iPhone 15 and 15 Plus pass a durability test failed by the top-end 15 Pro Max
There might be some evidence that the iPhone 15 Pro Max with its new "titanium-forged" frame is in fact no less fragile than its stainless-steel predecessor. Its fancy new build material is fused to an equally inaugural aluminum plate found between its rear panel and MagSafe charging coil: a design tweak that seems to have backfired on Apple, as it allows for a slight air-gap into which the Pro Max' back glass can crumble like a cookie in response to bending forces.
JerryRigEverything's Zach Nelson decided to try and replicate these findings with the iPhone 15 Plus, a device of the same size as the top-end 15 Pro Max, but without the titanium frame (or full complement of rear cameras). However, the cheaper model remained completely intact when bent from any direction, despite making do with mere aluminum.
The smaller base model iPhone 15 proved equally robust, and to do better at the classic "scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7" test than the average comparable Android smartphone. Then again, its series' new finishes, described widely as "washed out" (or "like a 4-year-old ran out of food coloring") since their unveiling, was panned as the weakest aspect of the 2 devices thus far.