Everything You Want to Know About The iPhone 15 Models
Wonderlust – the name of the event Apple held on September 12, 2023, to launch new iPhone and Watch hardware has just concluded and we have before us the new iPhone 15 lineup for 2023. This year has some exciting changes to the iPhone, some significant and marking an era while some iterative as usual. Read on to get the latest, most comprehensive, up-to-date information on this year’s iPhone 15 models.
Part I: Everything About the New Apple iPhone 15 Models
New iPhone models are released each year since the first iPhone in 2007, like clockwork.
I.I: The iPhone 15 Model Lineup
This year, the models come with the same nomenclature and classification as they did with iPhone 14. There are iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models in 5 new colors, and there are iPhone Pro and Pro Max models in 4 new Titanium colors. The Pro lineup comes in two screen sizes classifying them as Pro (6.1 inch) and Pro Max (6.7 inch). Color choices remain the same between Pro and Pro Max models.
The new iPhone 15 colors:
The new iPhone 15 Pro titanium colors:
I.II: Design and Display
What’s new about the iPhone 15 models design-wise? The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro models come with a slightly improved design over the iPhone 14 models, featuring rounded edges.
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus come with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays respectively, encased in an aluminum case as before but with new color options. Dynamic Island makes its way to the iPhone 15 lineup. Display brightness gets bumped to 2000 nits max. The USB-C port supports USB 2 transfer speeds.
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max
For the Pro and Pro Max models, the design changes are much more significant. Stainless steel is a thing of the past and Grade 5 Titanium is in with 4 new colors. Display peak brightness goes up to 2000 nits. An Action button replaces the Mute switch that’s been a staple since the original iPhone, and the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max feature a USB-C port that reaches USB-3 transfer speeds. The bezels are smaller, making the borders on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max the thinnest ever. Also, thanks to titanium, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models weigh 19g less than the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models.
I.III: Hardware and Performance
Hardware and performance improvements are a draw each year that some people find enough to upgrade to. What does the new iPhone 15 lineup have to offer?
Each year, the iPhone gets a (significantly or iteratively) better and faster system-on-chip, or SoC that delivers improvements in various aspects of performance and efficiency. The iPhone 15 comes with A16 Bionic. The iPhone 15 Pro features a new 3nm A17 Pro chipset with a 6-core CPU, 6-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The GPU is 20% faster.
Each year, the iPhone camera system sees improvements that make taking photos and videos better.
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
The camera system in the iPhone 15 is an advanced dual-camera system with a 48MP, f/1/6 aperture main camera featuring up to 2x optical zoom.
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max
iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max camera system is the equivalent of 7 camera lenses, according to Apple. The Pro and Pro Max’s 48MP main camera features an f/1/78 aperture. Lens flare is reduced with a new nano-coating, and the system now supports 48MP HEIC instead of just ProRAW. 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm focal lengths are supported. Spatial Video capture is possible with the new 15 Pro camera. Second-generation optical Image Stabilization delivers improved stabilization with movement in all three directions now. Night mode portraits and macro photography modes are available in the Pro and Pro Max camera systems.
Every year, the internet is flooded with queries and concerns about battery life on the newly released iPhone models. What is the battery life and battery capacity like for this year’s iPhone 15 models?
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models feature a battery life of up to 20 and 26 hours respectively. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models can go as long as 23 and 29 hours respectively, on a single charge.
Introduction of USB-C Port: End of The Lightning Era
The most significant change to this year’s iPhone lineup is the end of the Lightning connector introduced with the iPhone 5 way back in 2012 that replaced the 30-pin connector the iPhones came with from iPhone 1 through iPhone 4S. Now, 11 years later, with the iPhone 15, Apple has replaced the proprietary Lightning connector with the universal, ubiquitous USB-C port.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus support USB 2 transfer speeds whereas the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max support USB 3 transfer speeds.
Introduction of Action Button On iPhone 15 Pro Models
Apple has replaced the Mute switch with an Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models, marking the end of an era for the Mute switch that’s been there on all iPhone models since the very first one in 2007. The new button enables new uses.
I.IV: Operating System and Software
The iPhone 15 models come pre-installed with iOS 17 which was previewed in June 2023. Some highlight features include Standby mode, Passkey and Password Sharing, a more secure Private Browsing experience, Live Voicemail, Contact Posters, a new dialer screen, a new Journal app, improvements to the keyboard with much more accurate autocorrect and inline predictions, etc. The length and breadth of changes in iOS 17 are beyond the purview of this article. Read more about them in detail on the Apple website.
I.V: Connectivity and 5G Improvements
A recent OpenSignal report showed just how much faster the 5G experience was for iPhone 13 and 14 models when compared to the iPhone 12 models which were the first iPhone models to sport 5G.
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models come with Wi-Fi 6 whereas the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max come with Wi-Fi 6E support. Second-generation Ultra Wideband chip is available on all iPhone 15 models. The precision dual-frequency GPS system on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now supports India’s NavIC. Thread networking support is available on the 15 Pro and Pro Max models only.
I.VI: Privacy and Security Features
Privacy and security features are a combination of software (iOS) and hardware (iPhone); some features being more a function of software (iOS) than hardware (iPhone) and vice versa. The iPhone 14 famously came with Crash Detection, a feature not available in prior iPhones.
Apple has long touted the iPhone’s iOS as a secure and privacy-centric operating system. Naturally, with each year, users wonder what improvements and features the new iOS brings to protect user privacy and what other security improvements have been made over last year’s version. iOS 16 brought Safety Check and Lockdown Mode, with the latter being recently reported as capable of thwarting (the spyware) Pegasus-based attacks on a section of iPhone users. iOS 17 does not disappoint where privacy and security features are concerned.
Enhanced Private Browsing
Private Browsing is now enabled with Face ID to better protect private browsing windows when you’re not using them.
Communication Safety brings protections for sensitive photos and videos, system wide.
There is now even greater control over what you share with apps and the content apps have access to.
I.VII: Reviews and User Experience
The iPhone models are not yet in the hands of people, so reviews will be available in the coming days. That said, reviews are expected to be generally positive given the changes.
You can preorder your chosen iPhone 15 model from September 15, 2023, and the phones will be available from September 22, 2023.
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The new iPhone 15 lineup is here. The new iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models feature Dynamic Island and USB-C along with a range of other improvements that might make you ditch your old iPhone or Android device for one of these. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models take that upgrade itch a notch further with the introduction of grade 5 titanium frames and an action button replacing the long-in-the-tooth mute switch. Whenever you are ready to upgrade, use Dr.Fone - Phone Transfer to quickly transfer contents from your old iPhone to the new iPhone 15 and start enjoying the new device.
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