Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max Review

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple’s largest and most feature-rich smartphone is the iPhone 14 Pro Max (beginning at $1,099), which is the best option in the iPhone lineup for anyone looking for a smartphone that can do it all. The smaller iPhone 14 Pro costs $100 less, but we believe the Max is worth the extra money because of its larger screen and longer-lasting battery. Additionally, the Pro Max outperforms the regular iPhone 14 due to its superior processing, always-on display, and Dynamic Island. The iPhone 14 Pro Max received our Editor’s Choice award because it boasts the main camera that has been updated and is driven by a new Photonic Engine, as well as safety features like Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via satellite.

PROS

  • High-quality hardware
  • The always-on display includes widgets
  • Top-notch cameras
  • Stellar wireless performance

CONS

  • Pricey
  • Dated design and Lightning connector

APPLE IPHONE 14 PRO MAX SPECS

Operating System iOS 16
CPU A16 Bionic
Dimensions 6.33 by 3.05 by 0.31 inches

Body: Boring by Design | Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

similar to the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a basic design. In other words, you are familiar with it. Apart from the color options (which this year include Deep Purple, Graphite, Gold, and Silver), the Dynamic Island at the top of the display, and the size of the rear camera module, little sets the new smartphone apart from its predecessors.

The phone’s size and weight are almost identical to last year’s model, measuring 6.33 by 3.05 by 0.31 inches (HWD) and 8.47 ounces, respectively. It is therefore a big and heavy device, but Pro Max buyers should be accustomed to its size and weight by this point. Its dimensions are comparable to those of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (6.43 by 3.07 by 0.35 inches) and Google Pixel 6 Pro (6.45 by 2.99 by 0.35 inches). There is a somewhat smaller iPhone 14 Pro to take into account if the Pro Max is too big for you (5.81 by 2.81 by 0.31 inches).

Despite the lackluster design, Apple continues to set the standard for materials and construction quality. Unlike the standard iPhone 14, which has an aluminum frame. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a stainless steel frame and is shielded by the manufacturer’s proprietary Ceramic Shield. Apple claims that its shield is stronger than competitors’ glass. However, we are unable to test this claim in a useful way. The top-of-the-line Gorilla Glass Victus or Victus+ from Corning is used in phones by Google and Samsung. The iPhone 14 Pro Max features the same IP68 classification as most premium smartphones, making it resistant to dust and shallow water immersion for up to 30 minutes.

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The phone has controls dispersed across the frame and the same flat side edges as the previous two Pro Max models. Although the iPhone 14 Pro Max has flat edges, it nevertheless feels excellent in the hand because it is less comfortable to grip than phones with rounded frames. The ringer switch and individual volume toggles are located on the left side. A power/screen lock button is located on the right edge. The travel and feel of the switches and buttons are excellent.

On the phone’s bottom edge, Apple’s ten-year-old Lightning port is located in the middle. Apple needs to move to the USB-C port, which is the accepted standard for charging and connecting cables. For its iPad Pro, iPad Air, and select Mac models, the company relies on USB-C. Perhaps Apple will act in 2023, well in advance of the approaching 2024 EU USB-C mandate.

Another obvious gap in the US models’ hardware? a real SIM holder. Because the iPhone 14 series uses eSIM, US models of the iPhone 14 do not have a SIM card tray. However, international models do come with a SIM tray.

Your old case won’t fit the new phone because the rear-mounted camera module is bigger than that of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. And because the phone’s dimensions have slightly altered. Despite Apple’s claims to the contrary, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is still composed of glass. Cases from Apple and other companies are widely available.

A Bright and Speedy Screen That’s Always On

Many of the display’s fundamental specifications from the iPhone 13 Pro Max are carried over to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. However, there are a few noticeable improvements. To begin with, the screen’s outer edges may have trimmer bezels. It has the same 6.7-inch diagonal measurement, Haptic Touch technology, True Tone color, and HDR technology. To achieve a pixel density of 460ppi, Apple slightly increased the resolution from 2,778 by 1,284 pixels in the iPhone 12/13 Pro Max to 2,796 by 1,290 pixels here. Although your eyes can’t perceive the difference from that distance, it is still quite crisp.

The average maximum brightness is 1,000 nits, but the contrast ratio stays at two million to one. The iPhone 14 Pro Max’s peak brightness, on the other hand, has increased 400 nits compared to its predecessors for a total of 1,600 nits, and a new outdoor peak brightness registers 2,000 nits when the phone is exposed to direct sunlight. Does this improve the phone’s screen’s visibility outside? The 14 Pro Max display does appear a little bit punchier than the 13 Pro Max when held side by side.

The 120Hz screen on the iPhone 14 Pro Max is high-speed, like many of today’s flagships. This means that instead of the usual 60 refreshes per second, the display now refreshes at a rate of 120. The ProMotion technology is now in its second version on the iPhone line. It improves the smoothness of the user experience in a number of apps, including Safari, Twitter, YouTube, and others with scrolling or sliding user interfaces.

Oh, and the terrible notch is indeed gone. Apple replaces the notch, which has been a feature of most iPhones since the iPhone X in 2017. And has even been present on non-Pro versions of the iPhone 14, with a new display design element called the Dynamic Island. Apple’s integrated Face ID and front camera module still need some space. In contrast to Android phones that have largely abandoned notches in favor of hole-punch cutouts for the front camera. Therefore, rather than being a tiny cutout, Dynamic Island is a long oval. Although it nearly screams “Here I am!” when you view full-screen video, it is somewhat less invasive than the notch.

Alerts, live events, and other interactive activities take place on Dynamic Island. The goal is to reduce some messages while highlighting others that could otherwise be overlooked as background functions, such as timers or music controls.

You don’t need to wait for developers to take advantage of Dynamic Island because a number of Apple-developed and third-party apps do so upon launch. System notifications are displayed during charging and during NFC transactions. When accessories are connected, and when using the personal hotspot or Apple Maps to navigate. It’s a helpful tool, but I had to seek it most of the time, and the tapping gestures to engage with the material aren’t always obvious. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see how Apple and developers use it in the future.

It’s also important to note that Apple is now providing the Always-On display feature (AOD). Which Android smartphones have had for more than a decade, for the iPhone 14 Pro family. An AOD keeps a section of the screen active to display essential information like the time, date, and weather. And data from a number of other lock screen widgets rather than going entirely dark. On the majority of Android phones, only the time is illuminated, and the screen is mostly black. Apple decided to keep the full screen lighted with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, albeit at a significantly reduced brightness. The AOD on the Pro Max should sip power rather than drink it when combined with the new 1Hz refresh rate made possible by the Display Engine.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max’s AOD works the same way it does on Android devices. This allows you to quickly scan the screen for information that would normally require you to unlock the handset. The time can be checked much more quickly and easily, notifications can be seen, and the weather can be determined. It can be customized to some extent and performs as promised.

Impressive Battery Life

The battery life of the iPhone 13 Pro Max from last year, which was powered by a 4,352mAh cell, astounded us. Unexpectedly, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 4,323 mAh battery that is a little bit smaller. But the new A16 Bionic processor’s efficiency improvements more than make up for it.

The iPhone 14 Pro Max lasted a solid 19 hours in our streaming video test. An increase of 1 hour from the previous year. In our test, we turn the display brightness all the way up and let the phone continuously stream a YouTube movie over Wi-Fi. The Pixel 6 Pro ran for 22 hours. The Galaxy S22 Ultra ran for 12 hours. And the iPhone 13 Pro Max operated for 18 hours in order to provide a point of reference.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Rapid charging is still not a feature on Apple’s iPhone lineup. The 14 Pro Max, like its predecessors, can charge at a maximum wired rate of 20W when used with a suitable charger. Apple doesn’t provide the charger with the phone, so you’ll need to buy it separately. In our tests, it took the 14 Pro Max battery 37 minutes to charge to 50% from 0%. Which is a little longer than the 35 minutes that Apple claims. It took close to 90 minutes for a full charge. When coupled with Samsung’s high-speed 45W charger, the Galaxy S22 family can charge as quickly as 75 minutes. The OnePlus 10 Pro 5G can fully recharge the battery in 35 minutes utilizing its in-house 65W SuperVOOC charging technology.

The maximum wireless charging power is 15W, but only when using a wireless charger that is MagSafe compliant. The iPhone 14 Pro Max can only be charged at a meager 7.5W per channel when using a standard Qi-based charger.

Using Power Wisely | Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple is launching the new A16 Bionic chip along with its family of iPhone 14s. In fact, Apple continues to use the outdated A15 in the regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models. So this system-on-a-chip isn’t a significant improvement over last year’s A15 Bionic.

The major modification is the switch from a 5nm to a 4nm manufacturing process. Which enables Apple to pack an extra 1 billion transistors—for a total of 16 billion—onto the chip. The A16 is still set up with two performance cores and four efficiency cores in a six-core arrangement. A 16-core Neural Engine with 7% more speed and a five-core GPU connect these. Critically, Apple increases the GPU’s memory bandwidth by 50%, which will be most evident in games with lots of graphics. And while Apple keeps the same basic 6GB of RAM from the previous edition. It switches the RAM for the Pro models from LPDDR4 to LPDDR5. The Photonic Engine for the camera is powered by a new ISP, and the A16 Bionic also contains a new Display Engine to control the always-on display feature.

The 14 Pro family is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB variants—more than enough for your cat movies and selfies despite Apple never allowing expanded storage via microSD card.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

In testing, the A16 significantly outperformed the A15 and other competitors in benchmark scores. For instance, compared to the A15-powered 13 Pro Max. Its single-core Geekbench 5 score increased from 1,721 to 1,874, and its multi-core score risen from 4,629 to 5,445. Geekbench 5 results for the Google Pixel 6 Pro and its unique Tensor processor were 1,021 for the single-core test and 2,813 for the multi-core test.

Respectively. With Geekbench 5 scores of 1,232 and 3,433, Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra. Which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 technology, and outperformed the Pixel but is behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Other A16 scores include a Geekbench ML test score of 1,045; a GFXBench Aztec Ruins test score of 54.48fps; and a 3DMark Wildlife Extreme test score of 3,377. AnTuTu wouldn’t run completely on the phone. In actuality, the Pro Max became extremely warm and frequently terminated the test before it could be completed.

It’s crucial to note that the iPhone 13 models from a year ago, which featured the cutting-edge Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 inside, were (and still are) faster than many flagships. The iPhone 14 Pro’s upgraded A16 Bionic pushes Apple’s flagship smartphones even further ahead of the competition. Even then, the flagship Android phones of 2023 won’t be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 until November or December.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Practically speaking, the 14 Pro Max functions perfectly. iOS 16, Apple’s most recent operating system, functions flawlessly on mobile devices. Additionally, playing games on the gadget is a complete joy. Both the straightforward Alto’s Adventure and the more difficult Genshin Impact were put to the test. These games are played without a single stutter, glitch, or frame loss on the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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