Best iPhone 15 Pro deals: UK preorders are now available on the new Apple handset
Searching for the best iPhone 15 Pro deals? You’re in the right place.
UK preorders for the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are now available. You’ll need to place a preorder as soon as possible to be in with a chance of getting your hands on these all-new flagship phones when their release date rolls around on September 22, 2023.
Shipping estimates for some iPhone 15 Pro Max models have already slipped into mid-October on the Apple Store as Apple is seemingly struggling to keep up with huge demand.
Looking for the best iPhone 15 deals? We’ve listed those in a separate guide, alongside the best Apple Watch Series 9 deals.
If you’re looking to buy the new iPhone SIM–free, so that it can be paired with any existing SIM-only deal for your calls, text messages and mobile data, retailers like John Lewis & Partners, Very.co.uk, Currys, and Amazon, are offering preorders. Prices start from £999 for the iPhone 15 Pro and £1,199 for the 15 Pro Max. You can schedule delivery on or after September 22, or collect in-store.
The biggest mobile networks in the UK, like Sky Mobile, EE, Vodafone, O2, and more, are all offering preorders for the latest slate of handsets from Apple. Your monthly bills will include the price of the smartphone as well as a monthly allowance for your calls, text messages, and 4G or 5G mobile data. It can be a more affordable way to buy the very latest kit.
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Each network offers its own perks, with some bundling limitless access to streaming like Sky Go and Prime Video, while others offer free EU data roaming and early access to hotly-anticipated ticket sales, free coffees and lunch offers from high street chains.
It can be tough to work out the best iPhone 15 Pro deal for you, so we’ve broken down how all of these offers and prices compare below. We’ll be updating this guide regularly, so check back for the latest price drops and offers.
If you’re unsure about whether the new iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are the right choice for you, Express.co.uk was in the Apple Park headquarters earlier this week for the “Wanderlust” keynote when Apple CEO Tim Cook first revealed the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models, as well as two new Apple Watch variants.
Check out our in-depth first impressions of the iPhone 15 Pro series to find out whether there’s enough here to justify the upgrade.
If you decide these new models aren’t right for you, you’re in luck. That’s because the arrival of a new generation of iPhone means we’re seeing generous price drops for older models. We’ve rounded up the best iPhone 14 deals and best iPhone 14 Pro deals for those who don’t mind missing out on the latest and greatest features to save a little money.
Below, you’ll find a complete rundown of the best iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max deals, as well as a list of the latest innovations coming to this handset, how you can secure a £715 discount on this all-new iPhone, and answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions around the launch of the new iPhone 15 Pro series.
Scroll down for our comprehensive guide, or click the links to jump to a relevant section.
iPhone 15 Pro – What’s new?
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max models arrive with a number of never-before-seen upgrades, starting with the material used for the case. Yes, the Cupertino-based company is now using titanium – replacing the stainless steel that has been a staple of the Pro-grade lineup since the iPhone X in 2017.
Apple says titanium has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of any metal, which should ensure the new iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are incredibly durable. It’s also much lighter than stainless steel, so should be less cumbersome to carry around. In total, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have shed around 19g compared to the previous generation.
That’s almost one-tenth lighter in your pocket.
The highlights of the all-new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
Switching to the new material for the case has enabled Apple to shave a few millimetres off the bezel around the display, shrinking the overall footprint of the phone but keeping the same 6.1- and 6.7-inch screen sizes.
Like last year, Apple is using its Ceramic Shield strengthened glass on the front, which should be resistant to accidental drops. And that’s not the only shake-up to the design this time around.
Apple has ditched the mute slider, which lets users quickly toggle between Silent and Ring modes with the flick of a switch, from the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. Taking its place is a new Action Button. Fortunately, this can still be used in the same way as the mute slider, with a press-and-hold switching between the two modes as before.
But a single tap on the button can be used for a variety of other shortcuts, including launching the camera or flashlight, kickstarting a new Voice Memo recording, switching between your Focus modes, starting a live translation, as well as accessibility features like Magnifier. Apple is also enabling iPhone 15 Pro owners to launch Shortcuts with a tap, so you can customise an entire chain of events from a single tap.
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are the first to drop the mute slider – replacing it with a multi-functional Action Button
Like last year, the Pro iPhone models are the only ones in the lineup with an always-on display.
This reduces the refresh rate of the screen down to just 1Hz to maintain battery life, while still showing your wallpaper, the current date and time, widgets, and incoming notifications when your iPhone is asleep.
This clever ProMotion display technology can also ramp up to 120Hz, twice the refresh rate found on the iPhone 15, so system animations and gaming look buttery-smooth and fluid at all times. Apple is constantly tweaking the refresh rate in the background based on what’s happening on-screen so that it can maintain its claimed “all-day battery life”.
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max use Titanium for their case design
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max also keep the Dynamic Island introduced with the Pro series last time around, but Apple has increased the peak brightness to an incredible 3,000nits. That should keep things visible in the brightest conditions outdoors.
Apple’s new upgraded Portrait Mode images are supported on the two new Pro models. This automatically captures the depth-data needed for a Portrait Mode snap whenever you tap the shutter button, so you can enable Portrait Mode, which adds a DSLR-style bokeh blur to the background behind the subject, at a later date.
It also means you can switch between the subject of the photo if there are multiple faces in the same shot. The next-generation Portrait Mode will save you needing to switch to the dedicated mode within the Camera app. It only works when human faces or pets are detected in the frame.
Easily the biggest change to photography across the entire new iPhone lineup comes exclusively to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Yes, while the iPhone 15 Pro keeps the same triple-camera system found on its predecessor, the larger footprint of the iPhone 15 Pro Max allowed Apple to include a new 5x lossless zoom camera. This should be ideal for close-ups, wildlife photos, and catching the action from further distances. To reduce any hand-shake ruining your shots, Apple added Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and an autofocus 3D sensor-shift module.
The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are also capable of shooting Spatial Video, which captures the depth of a scene so you can peer around the video as if you’re standing there. You’ll only be able to view this fancy new video format on the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset, which is due to launch in the new year in the United States. Still, it means you won’t have to always be wearing the futuristic visor to capture the immersive new videos.
iPhone 15 Pro has a 6.1-inch screen, while iPhone 15 Pro Max boasts a larger 6.7-inch screen
Under the bonnet of the new Pro handsets is the A17 Pro chipset, which makes history as the first 3-nanometer chip in a consumer product. As well as a tightly-packed design (which should help efficiency) it boasts a reworked Neural Engine with twice the speed of its predecessor so that any tasks that require machine learning – photography, Siri, automatic suggestions – are faster.
A redesigned GPU (that Apple says is the biggest in the history of the company) promises console-quality gaming on the iPhone for the first time. Titles like Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil 4, Death Stranding, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage will be coming to iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max in the coming months.
Some of these games are designed for the latest generation of home consoles, like Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S – hinting at the sheer amount of power available in this latest chipset from Apple.
Like iPhone 15, the Pro lineup ditches the Lightning connector in favour of USB-C. However, a new USB controller packed into the A17 Pro system-on-a-chip enables USB 3 speeds on iPhone for the first time, now supporting much higher transfer speeds and video output up to 4K at 60 fps HDR. Apple says you can expect 20x faster transfer speeds when using the correct USB 3 cable.
That should be particularly helpful for photographer and videographers looking to export clips as fast as possible.
Looking back at the reaction to last year’s iPhone, we were effusive in our iPhone 14 Pro review, starting that it had “everything we’ve ever wanted in a smartphone”.
Sure, that’s a bold claim, but the addition of the “fabulous new always-on screen that never stops glowing, interactive camera notch – called the Dynamic Island – that magically changes depending on what’s running in the background, and a more powerful A16 processor” made the iPhone 14 Pro feel like a substantial step-up compared to its predecessor.
“This is another blockbuster update to the iPhone Pro series and, for the first time in years, it’s now easier than ever to recommend spending the extra cash as the standard iPhone 14 lacks all of these barnstorming updates. The Pro is undoubtedly the best iPhone you can buy this year,” we noted.
With the arrival of the lighter and tougher titanium frame, speedier A17 Pro chipset with console-quality gaming, new-found flexibility of the Action Button, and USB-C be enough to make this out go-to recommendation?
And of course, that all-important 5x lossless zoom exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max means the two variants in the Pro lineup are no longer equal. We’ll have our review of the new iPhone 15 Pro models very soon, so stay tuned.
Release date and UK price
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will release in the UK as well as 39 other countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the UAE, the the United States of America on September 22, 2023.
Preorders for the two new Pro-level handsets started at 1pm on Friday September 15, 2023. That’s 5am PDT and 8am EST.
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are available in Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, and Natural Titanium finishes.
iPhone 15 Pro starts from £999 or £41.62 per month – the same price as last year.
It’s available in the following configurations…
Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max starts at £1,199 or £49.95 per month. There are fewer options when it comes to onboard storage for the 15 Pro Max. It’s available in the following configurations…
Latest iPhone reviews
Unsure which iPhone model is right for you?
We’ll have an in-depth review on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro later this month, but in the meantime, you can read through our comprehensive thoughts on the rest of the line-up.
Last year, Apple shook-up its formula by releasing an iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus alongside the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Plus replaced the pocket-sized “mini” and offers the same expansive screen size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max at a more affordable price for the first time. This is also the approach used with the iPhone 15, suggesting the “mini” form-factor won’t be coming back anytime soon. However, the Californian company has also kept a number of its older handsets around too.
We’ve tested all of these iPhone models, check out our definitive verdicts below:
iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max are available in a new Natural Titanium finish
Best iPhone 15 Pro deals
You can preorder the iPhone 15 Pro from several online retailers, as well as the biggest UK mobile networks.
For a limited time, Apple has increased the trade-in value of its older handsets to make the upgrade to the new models a little easier on your current account. There’s a maximum trade-in value of £715 available that will be redeemed against the price of a new iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max model.
Given that Apple hasn’t raised prices for the new handsets this time around, this can unlock some pretty staggering savings.
Mailing off an iPhone 13 Pro Max to the Apple engineers will result in a £560 discount on your new handset, while an iPhone 13 Pro will result in £500 off your new phone. The regular iPhone 13 can return up to £390, while the iPhone 13 mini will net you £345. Of course, the exact trade-in amount will vary based on the condition of your iPhone and the amount of built-in storage.
If you decide to take advantage of the iPhone trade-in scheme, you’ll have two weeks to send off your current iPhone. That means you’ll have plenty of time to transfer photos, videos and apps to the new iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max when it arrives before you need to package up your old phone.
Retailers like John Lewis & Partners and Amazon UK have also started to take preorders for the new handsets.
Those who want to take out a new pay monthly contract or upgrade their existing mobile plan can switch to the all-new iPhone 15 Pro today with networks like EE, O2, and Sky Mobile opening up preorders.
Of course, this is just a tiny taster of the hundreds and hundreds of deals available. However, to make the comparison between different networks as fair as possible, we’d aimed to pick deals with roughly the same monthly allowance of speedy 5G data (between 20GB – 30GB).
In our experience, that’s enough data that you’ll be able to comfortably take advantage of some of the best features of the handset (streaming music, turn-by-turn directions, FaceTime video calls, backing up photos to the cloud) without paying ludicrous monthly bills for unlimited usage.
It goes without saying that your usage will be different – and those with sluggish Wi-Fi speeds at home, or who spend hours bingeing Disney+ and Netflix on the train every day might need to plump for pricier monthly plans. If you’re unsure how much 5G data you’ll need, check with your current mobile network and ask them to provide your previous month’s total data usage – and use this as a guideline when picking out your new iPhone 15 Pro deal.
Best iPhone 15 Pro Max deals
As well as the standard iPhone 15 Pro, preorders for the iPhone 15 Pro Max are now live too. This is the only model with the new 5x lossless zoom camera. It also has a larger 6.7-inch screen and longer battery life.
Preorders are now available from some of the biggest online retailers, as well as direct from the Apple Store.
As above, preorders for the iPhone 15 Pro Max are now available from networks like EE, O2, and Sky Mobile.
Use the pricing below as a guideline, since the exact amount that you’ll pay will vary based on the mobile data allowance, calls and text minutes that you add to your basket with the handset. As always, to make the comparison between different networks as fair as possible, we’d aimed to pick deals with roughly the same monthly allowance of speedy 5G data (between 20GB – 30GB).
In our experience, that’s enough data to enjoy the best features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max (streaming music, turn-by-turn directions, FaceTime video calls, backing up photos to the cloud) without paying ludicrous monthly bills for unlimited usage.
It goes without saying that your usage will be different – and those with sluggish Wi-Fi speeds at home, or who spend hours bingeing Disney+ and Netflix on the train every day might need to plump for pricier monthly plans.
If you’re unsure how much 5G data you’ll need, check with your current mobile network and ask them to provide your previous month’s total data usage – and use this as a guideline when picking out your new iPhone 15 Pro Max deal.
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