Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max is a disaster: Screen burn-in latest of reported issues (Updated)

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max screen burn
(Image credit: Apple / Tarun Vats / Laptop Mag)
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Since this article's publication, further reports have appeared online across Reddit and Apple's forums voicing similar concerns. However, Apple have been quick to respond, indicating that the issues users are currently experiencing isn't related to OLED burn-in, but instead an iOS 17 software bug causing "display image persistence." Apple have since indicated that the bug will be addressed in a near future iOS 17.1 update.

Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max was supposed to take the world by storm with its new tetraprism lens, actions button, titanium frame, and A17 Pro chipset. However, having been plagued by overheating issues since its launch, Apple’s flagship smartphone isn’t off to the best of starts.

While an initial patch seemed to solve its thermal problems it came at the expense of performance as A17 benchmarks dipped following the update. To make matters worse, users are now reporting that it's back once more – and that’s not all. Users are now reporting screen burn issues hampering the smartphone.

iPhone 15 Pro Max: The hot commodity burning its own reputation

In a classic case of “when it rains, it pours” the Pro Max is also suffering with power drain issues, and now users are widely reporting their top-flight iPhone is suffering from screen burn-in too.

Tech tipster and X user Tarun Vats, brings a few cases of this issue to light in a recent tweet/post. This post showcases the screen burn issues reported by many, as Tarun puts it “adding to a growing list of problems for the company this year.” 

Is Apple's flagship sinking?

The list of issues with Apple’s iPhone Pro Max doesn’t end there either, users recently noticed that the Pro Max’s advertised 120Hz ProMotion display is locked to 80Hz in most cases, its receiver speaker has begun crackling for some users at volumes above 80%, Apple Pay issues, and persistent night-time camera lens flares still unresolved since the iPhone 14-Series.

Furthermore, some users are reporting that poorly optimized third party apps like Snapchat are suffering from UI glitches and blurry images, and that Apple’s latest phones are unable to charge via some power banks.

Apple have currently only responded to the iPhone 15 Pro’s overheating problem, leaving many in the dark over hardware and software issues as they scramble to steady the good ship iPhone after a rocky launch. But can Apple truly salvage its smartphone from a series of shortcomings by its proposed software updates alone? That remains to be seen. 

Rael Hornby
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Rael Hornby, potentially influenced by far too many LucasArts titles at an early age, once thought he’d grow up to be a mighty pirate. However, after several interventions with close friends and family members, you’re now much more likely to see his name attached to the bylines of tech articles. While not maintaining a double life as an aspiring writer by day and indie game dev by night, you’ll find him sat in a corner somewhere muttering to himself about microtransactions or hunting down promising indie games on Twitter.