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The iPhone 15 series is now widely available in different markets. And if you are planning to purchase one of the lineup’s models, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the best choice. Yet, is it really a worthy upgrade, especially if you already have the iPhone 14 Pro Max?
The differences between the two models are not groundbreaking, but there are still some key areas where you might appreciate your iPhone better if you opt for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. To start, all the iPhone 15 models now employ a USB-C port, which means you can now use any of your compatible USB-C cords to the units. This is a huge improvement compared to the past iPhone lineups, which are limited to Apple’s proprietary lightning cable. The Pro Max, however, has more USB-C benefits compared to its siblings:
- iPhone 15 Pro models can shoot or record ProRes video directly to external storage. This is good news for customers planning to use the iPhone 15 Pro models for serious video-shooting tasks, as ProRes can easily consume 1TB of storage.
- Shooting and instantly transferring 48MP ProRAW images from iPhone 15 Pro to Mac is possible using an optional USB 3 cable.
- Thanks to the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro models, users will experience USB 3 speeds up to 10 gigabits per second (20 times faster than USB 2 using an optional USB 3 cable). The USB 3 support should enable fast data communication between the iPhone 15 device and a connected Mac.
The new iPhone 15 Pro Max also includes the new Action Button, allowing you to assign a specific shortcut control. Aside from that, the bezel of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is comparatively thinner than the one in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple also now uses titanium material in the frames of the iPhone 15 Pro models. This is an improvement over the stainless steel frame in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. According to the company, the new material allows better heat dissipation.
As for the camera, the iPhone 15 Pro Max still has the same big 48 MP main camera sensor as its predecessor. Nonetheless, Apple made some improvements in the image processing of the new model by upgrading the Photonic Engine and HDR pipelines, resulting in better color accuracy, more details, and better low-light performance. In addition to that, its default photo is now at 24MP.
On the other hand, from the A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple upgraded the chip to the A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This is where many of the improvements in the new iPhone model can be spotted:
- The iPhone 15 Pro Max reportedly has higher benchmark scores versus earlier iPhone models.
- A17 Pro with a 6-core (2 performance and 4 efficiency cores) CPU and a 16-core neural engine that is reported 2x faster
- A17 Pro’s 6-core GPU with new Apple-designed shader architecture; Reportedly 20% faster for peak performance
- A17 Pro USB controller to allow USB 3 speeds up to 10 gigabits per second (20 times faster than USB 2 using an optional USB 3 cable); Also includes hardware-accelerated ray tracing
- A17 dedicated engines: ProRes codec, Pro display engine, and AV1 decoder.
For more iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max differences, check the following details below:
iPhone 15 Pro Max
Dimensions: 6.29 x 3.02 x 0.32 inches
Weight: 221 grams
Display: 6.7″ Super Retina XDR display
Processor: A17 Pro chip (6-core CPU, 6-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine)
Port: USB-C (supports USB 3 for up to 20x faster transfers)
Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Camera: 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide and 12MP Telephoto (.5x, 1x, 2x, 5x optical zoom options)
Video Recording: 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (ProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 fps with external recording) INCLUDES: Log video recording, Academy Color Encoding System
iPhone 14 Pro Max
Dimensions: 6.33 x 3.05 x 0.31 inches
Weight: 240 grams
Display: 6.7″ Super Retina XDR display
Processor: A16 Bionic chip (6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine)
Port: Lightning (supports USB 2)
Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Camera: 48MP Main, 12MP Ultra Wide and 12MP Telephoto (.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x optical zoom options)
Video Recording: 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps or 1080p at 30 fps for 128GB capacity)