Apple's go-to iPhone just got better with some of the best features from last year's Pro models and an improved camera system for Portraits. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have finally ditched the old-school notch in favor of Dynamic Island and adopted the 48MP main camera which now allows 2x lossless zoom.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus - Everything New
The biggest visual change for the iPhone 15 and the 15 Plus has to be the Dynamic Island which was first introduced in last year's 14 Pro. This enables a lot of new features for the default iPhone that take advantage of the extra real estate including showing alerts or giving access to live activities.
The new color palate is also very interesting as this time Apple went with pastel-looking milder color shades. There is a new Pink color which seems to be the star of the show and there are also Green, Blue, Yellow, and Black color options. There's no White and more surprisingly, no PRODUCT RED variant this year.
Apple's A16 Bionic powers the iPhone 15 and that means, these are as powerful as last year's 14 Pro, but the A17 Pro in the iPhone 15 Pro is the newest offering which you won't be getting in these cheaper models. That doesn't really take away much, but you won't be able to use hardware-based Ray Tracing or take Spatial Videos like the Pro models.
There's also the second-gen ultra wideband chip in all new iPhones and just like the Pro models, the regular iPhone 15 devices now also come with a brighter display peaking at 2000 nits outdoors with 1000 nits typical brightness and 1600 nits HDR peak brightness. The display sizes remain the same at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches, but these are still 60Hz OLED displays.
The main camera also got a major upgrade as last year's 12MP sensor has now been replaced with a 48MP sensor which presumably is the same one from last year's Pro models. It also gets a new Portrait feature where it captures additional depth information for photos and if the user wants, they can add the portrait effect later on in "Edit".
USB Type-C is a welcome change as well, but for these regular models, you're still limited to USB 2.0 (up to 480 Mbps) while the 15 Pro has received USB 3 (up to 10 Gbps). That means transferring photos and videos to your computer is still going to be pretty slow. Also, the US gets an eSIM-only version while in India you'll get a slot for the physical SIM while the second sim is indeed eSIM.
iPhone 15 Series Pricing and Availability
The prices for the iPhone 15 series have been kept untouched both in the US and India. The iPhone 15 starts at $799 and ₹79,900 respectively while the iPhone 15 Plus starts at $899 and ₹89,900 respectively. Both devices go on Pre-order starting September 15th and they'll hit the store a week later, on September 22nd.