The iPhone 15 Pro Max has the potential to be the best gaming phone ever, and that’s thanks to the new A17 Pro chip. Yes, Apple’s latest silicon offers 10% faster CPU speed and twice as fast machine learning performance but the all-new 6-core GPU is the biggest deal.
You can literally play console-quality games, complete with ray-tracing technology for the most realistic lighting effects on a phone. Check out the gameplay in Diablo Immortal, which is fluid with stunning graphics and life-like reflections.
The Resident Evil Village demo I tried was equally as scary and immersive as the title on my Xbox Series X, though the touch controls were tough to get used to.
|Row 0 – Cell 0||iPhone 15 Pro Max||Galaxy S23 Ultra|
|Geekbench||2,783 / 6,945||1,396 / 4,882|
|3DMark Wild Life Unlimited||92 fps / 15,399||87 fps / 14,611|
|Adobe Premiere Rush (video editing)||24.5 seconds||40 seconds|
On Geekbench, which measures overall performance, the iPhone 15 Pro Max notched a single-core score of 2,783 and a multi-core score of 6,945. That’s a substantial leap from the 1,396/4,882 showing on the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, and it’s also well above the iPhone 14 Pro Max (1,882/5,333).
The iPhone 15 Pro Max’s graphics scores were even more impressive, as it hit 92.2 frames per second in 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited with an overall score of 15,399. That’s about 25% faster than the iPhone 14 Pro Max and also beat the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s 87 fps and 14,611.
We also time how long it takes to transcode a 4K video to 1080p in the Adobe Premiere Rush app. The iPhone 15 Pro Max needed just 24.5 seconds to finish, compared to 30 seconds for the iPhone 14 Pro Max and 39 seconds for the Samsung.
For more see our roundup iPhone 15 Pro benchmarks with more comparisons versus the top phones.