Apple iPhone 15 Series Release Date, Price, Specs
Apple has announced four new iPhone handsets for 2023. We reveal their release date, price, tech specs, design changes and more.
Every year, Apple introduces a new iPhone line, and its introduction is the most important event in the Apple calendar. iPhone sales are at the heart of the company’s portfolio and serve as the driver for accessories like Apple Watch and AirPods.
At its ‘Wonderlust’ launch event on September 12, Apple announced the launch of four new iPhone handsets: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. In this article we reveal all of the key details you need to know about the new phones: their release date, price, tech specs, design changes and much more. Apple iPhone 15 Series
Apple today announced iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, featuring an industry-first color-infused back glass with a stunning, textured matte finish, and a new contoured edge on the aluminum enclosure. Both models feature the Dynamic Island, and an advanced camera system designed to help users take fantastic photos of everyday moments in their lives. A powerful 48MP Main camera enables super-high-resolution photos and a new 2x Telephoto option to give users a total of three optical zoom levels — like having a third camera. The iPhone 15 lineup also introduces the next generation of portraits, making it easier to capture portraits with great detail and low-light performance. Building on Apple’s innovative satellite infrastructure, Roadside Assistance via satellite can connect users to AAA if they have car trouble while off the grid. With A16 Bionic for powerful, proven performance; a USB‑C connector; Precision Finding for Find My friends; and industry-leading durability features, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus represent a huge leap forward. Apple iPhone 15 Series
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will be available in five stunning new colors: pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. Pre-orders begin Friday, September 15, with availability beginning Friday, September 22.
“iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus represent a huge leap forward with exciting camera innovations that inspire creativity, the intuitive Dynamic Island, and features like Roadside Assistance via satellite that make a real difference in users’ lives,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing. “We’re also pushing the power of computational photography to new levels this year with a 48MP Main camera featuring a new 24MP default for super-high-resolution photos, a new 2x Telephoto option, and next-generation portraits.” Apple iPhone 15 Series
A powerful camera to capture every moment in very high resolution
The advanced camera system on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus helps users capture everyday moments and cherished memories. The 48 MP main camera takes sharp photos and videos while capturing fine details, with a 4-pixel sensor and 100% focus pixels for fast autofocus. Leveraging the power of computational photography, the main camera offers users a new default resolution of 24 MP, delivering incredible image quality in a convenient file size, ideal for storage and sharing. shall. By intelligently integrating hardware and software, the additional 2x telephoto option gives users three levels of optical quality zoom – 0.5x, 1x, 2x – for the first time on the system iPhone has dual cameras. Apple iPhone 15 Series
- The 6.1-inch iPhone 15 (from $799) and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus (from $899) gets the Dynamic Island, previously a feature exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro. This allows you to see alerts and live activities more easily. Apple iPhone 15 Series
- The display has now been cranked up to 2,000 nits of brightness in direct sunlight, twice what the iPhone 14 could manage.
- Apple’s made the back glass panel a single colored piece of material. It’s also got a slight contour for a softer feel in-hand.
- The available colors are pink, yellow, blue, black and green. Apple iPhone 15 Series
- More recycled materials are present in the iPhone 15, including 100% recycled cobalt in the battery and 75% recycled aluminum in the frame.
- Apple’s upgraded the main camera to a 48MP unit, which will help take more detail or brighter shots as you need. It can shoots 24MP images instead of just 12MP, and can zoom in at 2x magnification without losing sharpness.
- Portrait mode in the camera has been upgraded so it can be enabled during or after taking photos, or let you switch subjects when editing. There are now dedicated controls for focus and depth, smarter HDR colors, and skin tones are more “true to life.”
- Running the show is the A16 Bionic chip from the iPhone 14 Pro, offering greater CPU, GPU and ML performance.
- Apple promises “all-day battery life”, but the iPhone 15 Plus will last longer thanks to its larger overall battery. Apple iPhone 15 Series
- iPhone 15’s ultra wideband capabilities have improved, offering connections from three times as far. You can use it find a friend’s location through Find My by using it.
- Your voice should be clearer on iPhone 15 calls thanks to machine learning improvements. You can also enable a Voice Isolation mode to cut out more external noise.
- Emergency SOS via Satellite now can be used to summon roadside assistance (currently from AAA in the U.S.) even if you’re away from a cell signal. This and Emergency SOS are available for free for two years. Apple iPhone 15 Series
- The Lightning connector has gone, with the iPhone 15 using USB-C for charging, data transfer and more. You can charge an Apple Watch or new pair of AirPods Pro from your iPhone with a USB-C cable too.
- Apple’s not offering leather accessories, instead introducing a FineWoven alternative. Apple iPhone 15 Series
A16 Bionic: Proven, Powerful Performance
The fast and efficient A16 Bionic chip brings proven performance to iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, powering Dynamic Island, computational photography and more. With two high-performance cores that consume 20% less power and four high-performance cores, the 6-core processor is faster than the previous generation and handles intensive tasks with ease while delivering battery life outstanding. The 5-core GPU has 50% more memory bandwidth for smooth graphics when streaming video and gaming. The new 16-core neural engine is capable of nearly 17 trillion calculations per second, enabling even faster machine learning calculations for features like live voicemail transcription in iOS 17 and app experiences of third parties, while protecting important security and privacy features with Secure. Surround. Apple iPhone 15 Series
IPHONE 15: SPECS
iPhone 15 and
|iPhone 15 & iPhone 15 Plus
|48MP main, 12MP ultrawide
|48MP main, 12MP ultrawide
|Pink, yellow, blue, black, green
|Pink, yellow, blue, black, green
Apple’s not yet announced when the iPhone 15 will go on sale. But we expect it’ll be up for grabs from September 15, with the full retail launch coming on September 22. Apple iPhone 15 Series
For pricing, you’ll pay at least $799 for the iPhone 15, and $899 for the iPhone 15 Plus. That’s the same pricing as last year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, so good news for users who already find this price high enough. Apple iPhone 15 Series
You’ve got a choice of four iPhone 15 models, like with previous iPhone launches. There’s the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus, which offer a basic flagship level of specs, then the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max which offer Apple’s best tech, for some extra money of course. Sadly, the iPhone mini model remains dead, with the iPhone 13 mini also being discontinued as part of Apple’s device refresh. Apple iPhone 15 Series
If you’ve been following the rumors, you may have noticed we’ve got an iPhone 15 Pro Max, not an iPhone 15 Ultra. This was rumored to be the name of the phone for several months, but it now seems like Apple’s sticking with its current naming scheme for at least the next year. Apple iPhone 15 Series
The iPhone 15 still looks like the past few generations of iPhone, but it’ll likely feel different to hold because of rounded edges on the back and front. It’s also got a slightly different look on the back, with the glass getting a matte finish with the color applied all the way through the panel. The aluminum side rails and IP68 dust water resistance ratings have been passed down from the iPhone 14 to the new models also. Apple iPhone 15 Series
Speaking of, Apple’s offering a range of five colors for the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus: black, green, blue, yellow and pink.
If you’re interested in Apple’s eco credentials, then the iPhone 15 is promised to use 100% recycled cobalt in its battery, and 75% recycled aluminum in its frame. Apple iPhone 15 Series
IPHONE 15: DISPLAY AND DYNAMIC ISLAND
The Dynamic Island that debuted on the iPhone 14 Pro is now present on all iPhone 15 models, giving users a few extra display pixels compared to notched iPhones of the same size, plus the fun of using the adaptive widgets unique to the Island.
The screen itself has had its brightness boosted, with a rated maximum of 1,600 nits HDR brightness, and 2,000 nits when outdoors according to Apple. That should make it far easier to use the phone in direct sunlight. Apple iPhone 15 Series
IPHONE 15: USB-C
Perhaps the largest change to the iPhone 15 is the addition of a USB-C port. Gone is the familiar Lightning connector, and in its place we have the more universal USB-C that iPads, Macs and Android phones have been using for several years. It’ll mean you need to trade out your existing iPhone cables if you’re not already using another device with USB-C. Apple iPhone 15 Series
There’s a slight difference between the USB-C used on the standard iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro. As befits its Pro title, the iPhone 15 Pro can transfer data at a higher speed.
Thanks to the new port, you can also charge accessories, like an Apple Watch or Air Pods Pro with the new USB-C charging case, by plugging it into the iPhone 15. Apple iPhone 15 Series
IPHONE 15: CAMERAS
Apple’s given all iPhone 15 models a 48MP main camera, rather than just the Pros. The 48MP sensor on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus is different than the one used by the Pro models though. Apple iPhone 15 Series
Instead of shooting in 12MP resolution with a simple 1x magnification like before, the new camera now offers a 24MP mode that allows you to prioritize detail, and a 2x lossless zoom mode that gives you some of the benefits of having a telephoto camera like the iPhone 15 Pro has.
There’s been no change to the selfie or ultrawide cameras, but software-level changes, like improved HDR and skin color accuracy, will still make shooting with these sensors better. The familiar Portrait mode has been made smarter too, with it now automatically enabling when it detects a suitable subject, and letting you adjust its focus and depth while you take the shot or when editing it afterward. Apple iPhone 15 Series
IPHONE 15: PERFORMANCE
The basic iPhone 15 has adopted last year’s Pro model’s chipset: the A16 Bionic chipset. This gives the phones enhanced performance across CPU, GPU and machine learning benchmarks.
Apple’s promising all-day battery life once again for the iPhone 15 series, although we’re sure that our custom TG battery test will reveal differences between the different models. Apple itself admitted that the iPhone 15 Plus, with its larger battery, lasts longer than the standard iPhone 15, meaning it could be the choice for users who are often running out of charge.
Charging speeds haven’t changed despite the new charging ports, so don’t expect super speedy charging from any of the new iPhones. But at least wireless charging is now at 15W whether you’re using MagSafe or a third-party Qi2 charger.
Storage options haven’t changed from previous years, meaning you get 128GB storage by default on either the iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus, or can spend more to get 256GB or 512GB on-board instead.
IPHONE 15: SOFTWARE AND SPECIAL FEATURES
All of the iPhone 15 models will run iOS 17 out of the box. This will roll out to other recent iPhones too, so don’t upgrade just for the new software features like StandBy mode.
Unique to the iPhone 15 however is enhanced ultra wideband connectivity, allowing you to use Precision Finding mode to locate lost objects (or your friend’s location) from up to three times further away.
Emergency SOS via Satellite has also been enhanced with a roadside assistance mode that will allow users to summon the AAA to their location, even if you’re outside of cell range and not already a member (though there will be a per-use fee). You get this for two years for free with an iPhone 15 purchase, with Apple not telling us what it’ll charge for these features when the two years are up.