Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models at its major event, along with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. While the Pros may receive the most attention for adding novel, never-before-seen capabilities to Apple’s mobile lineup, the non-Pros have also benefited from updates this year.
USB-C port is now standard as required by the EU (although Apple won’t say that’s why it’s going), and this time, the Dynamic Island has made it to the non-Pro iPhones.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus include an aluminum frame with a curved edge, a textured matte finish, a screen with an outdoor brightness peak of up to 2,000 nits (twice as high as the previous generation), “all-day battery life,” and five new colors. Apple continues to make as much of an artificial distinction between its Pro and non-Pro versions as it can. So, the smartphones are powered by last year’s A16 Bionic processor.
This time, the primary camera sports a 48 MP sensor; however, it is smaller than the ones found in the iPhone 15 Pro and even the iPhone 14 Pro models from the previous year. Apple claims that, even though telephoto cameras are still only available in the Pro range, it is still possible to take “optical-quality” 2x telephoto pictures. Interestingly, the default resolution is 24 MP, which promises “incredible image quality at a practical file size.”
With this camera system, you can shoot “next-generation portraits” with “sharper detail, more vivid colors, and improved low-light performance.” Additionally, you no longer need to use Portrait mode. The iPhone will automatically collect depth information if a human, dog, or cat is in the frame or when you touch to focus. This allows you to subsequently (and with the ability to alter the focus point) make any shot into a portrait. “Sharper details and more vivid colors” are added to Night Mode. Additionally enhanced is Smart HDR, which now works with third-party apps.
Currently available in 14 nations, emergency SOS via satellite will soon be available in Switzerland and Spain. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus also provide roadside assistance via satellite, starting in the US through AAA. After you purchase your phone, this service will be free for two years. It has an easy-to-use interface and a brief questionnaire that allows you to provide essential information about your circumstances.
The entry-level costs for the 128 GB iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are $799 and €949, respectively. The pre-order period for the gadgets begins on September 15 (this Friday), and they go on sale starting September 22. The phones will have black, pink, yellow, green, and blue versions.