Cupertino, CA — Apple's highly anticipated annual event, known as Wonderlust, did not disappoint this year as the tech giant introduced the next-generation iPhones, including the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. These latest flagship models bring substantial improvements, marking a significant departure from the iPhone 11, which made its debut back in 2019. Apple continues its tradition of distinguishing non-Pro and Pro variants, and this time, the iPhone 15 series offers some exciting new features and specifications.
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus launched, see pricing, specs, features and more
The primary difference between the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus lies in their display and battery capabilities. Both models retain the iconic boxy form factor and familiar button placements. However, a notable change is the slightly raised square camera module on the back.
One striking feature that sets these non-Pro models apart is the frosted glass back panel, previously limited to the Pro variants. On the front, Apple introduces the Dynamic Island, a feature initially seen on the iPhone 14 Pro series. The iPhone 15 boasts a 6.1-inch Retina XDR OLED display, while the larger iPhone 15 Plus comes with a generous 6.7-inch version, both offering an impressive peak brightness of 2,000 nits.
Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the upgraded primary cameras on both models, featuring a substantial jump to a 48MP Sony sensor, compared to the 12MP sensor on the iPhone 14. Alongside this, there's a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens and an additional 2x telephoto option. For selfies, a 12MP front-facing camera is included. These new offerings also come with advanced camera features, such as automatic depth addition through machine learning, eliminating the need for manual portrait mode adjustments.
Under the hood, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are powered by Apple's A16 Bionic processor, a notable upgrade over the iPhone 14's shared processor with the iPhone 13. These devices come equipped with 6GB of RAM and offer up to 512GB of internal storage. Although specific battery capacities remain undisclosed, Apple claims impressive usage times of 26 hours for the iPhone 15 and 20 hours for the iPhone 15 Plus.
Software-wise, both devices ship with iOS 17 out of the box and introduce a significant shift from the traditional lightning port to a USB-C port. Another highlight is the inclusion of a second-generation Ultrawide-band chip, enhancing Find My capabilities. The Emergency SOS feature now incorporates Roadside Assistance functionality.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are available in an array of eye-catching colors, including Pink, Green, White, Black, Yellow, and Blue. Pricing starts at $799 for the iPhone 15 and $899 for the iPhone 15 Plus, mirroring their predecessors. Both models will hit the market on September 22, eager to capture the attention of Apple enthusiasts worldwide.