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Sep 16, 2021
I am thinking whether i should upgrade from iPhone 12 Pro Max to iPhone 15 Pro Max or not? Things which i look for are battery, better processing and off course better camera. are there more people like me thinking to upgrade and would like to listen their thoughts. Also I am based out of Singapore, so i will selling my 12 Pro Max and buying new one


Jul 4, 2019
Montreal, Canada
I think it’s a decent upgrade, i made the switch from a 12PM to a 14PM and was quite pleased with the new features, especially the better screen. So you’d get an even bigger jump. Nothing that is an absolute necessity that you don’t already have on your 12PM, but i would say it’s still worth it


macrumors regular
Apr 4, 2023
It seems like a significant upgrade, and it’s interesting that Apple has quite a bit of copy on the iPhone 15 Pro page comparing it to an iPhone 12 Pro specifically.
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macrumors 6502a
Sep 1, 2021
I still believe that you should only upgrade if you are using an iPhone 12 Pro Max and older... Why iPhone 12 Pro Max? It got 5G connectivity but lower battery capacity...

Some features available in 15 Pro Max that I wish I have access to:
A17 Pro
USB 3.0
5x telephoto camera
Smart HDR 5
ProRes 4K60

After watching the Apple 2023 video, even though there are things introduced in iPhone 15 Pro Max that I believe should have been introduced in iPhone 14 Pro Max, I'm not going to upgrade...

I'll stay on iPhone 14 Pro Max because:
I don't really care that much about USB Type C connector
Anything in between 1x and 5x will be digital zoom
I'm still okay with AirDrop as my primary data transfer method
I have yet to record a ProRes 4K video
I don't play games anymore whether on mobile or desktop

I'm keeping a smartphone with a 3.5mm headphone jack [Galaxy S10+] yet I'm okay with data transfer via AirDrop...
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macrumors 68040
Nov 11, 2020
Mexico City living in Berlin
I’ll wait another year. Photos look good enough on 12 Pro Max without all this artificial overprocessing and it’s not slow at all. Makes justifying spending 1,5k Euro very hard. Especially since I’d just go right back to using the exact same apps, the exact same way.

Regarding ProMotion? I never notice it on my iPad or MacBook Pro so it’s nothing I really miss


macrumors 604
Nov 25, 2017
I have a 12 Pro Max. It should be a good upgrade from 12 Pro Max.

The camera is a great improvement with increased zoom(almost double). 120Hz display will be good. Always on display is another addition. 15 Pro Max will have better battery life. Performance should be better with the new chip along with 8 GB RAM.


macrumors 68020
Sep 13, 2014
I am thinking whether i should upgrade from iPhone 12 Pro Max to iPhone 15 Pro Max or not?
Apple has a great comparison tool that puts iPhone models side-by-side so you can see every difference between the two:
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macrumors G5
Sep 11, 2014
It’s kind of weird for me because I went from a 14 Pro max to a refurbished 12 Pro max so for me, the 12 Pro Max is the new phone.

What I gained: lol, no more migraines from the display. That’s actually why I did this and likely won’t affect you.

A much better camera experience in some ways. My 12 Pro Max gives me photos with accurate colors pretty much like my eyes see them and the subjects look natural.

The processing on the 14 Pro Max looked weird. It took slight details and exaggerated them so that with a flower for example, there appears to be veins and textures that my eyes don’t see. When I examined everything I could see those details were indeed there but very subtle. The processing exaggerates them to make them way more prominent than they really were.

And the colors would be cooler. So I’d have to choose a warmer style preset to get a closer representation of the actual flower’s pink. Otherwise it would look more blue toned pink. But then the leaves and dirt would be too warm.

What the 14 Pro max did better than my 12 Pro max was freeze action in lower light so I had slightly better, fewer blurry indoor photos. But not by that much.

And it has a more powerful zoom.

The 14 Pro max does have other advances like Pro Raw. But I’m not really the target market for that after all, because I am often asked to share my photos with friends and family and I’d have a lot more work to convert those pictures into lower file size jpegs.

What I miss was the smooth scrolling pro motion. But that may be what contributed to migraines. I don’t know.

And I did like dynamic island, very much.

What I really noticed going from 14 Pro Max to 12 Pro Max was the advancement made to the modem after 2 years. My husband and I would be in the same location and he’d have a good connection with 5G speeds and I would have a slower LTE connection. I was not happy with that. Call quality was very good on my 14 Pro Max and just okay on my 12 Pro Max. When I’m on my 12 Pro Max I have to ask people to repeat themselves more. It’s frustrating. Which is why I’m willing to try the 15 Pro Max.

The phone itself is a little slower. Just a bit.

I’m trading the 14 Pro Max for the 15 Pro Max, so I’m still going to be keeping the 12 Pro Max.

If I were having to give up the 12 Pro Max I guess I’d be worried about losing the older processing for the camera that didn’t exaggerate and over sharpen everything. I have to admit, it’s great being back to this camera even if there are some night and distance shots the 14 Pro Max does a little better.

My other worry would be losing a display that works with my nervous system better. But that’s not likely going to be your problem. From what I can tell, my issue with iPhone displays is relatively rare.

I don’t know how important those advanced camera features like Pro Raw Res are to you. I used them sometimes but the high file sizes were a barrier to immediate sharing with people with limited data and/or storage.

If my 12 Pro max were my only phone and it’s all I had to trade for the 15 Pro max I definitely would not do this now. I would wait a couple of months if necessary to see the 15 Pro max in stores and to see all the reviews, especially for the camera.

My original 12 Pro Max I had a couple of years ago had a defective display that made everything in a dark scene in photos and videos look bright green in a darkened room. That’s why I traded it for a 13 Pro. I remember liking everything else about it especially the camera. My 13 Pro had a defective camera and gave me the worst migraines of my life. I hated that phone. I actually chose to go to an iPhone 11 from that phone until the 14 Pro Max came out.

I really did like my 14 Pro Max. I was able to use it for several months before the headaches became too frequent and unbearable. If not for the headaches, I would still be keeping that phone. Even with the photo processing issues I complain about, most of my photos were “keepers” and I rarely got an unusable photo with it.

I’m hoping with the 15 Pro Max that Apple has improved and refined the photo processing and changed the display just enough I can use it without getting migraines. I’m expecting connectivity to be much better than what I have on the 12 Pro Max.

I have no complaints about my 12 Pro battery life since the battery is new. It’s actually better than what I was experiencing with my 14 Pro Max.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 16, 2013
Sure it will be a good upgrade. But for sure to 16 will be a better upgrade.


macrumors 6502
May 24, 2007
12 Pro Max is still a great phone.

Don't think you will gain much with a new phone especially spending so much to upgrade.

If you are not sure, wait a month and decide again


macrumors 68040
Mar 15, 2005
It's not completely insignificant.

If your battery has ran down quite a bit and you don't feel like going through a replacement, that might slightly push you towards it too.

I also have a 12 Pro Max. I had a 15 Pro Max arriving Friday, but if there's any issues with it or I'm not particularly impressed, I'd return it. I don't think that will happen (knock on wood), but I'm happy enough with my 12 Pro Max that I can do that if I need to.
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