The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple’s latest flagships, were just released and have some pretty minor improvements from last year’s flagships. Some consumers believe that because of its hefty price tag, it should have certain features that are becoming standard in other smartphones. Let’s take a closer look at these missing features and how they could enhance the iPhone experience.
Optical Fingerprint Scanner
One of the most notable absences in the iPhone 15 Pros is an optical fingerprint scanner or Touch ID. This technology captures a two-dimensional optical image of the fingerprint and analyzes ridges and valleys. It’s a feature that has become quite common in many flagship Android smartphones today, offering an additional layer of security and convenience. While Face ID is innovative, secure, and good enough, having an alternative biometric option like an optical fingerprint scanner would be a welcome addition for many users.
Reverse Wireless Charging
Another feature that consumers have been clamoring for is reverse wireless charging. This technology allows a phone to act as a wireless charging pad for other devices. Imagine being able to charge your AirPods or even another iPhone simply by placing them on the back of your iPhone 15. It’s a feature that’s not only convenient but also adds to the versatility of the device.
Enhanced USB-C with Thunderbolt Speeds
While the iPhone 15 does include a USB-C port, a significant upgrade would have been to give the new devices Thunderbolt speeds. Thunderbolt, a hardware interface standard developed by Intel and Apple, is known for its ultra-high data transfer rates.
Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into two serial signals and additionally provides DC power, all in one cable. This could dramatically enhance the capabilities of the iPhone 15’s USB-C port, enabling faster data transfers and more efficient connections to external displays and peripherals.
The integration of Thunderbolt speeds would not only make data transfers lightning fast but also open up a whole new world of possibilities for iPhone users, further enhancing the versatility and functionality of their devices.
The iPhone 15 Pros support up to 25W charging, at that price point Apple can surely do better. Fast charging technologies are evolving rapidly, with some offering power delivery of up to 120W. Faster charging not only means less time tethered to an outlet but also adds to the overall user experience.
The iPhone 15 Pros could also benefit from faster wireless charging.
Beyond these, there are several other features that could make the iPhone 15 even more appealing:
- Expandable Storage: While Apple offers various storage options, having expandable storage via a microSD card slot would provide users with more flexibility.
- ProMotion Display Across All Models: The ProMotion display with a 120Hz refresh rate is currently only available on the Pro models. Extending this feature to all models would enhance the visual experience for more users.
While the iPhone 15 Pros are undoubtedly powerful devices packed with advanced features, it’s clear that there are still areas where they could improve. Incorporating these missing features could not only enhance user experience but also provide better value for money, making it less of a ‘cash grab’ and more of an investment in cutting-edge technology. What features would you love to see on the iPhone?