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My nearly perfect iPhone 15 Pro Max has one huge problem – iPhone 16 Pro should solve it

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Apple introduced the Max iPhone in 2019, and the largest and most premium iPhone model quickly became a fan-favorite. Both the iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the best-selling iPhone models after launch, and I can see why – the iPhone 15 Pro is already pretty expensive, so paying $100-200 extra for a much larger display and noticeably longer battery life seems like a no-brainer for many.So, I did it too. I finally got my very first “Max” iPhone instead of something smaller like the iPhone 15 Pro, and while I really do love the large screen and seemingly everlasting battery, there’s one big problem… I can’t operate the phone with one hand (unless I shuffle it around).

And that’s a bit of a dealbreaker.

iOS on iPhone 15 Pro Max makes my first “Max” unusable with one hand

Thanks to the state of iOS, which was never really optimized for one-hand use on larger phones, I can’t reach the home buttons on Instagram and Twitter on my 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max. I have to perform hand gymnastics every time I have to “go back” too, thanks to Apple’s decision to make this gesture accessible only via a swipe from the left of the screen (handy if you’re a lefty – I’m not).

While one-hand typing is doable thanks to the swipe-to-type keyboard feature, I can’t reach the number row switch button, which sits in the far left of the keyboard (Apple doesn’t allow you to place it in the top row like on Android). On a positive note, I do love the two-hand typing experience, especially considering I’m coming from far smaller phones like the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 14 Pro.

Not to mention, my poor grip when shuffling the phone around to reach things on the screen also makes me nervous about dropping it, which of course rules out the possibility of carrying it without a case, which (wait for it) makes the iPhone 15 Pro Max even thicker, wider, taller, and heavier, which (you guessed it) you only make it even harder to use with one hand.

If you find the iPhone 15 Pro Max too large and the iPhone 15 Pro too small, you should probably wait for the iPhone 16 Pro, which should be… perfect

But that’s where the iPhone 16 Pro comes in (if and when it does, of course).

When using the iPhone 15 Pro Max, I couldn’t help but think about the leaked info we have on the iPhone 16 Pro, and its new, 6.3-inch display, which might just make it my dream “large iPhone”.Large enough not to make me squint like my iPhone 13 mini does), large enough to make two-hand typing faster than with the iPhone 14 Pro, and yet small enough to make one-hand use possible – very much unlike my experience with the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Despite Apple’s efforts to make the iPhone 15 Pro series feel smaller with slightly curved edges, a reduction in display bezel size, and a huge weight drop, nothing makes a phone feel smaller than… an actually smaller phone. And this is why I think everyone who finds the iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Plus, or iPhone 14 Pro Max unmanageable, should wait for the iPhone 16 Pro.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max isn’t the game-changing large iPhone we thought it might be

Of course, an added benefit for those thinking to go with the alleged 6.3-inch iPhone 16 Pro should be the alleged presence of the same 5x optical zoom camera found in the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which is a great perk indeed.

Moreover, the slightly larger 6.3-inch form-factor might result in a slight battery boost for the 6.3-inch iPhone 16 Pro compared to the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro. The same could be true for the 6.9-inch iPhone 16 Pro Max vs the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max.

As for me… I might or might not be returning my iPhone 15 Pro Max. Frankly, I’m a bit undecided. I like the large screen and the 5x zoom cam but are they worth the constant hassle of carrying a phone I can’t use with one hand? I guess I have a few more days to decide before the return window closes.

Until then, I can hope Apple is preparing some meaningful iOS upgrades that make the new, larger iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max more usable with one hand. Because they’ll need it.

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