iPhone 15 Pro hands-on review: looks cool, runs hot

Equipped with Apple's most powerful mobile chip yet, is the iPhone 15 Pro too hot to handle?

A grey titanium iPhone 15 Pro camera phone on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

It's got the new A17 Pro chip on board, an improved camera, its usual host of helpful apps, a USB-C charging port (thank the gods) and a titanium frame for that premium sensation in hand, but it frequently gets perilously hot, even when not doing anything I'd consider too demanding for a top-spec phone. Will that issue endanger the longevity of what looks like could be the best iPhone yet? Or will iOS 17.1 fix it? We'll see...

For

  • Zippy performance
  • Better camera to rival Samsung and Xiaomi
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Gets worryingly hot
  • Slow charging

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The iPhone 15 Pro is Apple latest and – if you believe the press releases– greatest iPhone yet. Its big selling points are an improved 48MP camera with a bigger sensor than before, more Dynamic Island functionality, even more health features (especially when used with the Apple Watch 9), sleek titanium chassis, and a new, more powerful A17 Pro chip to keep the whole thing running smoothly, even when gaming, or so Apple claims.

And while I can confirm that it runs very smooth indeed, integrating beautifully with my test unit of the Apple Watch 9 and showing resilient battery life while doing so, I can also confirm reports from elsewhere online that it also has concerning hot flashes, where it gets extremely hot to the touch, not just when charging, but also when running random apps, ones that shouldn't be putting much of a strain on the phone at all. 

The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Apple iPhone 15 Pro

It's got the new A17 Pro chip on board, an improved camera, its usual host of helpful apps, a USB-C charging port (thank the gods) and a titanium frame for that premium sensation in hand, but it frequently gets perilously hot, even when not doing anything I'd consider too demanding for a top-spec phone. Will that issue endanger the longevity of what looks like could be the best iPhone yet? Or will iOS 17.1 fix it? We'll see...

Erlingur Einarsson
Tech Reviews Editor

Erlingur is the Tech Reviews Editor on Creative Bloq. Having worked on magazines devoted to Photoshop, films, history, and science for over 15 years, as well as working on Digital Camera World and Top Ten Reviews in more recent times, Erlingur has developed a passion for finding tech that helps people do their job, whatever it may be. He loves putting things to the test and seeing if they're all hyped up to be, to make sure people are getting what they're promised. Still can't get his wifi-only printer to connect to his computer.