iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 Pro Max
iPhone 15 Pro in Natural Titanium
BrandApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn
SloganTitanium. So strong. So light. So Pro.
ColorsNatural titanium, blue titanium, white titanium, black titanium
Generation17th
Model
  • Pro: A2848, A3101, A3102, A3104
  • Pro Max: A2849, A3105, A3106, A3108
Compatible networksGSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G NR
First releasedSeptember 22, 2023; 4 months ago (2023-09-22)
Availability by region
October 12, 2023
October 13, 2023
October 20, 2023
PredecessoriPhone 14 Pro / iPhone 14 Pro Max
RelatediPhone 15 / 15 Plus
Type
Form factorSlate
Dimensions
  • 15 Pro:
  • H: 146.6 mm (5.77 in)
  • W: 70.6 mm (2.78 in)
  • D: 8.25 mm (0.325 in)
  • 15 Pro Max:
  • H: 159.9 mm (6.30 in)
  • W: 76.7 mm (3.02 in)
  • D: 8.25 mm (0.325 in)
Mass
  • 15 Pro: 187 g (6.6 oz)
  • 15 Pro Max: 221 g (7.8 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: iOS 17.0
Current: iOS 17.3.1
System-on-chipA17 Pro
CPUHexa-core, 3.78 GHz
GPUApple-designed 6-core, up to 2.147 TFLOPS[1]
ModemQualcomm X70 5G
Memory8 GB LPDDR5[2]
Storage
  • 15 Pro: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB NVMe
  • 15 Pro Max: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB NVMe
SIM
  • Dual eSIM only (US models)
  • Dual nano-SIM (China models)
  • nano-SIM and eSIM (Worldwide except the US and China)
Battery
  • 15 Pro: 12.70 Wh (3274 mAh) Li-ion
  • 15 Pro Max: 17.32 Wh (4441 mAh) Li-ion[3]
Charging
  • MagSafe wireless charging
  • Qi 2 wireless charging[4]
  • Fast-charge capable: Up to 50% charge in 30–35 minutes with a 20W adapter or higher (sold separately)
Display
  • 15 Pro: 6.1 in (155 mm) 2556 × 1179 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~460 ppi density)
  • Super Retina XDR OLED, 120 Hz, HDR10, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (peak) supplied by Samsung Display[5]
  • 15 Pro Max: 6.7 in (170 mm) 2796 × 1290 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~460 ppi density)
  • Super Retina XDR OLED, 120 Hz, HDR10, 1000 nits (typ), 2000 nits (peak) supplied by Samsung Display
External displayAlways on
Rear cameraBoth:
  • 48 MP, f/1.78, 24 mm (wide), 1/1.28", 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 13 mm, 120° (ultrawide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAf

15 Pro: 12 MP, f/2.8, 77 mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3× optical zoom, lidar sensor

15 Pro Max: 12 MP, f/2.8, 120 mm (telephoto), 1.12µm, PDAF, 3D sensor-shift OIS, 5x optical zoom, lidar sensor
Front camera
  • 12 MP, f/1.9, 23 mm (wide), 1/3.6", PDAF, OIS
  • SL 3D (depth/biometrics)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) dual-band, Bluetooth 5.3 (A2DP, LE), Ultra-wideband (UWB), Thread
Data inputs
List of inputs:
Water resistanceIP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6 m for 30 mins)
Hearing aid compatibilityM3, T4
Websitewww.apple.com/iphone-15-pro/
References[6]

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are smartphones designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. They are the seventeenth-generation flagship iPhones, succeeding the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The devices were unveiled alongside the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus during the Apple Event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, on September 12, 2023.[7][8] Pre-orders began on September 15, 2023, and the devices were made available to the general public on September 22, 2023.

History

Many rumors had stated that the iPhone 15 Pro Max might have been renamed as the iPhone 15 Ultra, as Apple had previously introduced the Apple Watch Ultra; however, shortly before the event, new rumors suggested that they would stick with the "Pro Max" name for the 6.7-inch model.[9]

Design

Face and back of iPhone 15 Pro series

The iPhone 15 Pro is the first major redesign since the iPhone 12 Pro, featuring rounded edges, a slightly curved display, and back glass. The enclosure of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is made of grade 5 titanium, unlike the stainless steel frame of previous Pro models. The display bezels have also been reduced from 2.2 mm to 1.55 mm.[10] The phone is available in four colors: natural titanium, blue titanium, white titanium, and black titanium.[11] It is also the first premium iPhone since the iPhone X to not come in the gold color option.[12]

Color Name
Natural Titanium
Blue Titanium
White Titanium
Black Titanium

Specifications

Hardware

Like the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, the 15 Pro and Pro Max replace the proprietary Lightning connector with USB-C to comply with the European Union mandating the use of this connector in smartphones with Directive (EU) 2022/2380 in 2022.[13] Apple had already started to introduce USB-C to its handheld devices beginning with the third generation iPad Pro, released in 2018.

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max support AV1 video hardware decoding.[14]

Chipset

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max feature the A17 Pro system on a chip (SoC). It is built on TSMC's N3B fabrication process.[15] It features an Apple-redesigned graphic processing unit (GPU) which adds hardware-accelerated ray tracing; during the reveal event, Apple announced that games such as Death Stranding, Resident Evil Village and Assassin's Creed Mirage (all games originally designed for consoles and PCs) would come to iOS in the future.[16]

Charging and transfer speeds

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max use USB-C with USB 3.2 Gen 2 transfer speeds (est. up to 10Gbps / 1.25GBps),[17][18] an improvement over the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 15/15 Plus base models which only have USB 2.0 transfer speeds (est. up to 480 Mbps / 60MBps).[19]

Video output

All iPhone 15 models have support for DisplayPort Alternate Mode over USB-C video output with HDR up to 4K resolution.[6]

Previous iPhone models (from iPhone 5 until iPhone 14 Pro) had a maximum supported resolution of 1600 x 900 (slightly less than 1080p) with the Lightning Digital AV Adapter due to technical constraints of the Lightning connector.[20]

Action button

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature an Action button, replacing the mute switch. The function of the Action button can be configured by the user. By default, the Action button toggles silent mode. Other options include opening the camera, recording a voice memo, or toggling a focus mode.[11]

Software

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max launched with iOS 17[21] and will continue to receive major software updates until 2029.

Detailed specs

Hardware issues reported

Some owners claimed that their iPhones were suffering from overheating issues,[24] reportedly reaching temperatures as high as 47 °C (117 °F).[25][26] Apple has also said that the phone's titanium frame "does not contribute to the heating issue."[27] In addition, Apple stated the cause of iPhones overheating was a software bug.[28] Apple has attempted to address the overheating issue with iOS 17.0.3.[29]

Some owners have found that power banks designed for USB-C devices are not working correctly with the iPhone. Some banks will not charge the iPhone at all or the iPhone will attempt to charge the power bank instead.[30]

Some owners of BMW vehicles using its wireless charging system with the iPhone have found that the NFC chip in charge of Apple Pay and also digital car keys can stop working correctly.[31] Apple has attempted to fix these issues with iOS 17.1.1 and 17.2.[32]

A durability test video for the iPhone 15 Pro Max showed that the back glass was more prone to cracking after the content creator JerryRigEverything applied pressure on the back glass, which caused it to crack, saying that it was unexpected. A later video, published by the same YouTuber, cited that the possible reason for this was that the back glass is no longer glued to a metal plate, this change, and the hollow spots on the phone may cause the back glass to crack if pressure was applied on those hollow spots, on the durability test video, in some angles, the glass is noticeably caved in to the phone, further proving that it broke due to a hollow spot on the phone.[33] A similar incident was also seen on the Motorola Razr+[34]

Repairability

The new iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max heavily advertised repairability as being a strong suit of theirs. Apple has shifted the components from below the back glass to below the screen, essentially flipping the internals of the phone. This would make access for repairability much easier allowing people to open the screen rather than going through the back glass.

However, a September 2023 report by iFixit found that repairability on the new iPhones was much worse compared to repairability on the 14 series due to various software locking issues, forcing people to buy new parts and repair machines specifically from Apple.[35]

See also

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