Apple on Tuesday unveiled its two entry-level models, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, at the “Wanderlust” event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Besides these models, it also unveiled its premium flagship smartphones, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus include some new features, Dynamic Island technology, an advanced camera system, A16 Bionic chip, industry-leading durability features, and much more.
So, here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus.
iPhone 15 And iPhone 15 Plus: Features
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED displays, respectively, with Apple’s Ceramic Shield on the front for added durability and a new contoured edge on the aerospace-grade aluminum. Peak HDR brightness can now reach up to 1600 nits (or 2000 nits in peak brightness) for an improved video streaming experience.
Further, both the two models come with dynamic island notch design, which was first introduced in last year’s iPhone 14 Pro devices. It lets users keep track of notifications, control music, and get real-time updates on food delivery, ride-sharing, sports scores, travel plans, and more.
Under the hood, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus handsets are powered by the fast and efficient A16 Bionic chip, which powers the iPhone 14 Pro. It comes with a 6-core CPU with 2 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency cores, a 5-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine.
As for the design, they both feature a sophisticated new look, as in the colour is infused throughout the back glass. Apple says that the back glass has been strengthened with an optimized dual-ion exchange process before being polished with nanocrystalline particles and etched to create a luxurious, textured matte finish.
Moving to cameras, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus come with a new 48MP main lens with f/1.6 aperture along with a 12MP telephoto sensor. The selfie camera remains at 12MP. Also, the portrait, night, action modes, and Live Photos have been improved.
The smartphones also feature an additional 2x Telephoto option, which gives users three optical-quality zoom levels — 0.5x, 1x, 2x — for the first time on an iPhone dual-camera system.
Another much-awaited feature of the phone is the addition of the USB Type-C port for fast charging, which Apple has been forced to adapt as per the new EU laws. This is the first time that the Cupertino giant has ditched the Lightning cables for the universal USB-C charging port, starting with the iPhone 15 series.
Both these handsets are splash, water, and dust resistant and have an IP68 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) rating. As far as the battery is concerned, Apple claims they offer an all-day battery.
Other features include a second-generation Ultra Wideband chip, Emergency SOS via Satellite, iOS 17, lightning-fast 5G technology, and much more.
Pricing And Availability
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are available in five color options: Pink, Yellow, Green, Blue, And Red in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities. The iPhone 15 starts at $799 for the 128GB variant, while the new iPhone 15 Plus costs $899 for the 128GB variant.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will be available for pre-orders from September 15, with availability beginning September 22.