iPhone 15 Pro Max: Fragile? Phone passes durability test

With reports questioning the durability of the new iPhone 15 Pro Max, a new and expansive test carried out by Consumer Reports could ease the concerns of owners.

| Updated on: Oct 02 2023, 09:34 IST
iPhone 15 done and dusted, check what is likely coming in iPhone 16
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1/11 Exciting rumors surround the iPhone 16 already - solid-state buttons, larger displays, under-display Face ID, Wi-Fi 7, and the potential for a port-less iPhone 16 Ultra model.   (Apple)
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2/11 1. Dynamic Island Standard: Building on the iPhone 14 Pro models, Dynamic Island is now a standard feature across all iPhone 15 models, enhancing user interactions and multitasking capabilities.  (Apple)
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3/11 2. USB Type-C Port: Apple has bid farewell to its proprietary lightning connector, opting for a USB Type-C port in the iPhone 15 series, aligning with industry standards for charging and connectivity.  (Apple)
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4/11 3. Action Button and Titanium Frame: Notable design changes include the introduction of the action button and a titanium frame, enhancing both aesthetics and durability. (Apple)
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5/11 4. Periscope Camera: The iPhone 15 series introduces a periscope camera, likely improving zoom capabilities and overall photography experiences. (Apple)
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6/11 Now, let's delve into the rumored upgrades expected in the iPhone 16: 1. Solid-State Buttons: While the iPhone 15 series retained physical volume buttons, it's rumored that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will introduce haptic solid-state buttons, replacing the physical volume buttons for a sleeker design. (Apple)
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7/11  2. Bigger Displays: Apple analyst Ross Young has claimed that even bigger iPhones will come next year. Apple may continue its trend of larger displays, with the iPhone 16 Pro featuring a 6.3-inch screen and the iPhone 16 Pro Max boasting a massive 6.9-inch display.  (Apple)
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8/11 3. Under-Display Face ID: Apple is considering incorporating under-display Face ID technology, eliminating the need for a notch or visible sensors for a cleaner, full-screen design, possibly arriving in 2024. Notably, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple may introduce a full-screen iPhone in 2024.   (Apple)
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9/11 4. Wi-Fi 7: The iPhone 16 Pro models might feature Wi-Fi 7 technology, offering faster data transmission across 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz bands, with speeds of up to 40 Gbps, promising improved connectivity performance.  (Apple)
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10/11 5. Port-Less iPhone 16 Ultra: There's speculation that the iPhone 16 Ultra may eliminate the USB Type-C port entirely, further simplifying the design. Additionally, this model might feature a faster processor and enhanced camera capabilities.  (Apple)
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11/11 6. Potential New iPhone Lineup: Some reports suggest that the iPhone 16 Ultra could be a completely new addition to the lineup, distinct from the existing four models, offering unique features and capabilities. (Apple)
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iPhone 15 Pro Max gets a new titanium frame, which is rumoured to be behind reports of the phone bending. (Bloomberg)

Apple unveiled its iPhone 15 series after a lot of hype was generated around it by fans, tipsters, and analysts, and huge amounts of praise was showered on the series. The iPhone 15 Pro Max was especially singled out for praise. However, the excitement has recently been overshadowed by concerns. In the last week, users have reported that their iPhone 15 Pro models have been overheating, with warnings popping up even during simple tasks such as taking calls and setting up shortcuts. This has raised concerns about Apple's new A17 Pro chip and how it could affect the longevity of the smartphone. Apple is rolling out a software fix for that. Moreover, questions have also been raised about the iPhone 15 Pro Max's durability. But, a new report could put those to rest too.

iPhone 15 Pro Max - Durable or extremely fragile?

Just a few days ago, YouTuber Zack Nelson, popularly known by his channel JerryRigEverything posted the durability test of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. As is customary, a bunch of tests were carried out, including scratching the display and outer body and heating up the screen. While it came out unscathed through these tests, it could not survive a simple test - the so-called bend test. As soon as Nelson tried to bend the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the back glass shattered pretty easily despite having a potentially sturdier titanium frame.

As soon as the video went up, users took to social media platforms to raise concerns about Apple's newest iPhones. Could this be another repeat of the infamous Bendgate that Apple faced with the iPhone 6? A new report by Consumer Reports (via 9to5Mac) says otherwise.

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Consumer Reports carried out a more expansive durability test of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which included a precision Instron compression test, and it survived. Another iPhone 15 Pro Max was put in a tumbler and dropped about 100 times, but only had minimal scratches. Maria Rerecich, senior director of product testing at CR said, “That shows it can take plenty of force. There is some flex in the phone that recovers when the force is released.”

Apple's statement

Apple also issued a statement to Forbes recently about the heating issues of the iPhone 15 Pro models. The Cupertino-based tech giant also dismissed claims that the new titanium frame or USB Type-C was the culprit behind the issue. Instead, Apple claimed that increased background activity, some apps, and an iOS 17 bug were likely causing the iPhone 15 to overheat.

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First Published Date: 02 Oct, 09:31 IST