Despite the recent release of Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, the iPhone 15 is already the subject of numerous rumors. Since we don’t anticipate seeing these devices until fall 2023, it’s still quite early to tell, yet rumors abound. Naturally, keep in mind that everything we’ve learned thus far is merely conjecture based on speculations and other media stories; nothing has been decided upon yet, and it probably won’t be until we get closer to the traditional new iPhone season in September. Even if you might be (rightfully) dubious about some things, these rumors point to the general path that Apple’s upcoming iPhone will likely go.
The iPhone small was discontinued once the iPhone 14 was released, despite the fact that Apple introduced it with the iPhone 12 lineup and continued to use it with the iPhone 13 series. The normal iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro retained their former 6.1-inch sizes, while the bigger iPhone 14 Plus replaced it, increasing the screen size from 5.4 inches to a huge 6.7 inches (the same as the iPhone 14 Pro Max).
With the iPhone 15 series, which includes the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, it is anticipated that Apple would maintain this practice. Again, the 6.1-inch display on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro should be standard, while the 6.7-inch display on the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max is optional.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max may have a different moniker, though. There are suspicions that the name “Pro Max” may be changed to “Ultra,” just like the Apple Watch Ultra.
The fans that are hoping for a significant makeover of the iPhone may be let down because the iPhone 15 may resemble the iPhone 14 in appearance. The Dynamic Island pill-and-hole cutout, which was previously reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro models, may now be available on all iPhone 15 models, according to Apple. If so, the iPhone 15 will be the first iteration of the iPhone line to totally do away with the notch.
Four different iPhone 15 models are anticipated, as was previously stated: the 6.1-inch iPhone 15, the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus, the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max (or Ultra).
According to a recent claim, the iPhone 15 may instead use haptic, solid-state power and volume buttons in place of the physical ones. Similar to the iPhone 7 Home button, this would function similarly. Essentially, it would employ haptic feedback to simulate how hitting a button would feel rather than physically depressing when pressed.
If the speculation concerning solid-state buttons is accurate, the iPhone 15 would need two Taptic Engines, one on each side. Even if the iPhone 15 models were the same size and thickness as the iPhone 14 (with the camera bump), such a change would have an impact on case compatibility because you would require a case that always allows access to these haptic buttons.
The current iPhone 14 Pro’s A16 chip may be used in the basic iPhone 15, while the new A17 chip may only be available in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This seems to be the new distinction Apple has made between the regular and Pro versions of the iPhone, starting with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.
According to predictions, the A17 chips will be produced using a 3nm process by TSMC, a longtime supplier of semiconductors for the iPhone. The A17’s power consumption would increase as a result, and the amount of heat produced when using it would decrease. The 3nm A17 processor will also be 30% more power-efficient than the existing 5nm devices while having a 15% increase in speed and power.
According to another report, the iPhone 15 Pro’s RAM capacity may increase from 6GB to 8GB. Although the base storage may vary depending on the features the iPhone 15 delivers, storage capacity is another factor that could change. Although the iPhone 14 Pro’s top-tier storage is now 1TB, the iPhone 15 Pro’s top-tier storage may increase to 2TB.
Even though there were reports that Apple would be manufacturing its own internal modem chips, those efforts have not yet yielded any fruit. It’s likely that Apple will continue to use Qualcomm modem chips in the iPhone 15.
The only information we have on the camera is that Apple has been developing periscope lens technology; however, this technology may only be used on the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max model.
You could acquire optical zoom with a periscope lens that is greater than what is currently available, like 5x or 10x optical zoom. A periscope lens would be a substantial increase over the 3x optical zoom offered by the existing iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Yet again, it appears that the periscope feature will only be available on the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The iPhone 15 was said to include an 8P camera, which stands for “elements in the lens material,” according to earlier sources. The inclusion of a second component in the lens may, in theory, result in less distortion in the captured image. Ming-Chi Kuo claims that, at least with the iPhone 15, this does not seem to be the case.
If Apple adheres to its customary iPhone launch timetable, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro should be unveiled sometime in September 2023. The price range for the iPhone 14 series, which starts at $799 for the iPhone 14, $899 for the iPhone 14 Plus, $999 for the iPhone 14 Pro, and $1,099 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, may probably be expected to be maintained.
Although we hope that costs remain the same, a recent source indicates that the iPhone 15 Ultra, which is what Apple is allegedly calling the Pro Max versions going forward, will cost $200 more than the iPhone 14 Pro Max. If Apple is truly planning to raise the price, this would be a fairly significant change nearly a 20% increase so the smartphone would really need to justify its price with some new, intriguing features.
It’s important to note that earlier this year, there were some extremely plausible/looking speculations that the price of the iPhone 14 Pro will increase by $100, but those turned out to be untrue. All of this is to imply that, while it’s plausible, you should take the rumor of an increase in sales of the iPhone 15 with a grain of salt.
Although many anticipated Apple would increase pricing with the iPhone 14 models, at least in the United States, this did not occur. Therefore, barring significant changes in the economy between now and next year, we should have the same costs for the iPhone 15 if all goes according to plan.