Review: iphone 15 pro, see what’s improved!. Very welcome incremental improvements have arrived on the iPhone 15 Pro, which now finally has USB-C, making it more useful than ever. Come meet him!

REVIEW: iPhone 15 Pro, see what’s improved!

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Very welcome incremental improvements have arrived on the iPhone 15 Pro, which now finally has USB-C, making it more useful than ever. Come meet him!

The iPhone with USB-C has arrived! A Apple it was practically one of the first manufacturers to adopt USB-C in its devices back in 2015 on the 12-inch MacBook. Then, in 2018, she launched the iPad Pro with the same connector, but throughout this period she insisted on launching the most popular cell phone on the planet with another port. But finally, thanks to a decision by the European Union last year, the manufacturer was forced to adopt USB-C.

The main difference between the new iPhones Pro is, in addition to the USB-C input, the processor, the cameras, the action button, and the construction material — and Showmetech had the opportunity to evaluate the model. Check out the review below:

Design

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Now the iPhone 15 Pro is lighter and holds better in your hand. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

A Apple has perfected the already renowned design of its iPhones and the iPhone 15 Pro is very similar to previous versions. There are those who think this is bad and there are those who don't care — I, particularly, am in the second group. It's a well-known and beautiful design. Compared to the 14 Pro, it is about 10% lighter, 19 grams to be exact. Despite being very similar, you won't be able to use cases from old models in the new line.

The edges of the screen are smaller and the corners are more curved and this helps a lot with the grip, with the device being more comfortable to hold. It is made of titanium with a glass back. matte textured, generating robustness and lightness, according to Apple .

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It's thinner, so your old cases won't work here. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

While the internal structures are made from recycled aluminum, the sides are made from titanium, which is more durable and resistant. The iPhone 15 Pro is available in four colors, by the way: Titanium black, Titanium white, Titanium Blue, Titanium natural.

Another important point is that after 16 years, Apple changed the sound lock and, on the side, we now have the action button that can be configured in different ways, from opening the camera, flashlight, magnifying glass, recorder, focus, silent mode , or the infinite possibilities of shortcuts. On the same side we find the SIM card tray (only present in the national model).

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Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

So summarizing the differences between the iPhone 15 Pro compared to the previous one:

  • It's thinner and lighter;
  • Construction material;
  • Contoured edges (improves grip);
  • Action button.

The biggest difference in the 15 line is the USB-C input, which has finally arrived and will be discussed further below.

USB-C

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The most awaited new feature for iPhone users. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

USB-C starts a new chapter in the history of iPhones and deserves a topic of its own. Now iPhones have more possibilities for use than ever before.

First, let's demystify the big rumor that emerged: Android USB-C cables work on it. Apple was forced to use the connector precisely to avoid wasting cables and it wouldn't make sense for it to adopt and limit it to proprietary cables.

The normal iPhones 15 also have the input, but it is USB 2.0, while the Pro line is 3.0. And about this, it is important to mention that the USB-C cable that comes in the box is type 2.0, so if you want to enjoy all the data transfer power of this input, you will need to buy another cable. There are those who complain about Apple for doing this, but it's something that every industry does: it puts a charging cable in the box, and not a cable with super data transfer capacity. So if you are a regular user, you won't even need to buy anything else.

The USB-C port on the smartphone it has a power output of 4.5W, much more than the 0.3W of the old one lightning. Being a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 connection with DisplayPort allows you to mirror your iPhone on a monitor (accepts resolution of up to 4K and 60 Hz), connect a keyboard, headphones and various peripherals.

If you connect an external high-speed SSD to it, when recording videos on ProRes HDR, it will appear that the images are being saved on the external SSD. It even causes the gallery displayed in the camera app to change and shows photos that are on the SSD, and not on the iPhone. You need a high-speed SSD to store the files in the computer's CODEC. Apple . It also works with some pendrives, but you need to format them in exFAT or APFS.

On the manufacturer's website you will find all the details about the entry iPhone 15 Pro USB-C. And if you want to know how USB-C works, we have a text about.

Fabric

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The screen quality is excellent. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

Since Apple decided to adopt OLED screens, the experience of using iPhones has improved a lot, especially for those who use dark mode. The fluidity of the system coupled with the 120Hz screen refresh rate took the experience to another level.

To watch series and films, scroll through social media, work, whatever the use, the screen quality is perfect, even from different angles.

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Whether to browse the internet or watch movies. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

The color fidelity is very high, which allows you to use the cell phone for personal or professional tasks. The variable screen refresh rate helps a lot to save battery. Apple reports that it can go from 1Hz for static images to up to 120Hz when it detects that the user needs more fluidity. In outdoor environments, you can have great viewing of content as it offers up to 2000 nits of peak brightness.

About the technical specifications of the screen:

  • LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits, 2000 nits (peak);
  • 6.1 inches;
  • Resolution of 1179 x 2556 pixels (density of 461 ppi), with a screen ratio of 19.5:9;
  • Screen material is Ceramic Shield glass

Cameras

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Incremental improvements have arrived in cameras. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

We come to the main point of a cell phone. The rear cameras are excellent, day and night. The Zoom mechanism is more fluid, switching between cameras is super smooth and the Apple brought some news.

See the photo below, how rich it is with information, details, and how satisfying it is to enjoy this sunset in Jericoacoara.

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The records made on the iPhone 15 are exuberant. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

Rear cameras

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Records made on the iPhone 15 are spectacular and look super professional. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

Despite there being 3 cameras on the rear, you can enjoy various focal lengths and the possibilities of 6 lenses. Are they:

  • 0,5x Ultra Wide (Macro)
  • 0,5x Ultra Wide – 13mm Lens
  • 1x Wide Angle – 24mm Lens
  • 1x Wide Angle – 28mm Lens
  • 1x Wide Angle – 35mm Lens
  • 2x Telephoto – 48mm Lens
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The quality of the images is very high on the 3 rear lenses. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

The photos come out with a very high quality and richness of details. Exposure and autofocus are very fast and accurate. Images are bright and have vivid contrast, especially when viewed on HDR screens. Of course, the results during the day are better than at night, but the company has managed to achieve great results and photos at night.

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Without a tripod or setting up anything special, I pointed it at the sky of São Paulo and the camera was able to record even stars, something I didn't know was possible to see in the polluted sky of the capital of São Paulo. The contrast is great, even with the brightness of the bar lights, the dark surroundings were not blown out or noisy. The camera and system balance opposing light conditions well.

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Even without a tripod, photos at night are very good. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

By way of comparison, I have a Galaxy S22 (which we already have a review), and even though it is a 2022 device, it presents results very similar to those of the iPhone 15 Pro. The Galaxy illuminates regions that the iPhone does not illuminate, nor does it show the reflection in the glass present in the photo taken by the 15 Pro. I think that both The images look great and it's a matter of taste whether you prefer the contrast between dark and light on the iPhone, or the lighting in the photos on the S22.

But in short, the night mode for photos and videos is still a little below what is expected for a device in this price range. When compared to the S23 Ultra, the records made by the Samsung device have better results.

Another novelty, this time not positive, is that now the Pro line has been segregated and unfortunately the 5X Zoom to enjoy the 120mm lens is only available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. If I'm not mistaken, the last time Apple segregated the camera in the Pro line was in the iPhones 12: the iPhone 12 Pro Max had 2.5x and the iPhone 12 Pro had 2x zoom. () It was a very small difference compared to what happened on line 15 this year. A feather!

Technical specifications of the rear cameras:

  • 48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
  • 12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto), 1/3.5″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
  • TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
  • Records videos in 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, 10-bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), ProRes, Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps) , 3D (spatial) video, stereo sound rec.

The image stabilization in videos is impeccable! Even when walking, the movements in the video are smooth and it doesn't even look like you're moving.

Frontal camera

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The bokeh effect is more accurate and the recordings with the front camera are excellent. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

Photos with the selfie camera have improved a lot! Now the Apple doubled the size of the sensor, this helps to capture more light and details and improves the final result.

In outdoor environments during the day it generates spectacular images, registers skin tones well and the images are pleasant and very beautiful to see. For those who like effect bokeh, the one that blurs the background, on the iPhone 15 Pro the effect is more natural and precise than ever.

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Even in situations with good artificial lighting, the images are very clear and with accurate skin tones. Photo: Bruno Martinez/Showmetech

She also surprised in the photos taken in very little light. Comparing with the S22, the difference is very noticeable, generating results with more clarity and illumination.

Front camera technical specifications:

  • 12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″, PDAF, OIS
  • Records videos in 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS HDR, Mono Cinematic

Speaking of photos, in case you accidentally deleted any, we have a text here teaching you how to do it. how to recover deleted photos from your iPhone.

processor and hardware

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The A17 Pro was Apple's first 3nm mobile processor. Image: Disclosure/Apple

This is the first time that Apple has put the name Pro on an iPhone chip, until then we always had “Bionic” in the nomenclature. The A17 Pro chip is a hexa-core, with 2 performance cores with 3.78 GHz for heavy activities + 4 efficiency cores with 2.11 GHz for everyday activities, and with a 6-core GPU (1 more than the previous version). This is the first device from Apple (and any cell phone in the world) to come with a 3mm processor. The 14 Pro line came with the 16nm A4 Bionic.

In theory, when transistors are smaller, more of them can fit on the same silicon wafer. This makes the integrated circuit more compact, faster, efficient and more energy-saving. In other words: it’s supposed to heat up less and the battery will last longer. But the reports we have seen indicate that this has not happened for some reason. The manufacturer said it will release software updates to correct the Pro line's overheating error.

It has 8GB of RAM, the same as the Pro Max, 2GB more than last year's devices and the normal iPhones 15.

Performance tests place it practically on the same level as the M1 processor, which comes in MackBooks and Mac mini. The manufacturer also reports that it is between 10% and 20% better than previous models.

In practice, the performance is extraordinary across the board. It is absolutely fluid for any task or for several tasks at the same time. And that brings us to one point: he has more firepower than you would use. Do you know the DeX Mode on Samsung cell phones, which turns your Galaxy into a computer? So, if the iPhone had something similar, it would give device owners more possibilities to use the full computational capacity of the A17 Pro. It's like having a Ferrari engine in a Corsa: you'll never enjoy everything the engine offers.

Unless you are a gamer — which is not my case. Using the iPhone, you can enjoy PlayStation games using the same graphics and textures as the console, but on your cell phone. And we're not talking about cloud computing. Apple promised AAA games such as Assassin's Creed Mirage, Resident Evil, as well as compatibility with Ray-tracing.

Regarding warm-ups, Apple It was quick and iOS 17.03 fixed the flaws that caused the iPhone 15 Pro to heat up, so don't worry, it will work normally. During my use, I did not notice any unusual heating (charging, recording videos).

The new iPhone 15 features the second generation Ultra Wideband chip, allowing two devices with this chip to connect with a range three times greater than before. Through Precision Finding for Find My friends, iPhone 15 owners will be able to share their location and find each other. You know when you're in a crowded place, like a festival, and you can't find your friend? Then

Both the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max now support Wi-Fi 6E (We have a text explaining the differences), which offers up to 2x faster speeds, and are also the first Thread-enabled smartphones, opening up future opportunities for Home app integrations.

Battery

The battery has been increased but the Apple suggests 23 hours of duration, the same duration as the 14 Pro. In practice, you can use it moderately from 8am in the morning until around 22pm at night for common activities, such as Instagram, Twitter/X, YouTube, taking some photos and watching videos on YouTube and you still have 10% battery left.

For those who play and use it for content production, it may be necessary to recharge it more often during the day. Perhaps in future software updates battery management will improve, but overall, it is average for other devices in the category.

A Apple does not inform the charging speed, but according to tests carried out by other users, it reaches a maximum of 25W, a number similar to the 14 line of 2022. Wireless charging is 15W via MagSafe and 7.5W on Qi-certified chargers.

The battery is 3274 mAh lithium ion, takes about 1 and a half hours to fully charge and charges 50% in about 30 minutes.

Price

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It is one of the most expensive cell phones on sale. Image: Disclosure/Apple

The model we tested is the 1 TB model and is being sold for an incredible R$ 13.099,00. The 15 GB iPhone 128 Pro, the cheapest model, costs R$ 9.299 on the company's website. Apple . In stores like Magalu You can find it for R$8.369 in cash.

These are very high price ranges, which in my opinion are unjustifiable for a cell phone, I hope the price drops during Black Friday and in the coming months.

Conclusion

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It is worth it? For the price, I would say no. Photo: César Marcos/Showmetech

It's an incredible cell phone in every aspect. In our tests it did not show the stains that other users of the model in this color are reporting, but it is something that can happen, especially if you use it without a case. Apple rushed to fix the heating problem, so it's something that will reassure future buyers.

If you have the iPhone 14 Pro, it's certainly not worth the upgrade. These are very incremental improvements. But if you have line 13 backwards, it starts to make sense. In fact, no cell phone (and practically no device) is worth updating every year, and nowadays, not even every 2 years. It's more consistent to change every 3 years to get your money's worth and to be able to see the improvements that manufacturers implement.

For those who use it intensely throughout the day, perhaps the iPhone 15 Pro Max makes more sense, in addition to offering the 5X camera. But in both cases, I don't think the devices are worth what they charge, even with exceptional performance and features.

Technical specification

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Image: Disclosure/Apple
Model A3102
Release date September 12
Size 146.6 x 70.6 x 8.3 mm
Weight : 187 grams
Colors Black titanium;
White titanium;
Titanium Blue;
Natural titanium
building Titanium on the side
Glass on the front and back (Ceramic Shield glass)
Fabric 6.1 inches
1179 x 2556 resolution
19.5:9 screen aspect ratio
461 ppi screen density
LTPO Super Retina XDR OLED type screen,
120Hz refresh rate,
HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1000 nits, 2000 nits (peak)
chipset Apple A17 Pro (3nm)
Hexa-core (2×3.78 GHz + 4×2.11 GHz)
Apple GPU GPU (6 cores)
Storage 128GB 8GB RAM,
256GB 8GB RAM,
512GB 8GB RAM,
1TB 8GB RAM
NVMe type
SIM chip Model sold in Brazil accepts SIM + eSIM chip
International model accepts up to 2 eSIM
Resistance IP68 (dust and water)
Up to 6m for 30 minutes
Cameras 48 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS
12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto), 1/3.5″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama)
4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, 10-bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), ProRes, Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps), 3D ( spatial) video, stereo sound rec.
Frontal camera 12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″, PDAF, OIS
SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
HDR, Cinematic mode (4K@24/30fps)
K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS
wireless connections Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
NFC
GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS, NavIC
Standard Face ID, Ultra Wideband 2 (UWB), accelerometer, satellite emergency SOS, bathometer, TOF 3D LiDAR, guro, proximity, compass
Battery 3274mAh Lithium Ion
Charges 50% in 30 minutes
15W wireless (MagSafe)
7.5W wireless (Qi)
4.5W wired reverse charging
USB-C connector Type-C 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort

Source: Apple ¹, Apple ², GSMArena

Revised by Dácio Castelo Branco on 07/11/2023

91/100
total Score
  • Design
    95/100 Excellent
  • Battery
    90/100 Amazing
  • Camera
    95/100 Excellent
  • Fabric
    100/100 Excellent
  • System
    100/100 Excellent
  • Audio
    100/100 Excellent
  • Price
    60/100 Normal

Pros

  • USB-C has arrived
  • Increased loading speed
  • Camera stabilization in videos
  • iOS 17 with great new features

Cons

  • Price
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