For those attending in person, Apple events end pretty chaotically: As soon as the projection at the Steve Jobs theater is done, journalists are scrambling to get a hands-on experience with the new devices. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, so I did it for you this year as well, dear readers.
In this frenzied environment, it took me a few minutes to appreciate the design changes on Apple’s new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. From afar, they look the same as last year’s models, save for the new colors. But you need to feel them in your hand to see where the differences are.
How the iPhone 15 feels
All four phones now have curvier edges, making them a lot nicer to hold. Yes, it’s still all metal and glass, but the new edges feel a lot softer than before. And the Pro models are also significantly lighter than last year’s models, thanks to the use of titanium which replaced the stainless steel chassis. I’ve held the old iPhone 14 Pro Max in one hand and the new iPhone 15 Pro Max in the other, and the difference is noticeable (to be precise: it’s 240 vs. 221 grams). It’s not groundbreaking, but it is the sort of thing that might make you consider Apple’s largest iPhone if you previously skipped it due to heaviness.