Apple won’t deliver most iPhone 15 Pro Max orders until mid-October

The iPhone 15 Pro Max features a titanium design and 5x optical zoom (Apple )
The iPhone 15 Pro Max features a titanium design and 5x optical zoom (Apple )

The iPhone 15 Pro Max was the headline act at Apple’s Wonderlust event, but you’ll have to be patient if you’re buying it online.

Apple allowed eager customers to pre-order the device starting at 1pm today (September 15) ahead of its September 22 release date.

However, there’s a lengthy wait time if you’re ordering the device straight from the source.

If you purchase the iPhone 15 Pro Max directly from Apple’s online store today, it will arrive between October 10-17. At most, that’s over three weeks after its release date, which can feel like an eternity if you’re treating yourself or badly in need of an upgrade.

The delivery date is the same for most versions of the high-end handset, which starts from £1,199 and comes in four different colours (blue, black, white and grey) and three storage options (256GB, 512GB, and 1TB). By comparison, Apple states that the iPhone 15 Pro will be delivered between September 28-October 3 while it’s promising release day deliveries for the standard iPhone 15.

If you want the Pro Max sooner, you’ll have to fork out £1,399 for the 512GB variant in any colour except grey. But even if you can overlook the shade and storage you want, you’ll still be waiting till between September 28-October 3 at the earliest. Of course, you could just venture into an Apple Store to buy it, or try an alternative retailer like Amazon or John Lewis.

We’ve reached out to Apple to find out what’s behind the delay. Is it just high demand for the premium iPhone or something else? There were rumblings earlier this summer that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max could be delayed due to manufacturing issues affecting the handset’s panels made by supplier LG Display.

Still, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was due to sheer popularity. After all, last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max was the most shipped smartphone during the first half of 2023. And, people have come to accept that so-called ultra flagships pack the most cutting-edge tech nowadays.

Seeing as the price is already steep, we’d wager that most people probably want the base storage version. Then again, if you’re looking to take advantage of the improved camera on the Pro Max, including that telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom, you may require more storage. That’s more than the 3x zoom on the iPhone Pro by the way.

Apart from the bumper snapper, Apple has switched the Pro models to a titanium design. Other iPhones use stainless steel for the frame. This means that the Pro and Pro Max are still strong, but 19 grams lighter than their counterparts from last year.

If you’re on the fence about the new iPhone 15, keep your eyes peeled for our review next week.