iPhone 15: 3 biggest upgrades

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iPhone 15 was officially unveiled during the Apple 2023 September Event. And with it come tons of new features to look forward to, but if you're still unsure of why you should be excited for this new model upgrade, look no further.

Whether you're interested in a base iPhone 15 or one of the iPhone 15 Pro models, you'll want to know what the biggest and most exciting features coming to this series are. So let's jump right into the three most exciting things coming to iPhone 15.

1. USB-C Charging

Finally! The European Union's mandate has come to fruition with the newest iPhone 15 series, as Apple will move to USB-C ports rather than its long-beloved Lightning cable for iPhone. This might begin as an inconvenience for users who exclusively use Apple products and don't have USB-C cables available, but it's a huge positive in the long-run.

iPhone 15 USB-C ports

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It will likely mean you'll have to get rid of your old Lightning ports (or purchase Lightning to USB-C connectors) over time, but it will result in far less confusion. Have you ever spent time with a friend and asked for their phone charger, only to realize that they use a totally different cable than you? And then you find yourself stuck with no way to do so? Over the next year few years, that should no longer be a problem whatsoever, and the world will be happier for it.

2. Smaller processor, longer battery life

Another feature suggests that a new type of processor found in the iPhone 15 Pro models could yield massive improvements in both performance and longevity. It's likely one of the many reasons why this phone is seeing a price increase.

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Apple's A17 Pro chip will be utilizing 3nm architecture for the first time, and while we already expect the company's latest processor to be faster, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company chairman Mark Liu claims that it could use up to 35% less power. If true, we could see a massive boost in battery life for iPhone Pro models.

3. Periscope camera

iPhone 15 Pro Max is finally including a periscope camera. If you're unsure what that means exactly, you can read our explainer breaking down how a periscope camera works. But if you don't particularly care about the nitty gritty, all you need to know is that it will increase optical zoom to 5x, while iPhone previously only had 3x zoom.

Apple isn't the first to include periscope into its premium tier models, as companies like Samsung and Google have done the same, but it's about time we finally saw this come to iPhone. It's admittedly nowhere near as impressive as Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's 10x optical zoom, but it's a step in the right direction for those seeking to take images from far away before the quality suffers.

Momo Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Momo finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Momo is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.