Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Arrives in Titanium With USB-C, Starting at $999
Apple has unveiled what it proudly calls the “most Pro iPhone we’ve ever created.” The latest iPhone Pro models showcase several notable upgrades that are sure to catch the attention of tech enthusiasts and Apple aficionados alike.
One of the most striking changes is the phone’s construction. The body of the iPhone Pro now boasts the use of grade 5 titanium, a material renowned for its strength and durability. Apple has also taken a step to minimize the bezel, resulting in a more streamlined and modern appearance. Interestingly, despite these enhancements, the screen size remains unchanged, but it gains extra resilience with the introduction of stronger ceramic glass on the front.
A significant departure from previous models is the discontinuation of the Lightning port. In its place, Apple has introduced a USB-C port, providing users with USB 3 transfer speeds. This transition opens up a world of possibilities for faster data transfer and connectivity options. Furthermore, the Dynamic Island feature, once exclusive to certain models, is now available across the entire lineup.
Notably absent this time is Thunderbolt support. However, the USB-C port is capable of impressive throughput, reaching up to 10GB. To access this level of performance, users may need to invest in an optional cable.
In line with Apple’s commitment to promoting the right to repair legislation, the back glass of the new iPhone is said to be “more repairable.” This move aligns with the growing trend of manufacturers supporting user-friendly device repairability.
Another noteworthy change is the replacement of the Mute button with the new Action button. Borrowed from the Apple Watch Ultra, this button is programmable, allowing users to map various functions to it. For example, you can set it to act as a shutter button for taking photos with a single click, enhancing the user experience.
Taking inspiration from its Mac lineup, Apple introduces the A17 Pro chip for the iPhone. This chip is manufactured using an advanced three-nanometer process. It boasts six cores, with two “high-performance” cores that offer a 10% speed boost compared to the others. Additionally, four “high-efficiency” cores are designed for enhanced power efficiency.
Graphics enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the iPhone now features six GPU cores and supports Ray Tracing technology. This translates to improved graphical performance, which can benefit gaming and other graphics-intensive applications.
The camera system on the iPhone Pro leverages pixel binning technology, similar to the iPhone 15. This technique uses the 48-megapixel camera to merge images down to a high-res 24 megapixels for improved image quality. Alternatively, users can opt to shoot 48-megapixel HEIF shots for the utmost detail and clarity.
For photography enthusiasts, the premium handset introduces a 5x telephoto lens, significantly enhancing zoom capabilities without degrading image quality, at least up to 5x magnification. Moreover, a new 3D sensor module provides vastly improved optical image stabilization, a crucial feature for capturing sharp images, especially when using zoom.
Apple has also added a new macro photography feature, allowing users to take extreme close-up shots, opening up creative possibilities for diverse image capture scenarios. With a range spanning macro, 13mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 48mm, and 120mm, the iPhone Pro offers an impressive toolkit for photography enthusiasts. While video recording still tops out at 4K capture, it can now achieve this at up to 60 frames per second.
Additionally, a new “Spatial Video” capture feature is designed with content creators in mind, particularly for those looking to create content for the upcoming Vision Pro. This innovative feature promises to elevate the video recording experience to new heights.
As for pricing and availability, the iPhone 15 Pro will start at $999, while the Pro Max version will retail for $1,119. Preorders are set to begin on Friday, with the devices hitting Apple Stores on September 22, promising an exciting new era for iPhone enthusiasts.