The iPhone 15 series is finally moving on from the Lightning connector presumably with pressure from the new EU rules. Apple’s MacBooks and iPads have long enjoyed USB-C and now their smartphones will now also enjoy a more universal standard for charging and data transfers.
There are some caveats, however, both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will still use USB 2.0 so transfer speeds will most likely be similar to previous generations. The 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, however, will use the USB 3.1 Gen1 protocol for much higher transfer speeds but the cable will be optional.
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
The flagships of the bunch will be the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Both will use the new A17 Pro chip, which promises “pro performance.” Aside from the bump in speed, the chip will support native Ray Tracing for better graphical performance. They have promised that ports of Resident Evil: Village and Resident Evil 4 Remake and even the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Mirage will arrive to iOS sometime nexct year.
Both smartphones will come with a 48MP main camera with a 24MP super-high-resolution default mode. It will support three focal lengths – 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm – and allows you to customize the default option. Video maxes out at 4K60fps and enables Log encoding and Academy Color Encoding.
The Pro comes with a 3x Telephoto Zoom while the Pro Max will have a 5x telephoto zoom equal to a 120mm lens. The latter’s zoom lens has an autofocus 3D sensor-shift module for stabilization ensuring sharp photos be it for close-ups or wild life.
Their chassis is now made out of aerospace-grade titanium and will come in 4 color variants – black, white, blue, and natural titanium. They will also come with WiFi 6E connectivity as well as MagSafe and Qi2 wireless charging support
iPhone 15 and 15 Plus
Next up are the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. They are largely the same in terms of specifications but screen sizes are different at 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch, respectively. The two have a 48MP main camera with a quad-pixel sensor and 100% Focus Pixels for faster autofocus. They will also come with a 2x Telephoto option thanks to software enhancements.
As for performance, the 15 and 15 Plus will receive last year’s A16 Bionic chip from the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. This promises improved performance from the base models from the previous generation but it’s something that we have seen before.
iPhone 15 Series Price and Availability in PH
The Apple iPhone 15 series will start at PhP 56,990 in the Philippines. The vanilla iPhone 15 will have three variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB for PhP 56,990, PhP 63,990, and PhP 75,990, respectively.
The Apple iPhone 15 Plus starts at PhP 63,990 for the 128GB model. Its 256GB and 512GB versions will hit the retail market for PhP 70,990 and PhP 82,990, respectively.
The Pro and Pro Max of the iPhone 15 series begins with a 128GB option at PhP 70,990 and PhP 84,990, respectively. The highest storage choices for both smartphones are their 1TB models with an asking price of PhP 101,990 and PhP 108,990.
The iPhone 15 series will hit the market starting September 15, 2023. If you’re interested in getting the any of them, you can head on over to the official Apple store or via any of Apple’s authorized retailers nationwide.