With the annual September release frenzy, Apple enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of their latest innovations. This year, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro promise substantial upgrades in both performance and price.
The iPhone 14 Pro from the previous year held its ground with features like the Dynamic Island display, the cutting-edge bionic chip, and an impressive camera system. However, it’s time to pit it against its successor, the iPhone 15 Pro, and see what sets them apart.
The iPhone 15 Pro boasts advancements in every aspect. Its A16 Bionic chip promises even more power, while its camera system raises the bar with enhanced computational photography and video capabilities.
The design is sleeker, and it introduces innovative features like under-display Face ID. While the iPhone 14 Pro was no slouch, the iPhone 15 Pro’s evolutionary improvements make it the top choice for those seeking the latest and greatest in the Apple ecosystem.
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|iPhone 14 Pro
|iPhone 15 Pro
The design evolution between the iPhone 15 Pro and its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro, is strikingly apparent. Apple has made significant changes in its 2023 lineup.
The iPhone 14 Pro boasted a sleek design with a Ceramic Shield front, textured matte glass back, and a stainless steel frame. However, this design resulted in a hefty 206-gram device. It featured a physical button, while the iPhone 15 Pro has abandoned this for a cleaner, button-less appearance.
The iPhone 14 Pro had an IP68 water resistance rating and a lightning port for charging, though the charging port has seen a change this year. The stainless steel frame added a touch of premium elegance to its aesthetics.
In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro introduces a groundbreaking shift with a Titanium design, Ceramic Shield front, and textured matte glass back. The utilization of Titanium is a notable departure, offering both durability and a significant reduction in weight, down to 187 grams, marking a 9% decrease.
The device’s bezels appear slimmer at first glance and now you don’t get the Physical buttons anymore like the ring/silent slider and volume buttons, instead, those have been replaced by haptic counterparts, streamlining the design further.
The most prominent design alteration is the adoption of Type-C charging, bringing it in line with modern connectivity standards. The water resistance remains at IP68, capable of withstanding submersion up to 6 meters for 30 minutes.
When it comes to the display, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro offer a similar visual experience with a few subtle improvements in terms of screen to body ratio.
The iPhone 14 Pro boasts a 6.1-inch LTPO OLED panel with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. It delivers vibrant visuals with a resolution of 2556‑by‑1179 pixels at 460 ppi. The bezels are slim at 8.7mm, enhancing the overall aesthetic and providing an immersive feel. The display shines in outdoor visibility with around 2000 nits peak brightness in direct sunlight, making it great for various lighting conditions. HDR and Dolby Vision support enhance the movie-watching experience.
Comparatively, the iPhone 15 Pro maintains the same 6.1-inch LTPO OLED panel and 120Hz refresh rate, offering an equally impressive display with accurate colors and sharpness at 2556‑by‑1179 pixels and 460 ppi.
The slight improvement comes in the form of a 1.3% reduction in bezel thickness, resulting in an 88.2mm screen-to-body ratio, further enhancing the immersive quality. Other display features, such as Dolby Vision, HDR10, and outdoor visibility, remain consistent with its predecessor.
While the iPhone 15 Pro introduces a slightly narrower bezel, both models deliver outstanding display quality, making them ideal for various multimedia experiences. Besides that, if you do need more bigger display, you can check out the iPhone 15 Pro Max or the iPhone 14 Pro Max, as both have larger display size with similar high end quality.
In the camera department, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro may not introduce new camera sensors, but they do offer improvements in image processing and features.
The iPhone 14 Pro boasts a 48MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, delivering exceptional photo quality. The telephoto lens provides up to 77mm zoom, with 3x optical zoom and up to 15x digital zoom, allowing for closer shots of distant subjects.
The 12MP ultrawide lens offers a 2x optical zoom and a 120-degree field of view. The 12MP front camera captures stunning outdoor selfies, and both front and rear cameras support 4K cinematic recording. The inclusion of a Lidar scanner enhances distance measurement for surrounding objects.
The iPhone 15 Pro features the same camera sensor as its predecessor, with a 48MP main shooter that leverages automatic depth information to provide greater control over photos. The 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.2 aperture offers 3x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom. The 12MP ultrawide lens maintains its capabilities.
With the upgraded processor, the iPhone 15 Pro enhances image quality. The front 12MP camera remains consistent in delivering sharp selfies with vivid colors, and 4K video recording is supported on both front and rear cameras. The Lidar scanner continues to perform its measurement functions.
While the camera hardware remains largely unchanged, the iPhone 15 Pro leverages improved processing to enhance photo quality and provide more control over depth and portrait effects, offering a subtle yet meaningful improvement over the iPhone 14 Pro.
Talking about performance and overall gaming experience both the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro exhibit advancements, but the 15 Pro stands out with notable upgrades for better clockspeed and data transfers.
The iPhone 14 Pro is no slouch, powered by the A16 Bionic chip, a 4-nanometer processor with power cores clocked at 3.46GHz. This processor ensures smooth multitasking and gaming experiences, particularly excelling in titles like Fortnite and Genshin Impact.
Additionally, the device offers Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support for an immersive media experience. However, it falls short in terms of data transfer speeds due to its USB 2 connection.
In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro packs a punch with the A17 Pro chipset, a 3-nanometer marvel. This chip brings a substantial increase in processing power, boasting speeds of around 3.78GHz, a 9% improvement over the previous year.
With a 6-core Apple GPU, console-like gaming experiences are now possible, allowing titles like Resident Evil Village and Death Stranding to be played with console controllers while delivering enhanced graphics and shadows. The transition to USB 3 significantly accelerates data transfer, making it up to 20 times faster, whether you’re moving movie clips or documentaries shot on your iPhone 15 Pro. Furthermore, Wi-Fi 6e enhances connectivity, ensuring faster downloads and smoother online experiences.
The iPhone 15 Pro’s A17 Pro chipset sets a new standard for performance, offering a substantial boost in processing power and data transfer speeds, making it a clear winner in the performance department compared to the iPhone 14 Pro.
As we covered the brains of both devices, now let’s talk about consciousness, significant updates are evident. And Apple did bring a newly launched OS to this year’s 15 series.
Talking about the older iPhone 14 Pro introduced iOS 16 a year ago, delivering notable improvements to user interaction. The revamped Lock Screen offered extensive customization and introduced widgets for convenient access to information.
A standout feature was Focus filters, enabling users to minimize app distractions, aligned with Lock Screen preferences. Messaging saw substantial enhancements, editing messages and even unsend instantly of just sending messages. The Visual Look Up tool allowed subject isolation from images for seamless integration into apps. Core apps like Mail, Maps, Wallet, Health, and News also received updates, enhancing device functionality.
Now, looking at the newer iPhone 15 Pro which has updated iOS 17 installed from the start, it really offers more personalized experiences and new features like “Personalized Phone Calls” with visual images of the person and enhanced contact sharing.
AirDrop improvements enhance privacy and convenience, and “Initiate SharePlay” simplifies starting SharePlay sessions with proximity gestures, improving usability. Both iPhone 14 Pro and 15 Pro users will eventually receive iOS 17 updates, providing a win-win scenario for all.
When it comes to battery life, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro show incremental improvements over their predecessors.
The iPhone 14 Pro is equipped with a 3,200mAh battery, which Apple claimed could deliver up to 23 hours of video playback, though real-world usage often yielded around 10 to 12 hours of screen time with heavy use.
There’s still the old 20W-wired lightning connection via the lightning port, 15W MagSafe charging, and 7.5W Qi wireless charging. However, it’s worth noting that a charger wasn’t included in the box.
On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro comes with a slightly larger 3,274mAh battery, offering approximately 2% more battery capacity compared to the iPhone 14 Pro. Despite this increase, Apple’s official statement on video playback remains at 23 hours.
Charging options include a 20W wired connection, 15W MagSafe charging, and 7.5W Qi wireless charging. Notably, the included Type-C cable has been improved with a braided cloth design, enhancing durability. As with the previous model, a charger is not included in the package.
Here is a more specified overview of the iPhone 15 Pro specifications against the 14 Pro specs-
|iPhone 14 Pro
|iPhone 15 Pro
|Super Retina XDR display, 6.1‑inch OLED display, 1179×2556 resolution (460ppi), 2000 nits peak.
|6.1‑inch LTPO OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, (88% screen-to-body ratio), 1179×2556 resolution (461 ppi), 2,000 nits peak
|Glass front (Corning-made glass), glass back (Corning-made glass), stainless steel frame
WaterProof: IP68 (6 meters for 30 Min)
Ceramic Shield front
Textured matte glass back
WaterProof: IP68 (6 meters for 30 Min)
|Main: 48 MP Main f/1.78, sensor-shift OIS
12 MP Ultra-Wide, f/2.2, Ultrawide
12MP Telephoto f/2.8, 77m Telephoto (3x Zoom),TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner (depth)
|Main: 48 MP, f/1.8 Main Camera, Focus and Depth Control
12MP , f/2.8, 77m Telephoto with 3x Optical Zoom 12 MP Ultrawide, f/2.2,120°
TOF 3D LiDAR Scanner (depth)Video: 4K@24,30,60fps, Dolby Vision HDR, 3D Spatial Video
Front: 12MP f/1.9, PDAF, SL 3D (biometric sensor, depth)Video: 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS, HDR , Cinematic (4K 30fps)
|OS: iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.4.1 & iOS 17
CPU: A16 Bionic (4nm)
GPU: Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
|OS: iOS 17
CPU: A17 Pro Bionic (3nm), (6-Core CPU)
GPU: Apple GPU (6-core graphics)
Neural Engine: 16-Core
|128, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|3,200mAh, 20W Wired, 15W Magsafe, 7.5 Qi Wireless
|3,274mAh, 20W Wired (& Higher), 15W Magsafe, Qi Wireless 7.5W
|Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio, Built‑in stereo speaker
|Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio, Built‑in stereo speaker
|5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11, dual-band, hotspot
|5G, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, USB-C 3.0 (Display Port Capability)
|Space Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple
|Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, Natural Titanium
The battle of the Pro series continues with the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro. This year, Apple brings significant changes to the table.
The iPhone 14 Pro still holds its ground with the blazing-fast A16 Bionic chip, offering stellar performance. However, it lacks modern convenience with its USB-2 data transfer, leaving users in the slow lane.
On the other hand, the iPhone 15 Pro steps up the game with the A17 Pro chip, haptic buttons, and USB-C 3.0 for lightning-fast data transfers. Its lightweight titanium design is a game-changer, making it a sleek and powerful choice.
Your choice ultimately hinges on priorities. The iPhone 14 Pro offers solid performance at a slightly lower price point, while the iPhone 15 Pro elevates the experience with updated performance and a lighter body, albeit with a higher price tag. Choose wisely based on your needs and budget.
Get the iPhone 14 Pro, if:
> You want the physical button;
> You need the 2nd best iPhone in the world in lesser price;
> You require a good battery life on an iPhone.
Get the iPhone 15 Pro, if:
> You want the best camera system in an iPhone right now;
> You require the fastest performance on an iPhone right now;
> You need the finest design and build quality from Apple.
Mohammad Shariful Islam is the CEO and MD of Apple Gadgets, a leading e-commerce and retail chain for gadgets in Bangladesh. He has a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and holds a decade of experience in gadget E-Commerce. He’s committed to providing the best possible shopping experience for customers by delivering the latest and trendy gadgets.