The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max aren’t just the most powerful Apple phones, they’re likely among the most powerful phones on the planet. That’s thanks to their hefty processing power, which Apple claims is capable of running console blockbusters. But while you might not feel all that extra power in day-to-day use, you should be able to enjoy games with all the cinematic visuals and expansive features you expect from their console and PC counterparts.
The biggest change between the new iPhones and their predecessors is the A17 Bionic chip that powers them. Apple says it’s built to offer up to 20% faster graphics performance than previous models. That should give you a significant boost in everyday processing, video editing and, of course, gaming. You’ll also be able to play major titles like Resident Evil 4 Remake, Death Stranding and Assassin’s Creed Mirage with all the graphical detail and immersive gameplay you’re used to.
So it’s no surprise that Geekbench scores have surfaced online for the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, which show their new A17 Bionic chips aren’t just fast but more efficient than the previous generation. The benchmark results, first reported by MySmartPrice, show the phones’ A17 Bionic processors scoring 3269 points in single-core tests and 7923 points in multi-core tests. That’s a significant leap over the 2546 and 6631 that the iPhone 14 Pro Max scored with its A16 Bionic chip.
It’s worth pointing out that, as with all Geekbench test results, these results are only indicative of the iPhones’ processing power. Different test runs will yield varying results, so the differences might not be as large as you might expect. However, the fact that the A17 Bionic chips are reportedly 10% faster than the A16 Bionic chips means you’re getting more power for less energy.
Aside from the increased graphics and CPU processing power, the A17 Bionic chips in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will support 4K 60fps Dolby Vision HDR, a 4K 60fps Cinematic Mode and 1080P 240fps Slo-mo. The two phones will also support external recording for shooting in ProRes with up to 2K at 30fps and 720P at 120fps.
The two phones will also support augmented reality apps, and Apple’s new periscope camera in the Pro Max can record live 3D audio and video. The phones will be able to playback the result in immersive stereo audio with their headphones, which will allow you to view and interact with 3D content using just your phone.