Apple unveils iPhone 15 with 48 MP camera, USB-C type charging
Apple‘s latest iPhone 15 is here. The company’s latest smartphone series includes four models — iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This new iPhone lineup series was accompanied by two new smartwatches — Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. The base model, iPhone 15 succeeds last year’s iPhone 14 with multiple improvements. This includes new colour options, design changes, Dynamic Island, better camera and USB charging. However, the launch price of the base model of the iPhone 15 lineup has remained unchanged. Here’s a detailed list of changes that the Cupertino-based tech giant has added to iPhone 15:
iPhone 15’s launch price remains the same
The 128GB base model of iPhone 14 was launched at Rs 79,990. The 128GB variant of the latest iPhone 15 also starts at the same price. iPhone 14 is now available on the company’s official site at Rs 69,990. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the only model in the lineup that has been launched at a higher price tag compared to last year. The latest iPhone lineup will be available for pre-order starting September 15 and will be shipped starting September 22.
iPhone 15 introduces new colour options
Just like the previous lineup, Apple has also launched the iPhone 15 in five different colour variants. But, the latest series introduces two new colours — Pink and Green. It is important to note that the iPhone 14 is now available in six colour schemes as Apple rolled out the Yellow option months after the launch. However, the tint of the iPhone 15’s yellow variant is much lighter than the one available for the iPhone 14.
Dynamic Island comes to iPhone 15
Apple revised the notch area with Dynamic Island in the iPhone 14 series. However, this display feature was exclusive to the Pro models. The latest iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models will also support Dynamic Island. The pill-shaped area on the iPhone display not only houses the camera hardware but also serves as a shape-changing hub for key notifications. Apart from this, the iPhone 15 comes with the same 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display. The latest iPhones also support a peak brightness of 2000 nits which is twice as bright as the previous generation.
Major design upgrades
For the first time in the smartphone industry, colours have been infused through the back glass of the iPhone 15. The back glass has been strengthened before being polished to create a textured matte finish. The latest iPhone also has a new contoured edge on the aerospace-grade aluminium and the Ceramic Shield front cover. iPhone 15 also has a water- and dust-resistant design.
A15 Bionic vs A16 Bionic
The iPhone 15 comes with a more powerful chipset, the A16 Bionic. The 4nm-based processor powers last year’s iPhone 14 Pro models. The chip also offers performance enhancement over the 5nm-based A15 Bionic which is available in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 plus models. A16 Bionic offers better GPU performance as well as higher display resolution and transfer speeds. Apple claims that this chipset will consume 20% less power and will be able to support machine learning features like Live Voicemail transcriptions in iOS 17.
iPhone 15 gets a 48MP main camera
The 48MP primary camera which was also exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro models has also been included in the latest iPhone 15. This sensor can capture photos with 100% Focus Pixels for fast autofocus. The camera also uses computational photography to give users 24MP high-resolution photos. Apple has also made some improvements to Night mode to include sharper details and colours. The iPhone 15 also has a Smart HDR feature that promises improved rendering of skin tones, brighter highlights, better midtones and deeper shadows. iPhone 15 comes with an advanced dual rear camera setup that also sticks to the 12MP ultra-wide lens.
A new 2x Telephoto option
iPhone 15 also introduces a 2x Telephoto option that offers three optical-quality zoom levels — 0.5x, 1x, 2x — on an iPhone’s dual-camera system. The optical zoom range of the iPhone 15’s camera is now 4x, compared to 2x in the iPhone 14.
Advanced Portrait mode
For the first time, users will be able to take portraits without having to switch to Portrait mode. The latest iPhone can also shoot next-generation portraits using Focus and Depth Control which promises sharper detail, more vivid colours, and improved low-light performance. Apple claims that the iPhone 15 will be able to capture depth information automatically whenever there’s a person, dog, or cat in the frame, or when a user taps to focus. This will also help users to turn photos into portraits later in the Photos app on other Apple devices like iPad, or Mac.
iPhone 15 to run iOS 17
iPhone 15 will also run the iOS 17 operating system out of the box. Apple is yet to roll out its latest OS for iPhone 14 and older models which are currently on iOS 16. iOS 17 is set to introduce several changes like a new Lock Screen layout, Live Voicemail, Journal, StanBy and other new features. The stable version of iOS 17 is expected to roll out by next week.
iPhone 15 gets USB-C charging
The latest iPhones now support USB‑C connectors, a universally accepted standard for charging and transferring data, allowing the same cable to charge iPhone, Mac, iPad, and the updated AirPods Pro (2nd generation) as well as Android devices. Users will also be able to charge AirPods or Apple Watch directly from their iPhone with the USB‑C connector. iPhone 15 also supports MagSafe and the Qi2 charging standard for wireless charging. The iPhone 14 will continue using the classic Lightning port for charging and data transfers.
2nd-gen UWB chip enables Precision Finding
The new Ultra Wideband (UWB) chips will enable iPhone 15 to connect at three times the range as before. The latest iPhone will also support a new way to use Precision Finding with Find My to accurately locate friends in the crowd. iPhone 15 users will be able to share their location with others which will help to locate with accuracy.
*iPhone 15 won’t support a physical SIM slot
The latest iPhones will only offer eSIM compatibility and won’t include physical SIM slots like the iPhone 14. However, the iPhone 15 models will continue supporting 5G connectivity.
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