Happy Anniversary! It’s been one year since you got your brand new iPhone! Fortunately, Apple has just come out with a brand new iPhone...yes, again. In case you encounter malfunctions with your personal device or want a slight upgrade to a different camera lens or home screen, you are in luck! The new iPhone 15 is out, but is it truly worth it?
Apple continues to promote its new electronic devices, persuading the consumer into believing they are must-have items. However, it is not significantly different from previous iPhones of recent years, despite a few new features. With a more in-depth analysis of the new iPhone 15, one can decide whether to stick with your handy iPhone X or go for an upgrade.
The latest addition to Apple’s iPhone was released for public sale on September 22, 2023. It is available in four models: iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. What’s the difference between them? Furthermore, can they be considered different enough to prior releases?
The iPhone 15 is the most affordable among them, priced at $799 for the 128 GB model. In addition, one can anticipate spending around $899 for the 15 plus, $999 for the 15 Pro, and a whopping $1,199 for the Pro Max. Consumers will need to pay more for assuredly more technological advances per generation.
Similarly, the previous iPhone 14 still remains the same price upon the release of the new device.
It is no secret your iPhone’s battery life tends to deteriorate after continuous use, so much that you might have to purchase a new one before you are ready for an upgrade. Apple does not speak upon the improved battery life, so one would expect it to remain the same as the iPhone 14. Displays are often a feature that has remained the same since the iPhone X, except for the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, which exhibit a brighter screen
All iPhone 15 models have a new look with rounded out edges, compared to sharper corners on previous models. They are also about an
ounce lighter than the previous iPhone 14, weighing in at 6.6 ounces compared to 7.27 ounces.This weight reduction is due to the new incorporation of thinner switches, display bezels, and a newly featured “action button”. Apple has replaced the ring/silent switch with a custom action button that you can access to your camera, voice memos, flashlight, and even your noise cancellation switch. This iPhone update from Apple seems needless, and the announcement is probably viewed as an effort to persuade customers to try it out for themselves by using the goods.
Another huge change for not only the iPhone 15 releases but Apple products as a whole is the introduction of the new USB- C port. The previous lightning cable was exclusive to Apple products, while the majority of other companies were using a traditional USB-C cable. With this change, consumers are now able to charge another device from the iPhone using this cable, such as AirPods or a non-Apple device.
There are, however, some more interesting features that have people deeming the new iPhone worth the money. This includes the new voicemail feature for Facetime, which is included in the IOS 17 release. With it, you can leave a video voicemail when your FaceTime call goes unanswered, whether it's a quick update, a beautiful view, or just the desire to see your loved ones.
In addition to this, Apple is launching a set of new pastel colors, including yellow, pink, green, blue, or black, with the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus. Prior to this release in 2012, Apple released colored iPhone for the first time with the iPhone 5c. It featured five neon colors which skyrocketed prices and sales of the phone. Furthermore, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro max feature a different set of colors, including white titanium, blue titanium, black titanium, and a natural titanium.
An exclusive safety feature in the new release inhibits satellite connection to help with roadside assistance in case of an emergency. It connects a user with car problems in areas with no wifi or cell signal to AAA for help. With this new safety precaution, along with crash
detection and emergency SOS via satellite, the new iPhone is helpful in an emergency.
The new iPhone 15 offers a few new upgrades for the consumer, including new colors, safety features, FaceTime voicemails, and a better camera quality. However, it does not seem worth paying for an upgrade from your personal device if you own anything above an iPhone X. This product launch has a majority of similar features to previous iPhones, especially, the necessary functions in a cellular device, such as calling, texting, and capturing photos and video. The only reason to consider spending almost $1,000 on the iPhone 15 is if you frequently travel to areas with no cell service or if you require an immediate upgrade. If not, I’d say save your money.
Editorial: Sally (Anh) Ngo. October 1, 2023
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