Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max Review: Befit the Name

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USB-C! Action Button! Titanium! I call it C-A-T! For the first time in a few years, the “Pro” moniker finally seems to fit the iPhone a little bit more. Apple has made a number of changes in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max that, when compared to previous years, make the top-tier handsets feel more deserving of the name than ever before. Like in years past, the larger Max model is the more impressive of the two Pro options.

Less impressive is the fact that the Pro Max's enhancements come with a price increase—it's $100 more expensive than last year's larger Pro model—but that's something you'll just have to accept if you want Apple's absolute best mobile hardware.

If you're wondering about the cheaper iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, you can read my colleague Lauren Goode's review of those phones. Here, we'll dive into the Pro.

C-A-T

That's a USB-C port, y'all.

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OK, I have to note that a part of why the iPhone 15 Pro feels like a big change from previous years is the new charging port. Like the rest of this year's iPhones, it uses USB-C instead of Lightning. (I wrote in detail about this change.) I knew this was going to make a big impact on me.

When I arrived at JFK Airport in New York City to fly out for the Apple event last week, I forgot a Lightning cable to recharge my iPhone. I had packed three USB-C cables instead. That's because my camera charges with USB-C. So does my on-camera video light, my wireless microphone system, my laptop, my Nintendo Switch, my Android phone … you get the idea. The new port means I can finally charge all my devices with one, glorious cable. I've been able to sh...

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