The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are among Apple’s newest iPhone models and follow last year’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, but how different are the two latest 6.1-inch iPhone models, and what exactly does a “Pro” device give you?
Last year, the biggest new differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro were always-on functionality, the Dynamic Island, three hours of battery life, and rear cameras with different apertures. With iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, both devices share new features like the USB-C port, second-generation Ultra Wideband chip, and next-generation portraits, but Apple’s “Pro” and non-Pro iPhone models are more different than ever.
Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhone models is best for you, and serves as a way to clearly see what additional features and upgrades the iPhone 15 Pro brings to the table.
|iPhone 15||iPhone 15 Pro|
|Aluminum and glass design||Titanium and glass design|
|Slightly smaller due to slimmer borders around the display|
|Weighs 171g or 201g||Weighs 187g or 221g|
|Ring/Silent switch||Action button|
|ProMotion with adaptive refresh rates up to 120Hz|
|A16 Bionic chip (5nm)||A17 Pro chip (3nm)|
|6-core CPU||6-core CPU (up to 10% faster)|
|5-core GPU||6-core GPU with with hardware-accelerated ray tracing (up to 20% faster)|
|16-core Neural Engine||16-core Neural Engine (up to 2x faster)|
|Dedicated AV1 decoder|
|6GB memory||8GB memory|
|“Advanced” dual-camera system||“Pro” triple camera system|
|48-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture||48-megapixel Main camera with ƒ/1.78 aperture and larger sensor|
|12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.4 aperture||12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture|
|12-megapixel Telephoto camera with ƒ/2.8 aperture (unit with larger sensor, folded tetraprism design, and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module on Pro Max model only)|
|0.5x, 1x, and 2x optical zoom||0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x, and 5x optical zoom (5x on Pro Max only)|
|Sensor-shift optical image stabilization||Second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization|
|True Tone flash||Adaptive True Tone flash|
|Night mode portraits|
|Shoot and instantly transfer 48-megapixel ProRAW images to Mac via USB 3|
|Record video directly to an external drive|
|ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fps (60 fps with external recording)|
|Macro video recording, including slo‑mo and time‑lapse|
|Log video recording|
|Academy Color Encoding System|
|Record spatial video for Apple Vision Pro|
|USB 2 transfer speeds (up to 480Mb/s)||USB 3 transfer speeds (up to 10Gb/s, 20x faster)|
|DisplayPort support for up to 4K HDR video output|
|Wi‑Fi 6 connectivity||Wi‑Fi 6E connectivity|
|Thread networking technology|
|20- or 26-hour battery life||23- or 29-hour battery life|
|128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options (no 128GB on Pro Max)|
|Yellow, Blue, Pink, Green, and Black color options||Natural Titanium, Blue Titanium, White Titanium, and Black Titanium color options|
|Starts at $799||Starts at $999|
The iPhone 15 Pro offers a large number of upgrades over the standard iPhone 15. With just $200 difference to obtain a display with ProMotion and always-on functionality, the Action Button, and longer battery life, many customers will be able to justify getting the iPhone 15 Pro over the iPhone 15. Other differences, such as the A17 Pro chip and 2GB additional memory are notable, but most significant are perhaps the devices’ fundamentally different rear camera setups. The iPhone 15 Pro unlocks 10 additional camera features and offers four additional or different pieces of camera hardware. Due to the scale and breadth of the iPhone 15 Pro’s improvements and features, most customers will be happy to choose the high-end model.
The standard iPhone 15 still offers many of the iPhone 15 Pro’s most compelling capabilities, such as USB-C, Dynamic Island, and a 48-megapixel main camera, at a lower price point. It will only be worth getting the iPhone 15 over the iPhone 15 Pro if you want a lighter device, do not care for the “Pro” rear camera setup or features like ProMotion and the always-on display, or cannot justify the $200 to upgrade to the high-end model. In this instance, you will still benefit from the device’s generous roster of advanced features. The iPhone 15 is still a very well designed and balanced device, especially for average customers and those coming from a much older model.