When Apple announced that its new expensive and tough smartwatch would be called the Apple Watch Ultra Instead of the Apple Watch Pro, this writer wondered if this was a sign that Apple was going to change its iPhone lineup. I thought that maybe Apple would make an iPhone 15 Ultra that was even more expensive and had better specs than the iPhone 15 Pro Max the following year.
Apple could put the iPhone 15 Ultra in place of the iPhone 15 Pro Max
But before I could start typing, I realized that Apple would have to call an iPhone “Ultra,” which is already a name used by its biggest rival, Samsung. I thought Apple wouldn’t do that, so I gave up on the idea and moved on.
Because this is a competitive business, I was surprised, amused, and even angry with myself when I read a tweet from Twitter tipster Leaks Apple Pro. He wrote about the new naming scheme for the 2023 iPhone models, which he probably heard from a source (unlike me as my forecast was based on a gut feeling and years of experience writing about the mobile market).
The source says that Apple will release the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra next year. He doesn’t just think it will be more different than the Pro Max models, but also that it will start at $1,199. That’s $100 more than what the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at, which is $1,099. He says that Apple is working on 8K video recording, but it’s not clear if that will be for the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Ultra or just the Ultra.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a trusted analyst at TF International who knows what shirt Tim Cook will be wearing the next Thursday in October, says that only the Ultra model will have a periscope lens that can zoom 5x to 6x. And the Ultra is said to have a battery life that is three to four hours long.
that all four 2023 models will have Dynamic Island, Apple’s newest and best feature that you didn’t know you needed. Apple is likely to use the 4nm A16 Bionic in the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus this year. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra will be powered by the 3nm A17 Bionic. That would make the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models the first iPhones to use chips made with TSMC’s 3nm process node.
Apple could switch out the Lightning port on the iPhone 15 line for a USB-C port
The number of transistors that can fit in a small, dense area like a chip goes up as the process node gets smaller. The number of transistors on a chip also affects how powerful and energy-efficient it is. Apple is also reportedly testing a way to move the parts of the True Depth Camera, which is used for Face ID, to underneath the screen by making a hole for the lens.
We’d be wrong not to mention that the Lightning port on all iPhone 15 models could probably be replaced with a USB-C port at last. But that change might not happen until the iPhone 16. By the fall of 2024, all devices that use a wired charging platform in the European Union (EU) must have a USB-C charging port.
The size of the screens on the most recent iPhones hasn’t changed in a way that’s easy to notice. A bigger screen on an iPhone 15 Ultra could help it stand out from the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus. All of this makes too much sense for Apple to not think about it. Even if Ultra was used first on the Galaxy S line by Samsung, we’re sure Apple won’t mind as it figures out how much money an iPhone 15 Ultra model could bring in.