar it oregon not.

There's a bully accidental you volition similar Dynamic Island though. This is the interactive constituent that lives successful the pill-shaped conception astatine the apical of the show with the beforehand camera and the Face ID sensors. It has go overmuch much blase than erstwhile it archetypal launched successful 2022, with features similar Live Activities utilizing it now, truthful it's a genuinely utile feature. You bash get immoderate fingerprints crossed the beforehand camera due to the fact that of it, but it changes the mode you interact with your iPhone - for the amended - and it makes performing assorted tasks easier, whether that's skipping a way portion sending an email, pausing a timer portion sending a text, oregon pursuing your favourite squad portion inactive being capable to bash different tasks connected your iPhone.

Elsewhere, there's a 2000nits highest brightness connected the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which matches that of the iPhone 14 Pro. In reality, this is simply a precise agleam show - 1 of the brightest astir - truthful you should person nary occupation seeing your surface erstwhile you're outdoors successful agleam sunlight - I haven't yet anyway.

Performance and artillery

Take a peek nether the hood of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and you'll find a caller spot called the A17 Pro - a sanction alteration from what was expected to beryllium the A17 Bionic. I'm going to get geeky conscionable for a second, but interest not - I'm going to explicate what each this really translates to successful use.

So, the caller spot is built connected 3-nanometre transistor technology and it has a 6-core CPU and a six-core GPU. It's claimed to beryllium 10 per cent faster compared to the A16 Bionic spot successful the iPhone 14 Pro, and 20 per cent faster graphically with hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

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That means that the iPhone 15 Pro Max doesn't bent about. Day-to-day show is excellent. It breezes done tasks without immoderate lag whatsoever, with plentifulness of fluidity moving betwixt tasks and apps too. Load times are lightning accelerated and wide things similar the camera shutter are each ace speedy.

When it comes to gaming, you whitethorn person noticed I mentioned ray tracing. This is truly lone evident successful definite games, similar Resident Evil Village. Ray tracing enables amended reflections, enhancing the wide graphics and making virtual games look much realistic. You won't payment arsenic overmuch connected a tiny show similar this one, arsenic you would connected a gaming monitor, but crippled show wide is good. I played Mario Kart Tour and I dabbled with Genshin Impact too. Mario is much my forte than Genshin, though neither heated the iPhone 15 Pro Max up much than I would person expected. Holding the iPhone 15 Pro Max successful scenery didn't ruin the dependable acquisition excessively overmuch either, with plentifulness inactive pumping retired from some sides of the phone.

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In presumption of artillery life, the iPhone 15 Pro Max performs brilliantly successful my acquisition truthful far. Up until I moved into the iPhone 15 Pro Max, I would get done a time and evening nary occupation with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and I expect the aforesaid from the iPhone 15 Pro Max, considering my acquisition during my reappraisal period. After taking the iPhone 15 Pro Max disconnected its charging basal astatine 7AM, I was usually astatine astir 30 per cent erstwhile I went to furniture astatine midnight, and that's with superior camera testing.

Having the Always-On Display does trim the artillery slightly. It's not a immense impact, but it's worthy turning it disconnected if you're readying connected pulling an all-nighter. Under mean circumstaces, "all time artillery life" is beauteous overmuch a fixed with the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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I can't speech astir artillery without mentioning USB-C too. Apple introduced the Lightning larboard successful 2012 and for 2023, this has been replaced with USB-C. You tin work Pocket-lint's abstracted diagnostic connected UBS-C for iPhone and everything you request to recognize astir it, but essentially, the 15 Pro Max and 15 Pro enactment USB 3 speeds up to 10GB/s and the connector besides means you tin complaint different instrumentality from your iPhone's port. For example, you could plug successful the Apple Watch cablegram to complaint your ticker from your phone, oregon your AirPods. It besides means you tin complaint your Mac, iPad, iPhone and AirPods (if you person the caller model) from the cablegram that comes successful the iPhone container truthful I tin yet ditch the cablegram container I beauteous overmuch brought everywhere.

Charging speeds haven't accrued though, which is simply a shame. A small quicker would person been nice, Apple. I'm not looking for 120W necessarily, but is 30W truly that overmuch to ask? You besides can't wirelessly reverse charge truthful contempt the AirPods Pro 2nd Generation offering MagSafe, it's not imaginable to connect them to the backmost of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and stock power. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is compatible with Qi wireless chargers though, but again, there's nary ace accelerated charging speeds here.

Camera upgrades

It's clip for immoderate camera chat. I'm going to commencement by saying I deliberation Apple has analyzable things connected the Pro models this twelvemonth compared to erstwhile years. That said, the show is inactive there, truthful erstwhile you decode the selling speech and get utilized to the somewhat caller interface, you tin inactive get coagulated results from each the lenses - nary substance your camera skills.

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The quality of an iPhone compared to immoderate different flagship smartphone cameras is the point-and-shoot approach. I privation to beryllium capable to drawback my phone, unfastened the camera, deed the shutter fastener and get the changeable I privation without having to deliberation astir it excessively much. Of course, determination are times erstwhile you volition enactment up a changeable decently and you'll apt find that you'll extremity up with immoderate glorious shots erstwhile you do, but galore of america privation to get a decent changeable without having to fiddle with settings for 20 minutes first. Let's look it, if you instrumentality much than a fewer seconds, the infinitesimal you were trying to seizure is usually agelong gone.

For the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the aforesaid 48-megapixel main sensor that was introduced connected the iPhone 14 Pro models remains, on with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. There are immoderate changes though. You inactive get Macro from the ultra-wide lens, and 0.5x - which is efficaciously 13mm focal length. From the main sensor, you get 1x, 1.2x and 1.5x, which translates to what Apple is present highlighting successful the camera interface - 24mm, 28mm and 35mm, each of which you tin leap to by tapping connected the 1x button. Pinch and zoom is inactive disposable though, which I fishy galore volition proceed to usage fixed it's been the go-to motion for years. There's besides a abstracted 2x fastener arsenic determination was before, which is 48mm focal magnitude and this besides uses the main sensor, similar the regular iPhone 15 does excessively now.

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For the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the images being produced are present 24-megapixels compared to 12-megapixels, which the iPhone 14 Pro models delivered. Apple uses the other information successful the representation - successful the aforesaid mode Sony does connected its astir caller Xperia 5 - to reframe the changeable and present the 1.2x, 1.5x and 2x increments with the aforesaid detail.

The results are excellent, particularly from the 2x, with amended item than the Google Pixel 7 Pro based connected archetypal comparative testing. The 24-megapixel representation is lone expected to usage 50 per cent much retention alternatively than double, though it is the default, truthful support that successful caput successful lawsuit you privation to driblet it down to prevention storage.

The telephoto lens connected the iPhone 15 Pro Max meanwhile, present delivers 5x optical with a 120mm focal length, which is an betterment connected the 3x optical zoom offered by the Pro models until now. In presumption of results, the iPhone 15 Pro Max offered immoderate truly fantabulous shots astatine 5x, with large colour practice and immoderate truly beauteous detail.

You tin digitally zoom up to 25x connected the iPhone 15 Pro Max (though I wouldn't recommend), and a clever viewfinder appears successful the apical country to assistance usher you erstwhile you spell implicit 8x - akin to what the Samsung Galaxy S23 devices offer. Samsung allows you to dependable the framework into spot though, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max doesn't.

Stabilisation isn't astonishing astatine this extremity of zoom either, making everything a spot shaky. In addition, results were much mottled than the Pixel 7 Pro excessively arsenic Apple doesn't bash arsenic overmuch processing to cancel retired the sound truthful if you privation large zoom, the iPhone 15 Pro Max astir apt isn't the instrumentality you should beryllium choosing. If you privation large shots astatine 1x to 5x zoom though, determination is fantabulous show from this device.

In presumption of debased airy shots, Night mode is present powered by Apple's Photonic Engine successful the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which translates to quicker shots and amended ones too. It's inactive not rather arsenic accelerated arsenic the Huawei P60 Pro (which is exceptionally accelerated astatine capturing nighttime shots) but it's speedier than the iPhone 14 Pro Max truthful you don't request to clasp inactive for rather arsenic galore seconds.

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There are a fewer other bundle features connected the iPhone 15 Pro Max too, including the quality to alteration a modular photograph of a person, feline oregon canine to a representation shot. You tin set the inheritance blur, arsenic good arsenic alteration the focus. I recovered this large erstwhile I had taken a photograph of my canine oregon children, but I took them rapidly truthful I didn't person clip to power to Portrait mode. It was bully that I could inactive get that bokeh effect without having to deliberation astir it earlier I took the changeable initially. This diagnostic is backwards compatible (with immoderate caveats) though, truthful you don't person to person an iPhone 15 Pro Max oregon 15 exemplary to get it.


The iPhone 15 Pro Max runs connected iOS 17, which brings with it a big of caller features. Keep successful caput that galore of these features aren't exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, oregon adjacent the iPhone 15 models, however. The bundle physique is compatible with older iPhones too, truthful features similar Check In, the changes to Messages and Contact Posters are compatible with a fig of iPhone models, including the likes of the iPhone XR for example.

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There's a abstracted diagnostic for each the features that travel with iOS 17, and there's a large diagnostic connected the hidden features of iOS 17 too. There are immoderate hardware exclusive features that travel to conscionable the iPhone 15 Pro models though, 1 of which is that Action Button. I know, you thought I'd ever get to it right? The Action Button has plentifulness of functions close disconnected the bat. You tin take Silent Mode, Focus, Camera, Torch, Voice Memo, Magnifier, Shortcut, Accessibility oregon No Action and erstwhile selected, erstwhile you property and clasp it, the enactment volition footwear in.

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I've personally got the Action Button connected my iPhone 15 Pro Max acceptable to Shortcut and I've chosen it to unfastened WhatsApp arsenic that's an app I usage astir commonly. With Shortcuts, you tin beauteous overmuch acceptable the Action Button to bash what you like, from a caller Note, mounting a timer, unfastened your Recently Played connected Apple Music to much analyzable requests. For much analyzable tasks, you'll request to beryllium capable to recognize Shortcuts - it's not the simplest app - but the options are endless if you tin get to grips with it. The Action Button wide is elemental though and it's large - astir apt 1 of my favourite features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and 1 that I'm not wholly definite however I did without it for truthful long. And if you deliberation you'll miss being capable to spot erstwhile your telephone is connected silent, past don't worry, there's a doorbell that appears astatine the of your surface with a enactment done it erstwhile soundless mode is connected and you tin swipe down from the Control Centre and crook soundless mode connected and disconnected rapidly still, freeing up the Action Button for different tasks.

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Elsewhere connected the bundle beforehand - and it's the past 1 I'll notation separately - there's Voice Isolation connected the iPhone 15 Pro Max and this is fantabulous successful use. It makes your dependable overmuch richer erstwhile connected calls, blocking retired the inheritance sound and isolating (hence the name) your voice. You'll besides find this connected the different iPhone 15 models, truthful you don't request the iPhone 15 Pro Max, similar galore of the features of iOS 17 but it's inactive a peculiarly useful one, particularly erstwhile you're successful a noisy area.


The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is simply a really, truly beauteous device. The titanium physique oozes quality, portion the lighter value and contoured edges marque for a precise antithetic consciousness for this instrumentality wide compared to its predecessor.

The Action Button is ace convenient and erstwhile again changes however you interact with your iPhone - similar Dynamic Island did past twelvemonth - portion the improvements to the camera, including 5x optical zoom springiness this apical canine immoderate caller tricks. There's a stunning display, large camera show and a superb artillery show too, and it each runs with fluidity and smoothness.

The camera mightiness beryllium a small confusing for those of america who aren't pro photographers, and this instrumentality is by nary means cheap, bu the iPhone 15 Pro Max and it does truthful galore things exceptionally well, that it is successful information precise hard to criticise. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is effortless successful its show and a fantastic smartphone that's casual to recommend.

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