iPhone 14 Pro Max after 2 months of use: It is all good now; really good

    From a buggy mess to great! We have been using the iPhone 14 Pro Max for over two months now and this is how it fares.
    By: AMRITANSHU MUKHERJEE
    | Updated on: Nov 24 2022, 09:09 IST
    iPhone 14 Pro Max: It is HERE, and we take a quick look
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    1/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max brings a new 48MP main camera in addition to the new 12MP ultrawide camera and the same old 12MP 3X telephoto camera. The front 12MP camera has an autofocus lens system.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    2/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max retains almost the same design as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Deep Purple colour variant is the new colour this here; we have got the Gold version with us. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    3/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the new 4nm A16 Bionic chip that promises marginal performance gains over the A15 Bionic. AnTuTu scores show a performance gain of 28 percent in graphics and 19 percent in CPU. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    4/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a variable refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz. The 1Hz mode allows for an Always On Display for the first time on an iPhone and you can see your widgets as well as wallpaper. Peak brightness levels go up to 2000 nits. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    5/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max gets rid of the notch in favour of a pill-shaped Dynamic Island. Other than masking the cutouts, it changes shape to accommodate the icons and widgets. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    6/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at a price of Rs. 139,900 in India for the 128GB variant and goes up to Rs. 189,900 for the 1TB version.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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    The iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is the best iPhone that Apple currently sells, is available at a starting price of Rs. 139900 for the base 128GB variant. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

    The iPhone 14 Pro Max is over two months old now and we have been using it since the day it went on sale. Plagued by several bugs and issues initially, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has received a couple of big fix patches and a few iOS feature drops. The result is an iPhone 14 Pro Max that is rock-solid and steady, and is now ready for recommendation. But does it fare better when compared to the Google Pixel 7 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra?

    Note that Apple hasn't changed the price of the iPhone 14 Pro series in India. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, which is the best iPhone that Apple currently sells, is available at a starting price of Rs. 139900 for the base 128GB variant. For those who want the top-spec variant of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, they can choose the 1TB variant that comes at a price of Rs. 189900.

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    iPhone 14 Pro Max: How does it run after 2 months

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    I admit that the first month with the iPhone 14 Pro Max hasn't been great. The first release of iOS 16 was quite buggy and Apple took its own sweet time to sort out the bugs and issues. The issues were wide ranging – from system stability to a broken Dynamic Island experience, and more.

    While Apple is still struggling to meet the demand for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, it has fixed the major issues plaguing the flagship iPhone.

    - One of the bigger changes with the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the system stability. The Pro Max has lost most of its inconvenient bugs and jitters with the iOS 16.1 update. The phone runs smooth and fast, just like a flagship iPhone should.

    - The iPhone 14 Pro Max continues to have the brightest displays I have ever seen on any smartphone. Under the Sun, the display's 2000 nits of peak brightness comes in handy, which was proven during a recent trip.

    - The cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro Max are still the best ones in the business. The 48MP main camera is exceptional at capturing details in all lighting situations, and the ultrawide camera also performs better in low light conditions. However, the exposure is all over the place for brightly lit light sources, especially with selfies. The Photonic engine goes overboard with the processing and colour tones.

    - Battery life is where the iPhone 14 Pro Max shines. Compared to the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and other Android flagships, the iPhone sits in a class of its own. The iPhone 14 Pro Max easily lasts over a day with moderate usage, and still leave over 40 percent battery charge for the next day. That is incredible.

    - The Dynamic Island is largely a gimmick. Yes, it looks cool to have your camera cutout expand and shrink like a living organism but its functionality is limited. It only shows simple shortcuts to the system and the music player.

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    First Published Date: 24 Nov, 08:54 IST
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