The iPhone 15 series, like the iPhone 14 series before it, is expected to arrive in about seven months, in mid-September 2023, with four models.
The first is the 6.1-inch iPhone 15, which is the most affordable model. The larger, 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus with a larger battery follows. Then there’s the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro with Pro features and a premium price tag, and finally the new large and powerful iPhone 15 Ultra. Ultra, you are correct! Apple is said to use the “Ultra” name rather than “Pro Max” to emphasize the larger upgrades in this model, which includes the company’s first periscope zoom camera.
The big news is that all four models will have a USB-C connector, which will replace Apple’s Lightning port, which has been in use for nearly a decade. The Dynamic Island will be available in all four versions. It’s also possible that some of these new iPhones will feature haptic volume and power buttons rather than traditional ones.
The iPhone 15 will be officially revealed on September 12th, 2023, with an in-store release on September 22nd, and it will cost $799.
Camera on the iPhone 15
The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will have dual rear cameras, the Pro will have a triple camera system, and only the Ultra will have four rear cameras.
So, while both the iPhone 15 Pro and the Ultra are expected to have the familiar 3X zoom lens, the Ultra model is also expected to debut the first iPhone periscope camera. Because it takes up more space, this long-range zoom lens will only be available on the Ultra model of the periscope, not the Pro. Apple could use a 12 MP camera with a 6X native zoom for that camera.
January 2023 means that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will get the 48 MP main camera sensor from the iPhone 14 Pro series. This would be a big improvement over the 12MP sensors that were used before. If this is correct, the regular iPhone 15 models will almost certainly get the 2X “lossless” zoom via sensor cropping.
The truly innovative camera, however, has to be the iPhone 15 Ultra’s 6X zoom periscope lens. According to reports from late 2022, Lante Optics, one of the companies that supplies Apple with the zoom lens, is increasing its capacity for the prism required to make this lens.
Storage on the iPhone 15
Apple has been standardizing all iPhone models with 128GB of storage, and we expect this to continue with the iPhone 15 release.
the standard iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models, like the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, are expected to start with 128GB of storage.
Design of the iPhone 15
We already have the first leaked CAD renders of the iPhone 15 Pro, which reveal its size and design style, and just look at that massive camera on the back! The iPhone 14 Pro already had a noticeable camera bump, and the one on the iPhone 15 Pro is even more noticeable.
The switch from Lightning to USB-C has to be the elephant in the room.
Display on the iPhone 15
Apple appears to have found the sweet spot for screen sizes, and we don’t expect any major changes, so the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro will have a 6.1-inch screen, while the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Ultra will have a 6.7-inch screen.
All four models will have OLED screens, but some minor differences in peak brightness are likely to remain, giving the Pro and Ultra models a slight advantage.
The main issue revolves around ProMotion. This technology was previously only available on Pro models, and we have yet to hear if Apple will change this in the 15 series, but we are skeptical.
The screen on the iPhone 15 Pro becomes even brighter during the day. This improved display could reach 2,500 nits of peak brightness, up from the iPhone 14 Pro’s current 2,000-nit max brightness, making it easy to see outside.
The introduction of the Dynamic Island has put an end to the under-screen camera setup, and the Dynamic Island will be the go-to solution for iPhones for at least the next couple of generations.
iPhone 15 processor and specifications
While we’ve already discussed the distinction between regular iPhone 15 models, which are likely to use a slower chip, and Pro models, which are likely to use a faster Apple A17 Bionic chip, there is one feature that all four models may share: the modem.
All four iPhone 15 devices will use the same Qualcomm modem. Apple has a frenetic relationship with Qualcomm, and it attempted to break away and develop its own modems, but analysts claim that has proven more difficult than expected, so Qualcomm it is. 8 GB of RAM for the Pro and Ultra models, while the 15 and 15 Plus are expected to remain at 6 GB.
Satellite connectivity made its debut on the iPhone 14, and we expect Apple to have ironed out the kinks in the technology by the iPhone 15.
The iPhone 15’s battery
Apple rarely makes significant changes to its existing designs, so don’t expect significant changes in the iPhone 15 battery sizes.
Apple refers to its iPhones as “all-day” devices, but we believe that with moderate use, the iPhone Plus and Pro Max could last two days between charges, with only the smaller models lasting one day.
With the introduction of USB-C charging on the iPhone, We don’t have high expectations, but we can expect around 25 W charging speeds on the smaller models and 30 W charging speeds on the two larger models.
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