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iPhone 15 release date: When will it be available?

Anticipation mounts for Apple's big reveal.
September 12, 2023
iPhone 14 Pro in hand
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

The iPhone 15 is here. For years now, Apple has kept it a tradition to unveil its latest iPhones in September, shipping shortly after a press event, this year was no different. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 15’s release date, its accompanying press event, and other products Apple is set to announce.


Apple announced its iPhone 15 lineup as part of the Wonderlust event on September 12, 2023, along with the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. The new series of iPhones will open for preorders on September 15, with open sales beginning on September 22.


When is the iPhone 15 coming out?

Apple held its Wonderlust event on September 12 at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET) at its Apple Park HQ. It kept with the company’s usual fall schedule, and featured the iPhone 15 series and Apple Watch Series 9. The latest set of iPhones opened for preorders on Friday, September 15 with open sales beginning on September 22. Contrary to initial rumors, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will ship alongside the other models instead of a few weeks later as was previously reported.

Will the iPhone 15 be available at launch?

iPhone 14 Pro in hand with the display on
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No, at least not if by “launch” you mean “announcement.” Apple kept up its tradition of setting preorders for the Friday following its press event, with delivery about a week after that on September 22. Shipping on the same day would be chaotic and probably hurt the chances for regular shoppers to get their hands on a device.

Will there be a livestream of the 2023 Apple Event?

Yes. As usual, Apple streamed its fall event to YouTube, which you can rewatch at this link. The company also streamed its launch via the Apple Developer app and the Apple TV app, so you should have no shortage of streaming options. Just be ready to skip through a few slow parts, as the entire launch took around an hour and a half.

What other products did Apple announce at the iPhone 15 launch event?

While the iPhone 15 was obviously the star of Apple’s September 12 event, it wasn’t the only device on stage.

Apple Watch enthusiasts got their latest hardware in the form of the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2. Considering the importance Apple places on ecosystem integration across devices, the AirPods Pro also saw a refresh, introducing USB-C connectivity to better align with the connectivity changes on the iPhone 15.

Apple only offered brief updates on its Mac lineup, and didn’t introduce any new iPad hardware as part of the event.


Apple kept almost all of its prices in line with the iPhone 14 series. However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max picked up a price bump, so the four phones cost as follows:

  • iPhone 15 — $799
  • iPhone 15 Plus — $899
  • iPhone 15 Pro — $999
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra — $1,199

Yes. Apple needs to support USB-C connectors by the end of 2024 to comply with EU law, so it might as well sooner rather than later.

The base iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will ship in black, green, yellow, blue, and pink. As for the iPhone 15 Pro, it now comes in Black Titanium, Blue Titanium, White Titanium, and Natural Titanium.

No. Despite initial rumors that Touch ID might return for the iPhone 15 series, it remains an iPhone SE exclusive.

The iPhone 15 series has a water resistance rating of IP68, the same as the iPhone 14. That would make it water-resistant, and able to withstand immersion in up to 6 meters of water for 30 minutes. Don’t go swimming without a waterproof case, though.