Apple recently unveiled its iPhone 15 lineup at the “Wonderlust” event. These new models, including iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max, will hit the market later this month.
They come with both design and tech improvements, and there are noteworthy changes to the charging cord as well. The starting prices for these iPhones range from $799 to $1,199. Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know about the iPhone 15 below.
iPhone 15 Release Date
You can preorder any of the four devices in the new iPhone lineup – iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max – starting on September 15. They will be accessible online and in stores from September 22.
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iPhone 15 Pro Max Specs
|Refresh rate||120Hz adaptive|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Rear cameras||48MP main/12MP ultrawide/12MP telephoto w/ 5x zoom|
|Battery||4,852 mAh [rumored]|
|Size||6.29 x 3.02 x 0.32 inches|
|Colours||Black, white, blue, grey|
iPhone 15 Pro Max Price
The pricing for the iPhone 15 Pro Max will closely resemble that of the iPhone 14 Pro Max from the previous year. However, there’s one notable change: the iPhone 15 Pro Max no longer offers the 128GB option as the entry-level model. Instead, the 256GB version takes its place.
When it launches, the 256GB iPhone 15 Pro Max will be priced at $1,199. Following that, you’ll have the 512GB model at $1,399 and the 1TB model at $1,599. Additionally, there will be trade-in offers available, allowing you to potentially get up to $1,000 off your new iPhone 15 Pro Max.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Display
The iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a 6.7-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display, while the iPhone 15 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch screen. Both of these screens support Apple ProMotion display technology, offering a variable 120Hz refresh rate and Extreme Dynamic Range.
In terms of design, there aren’t significant changes to the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s display compared to the previous year. It does feature a ceramic shield, which Apple claims makes it the “toughest front display,” but specific technical details supporting this assertion are currently unavailable.
However, there is one notable update for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max displays. They retain the always-on display feature introduced with last year’s models, but now they also include Standby mode. This mode transforms your phone into a combination clock and information hub while charging in landscape orientation. It offers customizable widgets to provide more than just the time.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Design
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and its smaller counterpart, the iPhone 15 Pro, may appear quite similar to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max at first glance. However, significant design changes have been introduced this year.
The standout feature is undoubtedly the shift to a titanium phone body. Both the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now sport a “Grade 5 Titanium” body with a brushed finish on the contoured edges.
This transition to a titanium body, the very same titanium alloy used in the Mars Rover, as per Apple’s presentation, results in the iPhone 15 Pro Max being the lightest iPhone Pro Max model ever.
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You’ll also notice that the edges are slightly rounded, departing from the completely flat edge design of the previous iPhone generation. This subtle change should provide a more comfortable grip in your hand, a small but appreciated improvement. Additionally, Apple has reduced the bezel size on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, claiming that these new Pro models boast the smallest bezels of any iPhone to date.
Besides these alterations, one of the most significant design updates, apart from the transition to USB-C (more on that later), is the introduction of the new Action button. This replaces the mute/silent switch found on previous iPhone Pro Max models and represents a notable upgrade.
Instead of a physical switch, the Action button is a tactile button with haptic feedback and customizable actions. Apple emphasized that the Action button can initiate voice memos, launch the camera, activate popular accessibility features, and even enable shortcuts, making it a potentially valuable tool for virtually any iPhone 15 Pro Max user.
iPhone 15 Pro Max USB-C
Yes, it’s official. As a result of pressure from E.U. regulators, Apple has fully adopted USB-C across its USB-C lineup. In the case of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the new USB‑C connector supports data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, thanks to USB 3, which Apple claims is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.
USB-C serves as both the data transfer and charging port for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, although you can also opt for MagSafe accessories for charging. Additionally, Apple has made the latest Apple EarPods compatible with USB-C for those who prefer to use Apple’s wired earbuds.
iPhone 15 Pro Max Cameras
Apple has made some significant upgrades to the cameras on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. While it retains the same trio of cameras – main, ultrawide, and telephoto – these cameras have received notable improvements.
Firstly, the 48MP main camera now defaults to a 24MP photo setting and can switch between focal lengths of 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm. It also supports HEIF images alongside ProRAW, offering better resolution for main camera shots.
The telephoto lens, however, gets the most significant enhancement. The iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a 5x optical zoom, thanks to a new tetraprism design. The telephoto lens features a 3D sensor-shift module that makes an impressive 10,000 micro-adjustments per second to ensure stable photos. While it’s not a periscope lens, it achieves a similar effect.
Other notable camera updates include Night mode, now powered by the Photonic Engine, which promises improved Night mode portraits with the help of the Pro Max’s LiDAR scanner.
Portrait mode receives enhancements as well, with Smart HDR capturing subjects and backgrounds more accurately, resulting in better skin tones, highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. Moreover, you no longer need to take portraits exclusively in portrait mode, as the Photos app can transform any image into a portrait-mode photo.
When it comes to video recording, the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s cameras offer more capabilities. This includes support for shooting spatial video for the Apple Vision Pro by combining images from the Pro Max’s cameras. Spatial video shooting will be available to Pro and Pro Max models later this year.
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iPhone 15 Pro Max Battery Life and Charging
The exact details about the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s battery life are a bit scarce. Apple has mentioned that it can handle up to 29 hours of video playback, which is an improvement of six hours compared to the iPhone 15 Pro. However, it’s unclear if there’s a significant upgrade over the iPhone 14 Pro Max in terms of battery life.
For reference, the iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted approximately 13 hours and 39 minutes in a continuous web browsing battery test, which is considered quite good. So, we can hope that the iPhone 15 Pro Max matches or even slightly surpass this performance.
In terms of charging, the iPhone 15 Pro Max still charges at 20 watts, which is decent but not as fast as some other smartphones like the Galaxy S23 Ultra or OnePlus 11, which offer superfast charging speeds. It seems that this aspect hasn’t been upgraded despite the switch to USB-C.
However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is compatible with Qi2 MagSafe chargers. This means it can charge wirelessly at double the speed of the iPhone 14 models, which charged at 7.5W. This improvement in wireless charging speed brings it closer to the charging speeds seen on some of the best Android phones.
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