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The 6 most important announcements from the iPhone 15 event

From new iPhones to Apple Watches and everything in between, here are the top six announcements from Apple’s recent event.

Apple’s latest event had a bunch of reveals and major announcements, too many to list out here without droning on and on, so we’ve done the leg work for you and picked out the top six most important things the world found out today.

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iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

iPhone 15 colours

Highlights include: Support for Apple’s ‘Dynamic Island’ feature that replaces the traditional notch, a better camera with a higher megapixel count, and new colours for those looking to accessorize.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro colours

Highlights include: Apple’s all-new A17 Pro processor capable of doing some serious gaming, curvier designs, titanium bodies, and even optical zoom on the Pro Max, if you have the cash for it.

USB-C support on iPhone, finally

iPhone 15 USB-C

Highlights include: Finally getting to throw away those pesky lightning cables and instead use the same standard cable just about any other consumer electronic also uses. Plus, iPhone 15 Pro also gets Thunderbolt support, and AirPods Pro also get that same USB-C connectivity.

Trusted Take – USB-C is a small update that will make a big difference

Switching the port on the bottom of the iPhone might seem minor, especially when the new USB-C connector looks very much like the outgoing Lightning. But this is a massive change for the iPhone series and it’ll have repercussions for Apple’s products in the coming years.

Apple didn’t dwell too much on the port and, as expected, it didn’t divulge any of the reasons for the switch. That doesn’t really matter though, as it’s a move that will, in the end, be great for everyone. Being able to use the same charger for iPads, MacBooks and iPhones is great and it’s been a long time coming.

it’s a shame no improvement to charging speed has been added, and you’ll need the Pro for the faster data speeds, but its benefit more than make up for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we got faster charging as a tentpole feature on the iPhone 16 Pro this time next year.

Lightning hasn’t been completely left in the dust, though. While the AirPods Pro have been updated with the new port, the entry-level AirPods and AirPods Max haven’t. Apple’s computing accessories use the port, too.

AAA gaming on iPhone Pro

iPhone 15 Assassin's Creed

Highlights include: Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Death Stranding, Resident Evil Village, and Resident Evil 4 coming to iPhone Pro. With support from major publishers like Capcom and Ubisoft, looks like full-fat gaming on a mobile device isn’t just limited to a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck anymore.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Highlights include: Maximum brightness up to an eye-searing 3,000 nits, a new watch face that shows extra details, an S9 processor, a U2 ultra-wideband chip, and Siri processing that happens on-device.

Apple Watch Series 9

Apple Watch FineWoven

Highlights include: Apple’s S9 processor also found in the Ultra 2, a 4-core Neural Engine, and the same excellent 18-hour battery life of its predecessor even with all the extra power, according to Apple.

Check out our live blog for some more in-depth coverage of Apple’s event, and make sure to keep an eye on the site if you want to learn more about everything that’s changing in Apple’s world.

Trusted Take – An event packed with updates, even if not much really stood out

While tech events often feel laboured, this one could probably have done with doing spread out a little longer. Even with the numerous new products and features revealed, nothing really stood out as being a notable upgrade – at least in the way it was presented.

The iPhone 15 Pro looks to have a good camera but the best features are restricted to the larger model, while most of the iPhone 15 features are already available on the iPhone 14 Pro. The duo of Apple Watch models look great, but again the upgrades feel minimal.

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