iPhone 15 Pro: rumored release date, price, cameras, features and more

iPhone 14 Pro on an orange background
The iPhone 14 Pro uses a 1/1.28-inch Sony IMX803 sensor (Image credit: Future / Apple)

The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to stand alongside the iPhone 15 Pro Max (which may end up being called the iPhone 15 Ultra) as Apple's flagship iPhone model this year, with the company all but certain to unveil the iPhone 15 line in September 2023. 

It’s been almost a year since the launch of the excellent iPhone 14 Pro, so we’re now fairly confident that we know what to expect from the next generation of Apple’s best iPhones. Indeed, the iPhone 15 Pro rumors have been appearing in abundance, and in this guide, we’ve pulled together the leaks with the most credence.  

For more iPhone 15 info, our iPhone 15 hub contains all you need to know about the base model iPhone 15, while our iPhone 15 Pro vs iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro vs iPhone 15 Pro Max comparisons detail how the iPhone 15 Pro could stack up against other Apple iPhones.

Latest leaks (August)

Model comparison

A suggestion iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max in darkness with a question mark across each one

(Image credit: Future | Apple)

The majority of this guide refers to the iPhone 15 Pro, but we're expecting Apple to unveil an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max come September, too. We've detailed the specs for all four models in the below table:

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iPhone 15 (rumored)iPhone 15 Plus (rumored)iPhone 15 Pro (rumored)iPhone 15 Pro Max (rumored)
Display:6.1-inch OLED6.7-inch OLED6.1-inch OLED6.7-inch OLED
Resolution: 2532 x 1170 pixels1284 x 2778 pixels1179 x 2556 pixels1290 x 2796 pixels
Refresh rate:60Hz60HzAdaptive 1-120HzAdaptive 1-120Hz
Chipset:A16 BionicA16 BionicA17 BionicA17 Bionic
Rear cameras: 48MP main, 12MP ultrawide48MP main, 12MP ultrawide48MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom48MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto with 6x variable zoom
Front camera: 12MP12MP12MP12MP dual-lens
Storage:128GB, 256GB, 512GB128GB, 256GB, 512GB256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB

iPhone 15 Pro release date

  • Second full week of September seems likely 
  • The shipping date will come a week or so later

Apple hasn’t yet shared official release information for the iPhone 15 Pro, but using both rumors and the company’s previous iPhone release strategies as points of reference, we can make an educated guess as to when the iPhone 15 Pro will land. 

We'll cut to the chase: we expect Apple's September 2023 (read: next iPhone launch) event to take place on either Tuesday, September 12 or Wednesday, September 13. Pre-orders for Apple’s new iPhones (and therefore the iPhone 15 Pro) will likely begin a few days later on Friday, September 15, with shipping dates following another week later on Friday, September 22.

For the how and why of those dates, head over to our iPhone 15 release date explainer. We'll update this section when either Tuesday, September 12 or Wednesday, September 13 has been confirmed by Apple.

iPhone 15 Pro price

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The iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749 (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

There's no good news about the new phone's price, as early rumors suggest the iPhone 15 Pro could be even more expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro. Here’s how the latter phone was priced at launch: 

  • 128GB: $999 / £1,099 / AU$1,749
  • 256GB: $1099 / £1,209 / AU$1,899
  • 512GB: $1,299 / £1,429 / AU$2,249
  • 1TB: $1,499 / £1,649 / AU$2,599

According to a Weibo source and seasoned Apple analyst Jeff Pu, Apple will hike the price of the iPhone 15 Pro to boost the appeal of the cheaper iPhone 15, whose predecessor hasn’t been selling as well as expected.

That prediction fits with the assessment offered by another Apple analyst, Dan Ives, who suggests that every phone in the iPhone 15 line could cost more than their iPhone 14 equivalents, owing to increased production costs on Apple's part. Reputable journalist and leaker Mark Gurman has also pointed to a price rise for the iPhone 15 line.

We could therefore conceivably see the iPhone 15 Pro start at $1,099 / £1,199 / AU$1,899 for the 128GB model, though it’s also worth noting that Apple may opt to forgo 128GB storage options with the iPhone 15 lineup, as other manufacturers have done with their respective 2023 flagships. In fact, the company will reportedly offer an unprecedented 1TB storage option for the iPhone 15 Pro, too, 

For our money, then, we'd bet that the iPhone 15 Pro will start at around $1,199 / £1,209 / AU$1,899 for the 256GB storage option, rising to anything as high as $1,799 / £1,949 / AU$2,999 for the rumored 2TB option.

iPhone 15 Pro colors

The iPhone 14 Pro in four shades

The iPhone 14 Pro is available in four colors (Image credit: Apple)

Apple will likely offer a variety of iPhone 15 colors at launch, though we expect the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max to be available in a different selection of shades to the standard iPhone 15. Going by the latest rumors, we're expecting four different iPhone 15 Pro color options in total:

  • Dark red
  • Dark blue
  • Silver 
  • Gold
  • Graphite, Space Gray, or Space Black

iPhone 15 Pro design

iPhone 14 Pro Max review Notification Center

(Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)
  • Thinner bezels, titanium sides rumored
  • Solid-state buttons were initially touted, but no longer expected

On the design front, we expect the iPhone 15 Pro to be similar in size to its predecessor – that’s 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85mm – but it could still look like a very different device. 

We’ve heard from multiple sources, for instance, that the iPhone 15 Pro could get titanium sides, which would make it stronger and lighter than the stainless steel-framed iPhones currently available.

Both the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to have rounded rear edges, too, in contrast to the iPhone 14 Pro’s sharp-angled sides. Apple was reportedly unsure about implementing this design change, but leaked iPhone 15 Pro renders showing off these curved sides have since emerged, adding credence to the rumor.

We’ve also heard that the iPhone 15 Pro will be getting thinner bezels than the iPhone 14 Pro – which would be an impressive feat on Apple’s part, given that the latter’s bezels are already remarkably thin.

We've since heard that the iPhone 15 Pro's bezels might just be 1.5mm thick, making them 0.7mm thinner than the 2.2mm thick bezels on the iPhone 14 Pro.

You can take a look at what the iPhone 15 Pro might look like in the video below, courtesy of MacRumors, which shows off leaked iPhone 15 mockups for all four models. You can see the rounded edges and the USB-C port that we've been hearing about.

The iPhone 15 Pro was widely rumored to get solid-state volume and power buttons, too, but Apple analysts recently poured water on those claims. Leaks had suggested that these buttons would use haptic vibrations to simulate the sensation of being touched, despite not actually moving, but this technology is now expected to debut on the iPhone 16 line at the earliest, owing to its complexity.

However, what the iPhone 15 Pro might get on the button front is a new Action button, similar to what the Apple Watch Ultra has, in place of a mute switch. You can see this in some of the renders above, and an iOS 17 beta has revealed what this Action Button might be capable of. Leaked iPhone 15 Pro Max case images have seemingly teased the Action button, too.

The final iPhone 15 Pro design upgrade is expected to come in the form of a USB-C charging port. The EU has told Apple that it has to add USB-C charging ports to iPhones by 2024, but multiple leaks have suggested that Apple will be adopting the charging standard in 2023 with the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

A leaked photo of the iPhone 15 Pro

A leaked photo of the iPhone 15 Pro's USB-C port (Image credit: @URedditor)

It's also worth noting that Apple may be preparing to move to eSIM in countries outside the US for the iPhone 15 Pro, with eSIMs reportedly coming to the next generation of Apple’s best iPhones in France. This is big news for all prospective iPhone 15 Pro buyers outside of the US. Apple typically sells the same iPhone models across most of Europe, meaning SIM card-less iPhone 15 Pros could also be coming to the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and many other countries.

iPhone 15 Pro cameras

A closeup on the iPhone 14 Pro series' triple camera system, the device depicted is the Deep Purple colorways

A closeup on the iPhone 14 Pro's triple camera system (Image credit: Apple)
  • Will likely stick with the same triple-lens setup as the iPhone 14 Pro
  • Sensors may be improved 

On the subject of iPhone 15 cameras, the iPhone 15 Pro isn’t expected to stray too far from its predecessor’s (admittedly excellent) triple-sensor setup. The iPhone 14 Pro boasts the following three lenses:  

  • 48MP wide (24mm f/2.8)
  • 12MP ultrawide (13mm f/2.2)
  • 12MP telephoto (77mm f/2.8)

A periscope camera is the only real upgrade that’s been rumored for the iPhone 15 Pro, but we suspect that this technology – and indeed a telephoto camera with a variable zoom lens – will be reserved for the photography-focused Ultra iPhone, whenever it does end up arriving.

Indeed, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that the iPhone 16 Pro will be getting a larger display in order to house an Ultra-style periscope lens, so we're not expecting to see one included on this year's Pro device.

The main difference between the iPhone 15 Pro’s cameras and the iPhone 14 Pro’s, then, will probably be the quality of sensors used. According to leaks, the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to sport new Sony-produced sensors that capture more light.

iPhone 15 Pro features

iPhone 14 Pro Max review front straight handheld

(Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)
  • Will reportedly use the super-fast A17 Bionic
  • Possibly more RAM and larger battery
  • USB-C should bring improved functionality
  • AI could feature prominently

The iPhone 14 Pro rocks the latest version of Apple’s silicon – the A16 Bionic – which makes it one of the fastest phones (if not the fastest phone) money can buy right now. And yet, the iPhone 15 Pro will be even faster. 

Apple’s next Pro-level iPhone is reportedly in line for an A17 Bionic chipset, which is rumored to be more efficient than the A16 Bionic. In fact, Chinese outlet DCInside reports that the A17 Bionic will boast a 20% more powerful CPU than its predecessor, meaning the iPhone 15 Pro should enjoy sizable speed gains over the iPhone 14 Pro.

Crunching the numbers, DCInside claims that the A17 Bionic earns a single-core score of 3019 and a multi-core score of 7860 on Geekbench 6, where the A16 Bionic scores 2504 and 6314, respectively. Naturally, we’d suggest taking these rumored figures with a hefty pinch of salt, but it’s exciting to think that the iPhone 15 Pro might sport benchmark scores to rival Apple’s best MacBooks.

It could also be significantly more powerful than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset powering the best Android phones, as while that's made on a 4nm process, the A17 Bionic will reportedly be made on a 3nm process, which means far more transistors can be included, likely leading to better performance and efficiency.

As for other performance specs, the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to get 8GB RAM, where the current iPhone 14 Pro has 6GB RAM.

All that said, a more recent leak points to the A17 Bionic being something of a middling upgrade, with one additional GPU core and a clock speed of 3.70GHz rather than 3.46GHz, but no major sounding changes. Worse, the same source claims the iPhone 15 Pro will come with 6GB of RAM, just like last year. So it's a little unclear just how powerful this phone will actually be.

iPhone 14 Pro Max review Lightning port

(Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)

Judging by Apple’s history when it comes to updating (or rather, not updating) battery sizes with each iPhone iteration, we were expecting the iPhone 15 Pro to boast a similarly-sized power pack to the iPhone 14 Pro (3,200mAh), however recent rumors suggest that the entire iPhone 15 lineup will feature significantly larger batteries than their predecessors.

The iPhone 15 Pro, specifically, will reportedly feature a 14% larger battery than the iPhone 14 Pro, taking its capacity up to 3,650mAh. In theory, then, it'll boast better battery life. There's also a switch in battery technology in the pipeline, apparently.

Another rumor has suggested that Apple is working on a reverse wireless charging feature for the iPhone 15 line, and if true, the iPhone 15 Pro will be able to wirelessly charge other Apple gadgets, where the iPhone 14 Pro can’t.

It’s also worth reiterating here that the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to get a USB-C port, so you probably won’t be able to use your older Apple Lightning cable to juice it up. This version of USB-C is rumored to support the USB 3.0 standard, too – where the iPhone 15 will reportedly stick with its predecessor's USB 2.0 standard – so the iPhone 15 Pro could get faster file transfer speeds than its vanilla sibling (according to USBMakers, the former could offer 90% faster speeds).  

More generally, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had stated that Apple's proprietary USB-C chargers would offer faster iPhone 15 charging speeds than accessories produced by other manufacturers, but the EU recently warned Apple against making such a move

We've also heard that the iPhone 15 Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 version of USB-C will make the device compatible with 4K monitors, meaning you’ll be able to display certain types of content on a separate screen – as you can with the best iPads.

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This option will supposedly arrive with iOS 17, which is likely to be announced in June, but only the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be able to make use of the technology given their support for Thunderbolt 3.

It’s not yet clear whether Apple’s upcoming premium iPhones will allow you to share all types of content across multiple screens using the charging port alone – game and movie content, for instance, might still require AirPlay or an Apple TV. At the very least, though, filmmakers, photographers, and other creatives look set to have the option of visualizing their subjects on larger, control-free monitors with the iPhone 15 Pro.

Apple Vision Pro

Apple's Vision Pro headset will begin shipping in 2024 (Image credit: Apple)

Additionally, every iPhone 15 will reportedly feature an upgraded Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip to support the functionality of Apple's Vision Pro headset. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's U1 chip – currently built on a 16nm process – will be replaced by newer silicon, founded on a significantly more compact 7nm process; with the intention of improving performance, while also reducing power consumption.

Such an improvement could give the iPhone 15 Pro an edge when it comes to sharing media and other experiences with Vision Pro in real-time, opening up avenues for enhanced functionality built on that performance increase.

And lastly on the features front, the iPhone 15 line is expected to play host to Apple's next big developments in AI. “It’s only a matter of time before Apple aggressively moves into artificial intelligence,” analyst Dan Ives told The Daily Mail in July, adding that the iPhone 15 Pro's Health app is likely to be the first beneficiary of this future-facing strategy shift.

Specifically, this next-generation iOS Health app could use AI to make tailored lifestyle recommendations based on your heart rate, sleep, diet, and breathing data – something existing iPhones aren't able to do.

iPhone 15 Pro screen size

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The iPhone 14 Pro Max introduced the Dynamic Island (Image credit: Future | Alex Walker-Todd)
  • Expected to retain 6.1-inch Super XDR OLED screen

When it comes to iPhone 15 screen sizes and displays, we’re expecting the iPhone 15 Pro to retain its predecessor’s 6.1-inch Super XDR OLED screen and Dynamic Island digital cutout.

The latter is expected to make its way onto the vanilla iPhone 15, too, though the next iteration of the Dynamic Island won’t necessarily be identical to that which is used on the iPhone 14 line. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15 Pro’s proximity sensor will be integrated inside the ‌Dynamic Island itself, rather than positioned separately (as on the iPhone 14 Pro).

Potential evidence for the iPhone 15 Pro's familiar display credentials has emerged, too, with leaked videos showing the front glass for reportedly three iPhone 15 models. They all include Dynamic Islands along with slightly curved bezels, with the Pro models having smaller bezels than the standard ones.

Axel Metz
Senior Staff Writer

Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.