At Apple’s highly anticipated Wonderlust event held on Tuesday, the tech giant revealed its newest additions to the iPhone lineup, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. With this exciting release, consumers now face the challenging decision of choosing between the standard iPhone 15 and the more advanced iPhone 15 Pro.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro share a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2,556×1,179 pixels. However, the Pro model boasts ProMotion technology, enabling a variable refresh rate ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz. This innovation promises smoother video playback, gaming experiences, and web scrolling compared to the fixed 60Hz refresh rate of the iPhone 15. Additionally, the Pro model conserves battery life by adjusting the refresh rate when not engaged in demanding tasks.
Furthermore, the iPhone 15 Pro offers an always-on display feature, providing convenient access to StandBy mode while charging—an option not available with the standard iPhone 15.
Material-wise, the iPhone 15 sports an aluminum enclosure with a color-infused glass back, while the iPhone 15 Pro boasts a titanium body with a textured matte glass back. Color options differ as well, with the iPhone 15 offering vibrant choices like pink, soft yellow, light green, pale blue, and black, while the iPhone 15 Pro provides more subdued hues such as black, white, dark blue, and natural titanium.
The iPhone 15 is slightly larger but lighter than the iPhone 15 Pro, due in part to the latter’s additional camera. Weighing in at 6.02 ounces (171 grams), the iPhone 15 is marginally lighter than the 6.6-ounce (187 grams) iPhone 15 Pro. The Pro model also boasts ultrathin bezels and slightly smaller dimensions.
Notably, the iPhone 15 Pro introduces an Action button, replacing the mute switch found on the iPhone 15. This customizable button can trigger various shortcuts, from activating the flashlight to taking a quick photo.
Camera, Performance, Storage, and Pricing
Both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro offer two rear cameras—a 48-megapixel wide lens and a 12-megapixel ultrawide lens. However, the iPhone 15 Pro stands out with the inclusion of a 12-megapixel telephoto lens featuring a 3x optical zoom, allowing for closer subject capture. Additionally, only the iPhone 15 Pro permits night mode shots in portrait mode.
Under the hood, the iPhone 15 is equipped with an A16 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 15 Pro boasts the A17 Pro chip. Both processors are exceptionally fast, each featuring a six-core CPU with two performance and four efficiency cores. The iPhone 15 Pro excels in graphics and gaming, thanks to its A17 Pro Bionic processor with a six-core GPU, compared to the A16 Bionic’s five-core GPU.
Storage options include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities for both models, with the iPhone 15 Pro offering an impressive 1TB option.
A significant change across both models is the introduction of USB-C charging. However, it’s essential to note that only the iPhone 15 Pro supports the faster 10Gbps speeds of USB 3, requiring users to provide their own USB-C 3 cable. Apple ships both phones with a USB 2 cable, limiting the iPhone 15 to USB 2 speeds of 480Mbps.
Lastly, pricing remains consistent with previous years, as the iPhone 15 Pro carries a $200 premium over the iPhone 15. The iPhone 15 starts at $799, £799, and AU$1,499, while the iPhone 15 Pro begins at $999, £999, and AU$1,849.