iPhone 15 Reviews: Major Update to Standard Models

by Hartley Charlton

New iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone‌ from Apple. The 15 Plus will begin shipping to customers and go on sale on Friday, September 22nd. In advance, the first reviews of the devices were published by select media and YouTube channels.

Image via The Verge
The ‌iPhone‌ 15 and ‌iPhone‌ The 15 Plus offers a new design, Dynamic Island, USB-C port, A16 Bionic chip, 48MP main camera, Smart HDR 5, Apple's second-generation Ultra Wideband chip for precision searches with Find Friends, and more. .

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Reviewers generally agree that the ‌iPhone‌ 15 represents a significant update to Apple's standard ‌iPhone‌ models featuring more extensive and useful upgrades than in many previous years. We have collected both written and video reviews of ‌iPhone‌ 15 and ‌iPhone‌ 15 Plus below.

Written Reviews

The ‌iPhone‌ The 15 features a new design with contoured edges, a frosted rear glass and a “Dynamic Island”. It is also available in an updated selection of color options including black, blue, green, yellow and pink. Britta O'Boyle from Pocket-Lint on ‌iPhone‌ Updated Design 15:

The back panel is replaced with frosted glass instead of the colorful glossy finish we've become accustomed to since the iPhone XR and its bright, colorful back panel. The iPhone 15 takes full advantage of this design feature, opting for a much more subtle pastel finish. The colors, which can be selected from six, were poured into the glass, resulting in a very light shade. I mean very light, almost non-existent.

The aluminum frame – no titanium here like on the Pro models – is however a richer color that matches the color of the glass back and complements it nicely. However, it's not just the softness of the color that makes the iPhone 15 stand out. Like the iPhone 15 Pro models, the back of the iPhone 15 is almost soft to the touch and has a nice smooth finish that makes this phone really nice to hold—trust me. The edges are also slightly contoured, which takes away the sharpness where the back meets the frame of the iPhone 14.


Flip iPhone 15 over to a silky soft matte back. and you will notice big changes at the front. The bezels have shrunk a bit – not as much as the iPhone 15 Pro, but enough that the difference is noticeable if you look close enough. You probably won't, however, because the first thing that will likely catch your attention is the lack of a notch at the top of the display.

The Verge's Dan Seifert on ‌iPhone‌ USB-C 15 port, which is limited to USB 2.0 speeds like the Lightning connector:

Another major hardware change this year is the move from Lightning to USB-C for charging and data transfer. broadcast. This change has been a long time coming and I applaud it, even if Apple was literally years late with it. This means the stacks of Lightning cables and accessories you've accumulated are obsolete (Apple gives you a new braided cable in the box with your phone), but it also means you won't have to carry around multiple charging cables for your phone. iPhone, iPad, laptop and other accessories. And hey, you can now use the same charging cable as your Android-using friends and family, which is sure to come in handy at some point.

The USB-C port supports wired charging up to 27W and outputs data to a 4K60 display. But it's limited to USB 2.0 data transfers: just 480 Mbps, which is 20 times slower than the USB 3 data transfer speeds available on the iPhone Pro or iPad Air, and 80 times slower than all Macs currently running. . Most people would never connect their phone to a computer to transfer data from it, but the limitation shows up in other areas, such as when I connected a USB-C network adapter to an iPhone 15 and only got half my gigabit internet speed. Or when upgrading to a new phone and using a data cable and having to wait for gigabytes of data to be compressed over a USB 2 connection. It just seems like a stingy limitation on an $800+ phone considering there haven't been higher USB speeds for 15 years

MobileSyrup's Patrick O'Rourke on the A16 Bionic chip, first introduced last year in this year's iPhone 14 Pro model:

It's important to note that that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are equipped with the same A16 Bionic chip as the iPhone 14 lineup. This appears to be Apple's new release frequency; The top-tier phone uses a high-end chip, while the base-tier device uses last year's processor. Does it matter if Apple's chips are so far ahead of the competition? This is not true, and at this point Apple knows it.


In my time using the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, I didn't experience any slowdown, regardless of whether I was running high-performance apps or being a power web user in Firefox. Would I rather see Apple continue to include its most powerful chip in all of its new smartphones? Definitely, especially since the iPhone 15 Pro and its A17 Pro chip are looming for console-level gaming while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are stuck at the A16. However, for the iPhone 15 audience, this likely won't matter.

Wired's Lauren Goode on ‌iPhone‌ Lots of camera improvements in 15:

The entire iPhone 15 camera system gives you more granular control over your photos than the iPhone 14, even if some of the resulting images aren't much better than the previous generation. The biggest update is that the iPhone 15 can shoot both 24-megapixel and 48-megapixel images, which can be pre-configured in the Resolution Control section of your phone's camera settings. But this feature is optimized for shooting at 1X in decent light, whereas if you shoot at 0.5X or ultra-wide, the camera defaults back to 12MP.

iPhone 15 now has extra zoom 2X. optical zoom, whereas the iPhone 14 only offered 0.5x and 1x zoom. Portrait mode on the iPhone 15 can be activated automatically when the camera detects a portrait-worthy image, although in my experience, the iPhone 15 has yet to deem any of my subjects portrait-worthy. Plus, in Portrait mode, you can now control the depth of the image and zoom out to get even more data from the scene. Admittedly, this is a nice feature.

Video Reviews

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