Apple just made it official at its big event in September 2023: the long-awaited iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are here. After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally announced the latest models of its flagship smartphone. They arrive with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have slightly improved features compared to their predecessors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The phones come in a lot of new colors that are sure to please. There’s also a great new 48MP main camera alongside new camera features, the addition of Dynamic Island and the long-rumored arrival of a USB-C charging plug.
New colors and design
Apple’s latest iPhone models have an OLED Super Retina display that is compatible with Dolby Vision content. The display has a brightness of 1,600 nits and reaches a peak brightness of 2,000 nits when used in direct sunlight. This is twice as bright as the maximum brightness of the iPhone 14. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are available in five colors: black, blue, green, yellow and pink. All colors except black are very light shades.
The latest version of the iPhone has a new design that improves its visual appeal. The back glass of the device is imbued with a range of colors, adding a touch of vibrancy to its appearance. The glass is also strengthened through a unique double ion exchange process, making it more durable and resistant. In order to further refine the rear glass, it is polished using nanocrystalline particles, which smooth its surface and give it a shiny finish. Finally, the glass is etched to create a textured matte finish that sets it apart from the glossy, reflective surfaces common on most modern smartphones.
iPhone 15 camera upgrades
While the iPhone Pro series will always be known for its better camera system, this year’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have really stepped things up this time. In fact, the camera upgrades may be the best reason to buy one. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus now come equipped with a 48MP main camera with a four-pixel sensor and 100% Focus Pixels for fast autofocus, a first on a regular iPhone. Comparatively, last year’s models only offered a 12 MP main camera.
This main camera also gives users a new default super-high resolution of 24MP. The phone’s photography capabilities are enhanced with a 12MP telephoto lens and an improved main camera. Portrait, Night, Action modes and Live Photos have also been improved. The front camera now has autofocus and portrait lighting, which improves the overall experience. Users can enjoy three levels of zoom quality (0.5x, 1x and 2x) with an additional 2x telephoto option.
The A16 Bionic chip is here
The A16 Bionic chip, first introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, has now made its way to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. This new chip has a powerful six-core CPU that is faster than the previous generation while also being more energy efficient. The chip’s six-core design allows for faster multi-threaded performance, with each core handling a specific task, resulting in faster processing times.
Along with the improved CPU, the new chip features a 5-core GPU that provides 50% more memory bandwidth, ensuring smoother graphics performance while gaming or streaming videos. This means users can enjoy their favorite games and videos without lag or lag, providing a seamless and immersive experience.
The A16 Bionic chip also includes a new neural engine that can perform up to 15.8 trillion operations per second. This new engine handles complex machine learning tasks such as facial recognition, natural language processing and augmented reality.
USB-C, Dynamic Island and improved connections
As expected, the latest iPhone 15 model now comes with a USB-C connector instead of the previously used Lightning connector. This change is likely to increase the speed of wired connections across the board. USB-C is now quickly becoming the universally accepted standard for data transfer and charging. Users can also use the USB-C connector to charge their AirPods or Apple Watch directly from their iPhone. Both models also support MagSafe and future Qi2 chargers for wireless charging.
The entry-level versions of the iPhone also now come with Dynamic Island, a feature that was previously only available on last year’s iPhone 14 Pro line. Dynamic Island provides an innovative way to interact with phone notifications and live activities.
The new iPhone models also feature the second generation Ultra Wideband chip. It enables the connection of two or more phones with the same chip at three times greater range than before. The new technology also improves the accuracy of the phone’s Find My feature.
The latest iPhone models are equipped with lightning-fast 5G technology, which Apple claims will significantly improve call quality. The phones also feature voice isolation, which filters out background noise to improve audio clarity. Unlike traditional SIM cards, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus use eSIM (like previous models), offering increased convenience and security.
Satellite security features are better than ever
Apple is expanding the satellite safety features on its iPhones this year with the introduction of a new satellite roadside assistance service. This feature will be available exclusively in the US and will help users who are having problems with their car in areas without cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.
With this service, iPhone owners can contact AAA for assistance, regardless of their membership status. This service will be free for iPhone 15 users for the first two years, while regular AAA members will have this service included in their membership.
Lots of new iPhone cases
Apple has decided to discontinue the production of leather cases for its iPhone 15 series. Instead, the company introduced two new products: the FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe and the FineWoven Case with MagSafe, both of which are available in five colors for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus (black, taupe, mulberry, pacific blue, and evergreen). Apple has also launched a silicone case with MagSafe in black, storm blue, clay, light pink, guava, sherbet orange, cypress and winter blue for the new phones. a clear case is also available for purchase.
Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 are also saying goodbye to leather accessories for the first time.
iPhone 15 price and release date
The 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus start at $799 and $899, respectively.
You can order your new iPhone on Friday, September 15th, with the first shipments arriving a week later on Friday, September 22nd. They are available with 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage space.