With WWDC behind us and summer in full swing, the iPhone 15 is coming soon. It’s still about two months away, but the rumor mill already gives us a good idea of what to expect. As in the past few years, we’re expecting a standard iPhone 15 in regular and Plus sizes (6.1 and 6.7 inches, though thinner bezels can make the displays slightly larger) and an iPhone 15 Pro in nearly identical standard sizes. and maximum dimensions.
At the low end, pricing is expected to be similar to current iPhone 14 models, at $799/£849 for the standard iPhone 15 and $899/£949 for the larger Plus model. At the high end, prices could jump $100, and some rumors have it that the biggest Pro model will be rebranded as the iPhone 15 Ultra and have even higher price increases.
So why should you pay so much more? What do you get when you choose one of the iPhone 15 Pro models? Based on the best rumors currently available, here are the differences that Apple hopes will entice you to spend hundreds more.
Over the past two years, Apple has put a different chip in the iPhone Pro model. The iPhone 13 Pro had the A15 Bionic, just like the iPhone 13, only the more expensive phone had 5 GPU cores instead of 4. With the iPhone 14, Apple went further and made the A16 Bionic exclusive to the Pro models – the standard iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus got A15 again (with 5 GPU cores).
If you want the A17 and all of its perks, you’ll need to buy an iPhone 15 Pro or Max. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will get the A16 found in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. It’s still a very fast chip, but we have high hopes that the new 3nm process will allow Apple to push the A17 design in a new way, and not just make it 15-20 percent faster.
The case of the iPhone 15 Pro may be made of titanium instead of stainless steel like the Apple Watch Ultra. Apple has used the new material for the first time in an iPhone Pro since the model was released in 2019.
Steel is generally slightly stronger and harder than titanium (it varies greatly depending on the exact composition and heat treatment of the steel), but titanium is still very strong and hard and weighs about half as much as steel. This means that the iPhone will become much lighter and more comfortable, especially the largest Max/Ultra model, which currently weighs 240 grams.
Regular iPhones have a standard (wide) and an ultra-wide camera. Pro models include a telephoto lens – currently the 12MP camera with 3x zoom in the iPhone 14 Pro.
Some say that the iPhone 15 will have the same large 48-megapixel wide-angle camera as the iPhone 14 Pro, which could be a reason not to buy the Pro model. But be warned: Non-professional iPhones still didn’t support the ProRAW format, which is required to capture full-sized 48-megapixel photos – in standard HEIF or JPG formats, you only get pixel-binned 12-megapixel photos. Since ProRAW is likely not coming to the non-professional iPhone 15, we assume iPhone 15 photos will be limited to 12MP images, so you’ll still need an iPhone 15 Pro to take full advantage of the 48MP camera.
Regardless, the iPhone 15 Pro is bound to have a telephoto lens that the iPhone 15 doesn’t. And if you’re looking at a larger phone, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is said to feature a new periscope telephoto lens with 5x-6x optical zoom and no digital zoom. less than 20X, which is significantly better than the iPhone. 14 pro.
In addition, the iPhone Pro also has LiDAR sensors, which are good for AR applications and for improving focus and portrait mode in the dark. It might also be useful when Vision Pro comes out next year.
Rumor has it that in the iPhone 15 Pro models, Apple will finally replace the mute switch that has been with us since the original iPhone with a button. This so-called “action button” will perform different functions depending on how you use your phone. For example, when it’s locked, it will mute or unmute your iPhone, but perhaps when using the Camera app, it can take over another function, such as quickly switching between video and photo modes. Maybe double-clicking a button on the home screen will bring up a shortcut from a list of options, similar to the back-to-back accessibility feature?
There’s no reason why mute should be a toggle switch rather than a button, and a button provides a lot more flexibility. In addition, these are covers without uncomfortable cutouts. And it looks like you’ll only get it on Pro phones.
The iPhone 15 is expected to feature an OLED display with Dynamic Island, as seen on the iPhone 14 Pro today. But even so, the Pro models are still much better with features like higher peak and outdoor brightness, the always-on display, and ProMotion. And that always-on display gets even more useful in iOS 17 with the new StandBy feature.
All iPhone 15 models are expected to drop the Lightning connector in favor of USB-C. New European Union laws require it for future products. Rumors suggest we can expect USB 2.0 data transfer speeds on the regular iPhone 15 (480Mbps like Lightning), while the iPhone 15 Pro will get USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 support for data transfer rates up to 20Mbps . or 40 Mbps.
Higher charging speeds are possible, although some rumors suggest that these higher speeds will be limited to specialty USB-C cables that have authentication chips, like Lightning cables do today.