Apple’s new iPhone 15 in pink
The first reviews of the new iPhone 15 are starting to emerge, and they tell the same story of a powerful iPhone with most of the features of last year’s iPhone 14 Pro, but not all.
When Apple announced the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, it said that these models now have Dynamic Island instead of the familiar old notch. Additionally, Apple says the regular iPhone 15 now has an “all-new 48MP main camera.”
Early reviewers tend to note both of these features, but neither is new. In many ways, the iPhone 15 is the iPhone 14 Pro with a new design—and in many ways, that’s a good thing.
This means the regular iPhone 15 will gain features that will cost hundreds of dollars more in 2022. This means that the iPhone 15 is an exceptionally capable iPhone.
And the only thing that’s truly new is the color pink.
But at the same time, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus also have the A16 Bionic processor that was in the iPhone 14 Pro and therefore it is slower than the iPhone 15 Pro. Plus, it doesn’t have an always-on or ProMotion display, so the iPhone 15 remains a compromise.
Color and USB-C
“I’m just going to rename this color to ‘Barely Blue,'” Marques Brownlee said on his YouTube channel. “I think it’s an appropriate name because it really barely gives a hint of the color blue.”
“Really subtle colors this year,” he continued. “If we look at Plus… it’s incredibly pale yellow.
“The iPhone 15 ($799) is a very good phone,” Wired’s review says. “But the gap between last year’s iPhone 14 Pro and the new iPhone 15 is small.”
“The iPhone 14 Pro is even better in some ways,” he continues, “so if you’re long overdue for an upgrade and don’t care about adding USB-C to a new phone, you might want to look for the 14 Pro.”
The Wall Street Journal also focused on the new charging port.
“Am I excited about the USB-C charging port? Yes. Is it difficult for me to transition? Yes too,” the message says. “In the car, for my wife and I to use CarPlay, we have to switch between a USB-C cable and a Lightning cable. But hey, short term pain, long term gain.”
Screens and dynamic island
“The new standard iPhone 15 includes what was once only available on the Pro in Dynamic Island,” notes TechRadar. “[But] The fact that it still uses a 60Hz display and little promised battery improvement holds the iPhone 15 back from true greatness.”
“If you like pastels,” he continues, “this year’s iPhone 15 color lineup includes five finishes (black, blue, green, yellow, pink), each showcasing a new colored glass with a camera bump. rises smoothly from the rear panel.”
“Looks good,” TechRadar concludes. “I especially liked the new pink (very Barbie) iPhone 15.”
“There’s a lot to celebrate with the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus,” says the ZDnet article. “After a full year of missing Dynamic Island and missing the matte back trend, Apple is finally giving its non-pro iPhones the treatment they deserve.”
“[However, an] A day spent with iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus showed that the gap between non-Pro models and Pro models is smaller than ever,” he continues.
Cameras and 48MP sensor
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus have improved cameras.
“Last year, the iPhone 14 Pro got a larger 48-megapixel (MP) sensor on the main 24mm camera, which sucked up tons of information,” it says, “and if you shot in Apple ProRAW (meaning uncompressed 48- megapixel files) you get gigantic, information-rich images with enough detail to create high-definition prints.”
“This year, a similar, albeit updated, 48-megapixel sensor is found on both the 15 and 15 Pro behind the main cameras,” he continues. “This means that anyone who buys a new Model 15, Pro or regular, now has a printing press in their pocket.”
“If you have an iPhone you’re happy with, keep it,” says a Wirecutter review published in the New York Times. “But if your current phone is too slow or damaged, or if you’re just ready for an upgrade and want to get a new phone now, we recommend the iPhone 15.”
“It offers an almost professional iPhone experience,” he continues, “with an all-day battery, a fast processor, versatile cameras and, finally, a USB-C port.”
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are available for pre-order and will be available in Apple Stores on Friday, September 22, 2023. The iPhone 15 starts at $799 and the iPhone 15 Plus starts at $899.