iPhone 15 And iPhone 15 Plus: Features, Price, Release Date Announced
We’ve been waiting for Apple to announce the new iPhones for a year now, and we finally have all of the information to hand after today’s event. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are both now official, and they are big upgrades over the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
The biggest upgrade is undoubtedly the new display which borrows from the iPhone 14 Pro — the Dynamic Island is now here, although there is no ProMotion support.
The display continues to come in 6.1- and 6.7-inch options with a new peak brightness of 1600 nits.
The elegant experience fluidly expands and adapts so users can see the next direction in Maps; easily control music; and, with third-party app integrations, get real-time updates on food delivery, ride sharing, sports scores, travel plans, and more. The Super Retina XDR display is great for watching content, streaming Apple Fitness+ workouts, and playing games. Peak HDR brightness now reaches up to 1600 nits so HDR photos and videos look better than ever. And when it is sunny, peak outdoor brightness reaches up to 2000 nits — twice as bright as the previous generation.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus both also benefit from the iPhone 14 Pro’s 48-megapixel camera, a shooter that pixel-bins images down to a new 24-megapixel default resolution.
The advanced camera system on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus helps users capture everyday moments and cherished memories. A 48MP Main camera shoots sharp photos and videos while capturing fine details, with a quad-pixel sensor and 100 percent Focus Pixels for fast autofocus. Using the power of computational photography, the Main camera gives users a new 24MP super-high-resolution default, offering incredible image quality at a practical file size ideal for storing and sharing. By intelligently integrating hardware and software, an additional 2x Telephoto option gives users three optical-quality zoom levels — 0.5x, 1x, 2x — for the first time on an iPhone dual-camera system.
The upgrades continue, with the A16 Bionic moving from the iPhone 14 Pro and to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. That means for a big performance upgrade over the iPhone 14’s chip with “two high-performance cores that use 20 percent less power and four high-efficiency cores.” Apple also says that “the 6-core CPU is faster than the previous generation and easily handles intensive tasks while delivering extraordinary battery life.”
Apple has also expanded on the Emergency SOS via Satellite feature with the addition of Roadside Assistance. With this feature, people are able to get help from the AAA in the United States even if they don’t have an active cellular connection.
As for connectivity, the Lightning port is gone, replaced by USB-C as expected. Wireless charging also comes in the form of Qi2, although it isn’t clear what that means for charging speeds just yet.
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will be available in Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Pink.
The iPhone 15 starts at $799 for 128GB of storage while the iPhone 15 Plus starts at $899 for the same storage. The new models will go up for preorder on September 15 before becoming available to buy on September 22.