Everything You Need to Know About the New iPhone 15, the Watches, and More

by | Sep 22, 2023 | Gear-Tech

And your next Apple iPhone is finally (almost) here. This time around, anyone upgrading to one of the new handsets will immediately notice a more tangible change than smoother and quicker app loads and better looking photos to share on social media. You’ll get those updated features, sure—but you’ll need to get some new charging cords for the first time since 2012.

Tim Cook and friends took the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California for Apple’s annual fall keynote (2023 title: “Wanderlust”) to unveil the latest hardware, The biggest news came when tech fans around the world finally confirmed what prognosticators had long presumed: The company is saying goodbye to the proprietary Lightning charging port after more than a decade’s service. Each new phone in the iPhone line features a USB-C port—just like the majority of the world’s non-Apple smartphones and mobile devices (and current-gen iPads and Macs, for that matter). The move is about more than just making a change for novelty’s sake, it’s a move that’s better for everyone. You no longer need a charger for your iPhone and a charger for everything else.

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There are other new features and upgrades across some of Apple’s best-selling products, of course; all iPhones are also getting the Dynamic Island feature that debuted on the Pro models last year, and the Watch and Watch Ultra have levelled up with a novel way to control basic functions without swiping on the screen. The hardware wasn’t the only matter of the day; the company also debuted new clips highlighting health interventions and gains that have been made toward its pledge to be totally carbon neutral by 2030.

Here are all of the new features coming in the latest generation of Apple’s latest and greatest hardware.

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple Watch Series 9
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The next Apple Watch has a new chip, more Siri functionality, and a fun double-tap gesture that could potentially change the way you use the most basic functions of your wearable. The Series 9 is also the company’s first third-party certified carbon-neutral product.

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Key details:

  • New S9 chip for more powerful functionality
  • New Siri functions on the device
  • Siri+Health for on-command health information
  • Ping your iPhone feature to help find lost devices
  • Always-on Retina Display that’s twice as bright as the previous generation
  • New double-tap gesture to answer calls, control primary app buttons, and launch smart stack on the Watch face
  • WatchOS 10
  • 5 colours in aluminium: starlight, midnight, silver, (PRODUCT)RED, and pink
  • 3 stainless steel colours: gold, silver, and graphite
  • 41mm and 45mm options
  • First third-party certified carbon-neutral product (when paired with a Sport Loop band)
  • New FineWoven band to replace leather bands for environmental purposes

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Apple Watch Ultra 2
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The next iteration of the rugged adventure wearable has the same chip and updated features of the Series 9 (like the double-tap control), all in a rough-and-tumble package with the adventure specs wearable fans first embraced last year.

  • New S9 chip
  • Double-tap gesture functionality
  • The brightest display of any Apple Watch
  • Expanded altitude range
  • New Modular Ultra display for more information on the screen
  • Ambient light sensor for Night Mode
  • WatchOS 10
  • 36-hour power estimate on a standard charge
  • 72-hour power estimate on low-power mode
  • Carbon neutral with an Alpine Loop or Trail Loop

iPhone 15 Line

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

Apple iPhone 15 Line
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The biggest story for most smartphone users will be the shift to the USB-C port (which a host of devices have been using for years), but that’s not all that’s new with the standard iPhone line. The Dynamic Island, which debuted last year in the iPhone Pro models, comes to the 15 and 15 Plus, making the feature standard for navigation across all new iPhones.

Key details:

  • Dynamic Island feature
  • New USB-C charging port
  • Brighter OLED screen
  • iPhone 15: 6.1 inches; iPhone 15 Plus: 6.7 inches
  • 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities
  • A16 Bionic chip (used in the 14 Proline)
  • Ultrawideband chip
  • New contoured edges and color-infused glass
  • Available in pink, yellow, green, blue, and black colours
  • Ceramic shield screen and water and dust resistance
  • New dual cameras with a 48-megapixel camera
  • 2x telephoto option
  • New Portrait Mode features, including machine learning subject recognition and Focus and Depth Control
  • Improved Night Mode
  • Ultrawide camera
  • Roadside Assistance via Satellite launching with AAA

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

AppleiPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
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The premium iPhone models got an upgrade to titanium casing—the same used on the Mars rover—but that’s not all. The Pro introduces an Action button to replace the silencer switch, which can be used as shortcuts for simple actions, and there’s a powerful new 5x telephoto camera. Like the standard line, the Pro models are also making the shift to the USB-C port. Unlike the other units, however, the port is optimized for faster USB-3 data transfer speeds.

Key details:

  • New Grade 5 titanium design
  • Thinnest-ever borders and rounded edges
  • Ceramic Shield display
  • iPhone 15 Pro: 6.1 inches; iPhone 15 Pro Max: 6.7-inches
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities
  • 4 finishes: black titanium, white titanium, blue titanium, and natural titanium
  • Structural frame for replacement
  • USB-C charging port
  • USB-3 fast transfer speed
  • New Action button
  • Standby feature while charging
  • New A17 Pro chip
  • Updated 48 mp rear camera
  • New telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom
  • Updated 12-megapixel Ultrawide camera
  • Spatial video capture for Apple Vision Pro

AirPods Pro (Second Generation)

AirPods Pro (Second Generation)
Apple

The AirPods Pro didn’t see any huge updates, but there are some changes. Most notably, the charging case will now feature a USB-C port, just like the new phones, and can now be charged by being connected to an iPhone. The case has a new IP54 rating for dust resistance. The earphones are enabled for Lossless Audio ahead of the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset (which does not yet have a release date beyond “early next year”).

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Find out when the products will be available at apple.com

Written by Brett Williams, NASM

Article originally appeared on menshealth.com

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