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 finally announced the newest models of its flagship smartphone. They arrive next to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The Apple iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus feature slightly improved features over their predecessors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The phones come in many new colors that are sure to please. There’s also a great new 48MP main camera along with new camera features, the addition of Dynamic Island, and the arrival of the long-rumored USB-C charging connector.
Apple’s latest iPhone models feature a Super Retina OLED display that supports Dolby Vision content. The display has a brightness of 1,600 nits and reaches a maximum 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 feature that improves its visual appeal. The rear glass of the device is decorated with a range of colors, adding a touch of vibrancy to its appearance. The glass is also strengthened using a unique dual ion exchange process, making it more durable and stronger. To further refine the rear glass, it is polished with 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.
Although the iPhone Pro series will always be known for having a better camera system, this year’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have really improved things this time around. In fact, the camera upgrades are perhaps the best reason to buy them. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus now come equipped with a 48MP main camera with a quad-pixel sensor and 100% Focus Pixels for fast autofocus, a first for the regular iPhone. Comparatively, last year’s models only offered a 12MP main camera.
This main camera also offers users a new super high resolution default resolution of 24 MP. The phone’s photography capabilities have been improved with a 12MP telephoto lens and an improved main camera. Portrait, night, action and Live Photos modes have also been improved. The front camera now features autofocus and portrait lighting, improving the overall experience. Users can enjoy three levels of quality zoom (0.5x, 1x and 2x) with an additional 2x telephoto option.
The A16 Bionic chip, introduced for the first time in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, has now arrived on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. This new chip features a powerful six-core CPU that is faster than the previous generation while being more energy efficient. The chip’s six-core design enables faster multithreaded performance, where each core handles a specific task, resulting in faster processing times.
In addition to the upgraded CPU, the new chip features a 5-core GPU that provides 50% more memory bandwidth, ensuring smoother graphics performance when gaming or streaming videos. This means users can enjoy their favorite games and videos without lag or stuttering, providing an immersive and fluid 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.
As expected, the latest iPhone 15 model now comes with a USB-C connector instead of the previously used Lightning connector. This change will likely improve the speed of wired connections across the board. USB-C is quickly becoming the universally accepted charging and data transfer standard. Users can also use the USB-C connector to charge your AirPods or Apple Watch directly from your iPhone. Both models are also compatible with MagSafe and future Qi2 chargers for wireless charging.
Base versions of the iPhone now also come with Dynamic Island, a feature that was previously only available on last year’s iPhone 14 Pro line. He Dynamic Island provides an innovative way to interact with phone notifications and live activities.
The new iPhone models also introduce a second-generation Ultra Wideband chip. It allows two or more phones with the same chip to connect at a range three times greater than before. The new technology also improves the accuracy of the phone’s Find My feature.
The latest iPhone models come equipped with ultra-fast features. 5G technology, which Apple says will significantly improve call quality. The phones also feature voice isolation, which filters out background noise to improve audio clarity. Unlike traditional SIM cards, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus use an eSIM (like previous models), offering greater convenience and security.
Apple is expanding the Satellite security features on your 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 have car problems in areas without cellular or Wi-Fi coverage.
With this service, iPhone owners can contact AAA for help, 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.
Apple has decided to discontinue production of leather cases for its iPhone 15 series line. Instead, the company has introduced two new products: FineWoven Wallet with MagSafe and FineWoven Case with MagSafe, both available in five colors for the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus (black, taupe, mulberry, pacific blue, and evergreen). Apple also released a silicone case with MagSafe in black, storm blue, clay, light pink, guava, sorbet orange, cypress, and winter blue for the new phones. The clear case is also available for purchase.
The 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus start at $799 and $899, respectively.
You can pre-order your new iPhone on Friday, September 15, and the first shipments will arrive a week later on Friday, September 22. They are available with 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage.