The iPhone 15 Pro Max has been successfully dissected by iFixit. A significant repair-oriented change is the redesigned frame, which allows for a dual-sided opening. This means that it now opens from the back glass, just like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus did last year.
Upon disassembly, iFixit also discovered that the iPhone 15 Pro Max is equipped with a 4422 mAh battery, representing a 2.3% increase compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Similarly, the iPhone 15 Pro sees a 2.3% boost from the iPhone 14 Pro, with a battery capacity of 3274 mAh. iFixit considers these increases to be relatively minimal when considering the more energy-intensive A17 Pro chip.
Regarding the camera module, iFixit noticed a clear change in the telephoto lens, which now supports 3x and 5x optical zoom. The primary and ultra-wide lenses remain the same as their predecessors. It is likely that the camera improvements are the result of the A17 Pro chip and software enhancements. The motherboard remains similar to the previous model, utilizing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 modem.
iFixit rates the repairability of all iPhone 15 models, including the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, at 4 out of 10. This score is consistent with the reduced score of the previous iPhone 14 models. The reasoning behind this rating is the availability of repair manuals and replacement parts, while confirming the compatibility of components with the system can be challenging and complex.
TLDR: The iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a new design that allows for dual-sided opening from the back glass. The battery capacity has seen a modest increase compared to its predecessor, though iFixit believes this is overshadowed by the energy-hungry A17 Pro chip. The camera module has noticeable improvements in telephoto capabilities, possibly due to the A17 Pro chip and software enhancements. The repairability score for the iPhone 15 models is consistent with the previous generation, citing availability of repair manuals and replacement parts, but complexities in component compatibility.