including an A17 Pro for mobile gaming and next-level performance, a redesigned Action button, powerful camera enhancements, and a sturdy and light titanium design with new curved edges.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple’s lightest Pro models yet, were unveiled today. They were built with aerospace-grade titanium for strength and lightness. A customizable Action button and curved edges are other aspects of the new design that let customers customize their iPhone experience. A more sophisticated 48MP Main camera system that now supports the new super-high-resolution 24MP default, the next generation of portraits with Focus and Depth Control, improvements to Night mode and Smart HDR, and an entirely new 5x Telephoto camera that is only available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max are just a few of the impressive camera upgrades that give users the equivalent of seven professional lenses with incredible image quality.
The A17 Pro enables professional performance and next-generation gaming. With the addition of Roadside Assistance via satellite, the iPhone 15 Pro lineup builds on Apple’s cutting-edge satellite infrastructure to connect users to help if they have car trouble while off the grid. The new USB-C connector is supercharged with USB 3 speeds — up to 20x faster than USB 2 — and together with new video formats, enables powerful pro workflows that were not previously possible.
There will be four striking new finishes for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, including black titanium, white titanium, blue titanium, and natural titanium. Pre-orders open on Friday, September 15, and the product will be available starting on Friday, September 22.
Greg Joswiak, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, declared that this was the most professional lineup the company had ever produced. “This is the most pro lineup we have ever created, with a state-of-the-art titanium design, the best iPhone camera system yet that enables game-changing new workflows, and the A17 Pro chip, which ushers in a new chapter of performance and games never before seen on iPhone,” he added. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max “represent the pinnacle of Apple design and industry-first innovations to help enrich our users’ daily lives while empowering them to unleash their creativity.”
Gorgeous, Durable, and Lightweight Design
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which come in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes2, have a sturdy and lightweight titanium construction, a first for iPhone. Apple’s lightest Pro range ever is made possible by the premium alloy, which is also used in spacecraft and has one of the best strengths-to-weight ratios of any metal. Both variants have the narrowest boundaries on the iPhone, a new refined brush texture, and curved corners.
The Pro series is made to last thanks to the industry-leading Ceramic Shield on the front, the strongest rear glass found in a smartphone, and the strength of titanium. The titanium rings completely wrap a new substructure composed of 100 percent recycled aluminum using an innovative thermo-mechanical technique, which solidifies a strong link between the two metals. The rear glass may be readily changed, and the metal frame aids in thermal dissipation. For an unparalleled viewing experience, this new design showcases the Super Retina XDR display with Always-On and ProMotion technology.
The brand-new Action button takes the place of the single-function switch that was used to switch between ring and silent. It offers more options so users can select between quickly accessing the camera or flashlight, turning on Voice Memos, Focus modes, Translate3, and accessibility features like Magnifier, or using Shortcuts for more options. The new button ensures that the appropriate action is launched using a press-and-hold motion, customized haptic feedback, and visual clues in the Dynamic Island.
A17 Pro: Apple’s Latest Silicon Generation for the iPhone
The A17 Pro, the first 3-nanometer processor in the market, powers the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, bringing professional performance and capabilities. The A17 Pro improves every aspect of the processor, including the largest GPU overhaul in Apple history, maintaining its position as the industry leader in smartphone silicon. The Neural Engine is now up to 2x quicker, enabling features like autocorrect and Personal Voice in iOS 17, while the new CPU is up to 10% faster thanks to microarchitectural and design enhancements.
With a revolutionary 6-core architecture that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency, the pro-class GPU is up to 20% quicker and opens whole new experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro now provides smoother visuals, more immersive AR apps, and gaming experiences thanks to hardware-accelerated ray tracing, which is 4x quicker than software-based ray tracing. With console games like Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage that have never been seen on a smartphone before, the iPhone 15 Pro puts realistic gaming in the palm of consumers’ hands.
A17 Pro comes with a specialized AV1 decoder, allowing for more effective, high-quality video streaming experiences. Additionally, a new USB controller makes it possible for the iPhone to handle USB 3 speeds for the first time, enabling substantially faster transfer rates as well as video output up to 4K at 60 fps HDR.
A Pro Camera System with Power for Greater Creative Control
The powerful camera systems on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max each contain the equivalent of seven professional lenses thanks to a close integration of hardware and software, which is made possible by the A17 Pro. The 48MP Main camera, created just for the Pro series, allows customers even more versatility with a new 24MP super-high-resolution default, giving outstanding image quality at a practical file size appropriate for keeping and sharing. This is made possible by the power of computational photography.
Users of the Main camera can set one as their new default or alternate between the three widely used focal lengths of 24 mm, 28 mm, and 35 mm. The Main camera offers 48MP HEIF photos with a 4x higher resolution in addition to 48MP ProRAW images. The 3x Telephoto camera on the iPhone 15 Pro is a sizable feature, and the 5x optical zoom on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the longest ever offered by an iPhone. The new telephoto camera on the iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a revolutionary tetraprism design and a combined optical image stabilization and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module, Apple’s most powerful stabilization system to date. It is great for close-ups, wildlife photography, and capturing the action from a distance.
Sharper detail, more vibrant colors, and improved low-light performance are all features of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max’s next-generation portraiture. Users may now capture portrait photos without first switching to Portrait mode. iPhone automatically records depth information when a human, dog, or cat is in the frame or when the user taps to concentrate, allowing them to subsequently create amazing photographs in the Photos app on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Users may also change the focal point after the shot has been taken for more artistic freedom.
On the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, additional capabilities that benefit all cameras include:
- Night mode, which is now powered by the Photonic Engine and includes Night mode portraits made possible by the LiDAR scanner, gets better with clearer details and more vibrant colors.
- New Smart HDR ensures that images have brighter highlights, richer mid-tones, and deeper shadows when viewed in the images app while capturing subjects and the backdrop with more realistic representations of skin tones. Third-party apps may also use this cutting-edge HDR rendering, making shared web photographs even more appealing.
- With enhancements in low-light video and Action mode, the A17 Pro has updated the greatest video quality available in a smartphone.
With enhanced professional workflows, the go-to smartphone for filmmakers and creative professionals gets even better. With an extra USB 3 connection, users may now experience up to 20x quicker transfer rates. Photographers may also set up a professional studio with the aid of the iPhone and third-party applications like Capture One, which enable them to shoot and instantaneously upload 48MP ProRAW photographs from the iPhone to the Mac. When utilizing an iPhone as the primary camera, ProRes video may be directly saved to external storage, providing higher recording possibilities up to 4K at 60 fps and more flexibility on set. The iPhone 15 Pro is the first smartphone in the world to utilize ACES, the Academy Color Encoding System, a universal standard for color operations, and it also adds a new option for Log encoding.