Models from Apple iPhone 15 have just been released, and the biggest updates are USB-C, an improved camera, the addition of the Dynamic Island, and even some screen upgrades.
The new colors on the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus look fantastic in our recent first look at them. It effectively contains the best features of the iPhone 14 Pro in a lighter, more comfortable-to-handle housing thanks to the matte back and rounder corners, which are notably easier to hold than the previous models.
You can now use a single cable to charge both your MacBook and your iPhone because Apple is finally switching to USB-C on the iPhone 15. Apple indicated last year that it would switch to USB-C, and the iPhone 15 is now the first iPhone to do so in order to comply with upcoming legislation from the European Union.
From our brief hands-on with the smartphone, there isn’t much to say about the USB-C connector, but we’ll definitely be delving into the specifics of how USB-C functions on both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro versions in our reviews soon.
The Dynamic Island seen on iPhone 14 Pro devices is also available on the iPhone 15. That pill-shaped cutout offers a new method to view certain notifications and use apps. We hope more developers upgrade their apps to support it now that the regular iPhone 15 models have the Dynamic Island because it looks and functions exactly the same as it did on the iPhone 14 Pro.
The OLED Super Retina display of the iPhone 15 is also upgraded, with a peak brightness of 2,000 nits in direct sunlight, which is twice as bright as the iPhone 14. Inside Apple’s hands-on area, it’s difficult to tell how much the display has improved, but we did notice how much nicer the iPhone 15 feels in our hands.
The camera system in the iPhone 15 is the last significant improvement. A 48-megapixel primary camera sensor has replaced the 12-megapixel one found in the previous iPhone 14 model. Upgrades to the portrait mode remove the need to manually switch to portrait mode, and there is also a 12-megapixel ultrawide with telephoto capabilities.