Apple released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models in September 2022, and now it’s the turn of the iPhone 15 series. Apple company will hold the iPhone 15 launch event on September 21.
Since the release of these devices is near, we have a lot of information about them and we know almost everything we need to know about Apple’s iPhone 15 series phones. In this article, we share with you all the details that have been published about these phones.
Possible key specifications
Apple plans to release a total of four iPhone 15 models in the same sizes as the iPhone 14, including two 6.1-inch iPhones and two 6.7-inch iPhones. One of the 6.1-inch iPhones will be the standard iPhone 15, while one of the 6.7-inch models will be the iPhone 15 Plus. The other 6.1- and 6.7-inch iPhones will be more advanced and more expensive “Pro” models, and this year they may appear even more expensive than before.
Like the iPhone 14 series, the iPhone 15 Pro models will come with premium features to make it worth the extra cost.
Rumors so far indicate that we can expect a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port in all Apple iPhone 15 series phones. Also, Dynamic Island will be available for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus in addition to iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This means that Apple is ditching the notch it’s used for its flagship iPhone series since the iPhone X in favor of a sleeker, better design.
Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s modem chips in the iPhone 15 series, as the company’s own modem chips under development are not quite ready yet. Additionally, the new UWB chips are expected to be designed to integrate with the Vision Pro headset. The standard iPhone 15 models are equipped with the A16 chip used in the iPhone 14 Pro models.
On the other hand, iPhone 15 Pro models use 3nm A17 chips, which are faster and more efficient.
The Pro models are also expected to see upgraded titanium frames, slimmer bezels and some minor design changes with more curved edges. iPhone 15 Pro Max will also use periscope lens technology for advanced zoom capabilities.
The price of iPhone 15 models is expected to remain constant; So that the price of the basic 6.1-inch version starts from $799, and the price of the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus starts from $899. In the rest of this article, we review everything we have heard about Apple’s iPhone 15 series phones.
Apple’s iPhone 15 series phones are expected to look similar to the iPhone 14 models, but the notch-less notch will be extended to the entire lineup. This means that all iPhone 15 models will have no notch, instead they will be equipped with the Dynamic Island introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro models.
As there are no major design changes, Apple will continue to offer four models: the 6.1-inch iPhone 15, the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Max, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max. what about this. The Pro models have more premium features and will be more expensive, while the standard iPhone 15 models will be available at lower prices.
In the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the design differences include the USB-C port instead of the Lightning port and the transition from the notch to the dynamic island. All new iPhone models will be equipped with a USB-C port, while the Dynamic Island was first introduced only with the iPhone 14 Pro models.
In addition to Dynamic Island, all iPhone 15 models may be equipped with a chip to run a more energy-efficient OLED display. This chip is produced based on the 28 nm process and provides the possibility of reducing energy consumption. Also, it could ultimately lead to improved battery life across the board.
There is no ProMotion technology in the standard iPhone 15 models. But Apple will continue to keep these features for the Pro models.
Current rumors suggest that the iPhone 15 models will be available in blue, coral (a combination of pink and orange), white, black, green, or yellow. Blue and coral will be the new colors this year, added to the other standard colors.
Due to the limited information, there are rumors about the colors. A new report suggests that the hesitation between green and yellow is because Apple uses a light greenish-yellow shade, and the same goes for pink. Color-matched USB-C cables are expected to be available with iPhone 15 models.
Exclusive iPhone 15 Pro design
While all iPhone 15 models are set to use a USB-C port, there are design changes that are unique to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.
Rumors suggest that the iPhone 15 Pro models will have thinner and more curved bezels than the iPhone 14 Pro models. These deeper curves will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro models, and the iPhone 15 models will still look like the iPhone 14 models with smoother edges and an aluminum frame.
Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro series is expected to feature a more curved front glass that blends better into the frame, and Apple is expected to use titanium for the chassis instead of stainless steel. The iPhone 15 Pro models also have an “Action” button that replaces the mute switch and can do various things like activate shortcuts, turn on the camera, turn on the flashlight, activate silent mode, and more.
An unconfirmed rumor on the social network Weibo suggests that the back panel of all iPhone 15 models may be frosted glass, which was previously one of the features that Apple limited to the Pro models. The rear panel of standard models is usually gloss black, with frosted glass reserved for more expensive models.
If the information provided is accurate, both standard models of iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro use matte glass for the back panel of the device.
A series of 3D-printed iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models offer insight into how the previous-generation iPhone 14 cases will fit, and it appears that the older cases cannot be used in the new iPhones. Of course, iPhone 15 Plus can be placed in the form of iPhone 14 Plus. The larger rear camera housing of the Pro models prevents the iPhone 14 Pro cases from working properly, and the more curved design and changes to the buttons also prevent the iPhone 14 Pro cases from working properly.
Multiple rumors suggest that Apple will ditch the old leather cases for the iPhone 15 series, instead offering a new alternative leather case along with silicone cases. Apple chose this new frame because it is more environmentally friendly.
Another rumor suggests that Apple’s new cases will be called “FineWoven” and feature a suede-like fabric. But it is not yet clear whether this is accurate or not.
The leak and rendering section
Leaked images of the iPhone 15 confirm many of the rumors we’ve heard about the device, including the Dynamic Island and USB-C port.
The leaked photos show the dynamic island that will be extended to all iPhone 15 models in 2023, and also confirm that the iPhone 15 will have the same design as the iPhone 14 with minor changes. The main updates include the migration to USB-C and the addition of Dynamic Island instead of the iPhone 14 notch. Other design changes, such as a deeper curve at the edges and a titanium frame, will be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro models.
Leaks confirm that the new models will have slightly repositioned power and volume buttons, with the buttons slightly lower than the iPhone 14 Pro models. The case has a larger cutout at the bottom to accommodate the USB-C port.
The cases have a cutout for the Action button that replaces the mute switch. Since there is no need to hold this button like a switch, it requires a smaller notch.
Images of USB-C connector components designed for next-generation iPhone models were leaked in August, confirming Apple’s move to USB-C charging technology.
Goodbye to Touch ID
Although there are rumors that Apple is considering bringing Touch ID back to its flagship iPhones using an under-display solution, the iPhone 15 models are expected to not include Touch ID and will still use Face ID.
Apple is working on an under-display Face ID feature, but it won’t be ready until at least 2025. Instead, in 2023, the iPhone 15 will still use Dynamic Island, which is expected to expand to all models.
Apple will replace the Lightning port on the iPhone 15 with a USB-C port. This allows Apple to comply with new regulations implemented in Europe. These regulations require Apple to manufacture iPhones with USB-C ports in Europe.
Reliable sources, including Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have stated that Apple plans to make this change and use the USB-C port for charging purposes instead of the Lightning port.
With this change, Macs, iPhones, and iPads all charge using USB-C, allowing Apple customers to charge their devices using the standard charging unit.
USB-C data transfer speed
iPhone 15 Pro models with USB-C ports support data transfer at a higher speed, while standard iPhone 15 models still use USB 2.0 speed; Like Lightning, which gives an edge to Pro models.
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15 Pro models will at least support USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3. With this upgrade, iPhone 15 Pro models can transfer video and other types of files at a much faster speed. USB 2.0 transfer speeds are limited to 480 Mbps, while USB 3.2 supports speeds of up to 20 Gbps. If Apple supports Thunderbolt 3 for iPhone 15 Pro models, the data transfer speed can be up to 40Gb/s.
At least some iPhone 15 models can support charging speeds up to 35W, which allows for faster charging with the right power adapter. It is unclear if this feature will be available for all iPhone 15 models or if it will be limited to iPhone 15 Pro models only.
iPhone 15 models support both MagSafe charging and the new Qi2 standard, which allows for 15W charging from third-party, non-MagSafe accessories. As long as these accessories use Qi2, faster wireless charging is also possible through unofficial accessories.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will use a 48-megapixel camera; New technology introduced by Apple in iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The new design allows the lens to absorb more light to improve the camera’s low-light performance. Analyst Jeff Poe has also said that the standard models of the future iPhone 15 will be equipped with a 48-megapixel lens.
The second rumor suggests that the iPhone 15 will have a glass-plastic hybrid lens with an aperture of f/1.7. Apparently, this lens will have one glass element and six plastic elements.
Although the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are expected to use the same 48-megapixel sensor as the iPhone 14 Pro models, they may still have a smaller sensor.
Apple is expected to use Sony’s latest image sensors for some iPhone 15 models. Compared to standard sensors, Sony’s image sensor doubles the saturation signal per pixel, allowing it to capture more light to control underexposure and overexposure.
Sony uses a semiconductor architecture that places photodiodes and transistors in separate layers, allowing for more photodiodes. It is not yet clear if all iPhone 15 models will use the new sensor technology or if Apple will limit it to the more advanced iPhone 15 “Pro” models.
Periscope lens technology iPhone 15 Pro Max
You’ve probably heard rumors about Apple’s plan to use a periscope zoom lens on the iPhone 15. This lens is limited to the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max. The iPhone 15 Pro will have a standard zoom lens, and the iPhone 15 models will be limited to wide and ultra-wide lenses.
Periscope lens technology also provides the possibility of 5x or even 10x optical zoom. With a periscope lens, the iPhone’s zoom capabilities increase significantly. Because current Pro models are limited to 3x zoom.
Apple’s competitor, Samsung, has also introduced smartphones that use periscope lens technology, enabling 4x to 10x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will use the 6x optical zoom technology by using the periscope lens.
Qualcomm modem chips
Apple will use Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips for the 2023 iPhone 15 series. Rumors suggested that Apple could use its own internal modem chips in 2023. But this technology will not be ready until 2024.
All iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models use the Qualcomm X70 modem chip. Qualcomm’s X70 chip offers improved AI for faster processing speed, better coverage, improved signal, lower latency and up to 60% improved energy efficiency.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman, Apple may increase the price of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Jeff Poe believes that Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro will start at $1,099, while the iPhone 14 Pro will start at $999. If Poe’s prediction is accurate, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be launched at a price of $1,199. Another analyst believes that the price of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is up to $200 more expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
We will probably not see a price increase for the standard models of the iPhone 15, and the price of the base model of the iPhone 15 will start at $799.
Apple plans to introduce the iPhone 15 series phones at the Wonderlust event, which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 21. Probably, pre-orders will start on Friday, 24 September and its release will start on Friday, 31 of this month.
Beyond the iPhone 15
Apple is currently working on the iPhone 16 production line, which is expected to be released in 2024. As with the iPhone 15 series, many of the changes are mainly applied to the iPhone 16 Pro models. In this series, we will see larger screen sizes, faster A18 chip, Wi-Fi 7 support and a new 48 megapixel ultrawide camera.
The standard iPhone 16 models will likely be introduced with an improved camera, A17 chip and a new button design. It is possible that the modem chips designed by Apple are also among the specifications of these devices.