iPhone 16 Pro Max: latest news, rumors and everything we know so far

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iPhone 15 Pro Max
The iPhone 15 Pro Max (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

On September 12, Apple introduced a quartet of caller iPhones to nan world. While nan modular models inherited a fewer extras from nan erstwhile year's Pros, this year's iPhone 15 Pro Max stood retired successful beforehand of nan smaller iPhone 15 Pro pinch a unsocial camera setup that surpasses immoderate erstwhile introduction successful nan series. 

As you'll now cognize if you've publication our afloat iPhone 15 Pro Max review, we perfectly loved nan caller phone's cameras, describing it arsenic offering " awesome image quality, which should make immoderate smartphone proprietor envious."

Despite sitting successful a people of its own, however, and mounting nan barroom by which nan Samsung Galaxy S24 bid and each different competing flagship telephone will beryllium measured for nan adjacent year, location were still shortcomings that Apple could person addressed and possibly should reside pinch adjacent year's apical iPhone. That will, presumably, beryllium nan iPhone 16 Pro Max - assuming Apple doesn't travel done connected rumors that will render it nan 'iPhone 16 Ultra' instead.

Before we get to nan wishlist for nan company's adjacent uber-flagship, however, location are a fewer tidbits of accusation connected Apple's 2024 smartphones already retired successful nan wild. We've collated them present and will proceed to adhd to them arsenic much rumors, leaks and charismatic accusation emerges complete nan people of nan adjacent year.

Cut to nan chase

  • What is it? The larger-screened/batteried type of nan iPhone 16 Pro
  • When is it out? Probably September 2024
  • How overmuch will it cost? Likely from $1,199 / £1,399 / AU$2,099

iPhone 16 Pro Max: Expected merchandise day and price

  • Likely to motorboat successful nan first half of September 2024
  • Shipping day will astir apt beryllium a week aliases truthful later
  • Probably priced astir nan aforesaid arsenic nan existent iPhone 15 Pro Max

Apple has a wont of launching iPhones connected a Tuesday aliases Wednesday successful nan first aliases 2nd week of September, usually placing nan phones connected waste nan pursuing Friday.

For reference, nan iPhone 15 Pro Max was unveiled connected September 12 astatine Apple's September event, hitting pre-order connected September 15 and going connected waste connected September 22, priced from $1,199 / £1,199 / AU$2,199 for nan guidelines 256GB version. It besides has a 512GB build successful nan mediate of nan scope and a 1TB exemplary costing $1,599 / £1,599 / AU$2,899 astatine nan top. We expect nan pricing and readiness of nan iPhone 16 Pro Max to reflector this readiness beautiful intimately (along pinch nan remainder of nan iPhone 16 lineup).

iPhone 15 Pro Max aliases Ultra?

In nan run-up to nan iPhone 15 series' release, location was rampant speculation astir whether 2023 would beryllium nan twelvemonth that Apple introduced an 'Ultra' introduction into nan  lineup; a suffix that companies for illustration Samsung, Motorola and Xiaomi already employment crossed their rival telephone lines.

With nan company's 'Wonderlust' arena having now been and gone without truthful overmuch arsenic a susurration of an iPhone 15 Ultra, it stands to logic that talk of an Ultra iPhone introduction must alternatively use to Apple's iPhone 16 lineup, expected successful precocious 2024.

At present, there's ambiguity astir whether nan Ultra will switch nan Pro Max aliases motorboat aliases motorboat alongside it. However, if Apple pursues nan second option, it'll raise nan ceiling for nan iPhone portfolio, allowing nan institution to complaint moreover more for its champion and brightest iPhone of nan moment.

iPhone 16 Pro Max: Expected creation and display

iPhone 15 Pro Max

The 15 Pro Max's ProMotion 6.7-inch show (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)
  • Rumored larger 6.9-inch 120Hz 'ProMotion' screen
  • Possible under-display Face ID system
  • Probably a titanium frame, for illustration nan 15 Pro Max

While we're obscurity adjacent thing for illustration a complete spec expanse astatine this early stage, immoderate talk astir nan iPhone 16 Pro Max's creation has already surfaced.

One study by South Korean publication The Elec claims that nan Face ID system, which was first relocated to nan Dynamic Island connected nan iPhone 14 Pro line, will make its measurement nether nan pixels of nan screen, leaving only nan beforehand camera visible connected nan 16 Pro Max.

Speaking of nan screen, Apple managed to make nan bezels thinner crossed some iPhone 15 Pro models, but a cardinal expert astatine Display Supply Chain Consultants expects nan full sheet to turn successful size adjacent year. If true, this would mean the iPhone 16 Pro Max would timepiece successful pinch a 6.9-inch screen, compared to nan 15 Pro Max's existent 6.7-inch offering, and making it nan largest iPhone yet. DSCC's cardinal expert Ross Young besides suggests that Apple mightiness yet deviate from nan 19.5:9 facet ratio sported by nan past fewer iPhones, opting alternatively for a 19.6:9 ratio. This would make nan iPhone 16 Pro scope fractionally taller and narrower than nan 15 Pros.

One last rumor (again, from The Elec) suggests that nan already-bright displays that Apple places into its iPhones will beryllium surpassed successful expansive manner by a caller 'Multi-Lens Array" (MLA) AMOLED panel. Thought to beryllium exclusive to nan Pro (and perchance Ultra) members of 2024's iPhone family, MLA tech reportedly helped LG make its TV panels 60% brighter and Samsung is already apparently utilizing MLA AMOLED screens connected nan likes of nan Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

The trade-offs pinch MLA exertion are that viewing angles tin beryllium reduced and that nan panels are much expensive, which could person a knock-on effect connected nan last value of nan 16 Pro Max, if Apple decides to spell down this route.

There are besides immoderate knowledgeable guesses we tin make astir nan remainder of nan 16 Pro Max's design. Firstly, nan Action button – which replaces nan long-standing silent/ring move – connected nan broadside of nan iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max - will almost surely beryllium retained for adjacent year's model. But there's more: solid-state buttons, which were primitively expected connected 2023's Pro iPhones, will now presumably make their debut connected nan iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max (and Ultra, if it arrives arsenic a standalone device).

Meanwhile, nan USB-C larboard introduced this twelvemonth and nan caller lightweight titanium framework will each besides undoubtedly make different appearance. Here's hoping Apple serves up much absorbing colors connected adjacent year's Pro Max, though, arsenic this year's lineup looks a little... bland.

iPhone 16 Pro Max: Expected cameras

iPhone 15 Pro Max

(Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)
  • Talk of a 'super telephoto' periscope camera
  • One study mentions a 48MP ultra-wide too
  • Rumors of a stacked sensor that could amended low-light performance

The camera hardware crossed nan past 2 generations of iPhones has represented important progression for nan line, pinch nan iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max embracing a caller 48MP main sensor (up from 12MP previously) that added lossless 2x zoom by measurement of sensor cropping, on pinch a fewer different caller photographic tricks. 

Fast-forward to this year's iPhone statement and, on pinch an enhanced 48MP main sensor, nan iPhone 15 Pro Max besides benefits from Apple's first periscope telephoto lens, which zooms up to 5x. Some sources propose its successor will spell further, however.

According to celebrated tipster Digital Chat Station, nan iPhone 16 Pro Max camera mightiness yet situation Samsung successful 1 cardinal area - namely that adjacent year's exemplary could boast a "super telephoto" camera. That implies a snapper pinch a focal scope that meets aliases exceeds 300mm, which would surpass nan zoom scope of nan Galaxy S23 Ultra, its existent cardinal rival successful this department.

Depending connected Apple's approach, nan sensor could usage either an extended prism creation (like Samsung's Ultra phones) aliases a folded prism (like nan tetraprism recovered connected nan 15 Pro Max's 5x telephoto snapper) for a lower-profile camera module. Alternatively, nan institution could brace its existing prism and sensor-cropping tech together to execute this awesome target zoom range.

Assuming nan iPhone 16 Pro Max's superior sensor maintains nan existent 24mm focal magnitude of nan 15 Pro/Pro Max, a 6x telephoto camera (sporting a 150mm focal range), paired pinch a larger sensor (the Pro Max presently sports a 12MP telephoto sensor) that allows for a 2x zoom sensor harvest could beryllium utilized to scope nan magic 300mm figure.

As already touched on, it remains unclear whether this ace telephoto camera will travel to nan iPhone 16 Pro Max aliases nan iPhone 16 Ultra, aliases if they are 1 and nan same. But either way, we're crossing our fingers connected 2024 being nan twelvemonth we spot this tech make its measurement to nan iPhone.

iPhone 14 Pro Max reappraisal camera

The cameras connected nan iPhone 14 Pro Max (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

Beyond nan header long-range snapper, Apple's usage of Sony camera hardware whitethorn besides widen to nan stacked Exmor T for Mobile sensor exertion presently recovered successful nan Xperia 1 V and Xperia 5 V. By rearranging nan layout of nan sensor's internals, Sony has been capable to build a smartphone camera that tin suck successful much ray astatine nan aforesaid resolution; seasoned Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo, for one, claims nan iPhone 16 Pro models will besides get this camera sensor upgrade.

Separately, chap respected tech expert Jeff Pu claims nan iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max will get 2 much cardinal upgrades complete nan iPhone 15 Pro, successful that they will get sporting a 48MP ultra-wide camera (as good arsenic boasting cutting-edge Wi-Fi 7 connectivity).

iPhone 16 Pro Max: Expected specs and features

  • Assumed Apple A18 Pro chip
  • At slightest 8GB, arsenic thought to beryllium successful 15 Pro Max

For each nan leaks surrounding nan iPhone 16 Pro line's creation and camera tech, specifications astir nan remainder of nan internals absent from nan rumor mill correct now, leaving america capable successful nan blanks pinch informed speculation, based connected Apple's past practices.

On nan time of nan iPhone 15 Pro Max's launch, Apple besides released nan Xcode 15 Release Candidate, which revealed that nan telephone sports 8GB RAM – up from 6GB connected erstwhile generations. As such, it's assumed that nan 16 Pro Max will proceed this trend, supporting nan assumed successor to nan latest Apple-made A17 Pro chipset which debuts successful nan 15 Pro Max – presumably nan A18 Pro SoC.

As acold arsenic nan model's new-found USB-C connectivity goes, Apple seems improbable to alteration charging aliases information speeds only 1 twelvemonth aft making nan switch, but we tin dream.

iPhone 16 Pro Max: what we want to see

Speaking of dreams, arsenic mentioned up top, while nan iPhone 15 Pro Max is an undeniably awesome portion of kit, Apple surely near room for its successor to up nan ante, based connected what other nan marketplace has to offer.

Here's what we'd for illustration to spot from nan iPhone 16 Pro Max.

1. Better colors

A rumored caller colour for nan iPhone 15 Pro

(Image credit: 9to5Mac)

This year's titanium-clad 15 Pro and Pro Max get successful a quartet of colorways, pinch white, black, bluish and 'natural' titanium to take between.

While talk of a nano-coating and nan 14-hour process required to execute nan last look each sounded very awesome during nan uncover keynote, nan extremity consequence of these premium finishes is fine, if a small unexciting.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max felt arsenic though they stepped retired of Apple's comfortableness area a small bit, pinch nan preamble of nan Deep Purple hue, however, nary specified deviation persisted 1 twelvemonth on. And that was contempt rumors of an breathtaking new Deep Red colorway perchance being connected nan cards.

Our dream pinch nan iPhone 16 Pro Max is that this further Deep Red colorway does yet make an appearance, aliases Apple astatine slightest takes a fewer much risks pinch nan finishes connected its 2024 Pro iPhones.

2. Faster charging

iPhone 15 Pro Max

USB-C connected nan iPhone 15 Pro Max (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

Apple doesn't look to person made immoderate effort to velocity up nan charging connected this year's iPhone bid and while fractionally larger batteries and a much businesslike spot should widen efficiency, a flimsy bump to nan recharging speeds wouldn't spell amiss either.

3. Faster information transportation complete USB

iPhone 15

One of nan first iPhones pinch a USB-C larboard (Image credit: Future / Lance Ulanoff)

European regulators whitethorn person forced Apple's manus pinch nan take of USB-C connected nan iPhone 15 line, but while nan institution did nan modular and Plus models soiled by leaving information speeds practically untouched compared to nan erstwhile generation's Lightning port, it did astatine slightest spot fresh to dress nan 15 Pro and Pro Max pinch USB 3.0 information transportation speeds of up to 10Gbps.

Whether by chance aliases misfortunate, however, connected nan aforesaid time of nan 15 series' launch, Intel revealed its latest Thunderbolt 5 standard, which tin scope theoretical transportation speeds of up to 120Gbps – that's 12 times faster than nan ports connected nan 15 Pro and Pro Max.

With computers expected to commencement arriving pinch Thunderbolt 5 ports successful 2024 and Apple already embracing nan Thunderbolt modular connected Mac and its displays, nan only point stopping Apple from putting an moreover quicker larboard connected nan iPhone 16 Pro Max, is Apple.

4. Under-display camera

iPhone 14 Pro Max reappraisal Dynamic Island euphony small

The Dynamic Island was introduced connected nan iPhone 14 Pro & Pro Max (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

While rumors already propose nan Face ID components will make their measurement nether nan show connected adjacent year's Pro models, if anyone could ace nan conundrum of under-display cameras it'd beryllium Apple.

Sure, nan likes of nan Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and nan Red Magic 8S Pro some service up under-display camera technology, nan sheer physics of it each intends image value is consistently sub-bar. 

If Apple's consenting to move arsenic overmuch clip and power into this arsenic it did into nan Dynamic Island, there's small uncertainty successful our minds that it could do wonders for under-display camera tech connected a early iPhone model.

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Alex joined arsenic TechRadar's Senior Phones Editor successful June 2022, but brings complete a decade's worthy of acquisition to nan role, pinch an expertise successful smartphones, tablets and wearables. He's covered keynotes hosted by nan biggest brands and attended nan launches for immoderate of nan astir influential mobile products of nan past fewer years. His acquisition was amassed astatine immoderate of nan astir reputable user exertion publications retired there, including GSMArena, TechAdvisor and Trusted Reviews.

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