Apple’s iPhone 15 Max Pro is expected to be the first to include 2TB of storage space, driving the price up to 60 percent more than a MacBook, according to technology experts.
Along with twice the storage, the price increase would be due to a switch from stainless steel to titanium, new LiDAR sensors, camera improvements, and a more powerful chip.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max 1TB starts at $1,599, but upgraded features could push it up to $2,099; a MacBook starts at $1,299.
Apple will introduce the iPhone 15 on September 12, but the Pro Max may not ship until October due to supply chain issues.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max 1TB starts at $1,599, but improved features and 2TB capacity could push the iPhone 15 Max Pro to the $2,099 mark (stock)
BGR shared a report detailing the price increase, as Apple increased the maximum storage space to 2TB.
One terabyte is equal to 1,024 gigabytes (GB), which can contain 555,555 JPEG images.
This month, the storage capacity claim was also seen in a Weibo post, adding further weight to the rumor.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max will likely be available in standard 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB versions.
However, last year’s iPhone 14 Pro models were also rumored to come with the 2TB option, but that didn’t happen.
The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max were the first Apple smartphones to pack 1TB due to enhanced camera features that eat up storage.
The MacBook Pro (pictured) starts at $1,299
Apple released the first Pro Max alongside the iPhone 11 in 2019 with a starting price of $1,099, and the same was true for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
When Apple released the high-end smartphone in 2021, the price of the 1TB skyrocketed to $1,599, and it stayed the same for the iPhone 14 Pro Max 1TB.
Rumors about the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max have been circulating on the web for a long time, as Forbes reported that the smartphone has a 10x optical zoom camera; current models have a 3x optical zoom.
The increase in camera capabilities would be due to the adoption of periscope lenses.
This periscope camera moved forward in 2020 after MacRumors saw another research note from renowned forecaster and Apple product analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Periscope lenses use mirrors to provide much greater optical zoom.
With the added technology, the move to titanium would be ideal.
While titanium rivals steel in strength, it can be up to 45 percent lighter, which could make these models much easier to transport.
Titanium can withstand higher temperatures better than steel and offers similar protection against water damage.
An Apple expert said 9to5Mac that the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be delayed two months after the launch in September due to a lack of sensors
Sony is Apple’s sensor supplier, but reports suggest the image sensor component isn’t finished yet.