The iPhone 15 series probably won’t arrive until fall 2023, but there are plenty of questions about the next generation of iOS smartphones. Will the iPhone 15 have a USB-C port? Will Apple raise the price of iPhones in 2023? Will it just be called “iPhone 15”? No one outside of the company is sure, but the rumors will certainly pique our interest until we host the next keynote. Here are some of the biggest and most reliable rumors we’ve seen so far to paint a picture of what we might see from the iPhone 15.
iPhone 15 design
One USB-C port
Given the European Union’s decision that iPhones sold in the region will have to upgrade to a USB-C port by 2024, the most buzzed-about rumor to date has to do with the iPhone port. those distributed in the EU only. Apple already varies iPhone models by region, as it did for the iPhone 14: the US version has an eSIM card, while other variants have a SIM card slot.
But Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart believes that Apple has a good reason to switch all iPhones to USB-C in the future. “There are larger ecosystem, security and accessory considerations with the power/data connector, so it’s more likely that Apple will move all iPhones to USB.-C on the iPhone 16 horizon to comply with European regulations”Gringart said.
iPhone 7 Plus with Lightning port embedded in Google Pixel 2 XLUSB-C port. Stephen Shankland/CNET
iPhones have had Lightning ports since the iPhone 5 released in 2012. Android phones usually have a slightly larger USB-C port.
Dynamic Island for all models
Apple is expected to continue selling four iPhone models with the iPhone 15 series. Rumors point to a generally similar design for all models except for the Speaker Island of the iPhone 14 Pro, which is expected to expand. to all models.
The rumor comes from analyst Ross Young, who is a tweet As of September, he doesn’t expect the flagship iPhone 15 models to have a higher refresh rate like Apple’s iPhone Pros because the supply chain can’t support it.
Touch buttons on Pro versions
TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple watcher, expects Apple to further differentiate between the base and Pro models in the coming years. In particular, he expects the Pro models of the iPhone 15 to be introduced touch volume and power buttons instead of the standard buttons found on current devices.
According to Kuo, these controls will be similar to the home button on the iPhone SE and iPhone 7, mimicking the feeling of pressing a button through haptic feedback. An obvious advantage of this type of control is that it also protects against water ingress.
iPhone 15 camera: a periscopic telephoto lens is coming
Another Kuo prediction is making the rounds, but this time it’s about the iPhone 15 camera. The analyst predicts that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will get a periscopic telephoto lens. This type of telephoto lens allows for higher optical zoom levels, with Kuo predicting that 6x optical zoom could be available on the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Please note that the optical zoom of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is limited to 3x.
Autonomy of iPhone 15: Better autonomy for Pro
New generation chips from Apple’s partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) are etched in 3nm. According to the founder, they will consume 30-35% less energy than his 5-nanometer chips at the same speed. This year again, it may be that only the Pro versions are equipped with the new chip, which should logically be called the A17 Bionic.
iPhone 15 price: a more salty addition
Since the original iPhone arrived in 2007, prices have skyrocketed. And it could happen again in 2023 with the iPhone 15, but not in the way you think. according to analysts who spoke with CNET.comThe price of the iPhone 15 should remain unchanged.
However, if the iPhone 15 Ultra rumors turn out to be true, the upper end of the price range could be pushed back. According to Mark Gurman, the rumored Ultra model could potentially replace the iPhone 15 Pro Max next year. Bloomberg. This is consistent with Kuo’s predictions, Who is waiting for Apple? Make the iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max even more distinct. Currently, prices in France range from €1,019 for the entry-level iPhone 14 model (128GB) to €2,129 for the top-of-the-line iPhone 14 Pro Max model with 1TB of storage.
Read more : What Apple could do with iPhone 15 prices in 2023
iPhone 15: launch schedule
Apple holds its annual iPhone event almost every September, so we can expect the timing for the iPhone 15 to remain the same. Sometimes, Apple changes the release dates of certain models, especially when introducing a new design or a new size. Therefore, it is possible that the iPhone 15 series will have more than one release date.
Here’s what we know:
- Apple tends to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Apple’s iPhone 14 event took place on Wednesday, September 7, while the iPhone 13 event took place on Tuesday, September 14.
- iPhone release dates are usually set a week and a half after Apple’s announcements.
- Typically, new iPhones come out on Friday, the third week of September.
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CNET.com article adapted and enriched by CNET France