4 desired features for iPhone 16 Ultra based on 15 Pro experience

4 desired features for iPhone 16 Ultra based on 15 Pro experience

The iPhone 15 Pro: A Closer Look at Its Features and Potential Improvements

iPhone 15 Pro The iPhone 15 Pro at the Apple Event on Sept. 12, 2023

The iPhone 15 Pro models have finally been revealed, showcasing their impressive features and sleek design. I had the opportunity to get hands-on with all the models at the Steve Jobs theater, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The standard models exceeded expectations, although I’m not a fan of the pastel colors. However, the titanium Pro models were a standout, boasting a lighter, slimmer, and more tactile feel.

These Pro phones also introduced exciting updates, such as the Action button, USB 3 capabilities, and the “tetraprism” telephoto camera lens found in the Pro Max. However, despite their impressive features, there are still areas where Apple could make improvements in these high-end devices.

1. Longer Battery Life

One of the biggest disappointments with this year’s iPhone 15 Pro is the lack of increased battery life. Despite the new A17 Pro chip’s additional capabilities, Apple chose to utilize the power for enhanced gaming features, faster file transfers, and more advanced machine learning for photography and video. While these features are undoubtedly useful to many users, longer battery life is a crucial improvement that would benefit a larger audience.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max can generally last through a day of light to medium use, but some users have experienced intermittent battery life issues. And even for those who use their devices heavily for photography and social media, the iPhone 14 Pro Max struggles to make it through a full day. Improving battery life might not be the flashiest feature, but it would greatly enhance the day-to-day usability of the Pro phones and make them more competitive with top Android devices.

2. Touch ID on the Power Button

Another quality-of-life improvement that Apple could introduce is integrating a Touch ID fingerprint scanner into the power button. This feature, already present on the iPad Air (5th Generation), would provide an additional unlocking option alongside Face ID. Face ID is highly reliable but can have limitations when wearing glasses, sunglasses, face coverings, or holding the phone at certain angles. Incorporating Touch ID would make the iPhone more versatile and usable in various scenarios.

Moreover, combining Face ID and Touch ID offers increased security. Apple could provide an option in Settings to require both authentication methods, making logins on this device more secure than any other on the market. Having both Touch ID and Face ID would greatly enhance the iPhone’s overall usability and convenience.

3. 10x Telephoto Zoom Lens

While Apple introduced a tetraprism telephoto camera lens with a 5x zoom capability in the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Samsung still leads the way with its periscope “space zoom” lens reaching up to 10x. Apple’s new telephoto lens, paired with their exceptional photo processing software and machine learning algorithms, is expected to produce high-quality shots. However, there is still a significant gap between 5x and 10x that Samsung’s flagship phone provides.

It will be interesting to test Apple’s 5x telephoto lens in various situations and observe its performance over the coming months. With Apple’s reputation for stellar photography capabilities, there is confidence that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will deliver outstanding results. Nevertheless, Apple would do well to close the gap with its competitors and provide users with a comprehensive zoom range.

4. A Better Case from Apple

At the Apple event, I had the chance to try the new FineWoven cases, designed to replace Apple’s popular, yet less sustainable leather cases. However, I wasn’t quite impressed with their look and feel. Priced at $59, they seemed like a cheap imitation of suede. While I appreciate Apple’s commitment to sustainability and its use of recycled materials, the FineWoven cases didn’t feel great in my hands.

Apple’s phone cases, in general, tend to be bulky and hide the overall design of the iPhone. A more desirable option would be to take inspiration from the iPhone 4 bumper cases, which protected only the edges of the phone, leaving the back open to showcase the full design. This approach results in a lighter, thinner phone that fits more comfortably in pockets or bags. Additionally, a bumper case with added protection for the camera lenses could address any potential concerns.

In conclusion, the iPhone 15 Pro models offer an array of impressive features, but there is still room for improvement. Longer battery life, integrating Touch ID on the power button, expanding the telephoto zoom capabilities, and reevaluating the case design are all potential areas where Apple could enhance the Pro-level experience. As Apple continues to innovate, it will be exciting to see how they respond to user feedback and push the boundaries of what a smartphone can offer.