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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review - More camera power and titanium for Apple's biggest smartphone

Less hefty. For the first time, the iPhone 15 Pro Max features a titanium case and an even bigger battery - plus, it now uses USB. In addition, it is Apple's first smartphone to have a 5x optical zoom. We put the now lighter flagship from Cupertino to the test, which you can read about in this review.
(photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max has a lot of new things to offer this year: New materials, USB, an action button, a new zoom, UWB 2, 6-GHz WLAN, a new SoC and cheaper prices in some countries. The latter surprised us the most, however, this can be traced back to Europe's more favorable exchange rate, as the prices have remained stable in the US.

In turn, Apple has gotten rid of the 128-GB variant so that the iPhone's entry price remains the same as last year.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (iPhone 15 Series)
Processor
Apple A17 Pro 6 x 2.1 - 3.8 GHz, Coll APL1V02
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.70 inch 19.5:9, 2796 x 1290 pixel 460 PPI, capacitive, Super Retina XDR Display, OLED, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Ceramic Shield, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB NVMe, 256 GB 
, 238.45 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: LiDAR Scanner, Barometer, High dynamic range gyro, High-g accelerometer, Proximity sensor, digital compass, iBeacon, UWB, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 46, 48, 53, 66) + 5G (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 53, 66, 70, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.25 x 159.9 x 76.7 ( = 0.32 x 6.3 x 3.02 in)
Battery
17.1 Wh, 4422 mAh Lithium-Ion, MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W, Qi up to 7.5 W
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 17
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix (24 mm, f/1.78, 2. Gen. sensor‑shift optical image stabilization, 100% Focus Pixels) + 12 MPix (13 mm, f/2.2, 120 °) + 12 MPix (5x Telephoto, 120 mm, f/2.8, D sensor‑shift optical image stabilization and autofocus, tetraprism design)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (Autofocus with Focus Pixels, f/1.9) + Face ID
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB-C cable (1 m), Documentation, SIM-Tool, one Apple sticker, 12 Months Warranty, Head/Body-SAR: 0.98 W/kg, IP68; Dual-Band-GNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, BeiDou, NavIC; Emergency SOS via satellite, Roadside Assistance via satellite, Crash detection, BLuetooth-Audio-Codecs: SBC, AAC, fanless, waterproof
Weight
221 g ( = 7.8 oz / 0.49 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1449 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91.1 %
12/2023
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU
221 g256 GB NVMe6.70"2796x1290
91.1 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
233 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.80"3080x1440
89.7 %
06/2023
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
227 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440
89.1 %
11/2022
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
212 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.70"3120x1440
90.1 %
07/2023
Honor Magic5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
219 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.81"2848x1312
89.9 %
06/2023
Sony Xperia 1 V
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
187 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.50"3840x1644

Case - The iPhone 15 Pro Max is clad in titanium

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max color variants (image: Apple)
The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max color variants (image: Apple)

The iPhone 15 Pro Max no longer relies on a stainless steel frame - this time, it uses titanium. This is supposed to make a positive change to its weight as well as its stability. The former is now 19 grams less than the 14 Pro Max. In turn, the big Apple smartphone is now a little thicker - albeit only by 0.4 millimetres. Its camera hump sticks out by 4.1 millimetres but due to its rounded base, it doesn't feel too bulky. 

The iPhone 15 Pro Max isn't as wide as its predecessor. Even though the difference is only a millimetre, this change can definitely be felt when you compare the two - this is due to the new model's rounded edges. Generally, the smartphone feels nice to hold, even though it is so big. Its build quality is great - there are no visible gaps and any irregularities can only be seen if you take a really close look at the phone. When trying to bend the iPhone, we couldn't elicit any noises from it.

The Apple phone is IP68 certified, meaning it is dust and water resistant. Additionally, it complies with the IEC 60529 standard, which means the phone can be submerged in water up to a depth of six metres for at least 30 minutes with no issues. The iPhone 15 Pro Max can be had in the colors natural, blue, white and black. 

 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
 (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 in 71 mm / 2.8 in 8.3 mm / 0.3268 in 187 g0.4123 lbs163.4 mm / 6.43 in 78.1 mm / 3.07 in 8.9 mm / 0.3504 in 233 g0.514 lbs163.2 mm / 6.43 in 74.6 mm / 2.94 in 9.1 mm / 0.3583 in 227 g0.5 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 in 76.6 mm / 3.02 in 8.9 mm / 0.3504 in 212 g0.4674 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 in 76.7 mm / 3.02 in 8.77 mm / 0.3453 in 219 g0.4828 lbs160.7 mm / 6.33 in 77.6 mm / 3.06 in 7.85 mm / 0.3091 in 240 g0.529 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 in 76.7 mm / 3.02 in 8.25 mm / 0.3248 in 221 g0.4872 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity - The Apple smartphones finally have USB

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is the first generation of Apple smartphones to feature a USB-C connection instead of the usual Lightning port. To be precise, the Max relies on a fast USB 3.2 (Gen 2) connection. We have already taken a closer look at this connection (take a look at the article).

Its USB port allows for nominal data transmission rates of up to 10 Gbit/s and it supports image output in Ultra HD and HDR at 60 FPS. In our copying test with a connected SSD (Samsung 980 Pro), we measured average data rates of 857.28 MB/s, which is on the same level as the ROG Phone 7 (USB 3.2 Gen. 2, 859,15 MB/s). However, it is considerably faster than the Gen 1 connection on the S23 Ultra or the Magic5 Pro. It is exemplary that Apple supports all common file systems (FAT32, exFAT, NTFS (read only), APFS, Mac OS Extended) for external disks. You can also connect Ethernet adapters, microphones and headphones - but no USB mouse or keyboard.

The iPhone's action button is new, which replaces the mute button. In addition, it has a 2nd-gen ultra-wideband chip (UWB), Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC installed. 

Top (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Top
Left: SIM, volume rocker, action button
Left: SIM, volume rocker, action button
Right: power (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Right: power
Bottom: speakers, USB, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Bottom: speakers, USB, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Software - iOS 17 features Check In and improved stand-by functions

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max is delivered with iOS 17 and is expected to be supplied with updates for at least five years - Apple hasn't given any specific info on this.

Apple has supplied iOS 17 with lots of new features: This includes the function Check In via iMessage, in order to help you get home safely. It allows you to send your location, battery and mobile network status to a group of people, as well as add a calculated estimated time of arrival. If you don't get any closer to your target location or if your arrival is delayed, then the other users are notified of this.

Furthermore, your contacts can be further personalized, so you can set which image is shown to others when you call them. Sharing your own contact details (NameDrop) can now be done easily and effortlessly via NFC. 

If you set your iPhone on its side while it is charging, you can access a new feature called Standby, which can display further information and live activities. Its accident detection has also been optimized. All updates and further details can be found on Apple's website

The action button can be assigned lots of different functions.
Standby
Standby - Widgets can be customized
 

Communication and GNSS - Finally 6-GHz WLAN, but no Wi-Fi 7

On the go, the iPhone 15 Pro Max can connect to 5G-Sub6 at best and the US models also feature mmWave support. Its frequency coverage is extremely large for all mobile network standards, so you shouldn't have any issues connecting to the internet in any part of the world. However, on the off chance you can't connect, you can also make emergency calls via satellite communication. This service is free for two years and Apple has not yet released the prices for after this period.

When it comes to WLAN, Apple finally offers 6-GHz support - but it continues to forgo the use of VHT160 within the 5-GHz network. In our tests using the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 as a reference router, we measured stable transfer rates, but they didn't break any records in terms of speed. Furthermore, the phone doesn't yet support the new Wi-Fi 7.

Networking
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
810 (min: 793) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
931 (min: 893) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1534 (min: 1415) MBit/s ∼86%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1345 (min: 1298) MBit/s ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1496 (min: 1387) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1671 (min: 801) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1754 (min: 1618) MBit/s ∼98%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1504 (min: 1343) MBit/s ∼86%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
917 (min: 882) MBit/s ∼60%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1002 (min: 985) MBit/s ∼60%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1789 (min: 1557) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1579 (min: 1415) MBit/s ∼91%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
904 (min: 453) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
945 (min: 917) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1645 (min: 1586) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1743 (min: 1585) MBit/s ∼100%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1531 (min: 1445) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1474 (min: 743) MBit/s ∼88%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
818 (min: 410) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
946 (min: 912) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1778 (min: 891) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1530 (min: 1492) MBit/s ∼88%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
723 (min: 643) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
817 (min: 751) MBit/s ∼49%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
684 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼45%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
712 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1526 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼85%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1367 (min: 668) MBit/s ∼78%
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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro, Apple A17 Pro GPU; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1534 (1415-1573)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1754 (1618-1808)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro, Apple A17 Pro GPU; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1344 (1298-1361)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1504 (1343-1604)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro, Apple A17 Pro GPU; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø809 (793-818)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1496 (1387-1627)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro, Apple A17 Pro GPU; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø931 (893-949)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1645 (801-1815)

The iPhone 15 Pro Max features dual-band GNSS support for all global satellite networks, including the Indian NavIC. Its location services work well and even indoors, you are located quickly and accurately.

We compared the Apple phone with our Garmin Venu 2 on a bike trip. In doing so, the iPhone showed a near-identical route to that recorded on the Garmin device - the former only being shown as 20 metres shorter than on the fitness smartwatch. Taking a look at the detailed route recording shows that the smartphone did record our route a little inaccurately at times, but still, this is a good result overall.  

GNSS test trip: trip around a lake
GNSS test trip: trip around a lake
GNSS test trip: turning point
GNSS test trip: turning point
GNSS test trip: summary
GNSS test trip: summary

Telephone features and call quality - The iPhone has dual-eSIM support

When held up to your ear, the iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts natural voice qualities and its ambient noise suppression also works quite well - as long as it isn't all too loud. In this sense, it is very similar to its predecessor. The iPhone's loudspeaker mode is also good, however, the person you are speaking to on the phone sounds a little more muffled using this mode.

In most countries, the Apple smartphone still supports a physical Nano SIM and you can connect an additional eSIM. However, in the US, the phone doesn't feature a physical SIM card slot at all. Dual-SIM operation also only works with eSIMs. The dual-SIM function can be configured extensively during the phone's setup: You have to set a primary number, which can be customized for each individual contact at a later time. For FaceTime, you have the option to use both numbers. Mobile data can be set to one SIM, however, you can also set the iPhone to switch to the other one automatically if the signal is too weak on your primary SIM. One small issue is its lack of dual-app support. You may be able to mitigate this through some apps which you can buy on the App Store - but they are never free. Other manufacturers have directly integrated this function into their systems, such as SamsungHonor and Huawei.

The used SIM can be individually customized in your contacts.

Cameras - The iPhone 15 Pro Max takes higher resolution photos

Selfie using portrait mode
Selfie using portrait mode
Selfie using photo mode
Selfie using photo mode

The front still features a 12-MPix lens with autofocus, which is identical to that of last year's model according to the spec sheet. Using this lens, you can take respectable selfies and record video in Ultra HD at up to 60 FPS.

The triple-camera setup on the back continues to be expanded with the help of a LiDAR scanner. The main lens has access to 48 MPix and uses pixel binning (Smart HDR 5). Unlike last year's 12-MPix images, the new iPhone can generate 24-MPix images using this technique. PEG Max and ProRAW Max make use of the phone's full 48 MPix. Moreover, the camera continues to feature optical image stabilization (OIS) with sensor shift. Its additional focal lengths are new: While the standard setting is 24 mm, the phone also offers 28 mm (1.2x) and 35 mm (1.5x). According to Apple, the iPhone's near-lossless 2x zoom (48 mm) is still on board. In practical use, all three lenses are able to deliver good results in daylight.

Standard: 24 mm (1.0x)
Standard: 24 mm (1.0x)
28 mm (1.2x)
28 mm (1.2x)
35 mm (1.5x)
35 mm (1.5x)
48  mm (2.0x)
48 mm (2.0x)

In low-lighting conditions, you can still manage to achieve some respectable shots. Due to the slightly longer exposure time, our comparison photo is a little blurry. From three seconds onwards, you'll need to make sure you have a steady hand. Even without longer exposure times, you can still take comparatively good photos.

With automatic exposure (3 sec)
With automatic exposure (3 sec)
Without automatic exposure
Without automatic exposure
Macro mode with automatic
Macro mode with automatic
comfortable and stepless zooming
digital viewfinder from 8x zoom

The iPhone's ultra-wide angle mode remains unchanged. Notable are its low-resolution and grainy edges - even during daylight hours. However, this performance is probably just fine for social media. The Magic5 Pro does this better.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max now features a brand-new 5x optical zoom, which is an alone-standing feature of this smartphone within the lineup. Apple even took a new route in terms of the technology used, as it doesn't rely on a periscope lens like its competitors - instead, it features a quad-pixel design which saves a bit of space. This should also allow the sensor to be comparatively large, and Apple also gives the lens an autofocus and - for the first time - an OIS with 3D sensor shift. This lets you take smooth video and even in practical use, Apple did a really great job with this. However, the digital zoom levels are average. It allows up to 25x magnification (600 mm), but the quality decreases considerably above 10x. For the longer focal lengths (from 8x magnification, 192 mm), a digital viewfinder is also displayed, as we already know from the Galaxy S23 Ultra and other Android smartphones.

24 mm
24 mm
48 mm
48 mm
120 mm
120 mm
240 mm
240 mm
600 mm
600 mm
ProRes HDR 4k only with an external storage device connected
ProRes HDR 4k only with an external storage device connected

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max can record video in a maximum of Ultra HD and at up to 60 FPS - but it can also use 24, 25, 30 and 50 FPS. You can make use of a maximum of 240 FPS for slow-mo videos (only Full HD). It also supports HDR (Dolby Vision). Its cinema mode, which makes a focus shift with bokeh possible, can be used in a maximum of Ultra HD and at 30 FPS (+ 24, 25 FPS). In video mode, you can utilize stepless zooming from ultra-wide angle right up to 15x zoom.

The real treat, however, is the ability to record video in ProRes HDR 4k at 60 FPS. The storage on our 256-GB model (171.47 GB free) was already full after 41 minutes when using this storage-intensive recording format in Full HD (60 FPS). If we want to record in Ultra HD, then the iPhone 15 Pro Max notifies us to connect an external storage device. A connected 256 GB stick should then be able to hold 34 minutes of video material. It is a bit of a shame that Apple only uses the 16:9 format for video recording. External apps have to be used for 21:9 and the like.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra-wide angle5x zoomLow-light
ColorChecker
4.8 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: 6.57 ∆E min: 3.84 - max: 13.73 ∆E
ColorChecker
17.5 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
15.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
16 ∆E
19.1 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
24.9 ∆E
21.5 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: 15.68 ∆E min: 9.25 - max: 24.9 ∆E

Scope of delivery and warranty - Care+ is slightly cheaper

The iPhone 15 Pro Max doesn't come delivered with much - only a USB cable (USB 2.0), a SIM tool and an Apple sticker are included in the package. Apple does, however, offer a lot of optional accessories in its own shop, including cases and power supplies. 

The warranty only runs for 12 months and Apple continues to make its insurance plan, Care+, available for two years for a one-off price of US$199. This includes unlimited repairs in the event of accidental damage, express exchange services and prioritized support. Depending on the type of damage, you may be subject to additional charges. For US$269, you can also get covered in the event of theft or loss - but only up to twice a year. If preferred, you can also pay for this service monthly (US$9.99 or US$13.49) for a minimum of two years, but this can also be extended if you would like to be covered for longer. 

Input devices & operation - The iPhone 15 Pro Max now features an action button

The iPhone 15 Pro Max features a capacitive touchscreen which reacts reliably and quickly to inputs in everyday use. Especially compared to the non-Pro models, operation feels a lot smoother - this is due to this iPhone's higher 120-Hz refresh rate.

The 3D facial recognition function FaceID takes care of biometric security, which recognizes users reliably and unlocks the phone quickly. If desired, you can also save an additional profile with glasses or a mask and you can add a setting that only unlocks the iPhone when your eyes are open.

On the left side of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the old mute button is now replaced by a so-called action button. It can be assigned a whole range of functions - even shortcuts and accessibility functions - but can also be used as a classic mute button if you don't want to make do without one. It's just a shame that the button can't be assigned multiple functions, which could be identified by double tapping the button or holding it for longer, for example. 

The phone's Taptic Engine continues to take care of vibrations. This is an electromagnetic linear motor which supplies nice crisp haptic feedback. The iPhone also still supports features such as AssistiveTouch, one-handed operation and tap gestures on the back.

Photos can be made into stickers.

Display - Quick, bright and adaptive

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max's 6.7-inch (17.02 cm, 110.2 cm2) OLED screen has a high pixel density and supports Dolby Vision. The display is interrupted by the Dynamic Island which can, again, depict additional information.

The iPhone relies on two ambient light sensors and in the sun, it is supposed to be able to reach up to 2,000 cd/m2. We haven't yet been able to coax this out of the display - presumably, the sensors have to be fully illuminated. As soon as we have managed to successfully do this, we will update the values here. Even so, the iPhone already reaches such a high brightness with the ambient light sensor activated in everyday use - we measured 1,102 cd/m2 in the middle of the screen. If you would prefer to manually adjust the display brightness, then you can expect to reach brightness levels of 880 cd/m2. In HDR mode, the iPhone is full of surprises - instead of the promised 1,600 cd/m2, we actually measured up to 2,367 cd/m2 during our test.

The same as its predecessor, the iPhone 15 Pro Max relies on a Super Retina XDR display with an adaptive refresh rate of 1 - 120 Hz. The OLED screen cannot hide from the flickering that is typical for this type of screen - at minimum brightness levels, we measured a very constant 240 Hz, which shouldn't bother most people despite its relatively low frequency. Above 76 per cent brightness, the frequency rises to a constant 480 Hz. A flicker meter also confirms it to have a frequency of 480 Hz.

1095
cd/m²
1091
cd/m²
1094
cd/m²
1102
cd/m²
1102
cd/m²
1106
cd/m²
1110
cd/m²
1107
cd/m²
1111
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Super Retina XDR Display tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1111 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1102 cd/m² Minimum: 2.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 1102 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.1 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.19
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
OLED, 2796x1290, 6.7"
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 3080x1440, 6.8"
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
AMOLED, 3200x1440, 6.7"
Google Pixel 7 Pro
OLED, 3120x1440, 6.7"
Honor Magic5 Pro
OLED, 2848x1312, 6.8"
Sony Xperia 1 V
AMOLED, 3840x1644, 6.5"
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2796x1290, 6.7"
Screen
-28%
4%
11%
-24%
-13%
-4%
Brightness middle
1102
1117
1%
1357
23%
1022
-7%
1291
17%
934
-15%
1061
-4%
Brightness
1102
1133
3%
1340
22%
1025
-7%
1289
17%
948
-14%
1057
-4%
Brightness Distribution
98
97
-1%
89
-9%
99
1%
96
-2%
96
-2%
99
1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.1
2.2
-100%
1.1
-0%
0.9
18%
1.7
-55%
1.5
-36%
1.3
-18%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
3.1
3.9
-26%
2.7
13%
2.1
32%
4.4
-42%
4
-29%
3.1
-0%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.6
2.3
-44%
2
-25%
1.1
31%
2.9
-81%
1.3
19%
1.6
-0%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.37 93%
2.2 100%
2.22 99%
2.28 96%
2.2 100%
2.19 100%
CCT
6555 99%
6572 99%
6366 102%
6650 98%
6472 100%
6384 102%
6511 100%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 240 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 240 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 240 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17490 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

We measured the display's color accuracy using a photo spectrometer and the analysis software Calman. When doing so, we deactivated the phone's true-tone function which depicts content as being slightly warmer.

Generally, the iPhone ranges on a very good level - only its pure white deviation might be able to be seen with the naked eye. Its color saturation is also ideal, meaning the panel is well-suited for professional uses.

Grayscale (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (True Tone turned off, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
0.88 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.4485 ms rise
↘ 0.4285 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.58 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.876 ms rise
↘ 0.7045 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is impressive when used outside - not only can it reach great brightness levels, but it also doesn't reflect all too badly.

In the past, iPhones always had a tendency to dim their displays in high ambient temperatures. Unfortunately, we couldn't yet test this on the new model.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max outside (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
The iPhone 15 Pro Max outside (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The iPhone 15 Pro Max's viewing-angle stability is great - even at really flat angles, barely any brightness is lost and the colors remain stable. 

The iPhone 15 Pro Max's viewing-angle stability (without True Tone)
The iPhone 15 Pro Max's viewing-angle stability (without True Tone)

Performance - The iPhone with an Apple A17 Pro

The iPhone 15 Pro Max relies on an in-house SoC, the Apple A17 Pro, with 8 GB RAM. The integrated processor features a total of six cores: Both performance cores can clock at up to 3.78 GHz and the efficiency cores can clock at up to 2.11 GHz.

This adds up to a 10 per cent improvement in pure single-core performance compared to the A16 in the iPhone's predecessor - during the Geekbench multi-core tests, the improvement wasn't as high. Even so, it performs a whopping 50 per cent better compared to the competition with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2930 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (2900 - 2930, n=2)
2915 Points -1%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
2639 Points -10%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1985 Points -32%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1774 Points -39%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1465 Points -50%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=125, last 2 years)
1368 Points -53%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
7244 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (7200 - 7244, n=2)
7222 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
6923 Points -4%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5119 Points -29%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
4255 Points -41%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
3967 Points -45%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=125, last 2 years)
3795 Points -48%
Antutu v10 - Total Score
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (1487075 - 1505982, n=2)
1496529 Points +1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1487075 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1407187 Points -5%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1398472 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (142748 - 2162423, n=66, last 2 years)
1184423 Points -20%
CrossMark - Overall
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1408 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (1402 - 1408, n=2)
1405 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1329 Points -6%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1242 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1226 Points -13%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1224 Points -13%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
992 Points -30%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
886 Points -37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (187 - 1474, n=155, last 2 years)
856 Points -39%
Geekbench ML
0.5 TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1418 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  ()
1418 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1016 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
636 Points -55%
Average of class Smartphone
  (215 - 1418, n=17, last 2 years)
625 Points -56%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
608 Points -57%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
319 Points -78%
0.5 TensorFlow Lite GPU
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2842 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  ()
2842 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
2540 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
2440 Points -14%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
2202 Points -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (474 - 2842, n=17, last 2 years)
1767 Points -38%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1002 Points -65%
0.5 TensorFlow Lite NNAPI / Core ML
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
3638 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  ()
3638 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
3204 Points -12%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
2164 Points -41%
Average of class Smartphone
  (344 - 3638, n=15, last 2 years)
1642 Points -55%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
679 Points -81%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
633 Points -83%
AImark - Score v3.x
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
39328 Points +35%
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (29087 - 31531, n=2)
30309 Points +4%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
29087 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 245629, n=117, last 2 years)
17208 Points -41%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1312 Points -95%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1298 Points -96%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1266 Points -96%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1067 Points -96%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1008 Points -97%

An integrated Apple A17 Pro GPU takes care of graphics calculations, which features an additional core compared to its predecessor and now supports hardware-based raytracing. This made itself known during our benchmarks and gave the iPhone 15 Pro Max a raytracing performance boost of over 50 per cent. In 3DMark Wild Life Extreme, this advantage was 23 per cent. Unfortunately, the iPhone's GFXBench values stagnated a little and at times, they even fell - in this benchmark, the Android competition did much better. 

3DMark / Solar Bay Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
6478 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5329 Points -18%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
4310 Points -33%
3DMark / Solar Bay Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
6106 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5271 Points -14%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
4054 Points -34%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
3879 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3791 Points -2%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3712 Points -4%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3595 Points -7%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
3196 Points -18%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1807 Points -53%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3829 Points +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
3765 Points
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3763 Points 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3687 Points -2%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
3365 Points -11%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1847 Points -51%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
15260 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14369 Points -6%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13995 Points -8%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13827 Points -9%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
12367 Points -19%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6721 Points -56%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6534 Points
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
116 fps +93%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
492 fps +11%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
489 fps +10%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
472 fps +6%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
455 fps +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
444 fps
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
301 fps -32%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
251 fps -43%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
119 fps +98%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
99 fps +65%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
84 fps +40%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
319 fps +22%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
289 fps +10%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
262 fps
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
261 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
260 fps -1%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
139 fps -47%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
115 fps -56%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
108 fps +80%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
91 fps +52%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
68 fps +13%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56 fps -7%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
223 fps +24%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
206 fps +14%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
190 fps +6%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
187 fps +4%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
180 fps
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
108 fps -40%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps -44%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
69 fps +15%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
65 fps +8%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
64 fps +7%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
37 fps -38%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
128 fps +16%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
125 fps +14%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
123 fps +12%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
110 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
98 fps -11%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88 fps -20%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68 fps -38%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67 fps +22%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps +9%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59 fps +7%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
55 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
54 fps -2%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
51 fps -7%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps -49%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
68 fps +11%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67 fps +10%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
62 fps +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
61 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
41 fps -33%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps -49%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
24 fps -61%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
84 fps +42%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
84 fps +42%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps +2%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
60 fps +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
59 fps
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
45 fps -24%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
38 fps -36%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
157 fps +34%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
156 fps +33%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
133 fps +14%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
123 fps +5%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
117 fps
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
82 fps -30%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75 fps -36%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps +24%
Sony Xperia 1 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps +24%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
30 fps +20%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
29 fps +16%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
25 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
23 fps -8%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps -44%

When surfing the web, the iPhone proved to be a real role model and thoroughly dominated the competition during the benchmarks. In everyday use, we don't find these differences to be all too extreme. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average Apple A17 Pro (254 - 351, n=2)
303 Points +19%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
278.979 Points +10%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
254.048 Points
Xiaomi 13 Ultra (Chrome 113)
162.122 Points -36%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
159.102 Points -37%
Sony Xperia 1 V (Chrome 114)
143.878 Points -43%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
116.696 Points -54%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=160, last 2 years)
112.8 Points -56%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
98.153 Points -61%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
445 runs/min
Average Apple A17 Pro (396 - 445, n=2)
421 runs/min -5%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
371 runs/min -17%
Sony Xperia 1 V (Chrome 114)
168 runs/min -62%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra (Chrome 113)
151 runs/min -66%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
143 runs/min -68%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=145, last 2 years)
118.8 runs/min -73%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
111 runs/min -75%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
104 runs/min -77%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
304 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro (301 - 304, n=2)
303 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
288 Points -5%
Sony Xperia 1 V
235 Points -23%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra (Chrome 113)
211 Points -31%
Average of class Smartphone (38 - 304, n=101, last 2 years)
141.1 Points -54%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
98 Points -68%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Apple A17 Pro (86270 - 89112, n=2)
87691 Points +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
86270 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
72024 Points -17%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra (Chrome 113)
60432 Points -30%
Sony Xperia 1 V (Chrome 114)
60007 Points -30%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
59214 Points -31%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
44245 Points -49%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
39825 Points -54%
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=204, last 2 years)
34321 Points -60%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 10968, n=160, last 2 years)
1546 ms * -298%
Google Pixel 7 Pro (Chrome 106)
1011.5 ms * -160%
Honor Magic5 Pro (Chrome 111)
981.4 ms * -153%
Sony Xperia 1 V (Chrome 114)
701.7 ms * -81%
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (Chrome 109)
685 ms * -76%
Xiaomi 13 Ultra (Chrome 113)
657.6 ms * -69%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (Safari 16)
469.9 ms * -21%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max (Safari Mobile 17)
388.3 ms *
Average Apple A17 Pro (388 - 388, n=2)
388 ms * -0%

* ... smaller is better

Games - Genshin Impact at 120 FPS

This year, Apple has set its sights on the gaming sector and aims to bring the full console experience onto your smartphone, for example with a remake of Resident Evil 4 - or it wants to make consoles completely superfluous, as connecting your phone and a controller to the TV is slowly leading to fewer and fewer compromises having to be made.

When it comes to classic smartphone gaming, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has quite a lot to offer, even though we can't yet present any FPS recordings, as GameBench isn't yet supported by iOS 17. We will add these as soon as we can.

Still, we can already see that gaming at maximum detail levels doesn't bring the iPhone out in a sweat. Quite the opposite - the Apple smartphone is the first one to be able to run Genshin Impact at 120 FPS. PUBG Mobile can also be played at a higher FPS level using the HD setting and Extreme.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

Emissions - The iPhone 15 Pro Max gets very warm

Temperature

There has already been lots of discourse surrounding the iPhone 15 Pro Max's temperatures, and we also already noticed raised surface temperatures in our test when the phone was idle. As there is no Burnout benchmark available for iOS, we used Genshin Impact at the highest detail and frame rate setting to test it under load. The iPhone's surface became very warm, but it never hit any critical values.

This year, the iPhone's SoC isn't cooled as effectively as on the 14 Pro Max. The 3DMark stress tests show this very clearly. It suffers pretty severe performance drops of up to 40 per cent.

Max. Load
 38 °C
100 F
39 °C
102 F
37 °C
99 F
 
 40.7 °C
105 F
44 °C
111 F
39.5 °C
103 F
 
 45.8 °C
114 F
45.5 °C
114 F
42.8 °C
109 F
 
Maximum: 45.8 °C = 114 F
Average: 41.4 °C = 107 F
37.3 °C
99 F
39.5 °C
103 F
39.4 °C
103 F
38 °C
100 F
40.5 °C
105 F
40.9 °C
106 F
38.8 °C
102 F
43.6 °C
110 F
45.2 °C
113 F
Maximum: 45.2 °C = 113 F
Average: 40.4 °C = 105 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.4 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45.8 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
89 % +13%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
80.1 % +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
78.9 %
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
69 % -13%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
67.9 % -14%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
40.8 % -48%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
92.2 % +41%
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
75.6 % +16%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
66.7 % +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
65.4 %
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
58.7 % -10%
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
46.9 % -28%
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Honor Magic5 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
68.1 % +3%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe
66.1 %
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 128 GB NVMe
62.8 % -5%
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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø17.1 (16.4-25)
Honor Magic5 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø18.3 (10.4-22.2)
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø22.4 (21.7-22.6)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø52.8 (47.3-60)
Honor Magic5 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø56.7 (31.6-77.5)
Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø80.2 (74.6-81.2)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø62.8 (55.9-93.3)
Honor Magic5 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø76.6 (37.1-83.4)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø15.4 (14.1-17.8)
Honor Magic5 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 1.0.1.2-rc1: Ø11 (7.67-17.5)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 256 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability: Ø15.5 (14.1-21.3)
Honor Magic5 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.1.2-rc1: Ø12.9 (11.8-17.3)

Speakers

Both of the speakers on the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max deliver a good sound experience for a smartphone. Of course, it is missing some depth at high volumes, but somewhere in the middle, the iPhone sounds really good.

If you like to enjoy high-res audio on your iPhone, then you might find the right codec offered on the smartphone - however, you can't fully make use of it via Bluetooth, as this is missing a high-res codec. In these cases, your only option would be to output audio via the USB port.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.444.92525.739.9312138.64018.740.1502842.26324.940.58021.643.610018.745.912516.351.616020.25520015.55625017.258.131520.763.340018.26550013.568.56301470.380013.972.5100012.976.2125014.678.2160013.277.7200013.479.6250013.881.1315013.481.9400013.684.8500014.183.5630013.580800013.5801000013.779.41250013.972.61600013.265SPL26.792.3N0.891.9median 13.9median 76.2Delta1.5833.834.727.935.324.334.828.240.536.739.422.237.525.442.32144.318.648.315.458.615.159.213.161126112.76211.868.212.967.310.473.413.374.813.27812.179.312.279.912.982.314.88115.882.516.182.614.479.613.680.413.578.614.473.51570.225.991.80.789.6median 13.5median 74.81.39hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 15 Pro MaxSamsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.4% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.1% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - 4,422 mAh leads to super-long runtimes

Power consumption

The iPhone 15 Pro Max's power consumption wasn't too high in our tests. Only in idle mode does it perform much better than its competitors - but this is due to its much higher brightness levels in manual mode. 

The iPhone doesn't feature a designated fast-charging mode but it still charges quite quickly - at least until it hits 80 per cent. After that, it takes a lot longer, leading the phone to take almost two hours (114 minutes) to be charged from 0 to 100. Of course, this depends on which power supply you use - we used the 67-watt charger from our MacBook Pro. This allowed the phone to be charged to 50 per cent within 25 minutes and it hit the 80 per cent mark after 54 minutes. The last ten per cent takes the longest - around 23 minutes. Here, battery health is prioritized over charging speed. Apple also offers you the choice to generally only charge your phone to 80 per cent, in order to prolong the battery's life. 

The iPhone 15 Pro Max can be charged wirelessly at up to 15 watts using a MagSafe adapter and on Qi surfaces, it can be charged at up to 7.5 watts. Reverse wireless charging is also supported. Devices connected to the iPhone via its USB-C port can be charged at up to 4.5 watts. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.8 / 0.09 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.5 / 1.97 / 1.99 Watt
Load midlight 3.36 / 10.43 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
4422 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
5000 mAh
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5000 mAh
Honor Magic5 Pro
5100 mAh
Sony Xperia 1 V
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
4323 mAh
Average Apple A17 Pro
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
4%
3%
5%
6%
-74%
7%
-2%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.5
0.9
-80%
0.86
-72%
0.78
-56%
0.91
-82%
1.52
-204%
0.61
-22%
0.6 ?(0.5 - 0.7, n=2)
-20%
Idle Average *
1.97
1.05
47%
1.53
22%
1.61
18%
1.63
17%
2.16
-10%
1.7
14%
1.435 ?(0.9 - 1.97, n=2)
27%
Idle Maximum *
1.99
1.1
45%
1.64
18%
1.63
18%
1.67
16%
2.2
-11%
1.73
13%
1.545 ?(1.1 - 1.99, n=2)
22%
Load Average *
3.36
3.99
-19%
3.12
7%
3.29
2%
2.61
22%
7.85
-134%
3.85
-15%
4.68 ?(3.36 - 6, n=2)
-39%
Load Maximum *
10.43
7.82
25%
6.5
38%
6.01
42%
4.57
56%
11.57
-11%
5.94
43%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.06 (0.718-12.5)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø6.7 (1.089-14.7)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.709 (0.665-0.776)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.938 (0.899-1.321)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø8.95 (5.38-11.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø11.6 (10.3-12.7)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Apple A17 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.709 (0.665-0.776)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.938 (0.899-1.321)

Runtimes

The iPhone Pro 15 Max's battery has become slightly larger, leading to even better runtimes. In our realistic WLAN test with adapted display brightness (150 cd/m2), the Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra followed closely behind the Apple smartphone.

We also performed our load test using the game Genshin Impact.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
58h 34min
WiFi Websurfing (Safari Mobile 17)
19h 23min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
33h 33min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 24min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
4422 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
5000 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Ultra
5000 mAh
Google Pixel 7 Pro
5000 mAh
Honor Magic5 Pro
5100 mAh
Sony Xperia 1 V
5000 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
4323 mAh
Battery Runtime
-16%
-33%
-47%
-25%
-52%
-7%
Reader / Idle
3514
2139
-39%
1729
-51%
1210
-66%
2580
-27%
1321
-62%
3473
-1%
H.264
2013
1543
-23%
1010
-50%
1213
-40%
1249
-38%
859
-57%
1688
-16%
WiFi v1.3
1163
1100
-5%
1065
-8%
676
-42%
1074
-8%
743
-36%
948
-18%
Load
384
400
4%
298
-22%
226
-41%
276
-28%
416
8%

Pros

+ bright and accurate 120-Hz display
+ very good runtimes
+ versatile triple-camera
+ long update supply
+ USB 3.2 (Gen 2)
+ wide frequency support

Cons

- no Wi-Fi 7
- no high-res via Bluetooth
- SoC is throttled a lot
- only 12-month warranty

Verdict - A strong upgrade

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max review

Apple's iPhone 15 Pro Max has been given a big update. In the spotlight stands its 6.7-inch OLED display with slimmer bezels and a better display-to-surface ratio. It gets super bright and still features accurate color depiction. Its new A17 Pro now makes use of the modern 3-nm process and is even faster still - and the Apple smartphone's big battery allows for very long runtimes.

Its camera has received an upgrade as well, which can be seen in its photos: The new 5x zoom offers great performance and very good image stabilization. Adding to this is the EU-required switch to USB-C that Apple has implemented in an exemplary manner - at least on the Pro models. 

The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a nicer feel compared to its predecessor and doesn't feel quite as hefty. It offers a great total package, leaving a lot for its competitors to live up to.

It's a shame that Apple doesn't yet support Wi-Fi 7 and still hasn't made any high-res audio codecs available via Bluetooth. It could also suppress ambient noise better when you're on a phone call - especially when directly compared to Samsung's top-of-the-range models.

Strong alternatives include the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra - however, the Honor Magic5 Pro or the Google Pixel 7 Pro are also good alternatives, both of which have already begun work on their successors.

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Price and availability

The iPhone 15 Pro Max can be purchased directly from Apple. Prices start from US$1,199.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max - 10/01/2023 v7 (old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
97%
Connectivity
65 / 70 → 93%
Weight
88%
Battery
95%
Display
95%
Games Performance
66 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
84%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 90 → 90%
Camera
83%
Average
85%
91%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was freely purchased by the author at his/her own expense. The manufacturer did not receive a copy of this review before publication, nor was there any obligation to publish it.

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