This week, Apple revealed its latest iPhones and Apple Watches, all coming this month.
Apple’s iPhone 15 models get better screens, cameras, and USB-C charging
Dynamic Island lands on iPhone 15
With the new handsets, Apple ditches Lightning charging in favour of the cable that’s standard for all other modern consumer tech: USB-C.
The base model iPhone 15, with a 6.1-inch screen, and the larger iPhone 15 Plus, with a 6.7-inch screen, also get the Dynamic Display contextual information module that appears at the top of the screen. This feature first appeared on the Pro versions of iPhone 14.
The physical appearance has changed only slightly, to give the edges a bit of rounding. The screen, meanwhile, can get to 2000 nits of brightness.
A new, 48MP camera is the best camera yet in an iPhone and includes a feature that lets you set depth and focus options after you’ve taken the photo.
iPhone 15 Pro gets significant performance boost
The premium handsets in Apple’s iPhone 15 line are made from titanium. In 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro Max versions, these have a smaller bezel enabled in part by the stronger chassis.
In addition to the USB-C charging, the most significant change is the “action button” which replaces the silent-mode switch. Now, you’ll toggle between the ring/silent modes by holding the button. It can also be configured for other actions, too, like activating the camera.
There is a 48MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and combined with the new chipset, the iPhone 15 Pro devices can shoot “spatial video” that can only be viewed through Apple’s forthcoming Vision Pro headset.
In fact, the Pro handsets are powerful enough that they’ll be able to run modern video games. In the event, Apple revealed that Resident Evil Village, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage will all be released on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Preorders for the new iPhones begin on September 15 and the handsets will start shipping on September 22.
- iPhone 15, priced starting at $1,130 for iPhone 15 and $1,280 for iPhone 15 Plus
- iPhone 15 Pro, priced starting at $1,450 for iPhone 15 Pro and $1,750 for iPhone 15 Pro Max
Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 get brighter displays, new double-tap gestural control
Two new Apple Watches are arriving this month. Series 9 has enough processing power that it can provide Siri functionality on the device, instead of having to use the cloud. That means you can have the voice-activated assistant do things like start a timer or take a note even when you don’t have a connection.
The display can get up to 2000 nits of brightness and, just as importantly, can dim to only 1 nit, which is perfect for use in dark spaces where you don’t want to overwhelm with light.
And the wrist-raise and cover-to-silence gestural controls are joined by a new one: double-tap. With this, you can tap your index finger and thumb quickly, twice, to trigger an action on the watch.
The rugged, premium alternative is the Apple Watch Ultra 2, which has those same functions but can also use the outside of the display of the watch to provide information, like altitude for climbers, or depth for divers.
You can preorder the new Apple Watches now; they will be released on September 22: