These are the only 2 reasons I’m excited about the iPhone 15 Pro | Digital Trends

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Its peak summer right now, although fall is just around the corner with back-to-school season on the horizon. With that also comes Apple’s annual iPhone event.

We’re definitely expecting the iPhone 15 range this year, as well as Apple Watch Series 9 and possibly a new Apple Watch Ultra. Rumors for the iPhone 15 series have been going strong for months, although there has also been a lot of back and forth, mainly related to the iPhone 15 Pro models.

However, as we get closer to the reveal, the iPhone 15 is becoming a little less exciting for me, especially compared to the amazing Android phones we’ve gotten so far in 2023. Even as a longtime iPhone user (I’ve been using iPhones since the original and every generation since), I have to admit that the iPhone itself is getting a bit shabby and, dare I say, boring.

However, there are two things in particular that I look forward to once Apple announces the iPhone 15 Pro – assuming, of course, the rumors hold up.

One cable to rule them all

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EU rulings and regulations played a big part in convincing Apple to make the leap to universal USB-C charging with the iPhone 15. Apple has already switched the iPad lineup to USB-C on all models, as well as all recent MacBooks (although you can also charge those with MagSafe 3). So really, the only devices that still hold out are AirPods and iPhones.

I honestly can’t wait to have a USB-C iPhone. Over the last few years, USB-C has become more prevalent on a multitude of devices including tablets, handheld game consoles, controllers, headsets and battery packs, basically most of the devices I use right now have USB-C. This means that I have a lot of USB-C cables lying around the house, which makes it super easy to grab any cable and plug anything in.

Everything but my iPhone, that is. I still need a Lightning cable to charge my iPhone 14 Pro, as well as my AirPods Max and AirPods Pro 2, if I’m not using MagSafe.

I’m going on a family vacation in a few weeks and will need to make sure I don’t forget a Lightning cable among all the other USB-C chargers and cables I have just to make sure I can charge my iPhone 14 Pro. And Lightning cables tend to wear out over time, so I have to try not to buy replacements right now, as it will (probably) become obsolete in a few months.

The move to USB-C for iPhone can’t come soon enough. I hope AirPods follow suit too, so we can get rid of unreliable Lightning cables forever and just use USB-C for everything.

Lights, Camera, Action Button!

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Another iPhone 15 Pro rumor that got me excited is the supposed Action button that will replace the mute switch. While the mute switch has remained a part of traditional iPhone design for the last 15 years, its somewhat limited use has simply turned the iPhone on and off silent. It’s time for a change.

Apple introduced the Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra, and apparently the iPhone 15 Pro (not the standard iPhone 15) will get it. I’m really excited about this change as it opens up a lot of new possibilities to make your iPhone even more convenient.

For example, many Android phones let you double-press the power button to quickly launch the camera. I’d love to have this kind of feature on the iPhone, and if it does indeed get a customizable action button, that might be one of the settings for it.

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The Apple Watch Ultra Action button is a bit limited in scope, but I hope Apple extends the functionality to the iPhone 15 Pro. What I want is to have the default button click to enable sound, or you can change it to something else. And I also wish there was a double-press action to call up a different function, and maybe even a triple-press.

I know some people might not be so excited about this possible mute switch elimination change, but in the end I think it will be better for everyone. After all, people didn’t want the Home button to go away, but almost everyone has adapted to Face ID.

And I’m sure you could still set the button to mute the phone if you wanted. But as someone who keeps my phones on perpetual silence for all of eternity, I’d have a lot more use than an action button instead.

There’s not much more to expect

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Other than these two supposed features, there honestly isn’t much else about the iPhone 15 Pro that’s exciting, at least for me. The supposedly upcoming periscope lens is only supposed to be in the iPhone 15 Pro Max model, which I don’t like because it’s simply too big for me. While I’d love to see it arrive on the regular iPhone 15 Pro, which is probably the model I’m getting, that’s not very likely right now.

And while Apple always updates the camera hardware to be better every year, it really won’t mean much until Apple stops the awful over-sharpening and over-processing of images after you capture them with the native Camera app. Computational photography processes simply don’t make photos look good, no matter how big the camera lens. Design-wise, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro appear to be on the same path as their predecessors. I’m getting bored of the same old look and wish Apple would do something new with the design to shake things up a bit.

That means there’s not much I’m looking forward to with the iPhone 15 Pro, but as long as the USB-C and Action button rumors are true, it’ll still be enough to get my attention when it’s announced in a few months.

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