Historically, Apple sells extra Professional fashions in comparison with the vanilla ones. Each positively have their place in the marketplace and, in our expertise, are likely to attraction to a distinct crowd usually.

Nonetheless, it’s possible you’ll be questioning whether or not to get the common iPhone 15 or the iPhone 15 Professional. Apple continues to introduce loads of segmentation between its vanilla and Professional fashions, however that undoubtedly varies 12 months to 12 months.

With its new show, the inclusion of the Dynamic Island and the transfer to a brand new 48MP digital camera, the vanilla mannequin is arguably nearer to the Professional this 12 months, extra so than in recent times. Nonetheless, the variations and similarities are value analyzing intimately to try to justify some financial savings or some additional spending on a brand-new iPhone.

Measurement comparability

The vanilla and Professional iPhone 15s are very related when it comes to bodily proportions. The strange 15 is barely taller and wider, whereas the Professional makes up the distinction with a thicker profile. Nonetheless, the 2 telephones are remarkably related in follow and in particular person, with an virtually equivalent in-hand really feel.

The iPhone 15 Professional is notably heavier at 187 grams, in comparison with 171 grams on the vanilla. As soon as once more, nevertheless, in follow, the distinction will not be that substantial.

Apple managed to shave off some weight from the Professional fashions this 12 months, making them the lightest Professional fashions ever, by going for a titanium body as a substitute of stainless-steel, like prior to now.

The vanilla iPhone 15 will get an aluminum body as a substitute, which could be extra malleable and simpler to dent and scuff, however it’s nonetheless a wonderful materials worthy of a contemporary premium cellphone.

iPhone 15 vs iPhone 15 Pro

Each iPhones have a brand new chamfer across the center body that softens the perimeters and makes for a extra snug in-hand really feel.

Since we’re mentioning variations, whereas each iPhone fashions have the same-sized shows with flat panels, the highest glass’s precise form will not be equivalent. On the iPhone 15 Professional, the glass extends over the center body after which slopes down, arguably making for a extra trendy and premium look. On the vanilla iPhone 15, the glass tucks into the center body. It is a delicate distinction in design, however one of many few that may be appreciated principally in particular person.

Technically, the iPhone 15 Professional has the vanilla beat within the screen-to-body ratio division with an 88.2% determine, in comparison with 86.4%, because of its thinner show bezels.

Telling the 2 telephones aside is a little more tough from the entrance this 12 months because the Dynamic Island has lastly trickled right down to the vanilla iPhone. The distinction is immediately obvious from the again as a result of totally different variety of cameras.

The physique colours are a lifeless giveaway which is which as properly, and whereas the brand new titanium finishes on the Professional look very interesting in their very own proper, our private choice right here is for the colourful and colourful finishes on the iPhone 15 vanilla, which you may get in all-new Black, Blue, Inexperienced, Yellow and Pink shades.

When it comes to different supplies and safety, apart from the distinction within the body we already famous, each telephones have a Corning-mage glass again of some type in addition to a Ceramic Defend glass up entrance. Each telephones even have an IP68 ingress safety ranking, permitting them to outlive as much as half-hour in as much as 6 meters of recent water.

Show comparability

Each the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional are rocking a compact 6.1-inch show, one of many Tremendous Retina XDR OLED selection. Each telephones additionally promote superb and equivalent brightness output figures of 1,000 nits in common mode and as much as 2,000 nits peak. iPhones stay a bit extra conservative in boosting and sustaining boosted brightness in daylight in comparison with most trendy Android rivals, besides, the distinction in brightness output is noticeable in follow and far appreciated.

Each the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional even have the very same show decision of 1179 x 2556 pixels – completely sharp in follow.

The one main distinction in show tech between the vanilla iPhone 15 and the Professional is the inclusion of variable excessive refresh charges on the Professional. Apple calls this characteristic ProMotion, and because the identify suggests, it continues to be relegated to the Professional fashions. It is an actual disgrace that Cupertino hasn’t determined to no less than bump the vanilla iPhone 15’s show as much as 90Hz since excessive refresh fee is so prolific and simply attainable within the Android realm these days and for manner much less cash, too.

The LTPO show on the iPhone 15 Professional can refresh at as much as 120Hz and go as little as 1Hz, which is what Apple leverages for its always-on show characteristic.

The All the time-On Show can also be annoyingly lacking from the vanilla iPhone 15 and never as a result of any apparent technical limitation, however presumably as a consequence of missing variable refresh fee and Apple’s need to not hurt battery endurance numbers on the vanilla mannequin.

Battery life

On condition that the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional have similar-sized our bodies, it’s no shock that they home very similar-capacity battery packs. Nonetheless, with much less {hardware} to suit, the vanilla manages to cram a barely larger 3349 mAh battery, in comparison with 3274 mAh within the Professional. Probably not a considerable distinction.

In follow, nevertheless, after placing each telephones by way of their paces, we will confidently say that the common iPhone 15 delivers notably, if not amazingly, higher battery life. It managed a strong 98 hours of endurance in our testing, in comparison with 86 hours on the iPhone 15 Professional. Each telephones did fairly equally when it comes to standby and name efficiency, with many of the distinction stemming from larger on-screen check instances on the iPhone 15. That is most likely achieved by way of a mixture of chipset and show energy effectivity, however regardless, the iPhone 15 squeezes out a small victory on this division.

Charging velocity

Apple has all the time been a bit ambiguous in terms of charging the iPhones. In line with official specs, each the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Professional ought to be capable of get from zero to 50% cost in half-hour. And certainly, each telephones handle and exceed that process with ease.

Apple is a bit unclear about what charger it’s best to get to your iPhone since one doesn’t come within the field. That marketed charging fee is achieved “with 20W adapter or larger,” our testing verifies that each the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional are likely to cost at a max of about 20-21W.

In our testing, the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional have very related charging curves, no less than up till the very previous couple of % of battery capability. Each telephones managed to get from zero to 32% in quarter-hour after which round 58% in half an hour, exceeding Apple’s advertising and marketing guarantees. An hour on the charger acquired us proper round 86% of cost on each telephones.

After the primary hour or so, nevertheless, charging on the vanilla iPhone 15 tapers off fairly aggressively right down to solely 4W or so for some purpose. This leads to a complete charging time of 1:50 on the vanilla iPhone 15, in comparison with 1:33 on the iPhone 15 Professional.

We are able to solely speculate why this distinction is current, however it’s constant, which technically means we now have to offer a small win right here to the iPhone 15 Professional, though in sensible phrases, each telephones cost at a fairly related fee.

Speaker check

The same old hybrid stereo speaker is employed on the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional – the earpiece acts as a second channel, becoming a member of the devoted backside speaker to supply a stereo expertise. Apple additionally does a little bit of intelligent crosstalk cancellation on its audio system by having every speaker output a few of the ‘reverse’ channels however at a decrease quantity.

Total, we’re as soon as once more taking a look at a really related setup throughout each telephones when it comes to {hardware} and efficiency. In typical iPhone vogue, the audio output right here is superb. Loudness will get a “GOOD” grade on each telephones in our testing and is only a bit shy of a “VERY GOOD” mark. There’s a shocking quantity of bass within the output, and each telephones even have a really likable rendition of vocals and the crispy treble.

You possibly can’t go unsuitable with both cellphone on this division.


The iPhone 15 makes use of final 12 months’s top-tier A16 Bionic chipset, whereas the iPhone 15 Professional is powered by Apple’s newest invention – the Apple A17 Professional chipset. The Bionic moniker is not any extra, as this new piece of silicon brings the iPhone fashions to an entire new degree with console-grade graphics and {hardware} ray tracing acceleration – Apple’s advertising and marketing converse, after all.

The brand new Apple A17 Professional chipset is the primary ever mass-market SoC manufactured by TSMC on a 3nm course of node. This, together with architectural developments, has resulted in what Apple calls the “most effective cellular CPU” and one that gives 3x higher efficiency per watt than the “competitors” with its effectivity cores. We aren’t fairly positive what that competitors is, precisely, although.

Advertising discuss is nice and all, however let’s reel issues again a bit and have a look at some precise efficiency metrics, beginning with CPU. The A17 Professional ought to be round 10% sooner than the A16 Bionic on its efficiency cores. That ought to translate to round 16% higher single-core scores and about 13% higher multi-core ones in one thing like GeekBench. It is not an earth-shattering distinction, for positive.

Apple iPhone 15


iPhone 15

AnTuTu 10

Geekbench 6
2,606 single-core

Geekbench 6
6,526 multi-core

Apple iPhone 15 Pro


iPhone 15 Pro

AnTuTu 10

Geekbench 6
2,922 single-core

Geekbench 6
7,172 multi-core

The A17 Professional will get a much bigger enhance within the GPU division. For starters, it has six GPU cores, another than the 5 contained in the A16 Bionic. These are apparently all-new “professional class” graphical cores, too, with 20% sooner efficiency than these contained in the A16 Bionic.

The most important innovation this 12 months is hardware-accelerated ray tracing, which guarantees to be 4 instances sooner than the software-based ray tracing on the A16 Bionic and will lastly make “console-level” graphics on the iPhone a actuality. It’s nonetheless unclear what that entails in sensible phrases. Nonetheless, Apple did exhibit some spectacular capabilities at its launch occasion by promising that AAA video games from CAPCOM, like Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Village, shall be coming to the iPhone as direct ports.

The iPhone 15 Professional additionally will get two additional gigs of RAM for a complete of 8GB, in comparison with the 6GB contained in the vanilla iPhone 15. Whereas this may not be a serious distinction at current, it would grow to be a limiting issue sooner or later and a sound purpose for the vanilla iPhone 15 to not obtain a sure future iOS options.

Lastly, we should always point out that each the iPhone 15 and 15 Professional now have a USB Sort-C port and each assist USB Host/OTG by way of stated port and Show Port video output. There are, nevertheless, USB knowledge connection velocity variations dictated by the totally different chipsets. The common iPhone 15 is restricted to USB 2.0 speeds of as much as 480 Mbps. The iPhone 15 Professional, however, helps USB 3.2 Gen 2 knowledge switch speeds of as much as 10 Gbps.

Digicam comparability

As anticipated, there are some main digital camera variations between the vanilla iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Professional. Let’s begin with the vanilla iPhone 15 first since that’s easier. This 12 months, it will get an all-new 48MP most important digital camera. Apple is performing some computational and stacking magic to finish up with 24MP stills, that are extra detailed than any of the 12MP cameras on earlier iPhones because of a extra feature-rich model of Apple’s Photonic Engine.

The vanilla iPhone 15 additionally will get a 12MP ultrawide digital camera, which is type of just like the one on the Professional, however not likely, since it isn’t as potent and lacks autofocus, which the Professional leverages for macro images. Additionally lacking on the common iPhone – is the TOF 3D LiDAR scanner on the again of the cellphone for depth knowledge.

On the entrance, each telephones guess the SL 3D depth sensing {hardware} for Face ID that additionally aids the selfie digital camera. The selfie on the iPhone 15 is definitely fairly just like the one on the Professional. Each have PDAF, however the iPhone 15 Professional does add OIS on prime of that.

The iPhone 15 Professional additionally has a 48MP most important digital camera. It makes use of a considerably larger sensor than the one within the vanilla 15. Now you can seize 48MP HEIF/JPG photographs alongside 48MP ProRAW. They’ve additionally provide you with 28mm and 35mm equal digital zoom modes, and the iPhone will allow you to decide one in every of these focal lengths as your default setting.

The ultrawide on the iPhone 15 Professional is carried ahead from the earlier technology. As talked about, in contrast to the one within the vanilla iPhone 15, it has autofocus, which permits it to double as a macro shooter.

The iPhone 15 Professional makes use of the identical 3x unit from the 14 Professionals, with the numbers wanting unchanged from the 13 Professionals. Nonetheless, you get a devoted telephoto, which is one other factor the vanilla iPhone 15 lacks.

Final, however not least, additionally it is value noting that the common iPhone 15 doesn’t get entry to Apple’s proprietary ProRes video seize. 3D (spatial) video is simply obtainable on the Professional fashions as properly.

The iPhone 15 Professional usually presents a greater total digital camera setup and high quality.

iPhone 15 camera samples: 0.5x - f/2.4, ISO 25, 1/2096s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 camera samples: 1x - f/1.6, ISO 50, 1/7692s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 camera samples: 2x - f/1.6, ISO 40, 1/5618s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review

iPhone 15 digital camera samples: 0.5x • 1x • 2x

Although that stated, the iPhone 15 positively holds its personal, and its new 48MP most important digital camera is an enormous step ahead from the older 12MP cam of the iPhone 14.

iPhone 15 Pro camera samples: 0.5x - f/2.2, ISO 40, 1/3717s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 Pro camera samples: 1x - f/1.8, ISO 80, 1/10417s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 Pro camera samples: 3x - f/2.8, ISO 25, 1/1727s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review

iPhone 15 Professional digital camera samples: 0.5x • 1x • 3x

Each telephones shine in low-light seize, too. Nonetheless, the iPhone 15 Professional has a slight edge total, particularly within the zoom division by way of using its devoted telephoto.

iPhone 15 camera samples: Low-light - f/1.6, ISO 1250, 1/17s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 camera samples: Night mode - f/1.6, ISO 640, 1/9s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review

iPhone 15 digital camera samples: Low-light • Evening mode

iPhone 15 Pro camera samples: Low-light - f/1.8, ISO 2500, 1/17s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review
iPhone 15 Pro camera samples: Night mode - f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/9s - iPhone 15 vs. iPhone 15 Pro review

iPhone 15 Professional digital camera samples: Low-light • Evening mode

Here is a glimpse of how the iPhone 15’s most important digital camera compares in picture high quality to the iPhone 15 Professional’s in our Image compare tool.

And this is how the iPhone 15’s most important digital camera compares in video high quality to the iPhone 15 Professional’s in our Video compare tool.


On the time of writing, a base 6GB/128GB iPhone 15 has an MSRP of USD 799/GBP 799/EUR 949/INR 79,900 whereas a base 8GB/128GB iPhone 15 Professional ought to set you again USD 999/GBP 999/EUR 1,199/INR 134,900. So, relying on the place you reside, the bounce from vanilla to Professional is unquestionably on a spectrum. Even so, Apple is clearly using the “decoy impact”, generally often called “popcorn pricing,” for its lineup because the vanilla iPhone 15 is many of the manner there money-wise, in comparison with the iPhone 15 Professional and the iPhone 15 Professional Max will not be far off after that.

Whereas we will not blame Apple in any respect for making an attempt to upsell prospects, the true query that you just, as a client, must reply right here is whether or not the iPhone 15 Professional is value the additional cash.

Except you actually hate the brand new Professional titanium colour choices, there isn’t a precise purpose to think about a vanilla iPhone over the Professional apart from worth. Sadly, there isn’t a “proper” reply right here, and it’ll all come down to non-public desires and priorities.

Perhaps you’ll admire the considerably higher digital camera setup on the iPhone 15 Professional. You would be getting a devoted optical zoom digital camera, the autofocusing ultrawide cam with macro capabilities, or the highly-praised Apple ProRes video seize?

Probably not a digital camera buff? Maybe you take pleasure in trendy excessive refresh fee shows and easily cannot put up with 60Hz anymore.

Or, simply perhaps, you end up enticed by the potential of AAA, “console-level” gaming on the iPhone 15 Professional. That final one is extra of a promise than actuality at this cut-off date, however a great one nonetheless.

If any of the above captivates you, then spending the additional money on an iPhone 15 Professional is value it. In any other case, the vanilla iPhone 15 will realistically get you many of the manner there, supply an analogous total expertise, and hopefully final you about as lengthy.

    iPhone 15

    Get the Apple iPhone 15 for:

  • The lower cost.
  • The lighter physique.
  • The extra vibrant colour choices.
  • The marginally higher battery life.

    Apple iPhone 15 Pro

    Get the Apple iPhone 14 for:

  • The 120Hz ProMotion adaptive refresh fee show.
  • The considerably sooner charging velocity.
  • The extra highly effective chipset and future gaming potential.
  • The ten Gbps USB port switch speeds.
  • The all-around superior digital camera system with telephoto and autofocusing ultrawide for macros.

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