Apple’s new iPhone 15 Professional will get new chips, higher cameras, and a titanium body

The iPhone 15 and its titanium frame.
Enlarge / The iPhone 15 and its titanium body.


Particulars in regards to the iPhone 15 Professional and iPhone 15 Professional Max had been revealed in a reside broadcast from Apple in the present day, and we’re a largely modest replace—other than the long-awaited change to USB-C.

Apple iPhone 15 Professional sequence

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The iPhone 15 Professional and Professional Max will go up for pre-order on Friday, September fifteenth. Each will likely be obtainable on September 22. The 15 Professional begins at $999 for 128GB, the identical beginning value because the iPhone 14 Professional for final yr. The Professional Max technically will get a value hike, however solely as a result of Apple has axed the 128GB model—a 256GB iPhone 15 Professional Max begins at $1,199, the identical value because the 256GB mannequin from final yr.

Essentially the most noticeable change is a shift from a stainless-steel body to at least one made out of a brushed “grade 5 titanium,” which Apple says makes the cellphone extra sturdy whereas additionally making it lighter. The cellphone can be a bit of smaller than previous fashions, due to slimmer show bezels. The display screen sizes keep the identical—6.1 inches for the bottom mannequin and 6.7 inches for the bigger iPhone 15 Professional Max one. Apple did not announce any modifications to the telephones’ precise screens, so anticipate the identical decision, ProMotion refresh price, and brightness as earlier than.

The iPhone 15 Pro comes in four colors.

The iPhone 15 Professional is available in 4 colours.


Additionally new is an Apple Watch-esque “motion button” that replaces the iPhone’s conventional mute change. By default, it nonetheless serves as a mute change, however customers can change it to launch apps or the digicam, and even to launch customized Shortcuts workflows.

The chips in Apple’s Professional telephones additionally stay a era forward of the non-Professional telephones. The A17 Professional is Apple’s first chip constructed on TSMC’s 3nm manufacturing course of, which permits Apple to cram 19 billion transistors right into a phone-sized SoC (up from 16 billion for A16 Bionic) continues to make use of two massive high-performance cores and 4 high-efficiency cores; Apple says the efficiency cores are 10 % quicker than they had been earlier than, a comparatively gentle enchancment, whereas the effectivity cores are extra environment friendly fairly than being quicker.

The iPhone 15 Pro's A17 Pro has a slightly faster CPU, but its faster Neural Engine, ray-tracing-capable GPU, and USB 3 controller may be of more interest to pro users.

The iPhone 15 Professional’s A17 Professional has a barely quicker CPU, however its quicker Neural Engine, ray-tracing-capable GPU, and USB 3 controller could also be of extra curiosity to professional customers.


The A17 Professional’s six-core GPU is 20 % quicker than the A16 Bionic, a barely extra important replace; Apple has additionally added hardware-accelerate ray-tracing to the A17’s GPU, a function additionally supported by newer Nvidia GeForce, AMD Radeon, and Intel Arc devoted GPUs. The chip additionally contains {hardware} acceleration for the AV1 video codec, a royalty-free different to H.265/HEVC video codecs that is rising in popularity on streaming companies like YouTube.

Apple has additionally added a brand new USB controller to energy that USB-C port, permitting the iPhone to make use of 10 Gbps USB 3 switch speeds for the primary time (technically, this might make it both a USB 3.1 gen 2 or 3.2 gen 2 controller, if you happen to can maintain the USB-IF’s naming straight). Most individuals do not use their iPhones for high-speed file transfers, however this will likely be a welcome replace for individuals who use their telephones to shoot gobs of high-resolution 4K video and need to switch it to their desktops or laptops for modifying.

Apple can be retaining the Professional’s digicam system a step forward of the usual iPhone. Apple says the Professional’s 48 megapixel primary sensor is bigger than the one within the common iPhone 15. Just like the iPhone 15, by default it’s going to shrink the completed product right down to 24 MP to avoid wasting cupboard space, however if you happen to’re capturing in ProRAW mode you will get the complete 48MP picture for cropping and modifying. The digicam defaults to a 24mm focal size, however 28mm and 35mm choices are additionally made potential by the big sensor, and you may set any of the three focal lengths as your default.

The three-lens camera system on the iPhone 15 Pro allows a wide range of focal lengths without using digital zoom.

The three-lens digicam system on the iPhone 15 Professional permits a variety of focal lengths with out utilizing digital zoom.


The telephoto lens is one level of differentiation between the Professional and Professional Max; within the iPhone 15 Professional, this continues to be a 3x telephoto lens with a 77mm focal size, much like older fashions. Within the bigger Professional Max, the additional area permits Apple to step as much as a 5x telephoto lens at a 120mm focal size. The 12MP ultra-wide digicam lens will get a brand new coating and a macro capturing mode, however in any other case it is not altering a lot. Collectively, Apple says that the three lenses can shoot in macro, 13mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 48mm, and 77/120mm modes with out utilizing digital zoom.

The digicam system can be waiting for the launch of the Imaginative and prescient Professional headset—Apple says that after an iOS replace “later this yr,” the cellphone will be capable to shoot spatial video that may be seen in three dimensions in a Imaginative and prescient Professional headset.

The iPhone 15 Professional begins at $999 (128GB), and the iPhone 15 Professional Max begins at $1,199 (256GB), which Apple claims is identical value for final yr’s fashions at launch with comparable storage configurations. The iOS 17 units can be found on September 22, with preorders beginning this Friday. Apple additionally launched new case choices for the iPhone 15 sequence, together with a brand new FineWoven materials that replaces leather-based as a extra sustainable choice for the iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max.

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