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Apple iPhone 15 Pro smartphone in review - High-end phone as a replacement for the PlayStation?

USB commitment. The iPhone 15 Pro aims to uphold Apple's longstanding tradition of delivering high-quality smartphones. Its key innovations in 2023 include a body infused with titanium, the introduction of a USB-C port, and the integration of a new gaming GPU. Our test evaluates whether Apple has successfully crafted another "excellent" smartphone.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Every year, Cupertino, California, delivers new iPhones to the world, typically in several variants, including the high-end Pro, budget-friendly SE, and standard models, often in different sizes. Each year, a new iOS version is released, along with notable model advancements. This time, Apple is introducing a gaming project that will include native options of popular AAA titles that are generally reserved for PCs or consoles.

The bigger iPhone 15 Pro Max has previously been tested by us. The review now focuses on the Apple iPhone 15 Pro, which distinguishes itself through its titanium body and a GPU that supports ray tracing, two noteworthy advancements.

Historically, Apple's smartphones have performed well in our tests. Nevertheless, we put the iPhone 15 Pro through the same rigorous testing as any other smartphone. Let's dive in.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro (iPhone 15 Series)
Processor
Apple A17 Pro 6 x 2.1 - 3.8 GHz, Coll APL1V02
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
6.10 inch 19.5:9, 2556 x 1179 pixel 461 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super Retina XDR OLED, Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Ceramic Shield, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 100 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B13/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B25/​B26/​B28/​B30/​B32/​B34/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B42/​B46/​B48/​B53/​B66), 5G (n1/​n2/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n12/​n20/​n25/​n26/​n28/​n30/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n48/​n53/​n66/​n70/​n77/​n78/​n79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 146.6 x 70.6 ( = 0.33 x 5.77 x 2.78 in)
Battery
3274 mAh Lithium-Ion, 20W charging (USB), 15W wireless charging (MagSafe), 7.5W wireless charging (Qi)
Charging
wireless charging, fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iOS 17
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix f/​1.78, phase comparison-AF (All-pixel AF), OIS, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 12.0MP, f/​1.78, phase comparison-AF (All-pixel AF), OIS, telephoto lens (Camera 2); 12.0MP, f/​2.2, phase comparison-AF (All-pixel AF), wide angle
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix f/​1.9, phase comparison-AF, Videos @2160p/​60fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), USB-C-cable, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, Dual-eSIM-Support, IP68-certified, satellite communication (text messages, emergency calls), fanless, waterproof
Weight
187 g ( = 6.6 oz / 0.41 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
90.7 %
10/2023
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU
187 g128 GB NVMe6.10"2556x1179
90.3 %
01/2023
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
206 g256 GB NVMe6.10"2556x1179
89.2 %
03/2023
Xiaomi 13 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
229 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.73"3200x1440
89 %
09/2023
Sony Xperia 5 V
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
182 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2520x1080
90.5 %
03/2023
Samsung Galaxy S23
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
167 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.10"2340x1080

Case – Titanium reinforced aluminum frame

Apple relies on titanium as the primary material for its iPhone 15 Pro, with the frame predominantly constructed from recycled aluminum to which a thin titanium layer is applied through diffusion welding. Titanium, known for its strength and lightness, enables Apple to achieve a nearly 10% reduction in weight compared to the iPhone 14 Pro. The iPhone 15 Pro is 0.05 lbs lighter than its predecessor but still heavier than a Samsung Galaxy S23.

The phone's width and length have been decreased by 0.03 inches, though it is now around 0.02 inch thicker due to the camera module protruding more from the casing. The enclosure is beautifully constructed.

Notably, the iPhone 15 Pro features softer edges than its predecessor, enhancing its grip and comfort. The back panel, made of matte glass and adorned with a glossy Apple logo, exudes elegance. Additionally, Apple utilizes its Ceramic Shield on the front to protect the display against scratches and cracks. The entire phone is dust and water-resistant, complying with IP68 standards and IEC standard 60529, allowing it to be submerged in water up to 19.7 ft deep for 30 minutes.

In addition to white and black, the iPhone 15 Pro is available in Titanium Nature, a somewhat golden metallic tone. Our test gadget arrived in the fourth color option, a gleaming metallic blue.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro

Size Comparison

162.9 mm / 6.41 in 74.6 mm / 2.94 in 8.38 mm / 0.3299 in 229 g0.505 lbs154 mm / 6.06 in 68 mm / 2.68 in 8.6 mm / 0.3386 in 182 g0.4012 lbs147.5 mm / 5.81 in 71.5 mm / 2.81 in 7.85 mm / 0.3091 in 206 g0.4542 lbs146.6 mm / 5.77 in 70.6 mm / 2.78 in 8.3 mm / 0.3268 in 187 g0.4123 lbs146.3 mm / 5.76 in 70.9 mm / 2.79 in 7.6 mm / 0.2992 in 167 g0.3682 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – The prices have dropped

In times of high inflation rates, it is pleasing to see that Apple has reduced the prices for its iPhone 15 Pro by at least $100 USD compared to its predecessor, depending on the storage configuration:

  • 128 GB storage:   $999 USD
  • 256 GB storage: $1099 USD
  • 512 GB storage: $1299 USD
  •     1 TB storage: $1499 USD

All models include 8 GB of memory.

Under EU pressure, Apple has included a USB-C connector in the 15th-generation iPhone. This change not only assures compatibility with a wide range of chargers but also mandates the use of an adapter for older accessories that use a Lightning connector. The new USB-C connector can transmit data at up to 10 GBit/s, bringing it in line with other high-end devices. Furthermore, HDR video output and resolutions up to 4K are now enabled, which is a big upgrade over the prior Lightning port's limits.

Although internal storage expansion via microSD remains unavailable, external storage devices can be connected through the iPhone's USB-C port.

Left: SIM slot, volume buttons, action button
Left: SIM slot, volume buttons, action button
Right: Standby button
Right: Standby button
Top: No connections
Top: No connections
Bottom: Speaker, USB-C port, microphone
Bottom: Speaker, USB-C port, microphone

Software – Presumably long-term updates

iOS 17 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. While Apple has historically provided updates for its iPhones for at least 5 years, the company does not make an official statement regarding the duration of updates.

This approach reinforces Apple's closed ecosystem: many practical features work seamlessly when combined with other Apple devices. On a Windows PC, you can access photos or videos taken with your iPhone and synchronize media libraries or create backups via iTunes. However, the experience is much smoother on a Mac. Apps like iMessage and the new customizable caller appearance are exclusive to iPhones.

The latest version of Apple's operating system introduces numerous updates and new functions for both the operating system and included apps. For example, you can now share your estimated time of arrival at any location with other iPhone owners via location. If you arrive at or move away from the destination, notifications are sent accordingly.

The Health app now allows you to focus more on your mental well-being. In various parts of the phone, you are prompted to confirm if you want to view sensitive content such as nude pictures, or you can take a blurred preview to know what to expect.

Search criteria in the search function may now be combined for even more detailed queries. Visit Apple's website for a detailed list of all the advances.

The USB-C port is compliant with DisplayPort specifications, enabling you to connect the iPhone 15 Pro to a monitor. There is currently no dedicated desktop mode; instead, the iPhone's screen is mirrored.

Software iPhone 15 Pro
Software iPhone 15 Pro
Software iPhone 15 Pro

Communication und GNSS – iPhone 15 Pro with 6 GHz WLAN

Finally, the iPhone 15 Pro is equipped with WiFi 6E, allowing it to access the less crowded 6 GHz band for Wi-Fi. Our test device achieves considerably higher speeds than the iPhone 14 Pro with WiFi 6 due to the absence of older devices causing interference in the frequency spectrum and the availability of additional 160 MHz channels. As a result, if the server allows it, the iPhone 15 Pro may fully use the speed potential of a gigabit Internet connection.

We achieved speeds of up to 1543 MBit/s during our tests using the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 as a reference router. The transfer rates remained consistently stable, always well above 1 GBit/s. Despite its metal casing, the iPhone maintains good reception thanks to antennas attached to the device's four narrow sides, appearing as thin strips. When close to the router, the iPhone achieves full signal strength, leading to almost immediate website loading; even images are nearly always available while scrolling. At a distance of 33 ft and through three walls, the reception decreases to 2/3, resulting in slightly slower page loading times.

The mobile modem featured in the iPhone 15 Pro is Qualcomm's Snapdragon X70, boasting a maximum download speed of 10 GBit/s. For the first time, it utilizes artificial intelligence to optimize both speed and reception quality within the 5G network. Theoretically, the iPhone 15 Pro supports all presently used 5G frequencies globally; however, mmWave technology remains exclusive to Apple customers in the US. Furthermore, the device offers extensive frequency coverage within the 4G range, enabling it to access mobile internet services worldwide.

Networking
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1449 (min: 1287) MBit/s ∼78%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1198 (min: 1116) MBit/s ∼73%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
iperf3 receive AXE11000
723 (min: 365) MBit/s ∼44%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
822 (min: 409) MBit/s ∼47%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
809 (min: 780) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
993 (min: 972) MBit/s ∼57%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1859 (min: 919) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1637 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
838 (min: 818) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
958 (min: 934) MBit/s ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1659 (min: 1603) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1749 (min: 1253) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1799 (min: 1744) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1590 (min: 1562) MBit/s ∼97%
Average of class Smartphone
 
iperf3 receive AXE11000
683 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
710 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼41%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1524 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼82%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1362 (min: 668) MBit/s ∼83%
0801602403204004805606407208008809601040112012001280136014401520Tooltip
Apple iPhone 15 Pro; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1449 (1287-1543)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1197 (1116-1235)
GPS reception
GPS reception

The iPhone's tracking module can accurately pinpoint our location within about 33 ft indoors and achieve an accuracy of 6.5 to 13 ft outdoors and supports all global satellite networks.

We tested the phone's tracking accuracy during a bike ride, comparing it with the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch. 

During testing, the iPhone 15 Pro performed admirably, even recording minor evasive movements. The recorded route deviated only when crossing a bridge over water. Overall, we highly recommend the Apple smartphone for demanding tracking tasks.

Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro - Overview
Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro - Overview
Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro – turning point
Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro – turning point
Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro - Bridge
Tracking Apple iPhone 15 Pro - Bridge
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 - Overview
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 - Overview
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 – turning point
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 – Bridge
Tracking Garmin Venu 2 – Bridge

Phone features and voice quality

The iOS phone app is well-organized and user-friendly, offering intuitive navigation. Nevertheless, unlike Android, it cannot be replaced if you are not satisfied with it.

The iPhone 15 Pro supports dual-SIM functionality, but it features only one nano-SIM slot. Consequently, users can use either a nano-SIM and an eSIM or two eSIMs.

We appreciate the excellent voice quality of the Apple smartphone. The other party's voice comes through clearly and distinctly. The microphone also captures our voice effectively. It might get slightly distorted if we speak too loudly, but it handles soft voices exceptionally well. When using the speaker and the hands-free microphone, the other person's voice is easily understood, and ours is relayed clearly. The background noise, however, is not always completely eliminated.

Cameras - 3x optical zoom again

Recording front camera
Recording front camera
Portrait mode front camera
Portrait mode front camera

The cameras remain the same as in the iPhone 14 Pro this year, with the addition of a LiDAR sensor on the rear.

The primary back camera still boasts a resolution of 48 megapixels and optical image stabilization. Apple introduced the new Photonic Engine, allowing the camera to capture images at full resolution and another at a reduced pixel count but optimized exposure. These images are then combined to create a 24-megapixel photo. Additionally, there's a new feature allowing for 48-megapixel HEIF shots, which can be instantly shared.

For enhanced versatility, the phone includes a wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens with optical zoom capability, providing users with a choice of three lenses. Similar to its predecessor, users can opt for a 3x optical zoom, extendable up to 15x through digital zoom. The camera allows seamless transitions between individual zoom levels in increments of 0.1.

The main camera's image quality impresses with its detailed shots and true-to-life color reproduction. Even challenging areas, such as cloudy skies in the surroundings, are displayed in intricate detail. Devices like the Honor Magic5 Pro have been seen to be able to gather a bit more details. The varying vibrancy of colors between photos from the two smartphone cameras is subjective and a matter of personal preference.

The optical zoom delivers excellent display performance, and even with the 15x digital zoom, the resulting images remain visible. The picture was captured from a distance of approximately 16 ft away from the fountain pipe.

Wide angle shot
Wide angle shot
Main camera
2x optical zoom
3x optical zoom
15x digital zoom

Wide-angle shots are well-lit and offer sufficient detail, although enlarging them too much is not recommended. They still perform well in very low light and high-contrast situations, capturing good pictures. The night mode automatically activates with a 2-second exposure time, which can be manually extended or shortened. While many details appear sharp with the system's selected setting, a bit more exposure in darker areas could enhance the overall quality.

For those who prefer more control, photos can also be taken in ProRAW format, allowing adjustments to factors like exposure after the shot. Apple provides several options in the video department, enabling users to record 4K videos at 24, 30, or 60 frames per second. In video mode, continuous zooming in and out, ranging from wide-angle to a 15x digital zoom, is possible during recording.

Moreover, the iPhone 15 Pro now supports the Academy Color Encoding System, a global color standard for cinema productions. Additionally, it will receive an update in the future that includes the option for spatial video recordings, which can later be experienced with VR glasses.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low LightWeitwinkelkamera

During our tests, we examined the main camera under both full studio lighting and extreme low-light conditions of only 1 lux. In well-lit conditions, the iPhone 15 Pro captures good images, although there is a slight drop in sharpness towards the edges. Even in very low light, the images remain quite recognizable, displaying only minimal loss of sharpness.

ColorChecker
8.7 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 15 Pro: 8.95 ∆E min: 4.93 - max: 15.27 ∆E
ColorChecker
7.8 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPhone 15 Pro: 7.35 ∆E min: 2.15 - max: 13.38 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - Delivery without the power supply unit

In addition to the iPhone, the package includes only a USB-C to USB-C cable, a SIM tool, as well as paperwork and stickers. A drawback: the provided cable supports only the USB 2.0 standard, making it unsuitable for tasks like connecting to a monitor.

Thanks to the USB-C port, the iPhone now supports a wider range of chargers. Apple offers a compatible charger for $19 USD. Alternatively, users who prefer MagSafe charging can purchase a corresponding charger for $39 USD.

As for cases, options include a clear case or colored silicone cases available for $49 USD in the Apple Store. New additions are the FineWoven cases that mimic suede, priced at $59 USD.

Apple provides a standard 12-month warranty for iPhones.

Customers can opt for AppleCare+, an extended warranty service covering damages for two years, even if the standard warranty has expired or accidental damages occur. This additional service starts at ~$249 USD, with a deductible applied in case of repairs.

Silicone case
Silicone case
FineWoven case
FineWoven case
Clear case
Clear case

Input devices & operation - Action button instead of slider

The touchscreen on the iPhone 15 Pro can display up to 120 frames per second, providing a remarkably smooth user experience. It is highly reliable, and responsive even at the edges and corners, ensuring efficient use.

While there isn't a fingerprint sensor for biometric unlocking, Face ID takes its place. This feature utilizes three-dimensional face recognition, making manipulation extremely challenging. The iPhone promptly and accurately recognizes a registered face.

In the past, iPhones had a unique alert slider allowing quick muting or volume adjustment for notifications and calls. This has now been replaced by the action button. 

While it can still be used to mute the phone by default, it also offers the flexibility to launch the camera or activate the flashlight. More complex actions can be set through shortcuts. Unfortunately, at the moment, only one option, specifically a long press, can be configured, as short presses or double-clicks cannot be customized.

Keyboard: portrait mode
Keyboard: portrait mode
Keyboard: landscape mode
Keyboard: landscape mode

Display – Bright OLED with great color reproduction

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The 6.1-inch AMOLED screen on the iPhone 15 Pro is similar to the iPhone 14 Pro, and this is a positive indicator. The display was already impressively bright and offered accurate color reproduction.

The iPhone 15 Pro's screen boasts a resolution of 2556 x 1179 pixels and achieves a peak brightness of approximately 1086 cd/m² in our tests using a spectrophotometer and CalMAN software. Notably, this brightness is observed when the entire screen is white; smaller surfaces exhibit even higher luminosity, with measurements exceeding 1900 cd/m² in HDR mode.

The screen can dynamically adjust its frame rate from 1-120 Hz, and save power when displaying static content, while scrolling in the web browser appears incredibly smooth at 120 Hz.

At very low brightness levels, we detected 240 Hz PWM flickering. Although this frequency is quite smooth and generally shouldn't pose problems for most users, individuals sensitive to flickering screens should inspect the display closely before making a purchase.

1084
cd/m²
1079
cd/m²
1089
cd/m²
1095
cd/m²
1092
cd/m²
1079
cd/m²
1083
cd/m²
1084
cd/m²
1088
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 1095 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1085.9 cd/m² Minimum: 2.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 99 %
Center on Battery: 1092 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.91 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.97
ΔE Greyscale 1.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.215
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556x1179, 6.1"
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Super Retina XDR OLED, 2556x1179, 6.1"
Xiaomi 13 Pro
OLED, 3200x1440, 6.7"
Sony Xperia 5 V
OLED, 2520x1080, 6.1"
Samsung Galaxy S23
Dynamic AMOLED 2x, 2340x1080, 6.1"
Screen
-22%
-12%
-33%
-92%
Brightness middle
1092
1046
-4%
1230
13%
889
-19%
1125
3%
Brightness
1086
1049
-3%
1244
15%
898
-17%
1122
3%
Brightness Distribution
99
98
-1%
94
-5%
97
-2%
96
-3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.91
1.2
-32%
1
-10%
1.4
-54%
3.2
-252%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
1.95
3.1
-59%
2.8
-44%
4.5
-131%
4.9
-151%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.3
1.7
-31%
1.8
-38%
1
23%
3.3
-154%
Gamma
2.215 99%
2.19 100%
2.24 98%
2.23 99%
1.97 112%
CCT
6481 100%
6538 99%
6446 101%
6456 101%
6504 100%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 242 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 242 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 242 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17567 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

0% brightness
0% brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

We did not notice a color cast in our measurements and all color values are displayed very accurately, but you have to deactivate True Tone for that. It automatically adjusts the colors to the ambient light and can thus distort them.

CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN greyscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space AdobeRGB
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN color space DCI P3
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 0.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.1 ms rise
↘ 0.9 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.4 ms).

The screen remains highly readable outdoors during daylight, and the brightness increases significantly when needed.

The OLED display provides excellent clarity from all viewing angles, with colors remaining accurate even when viewed from the side.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance - Apple's new powerhouse

The Apple A17 Pro is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models and promises even greater performance, boasting a 10-15% improvement compared to the Apple A16 Bionic. The clock speeds of the 6 processor cores have been elevated: 3.78 GHz for the performance and 2.11 GHz for the efficiency cores. Additionally, the processor is now crafted using a 3 nm manufacturing process.

In processor benchmarks, the A17 Pro significantly outperforms both its predecessor and the fastest Android devices currently available, showcasing a lead of up to 25 or 30%.

During regular usage, the iPhone 15 Pro performs swiftly and smoothly, effortlessly handling even the most demanding applications.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2138 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  ()
2138 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1878 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1549 Points -28%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1499 Points -30%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1497 Points -30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (126 - 2138, n=193, last 2 years)
938 Points -56%
Multi-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
5538 Points +4%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
5305 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  ()
5305 Points 0%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5201 Points -2%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
4998 Points -6%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4974 Points -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=193, last 2 years)
3124 Points -41%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (2900 - 2930, n=2)
2915 Points +1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
2900 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
2556 Points -12%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
2006 Points -31%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1984 Points -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=124, last 2 years)
1373 Points -53%
Multi-Core
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (7200 - 7244, n=2)
7222 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
7200 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
6688 Points -7%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
5198 Points -28%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5149 Points -28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=124, last 2 years)
3811 Points -47%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1277795 Points
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1196960 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1134684 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
965593 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (99654 - 1650926, n=132, last 2 years)
780468 Points
CrossMark - Overall
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (1402 - 1408, n=2)
1405 Points 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
1402 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
1332 Points -5%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1224 Points -13%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1221 Points -13%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1170 Points -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (187 - 1474, n=155, last 2 years)
856 Points -39%
AImark - Score v3.x
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
Apple A16 Bionic, A16 GPU 5-Core, 6144
37396 Points +19%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
Apple A17 Pro, A17 Pro GPU, 8192
31531 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro
  (29087 - 31531, n=2)
30309 Points -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 245629, n=117, last 2 years)
17208 Points -45%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1354 Points -96%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1320 Points -96%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1160 Points -96%

The new 6-core GPU in Apple's A17 Pro now supports ray tracing and mesh shading, indicating Apple's intention to bring AAA titles from PC and consoles to the iPhone. We will delve deeper into this in the upcoming "Games" section.

While the GPU clearly outperforms the 3DMark benchmarks, the Android competitors prove to be faster in the GFXBench tests. However, the iPhone consistently maintains a stable 60 fps in the demanding GFXBench Aztec Ruins at a resolution of 1,440p. This means that the GPU has enough power to run all mobile games at high detail, with performance reserves to spare.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
3815 Points
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3784 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3699 Points -3%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3627 Points -5%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
3265 Points -14%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
4239 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3857 Points -9%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3843 Points -9%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3667 Points -13%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
3383 Points -20%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
15577 Points
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13993 Points -10%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
13984 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
13911 Points -11%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
12429 Points -20%
3DMark / Solar Bay Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
6827 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5603 Points -18%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
4321 Points -37%
3DMark / Solar Bay Unlimited Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
5946 Points
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
5583 Points -6%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
3710 Points -38%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
497 fps +42%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
476 fps +36%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
462 fps +32%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
459 fps +31%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
350.2 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps +100%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
331 fps +58%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
302 fps +44%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
292 fps +40%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
271 fps +30%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
209.2 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
109 fps +82%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
59.9 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
222 fps +50%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
205 fps +39%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
197 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
186 fps +26%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
147.7 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps +82%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
101 fps +68%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps +5%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
126 fps +13%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
123 fps +11%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
118 fps +6%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
114 fps +3%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
111.2 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
98 fps +63%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
87 fps +45%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
59 fps -2%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
51 fps -15%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
63 fps +5%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
61 fps +2%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
61 fps +2%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
44 fps -27%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps +100%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps +98%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
82 fps +37%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
60 fps 0%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
60 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
157 fps +27%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
141 fps +14%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
140 fps +13%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
133 fps +7%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
124 fps
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +53%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 fps +53%
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
28 fps +43%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
23 fps +17%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
19.6 fps

Internet browsing is a delightful experience on the iPhone 15 Pro, as webpages load swiftly and images become available almost instantaneously, assuming a good internet connection. The Apple phone clearly dominates in the benchmarks.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro (Chrome 117)
351.1 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro (254 - 351, n=2)
303 Points -14%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
281.762 Points -20%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
179.212 Points -49%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
158.595 Points -55%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
137.873 Points -61%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=160, last 2 years)
112.8 Points -68%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average Apple A17 Pro (396 - 445, n=2)
421 runs/min +6%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro (Chrome 117)
396 runs/min
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
375 runs/min -5%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
179 runs/min -55%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
136 runs/min -66%
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=145, last 2 years)
118.8 runs/min -70%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
110.9 runs/min -72%
WebXPRT 3 - Overall
Average Apple A17 Pro (301 - 304, n=2)
303 Points +1%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro (Chrome 117)
301 Points
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
292 Points -3%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
231 Points -23%
Average of class Smartphone (38 - 304, n=101, last 2 years)
141.1 Points -53%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone 15 Pro (Chrome 117)
89112 Points
Average Apple A17 Pro (86270 - 89112, n=2)
87691 Points -2%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
74261 Points -17%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
61881 Points -31%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
59913 Points -33%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
42544 Points -52%
Average of class Smartphone (2228 - 89112, n=203, last 2 years)
34378 Points -61%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 10968, n=160, last 2 years)
1546 ms * -298%
Sony Xperia 5 V (Chrome 117.0.5938.60)
705.9 ms * -82%
Samsung Galaxy S23 (Chrome 109)
701.7 ms * -81%
Xiaomi 13 Pro (Chrome 109)
690.6 ms * -78%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (Safari 16)
475.3 ms * -22%
Apple iPhone 15 Pro (Chrome 117)
388.1 ms *
Average Apple A17 Pro (388 - 388, n=2)
388 ms * -0%

* ... smaller is better

Apple has been employing NVMe flash in its iPhones for numerous years. Nonetheless, there are traditionally no comprehensive storage benchmarks available on iOS, leaving us to rely on our subjective observations.

Exceptionally brief loading times and an incredibly responsive system advocate for Apple's storage solution. This is reinforced by the technical advantages it offers over UFS flash, including higher speeds during random reads and writes.

Games - iPhone instead of a console?

The high performance of the Apple A17 Pro is intended to be utilized for more than just casual mobile games like Candy Crush. Apple's objective is to enable the iPhone to handle substantial graphics-intensive games typically found on PCs or consoles.

With the rise in popularity of mobile gaming for AAA titles, seen notably with devices like the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck, Apple is approaching this market. They have announced conversions of games such as Capcom's Resident Evil Village and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Mirage, set to launch at the end of October 2023. A notable feature is that all iPhone 15 Pro owners can test certain sections of these games for free as demos.

During our tests, we explored games such as PUBG Mobile, Genshin Impact, and Diablo: Immortal. Unfortunately, we couldn't provide specific frame rates due to GameBench's software not yet supporting iOS 17. However, generally speaking, PUBG offers 60 fps in HD and 40 fps in UltraHD. Diablo: Immortal can be played at 60 fps in high resolution, and Genshin Impact even supports an impressive 120 fps.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Diablo: Immortal
Diablo: Immortal
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Emissions – Better control of waste heat

Temperature

We aimed to determine if the Apple iPhone 15 Pro encounters temperature-related issues and conducted a Linpack benchmark involving complex CPU calculations over an extended duration. We did observe a noticeable warming of the case, although it remained within acceptable limits at 109.76° F at room temperature.

During prolonged load in the 3DMark stress tests, we recorded a maximum performance loss of 15%. Given the processor's high power level, this should hardly be noticeable in everyday use.

Max. Load
 39.6 °C
103 F
40.6 °C
105 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
42.1 °C
108 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 42.1 °C
108 F
43 °C
109 F
38.2 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 40.4 °C = 105 F
38.4 °C
101 F
40.3 °C
105 F
36.8 °C
98 F
38.2 °C
101 F
40.7 °C
105 F
39.5 °C
103 F
38 °C
100 F
41.9 °C
107 F
43.4 °C
110 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  40.6 °C = 105 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.4 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.7 °C / 73 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life stress test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
84.9 %
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
83.1 % -2%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
82 % -3%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
68.6 % -19%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
52 % -39%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
95.9 %
Xiaomi 13 Pro
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
88.2 % -8%
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
68 % -29%
Samsung Galaxy S23
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
53.8 % -44%
Sony Xperia 5 V
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
51.3 % -47%
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe
88.9 %
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe
62.8 % -29%
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Apple iPhone 15 Pro A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø16.4 (16-16.7)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test: Ø15 (13.7-20.2)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø21.1 (19.4-22)
Sony Xperia 5 V Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø15.8 (11.4-22.1)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø15.5 (12.4-23.1)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø52.5 (50-58.9)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø53.3 (48.7-59.4)
Xiaomi 13 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø73.8 (64.6-77.7)
Sony Xperia 5 V Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø54 (40.8-78.5)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø58.5 (52.3-76.3)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø57.9 (54.7-74.4)
Samsung Galaxy S23 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø66.7 (56-85.8)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø8.18 (6.88-12.1)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro A17 Pro GPU, A17 Pro, 128 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø15.6 (14.8-16.7)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro A16 GPU 5-Core, A16, 256 GB NVMe; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability: Ø9.23 (7.89-12.6)

Speakers

With its dedicated speaker and earphone support, the iPhone 15 Pro delivers a rather nice audio experience during music listening. High frequencies, on the other hand, have a tendency to be overemphasized at times, resulting in an unpleasant rattle in the ears. Lowering the level slightly results in a more balanced sound, which improves voice clarity.

For wireless connections, the device utilizes Apple's AAC, meaning a high-resolution codec isn't available for Bluetooth connections on the iPhone. 

Headphones and speakers can now be connected via USB-C, and Apple offers corresponding EarPods for $19 USD. However, users with older headphones may need a new accessory, as some third-party USB-C to 3.5 mm jack adapters may not be compatible. Apple provides a compatible cable for ~$10 USD.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.841.1253737.33131.730.84032.537.85036.439.36328.926.88024.423.310023.735.612524.144.216020.150.820013.650.825012.652.131512.754.340011.256.950013.564.163014.765.48001465100013.667.6125012.669.216001169.9200010.869250011.570.5315013.870.440001565.5500015.663630016.260.7800017.259.91000017.8651250017.158.31600017.847.5SPL26.779.4N0.844.4median 14median 63Delta2.47.9334230.933.519.43327.335.4374026.937.31938.418.439.11542.116.152.715.953.114.258.912.163.11463.714.773.11577.513.781.714.18113.676.513.174.912.876.113.378.713.477.813.879.81478.314.178.113.575.813.774.513.670.713.165.92689.90.785.5median 13.8median 75.80.77.3hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPhone 15 ProSony Xperia 5 V
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 25% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Sony Xperia 5 V audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 37%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 16% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life - iPhone with stamina

The 15 Pro is a highly potent smartphone, notably reflected in its power consumption, particularly during intensive tasks: It can use up to 10.1 watts at peak load, but the average idle consumption stands at a moderate 0.9 watts simultaneously.

When the battery runs out, the iPhone can be charged at up to 20 watts, and now, with the USB-C port, it can be charged even faster using various third-party chargers. Charging the iPhone 15 Pro to full capacity takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Opting for an 80% charge, beneficial for the battery's longevity, results in a quicker charging time.

The iPhone 15 Pro supports wireless charging via MagSafe, reaching a maximum of 15 watts, and up to 7.5 watts through Qi. It also features reverse charging capabilities.

Power Consumption


Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 0.9 / 1.1 Watt
Load midlight 6 / 10.1 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
3274 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
3200 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 V
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Average Apple A17 Pro
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
5%
-15%
-11%
26%
-13%
-24%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
0.56
20%
1.02
-46%
0.79
-13%
0.57
19%
0.6 ?(0.5 - 0.7, n=2)
14%
Idle Average *
0.9
1.37
-52%
1.36
-51%
1.08
-20%
0.74
18%
1.435 ?(0.9 - 1.97, n=2)
-59%
Idle Maximum *
1.1
1.42
-29%
1.58
-44%
1.12
-2%
0.83
25%
1.545 ?(1.1 - 1.99, n=2)
-40%
Load Average *
6
3.42
43%
4.29
28%
7.93
-32%
4.26
29%
4.68 ?(3.36 - 6, n=2)
22%
Load Maximum *
10.1
5.56
45%
6.15
39%
8.78
13%
6.16
39%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.41 (0.841-10.4)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.745 (0.675-1.008)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Apple iPhone 15 Pro; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø5.64 (5.12-6.05)
Apple iPhone 15 Pro; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.745 (0.675-1.008)

Battery life

The iPhone 15 Pro delivers impressive runtime despite its relatively small 3,274 mAh battery. It lasted 13 hours and 52 minutes in our WLAN test, and over 6 hours under full load. Notably, the 2023 iPhone Pro demonstrates remarkable consistency in long battery life across various scenarios, outlasting many of its competitors overall.

When used in typical day-to-day scenarios, the battery can easily last throughout the day.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
45h 14min
WiFi Websurfing
13h 52min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
25h 22min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 02min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro
3274 mAh
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
3200 mAh
Xiaomi 13 Pro
4820 mAh
Sony Xperia 5 V
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S23
3900 mAh
Battery Runtime
-4%
-22%
4%
-6%
Reader / Idle
2714
2659
-2%
1509
-44%
2788
3%
2249
-17%
H.264
1522
1397
-8%
1263
-17%
1493
-2%
1255
-18%
WiFi v1.3
832
807
-3%
846
2%
952
14%
926
11%
Load
362
351
-3%
254
-30%
371
2%
370
2%

Pros

+ durable casing
+ lower launch price compared to its predecessor
+ swift and reliable Wi-Fi connection
+ IP certification for water and dust resistance
+ high processing power
+ versatile camera setup
+ bright display with accurate color reproduction
+ precise GPS functionality
+ global compatibility
+ speedy USB-C port
+ customizable shortcut button

Cons

- lacks WiFi 7 support
- slow charging
- the included cable only supports USB 2.0
- limited to AAC codec for Bluetooth audio
- comes with a 12-month warranty

Verdict - Titanium iPhone with big ambitions

Testing the Apple iPhone 15 Pro.
Testing the Apple iPhone 15 Pro.

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro is not only one of the most expensive and keenly awaited smartphones of 2023, but it has also stirred heated debates: there have been claims of performance throttling and questions about the strength of its casing compared to its predecessor. During tests with iOS 17.0.3, the Apple phone performs admirably and with minimal throttling.

The casing looks very chic and has successfully endured an initial durability test, unlike the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Thanks to IP certification and up to 20 ft of immersion depth, the phone can also be used in water.
Nevertheless, in terms of everyday durability, the aluminum iPhone 15 is likely much more resilient.

Certainly, it's commendable that Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone 15 Pro compared to its predecessor.

Once more, there's a versatile camera system offering powerful shots, efficient optical zoom, and excellent image stability. Additionally, the iPhone 15 Pro now supports WiFi 6E, enabling significantly faster data rates and improved speed stability. While it's a positive move, it's worth noting that some other companies have already embraced WiFi 7 technology.

The flexible action button serves as a versatile alternative to the alert slider, and the vibrant 6.1-inch AMOLED display convinces with excellent image reproduction, although it's not entirely free from PWM flickering.

The iPhone 15 Pro remains one of this year's top smartphones, offering exceptional performance and features within Apple's closed ecosystem.

Choosing the iPhone 15 means forgoing the Always-On display, the new GPU, and the action button, and making compromises in the optical zoom. In return, opting for this choice results in a ~$265 USD saving. For those open to Android alternatives, the Samsung Galaxy S23 is worth considering, featuring a bright AMOLED screen and fast charging.

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Price & Availability

The iPhone 15 Pro is currently only available for direct purchase from Apple, with a delivery date of mid-November, starting at $999 USD.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro - 11/03/2023 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
92%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
66 / 70 → 94%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
95%
Games Performance
66 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
81%
Average
85%
91%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-10-21 (Update: 2024-05-28)