Apple’s new iPhone 15 Pro phones have several unique features including a customizable Action button that replaces the traditional mute switch. It can be programmed to launch apps, record voice memos or run shortcuts.

It also supports ProRaw files and Cinematic Mode videos for a more professional look. And it’s going all-in on USB-C, the same port you find on most laptops and other gadgets.

A16 Bionic chip

Apple’s latest A-series processor is the driving force behind this year’s iPhone 15 lineup. Developed on TSMC’s 3nm process, it promises major gains in performance and power efficiency despite being smaller than its predecessor.

Geekbench scores for the new A17 Bionic chip have confirmed that it is indeed faster than last year’s A16 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 14 Pro. It also boasts a faster GPU, allowing console-exclusive games like Resident Evil 4 to run at native resolution on the iPhone 15 Pro.

Unfortunately, it will take more than the A17 Bionic chip to push the iPhone 15 Pro beyond a few of its rivals. Unless Android phones adopt the 3nm A17 Bionic chip, they will have to rely on older Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors and will be unable to close the gap in some benchmark tests. In any case, the A17 Bionic chip should still be able to deliver significantly better CPU and GPU performance than current Android phones.

ProMotion display

ProMotion is Apple’s fancy name for its high-resolution 120Hz display that first debuted in the iPad Pro in 2017. The feature speeds up parts of the screen to give you smoother scrolling and responsiveness, while slowing down other areas when you’re not using it to save power.

Apple’s own apps use ProMotion automatically, but third-party developers still need to opt in for the higher frame rate if they want their games and other motion-dependant apps to benefit from the more fluid animations. Developers can do so in the Display Settings menu.

As a result, even older iPhones and non-Pro iPads are going to feel sluggish by comparison when you switch back to them. But that doesn’t mean ProMotion is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max – it’s expected to eventually make its way to lower-end iPads and MacBooks too, reports AppleInsider.

iPhone 15 Pro

ProRAW photography

While smartphone photography has improved to a point where you can be confident of capturing some impressive shots, it’s still not quite on par with DSLR cameras. This is where ProRAW comes in, and it aims to elevate your images using Apple’s computational photography algorithms.

Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max have 48MP main cameras that can capture lots of detail. However, until now you could only tap into that full resolution by shooting in raw or using third-party apps.

ProRAW enables you to capture high-resolution snaps in the RAW format, which allows for more control while editing. But it also means bigger image files, and these can eat up your storage quickly. That’s why it only works on the Pro models and requires iOS 14.3 or later. You can enable it by tapping the crossed-out RAW button in the Camera app. It won’t work with Live Photos or Portrait mode, though. It’s not clear if or when Apple will bring this feature to other iPhones.

Cinematic Mode videos

With Cinematic Mode videos you can get a pretty cool effect that blurs the background around your subject, similar to how Portrait photos do. You can also change the point of focus after shooting to fine-tune your results.

This feature is a great way to take your TikTok or Instagram videos to the next level. It’s easy to use and looks great, although like any feature that relies on software prediction and machine learning it can occasionally pull focus at inopportune moments or shift to a subject you didn’t intend.

It’s worth noting that the iPhone’s Camera app will automatically apply stabilization to your footage when you use this feature. This is a nice touch if you’re recording while walking or moving, especially when you have shaky hands. Apple will enable ProRes support for this video mode in an update later this year, allowing it to record up to 4K 60fps. This should allow you to capture high-quality video for editing in apps such as Final Cut or iMovie.