USB-C finally arrives on the iPhone 15 along with Dynamic Island and camera upgrades
At Apple’s “Wonderlust” event at the company’s Cupertino campus, they finally unveiled the new iPhone 15 and 15 Plus which finally include a USB-C port. It's not particularly fast, with only USB 2.0 transfer rates supported, but the upside is that you finally ditch the Lightning cable and lean on the established USB ecosystem.
Unfortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone 14 Pro model, then you would have seen most of the other upgrades to the iPhone 15 family.
Both the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will come with Dynamic Island, but with some new features and an expandable size. Now you can see the latest sports scores or relevant up-to-date travel information.
The iPhone 15 also has a Super Retina XDR display at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches for the Plus model. Peak HDR brightness now reaches up to 1,600 nits while the peak outdoor brightness of this display is 2,000 nits in sunlight. Twice as bright as the iPhone 14 Apple says.
Internally, the iPhone 15 is getting an upgrade to the A16 chip, the same one found in last year’s iPhone 14 Pro models. The 5-core GPU has 50% more memory bandwidth for smooth graphics when streaming videos and playing games. A 16-core Neural Engine is capable of nearly 17 trillion operations per second, enabling even faster machine learning computations for features like Live Voicemail transcriptions in iOS 17 and third-party app experiences — all while protecting critical privacy and security features using the Secure Enclave.
With two high-performance cores that use 20% less power and four high-efficiency cores, the 6-core CPU is faster than the previous generation and easily handles intensive tasks while delivering extraordinary battery life. In fact, Apple is saying that the new iPhones will have a longer battery life lasting all day.
The iPhone 15 also includes a second-generation Ultra-Wideband chip, that improves connectivity to other devices that are further away, and it is better able to be precise in finding friends or other devices in Find My. Also included is 5G and satellite connectivity for emergencies although this service is currently restricted only to the United States.
The main camera is 48-megapixels and uses computational photography to combine images into a high-resolution 24-megapixel image. The handset features improved zoom with 2x telephoto zoom which should be able to get tighter shots without degrading the image.
For the first time, users can take portraits without having to switch to Portrait mode. When there’s a person, dog, or cat in the frame, or when a user taps to focus, iPhone automatically captures depth information, so users can turn photos into portraits later in the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac. For greater creative control, users can also adjust the focus point after the photo has been taken.
In addition to USB-C, the new iPhones will be able to work with MagSafe, as well as accessories that support the Qi2 wireless charging standard.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus also come with an eSIM. When travelling, users can stay connected through international roaming plans from their existing telco, or purchase prepaid eSIM plans in over 50 countries and regions, including Australia, Italy, Thailand, and more.
Pricing starts at US$799for the 128GB iPhone 15 and US$899 for the 128GB iPhone 15 Plus and will have five colours to choose from – pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. Pre-orders begin Friday, September 15, with availability beginning Friday, September 22.
In Singapore, theiPhone 15 starts atS$1,299 for 128GB, with 256GB and 512GB variants also available. TheiPhone 15 Plusstarts atS$1,449for 128GB, with 256GB and 512GB variants available.
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