The Apple iPhone 15 is arrived! It’s currently the best iPhone, with many new features and specifications.
The iPhone 15 has a new 48MP primary camera, the flawless camera sensor ever placed in a base-model iPhone. There are also intriguing new safety features, such as satellite-based roadside assistance. Finally, Apple discarded the lightning socket in favor of USB-C charging technology. This will allow for faster charging and data transfers through wired connections.
The iPhone 15 is an extremely powerful handset based only on its specifications. However, if you own an iPhone 14 Pro, it may not be worth upgrading too soon since both smartphones share many functions. Continue reading to discover more about the new iPhone 15 and decide if it will be your future smartphone.
iPhone 15 Design
The iPhone 15 remains an iPhone in terms of design. From a distance, you probably won’t be able to identify its difference from the iPhone 14, 13, or 12. Still, once you get them, it’s instantly clear which is which.
This is difficult to convey but so obvious when you take up a caseless 15 – it’s much better to handle. Apple has softly “contoured” the handset’s edges, and the rear glass has a more grippable matte feel.
This is a huge selling factor compared to many other phones we’ve tried, particularly anything in the Google Pixel family.
We’re not kidding; we’ve seen the Pixel 7 fall off a desk and vibrate on the floor. You could add a case (and Apple has just produced new suedelike FineWoven ones that we like), but it no longer seems like a must-have for grip, as long as you’re certain you won’t drop your new phone.
We’ve seen comments on Twitter (or X, we assume) about how the pastel color palette for the 15s appears like different hues of “off-white,” but we’d be skeptical. The majority of these online critics have never held an iPhone 15.
We have and believe each color is distinct despite being soft and delicate. You’re not likely to mix up the light blue and the green unless you’re scheduled for an eye exam. In usage, we adore all of these colors – the 15 is available in pink, yellow, green, blue, and black – and we predict that the Barbie pink and relaxing yellow will be popular with customers.
iPhone 15 Display
Apple did not improve the screen resolution on the iPhone 15. Still, it did gain a few additional pixels by cutting a few millimeters off the black bezel around the screen. Its resolution of 2556 x 1179 is still 460ppi, but the display is bigger than the iPhone 14’s 2532 x 1170 screen.
It’s not simply the additional pixels that push the display a notch higher than the iPhone 14. The Dynamic Island provides information such as your next Uber, directions, and music you’re listening to. Putting your hand on it reveals further information.
This is the same capability that iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max customers have become used to, and it is now available on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
The other significant improvement is in brightness. The iPhone 15’s screen now boasts a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits, significantly brighter than the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 15’s 6.1-inch screen, like the other of Apple’s Super Retina XDR OLEDs, has a broad color gamut and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1 for deep blacks. Everything seems fantastic on the monitor in our experience.
Since ProMotion is not supported, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and the Always On feature is unavailable. When you dock your phone sideways on a MagSafe wireless charger, iOS 17’s new StandBy mode still functions, but the screen will be either on or off.
It’s not fair to compare this to the iPhone 15. It’s a $799 phone, and Apple wants you to pay premium rates for flagship features. ProMotion, with its ability to halt at 1Hz, is Pro-level technology, in Apple’s view. The Samsung Galaxy S23 has an adjustable refresh rate between 48 and 120 hertz.
This is a fantastic smartphone display with sufficient capacity and features to please most users.
iPhone 15 Camera
The iPhone 15 still has just two lenses on the rear. However, they are not the same pair as in the iPhone 14. The 12MP ultrawide lens remains unchanged, but the main camera has been upgraded to the same 48MP sensor as the iPhone 14 Pro. That is not the same sensor as the bigger one found in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Nonetheless, this is an important step over the iPhone 14’s 12MP primary camera. All cameras are powered by the last-generation A16 Bionic processor and an enhanced picture pipeline technology that allows for exciting new photographic capabilities.
Apple has also included millimeter differences to all camera magnifications, simulating what you could see if you used actual lenses. As a result, the ultrawide camera is equivalent to a 13mm lens, and 2x equals 52mm.
But first, let’s go through all of the cameras on the iPhone 15:
- Main: 48MP f/1.
- Ultrawide: 12MP f/2.4
- Front-facing TrueDepth: 12MP f/1.9
This does not include the 2x optical zoom in the 48MP lens. The iPhone 15 uses the whole frame’s center 12 pixels to provide an optically zoomed-in picture. This is more practical than it seems. Unlike digitally zoomed photos, these 12MP images are optically high-quality, so they are great for getting closer to the action without moving closer. It’s just a clever live crop, but we like it.
If you want better zoom from a $799 smartphone, consider the Samsung Galaxy S23, which has a 10MP, 3x optical zoom camera.
All photographs taken with the primary camera also seem better since they are all 24MP by default. Apple’s new picture processing takes bound 12MPs and merges them with a full-frame 48MP image.
Consequently, the photos seem better than we could capture with the iPhone 14. When we compared some photographs to those taken with a Samsung Galaxy S23, the iPhone 15 regularly produced more accurate recreations of the environment around us.
We enjoy Samsung photography, although the colors tend to over-ripen. The flowers are overly brilliant, and the sky is far too blue.
Portrait photography on the iPhone 15 has received a significant improvement. Essentially, every shot taken with the primary camera may be a portrait image as long as the iPhone recognizes a human or a pet and gathers detailed data. From what we’ve seen, it happens quite frequently.
This implies that you can take a picture and then switch it to portrait mode afterward. The small “Portrait f” mark on a picture indicates if it may be altered into portrait mode. You may change the picture to Portrait Mode by tapping on this sign.
More alterations, such as altering the depth of focus, may be made if the picture is edited. Even better, you can direct your attention where you choose. It just requires a touch on a topic or item. This means that you nearly never have to be disappointed when you don’t choose “Portrait Mode” for a shot. It’s a fantastic improvement that we really loved using.
The video quality is still fantastic, and you can capture at high to 4K 60 frames per second. We like recording in Cinematic mode because it allows you to apply a brief focus effect to all of your films and choose the topic or item you want to concentrate on while shooting. If you don’t like your original selection, you may always modify and choose an alternative emphasis matter.
The 12MP TrueDepth lens is a fantastic selfie camera and performs well in low-light conditions. You can also convert almost any selfie into portrait mode with a single touch.
This is, without a doubt, the greatest camera setup we’ve ever seen on an iPhone basic model. They’re not as excellent as those on the iPhone 15 Pro Max and don’t have as much telephoto or macro capability. For the price, this is all you should want or need from an iPhone that doesn’t include the word “Pro” in the title.
iPhone 15 Performance And Battery Life
The CPU that powered last year’s iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max is now inside the iPhone 15, and it’s a really fast upgrade. In speaking, Apple’s A-series processors outperform the competition, so we weren’t too surprised that last year’s iPhone 14 only boasted the A15 Bionic. It gave the phone an iterative vibe, although it wasn’t a huge concern in usage.
However, it’s still fantastic to see the A16 Bionic here and know that it can perform quickly and efficiently regardless of your task. In everyday usage, you’re unlikely to notice much of a change. Still, the phone can bring additional device-based machine learning and new visual features. In a nutshell, it’s smarter and faster.
For battery life, Apple claims there will be no apparent shift. The iPhone 15’s spec sheet promises “all-day battery life” with 20 hours of video playback, and we have no reason to disagree. We haven’t spent enough time with the phone to give you an accurate picture of its battery performance, but we’ll update our review after we’ve used it for a while.
iPhone 15 Connectivity And Charging
We like how quickly it recharges, that it works with MagSafe (up to 15W) and Qi wireless charging (up to 7.5W), and that the iPhone 15 now has a USB-C port for charging and data transfers.
In terms of speed, this recharges almost half your battery in 30 minutes. So far, as fast as Lightning. However, it shines in its sheer versatility in connecting to a plethora of accessories and current chargers.
We won’t lie: including USB-C is our favorite feature of the new iPhone range. We were plugging in all sorts of USB-C accessories shortly after unboxing it. Everything functions without any restrictions.
A USB-C to 3.5mm DAC that can charge wired headphones while still delivering high-quality audio? A USB-C to SD card reader from a third party to transfer photographs from our “big camera”? Quality non-Apple charging cables? What are USB-C power banks? We’ll say it again: everything works.
If data transfers, plugging into the Backbone One mobile gaming controller, or attaching USB-C EarPods are your thing, this port is for you. You may also use the correct connection to charge an AirPods Pro case or an Apple Watch from your phone battery. This update seems significant to a specific kind of iPhone user, and we belong to that group.
iPhone 15 Software
iOS 17 is loaded on all new iPhone 15 models. It’s not one of Apple’s most significant mobile platform upgrades, but it does include some welcome quality-of-life enhancements.
Some are minor, such as the revised iMessage menu or FaceTime’s new gesture-based on-screen emoji control.
Others are more substantial, such as Contact Posters and the Name Drop function, allowing you to exchange contact information by moving phones within a centimeter or so of one other. The “Bring Devices Together” function in AirDrop is enabled by default, so you may want to disable it until you’re ready to use it or fully understand it.
Even without an always-on screen, the previously stated Standby function is a convenient method to charge your iPhone 15 while keeping anything essential (like the clock or a calendar) on-screen.
iPhone 15 Price And Availability
On September 12, Apple revealed the iPhone 15, together with the iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, during its ‘Wonderlust’ event. The iPhone 15 is already pre-ordered and will be available on September 22.
Despite rumors of a price increase across the board this year, the iPhone 15 (along with the Plus and Pro) costs the same as the iPhone 14 in the United States, with the base 128GB model beginning at $799.
The iPhone 14 witnessed a significant price hike in the UK compared to its predecessor. At the same time, the iPhone 15 saw a similarly significant price decrease, beginning at £799 when the iPhone 14 began at £849. Pricing in Australia is somewhat higher year on year.
iPhone 15 Pros And Cons
- 48MP main camera
- Bionic processor A16
- Charging through USB-C
- Similar to the iPhone 14 Pro series
- A few unique characteristics
- The best specifications are only for 15 Pro models.
iPhone 15 Verdict
Overall, this iPhone is much more than a minor boost. With USB-C and a noteworthy camera upgrade, we believe it’s the iPhone upgrade you’ve been wishing for.
If you own an iPhone 14 or an almost similar iPhone 13, your phone and battery are in fine shape. In such a scenario, you shouldn’t hurry out to get the best model since iOS 17 will make your device seem fresh for the time being.
However, if you’re still using an iPhone XR, 11, or 12, we recommend upgrading. The best news regarding the iPhone 15 is that it is packed with welcome updates and less expensive than the iPhone 14 was when it was released in 2022. So you’ll pay £50 less than last year while receiving a device that seems like a significant advancement.