All iPhone 15 Models Support 4K HDR Video Output

iPhone 15
iPhone 15 (Credit: Apple)
The excitement surrounding the iPhone 15 launch is far from over. After Apple announced the arrival of four iPhone models - iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max - various feature details are gradually emerging.

One notable feature is that all iPhone 15 models support DisplayPort to output video in up to 4K HDR quality to a television or external screen.

This information is based on the technical specifications of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, as reported by MacRumors.

DisplayPort support is developed through the USB Type-C port, which is now present on all iPhone 15 models. This means that the iPhone 15 can display video output at up to 4K 60Hz to a DisplayPort on an external screen or TV that has USB C to DisplayPort support. Alternatively, users can use a USB Type-C Digital AV multiport adapter to display video from the iPhone 15 to a TV with HDMI support, although HDR is not supported in this case.

Previously, iPhones with Lightning ports were limited to mirroring video at resolutions up to 1080p using Apple Lightning to HDMI or Lightning-to-VGA adapters.

iPhone 15 and Apple's Farewell to the Lightning Port

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iPhone 15 comes with USB-C. (Credit: Apple)
Despite the capabilities of the USB Type-C port introduced, Apple bid farewell to its famous Lightning port, which had been used for charging iPhones for 11 years, with the introduction of the USB Type-C port on the iPhone 15.

Apple announced its latest iPhone series, the iPhone 15, which includes four models: iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Previously, Apple had consistently avoided using USB Type-C ports for iPhones. The Lightning port had been used by Apple since it was introduced with the iPhone 5 on September 12, 2012.

The Lightning port subsequently became a central connector for Apple's ecosystem, serving a range of portable Apple devices, including AirPods, Apple Pencil, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad, thanks to its compact size and widespread adoption.

Apple's gradual transition to USB Type-C began in 2018 with the iPad Pro, followed by the iPad Air in 2020. USB Type-C continued to be used with the 10th-generation iPad released in 2022. Apple's move away from the Lightning port to USB Type-C was significantly influenced by the European Union's efforts to reduce electronic waste. The EU decided in 2022 that all electronic devices, including phones, cameras, tablets, headphones, headsets, consoles, portable speakers, earbuds, and laptops, should be equipped with USB Type-C ports.

With the launch of the iPhone 15, Apple officially said goodbye to the Lightning port that had been used for 11 years.

iPhone 15 Pro Specifications

iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 (Credit: Apple)
"iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the most professional lineup we've ever created, with the most advanced titanium design, the best iPhone camera system, and the A17 Pro chip—delivering performance and gaming like never before on iPhone," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

"iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max represent Apple's best design and industry-first innovations to enrich users' everyday experiences while allowing them to unleash their creativity," he continued.

The screen sizes for both models remain the same as the previous generation at 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches. They also feature the Dynamic Island for housing the selfie camera and Face ID sensors. However, the bezels appear thinner, resulting in a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio.

In terms of the camera, the iPhone 15 Pro is equipped with a 48MP main camera that now supports super high-resolution 24MP, portrait mode with Focus and Depth Control, enhancements to Night Mode and Smart HDR, and a 5x Telephoto camera that is exclusively available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For performance, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are powered by Apple's latest 3nm A17 chip and a USB-C port that offers faster speeds than the standard model, supporting up to USB 3 speeds.

Apple claims the A17's GPU is 20% faster than the previous series with better power efficiency. For the first time in the A-series chip, the A17 supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
The launching of the iPhone 15 also marks the retirement of the Lightning port that Apple has been using since 2012. (Photo: Screenshot from Apple Event on YouTube).
Apple has also officially launched the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, both of which bring several new features and improvements compared to the previous generation.

These new iPhones feature the Dynamic Island, previously only available on the Pro and Pro Max models. They also use Super Retina XDR displays with OLED technology.

The iPhone 15 has a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 15 Plus boasts a larger 6.7-inch display. The HDR brightness of these devices can reach 1,600 nits, with outdoor peak brightness reaching 2,000 nits, which is twice as bright as the iPhone 14.

The iPhone 15 features a rear aluminum aerospace-grade cover optimized with a special double ion-exchange process for its new material and polished with nano-crystal particles. The front of this Apple smartphone is protected by Ceramic Shield.

The iPhone 15 also introduces a 48MP Main Camera with a quad-pixel sensor and 100% Focus Pixels, capable of producing super high-resolution 24MP photos, as well as a 2x Telephoto option.

Users can zoom in 2x for telephoto photos, capturing images enlarged by two times with optical quality.

Other photography features in the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus include a new portrait mode that can automatically detect when someone is in the frame, making it easier for users to switch to portrait mode.

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