It is anticipated that the next series of iPhone 15 Pro will offer a significant number of improvements over the standard iPhone 15. I’m talking about anything from a design made of titanium that is both more durable and lighter, as well as a 120Hz ProMotion display, to screen bezels that are lower, to new buttons made of solid state, all of which should make the Pros more durable.
And let’s not forget about the A17 Bionic chip, which is said to be a feature that is only available on the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The implementation of this 3nm processor in a mobile device would be a first in the world, and it holds the potential for superior performance together with enhanced power efficiency. In point of fact, the early benchmark figures for the A17 Bionic blast away phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, assuming those statistics are legitimate.
But, as we discover more about the differences between the rumored specifications of the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max, one special feature stands out more than any other. And at least for me, it is a significant deciding factor in what iPhone I would recommend as the best to buy, as well as what iPhone I would buy for myself.
A strong periscope zoom, exclusively available in Pro Max.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (opens in new tab), “the highest-end model of the 2H23 iPhone 15 model (15 Pro Max or 15 Ultra) will adopt the periscope camera.” To put it another way, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will come equipped with a strong optical zoom, while the iPhone 15 Pro will be left out in the cold (opens in new tab).
Even though we were originally made aware of this potentially troubling development in late January, Kuo has doubled down on his forecast this week, alleging that component manufacturer Largan will be the exclusive provider of the periscope zoom lens for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Even a price of four dollars was mentioned by him.
The fact that the iPhone Pro series has been limited to a 3x optical zoom for some time now, in contrast to the S23 Ultra, which has dual telephoto zoom lenses with 3x and 10x magnifications, is the primary reason why this is such a significant letdown. Moreover, the Google Pixel 7 Pro is equipped with a more robust 5x optical zoom.
Check out our comparison of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the Pixel 7 Pro in terms of their zoom capabilities if you don’t believe me when I say how much of a difference a good zoom makes. The photograph of the Chrysler skyscraper that can be seen above is just one example of where the iPhone falls short. It features a zoom of 15 times. It is simply possible to make out a great deal more detail in Samsung’s photograph, and it pains me to consider the possibility that the iPhone 15 Pro will be equipped with the same telephoto lens.
There are rumors that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will have a telephoto zoom of 5x or 6x, but for the time being, we are going to assume that the iPhone 15 Pro will maintain its current 3x lens. Also, we are hoping that the Pro Max will be equipped with a digital zoom that is significantly more powerful than the existing 15x. The Pixel 7 Pro has a maximum zoom of 30x, while the S23 Ultra has a crazy zoom of 100x called Space Zoom. Nevertheless, the Pixel 7 Pro’s zoom can be unsteady at its highest setting, while Samsung has been accused of fake moon images using its AI upgrades.
Additional differences between the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Pro
Other than the periscope zoom, the iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Pro should have some other important differences that will carry over from the iPhone 14 Pro series. These differences are expected to be introduced later this year. To begin, the display on the Pro Max ought to be significantly larger than the one on the iPhone 15 Pro, measuring 6.7 inches as opposed to 6.1 inches. Although I personally prefer the larger display, those who are looking for the greatest tiny phone may be more interested in the standard Pro.
The difference between the iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Pro should be even more pronounced in terms of the size and life of the battery. The iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted for a remarkable 13 hours and 39 minutes in our testing of the battery life of the iPhone 14, which was good enough for it to make it onto our list of phones with the best battery lives. In the meantime, the iPhone 14 Pro only managed a time of 10:13.
Now, we anticipate that the A17 chip and the improvements made in iOS 17 will increase both of these numbers for the iPhone 15 Pro models; but, we anticipate that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will continue to have a significant advantage. The battery capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro is 3,200 mAh, while the battery capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is 4,323 mAh; however, we have not yet received any information regarding the battery capacities of the new models.
I think a lot of shoppers are going to be comparing the iPhone 15 Pro to the iPhone 14 Pro in order to determine whether or not the changes will be worth the money gave the fact that it is rumored that Apple is likely to increase the price of the iPhone 15 Pro series.
In addition, if I’m going to invest between $1,100 and $1,200 in a new phone, I want it to have as little impact as possible on my life in the years to come. I put my money on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a better value if the early reports turn out to be accurate because I adore the amount of flexibility that a powerful telephoto zoom provides.
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