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6 Best iPhone 15 Series Features: USB-C, Action Button, and More
Every Apple launch draws the attention of fans and tech enthusiasts who eagerly await the latest innovations for the iPhone. Anticipation for this year’s iPhone lineup reached new heights with the abundance of rumors leading up to the event. Fortunately, Apple surpassed expectations by introducing a range of impressive new features and sleek wallpapers for the iPhone 15.
Introducing USB-C and Dynamic Island across the lineup and adding exclusive features to the Pro series, there are significant hardware upgrades on the iPhone 15. Let’s explore the new features introduced to each model, along with information on price and availability.
1. USB-C: Goodbye Lightning
Apple bid adieu to exclusive iPhone Lightning port, thanks to pressure from EU. USB-C allows use of same cable to charge Macbook, iPad, AirPods, and iPhone. No need for a different cable to charge iPhone. Type-C cable can also charge AirPods Pro 2nd Gen or any other accessory using new iPhone 15.
It is important to note that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus only offer USB 2.0 speeds. USB 2.0 can transfer up to 480 Megabits per second. If you want faster data transfer speeds, you will need to upgrade to the iPhone 15 Pro series. The Pro models support USB 3.0, which can transfer up to 10 Gigabits per second, 20x faster than USB 2.0. However, you will need to purchase a separate USB 3.0 cable for the higher speeds.
2. Dynamic Island for All
Debuting with the iPhone 14 Pro, Dynamic Island made iPhones distinguishable. Apple has now expanded this feature to the standard iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models too. Now, Live Activities are not exclusive to the Pro models anymore. Dynamic Island not only adds functionality but also improves the appearance of the iPhone 14’s notch. This enhancement is particularly noticeable when combined with a suitable wallpaper. Moreover, it brings a sense of unity to the entire iPhone lineup.
The display sizes of the iPhone 15 series remain the same as the previous generation. The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro have a 6.1-inch panel, while the iPhone 15 Plus and 15 Pro Max have a large 6.7-inch screen. The peak brightness is upgraded to 1600 nits when playing HDR content and 2000 nits under direct sunlight. Additionally, Apple has trimmed down the bezels around the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, making the display more immersive.
3. Design and Build
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus have a textured matte finish, only using glossy glass for the camera island. Apple colors each variant’s back using a special process. The back glass is also strengthened with a dual-ion exchange process and polished with nanocrystalline particles.
Apple has addressed issues with sharp edges reported by iPhone 12 users. The iPhone 15 series now has contoured edges on both the regular and Pro variants, making it more comfortable to hold for long periods.
The standard iPhones have similar build materials, but the Pro variants have received major upgrades. They now feature a new strong and lightweight titanium chassis, which is a first for the iPhone. Apple opted for the use of grade 5 Titanium alloy to enhance strength and reduce weight.
The Pro models have a refined brush texture on the edges for a premium look. The titanium bands have an Aluminium substructure bonded using solid-state diffusion. The Aluminium frame aids thermal dissipation, keeping it cool during heavy usage.
Moreover, the Pro models come with a repair-friendly design. The glass back can be easily replaced in case of damage, reducing e-waste and costs.
4. Action Button on the Pro Series
Apple has replaced the mute switch on the Pro models with the Action Button, alongside the Lightning port. The new Action Button allows for quick access to important functions, such as activating the camera, flashlight, voice memos, and setting Focus modes or custom shortcuts.
Press and hold the button until you feel haptic feedback or see a visual cue in the Dynamic Island.
Apple has made the 48MP camera standard on the iPhone 15 series, with variations in sensor size and focal lengths. This upgrade allows iPhone 15 users to capture super-high-resolution photos and provides a new 2x telephoto option. However, it is important to note that the 2x mode is a digital crop from the 48MP sensor and does not offer optical zoom.
Night Mode and Portrait Mode have improved across the lineup. Smart HDR algorithms have also improved, resulting in better camera output.
Pro Features for the Pros
Meanwhile, on the Pro side, the Main camera can switch between 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm focal lengths. Users can set any of these options as the default. Additionally, the Main camera can capture 48MP HEIF images along with 48MP ProRAW. LiDAR scanner is used by Apple to enhance night mode output. ProRes video can be directly recorded to an external storage drive (via USB-C) and supports up to 4K at 60 fps. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max now offer Log encoding and ACES color profiles.
The iPhone 15 Pro keeps the 3x telephoto camera while the iPhone 15 Pro Max adds a 5x zoom lens with a 120mm focal length. Apple has introduced a periscopic camera in an iPhone for the first time using an innovative tetraprism design. The telephoto lens includes sensor-shift stabilization to prevent shaking while shooting. This is a significant upgrade for the iPhone, as many Android phones have had powerful zoom cameras for years.
Apple continues its tradition from the 14 series by equipping the vanilla iPhone models with last year’s processors. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are powered by the A16 Bionic chip with a 6-core CPU, 5-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine capable of nearly 17 trillion operations per second. This translates to better day-to-day performance compared to the A15 Bionic on the iPhone 14.
A17 Pro Brings Console-Level Performance to Mobile
The A16 isn’t breaking any records, but Apple introduced the industry’s first 3nm A17 Pro chipset for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple claims a 10% performance boost and a 2x faster Neural Engine with the A17 Pro compared to A16 Bionic. The biggest upgrade is in the GPU department. The onboard GPU is now 20% faster and features a new 6-core design that promises increased peak performance and better efficiency. A17 Pro also supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing that’s 4x faster than software-based ray tracing. This means you get a better experience with AR applications and improved gaming performance.
The iPhone 15 Pro is powerful enough for AAA titles like Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage. The A17 Pro also has a dedicated AV1 decoder for a more efficient and high-quality video streaming experience.
Excited for the New iPhone
Apple has packed great features into the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro models. Despite the improvements, the price remains the same. The standard iPhone 15 starts at $799, and the 15 Pro retains its $999 price tag.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is priced $100 more than iPhone 14 Pro, but the base variant gets a bump to 256GB. Users can pre-order the phones from September 15 and purchase them from stores starting September 22. Are you excited to get the new iPhone 15 series? Let us know in the comments.
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