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iPhone 15 What’s New In iPhone 15!

Apple introduced the iPhone 15, 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max in September 2023. The iPhone 15 Pro models have an expanded feature set not available in the standard iPhone 15 devices, including more advanced camera technology, a better display, a faster A17 chip, and more.

There have been two tiers of iPhone since the iPhone 11 line-up with a separation between standard and pro models. How these tiers are separated has changed over time, but Apple tends to reserve its latest and most premium features for the pros.

What’s New in iPhone 15?

This time iPhone comes with 7 new features:

  • Titanium Frame
  • 48MP Camera
  • New A16 and A17 Chipset
  • USB Type-C Charging port
  • New Action Button Feature
  • Dynamic Island on all models
  • New periscope zoom means a bigger camera bump on the 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Design

The 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus have the same general design as the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, but with more contoured edges that change the feel of the devices in the hand and lend a more modern look that sets the new iPhones apart from last year’s models. iPhone 15 Pro is the first iPhone to feature an aerospace‑grade titanium design, using the same alloy that spacecraft use for missions to Mars. Titanium has one of the best strength‑to‑weight ratios of any metal, making these our lightest Pro models ever.

Little has changed in terms of specific dimensions. The iPhone 15 measures in at 5.81 inches (147.6 mm) tall and 2.82 inches (71.6 mm) wide, while the iPhone 15 Plus measures in at 6.33 inches (160.9 mm) tall and 3.06 inches (77.8 mm) wide. Both models are 0.31 inches (7.80 mm) thick, with the iPhone 15 weighing 6.02 ounces (171 grams) and the iPhone 15 Plus weighing 7.09 ounces (201 grams).

The iPhone 15 models feature an all-glass front and a colorful, matte glass back that is framed by a color-matched aerospace-grade aluminium frame. Available colors include black, blue, green, yellow, and pink. This year, Apple used a new process to infuse color throughout the back glass, and it has been strengthened with what Apple describes as a “dual-ion exchange process.”

Display

The iPhone 15 has a resolution of 2556 by 1179 with 460 pixels per inch, while the iPhone 15 Plus has a resolution of 2796 by 1290 with 460 pixels per inch.

There is a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (unchanged), and wide color support offers vivid, true-to-life colors, and True Tone matches the white balance of the display to the ambient lighting for a paper-like viewing experience that’s easier on the eyes. There’s also a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and support for Haptic Touch, which provides haptic feedback when interacting with the display.

The display continues to be protected by a “Ceramic Shield” material that is made by infusing nano-ceramic crystals into glass. The ceramic crystals were manipulated to optimize for clarity while maintaining toughness, with the display created in partnership with Corning. According to Apple, Ceramic Shield is the toughest smartphone glass, with a dual-ion exchange process ensuring protection against scratches and everyday wear and tear.

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus do not support the ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate or the Always-On display technologies available on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.

Apple last year added a Dynamic Island to the iPhone 14 Pro, replacing the notch at the top of the display, and this year, the pill-shaped Dynamic Island has expanded to the iPhone 15 models. The Dynamic Island takes up less space than the notch, allowing for more viewable display area.

Dynamic Island

New to the iPhone 15 line-up this year is the Dynamic Island, which houses the True Depth camera sensor for Face ID and the front-facing camera. The proximity sensor for the setup is now under the display, and smaller cut-outs are used for the camera, dot protector, and other components.

The display has a small circular cutout on the right side that’s for the camera, and a pill-shaped cutout on the left side for the TrueDepth system for Face ID. Apple is using software to combine these two cutouts into one pill-shaped cutout that makes up the Dynamic Island.

Processor

Apple is using the same A16 Bionic chip that was in the iPhone 14 Pro models for the iPhone 15 lineup. The A16 has two high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, offering modest improvements over the A15 chip.

With its 6-core CPU and 5-core GPU, the A16 Bionic chip has earned a single-core score of 2522 on Geek bench and a multi-core score of 6397. It is second only to the A17 Pro chip in the iPhone 15 Pro models in terms of A-series chip performance.

Specs and Features

Apple’s promising all-day battery life once again for the iPhone 15 series, although we’re sure that our custom TG battery test will reveal differences between the different models. Apple itself admitted that the iPhone 15 Plus, with its larger battery, lasts longer than the standard iPhone 15, meaning it could be the choice for users who are often running out of charge.

Charging speeds haven’t changed despite the new charging ports, so don’t expect super speedy charging from any of the new iPhones. But at least wireless charging is now at 15W whether you’re using MagSafe or a third-party Qi2 charger.

ModelsiPhone 15iPhone 15 Plus
Display size6.1 inches 6.7 inches
Refresh rate60Hz60Hz
CPUA16 BionicA16 Bionic
Base storage128GB128GB
RAM8GB 8GB 
Charging portUSB-CUSB-C
ColorsPink, yellow, blue, black, greenPink, yellow, blue, black, green

Type-C

Perhaps the largest change to the iPhone 15 is the addition of a USB-C port. Gone is the familiar Lightning connector, and in its place we have the more universal USB-C that iPads, Macs and Android phones have been using for several years. It’ll mean you need to trade out your existing iPhone cables if you’re not already using another device with USB-C.

There’s a slight difference between the USB-C used on the standard iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro. As befits its Pro title, the iPhone 15 Pro can transfer data at a higher speed (up to 10 Gbps, to be exact).

Thanks to the new port, you can also charge accessories, like an Apple Watch or Air Pods Pro with the new USB-C charging case, by plugging it into the iPhone 15.

Camera

Apple made major improvements to the dual-lens camera system used in the iPhone 15 models, introducing a new 48-megapixel Main camera that is notably better than the 12-megapixel Main camera used in the iPhone 14.

The camera features a 26 mm focal length with ƒ/1.6 aperture that lets in plenty of light for situations where lighting is not optimal. Apple added sensor-shift optical image stabilization for less movement and crisper photos and videos, with the lens supporting both 24-megapixel and 48-megapixel high-resolution images. Every two pixels are combined into one pixel, allowing for high-resolution images that have impressive detail and low-light performance without too large of a file size. 48-megapixel images are also supported, and this year, can be saved in either RAW or HEIF format.

The upgrade to the 48-megapixel lens allowed Apple to add a 2x Telephoto option that uses the middle 12 megapixels on the sensor for full-resolution 2x photos with no digital zoom. There is no optical zoom lens on the iPhone 15, and this is the first time Apple has enabled any kind of optical zoom option on a standard iPhone.

Along with the 48-megapixel Main camera, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 have a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with an ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120º field of view. It is identical to the Ultra Wide camera in the iPhone 14 models.

Video

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus offer up to 4K video recording at 24, 25, 30, or 60 frames per second. HDR recording, ProRes video, Cinematic mode, Action mode, slo-mo video, and time-lapse are all supported.

iPhone 15 Pro Action Button

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have an Action button in place of the Ring/Silent switch. You can choose which function you want the Action button to perform when you press it. Because the button is so accessible, it’s useful for actions you perform often. 

Here are the actions you can preform with Action Button:-

the Bell Slash buttonFocus: Turn a specific Focus on or off.
the Do Not Disturb buttonFocus: Turn a specific Focus on or off.
the Camera buttonCamera: Open the Camera app to quickly take a photo, selfie, video, portrait, or portrait selfie.
the Flashlight buttonFlashlight: Turn the flashlight on or off.
the Voice Memo buttonVoice Memo: Start or stop recording a voice memo.
the Magnifier buttonMagnifier: Open the Magnifier app.
the Shortcut buttonShortcut: Open an app or run your favourite shortcut.
the Accessibility button
Accessibility:
 Quickly access your favourite accessibility feature.

Price

For pricing, you’ll pay at least $799 for the iPhone 15, and $899 for the iPhone 15 Plus. That’s the same pricing as last year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, so good news for users who already find this price high enough.

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