Apple is expected to release the iPhone 15 lineup in September 2023, following the launch of the iPhone 14 models in 2022. The iPhone 15 series will consist of four models: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Here are some of the main features and rumors about the upcoming devices.
The iPhone 15 models will have some minor design updates compared to the previous generation. The bezels around the screen will be thinner and more curved, giving a more edge-to-edge look. The chassis of the Pro models will be made of titanium instead of stainless steel, which is more durable and resistant to scratches. The mute button on the side of the device will be redesigned to also act as an Action button that can trigger shortcuts or other functions. The SIM card tray will be moved to the bottom edge of the device, next to the USB-C port.
The iPhone 15 models will be powered by different A-series chips, depending on their tier. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will use the A16 Bionic chip, which is the same chip that powers the iPhone 14 Pro models. The A16 chip is based on a 5-nanometer process and offers improved performance and efficiency over the A15 chip in the iPhone 14 models. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will use a new A17 chip, which is based on a more advanced 3-nanometer process and offers even more speed and battery life gains.
The iPhone 15 models will also feature some camera upgrades, especially for the Pro models. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will have a new periscope lens for the telephoto camera, which will allow for higher optical zoom levels and better image quality. The periscope lens uses a prism to bend light and extend the focal length without increasing the thickness of the device. The iPhone 15 Pro models will also have improved ultrawide and wide-angle cameras with larger sensors and apertures.
One of the most anticipated changes for the iPhone 15 is the introduction of the Dynamic Island, a small display area that replaces the notch at the top of the screen. The Dynamic Island will house the Face ID sensors, earpiece, and front-facing camera, while providing some extra screen space for notifications, battery level, and other icons. The Dynamic Island will be available for all iPhone 15 models, unlike the iPhone 14 series, which only had it on the Pro models.
Another major change for the iPhone 15 is the switch from Lightning to USB-C for charging and data transfer. USB-C is a more universal and versatile port that is compatible with many accessories and devices, such as MacBooks, iPads, and Android phones. USB-C also supports faster charging and data transfer speeds than Lightning. The iPhone 15 Pro models will have an even faster USB-C port that supports USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 speeds, which could enable connecting to external monitors or drives.
The iPhone 15 models are expected to come in a variety of colors, some of which may be exclusive to certain tiers. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus may come in black, white, blue, green, red, purple, pink, and yellow. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max may come in silver, graphite, gold, bronze, navy blue, forest green, wine red, and lavender.
Some of the other features that are rumored or expected for the iPhone 15 models include:
- A new Ultrawide Band chip that can interact with Apple's Vision Pro headset, which is expected to launch in early 2024.
- Wi-Fi 6E and 5G support for faster wireless connectivity.
Release Date and Pricing
The iPhone 15 lineup is expected to be released in September 2023, following Apple's usual launch schedule. According to rumors, the pricing for the models may increase slightly compared to the iPhone 14 lineup, with the iPhone 15 starting at $829, the iPhone 15 Plus starting at $929, the iPhone 15 Pro starting at $1049, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max starting at $1149.