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iPhone 15 release date: When did it launch?

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February 9, 2024
iPhone 14 Pro in hand
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The iPhone 15 is out. For years now Apple has kept up a tradition of unveiling its latest iPhones in September, and 2023 was no different. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 15’s release date, its accompanying press event, and more.

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Apple announced the iPhone 15 lineup as part of a "Wonderlust" event on September 12, 2023. Premiering alongside it were the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. iPhone 15 preorders began on September 15, with open sales following on September 22.


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When did the iPhone 15 come out?

iPhone 14 Pro in hand with the display on
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Apple held its “Wonderlust” iPhone 15 event on September 12 at 10AM Pacific time. Preorders began on Friday, September 15 ahead of a September 22 launch. Contrary to some rumors, the iPhone 15 Pro Max shipped alongside other models instead of a few weeks later.

Was there 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 via the Apple Developer app and the Apple TV app, so you should have no shortage of 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?

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While the iPhone 15 was obviously the star of the 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, the AirPods Pro also saw a refresh, introducing USB-C connectivity to better align with port changes on the iPhone 15 lineup.

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


FAQs

Apple has kept almost all of its prices in line with the iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 15 Pro Max did pick 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: $1,199

Yes. Apple actually needs to support USB-C on all its phones by the end of 2024 to comply with EU law.

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

No. Despite some rumors that Touch ID might return to flagship iPhones, it remains an iPhone SE exclusive.

The iPhone 15 has an IP68 water resistance rating, the same as the iPhone 14. That means it can withstand immersion in up to 6 meters (about 19.7 feet) of fresh water for 30 minutes. You should avoid taking one in the shower, pool, or ocean without a fully waterproof case, especially since it’s not rated against salt water or chlorine.