While iPhone upgrades year-over-year aren’t always significant, new features start piling up over multiple generations. Because of this, the iPhone 15 Pro will be a notable upgrade for those who still have a two-year-old iPhone 13 Pro.

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If you’re still using an iPhone 13 Pro or Pro Max and will be considering upgrading to the iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max when the devices launch later this year, we’ve put together a list of features you can expect below. The list includes major changes introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro last year, as well as new features rumored for iPhone 15 Pro models.

We also shared a comparison between the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro.

iPhone 13 Pro versus iPhone 15 Pro

  • A17 chip vs A15 chip: The 5nm-based A16 chip in the iPhone 14 Pro is already up to 17 percent faster than the A15 chip in the iPhone 13 Pro, according to the Geekbench 6 benchmark. The iPhone 15 Pro will feature the A17 chip, which is expected to be produced based on TSMC’s latest 3nm process for even faster performance and better energy efficiency than the previous generation.
  • USB-C port: With the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple should finally switch from Lightning to a USB-C port. This change will provide a more universal charging standard and enable higher wired data rates.
  • Titanium frame: Like the Apple Watch Ultra, the iPhone 15 Pro is said to have a titanium frame instead of stainless steel. The rear glass and display bezels should also have slightly curved edges.
  • Action button: The iPhone 15 Pro models are said to feature a customizable Action button like the Apple Watch Ultra. The button will replace the Ring/Silent toggle that has been included on all iPhone models since 2007. Users would likely be able to assign the button to various system functions, such as Ring/Silent, Do Not Disturb, Flashlight, Sleep Mode, low consumption, and more.
  • Dynamic Island: With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple replaced the notch with Dynamic Island, a pill-shaped area surrounding the Face ID sensors and front-facing camera. Dynamic Island displays system alerts and integrates with iOS 16’s Live Activity feature to show real-time NBA scores, Uber ride status, and more.
  • Always on display option: With the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple introduced an always-on display option that dims the entire lock screen, but still shows the time and date, widgets, wallpaper, and notifications. After you lift your iPhone, tap the screen, or press the side button, the display returns to normal brightness.
  • Thinner Bezels: Similar to the Apple Watch Series 7 and Series 8, the iPhone 15 Pro is said to have even thinner bezels around the display.
  • Longer battery life: The iPhone 14 Pro already lasts up to 23 hours for offline video playback, compared to 22 hours on the iPhone 13 Pro. With components like the A17 chip and LiDAR scanner expected to be more efficient this year, the iPhone The 15 Pro could have even longer battery life.
  • Numerous camera improvements: iPhone 13 Pro users who upgrade to iPhone 15 Pro will have access to a wide variety of camera updates, including a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens, an updated front-facing camera with autofocus, Action mode, and more Still. An increased optical zoom is also planned for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
  • eSIM only in the United States: Apple has removed the physical SIM card tray from all iPhone 14 models sold in the US, meaning the devices only work with eSIM. The devices are still compatible with physical SIM cards in other countries.
  • Increased RAM: The iPhone 15 Pro models are said to come with an increase of 8GB of RAM, up from 6GB in the iPhone 13 Pro. The increase in RAM can aid multitasking on the iPhone by allowing more apps to open simultaneously in the background without reloading.
  • WiFi 6E: iPhone 15 Pro models are said to support Wi-Fi 6E, which supports the 6GHz band for faster wireless speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than standard Wi-Fi 6.
  • Emergency SOS via satellite: iPhone 14 models can connect to Globalstar satellites, allowing users to send text messages to emergency services when they are out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The service is free for two years after activation and is currently available in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and other select countries.
  • Incident detection: New for the iPhone 14 series, Crash Detection is designed to detect serious car crashes and contact emergency services through Emergency SOS if the user is unresponsive. The feature is enabled by default.
  • 5G improvements: iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 modem for improved 5G performance.

Apple will likely unveil the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max in September, and the devices may have additional features that haven’t been talked about yet.