Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with a clear message: innovation is at the forefront. Just days after unveiling the iPhone 15 lineup, it’s evident that Apple is pushing boundaries. This release marks a significant departure from the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which was primarily an iteration of its predecessor.
However, with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple takes a bolder step forward. It introduces new materials like Titanium, showcases a Type-C port, and integrates haptic buttons into both the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.
In this comparison between these two powerhouse devices, we will delve into the extensive changes Apple has made from the iPhone 14 Pro Max to the latest iPhone 15 Pro Max. It’s clear that Apple is determined to provide users with cutting-edge technology and a transformative mobile experience.
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|iPhone 15 Pro Max||iPhone 14 Pro Max|
The iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max showcase distinct design and build advancements that set them apart in the Apple ecosystem.
Starting with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it maintained a familiar design with a Ceramic Shield front, textured matte glass back, and a robust stainless steel frame. While it weighed a hefty 240 grams, it offered IP68 water resistance and a sleek, flat design in colors like space black, silver, gold, and deep purple. The standout feature was the Dynamic Island.
Conversely, the iPhone 15 Pro Max underwent significant transformations in 2023. It introduced a futuristic TITANIUM frame, Ceramic Shield front, and textured matte glass back. This innovation allowed for a substantial weight reduction to 221 grams, enhancing the device’s overall feel.
Almost 7.9% lighter compared to the previous 14 Pro Max, which makes it at least a little lightweight to hand. You also get new haptic buttons instead of the previous volume buttons seen on the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The glossy stainless steel edges from its predecessor were replaced with a soft matte finish. Apple also introduced new colors, including black, blue, natural titanium, and white, all named after their Titanium construction. IP68 water resistance was retained, but the notable change was the introduction of a Type-C port, marking a decade-long transition from Lightning.
In conclusion, the iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a more advanced, lightweight, and futuristic design with haptic buttons compared to the evolutionary refinement seen in the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The shift to Titanium and the Type-C port are significant design upgrades that set the 15 Pro Max apart.
When comparing the displays of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it’s clear that Apple has stuck with a winning formula while making subtle improvements.
In the iPhone 14 Pro Max, users were treated to a superb LTPO OLED panel with a silky-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 1290×2796 pixels delivered crisp visuals at 460 ppi.
This display was beloved by users, offering a fantastic experience for everything from fast scrolling to high-frame-rate gaming. The addition of HDR10 with Dolby Vision enhanced movie and Netflix viewing on the large screen, and the 88.3% screen-to-body ratio meant minimal bezels for an immersive experience.
And looking at the newest, iPhone 15 Pro Max, which maintains this outstanding display with close to identical specs: the same 6.7-inch LTPO OLED panel with a resolution of 1290×2796 pixels at 460 ppi.
However, the subtle difference lies in the slightly increased screen-to-body ratio at 89.8%, which is around 1.6% thinner than the previous 14 Pro Max. Now, it may not be the most amazing change to few users, but Apple at least made one single change in terms of the display.
While the display remains top-notch, boasting 2000 nits peak brightness, some users may have hoped for a more substantial improvement, especially considering the advancements in brightness seen in other Apple products like the Watch Ultra 2.
Now, let’s talk about the cameras of the iPhone Pro Max series. Starting from last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple made a significant difference in the latest iPhone 15 Pro Max. While the main sensors and camera megapixels remained the same, Apple managed to change the zoom capabilities of the telephoto lens and also introduced a few updates to the portrait mode.
Looking back at the previous year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, you get a main sensor of a 48-megapixel camera with an F1.8 aperture. It provides quite colorful and crisp shots. With the wide-angle lens, you get a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom capability, giving you around a 77-millimeter telephoto zoom for photos.
Regarding the alternate guidelines, you get a 12-megapixel camera with a 120-degree field of view, offering around 2x optical zoom. The photos are sharp with a very good dynamic range in outdoor settings. You also get a 12-megapixel front camera that takes excellent selfies for outdoor use. Both the front and back cameras support 4K recording with cinematic 4K, empowering you to shoot vlogs and short films.
Now, in comparison to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, you get a similar primary sensor for the back cameras, with a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera.
However, there’s a catch. Instead of the 77mm telephoto camera seen in the earlier iPhone 14 Pro Max, you now have a 120mm telephoto zoom capability with 5x optical zoom. This allows you to capture shots from a much greater distance.
Additionally, there are updates in the portrait mode, enabling you to take photos automatically in depth-sensing format and save them for future edits, including adjustments to the focal length.
As for the front camera, you have the same 12-megapixel sensor with an F1.9 aperture as in the previous model. Video capabilities are also similar, with 4K support for both front and back cameras, just like the previous iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Now, let’s discuss the power of the core Bionic chip itself. Apple introduced a new chip this year with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, providing a new gaming and performance experience.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max featured a 16 Bionic chip, a four-nanometer chip with a hexagon processor running at approximately 3.46 gigahertz. You could smoothly run modern games like Fortnite and Mobile Legends at high FPS, thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate and the Apple GPU, which was a five-core GPU at the time.
However, there was one significant weakness throughout the years of the Pro Max lineup, which was the USB 2 port. Apple addressed this issue in the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
In comparison, the newest iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with Apple’s new A7 Pro Bionic chipset, a three-nanometer chipset with a hexa-core processor running at 3.78 gigahertz. This change is substantial, and Apple also introduced a new GPU core, adding one more GPU core to their Pro lineup, resulting in a 6-core Apple GPU. With this configuration, you can not only play modern games but also enjoy PC console games like “Resident Evil Village” and “Death Stranding” from Kojima Productions.
For media consumption, you have Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision for a better movie-watching experience, just like in the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Additionally, there’s a new USB 3 port, a significant change from the previous year and the year before, offering twenty times faster data transfer speeds compared to the old USB 2 lightning port.
Now you can transfer data much faster, whether it’s raw 4K footage from a film or documentary shot with the amazing cameras of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, saving you a lot of time.
And looking into the overall interface of both the Pro Max series, you get updates for all. The iPhone 14 Pro Max came up with iOS 16 a year ago, introducing some notable enhancements to the user experience. The redesigned Lock Screen allowed for greater customization and featured widgets for quick access to information.
A standout feature was the integration of Focus filters, empowering users to minimize distractions in apps, directly linking to their Lock Screen preferences. Messaging received substantial upgrades, enabling message editing and unsending, and enhancing communication control.
The Visual Look Up tool allowed users to isolate subjects from images and seamlessly integrate them into apps like Mail and Messages. iOS 16 also brought updates to core apps such as Mail, Maps, Wallet, Health, News, and more, enhancing the overall functionality of the device.
On the other hand, iOS 17, which powers the iPhone 15 Pro Max, builds upon the solid foundation of iOS 16. It introduces even more personalized experiences, notably with “Personalized Phone Calls” and enhanced contact sharing.
The addition of stickers and the “Record Message for FaceTime” feature offer new ways to express oneself during calls and messages. AirDrop improvements allow users to selectively share phone numbers or email addresses, enhancing privacy and convenience.
The “Initiate SharePlay” feature simplifies the process of starting SharePlay sessions with a mere proximity gesture, enhancing the overall usability of the device for daily tasks. Overall, iOS 17 aims to provide users with more intuitive and expressive ways to interact with their iPhone 15 Pro Max.
And no worries, the users of iPhone 14 Pro Max will eventually get iOS 17 updates as well. So it’s a win win for all 14 series and 15 series Pro Max users.
The battery battle between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Pro Max reveals some noteworthy improvements in Apple’s latest flagship device. While both phones offer commendable battery life, a closer look at their specifications unveils subtle distinctions.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max boasts a 4,323mAh battery and supports 20W charging through its lightning port. Users can expect a 50% charge in just 30 minutes, with a full charge taking around 60 to 70 minutes. Additionally, it supports 7.5W Qi wireless and 15W MagSafe charging, providing convenience for those in a hurry.
In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro Max elevates the battery game with a 4,422mAh capacity, marking a 2.9% increase from its predecessor. Paired with a powerful chipset, this slight bump translates to improved overall usage and durability. While Apple claims similar usage hours for video, streaming, and audio, the real-world experience is expected to be smoother.
An interesting change in the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the introduction of a Type-C charging port, replacing the lightning port. This shift not only aligns with industry standards but also offers versatility, allowing users to charge MacBook and other devices with a single cable.
Here is a more specified overview of the iPhone 14 Pro Max specifications against the 14 Pro max specs-
|Specs||iPhone 14 Pro Max||iPhone 15 Pro Max|
|Display||6.7‑inch Super Retina XDR display
LTPO OLED display, (88.3% screen-to-body ratio), 1290 x 2796 pixels resolution (460 ppi), 2,000 nits peak brightness.
|6.7‑inch Super Retina XDR LTPO OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, (89.4% screen-to-body ratio), 120Hz, 1290 x 2796 pixels (460 ppi), 2,000 nits peak brightness.|
|Protection||Ceramic Shield front,
Textured matte glass back
Stainless steel design
WaterProof: IP68 (6m for 30 Min)
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Ceramic Shield front
Textured matte glass back
WaterProof: IP68 (6 meters for 30 Min)
|Camera||Main: 48 MP Main f/1.78, sensor-shift OIS
12 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ Ultrawide
12MP Telephoto f/2.8 Telephoto (3x Zoom),TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner (depth)
|Main: 48 MP, f/1.8 Main Camera
12MP, f/2.8, 120mm (periscope telephoto), dual pixel PDAF, 3D sensor‑shift OIS, 5x optical zoom 12 MP Ultrawide, f/2.2, 13mm, 120°
TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner (depth)Video: 4K@24,30,60fps, Dolby Vision HDR, 3D Spatial Video
Front: 12MP f/1.9, PDAF, SL 3D (biometric sensor, depth)Video: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS, HDR , Cinematic (4K 30fps)
|Platform||OS: iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.4.1, iOS 17
CPU: A16 Bionic (4nm), (2×3.46 GHz Everest + 4×2.02 GHz Sawtooth)
GPU: Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
Neural Engine: 16-Core
|OS: iOS 17
CPU: A17 Pro Bionic (3nm),(2×3.78 GHz + 4) (6-Core CPU)
GPU: Apple GPU (6-core graphics)
Neural Engine: 16-Core
|RAM||6GB LPDDR5||8GB LPDDR5|
|ROM||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|Battery||4,323mAh, 20W Wired (& higher), 15W Magsafe, 7.5W Qi Wireless||4,422mAh, 20W Wired (& Higher), 15W Magsafe, Qi Wireless 7.5W|
|Audio||Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio, Built‑in stereo speaker||Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio, Built‑in stereo speaker|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, Lightning, USB 2.0,||5G, LTE, Wi‑Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, USB-C 3.0 (Display Port Capability)|
|Colors||Space Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple||Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, Natural Titanium|
In conclusion, both the iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max offer impressive performance and are excellent choices for Apple enthusiasts.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max appeals to those who appreciate the physical button design and want to harness the power of the previous year’s top-tier A16 Bionic chipset. While also delivering exceptional camera capabilities, solid battery life, and an impressive display.
On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is geared towards individuals seeking innovation in their iPhones. It introduces a premium Titanium build for added durability, replaces physical buttons with haptic feedback, and an “Action button” that offers convenient shortcuts. With PC-level gaming performance and robust multitasking capabilities, it’s a powerhouse. Additionally, the inclusion of a USB-3 Type-C port for faster data transfer marks a significant departure from the Lightning port.
Ultimately, the choice between the two models boils down to personal preferences, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max embracing familiarity and the iPhone 15 Pro Max pushing boundaries.
Get the iPhone 14 Pro Max, if:
> You want the physical button;
> You need the 2nd best iPhone in the world in lesser price;
> You require a good battery life on an iPhone.
Get the iPhone 15 Pro Max , if:
> You want the best camera system in an iPhone right now;
> You require the fastest performance on an iPhone right now;
> You need the finest design and build quality from Apple.
Mohammad Shariful Islam is the CEO and MD of Apple Gadgets, a leading e-commerce and retail chain for gadgets in Bangladesh. He has a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and holds a decade of experience in gadget E-Commerce. He’s committed to providing the best possible shopping experience for customers by delivering the latest and trendy gadgets.