The legacy of introducing game-changing features with every new iPhone iteration remains unmatched in the Apple world. Several new leaps are expected to come with the iPhone 15 Pro this year.
Revolutionizing Display with LIPO
Let’s start from the exterior. Since the inception of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple has been consistently reducing the screen’s bezel size. Last year, a significant leap was made with the introduction of the Dynamic Island, replacing the once familiar notch. With the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple is harnessing a novel technology: low-injection pressure over-molding, colloquially known as “LIPO”. This innovation trims the border size to a mere 1.5 millimeters, down from the previous 2.2 millimeters. Originally seen in the Apple Watch Series 7, the LIPO technique is not only set to revolutionize iPhone displays but will soon be a staple in iPads as well.
35W Faster Charging and USB-C
The iPhone 15 Pro is also expected to have faster charging speeds than the current lineup. Charging speeds of up to 35W are expected, over a new USB-C port. This would be the third iteration of ports for the iPhone, starting with the 30-pin connector, over to Lightning, and now USB-C.
A Design Overhaul: From Stainless-Steel to Titanium
Beyond its enchanting display, the iPhone 15 Pro has an arsenal of features set to captivate its audience. A striking design shift is the replacement of the shiny stainless-steel edges with robust, premium titanium – a testament to Apple’s pursuit of perfection. While maintaining the frosted glass back, the Pro models now have a more ergonomic design with softer edges. Internally, the iPhone 15 Pro boasts a reimagined design that mirrors the aluminum chassis of the iPhone 14, making repairs more straightforward.
Powering the Pro models is a 3-nanometer chip, a significant upgrade that promises snappier performance. While the regular iPhone 15 will feature the A16 processor from last year, the Pro lineup raises the bar in processing prowess.
On the topic of innovation, Apple had plans for touch-sensitive buttons with haptic feedback. Codenamed “Bongo”, this feature, which would have seen buttons functioning like the trackpads on Macs, faced engineering and cost-related challenges and was shelved. However, Apple’s creativity shines through with the transformation of the mute/ring switch into a customizable “Action button”, reminiscent of the Apple Watch’s capabilities.
Camera enthusiasts will appreciate the major rear camera upgrades on the Pro models, allowing a broader range of optical zoom, especially on the largest model. Additionally, in a long-awaited move, Apple transitions from the Lightning connector to USB-C, paving the way for swifter data transfer speeds.
However, with these enhancements, especially the move to titanium and the advanced camera system on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, one might need to brace for potential price hikes. For context, Apple’s titanium watches are already priced $100 higher than their stainless-steel counterparts.
In parallel, the upcoming Apple Watch lineup is worth noting. With three tiers anticipated, including the Series 9 models and the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, performance boosts are in the offing thanks to the new S9 processor.
In a nutshell
While competitors like Samsung present modest upgrades this year, Apple stands poised to capture the limelight with the iPhone 15 Pro, making it one of the most anticipated releases in recent years. As we eagerly await its official introduction, it’s clear that Apple’s vision of the future is not just about innovation, but also about inching closer to perfection, one iPhone at a time.