Putting the Pro in iPhone 15 Pro & iPhone 15 Pro Max

The titanium iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max were announced at Apple’s "Wonderlust" event on September 12. With a customizable Action button, seven different focal lengths, and the ability to film 3D Spatial Videos, the iPhone 15 Pro Max may be the most "pro" Pro iPhone ever. Discover all the new features and how they compare to the other iPhone 15 models.

2023 iPhones Release Date for iPhone 15 Pro & iPhone 15 Pro Max

Availability:

  • Pre-order September 15
  • Available September 22

iPhone 15 Pro Prices

Despite rumors of a big price bump, the iPhone 15 Pro is priced the same as last year’s model. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a pricier floor, but that's because Apple dropped the 128 GB Pro Max. The 256 GB iPhone 15 Pro Max is priced the same as the 14 Pro Max was last year. Customers in the USA can get almost $650 off when they trade in an iPhone 11 or later model and may get even better trade-in deals through their individual carriers.

iPhone 15 Pro:

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  • $999 or $41.62/month for 128 GB
  • $1099 or $45.79/month for 256 GB
  • $1299 or $54.12/month for 512 GB
  • $1499 or $62.45/month for 1 GB

iPhone 15 Pro Max:

  • $1199 or $49.95/month for 256 GB
  • $1399 or $58.29//month for 512 GB
  • $1599 or $66.62/month for 1 GB

Related: Everything Apple Announced at Its iPhone 15 'Wonderlust' Event

The iPhone 15 Pro & iPhone 15 Pro Max at a Glance

  • A17 Pro Bionic chip
  • USB-C port
  • Titanium enclosure
  • New customizable Action button
  • Available in varying shades of titanium finishes: black, white, blue, and natural
  • 48-megapixel main camera with seven focal lengths
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Spatial Videos (3D videos) for Apple Vision Pro
  • All-day battery life
  • Emergency SOS and Roadside Assistance via satellite
  • Precision Finding for Find My Friends
  • Compatibility with MagSafe accessories and wireless chargers
  • Many recycled materials, including 100 percent recycled cobalt and copper foil
  • Super Retina XDR display
  • Automatically take portraits without switching to Portrait mode

iPhone 15 Pro Max Camera Features

While the iPhone 15 Pro camera got many exciting updates, the iPhone 15 Pro Max camera blows it out of the water! For the first time in iPhone camera history, users can pick between seven optical-quality focal lengths when taking photos, with a new 5x zoom option of 120 mm.

Not only are there more shooting options, but there are ways to customize your camera settings. Users can now pick between 24 mm, 28 mm, and 35 mm as their default focal length. Of course, the camera was also improved, making it easier to take photos that balance light and vibrant colors. You can also expect better-quality selfies and low-light photos taken using Night mode.

iPhone videographers are also in for a treat. It is now possible to zoom continuously in videos, film at ProRes using 4K60 fps, and store your footage on an external hard drive in real time to keep your phone from running out of storage. Then there’s the new option of filming Spatial Video or 3D video that can then be viewed on the Apple Vision Pro, Apple's mixed reality headset that’s expected to come out in 2024.  

Biggest Changes: Action Button, Titanium Enclosure & USB-C 

Outside of the exciting camera features, the three biggest upgrades to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the new customizable Action button, the titanium enclosures, and the USB-C port.

Customizable Action Button

The new Action button replaces the ring/silent switch above the volume buttons. By default, it will still mute or unmute your iPhone, but you can now customize it to do so much more. You can program it to perform a number of actions, depending on what suits your needs best. Personally, I am excited to make it open the Camera app, so that I never miss another exciting moment again! You can also use it to start a voice memo, turn the flashlight on and off, run a shortcut, and more.

Titanium Enclosure

The new titanium enclosures look really good, but there’s more to it than aesthetics. Titanium, especially the Grade 5 titanium used to make these new phones, is a super tough material that also happens to be lightweight. In fact, the new iPhone 15 Pro Max only weighs 7.81 ounces (221 grams), while the iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 8.47 ounces (240 grams). Unfortunately, the titanium enclosure is only available in a few shades, making the color options pale in comparison to the bright and colorful iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

USB-C Port

Due to EU regulations, Apple was forced to remove its Lightning ports and adopt a more universal USB-C port. It seems like a small change, but it really isn’t. Not only can the same cable that charges an Android, iPad, or Mac charge your iPhone, but you can also use your iPhone to charge your Apple Watch or AirPods. An additional perk is being able to record video directly onto an external drive, which is necessary if you’re using ProRes at 4K60. Next, learn more about the new iPhone charger cable and learn more about USB-C to Lightning adapters.

iPhone 15 Pro & iPhone 15 Pro Max vs. iPhone 15 & iPhone 15 Plus

It can be hard to decide which of the four new iPhones is best for you. Here is a quick way to compare and contrast features to help you decide if these Pro models are right for you, or if you should go for the more affordable iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus:

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.