The rumour mill is abuzz with leaked details of the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 15 series. As we wait for the official unveiling, various leaks and speculations give us a peek into what we might expect from Apple’s 2023 flagship. From an expected launch timeline to speculated pricing, design tweaks, and specifications, here’s everything we know.
A September Launch in the Cards
Following the timeline of previous iPhone launches, we might anticipate the iPhone 15 series to hit the market around September 2023. While no official date has been revealed, the iPhone 14 series’ history, announced during the second week of September 2022, gives us a credible estimate.
The Price Tag: What Might it Be?
The base iPhone 15 model will likely cost around $799, with the Pro version potentially costing around $999, provided Apple decides to stick with the previous generation’s pricing. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro had a price point of $799 and $1,099, respectively. It is likely that iPhone 15 Pro Max will get a $100 jump in price and cost around $1,299.
- iPhone 15: $799
- iPhone 15 Plus: $999
- iPhone 15 Pro: $1,099
- iPhone 15 Pro Max: $1,299
Design Leaks: What’s in Store?
Design-wise, the new lineup is likely to feature a punch-hole display across all models. Interestingly, Apple might abandon its buttonless design approach due to production-related challenges, reverting to traditional button design for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.
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Rumours suggest the mute switch button might be redesigned, with a new customizable Action button. It will be similar to the one on Apple Watch Ultra. However it will be exclusive to the Pro models of iPhone 15 lineup. At the same time, regular iPhone 15 versions will retain the old mute switch.
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Reports also hint at thinner bezels for a more immersive user experience and the strong possibility of a USB Type-C port replacing Apple’s Lightning port, a first for the iPhone series.
Leaked Specifications: A Glimpse Under the Hood
According to internal specifications, Apple’s Bionic A16 chipset, previously seen in the iPhone 14 Pro models, might power the iPhone 15. In contrast, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will likely feature the new Bionic A17 processor, aligning with Apple’s tradition of equipping their priciest phones with the latest chipset.
Regarding optics, a significant camera upgrade might be on the cards. The base iPhone 15 models will feature a 48-megapixel camera, substantially improving from the 12-megapixel sensors in current models. However, advanced features like a telephoto lens for optical zoom or a LiDAR sensor may remain exclusive to the higher-end models.
The Pro Max variant might even include a more advanced camera module with up to 5-6x optical zoom-enabled periscope lenses.
My latest survey indicates all 2H23 new iPhones will abandon Lightning and change to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) will support the wired high-speed transfer, and the two standard ones (15 & 15 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 same as Lightning.
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While the battery and charging details remain hazy, there’s a strong call for Apple to support faster charging speeds. Even budget Android phones now support at least 30W charging tech, with some $300 devices boasting 80W fast charging. IPhones still support only 20W tech, which comparatively takes longer to charge the battery.
The iPhone 15 series promises to be an intriguing mix of the old and new.