Yesterday, Apple announced the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max with several new changes and improvements at its “Wonderlust” event.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, powered by the new A17 Pro chip feature the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR Display, but they now come with slimmer bezels for a more futuristic look. The limelight falls on the new Action Button and the new aerospace-grade titanium design which is both strong and lightweight.
The Cameras have received a significant upgrade in this year’s Pro lineup. Photos taken on the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be 24MP by default for super-high-resolution photos. The ability to switch between three popular focal lengths – 24 mm, 28 mm, and 35 mm has been added to the Pro lineup along with support for 48MP HEIF Images. While the iPhone 15 Pro has 3x Optical Zoom with the Telephoto lens, the iPhone 15 Pro Max takes it to the next level and introduces a new Telephoto camera with a tetraprism design for a 5x Optical Zoom option at 120mm. Apple claims that the new Camera System of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is “equivalent of seven pro lenses”. According to Apple, “the new Telephoto camera on iPhone 15 Pro Max has an innovative tetraprism design with a combined optical image stabilization and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module, Apple’s most advanced stabilization system yet.” Apple has also added a new nanoscale coating which reduces lens flare for even better photos.
However, the 5x Optical Zoom with the new Telephoto Camera is a fixed zoom level which is not variable. As a result, the popular 3x Zoom option found in the iPhone 15 Pro and previous models, is no longer available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Users will have the option to switch between 0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 5x. The closest you can get to using 3x is by using the 2x Zoom option and zooming into 3x for similar results. Although it won’t match the quality of an actual 3x Telephoto Lens but would still be good enough. If you like shooting photos or portraits specifically at 3x Zoom, you might want to consider getting the smaller iPhone 15 Pro.
Due to the new 5x Telephoto lens, the iPhone 15 Pro Max has a significant advantage over its smaller brother as it can digitally zoom up to 25 times, compared to just 15x on the iPhone 15 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro series.
The new iPhone 15 Pro models will be available in four elegant finishes – Black titanium, White titanium, Blue titanium, and Natural titanium finishes. The iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999 for the 128GB variant, $1,099 for the 256GB variant, $1,299 for the 512GB variant, and $1,499 for the 1TB variant. The iPhone 15 Pro will be available to Pre-order on September 15th starting at 5 a.m. PDT and it will be available starting September 22nd.
The larger Pro Max with improved zoom capabilities starts at $1,199 for the 256GB variant, $1,399 for the 512GB variant, and $1,599 for the 1TB variant. The iPhone 15 Pro Max will also be available to Pre-order on September 15th starting at 5 a.m. PDT and it will be available starting September 22nd. Notably, the base variant of the iPhone 15 Pro Max costs $100 more than last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max, which costed $1,099 — but it also comes with 256GB of base storage, so it is not really a price increase but rather the elimination of the 128GB variant.
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