Apple has just unveiled its stunning new iPhone 15 Pro, starring a titanium case, USB-C, an Action Button, the A17 Pro chip, and more.
The Pro is Apple's best iPhone every year, and this year is no different. With a new titanium chassis that Apple says makes the iPhone 15 Pro the lightest Pro iPhone ever, there's a genuine reason to upgrade to the 15 Pro for ergonomics alone.
Not only did Apple reveal a brand new device with an improved form factor, but this new iPhone spells the end of an era for the Lightning port with Apple moving all new iPhones to USB-C.
There's plenty to talk about when it comes to the iPhone 15 Pro. Here's everything you need to know.
iPhone 15 Pro: The headlines
- What is it? Apple's next Pro iPhone
- When was it announced? September 12
- Pre-orders: September 15
- Release date: September 22
- Price: Starting from $999
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iPhone 15 Pro: Models
iPhone 15 / 15 Plus The people's iPhone without the bells and whistles.
Screen: 6.1- or 6.7-inch
CPU: A16 Bionic
Rear Camera: 48MP
Networking: Wi-Fi 6
iPhone 15 Pro Adds the faster A17 chip and a new design, with a titanium frame.
CPU: A17 Bionic, 3nm
Rear Camera: 48MP
Networking: Wi-Fi 6e
There are two iPhone 15 Pro models this year: the 6.1-inch Pro and the 6.7-inch Pro Max. If you're looking for a more affordable option, the iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus may be the way to go.
iPhone 15 Pro: Release date and price
The iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999 for the 128GB model, meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at $1,199, but that gets you 256GB of storage.
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Pre-orders kick off on September 15, and the phone will be released on September 22.
iPhone 15 Pro: Processor
At the heart of the device is the A17 Pro, an insane new chip from Apple. Built on a cutting edge 3nm architecture, it has the biggest GPU redesign in Apple's history. The CPU is 10% faster, and its Neural Engine is twice as fast as that in its predecessor. That GPU is 20% faster and has six cores, so Apple's iPhone 15 Pro can power hardware-accelerated ray tracing to play titles like Resident Evil Village, RE 4, Death Stranding, and Assassin's Creed Mirage.
iPhone 15 Pro: Design and USB-C
The new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max feature a space-grade titanium chassis, making both models the lightest Pro iPhones for each respective size. The iPhone 15 Pro has contoured edges and a brushed texture, as well as the thinnest bezels of any iPhone ever. The substructure is aluminum for added strength and heat dissipation.
As expected, the iPhone 15 Pro also includes USB-C, which powers charging with basically any cable and faster transfer of all of the videos and photos you'll be taking on its new camera. These faster transfer speeds will help when it comes to transferring beautiful photos from your 15 Pro to your Mac.
iPhone 15 Pro: Display
Both devices feature a Super Retina XDR display in either 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch configurations. They also offer the same Always-on Display, ProMotion with adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, HDR, 1,000 nits max brightness, 1,600 nits peak brightness, and 2,000 nits peak outdoor brightness.
iPhone 15 Pro: Camera
The iPhone 15 Pro features the same 48MP main camera from last year, as well as the 12MP offerings in telephoto and Ultra Wide. However, there's a new 24MP super-high-resolution default for taking images, and it now supports 48MP HEIF as well as ProRAW. Portrait and Night mode have both been updated, and a new Smart HDR will help render better skin tones and improve shadows in photos.
iPhone 15 Pro: RAM and storage
Apple hasn't told us about RAM, but we know the iPhone 15 Pro comes in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
iPhone 15 Pro: Wi-Fi and 5G
All models of the iPhone 15 Pro come with 5G and Wi-Fi 6E, as well as Bluetooth 5.3.
iPhone 15 Pro: Battery
The iPhone 15 Pro retains the same battery as its predecessor. Apple says it's good for 23 hours of video playback, or 20 hours of streamed video. Charging comes by way of the USB-C port and wireless charging (7.5W), as well as MagSafe (15W).
iOS 17 has an official release date, and you'll be able to use the latest operating system from September 18. iOS 17 is bringing some cool updates to the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps, as well as AirDrop and autocorrect. There's a great new mode called StandBy that works as a widget hub, a new Journal app to help your mental health and changes to Safari.
iPhone 15 Pro: Questions and answers
Which iPhone should I buy in 2023?
The best iPhone you can buy right now is the iPhone 15 Pro, closely followed by the iPhone 15. The iPhone SE 3 is also a superb option for those on a budget or for people who like the old Touch ID/Home Button design.
When is the iPhone 15 Pro coming out?
The iPhone 15 Pro releases on September 22 with preorders starting on September 15.
Will iPhone 15 Pro have USB-C?
Yes, both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will include USB-C.
Will there be an iPhone 16?
Absolutely, Apple has stuck to a yearly iPhone release cycle for a number of years now. Rumored early features of the iPhone 16 include under-display Face ID and improvements to the camera. Apple is also expected to make its own 5G chip for connectivity, rather than using a Qualcomm component.
How much will the iPhone 15 Pro cost?
The iPhone 15 Pro will start at $999.
Will the iPhone 15 Pro be bigger?
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are identical in size to the iPhone 14 lineup. Likewise, the Pro and Pro Max will be the same size as the current models.
What colors will the iPhone 15 come in?
Apple will offer the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max in Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, and Natural Titanium.
Which month is iPhone 15 Pro coming out?
The iPhone 15 Pro will be released on September 22.
Is it worth waiting for the iPhone 15 Pro?
At this point, absolutely. Even if you have decided the iPhone 15 Pro isn't for you after the Apple event, it is worth waiting until it launches to get older phones for cheaper than beforehand.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9