New camera, action button, and titanium body
The Verge compared the iPhone 15 Pro Max to the Google Pixel 7 Pro: “The 15 Pro Max’s telephoto lens works well. The Pixel 7 Pro retains more color detail in dim light, although I see a little more fine detail in the greens in the iPhone image. But you don’t have to check the pixels to see that the iPhone produces a darker image overall. The Pixel 7 Pro’s image is slightly brighter and cleaner, although the level of detail appears to be about the same. Oh, and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra? Beats them both with its 10x zoom lens.”
TechCrunch discusses the new action button: “I know a lot of people who knew what they wanted to do with the Action button as soon as it was announced. I mostly switched between the camera and voice notes. I immediately thought I would become a cameraman, but having a camera button on the lock screen made me rethink that thinking. The more I think about it, the more I like tying Shazam to the Action button. Being able to set timers or open the Notes app might also be helpful.”
TechRadar explains what to expect in terms of file size when upgrading your photos from 12MP to 24MP: “Every default image I shot on the iPhone 15 Pro Max was processed at 24MP. Yes, this is a new resolution for the iPhone, and Apple manages it by first combining the 48-megapixel data into the largest possible 12-megapixel frame, and then combining it with the full detail of the 48-megapixel sensor. The only downside is that 24MP images will be larger than 12MP photos (by about a megabyte). Apple reduces storage costs a bit by automatically saving photos in HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format). You can also shoot in 48MP RAW format for uncompressed images ready for editing.”
What do Western media say about the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max?
Inverse says about battery life: “When it comes to battery life, the rated battery life of the iPhone 15 Pro is the same as the iPhone 14 Pro. Apple claims up to 23 hours (video) / 20 hours (video streaming) / 75 hours (audio) on iPhone 15 Pro and up to 29 hours (video) / 25 hours (video streaming) / 95 hours (audio) on iPhone 15 Pro Max. In my testing, this equates to a full day of battery life with the iPhone 15 Pro and almost 1.5 days with the iPhone 15 Pro Max. “Battery life will vary depending on apps, widgets, always-on display settings, etc. But ‘all day’ seems to be the benchmark that Apple manages to maintain.”
And Wired praises the new titanium frame: “The iPhone 15 Pro frame is now made of titanium, a metal that is lighter, stronger and more scratch-resistant than the stainless steel that came before. Durability is good, but I’m more concerned about how light it will be. The phone is so light compared to the iPhone 14 Pro that it felt cheap at first, but I quickly got used to it. Switching to titanium gives the Pro a weight saving of approximately 10%. It doesn’t sound like much on paper, but it makes a difference when you’re holding your phone above your face while scrolling in bed.”
Sales will begin on September 22.