Apple iPhone 15, Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 annoucement wrap-up

Ivan, 13 September 2023

Apple's iPhone 15 event is over and it was a big one.

All iPhone 15 models have USB-C ports, finally! The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus were bumped to the Dynamic Island notch and got a new 48MP main camera. Its sensor is smaller than the Pros' 48MP unit, though, but it snaps in 24MP by default.

Apple iPhone 15 and 15 Plus get Dynamic Island, USB-C, new main camera

The Pros saw the biggest upgrades. The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max ditch the heavy stainless steel for a stronger, more durable, and lighter titanium alloy with a brushed finish in four colors - Black, White, Blue, and natural Titanium.

The biggest updates to the Pro line are the cameras and the A17 Pro chipset. Starting from the latter - it's the world's first 3nm SoC, and it has a 10% faster processor and up to 20% faster graphics.

Both new Pros got a new, bigger-sensor 48MP main camera, and new ultrawide whooters, and the Pro Max got an exclusive 5x telephoto camera, courtesy of a tetraprism periscope design. This camera is a zoom revolution on an iPhone and it took Apple years to design.

Apple puts USB-C on the iPhone 15 Pros, the Pro Max debuts a periscope zoom

Finally, we got the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Watch Ultra 2. The biggest update to these smart wearables is the S9 system in package (SiP) with 60% more transistors than the outgoing S8 series chip. It boasts a 30% faster GPU and a new 4-core NPU.

But that’s not all – the S9 SiP allows Siri requests processed on the device, which means much faster results as they don’t go to the cloud and back. Apple also promises 25% more accurate voice dictation.

Double Tap is arguably the killer new feature on the Series 9. This is a new pinch gesture using your thumb and index finger similar to how you operate the Apple Vision Pro headset.

Apple Watch 9 and Watch Ultra 2 announces with brighter sceens, Double Tap and all-day battery life

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Specifications
Pricing and availability
vs. iPhone 14 Pro Max
vs. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
vs. Google Pixel 7 Pro

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

>Apple iPhone 15 Pro Specifications
Pricing and availability
vs. iPhone 14 Pro
vs. Samsung Galaxy S23+
vs. Samsung Galaxy S23
vs. Sony Xperia 5 V

Apple iPhone 15 Plus

Apple iPhone 15 Plus Specifications
Pricing and availability
vs. iPhone 14 Plus

Apple iPhone 15

Apple iPhone 15 Specifications
Pricing and availability
vs. iPhone 14

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Apple Watch Ultra 2 Specifications
vs. Apple Watch Ultra

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple Watch Series 9 Specifications
vs. Apple Watch Series 8


Reader comments

  • Tee
  • 14 Sep 2023
  • Nkw

Another year, another recycled phone from Apple. I'm at loss at consumers who buy the same iteration each year.

You're right that iOS is the problem, but for a much larger reason: They don't allow alternative app stores and they limit what apps can do. Without those restrictions, there would certainly be some third party app that adds those features ...

  • Anonymous
  • 13 Sep 2023
  • qqb

Wow a watch that's probably 800 or 900 again just because it's screen is a little bigger... All these watches are more insanely over priced than the phones. And I don't just mean the apple ones. You get tiny miniscule screens, weak l...

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