Apple today announced the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus at its ‘Wonderlust’ event. The biggest update is the switch to USB-C port for the new iPhones, ditching the lightning connector Apple has been using on its iPhones for many years. The iPhone 15 features the Dynamic Island from last year’s iPhone 14 Pro, a range of new colours and upgraded camera.
Just like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus comes in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes respectively. The new iPhones feature Super Retina XDR display with peak HDR brightness up to 1600 nits and peak outdoor brightness up to 2000 nits, which is twice as bright as the previous generation.
The new iPhones are available in pink, yellow, green, blue and black colours. iPhone 15 has a glass back which Apple says is strengthened with an “optimized dual-ion exchange process before being polished with nanocrystalline particles and etched to create a luxurious, textured matte finish.”
The camera department for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus sees a major upgrade starting with the main camera which has been upgraded from the 12MP on last year’s models to 48MP main camera. Apple says the 48MP main camera provides a new 24MP super-high resolution by default with the aid of computational photography. Thanks to better hardware and software integration, the 2x Telephoto lens on the new iPhones is now capable of three optical zoom levels at 0.5x, 1x, and 2x. For the first time in an iPhone, users can now take portrait photos without switching to Portrait mode because the iPhone now captures depth information by default which can be adjusted later into portraits on the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are powered by the A16 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU faster than the A15 Bionic chip. There is also a 5-core GPU which provided 50 percent more memory bandwidth over the previous generation for smooth graphics when streaming videos and playing games.
iPhone 15 is equipped with safety features such as Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite. To comply with EU regulations, Apple has finally made the switch to a USB-C connector, which means the same cable can be used to charge the new iPhones, Mac, iPad, and the newly updated second-generation AirPods Pro. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus support MagSafe and Qi2 chargers for wireless charging. The new iPhones also feature the second-generation Ultra-Wideband chip to improve location range for Precision Finding and AirTags.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 145Plus will be available for preorder this Friday, September 15th, and they will be available on September 22nd. Pricing for the iPhone 15 starts at $799, and the iPhone 15 Plus starts at $899.