3 reasons why I can't wait for iPhone 15 Pro Max, mostly thanks to iOS 17

iPhone 14 Pro Dynamic Island showing podcast playing
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While you may prefer to upgrade to a new iPhone every year, I like to do it every 2 years at least, which is mostly why I’m planning on upgrading to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

My latest model is the iPhone 13 Pro, and before that, the iPhone X. I prefer this rough schedule, as I get two years' worth of hardware updates that have been refined since their debut - such as the faster FaceID to the improved Night Mode on the Camera app.

If the rumors are true, I’ll finally be able to own an iPhone with USB-C - one of the last devices I own that doesn’t feature this port, and not only that, I’ll have the Always-On Display and the Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 Pro line as well.

Yet the bigger size is something I’ve not experienced since owning an iPhone 8 Plus in 2017 - and alongside the rumored camera upgrade coming to the 15 Pro Max, a few new features in iOS 17 have also convinced me that this is going to be the way to go. At least until the next time to upgrade.


StandBy on iOS 17 music player

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Many, including some on the iMore team, have been singing the praises of StandBy mode in iOS 17, and for good reason. If you have an iPhone XS or newer, turn the device on its side as it charges, and you’ll have an overview of your Clock, Calendar, and more.

It’s a great way of getting some quick info without unlocking your iPhone, and with the bigger 6.7-inch display of the Pro Max, I’ll be able to have a great alarm clock, especially with that Always-On display, constantly displaying it.

I’ve also spoken in the past about how much I love Yiisonger's 10,000mAh MagSafe portable charger, which you can buy for $39.99 / £34.99 from Amazon. It helped a bunch on a flight to New York in April, but using this with the new iPhone, I’ll be able to have StandBy almost anywhere as I’m playing on my Steam Deck or PS Vita while it charges.

Apple Arcade


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Since buying the AirPods Pro 2, I’ve subscribed, once again, to Apple Music in order to try out Spatial Audio, and playing the recently released Spiceworld album in this format has been a revelation.

But this isn’t the only reason why I’ve been impressed by these earbuds. I’ve found myself subscribing to Apple Arcade recently in order to play Ridiculous Fishing EX and Stardew Valley+. While they’re both great games, listening to them with the improved noise-canceling has been fantastic. And combined with the bigger display of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, it could really show off how I can play these games.

I can tilt the rod in Ridiculous Fishing, even more, to grab some more fish while being able to have a better overview of my farm in Stardew Valley as I have the sounds of the animals chirping away.

Apple Maps

Apple Maps on iPhones

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I use Apple Maps a lot, especially when my wife and I decide to go on a road trip with the dog on weekends, and we try to find our way back home. I remember back when I used my iPhone 8 Plus with Maps, and loved how its bigger screen really helped with taking us back home.

In iOS 17, not only is the bigger screen going to be an advantage, but also the new ability to finally download maps.

I’ve lost count of the many occasions when we’ll be driving or walking somewhere in a village with low cellular coverage, and Maps simply refuses to do its thing and direct us. Now that we’ll soon be able to download a wide area, this will be a thing of the past.

Going up a size

Jolly the Cocker on an iPhone 13 Pro

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While there’s constant talk of an iPhone Flip or an iPad Fold where you could have the best of both worlds when it comes to sizes, I simply want to see how a bigger iPhone can work for me.

I remember enjoying my time with the iPhone 8 Plus in 2017, and while the ability to use the Home Screen in landscape mode with this model disappeared in the intervening years, I’m looking forward to the bigger battery and how some Apple Arcade games will look on this 15 Pro Max as well.

I’m excited to see what this upcoming line brings, and if my own hype is met once the iPhone 15 line is finally official.

Daryl Baxter
Features Editor

Daryl is iMore's Features Editor, overseeing long-form and in-depth articles and op-eds. Daryl loves using his experience as both a journalist and Apple fan to tell stories about Apple's products and its community, from the apps we use every day to the products that have been long forgotten in the Cupertino archives.

Previously Software & Downloads Writer at TechRadar, and Deputy Editor at StealthOptional, he's also written a book, 'The Making of Tomb Raider', which tells the story of the beginnings of Lara Croft and the series' early development. His second book, '50 Years of Boss Fights', came out in June 2024, and has a monthly newsletter called 'Springboard'. He's also written for many other publications including WIRED, MacFormat, Bloody Disgusting, VGC, GamesRadar, Nintendo Life, VRV Blog, The Loop Magazine, SUPER JUMP, Gizmodo, Film Stories, TopTenReviews, Miketendo64, and Daily Star.