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Apple launches iPhone 15 and 15 Plus with brighter OLED screens

The iPhone 15 is out, with preorders starting Sept 15 and availability September 22.

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Apple just made the iPhone 15 range official. The base models are the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, with five pastel colors thanks to a new color-infused glass back. It’s also less edgy on the frame, welcome news for your hands.

But the biggest news makes this the most improved iPhone ever–the inclusion of USB-C as the connector on all models. Yes, it might have happened because the EU mandated it, but that never stopped Apple from claiming something as its own idea before.

That also means the new USB-C AirPods charging case can be charged straight from the iPhone with a USB-C cable. Progress, ain’t it great?

Here’s what else is new.

The iPhone 15 range comes in new pastel colors

iPhone 15 colors
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The iPhone 15 now comes in five colors: black, pink, yellow, green, and blue. All of them have textured matte glass on the back, with the color infused into the glass instead of being behind it.

The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus are powered by the A16 Bionic, the same chip that powered last year’s iPhone 14 Pro range. That means it’s a known quantity, and anyone buying the new iPhone is assured of speedy performance.

For the first time, the iPhone uses USB-C for its wired connector. That means charging from any existing USB-C charger, or it can reverse-charge accessories like AirPods simply by plugging in a cable.

The new Ultra Wide Band Gen-2 chip enables better connectivity and device-finding capabilities. AirDrop can connect at up to three times the range as before, and Find My has Precision Finding for finding lost devices or friends in a crowd.

The 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch display sizes have a redesigned Dynamic Island for more intuitive notifications. They’re both Super Retina XDR (OLED), with a peak brightness of 1,600 nits when watching HDR content, and 2,000 peak nits brightness for use outside.

iPhone 15 in hands purple background
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That’s twice the brightness of the iPhone 14 screen, which is kind of astonishing. The main camera is now 48 megapixels, using quad-pixel binning to create 24MP super-high images through computational photography.

You get a new cool camera trick, too–the iPhone will detect if a person, cat, or dog is in the frame and automatically capture depth data, so you don’t have to switch into Portrait mode for background blur.

The iPhone 15 range will come with iOS 17, with all the new features that have been tested over the summer. Those include Contact Posters, Live Voicemail, and NameDrop for easily sharing contact details.

The iPhone 15 starts from $799, and the iPhone 15 Plus starts from $899. Preorders are live for most regions on Friday, September 15, with retail availability from September 22.

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Maker, meme-r, and unabashed geek with nearly half a decade of blogging experience at KnowTechie, SlashGear and XDA Developers. If it runs on electricity (or even if it doesn't), Joe probably has one around his office somewhere, with particular focus in gadgetry and handheld gaming. Shoot him an email at joe@knowtechie.com.

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