2 reasons I’m excited for the iPhone 15 Pro | ENBLE

2 reasons I’m excited for the iPhone 15 Pro | ENBLE

The iPhone 15 Pro: What to Expect and What Excites Me

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It’s the peak of summer, but fall is just around the corner, bringing with it Apple’s highly anticipated annual iPhone event. This year, we can expect the unveiling of the iPhone 15 lineup along with the Apple Watch Series 9, and there are even rumors of a new Apple Watch Ultra in the works. While there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the iPhone 15 series, particularly the iPhone 15 Pro models, I must admit that as a longtime iPhone user, the iPhone itself has started to feel a little drab and boring compared to the exciting Android phones we’ve seen in 2023.

However, with the announcement of the iPhone 15 Pro imminent, there are two rumored features that have caught my attention and sparked some excitement.

One cable to rule them all

USB-C charger Image Credit: Abolukbas/Shutterstock

One of the most anticipated changes with the iPhone 15 series is the switch to universal USB-C charging. Thanks to EU regulations, Apple has already adopted USB-C in its iPad lineup as well as recent MacBook models, leaving the AirPods and iPhone as the last holdouts. As someone who embraces USB-C in all areas of my tech life, I can’t wait for an iPhone that finally uses the same charging standard. USB-C has become ubiquitous, making it easy to find cables and chargers almost everywhere. Having to carry around a separate Lightning cable for my iPhone while everything else has moved to USB-C has become an inconvenience I’m ready to leave behind.

Currently, I find myself juggling multiple cables while on the go, ensuring I have a Lightning cable specifically for my iPhone 14 Pro, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro 2. As I prepare for an upcoming family vacation, it’s one more thing to worry about not forgetting among the sea of USB-C chargers and cables I’ve accumulated. Moreover, Lightning cables tend to wear out over time, making it difficult to decide when to replace them since they will likely become obsolete in a matter of months. The transition to USB-C for the iPhone cannot come soon enough. Hopefully, Apple will also follow suit with the AirPods, allowing us to bid farewell to unreliable Lightning cables once and for all.

Lights, camera, Action button!

Apple Watch Ultra Action button Image Credit: Christine Romero-Chan / ENBLE

Another intriguing rumor surrounding the iPhone 15 Pro is the supposed inclusion of an Action button that will replace the traditional mute toggle. While the mute switch has been a staple of the iPhone’s design for the past 15 years, its functionality has been limited to simply toggling the device’s sound on or off. It’s time for a change.

Inspired by the Apple Watch Ultra, the Action button is expected to debut on the iPhone 15 Pro (not the standard iPhone 15). This shift opens up a new realm of possibilities for making the iPhone even more convenient and customizable. I am particularly excited about the potential to quickly launch the camera by double-pressing the power button, a feature commonly found on Android phones. If the iPhone 15 Pro does indeed come equipped with a customizable Action button, this could be one of its available functions.

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While the Apple Watch Ultra’s Action button has limited functionality, I hope Apple expands its capabilities on the iPhone 15 Pro. Configuring a single click to enable mute, with the option to assign different functions to a double press or even a triple press, would vastly enhance the iPhone user experience. Some may be skeptical about eliminating the trusted mute toggle, but history has shown that embracing change often leads to improvements. After all, few people were thrilled about losing the Home button when Face ID was introduced, yet nearly everyone has adapted.

In contrast to these exciting rumored features, there isn’t much else about the iPhone 15 Pro that piques my interest. The rumored periscope lens, expected to be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, doesn’t captivate me since I find that model too large. While Apple consistently improves the hardware of its cameras each year, the tendency to oversharpen and overprocess images with the native Camera app dampens the overall quality. Regarding design, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro appear to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. I can’t help but yearn for a fresh aesthetic that shakes things up a bit.

In conclusion, as we eagerly await the announcement of the iPhone 15 Pro in the coming months, it’s clear that the rumored features are the highlights worth anticipating. The transition to USB-C charging and the introduction of the Action button have the potential to enhance the iPhone experience and align it with the convenience and versatility already offered by other devices. For me, these two changes are enough to maintain my interest in the iPhone 15 Pro, even if other aspects of the phone seem less compelling.