iPhone 15 was officially unveiled during the Apple 2023 September Event. For more than a year, we've been hearing leaks and rumors regarding what we can expect from this series. Considering a lot of those rumors have been true, we're incredibly excited to start testing.
But we've noticed a lot of these changes are specifically coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max while base iPhone 15 models will be different. It's night and day when comparing the two.
The inequality between iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro continues to widen over the years.
iPhone 15 Pro improves while iPhone 15 stagnates
We recently wrote about how iPhone 15 Pro Max's price will be $100 more than it was for the previous iteration, which means the iPhone 15 will remain at $799 while the Pro Max will be as expensive as $1,199. This is an intense price increase, and it proves that the gap between the two phones continues to widen.
But these gaps exist beyond just price, as the iPhone 15 Pro models are receiving extensive upgrades in functionality while the iPhone 15 isn't getting anything particularly huge. Some of these upgrades include a rumored titanium frame which might reduce weight yet make it sturdier.
Another involves the A17 Pro chip with 3nm architecture which could result in 35% less power consumption according Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company chairman Mark Liu. We're also aware of an upgrade to 8GB of RAM, whereas the previous models only had 6GB.
And one of the biggest changes coming to the iPhone 15 Pro Max in particular is the inclusion of a periscope camera. If you don't know what that is exactly, you can check out our periscope camera explainer. It effectively allows the user to zoom in 5x optically, whereas previous iPhone models could only perform a 3x optical zoom.
With all of these huge upgrades coming to iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max, you might be wondering what we can expect from the regular iPhone. Right now, the only major change we're looking forward to is the inclusion of a USB-C port rather than the Lightning cable. Beyond that, it is built with the A16 Bionic chip, which is what iPhone 14 Pro was built with.
The gap between the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro is perhaps the widest it has ever been. And as Apple finds itself investing in newer technology, we expect things to change even more over the years. With a new exterior material, periscope camera, 3nm processor and more RAM, iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are far and beyond what Apple seems to be focusing on for its next smartphone lineup.
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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.