Apple has raised the stakes with the unveiling of its new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models at a recent Tuesday event. The tech giant revealed that the iPhone 15 Pro will be a potent mobile gaming platform, thanks to innovative hardware upgrades.
Sribalan Santhanam, Vice President of Apple’s silicon engineering group, announced, “We’ve added brand new features to the GPU, like mesh shading, which lets games create detailed environments while drawing less power. And for the first time, we have hardware-accelerated ray tracing, featuring the fastest ray-tracing performance in any smartphone.”
The iPhone 15 Pro comes equipped with a new 6-core GPU and a faster Neural Engine, enabling game developers to create higher-quality graphics and rich, immersive game worlds. Apple claimed, “With a new 6-core GPU and a faster Neural Engine, it becomes a ridiculously powerful mobile gaming machine, enabling higher-quality graphics and rich, immersive game worlds never seen before on a smartphone.”
In a groundbreaking move, Apple will be collaborating with major game developers like Capcom and Ubisoft to introduce titles previously exclusive to consoles and PCs. Capcom will release its Resident Evil 4 remake and Resident Evil Village on the iPhone 15 Pro later this year, while Ubisoft is planning to bring Assassin’s Creed Mirage and The Division Resurgence to the device in early 2024.
“This is the first time the console version of Assassin’s Creed will be natively available on a smartphone,” confirmed Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Customers interested in getting their hands on these groundbreaking devices can do so starting September 15, when pre-orders are set to begin. The official release for all new models is slated for September 22. As for the pricing, the iPhone 15 will start at $799, followed by the iPhone 15 Pro at $999 and the 15 Pro Max at $1,199.
With these new introductions, Apple is set to revolutionize mobile gaming, offering experiences previously limited to PCs and consoles.