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The iPhone 15 series was announced connected September 12 astatine Apple’s Wonderlust event. Available successful 4 options, Cupertino revamped nan modular models while taking nan Pro iPhones to nan adjacent level. Here’s what you request to cognize astir these caller phones.

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Design: The Dynamic Island welcomes much people

Image source: Apple Inc.

After ditching nan classical iPhone X notch successful 2022 for nan iPhone 14 Pro models, Apple has expanded nan caller Dynamic Island cutout to each iPhone 15 versions. All 4 caller iPhones connection this caller creation successful 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays.

For nan regular models, Apple has accrued its brightness to 2,000 nits outdoors – doubly arsenic overmuch arsenic nan erstwhile generation. The backmost solid is strengthened pinch an optimized dual-ion speech process earlier being polished pinch nanocrystalline particles and etched to create a textured matte finish. A caller contoured separator connected nan aerospace-grade aluminum enclosure wants to make this iPhone consciousness nicer successful users’ hands.

The iPhone 15 Pros person an Action fastener alternatively of nan aged shut up switch.The iPhone 15 Pro has an Action fastener alternatively of nan aged shut up switch. Image source: Apple Inc.

Apple added an ultra-thin bezel for nan iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max while maintaining nan aforesaid 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays. By adding a titanium design, which is nan aforesaid utilized successful spacecraft, Apple says it offers 1 of nan highest strength-to-weight ratios of immoderate metal, making this nan company’s lightest Pro lineup ever.

Both models characteristic a caller brushwood texture and contoured edges. The Pro lineup combines nan spot of titanium pinch nan toughest backmost solid successful a smartphone and nan industry-leading Ceramic Shield connected nan front. Using an industry-first thermo-mechanical process, nan titanium bands encase a caller substructure made from 100 percent recycled aluminum, bonding these 2 metals pinch spot done solid-state diffusion. According to Apple, nan aluminum framework helps pinch thermal dissipation and allows nan backmost solid to beryllium easy replaced. This caller creation highlights nan Super Retina XDR show pinch Always-On and ProMotion technologies for an exceptional viewing experience.

iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max adhd a caller Action Button; here’s what you tin do

The iPhone 15 Pro's caller Action fastener comes pinch various gestures.The iPhone 15 Pro’s caller Action fastener comes pinch various gestures. Image source: Apple Inc.

Another alteration pinch nan iPhone 15 Pro models is nan all-new Action button, which replaces nan single-function shut up switch. Users tin now activate several caller functions pinch it, specified as:

  1. Accessibility: Users tin entree selected accessibility features pinch 1 tap;
  2. Camera: Launch nan Camera app;
  3. Flashlight: Turn connected aliases disconnected nan flashlight;
  4. Focus: Activate aliases deactivate a Focus Mode;
  5. Magnifier: Activate nan Magnifier app to usage nan iPhone’s camera arsenic a magnifying solid to zoom successful connected mini texts;
  6. Shortcuts: Pressing nan Action fastener lets users tally immoderate shortcut they person created. The aforesaid already happens pinch nan Apple Watch Ultra;
  7. Silent Mode: Long property to move silent mode connected aliases off;
  8. Translate: Launches nan Translate app and starts a speech aliases nan matter translator pinch a azygous tap;
  9. Voice Memos: Start aliases extremity signaling a sound memo pinch nan Voice Memos app.

New iPhone 15 colors

All iPhone 15 caller colors Image source: Apple Inc.

Apple says that colour is infused passim nan backmost solid for nan first clip successful a smartphone, creating 5 colors for nan iPhone 15 models. These are nan options available:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Yellow
Image source: Apple Inc.

For nan iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max models, Apple has ditched golden for nan first clip successful favour of these colors:

  • Black Titanium
  • White Titanium
  • Blue Titanium
  • Natural Titanium

A16 Bionic and A17 Pro powerfulness this caller generation

iPhone 15 Pro A17 Pro chipImage source: Apple Inc.

For these caller iPhones, Apple is pursuing nan aforesaid strategy arsenic nan iPhone 14 lineup: adding a caller spot to nan Pro iPhones and utilizing past year’s processor to nan base-model options.

That said, nan iPhone 15 and 15 Plus connection nan iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 Bionic chip. With 2 high-performance cores that usage 20 percent little powerfulness and 4 high-efficiency cores, nan 6-core CPU is faster than nan erstwhile procreation and handles intensive tasks while redeeming artillery life. The 5-core GPU has 50 percent much representation bandwidth for soft graphics erstwhile streaming videos and playing games. A caller 16-core Neural Engine is tin of astir 17 trillion operations per second, enabling moreover faster instrumentality learning computations for features for illustration Live Voicemail transcriptions successful iOS 17 and third-party app experiences — each while protecting captious privateness and information features utilizing nan Secure Enclave. 

iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max‘s A17 Pro spot is nan industry’s first 3-nanometer chip. The caller CPU is up to 10 percent faster pinch microarchitectural and creation improvements, and nan Neural Engine is now up to 2x faster, powering features for illustration autocorrect and Personal Voice successful iOS 17. The pro-class GPU is up to 20 percent faster and unlocks wholly caller experiences, featuring a caller 6-core creation that increases highest capacity and power efficiency. Now, hardware-accelerated ray tracing is 4x faster than software-based ray tracing. Apple moreover promotes caller console titles for this iPhone, specified arsenic Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

Overheating issues

iPhone 15 Pro fingerprintImage source: José Adorno for BGR

A fewer weeks aft nan iPhone 15 Pro models were released, respective users started complaining astir their iPhones overheating. While successful immoderate cases, it would look retired of nowhere, group thought it could beryllium owed to nan titanium framework and nan A17 Pro chip.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said it was not owed to nan chip, and Apple confirmed that it was software-related. Here’s what nan institution stated:

“The instrumentality whitethorn consciousness warmer during nan first fewer days aft mounting up aliases restoring nan instrumentality because of accrued inheritance activity. We person besides recovered a bug in iOS 17 that is impacting immoderate users and will beryllium addressed successful a package update. Another rumor involves immoderate caller updates to third-party apps that are causing them to overload nan system. We’re moving pinch these app developers connected fixes that are successful nan process of rolling out.”

Apple said Uber, Asphalt 9, and Instagram were among nan apps responsible for overheating nan iPhone, though it seems they are already moving connected a fix. Fortunately, it’s not affecting each users. Apple said it addressed these issues pinch iOS 17.0.3 and iOS 17.1, but immoderate users are still experiencing overheating.


These are nan retention capacities for each 4 caller models:

Regular iPhones

iPhone 15 Pro

iPhone 15 Pro Max

Cameras: From iPhone 15 to iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max design.iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max design. Image source: Apple Inc.

For nan first time, Apple added a 48MP main lens to nan modular iPhones, which helps nan instrumentality sorb much ray successful photos. With nan quad-pixel tech, nan image output will still beryllium 12 Megapixels, but they’ll beryllium clearer and crispier. Apple uses Photonic Engine to present richer details. This 48MP provides 2x optical zoom. That said, moreover though Apple didn’t adhd a telephoto camera, you tin zoom without losing value connected nan modular iPhone model.

For nan iPhone 15 Pro, Apple has upgraded nan 48MP main camera by giving users nan elasticity of utilizing nan caller 24MP super-high-resolution default. The main camera allows users to move betwixt 3 celebrated focal lengths — 24 mm, 28 mm, and 35 mm — and moreover take 1 arsenic a caller default. In summation to 48MP ProRAW, nan main camera supports 48MP HEIF images pinch 4x much resolution. iPhone 15 Pro features an expansive 3x Telephoto camera, and nan iPhone 15 Pro Max provides nan longest optical zoom ever connected an iPhone: 5x astatine 120 mm.

The caller Telephoto camera connected iPhone 15 Pro Max has an innovative tetraprism design pinch a mixed optical image stabilization and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module, Apple’s astir precocious stabilization strategy yet.

Camera upgrades for each 4 models

iPhone 15 next-generation portraitsImage source: Apple Inc.

All 4 iPhone 15 models connection immoderate akin camera capabilities. Here they are:

Smart HDR 5: New Smart HDR captures subjects and nan inheritance pinch much true-to-life renderings of tegument tones while ensuring photos person brighter highlights, richer midtones, and deeper shadows erstwhile viewed successful nan Photos app. This precocious HDR rendering is besides disposable to third-party apps, truthful images tin look moreover amended erstwhile shared online.

Night Mode: It gets amended pinch sharper specifications and much vivid colors, now powered by nan Photonic Engine. iPhone 15 Pro models get improved Night mode portraits acknowledgment to nan LiDAR scanner.

Next-generation Portrait mode: For nan first time, users tin return portraits without switching to Portrait mode. When a person, dog, aliases feline is successful nan frame, aliases erstwhile a personification taps to focus, iPhone automatically captures extent accusation truthful that users tin move photos into stunning portraits later successful nan Photos app connected iPhone, iPad, aliases Mac. For greater imaginative control, users tin besides set nan attraction constituent aft taking nan photo.

Apple Vision Pro’s Spatial Video characteristic comes to nan iPhone 15 Pro

After Apple announced its Vision Pro spatial computer, BGR wrote that it would beryllium imaginable for a caller iPhone to characteristic Spatial Video. This usability lets you grounds 3D videos, which will beryllium cleanable to watch connected nan Vision Pro headset.

During its Wonderlust event, Apple announced that nan iPhone 15 Pro is nan first instrumentality to grounds Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro. Users tin seizure precious moments successful 3 dimensions and relive those memories pinch unthinkable extent connected nan company’s spatial machine erstwhile disposable early adjacent twelvemonth successful nan US.

USB-C powers this iPhone

All 4 iPhone 15 models ditched nan Lightning larboard in favour of USB-C. While nan regular models get USB-C 2.0, nan Pro versions get USB-C 3.0 standards, which gives transportation speeds up to 10 gigabits per second, up to 20x faster than before. That said, users must bargain a caller cable, which is not nan braided 1 disposable successful nan container of this iPhone, to get these transportation speeds.

Everything you tin link to your iPhone 15 pinch nan USB-C port

Unlike nan Lightning larboard connected erstwhile iPhones, Apple has been beautiful generous pinch nan caller USB-C port, meaning you tin link fundamentally any peripheral to this device. With it, you can:

  • Charge different devices: You tin usage your iPhone to complaint your AirPods, Apple Watch, aliases different mini instrumentality that supports USB Power Delivery astatine up to 4.5 watts aliases to complaint a instrumentality that has a Lightning connector, link it to your iPhone using an Apple USB-C to Lightning cable.
  • Play audio: If you request to play audio done nan USB-C connector to different speakers aliases headphones, you tin link utilizing the Apple USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter aliases nan Apple USB-C to Lightning Adapter.
  • Connect to show and monitors: You tin link your iPhone to outer displays utilizing nan USB-C connector truthful that you tin watch video, spot photos, and much connected a larger screen. Depending connected nan show that you’re connecting to, you mightiness request an adapter. iPhone uses nan DisplayPort protocol to support connections to USB-C displays at up to 4K solution and 60Hz. In addition, you tin link your iPhone to an HDMI show aliases TV pinch a USB-C to an HDMI adapter aliases cable. Adapters and cables that support HDMI 2.0 can output video from your iPhone astatine 4K solution and 60Hz.
iPhone 15 Pro A17 Pro BionicImage source: Vincent Zhong/YouTube

You tin besides link your iPhone 15 with:

  • CarPlay compatible cars
  • External retention devices
  • Monitors and outer displays
  • Microphones
  • External artillery packs
  • USB to Ethernet adapters
  • SD cards utilizing SD paper adapters

Second-gen ultrawide-band spot and Roadside Assistance via satellite

In addition, these phones besides person a caller ultrawide-band chip, which I wished Apple would person called U2 alternatively of “second procreation ultrawide-band chip.” It connects to a instrumentality 3 times farther, unlocking nan expertise to usage Precision Find to find friends successful a crowd, for example.

Roadside Assistance via satelliteImage source: Apple Inc.

Finally, Apple is adding a caller “peace of mind” characteristic called Roadside Assistance via satellite, and it joins nan existent Emergency SOS via outer and Crash Detection. With this caller function, erstwhile users person car problem and cellular and Wi-Fi sum are unavailable, they tin now link to AAA, nan country’s largest roadside assistance provider.

An intuitive interface, including a short questionnaire to seizure important details, will transmit nan accusation via outer truthful AAA tin connection nan personification straight and dispatch thief to their nonstop location. Access to Roadside Assistance via outer will beryllium included for free for 2 years. Service is covered according to AAA rank but is besides disposable separately for nonmembers.

iOS 17 powers this iPhone

Image source: José Adorno for BGR

Previewed during nan WWDC 2023 keynote, nan caller iPhone 15 models characteristic iOS 17, released connected September 18. This operating strategy is bringing updates to nan Contacts app, FaceTime, while introducing caller experiences pinch a Journal app, intelligence wellness consciousness focuses, and privateness features, specified arsenic removing URL trackers connected Safari, adding profiles for Safari usage, and more.

At nan moment, Apple has released iOS 17.0.1, iOS 17.0.2, iOS 17.0.3, and iOS 17.1 updates.

Learn more:

iOS 17.1 features

  • AirDrop pinch Cellular Data: Teased during nan WWDC 2023 keynote, you tin now proceed to nonstop and person contented erstwhile Wi-Fi is unavailable during AirDrop.
  • NameDrop for Apple Watch: With iOS 17.1 and watchOS 10.1, Apple is yet enabling NameDrop from iPhone to Apple Watch. With that, you tin seamlessly speech interaction accusation pinch others.
  • Apple Music Playlist Suggestions: When adding a opus to a playlist, Apple Music now suggests a fewer songs based connected nan euphony disposable connected nan list.
  • Apple Music Favorite Songs: Apple Music besides lets you favourite songs, albums, playlists, and artists. Your favourite euphony is automatically added to your Library and improves your recommendations.
  • Apple Music Playlist Covers: The work lets you create civilization playlist covers. Apple offers 8 different options.

Release date

All 4 iPhone 15 models were released connected September 22.

iPhone 15 Price

 iPhone SE 3, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Pro.Apple’s September 2023 iPhone lineup: iPhone SE 3, iPhone 13, iPhone 14, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Pro. Image source: Apple Inc.

iPhone 15

  • 128GB: $799
  • 256GB: $899
  • 512GB: $1,099

iPhone 15 Plus

  • 128GB: $899
  • 256GB: $999
  • 512GB: $1,199

iPhone 15 Pro

  • 128GB: $999
  • 256GB: $1,099
  • 512GB: $1,299
  • 1 TB: $1,499

iPhone 15 Pro Max

  • 256GB: $1,199
  • 512GB: $1,399
  • 1 TB: $1,599

Apple besides decreased iPhone 15 prices successful Europe and different regions.


BGR reviewed some nan iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max. These are our thoughts connected nan standard model:

The iPhone 15 whitethorn not correspond a monolithic displacement successful iPhone development, but it does amended connected galore aspects of utilizing nan phone. The camera is better, nan surface is brighter, nan telephone is much comfortable to hold, and it tin yet complaint done USB-C. Even erstwhile summed, it’s astir apt not worthy upgrading from an iPhone 14 — but if you person an older device, you’ll get immoderate coagulated improvements successful nan iPhone 15.

Our thoughts connected nan high-end iPhone model:

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is nan champion iPhone ever. It has an incredibly powerful chip, sleek caller creation elements, USB-C, and a amended camera. If you want nan best, it’s perfectly worthy considering nan iPhone 15 Pro Max — and I would perfectly see buying nan iPhone 15 Pro Max complete nan modular iPhone 15 Pro unless you really don’t for illustration large phones and don’t mind skipping retired connected nan amended zoom.