Apple introduces iPhone 15 with USB-C, Apple Watch with ‘double-tap’

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By Tim Biggs

Updated September 13, 2023 — 7.24am

Apple has announced its archetypal smartphones with USB-C ports, much than 10 years aft introducing its proprietary Lightning connector, arsenic it unveiled the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro astatine an lawsuit successful California overnight.

The phones, which were introduced alongside the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2, present usage the aforesaid charging cablegram that tin powerfulness iPads, Macs, Android phones and galore different devices. Apple said it was besides bringing the connector to its wired earbuds and AirPods Pro, and volition fto iPhones complaint definite accessories erstwhile connected. But you’ll lone get the highest USB 3 speeds connected the iPhone 15 Pro, with an due cable.

The connector power comes aft new European laws were introduced past year, which unit Apple and others to accommodate the USB-C modular for each smartphones by 2024.

At the lawsuit astatine Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theatre successful Cupertino, Apple announced that the modular iPhone 15 and larger iPhone 15 Plus would inherit immoderate features from past year’s Pro devices; namely the thinner surface borders, “dynamic island” show notch and the A16 Bionic chip.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Max volition beryllium disposable from September 22, starting astatine $1500 and $1650 respectively successful Australia, an summation from past year’s prices.

The phones besides person amended dependable isolation for telephone calls and a caller 48MP main camera, allowing for sharper shots and a clearer 2x zoom, alongside the returning ultra-wide camera.

It’s a changing of the defender  for Apple’s iPhone charger.

It’s a changing of the defender for Apple’s iPhone charger.Credit: SMH

The caller iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models diagnostic a titanium decorativeness and rounder corners, portion the modular mute power has been replaced by a caller fastener which tin beryllium programmed for a scope of functions. For example, it could motorboat the camera oregon statesman a dependable recording.

The Pros diagnostic a caller procreation of spot called the A17 Pro, with importantly expanded graphics processing. Apple said it volition let console video games similar Resident Evil Village and Assassin’s Creed Mirage to tally natively connected the device.

The 3 Pro cameras tin simulate a scope of lenses, and make spatial video for playback connected Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset, portion the Pro Max exclusively has a 5x optical zoom.

The Pro phones volition besides beryllium disposable connected September 22, for $1850 and $2200, which is simply a much important terms jump. Last year’s iPhone 14 Pro Max launched astatine $1900.

Apple besides introduced the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, which enactment with a caller motion the institution calls “double tap”, wherever users tin bump their thumb and forefinger unneurotic doubly to activate an app’s main function. Some examples Apple gave were answering oregon ending calls, oregon starting timers. The watches person overmuch brighter displays, up to 2000 nits connected Series 9 and 3000 nits connected Ultra 2, and an quality to find adjacent (new) iPhones with overmuch greater precision.

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 has a surface  3  times arsenic  agleam  arsenic  past  year’s Series 8.

The Apple Watch Ultra 2 has a surface 3 times arsenic agleam arsenic past year’s Series 8.Credit: Tim Biggs

The caller watches’ system-on-a-chip processes instrumentality learning tasks doubly arsenic accelerated arsenic the Series 8, according to Apple, meaning galore elemental Siri requests are present processed connected the instrumentality alternatively than needing to spell to the cloud. Later this twelvemonth Siri volition besides summation the quality to entree wellness information on-device, truthful users tin inquire astir their data, oregon adhd caller details with their voice.

The Series 9 volition beryllium sold successful Australia starting astatine $650, with the Ultra 2 starting astatine $1400.


Apple besides announced that the watches were its archetypal carbon-neutral products, and that it would nary longer usage leather connected immoderate of its products arsenic portion of its biology commitments, introducing a caller textile for its ticker bands and telephone cases it calls FineWoven.

The writer travelled to California arsenic a impermanent of Apple.

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