Apple iPhone 15 Pro Is Titanium-Light, Gets Rid Of Mute Button & Lightning Port
By Nicole Rodrigues, 13 Sep 2023
After a year of speculation and rumors, Apple has finally debuted its iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max phones.
One of the most anticipated changes in the iPhone series has finally materialized with the arrival of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Apple has replaced the familiar Lightning port with the versatile USB-C. This shift opens up the iPhone’s compatibility with various chargers and brands.
The iPhone 15 Pro series introduces a refined design characterized by contoured edges and slimmer bezels than their predecessors. This means you’ll get a smaller form factor but the same large screen size.
These devices feature frames made from grade 5 titanium, making them the lightest Pro models ever produced by Apple. The frames boast a brushed texture, which was achieved through a meticulous 14-hour process.
Outside of this, Apple is also ditching the mute switch for a programmable action button. Users can now set it to host a variety of features, such as turning on the camera, torchlight, and focus mode, or if you want, it can be used as a silencer. You’ll also be able to access voice memos, translators, and shortcuts through it.
The display size remains unchanged, with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED on the iPhone 15 Pro and a larger 6.7-inch screen on the Pro Max. However, durability sees an improvement, thanks to the inclusion of Ceramic Shield glass.
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Photography enthusiasts will appreciate the 48MP main camera with a larger sensor and second-generation sensor-shift stabilization. This camera allows users to capture 48MP HEIF images and 48MP ProRAW, offering various digital zoom options and the flexibility to select a preferred focal length.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is also the first to come with a periscope camera. This addition delivers zoom capabilities of up to 5x or 120mm in 35mm equivalent terms. With a special tetraprism optical design, this camera reflects light four times from the lens to the folded sensor, resulting in precise images even in difficult shooting conditions. Equipped with an f/2.8 lens, it is the brightest in a 120mm camera on a phone and features optical stabilization for steady shots.
Beneath its exterior, both the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are powered by the A17 Pro chip, fabricated using a 3nm process. This chip boasts a 6-core processor that is 10% faster than its predecessor, delivering efficient performance. The GPU exhibits a 20% increase in speed and introduces hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing, enhancing gaming experiences. The Neural Engine on the A17 Pro chip is twice as fast, ideal for demanding machine learning tasks. Additionally, the chip features a Display Engine with a dedicated AV1 codec and ProRes codec, enabling the capture of 4k 60fps in ProRes RAW and support for the ACES color profile.
For those eager to acquire these devices, the iPhone 15 Pro starts at US$999 for the base model with 128 GB of storage, while the Pro Max, starting at US$1,199, offers a base configuration with 256 GB of storage. Both models are available for pre-order and are scheduled to ship on September 22.
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