Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which offers one of the biggest upgrades in a while and that includes the USB-C port, adding universal cables across all platforms and devices.
The USB-C brings speeds of up to 10Gbps and you will be able to charge your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Max with the same charger and cable as your iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, or a Galaxy phone.
However, Apple hasn’t mentioned anything about faster charging on the device.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max offer a bunch of design changes as well, including contoured edges and the thinnest bezels on an iPhone ever. Apple has been able to shrink the overall dimensions of this year’s model while keeping the same screen size as last year.
The stainless steel has been replaced by titanium frames, which makes the Pro models the lightest ever introduced with the difference to the last year’s 14 Pros coming in at 19g. Apple says it has used the same titanium used on the Mars rover.
Furthermore, Apple has encased aluminum in the substructure of the titanium using a new thermomechanical process, which helps with thermal dissipation.
Another change to the iPhone 15 Pro and and 15 Pro Max includes the a new action button, which replaces the mute switch. A press and hold will put the phone in silent mode by default, but you can assign one of a set functions on a press or double press.
The iPhone 15 pro has a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with an adaptive 120Hz (ProMotion) refresh rate, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and a peak brightness of 2,000 nits. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is equipped with a 6.7-inch display with the Always-on function expanded to include Stand-by, a landscape always-on mode for when you’re charging.
Apple has upgraded the camera setup on these phones as well with a 48 MP main camera, which has a bigger sensor with 1.22µm pre-binned pixels and second-generation sensor-shift stabilization.
Meanwhile, the lens is a 24mm f/1.78.
You can now capture 48MP HEIF images alongside 48MP ProRAW and the bigger sensor allows for 28mm, 35mm, and 48mm digital zoom modes and the iPhone will let you pick one of these focal lengths as your default setting.
Let’s not forget the addition of the periscope camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the first ever on an iPhone. The folded optical design allows the iPhone 15 Pro Max to zoom past 3x and up to 5x, or 120mm in 35mm equivalent terms.
Apple calls the new optical design tetraprism, which reflects light four times from the pupil opening of the lens to the folded sensor. The lens itself is a f/2.8, the brightest on a 120mm camera on a phone.
The camera also supports optical image stabilization and Apple says it runs 10,000 micro-adjustments per second to get rid of any blur.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro supports 77mm 3x zoom camera with 1µm pixels and an f/2.8 lens. Furthermore, both iPhones share the same 13mm f/2.2 1.4µm ultrawide with 100% focus pixels and macro focusing abilities.
In terms of processing, Apple has equipped the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max with their latest A17 Pro chip, which is built on a 3nm process. It has a 6-core processor with 2 performance cores and Apple says it is faster than last year’s A16 Bionic. And there’s 4 efficiency cores as well.
There is a 6-core GPU unit that is 20% faster than its predecessor during peak performance and enables hardware accelerated Ray Tracing, which is 4-times faster than the software-based Ray Tracing on last year’s chip.
Apple showcased Resident Evil Village and Assassin’s Creed Mirage running on the new iPhone 15 Pros and both titles will launch on these devices next year.
There’s also a neural engine that Apple says is twice as fast year last year’s chip for machine learning models. There’s support for Display Engine with a dedicated AV1 codec and ProRes codec and the new chip allows iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max to shoot at 4K 60FPS in ProRes RAW.
The iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999 for a base 128GB model, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts from $1,199 for the base 256GB model. Meanwhile, shipments begin September 22.