The iPhone 15 Pro models from Apple will be faster, curvier, and more expensive. The price increase is likely to drive more buyers to the standard iPhone 15 models, but they will be disappointed.
According to a new leak from (historically trustworthy) insider yeux1122, Apple will defy industry trends once more by making its ProMotion 120Hz displays, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max exclusives. This would be the third year in a row that Apple has restricted high refresh rate (HRR) panels to its most expensive iPhones, which is becoming increasingly untenable.
The benefit of a high refresh rate display is that it refreshes up to twice as frequently as a standard 60Hz panel, resulting in smoother animations and a more fluid experience. Despite no changes to the touch sampling rate, it can also make touch input feel more responsive.
Furthermore, high refresh rates have quickly become mainstream, with devices such as Samsung’s $299 Galaxy M33 and RealMe’s $199 Narzo 50 bringing 120Hz displays to the budget market. So why does Apple keep limiting its 120Hz ‘ProMotion’ displays to $1,000 iPhones? It all boils down to two things: implementation and marketing.
Top features of iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 Pro Launching This Year With These 11 New Features
- A17 chip
- Titanium frame
- Ultra-thin curved bezels
- Faster USB-C port
- Wi-Fi 6E
- Increased RAM
- Solid-state buttons
- Mute button
- Increased optical zoom for iPhone 15 Pro Max
- Improved LiDAR Scanner
- Dark red color option
Also, read Yellow iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
Apple only uses LTPO panels for ProMotion implementation. This is due to the fact that operating at 120Hz quickly depletes battery life on standard screens, which are used in cheaper 120Hz phones. To reduce battery consumption, LTPO panels have a variable refresh rate that can drop as low as 1Hz when the screen is static.
Dimensions of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Plus
Dimensions of the iPhone 15 Pro Max and Plus are below:
- iPhone 15 Plus — 160.87 x 77.76 x 7.81 mm
- iPhone 14 Plus — 160.84 x 78.07 x 7.79 mm
- iPhone 15 Pro Max — 159.86 × 76.73 × 8.25 mm
- iPhone 14 Pro Max — 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85 mm
None of this helps iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus buyers, who simply want the high refresh rates seen on rival phones at much lower prices. That won’t change for at least another year, though an updated design, a locked-down version of USB-C, and some crazy new colors will.