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There is something special about an iPhone event. These are the most exciting end-of-summer phone announcements and it’s possibly the biggest phone event of the year.
But iPhone upgrades have become a bit tedious affair in recent years. That changed this year – the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the most competitive flagship Apple has made in years. Scratch that – the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the most competitive flagship Apple has ever made.
It has finally overtaken Android flagships on zoom
The unique tetraprism periscope of the iPhone 15 Pro Max finally puts the Cupertino flagship level with Android competition. The unique lens design features a prism that reflects light four times at an angle of 90 degrees before it reaches the sensor. The more the light moves, the bigger the zoom, and Apple has found a way to squeeze 120mm (5x, from the main camera) zoom into the smallest space yet.
Apple’s telephoto camera also has the widest aperture at 120mm with f/2.8. For reference, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra’s 120mm telephoto camera has an f/3.0 lens, although this one has a much larger sensor.
It has the world’s first 3nm chip
Apple has always pushed the smartphone chip envelope forward. The A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro models is the world’s first 3nm chip you can buy. It’s the latest with Apple’s unique big-small style configuration – the CPU has 2 performance and 4 efficiency cores, the GPU is a 6-core unit with Ray Tracing.
Finally a standard port
The iPhone’s transition to USB-C has been rumored for years, but it still feels surreal to finally see it. For the first time ever, the iPhone can use the industry-standard USB cable, of which everyone has at least a few.
New, interesting design with thinner edges
For years, we’ve had shiny, fingerprint-magnet iPhones with uncomfortably sharp edges. Finally, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a more rounded edge, a brushed titanium finish, and the slimmest bezels yet.
Using a titanium and aluminum alloy body means the iPhone 15 Pro Max tips the scales at a rather manageable 221g – that’s less than Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra.
It’s still an iPhone
Which means the 15 Pro Max will likely be the smoothest phone around. It will also have incredible battery life, a robust iOS software experience, excellent all-round imaging, and the best video recording on any phone ever made.
And the ecosystem of accessories will be better than any other smartphone out there.