December 7, 2023

Completely happy iPhone 15 launch day!

At present, Apple formally launched the iPhone 15 lineup in addition to its next-generation Apple Watch Sequence 9 and Apple Watch Extremely 2. It additionally began promoting a USB-C model of the AirPods Professional 2. Fortunately, I used to be fortunate sufficient to get a preorder in quickly sufficient to get my iPhone 15 Professional on launch day, so let’s dive in on my first impressions.

The very first thing I seen concerning the iPhone 15 Professional once I opened the field was, after all, the colour! As an alternative of going for my ordinary whatever-version-of-black Apple is advertising and marketing this 12 months, I took a leap and went with Titanium Blue. Blue is definitely my favourite coloration so I’m stunned I didn’t give the Pacific Blue or Sierra Blue of previous a strive, however I’m glad I lastly did with this one.

Picture supply: Joe Wituschek

Whereas the Pure Titanium appears far and away the most well-liked coloration this 12 months, I’ve a tender spot for the Blue Titanium, particularly when it’s paired with the Evergreen FineWoven case. Talking of which, I do know that folks have been giving that case a tricky time. Personally, I’m having fun with it to this point. I like the fabric, however — like anybody who has come into contact with it — I do fear about the way it will maintain up aesthetically over time.

The second factor I seen concerning the iPhone 15 Professional was simply how a lot LIGHTER it feels. Whereas some could not discover the distinction, I might inform instantly that this cellphone is lighter than its chrome steel counterpart. That titanium housing actually makes a distinction. The load of the Professional fashions was at all times one among my largest issues with them — particularly after being an iPhone mini individual for some time — so I actually recognize the load distinction in comparison with my iPhone 14 Professional.

iPhone 15 Pro USB-C portPicture supply: Joe Wituschek

In fact, it’s robust to take a look at the iPhone 15 Professional and never discover that lovely USB-C port. It’s lastly right here! Exterior of a charging cable for my Apple Watch, I can lastly deliver one USB-C cable to cost my iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AirPods Professional (sure, I upgraded these to USB-C too). That’s an enormous draw for me since I discover myself touring extra these days.

iPhone 15 Pro Action ButtonPicture supply: Joe Wituschek

I assumed I would miss the Mute change on the facet of the cellphone, however after attempting out the brand new Motion button for 5 seconds, I’m so glad that Apple introduced the idea from the Apple Watch Extremely to the iPhone 15 Professional. Proper now, I’m utilizing it to deliver up the Digicam app and take a photograph. I bear in mind when Second made an iPhone case with a devoted shutter button — this feels a lot like that, and it’s improbable.

One factor I assumed I’d discover however haven’t is the thinner bezels. They’re technically thinner than my iPhone 14 Professional, however, truthfully, it isn’t one thing that I can actually see until I stare at each telephones subsequent to one another. Nonetheless, I’ll take it — particularly because it results in an total smaller cellphone.

iPhone 15 Pro backPicture supply: Joe Wituschek

There’s a lot extra to dive into, together with efficiency comparisons — particularly in terms of gaming — however I’m actually pleased with my first impression of the iPhone 15 Professional. Between the titanium housing, the USB-C port, and the Motion button, it seems like a significant improve from my iPhone 14 Professional that I’ll actually take pleasure in over the following 12 months — till the iPhone 16 Professional, after all!