The next-generation flagship iPhone 15 Pro series handsets could have USB-C ports, a periscope camera and more.
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Apple will launch the next-generation iPhone 15 series later this year. The rumour mill has been swirling for months about what the phones will look like and what they will be able to do. Like its predecessors, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are expected to bring several exciting features to the table. So, if you’re planning to upgrade your iPhone in 2023, here’s everything we know about the iPhone 15 series so far.
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Four new iPhone models
Similar to the iPhone 14 series, Apple will supposedly unveil four new devices. Experts claim the iPhone 15 lineup will supposedly include two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch models. The regular iPhone will include a 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and a 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus, while the iPhone 15 Pro series will come in two models: a 6.1-inch iPhone Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max.
Premium titanium build
If rumours have anything to go by, the iPhone 15 Pro might take a design from the Apple Watch Ultra. There is a possibility that Apple will use an Apple Watch Ultra-esque titanium frame to make the iPhone 15 Pro lighter and more durable. Titanium, after all, is significantly lighter and more durable than stainless steel and aluminium.
Dynamic Island on all four models
Rumour has it that the iPhone 14 Pro’s shape-shifting cutout, known as Dynamic Island, will come across all models in the upcoming iPhone 15 series. Though don’t expect base iPhone 15 models to have a higher refresh rate like Apple’s top-end Pro iPhones.
Periscope-style zoom lens
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will get a periscope-style telephoto lens. This type of telephoto lens allows for higher optical zoom levels, with Kuo expecting a 6x optical zoom could come to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Right now, the optical zoom on the iPhone 14 Pro Max is limited to 3x. Samsung’s flagships already have a built-in periscope lens.
Power efficient 3nm processor
The iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max are likely to be powered by the new A17 Bionic processor, which is said to be fabricated using TSMC’s 3nm process. Similarly, the new iPhones are also expected to feature an improved ultra-wideband (U2) chip, which is more efficient than the first-generation U1 chip.
On the other hand, the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus are likely to use the older A16 Bionic processor featured in the iPhone 14 Pro. All four iPhone 15 models could feature a new 5G modem with support for faster wireless data transfer speeds, including Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
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USB Type-C port for faster data transfer
One of the most important updates for the iPhone 15 series is expected to be the charging port. Apple might finally replace the lightning port with a USB Type-C port offering faster data transfer speeds. However, it is reported that Apple will limit fast charging on these devices to MFi-certified Type-C cables. While any USB Type-C cable might be able to charge an iPhone 15 variant, only an Apple-certified cable is expected to offer fast charging support.
Price hike seem almost certain
It seems that Apple will increase the price of the iPhone 15 due to the higher cost of manufacturing. Well-known analyst Dan Ives of investment firm Wedbush Securities believes that the average selling price for Apple’s next-generation iPhones will increase, which leads to a higher price tag for the iPhone 15 line compared to current models. Notably, the iPhone 14 saw a price increase in international markets with the exception of the US. In fact, industry analysts warn we could see price hikes of up to $200, with the high-end iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models anticipated to see the largest increases.