The Apple iPhone 14 series was launched a few months back, and now information about, presumably, the iPhone 15 series, which is expected to launch in 2023, has started to come out. There have been a number of rumors floating around the iPhone 15 series as of late, and here we are going to keep you updated on the rumors and other updates regarding the upcoming iPhones. Check them out.
The iPhone 15 series will accept USB-C
iPhones switched to lightning ports years ago for charging and data transfer. Since USB-C entered the scene, most devices, smartphones, laptops and even some of Apple’s own devices have switched to it. However, the iPhones still keep the lightning port, and with the iPhone 15 series, it seems that Apple may finally make the switch to a USB-C port, thanks to the EU mandate.
EU legislators, back in June this year, reached an agreement on a single charging port solution for mobile phones, tablets and cameras. This will force Apple to switch to USB-C. A recent report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has surfaced where he says, “My latest survey shows that all new 2H23 iPhones will abandon Lightning and switch to USB-C, but only two high-end models (15 Pro & 15 Pro Max) the high-speed wired transfer, while the two standard ones (15 & 15 Plus) still support USB 2.0 as well as Lightning.”
In other words, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will have a faster port that will allow Apple to support faster charging for the devices. The standard models could have the same, if not faster, charging speeds and data transfers.
Read more: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Review: Pro Enough?
There will be no buttons on the iPhone 15 series
The next rumor suggests that next year’s two high-end iPhone 15 models will replace the physical volume and power buttons with solid-state buttons. For those unaware, Apple first introduced the solid-state home button on the iPhone 7, where the button would give the impression of being pressed, with the help of a haptic motor that Apple likes to call its Tactic Engine.
The volume and power buttons of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max could adopt the same technology. Therefore, it seems that Apple is planning to equip the devices with three tape engines, each placed on the right and left internal spines of the smartphone, alongside the one in the middle.
iPhone 15 Pro Max? No. iPhone 15 Ultra? Yes.
Several rumors doing rounds in the industry suggest that next year’s iPhone 15 Pro Max model will be called iPhone 15 Ultra. Ming-Chi Kuo from Bloomberg claims that the reason for the change in the marketing name may be due to the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra.
Samsung has been using the ‘Ultra’ moniker for its flagship Galaxy S-series device for some time now. The same for the top model of the iPhone 15 series would generate an image of a more premium smartphone in the minds of consumers, compared to the name ‘Pro Max’.
Another redesign for Pro & Ultra models
Apple redesigned the iPhone chassis from a curved one to a sharper and smoother one with the iPhone 12 series and the iPhone 13 series and 14 series followed the same design language. But now, it seems it’s time for a redesign.
The iPhone 15 Pro & Ultra models could have a rounded back panel instead of a flat one like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 series phones. This would be similar to the design that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5c, and a design the body of the latest M1 Max and M1 Pro-powered MacBooks.
In addition, iPhone 15 Pro may get a durable Titanium body and the back panel will still be glass. Currently, the Pro models use a stainless steel enclosure. However, the titanium body would make the phone more durable and when combined with curved edges, should give you a more comfortable grip in hand, despite being a large phone.
Periscope lens for the iPhone 15 Pro Max (or Ultra)
Another major change that would be introduced in the top-end iPhone 15 series model is the addition of the periscope lens. Samsung and Huawei flagships have been using this lens for years. For those who don’t know, the periscope lens uses a combination of mirrors or prisms to bend light.
It should help users capture portraits with even better background blur and sharper foreground. It also helps the user to zoom in further away without affecting the quality much, compared to a telephoto lens. Now, Kuo says he believes the periscope lens will be exclusive to the 6.7-inch Pro Max (or Ultra) device, with the 6.1-inch Pro model retaining the telephoto lens for optical zoom.
Kuo says the 1/3″ sensor will have a 12-megapixel resolution with f/2.8 aperture and up to 6x optical zoom, with sensor shift stabilization.
Price tag even more expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple has increased the prices of the iPhone 14 Pro models in India and other parts of the world, compared to the previous generation models. Now, in a new tweet, unnamed industry insider LeaksApplePro has revealed that the iPhone 15 Ultra will cost “much more to manufacture than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.” In other words, Apple could be trying to increase the price of the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra devices, even more than the current generation iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Stay tuned for more leaks here in the article and we will continue to update it as soon as there is a new development regarding the iPhone 15 series.