What’s the story?
The device was announced at today’s Apple September event and will be available for $899 (UK and Australian pricing to follow). We’ll be going hands-on with the iPhone 15 Pro soon, and in the meantime check out our ongoing Apple event 2023 live blog for the very latest info from Apple Park.
What do I need to know about it?
As with the base iPhone, there are three main upgrades for the iPhone 15 Plus. The first is the move to USB-C charging – which arguably isn’t an upgrade as such, but many people will welcome it. The second is the addition of the Dynamic Island on the display, replacing the unsightly notch. And the third is an improved main camera on the rear, which has a 48MP sensor compared to the previous 12MP effort. The wide-angle and selfie cameras both remain at 12MP.
Inside, there’s a new A16 Bionic chipset replacing the previous A15 Bionic (the Pro models jump up to A17 Bionic) while the battery has been expanded too; Apple now calls it an “all-day battery”. Screen brightness now goes up to 2000 nits, and it’s available in five colors including – yes – pink.
What do we think of it?
There’s no doubt that the jump in camera resolution to 48MP makes the iPhone 15 Plus a far more enticing product than the iPhone 14 Plus, which we described as “a bit last-generation”. The Dynamic Island and more curved look also help it feel fresh; this is a bigger upgrade than last year’s model got, for sure.
It remains to be seen whether we’d strongly recommend it over the base iPhone 15 model, which is $100 cheaper, or the iPhone 15 Pro and its Action button. But if you can’t afford the iPhone 15 Pro Max (and who can?) then the Plus is now a compelling alternative.