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iPhone 15 event: all the news on Apple’s new phones

While the iPhone 15 was undoubtedly the focus of Apple’s September 12th event, we also saw new AirPods Pro (second-generation) earbuds with a USB-C case plus two new updates to its watch line with the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 with new processors inside.

The iPhone 15 lineup’s most significant addition is a new USB-C port, while each model also comes with the Dynamic Island. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max added an Action Button that replaces the mute toggle to go with new titanium bodies, ultra-thin bezels, and a higher starting price.

Apple also announced the new iOS 17 software update will be released on Monday, September 18th, and macOS Sonoma is coming on September 26th. New “FineWoven” accessories replaced the old leather cases, and its Emergency SOS via satellite feature can now cover car problems, too, thanks to a new partnership with AAA.

You can catch up on all the latest news from Apple’s September event in the stream below.

  • Emma Roth

    Jan 22

    Emma Roth

    iOS 17.3 is out, adding Stolen Device Protection for your iPhone

    The iPhone 15 Pro in hand.
    Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

    iOS 17.3 is out, and it comes with a new security feature that’s supposed to prevent thieves from taking your iPhone and quickly taking over access to anything stored in iCloud as well as other important accounts like your bank or email. Instead of relying on your lock screen passcode for security (as thieves have learned to trick people into entering it in front of them before they take off with the phone), Stolen Device Protection requires you to scan your fingerprint or use Face ID when performing certain actions, such as viewing saved passwords or applying for a new Apple Card.

    The feature also introduces a waiting period when performing more sensitive actions, such as changing your Apple ID password or your iPhone passcode. In the iOS 17.3 update note, Apple says, “Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication” before you can complete the process, ensuring the person who’s performing this action is actually you. Your iPhone will only require this extra layer of authentication when you’re away from “familiar locations such as home or work,” according to Apple.

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  • Richard Lawler

    Oct 6, 2023

    Richard Lawler

    iFixit goes inside the iPhone 15.

    Having already applied their screwdrivers and other tools to the iPhone 15 Pro, the folks at iFixit have now turned to the base iPhone 15 model, even looking at its internals under a microscope.

    They also point out that these models lack the Pro version’s A17 chipset with an integrated USB controller that enables higher USB-C transfer speeds but still ding the phones for Apple’s software locks that hamper repairability outside of authorized shops with access to the company’s pairing tools.

    And, of course, you can watch our storystream to follow all of the updates about the iPhone 15 lineup.


  • Wes Davis

    Sep 26, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Apple releases macOS Sonoma, with iOS-like widgets and Game Mode

    A screenshot of the macOS Sonoma lock screen.
    macOS Sonoma brings the iOS lock screen to the Mac.
    Screenshot: Monica Chin / The Verge

    Apple injects a little more iOS into the Mac today as it releases macOS Sonoma, aka macOS 14.0. Sonoma brings with it features like persistent desktop widgets, a new iOS-style lock screen, and a game mode that promises better gaming on your Mac. The file clocks in at 7.7GB for us, so you’ll want to make sure you have a little space to get it in.

    In a refreshing change, the Sonoma update is out just over a week after Apple dropped iOS 17. The new version of the iPhone operating system hit, as always, very soon after its iPhone 15 event earlier this month, but the company usually takes about a month longer to get its next macOS version out the door. That can make for a sometimes frustrating dissonance given Apple’s ecosystem interplay, for those of us who tend to update our devices as soon as we can. (I need the ability to send The Verge’s Alex Cranz annoying custom stickers in iMessage from my Mac, y’all.)

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 25, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Resident Evil Village’s iPhone port will launch a day before Halloween

    A screenshot of the tall lady from the iOS version of Village.
    Resident Evil Village running on iOS.
    Image: Capcom

    Capcom announced at Tokyo Game Show 2023 that Resident Evil Village for the iPhone 15 Pro phones and M1-and-up iPads will debut on October 30th. The game will cost $39.99 — $10 more than the macOS version — with the Winters’ Expansion DLC pack also available for another $19.99. The Resident Evil 4 remake for iPhones, iPads, and Macs is listed on Capcom’s site as “available 2023.”

    Capcom says preorders for both games will hit the Apple App Store “soon.” The company adds that if you order Village and Winters’ Expansion during a launch window that the company will announce later, you’ll get an extra costume for Rosemary Winters in the Shadows of Rose DLC.

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 24, 2023

    Wes Davis

    A look inside the new Apple Watches.

    Don’t bother trying to open up your brand-new Apple Watch S9 or Apple Watch Ultra 2iFixit has done it for you.

    The quick jaunt through the watches’ guts will look familiar if you’ve ever seen one of iFixit’s Apple Watch teardowns, but there are some small differences to be found inside, like a higher-capacity, hard-shell battery in both.


  • Allison Johnson

    Sep 22, 2023

    Allison Johnson

    You asked, and we answered your burning iPhone 15 questions

    The iPhone 15 Pro in hand.
    Who you gonna call when you have very specific questions about the new iPhone?
    Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

    Ever since our reviews for the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro went up on Tuesday morning, you’ve had a ton of questions to ask about the phones — in comments, on The Vergecast, on Threads, an Instagram App, and in a live Q&A.

    So we thought we’d put all that information together in a nice little smorgasbord of nerdy tidbits and philosophical pondering and pick out a few favorites in the process.

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  • Allison Johnson

    Sep 21, 2023

    Allison Johnson

    How to customize the iPhone 15 Pro’s Action Button

    Hand holding an iPhone will illustrations in back.
    Illustration: Cathryn Hutton / The Verge

    If you pick up an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you’ll notice one thing missing: the mute switch. It’s been a fixture on iPhones since the very beginning, but the 15 Pro models have swapped it out for a new button that’s dubbed the Action Button

    Like the Action Button on the Apple Watch Ultra series, you can customize it to do almost anything you want. It can open up a specific mode on your camera, turn on your flashlight, and, if you’re crafty, even order your favorite seasonal beverage from your neighborhood Starbucks. 

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 20, 2023

    Wes Davis

    The iPhone 15 will now tell you how many charge cycles are on its battery

    The iPhone 15 Pro (blue titanium) and 15 Pro Max (white titanium) standing next to one another.
    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

    The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro have several features that aren’t on past iPhones, and now we can add new battery information and control features to the list. As pointed out in this post by @Tech_Reve, a new section in the iOS 17 “About” screen shows how many charge cycles your battery has been through as well as its manufacturing date and when it was first used (via MacRumors).

    Those on older phones still have third-party options like CoconutBattery for the Mac to get more information about the battery, but it would be nice to just, you know, have it already there. iOS Shortcuts are also an option for accessing this information, though Verge editor Dan Seifert says the one he’s been using for years no longer works after updating his phone to iOS 17.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 19, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Resident Evil Village on the iPhone 15 Pro actually looks pretty good

    A photo of Resident Evil Village mirrored from an iPhone 15 Pro on an external monitor.
    Screenshot from Vincent Zhong’s iPhone 15 Pro review.

    In a recent interview with IGN, an Apple executive claimed that the iPhone 15 Pro was “going to be the best game console.” I was skeptical; although Apple boasted about the capabilities of its new GPU in its A17 Pro chip and said high-fidelity games like Resident Evil Village, the Resident Evil 4 remake, and Death Stranding would all be coming to the iPhone 15 Pro, I didn’t believe they would run very well in practice.

    But after actually seeing footage of Resident Evil Village in action on an iPhone 15 Pro, I’m coming around to the idea that Apple’s vision isn’t as far out as I thought.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 18, 2023

    Jay Peters

    The smaller iPhone 16 Pro might get Apple’s new ‘tetraprism’ zoom lens

    Apple iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max in white titanium.
    The iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Pro.
    Image: The Verge

    Next year’s Pro iPhones are both “expected” to have the “tetraprism” zoom lens Apple is using for the 5x telephoto camera in the iPhone 15 Pro Max, according to a new post from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. That tetraprism optical system, which is intended to replicate a 120mm lens of a full-frame camera, is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, so if it comes to the smaller iPhone Pro next year (which I’m guessing will be called the iPhone 16 Pro), both the Pro and Pro Max might be on closer footing.

    Here’s how the tetraprism system works, as described by Apple’s Misha Scepanovic during Tuesday’s “Wonderlust” event:

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  • Emma Roth

    Sep 18, 2023

    Emma Roth

    Apple’s bigger iCloud Plus plans are now available

    Illustration of the Apple logo on a yellow and teal background.
    Illustration: The Verge

    Apple’s new iCloud Plus plans offer more storage at a higher price — and they’re available to purchase now. Starting today, you can sign up for the 6TB plan at $29.99 / month or the 12TB plan for $59.99 / month.

    Apple first revealed the new storage options during its iPhone 15 event last week, which it will offer alongside the existing 50GB plan for $0.99 / month, the 200GB plan for $2.99 / month, and the 2TB plan for $9.99 / month. While 6TB and 12TB may seem like a lot of storage space, the new plans could come in handy for professional photographers or hobbyists who want to take full advantage of the iPhone 15’s upgraded 48MP main camera or store hefty ProRes files.

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 18, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Apple’s widget-heavy watchOS 10 is available to download

    Widget showing three complications in watchOS 10
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    Along with iOS 17, Apple has just released watchOS 10, the newest version of its smartwatch operating system that fundamentally changes the way you interact with the Apple Watch by reincorporating widgets. This update, available on the Apple Watch Series 4 and up, comes just a few days ahead of the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra, both of which Apple will release on Friday along with the four new iPhone 15 models.

    The new widgets include the Smart Stack that Apple added to iOS 14, which is a sort of customizable widget bundle that uses machine learning to surface the widgets it predicts you’ll want to see and use. Swiping up from the bottom brings up those widgets, and that has a big cascading effect on the OS. Control Center, where you go to toggle certain system settings like Wi-Fi, has been bumped over to the side button, which bumps the app switcher to a double-press on the digital crown.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 18, 2023

    Jay Peters

    iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are now available

    A hand holding up an iPhone 15 Pro model
    Photo by Nilay Patel / The Verge

    iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Apple’s next major updates for the iPhone and iPad, are now available to download.

    With iOS 17, some of the biggest new features come to phone calls. Apple’s new Contact Posters let you pick a photo (or Memoji) and font that fill up the screen when you give someone a call. Live Voicemail will show you a real-time transcript as someone is leaving you a message. The end call button is also in a slightly new spot. Messages gets some improvements, too, including a new way to access iMessage apps, and thanks to iOS 17’s upgraded autocorrect, hopefully your texts will have fewer typos.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 18, 2023

    Jay Peters

    The 128GB iPhone 15 Pro can record 4K ProRes video — if it’s hooked up to an external drive.

    The 128GB iPhone 13, Pro 14, and 15 Pro are limited to 1080p / 30fps ProRes on their own, but with the iPhone 15 Pro you can record at 4K / 60fps if it’s connected to an external drive, as reported by MacRumors. I’m glad a workaround is available for people that might want to be able to record the higher-fidelity footage.


  • Wes Davis

    Sep 17, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Apple’s USB-C shift could bring back the MagSafe Duo and Battery Pack

    A picture of the USB-C port on the bottom of an iPhone 15
    Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

    Mark Gurman writes in the subscriber edition of his Power On newsletter for Bloomberg from this morning that he expects Apple to finish its transition to USB-C by 2025. Gurman says that, in addition to other products, he expects the company will release USB-C versions of the now-discontinued MagSafe Battery Pack and the MagSafe Duo “eventually. But don’t hold your breath.”

    By comparison, Apple took either a little over a month or about two years to totally move over to Lightning, depending on how you look at it.

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  • Emma Roth

    Sep 17, 2023

    Emma Roth

    Apple continues to use our own mortality as marketing

    A screenshot showing an iPhone with a happy birthday message
    Apple touted the watch and iPhone’s lifesaving feature in a new ad.
    Screenshot by Emma Roth / The Verge

    In recent years, Apple’s presentations have started to feature a new type of messaging: without an Apple Watch, you might be mauled by a bear, drown inside a sinking car, get stuck in a trash compactor, or even succumb to hypothermia after falling through an icy lake.

    These disasters have always been averted by the presence of an Apple Watch. But this year, Apple’s messaging has started to change again: it’s not just the Apple Watch that can save you from possible death — but the iPhone, too.

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 16, 2023

    Wes Davis

    iPhone 15 on the big screen.

    If you’ve been dying for 4K wired video output on the iPhone, the iPhone 15, just like other USB-C phones, has you covered (via 9to5Mac, @aaronp613).

    Apple already has solutions for older iPhones among the few Lightning products the company still sells, but the most they offer is crummy 1080p video output. Terrible!

    Now, through the magic of USB-C, the iPhone 15 supports pushing Dolby Vision and HDR10 video in 4K at 60Hz to your TV, if you insist.


    A screenshot of the Apple support page detailing iPhone USB-C video output support.
    An Apple support page explains the iPhone 15’s USB-C video output.
    Screenshot: Wes Davis / The Verge
  • Jay Peters

    Sep 16, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Lightning was great, actually

    Two Lightning connectors.
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    The world is rightfully celebrating the iPhone’s switch from Lightning to USB-C this week. People love to hate on Lightning — and they have good reasons to. Many of the world’s most popular devices now use USB-C ports, including Apple’s own iPads, meaning iPhone owners have been stuck toting around an extra cable just for their phone and its accessories.

    But if you’ve been living in the Lightning world for the past decade like I have, things have been great anyway. I’m not ashamed to say it: I’m sad that Lightning is finally going away.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 16, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Maybe Apple really is serious about gaming this time.

    Apple executives spoke with IGN’s Taylor Lyles (a Verge alum!) this week about the iPhone 15 Pro’s gaming capabilities. Apple is predictably on-message, with one exec claiming the phone is going to be “the best game console.”

    But the company does seem to be more interested in gaming than it has been in the past. In addition to marketing the iPhone 15 Pro as a great place to play games, it’s working on some cool stuff for Mac gaming, too.

    I’m skeptical that the iPhone 15 Pro will actually be “the best game console,” but I’m all for Apple doing more to encourage developers make great games for its platforms.


  • Jay Peters

    Sep 15, 2023

    Jay Peters

    Apple is now charging more for most Apple Watch battery swaps

    Three Apple Watch Ultra 2s.
    Photo by Victoria Song / The Verge

    Apple has increased the price of most Apple Watch battery replacements, as reported by 9to5Mac. The swaps used to cost $79, but now, for Apple Watch Series 4 devices and newer, you’ll have to cough up $99. You can see the prices for yourself on the company’s Apple Watch Service and Repair website by sifting through different versions and models.

    It’s unfortunate that some of the battery replacement fees are going up, but I’m also not surprised to see it. Apple bumped up the prices of battery replacements in some iPhones, iPads, and Macs by $20 to $50 earlier this year.

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  • Emma Roth

    Sep 15, 2023

    Emma Roth

    iPhone 15 shipment dates are already getting pushed into October.

    Preorders for the iPhone 15 just opened this morning, and delivery estimates for some models, including the iPhone 15 Pro Max, are getting pushed back well into October. You can still pick up the models in-store on September 22nd at some locations, however.


    Screenshot by Emma Roth / The Verge
  • Preorders for the new iPhone 15 are now live — here’s where to get yours

    A lineup of all colors of the iPhone 15.
    The iPhone 15 comes in a small rainbow of pastel colors — and black.
    Image: Apple

    Apple officially announced the new iPhone 15 at its Wonderlust event earlier this week, which is now up for preorder and expected to ship on September 22nd. Much like last year, there’s a baseline iPhone 15, a larger iPhone 15 Plus, and a pair of Pro models known as the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. But while the expected processor bump to a new A17 Pro chip is here for the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max (the standard 15 and 15 Plus get last year’s A16 Bionic), what’s vastly different this time around is the presence of a USB-C charging / data port and the inclusion of Dynamic Island on all new models.

    While we still have to see how all these new iPhones shape up in our upcoming reviews, early adopters now have a chance to put in their preorders. Below is a breakdown of the various iPhone 15 models and links to Apple’s pricing and configuration details as well as other retailers taking preorders.

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  • Jay Peters

    Sep 14, 2023

    Jay Peters

    USB-C Backbone One controllers will be ‘upgraded’ to work with the iPhone 15 lineup.

    That means that if you have a Backbone One controller for Android, it’ll work with any iPhone 15 devices, which have USB-C ports.

    According to Backbone:

    For new customers, all Backbone USB-C products now feature universal compatibility with all USB-C phones, including both Android and iPhone 15 devices.

    For existing customers, your Backbone USB-C product will automatically receive an update via the Backbone app that enables patent-pending universal compatibility. To update, connect your Backbone controller and launch the Backbone App on Android.

    The Backbone One is a great controller, so I’m happy to see that the ones made for Android will work with iPhones, too.


  • Here’s why Apple put a Thread radio in the iPhone 15 Pro

    Apple added Thread, a smart home networking protocol, to its iPhone 15 Pro line.
    Apple added Thread, a smart home networking protocol, to its iPhone 15 Pro line.
    Image: Apple

    Following Apple’s iPhone 15 announcement and the news that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will come with a Thread radio, I did some more digging into how Apple might deploy this wireless connectivity protocol in its ecosystem.

    The smart home is the obvious answer and the one Apple halfheartedly offered (Thread is a main protocol for Matter). But adding the low-power, low-bandwidth, mesh-based Thread protocol could also signal the company is moving away from relying solely on Bluetooth for connecting to peripherals like the Apple Watch. Here’s a look at some of the ways that new wireless connectivity could be put to use.

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  • Wes Davis

    Sep 14, 2023

    Wes Davis

    Rumors of Lightning’s death are just slightly exaggerated

    Apple’s Lightning connector
    The lightning cable is on its way out.
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    This week, Apple confirmed longstanding rumors that it was finally abandoning the Lightning connector for USB-C with the debut of its iPhone 15 and 15 Pro phones. The connector’s decade-long run might be over, but that doesn’t mean you need to toss out all your Lightning cables — not yet, anyway.

    There are still a number of products in Apple’s vast catalog that haven’t made the switch, and it’s a safe bet that many of them are due for USB-C refreshes in the near future. Here’s a list of everything still using Lightning that we could find new on the company’s online store.

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