The entire iPhone 15 series has officially gone on sale, and Zhongguancun Online also got all four models of the new phone as soon as possible. It’s okay to say that the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the most upgraded model this year. Now let me take you through a quick introduction to the iPhone 15 Pro Max to help you quickly understand this new product.
Titanium frame experience, Pro Max successfully reduces weight
My first feeling when I started using it was that it was a lot lighter. It no longer felt like a “brick” in my hand. The weight of iPhone 15 Pro Max is 221 grams. Compared with the previous generation’s 240 grams, its weight is reduced by 19 grams.
Titanium alloy is a high-strength, lightweight and highly corrosion-resistant metal. This is also the first time titanium has been used in mobile phones. The titanium frame used in the iPhone 15 Pro Max is widely used in aerospace, medical and other fields. The same material is used in the Mars rover. The iPhone 15 Pro Max, which is made of titanium, may be more durable than the aluminum alloy frame of the previous generation.
The colorway we got is blue, but there are also primary colors, white and black to choose from. This year’s blue color is very close to the navy blue color of the iPhone 12 Pro. I think it looks pretty good, but people don’t seem to like this color very much. On the day of pre-sale, only the blue color was available and no one grabbed it. Maybe it’s because of its recognition. It’s probably because it’s not high.
Looking at the details, the titanium frame uses a metal brushing process, which feels a bit matte to the touch. Compared with the previous generation’s bright stainless steel process, it can effectively reduce fingerprint contamination. However, Apple has not completely avoided fingerprints, and there are reports that this kind of frame may have a color cast problem after being used for a long time. As for how durable it is compared to stainless steel, and how many days it will take for scratches to appear, Zhongguancun Online will bring you conclusions in the future.
The classic mute button has been changed/the lighting interface has been eliminated
In terms of appearance design, what everyone is more concerned about is the changes to the USB-C interface and mute button. Let’s talk about the USB-C interface first. At present, Apple’s main product lines including MAC, AirPods Pro, iPad, etc. have all updated USB-C interfaces. As the most important product, the iPhone has always used lighting. It is really inappropriate. It is reasonable to update USB-C this year. There is no need to prepare so many wires on the desktop.
After switching to the USB-C port, the iPhone 15 Pro Max supports 10Gbps transmission speed and reverse charging. It can connect headphones and watches through the C port. The maximum speed of 4.5W is not fast, but it is better than nothing. The phone package will come with a 1-meter USB-C cable, but there is still no charging head.
Let’s talk about the changes to the mute button. The lever mute button can be said to be one of the hallmarks of the iPhone, but it has been replaced with a button type in the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This button inherits the function of adjusting the mute. In addition, it can be customized to include turning on the flashlight, turning into a shutter, etc., and uses the Taptic Engine linear motor to simulate button feedback.
Overall, this change is satisfactory. It turns single-function buttons into more practical multi-function buttons, and the daily use experience is much better. But only Pro and Pro Max have this function. The regular version of the iPhone still has the old lever. This is not a high-tech feature. Apple needs to treat it differently. I don’t think it is necessary.
Back to the front screen, the iPhone 15 Pro Max still uses the smart island design. There is nothing much to say about the smart island. Everyone is already very familiar with it. The biggest change in the screen is that the black borders are narrower. While the screen size remains unchanged, a higher screen-to-body ratio can be obtained and the visual experience will be better.
To sum up, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which is upgraded to titanium material, is a level above the previous model in terms of texture and practicality. Many people complain about Apple’s new squeeze toothpaste, but I don’t think it’s a squeeze in terms of appearance design this time. It feels quite fresh when I hold it in my hand for the first time.
3nm A17 Pro/periscope telephoto are all arranged
Let’s talk about the performance upgrades of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The main highlights are the chip and imaging performance. Let’s talk about the chip first. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has been upgraded to the new A17 Pro processor. This processor is the world’s first 3nm process chip. It is also the first time that Apple uses the suffix Pro to name its A-series chips. I bought the A17 Pro before it was released. Everyone’s expectations for this chip were very high. After all, 3nm can be said to be close to the physical limit.
But in reality, the overall performance improvement of the A17 Pro is only about 10% compared to the A16. It’s not that this performance improvement is low, it just doesn’t meet everyone’s expectations for 3nm chips.
It is too early to draw a premature conclusion on the A17 Pro, because this chip will support PC-level 3A masterpieces in the future, and playing 3A games on mobile phones is just around the corner. Zhongguancun Online will also bring you more detailed A17 Pro performance tests and game tests later.
We said at the beginning that the iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple’s most upgraded model this year. This is because in addition to the regular upgrades we mentioned above, the Pro Max also has an exclusive upgrade to the periscope telephoto lens. Telephoto has always been a shortcoming of the iPhone in terms of imaging capabilities, and telephoto is indeed a commonly used focal length for daily use or travel. This time the iPhone 15 Pro Max is finally available.
The periscope telephoto lens of the iPhone 15 Pro Max uses a quadruple reflective prism design, which can achieve 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom, compared to 2x of the regular model and three times of the Pro Telephoto, the improvement is very obvious. And this design can also effectively save the internal space of the mobile phone, so that the image performance is greatly improved while the thickness of the mobile phone is almost unchanged.
However, even if the telephoto performance has been upgraded, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is still lagging behind flagship phones in the Android camp. For example, Samsung’s flagship S23 Ultra can already support 10x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom, and its performance is stronger than the iPhone. But something is better than nothing, and the five-fold zoom is enough for daily shooting.
During the time I got the iPhone 15 Pro Max, my evaluation of it was that it was a decent upgrade, not too toothpaste-squeezing but not too amazing either. Friends who have iPhone 14 Pro Max can upgrade if they like titanium, but I don’t think it is necessary to buy it.
I have a friend who has an iPhone 13 Pro Max. I recommend upgrading because Apple’s official recycling price this year is quite good. My 13 Pro Max can be recycled for 4,800 yuan, which is higher than Apple’s recycling. It may not be worth it next year. There are so many, so we need to take action quickly.
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