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The iPhone 15 Pro succeeds 2022's iPhone 14 Pro, bringing 40 new features and improvements to Apple's high-end smartphones. This buyer's guide breaks down every major difference you should be aware of between the two generations.

In 2022, Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 Pro as the successor to the popular iPhone 13 Pro, introducing an always-on display, the Dynamic Island, a 48-megapixel camera, the A16 Bionic chip, longer battery life, and more. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have now been discontinued by Apple, and as slightly older models, lower prices can be found for the device at third-party resellers. As such, some customers who own an older device may be weighing up whether to upgrade to an iPhone 14 Pro or an iPhone 15 Pro.

As the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro share a large number of features, should you consider buying or sticking with the iPhone 14 Pro to save money? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these two iPhone models is best for you, and serves as a way to clearly see the all of the differences that the iPhone 15 Pro brings to the table. This article focuses on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro, Apple's high-end iPhone models, but to understand the differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15, see our other buyer's guide:

Although the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro share most of their basic features, the iPhone 15 Pro offers a large number of notable upgrades over its predecessor, such as a titanium design, Action button, USB-C port, and A17 Bionic chip.

‌iPhone 14‌ Pro‌iPhone 15 Pro‌
Surgical-grade stainless steel chassis with squared-off edgesAerospace-grade titanium chassis with contoured edges
More repairable design
Thinner borders around the display for slightly smaller overall footprint
7.85mm depth8.25mm depth (0.4mm thicker)
206g or 240g weight187g or 221g weight (19g lighter)
Ring/Silent switchAction button
A16 Bionic chip (5nm)A17 Pro chip (3nm)
6-core CPU6-core CPU (up to 10% faster)
5-core GPU6-core GPU with with hardware-accelerated ray tracing (up to 20% faster)
16-core Neural Engine16-core Neural Engine (up to 2x faster)
Dedicated AV1 decoder
6GB memory8GB memory
Telephoto camera with second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilizationTelephoto camera with larger sensor, folded tetraprism design, optical image stabilization, and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module (Pro Max only)
Anti-reflective coating on camera lenses
0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 3x optical zoom0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x, and 5x optical zoom (5x on Pro Max only)
13mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 77mm, and 120mm focal length picker (120mm on Pro Max only)
48-megapixel super-high-resolution photos24- and 48-megapixel super-high-resolution photos
Smart HDR 4Smart HDR 5
Portrait mode with Focus and Depth ControlNext-generation portraits with Focus and Depth Control
Night mode and Night mode portraitsImproved Night mode and Night mode portraits
Shoot and instantly transfer 48-megapixel ProRAW images to Mac via USB 3
Record video directly to an external drive
ProRes video recording up to 4K at 30 fpsProRes video recording up to 4K at 60 fps with external recording
Action modeImproved Action mode and low-light video
Log video recording
Academy Color Encoding System
Record spatial video for Apple Vision Pro
Improved audio quality on phone calls
Wi‑Fi 6 connectivityWi‑Fi 6E connectivity
Thread networking technology
First-generation Ultra Wideband chipSecond-generation Ultra Wideband chip (connects from 3x further away)
Precision Finding for Find My friends
Lightning portUSB-C port
USB 2 transfer speeds (up to 480Mb/s)USB 3 transfer speeds (up to 10Gb/s, 20x faster)
DisplayPort support for up to 4K HDR video output
Support for Qi wireless chargingSupport for Qi 2 wireless charging
Setting to prevent charging above 80%
Battery manufacture date, first use, and cycle count information in Settings
128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options (no 128GB tier on Pro Max)
Deep Purple, Gold, Silver, and Space Black color optionsNatural Titanium, Blue Titanium, White Titanium, and Black Titanium color options

Overall, the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ is a fairly significant upgrade over the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro, introducing meaningful quality-of-life features like the USB-C port and Action button that change the methods of interaction with the device. The new, considerably more lightweight titanium design, slimmer borders around the display, and contoured edges result in a noticeably different aesthetic and feel in the hand.

The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ also brings advancements to photography and videography, adding support for 24-megapixel high-resolution photos, Smart HDR 5, and next-generation portraits – practical features that most users can take advantage of. The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max takes things to the next level with its tetraprism telephoto camera, offering up to 5x optical zoom on the ‌iPhone‌ for the first time. Features like 48-megapixel HEIF capture, external and log recording, Academy Color Encoding System, and fast data transfer via USB 3 are also major upgrades for professionals.

This is not to mention Roadside Assistance via satellite, new color options, the second-generation ultra wideband chip, and the A17 Pro chip – Apple's first chip made with a ‌3nm‌ fabrication process, which radically improves the gaming capabilities of the device.

Due to the scale and breadth of these improvements, some ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro users can justify upgrading to the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌, especially if they value the new design, USB-C port, Action button, and camera improvements. It is worth sticking with the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro if you are holding off for an even more substantial upgrade in the future.

Customers coming from an older model also have good reason to preference the latest model over the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro due to the relatively large number of improvements and additional features offered by the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌, but it depends on just how inexpensively last year's Pro models can now be obtained.

Article Link: iPhone 14 Pro vs. iPhone 15 Pro Buyer's Guide: 40 Upgrades Compared
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macrumors regular
Sep 24, 2017
I disagree with the 15 pro being a “significant” upgrade over the 14 pro. Its a nice refinement. You can always count on the new iphone being better than the last but If i was to upgrade from my 14 pro i doubt i would ever notice a difference.


macrumors 68000
Jul 11, 2008
Lots of differences between iPhone 14pro and 15 pro. Thanks.

I'd like to see this comparison for the iPhone 14 Pro Max vs 15 pro Max

Really - all these upgrades do add up to something. and YES we ALL KNOW already that some of the readers here might not be buying one this year, thanks very much for sharing that it is a big concern enough that you will report it on the forum. /s

So many negative ninnies -

We need a negative ninny filter on here.
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macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
I disagree with the 15 pro being a “significant” upgrade over the 14 pro. Its a nice refinement. You can always count on the new iphone being better than the last but If i was to upgrade from my 14 pro i doubt i would ever notice a difference.
I’ve owned every iPhone since the 3G and I can confidently say that I will not be upgrading to the 15 Pro from the 14 Pro because nothing here is significant. Maybe if one was to get a 15 Pro Max for the camera, but the straight 15 Pro is a minor upgrade. Definitely not significant.


macrumors 6502
Sep 13, 2018

iPhone 14 pro can do HEIF 48 MP


macrumors 68000
Jun 8, 2021
Still not sold. Most of these “upgrades” are insignificant to me. Just trying to Shill another phone.

It’s almost like they posted the comparison to allow people to decide for themselves…

Amazing how 19 grams is being marketed as a “lighter iPhone”

That’s 4 nickels folks…

They’re the lightest Pro phones since the XS, and given the ever increasing weight, a reversal in that trend is a positive.


macrumors 68020
Apr 17, 2011
United Kingdom
Majority of these updates you don’t notice day to day. Button not that big a deal, once the cable is plugged in who cares if it’s lightning or usbc. It’s the same phone maybe more bland colours slightly new materials. The 15 standard model has a few decent features for a good price. The pro isn’t worth the extra. Last year the standard 14 was poor value. Swapped this year


macrumors 6502
Aug 26, 2014
Good article - but I wish you had included the actual dimensions of the two phones. You elude to smaller physical dimensions due to thinner borders, but the only dimension you give is thickness - which is actually an increase.

Overall, I think this upgrade is completely underwhelming. The "average" user (i.e. not photographers or gamers) will only notice 3 improvements: a bit lighter, the action button (although I'm not convinced it's much more useful than the existing double-tap-on-the-back, which can also have custom actions), and the 5x optical zoom on the Max. The move to USB-C is either a big nothing-burger for most people or even a negative if they had invested in lightning-based peripherals. The data speed improvements of USB (apparently only on the Pro models) are probably going to be useless to most people as they probably rarely connect their phones to anything anymore, except to charge them.

The most interesting thing announced yesterday was the possibility of generous trade-ins via the partners. If my wife and I can upgrade our 14 Pro Max for a 15 Pro Max for only $200, it'll be worth it to us because of the lighter design.

Expos of 1969

Aug 25, 2013
From the article..."It is only worth sticking with the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ if you are holding off for an even more substantial upgrade in the future."

Rebuttal: Or if you value your hard earned money and refuse to participate in the manic upgrade upgrade upgrade for tiny improvements cycle which only gives Apple more undeserved cash.


macrumors 68040
Apr 19, 2010
Thanks for this.

Yesterday all I heard was "carbon neutral." This morning I woke up in a cold sweat screaming "CARBON NEUTRAL!!!!"

That got the dog barking and the kids crying. I was dazed and didn't know where I was and my wife spent a lot of time trying to calm me down.

Then it occurred to me I didn't even catch what they said about the products. So now I'm catching up.
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