What we’re hearing so far on the smartphone release of the year.
It’s always an event when Apple rolls out the latest smartphone model and the upcoming iPhone 15 will be no exception. The rumor mill has been buzzing practically non-stop about what new features, gadgets, gizmos, and upgrades will be included on this latest incarnation.
Apple, of course, have been keeping schtum on exact details of their latest smartphone, and at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference in July, Apple CEO Tim Cook was conspicuously coy about revealing anything before its official rollout in September.
Apple usually likes to release new smartphone models around September, but when needing extra time, have pushed release dates to November. Either way, it’s certain you’ll have it in your hand by Thanksgiving. There are rumors about supply chain problems, leading to the possibility of a delayed release, but if true, Apple could theoretically counter it by sticking to their original planned release and just issuing fewer phones onto the market.
Regardless of whenever it hits street, here’s a list of 5 things we do know about iPhone15 so far:
So let’s start with an overview on what to expect before we get down to specifics. What we know for sure is that four models will be released; iPhone15, iPhone15 Plus, iPhone15 Pro, and the high-end iPhone15 Pro Max. The basic 15 and Pro models will have 6.1” screens while the Plus and Pro Max models will have 6.7” screens.
It’s widely expected the price tag for the iPhone15 will be an increase on previous models. Tim Long, an analyst at Barclays Bank, wrote a research note on projected cost which was subsequently leaked to the MacRumors website. Long predicts the standard iPhone will retail at $799 with the price going up to $1,300 for the most advanced Pro Max model.
Apple have previously announced that their own developed chips won’t be ready for this model so they will come equipped with Qualcomm modern chips, in addition to new UWB chips that are upcoming and will be compatible for integration with the Vision Pro headset.
The two more basic iPhone15 models will feature upgraded A16 chips while the two higher-end Pro models will boast faster and more efficient A17 chips.
It has been rumored, if not assumed, that the high-end Pro models will see an upgrade to titanium frames, which are both lighter and stronger than stainless steel but an altogether harder alloy to work with.
The Pro models are also expected to have bezels of around 1.5mm, meaning they could well set the record for the thinnest smartphones on the market to date. This is compared to the iPhone14’s 2.17 mm bezel, which will in all likelihood also be the two basic iPhone15 models’ bezel widths.
The Pro models will probably be available in a dark blue color. Apple tends to introduce one new color per year and we’ve been hearing rumors of a possible dark red color shading, but regardless, the dark blue is likely what the Pro models will come with.
All four iPhone15 models will come with a more power-efficient OLED display driver chip manufactured on a 28nm process that uses less power and will lead to improved battery longevity.
All four models will feature a USB-C port instead of previous models’ lightning ports. This is because of EU regulations that stipulate all devices must have a single, universal charging port, hence Apple changing it for everyone worldwide not just for European customers. This is remarkably convenient for those who have multiple Apple devices as they can now use the exact same cable and charger set-up across devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
The Pro Max model will feature brand new ‘periscope lens’ tech on the in-phone camera. This new lens will be used for the telephoto lens feature and it means greatly increased and enhanced optical zoom capabilities than other models.
The two Pro models will feature 8gb of RAM and a whopping 2TB of storage, meaning you may never need another phone again as this one will do practically everything but cook your dinner for you.
This is just a basic rundown of what we believe the new iPhone 15 will feature, but again, until it is officially revealed by Apple, speculation is all we can do for this exciting new addition to the smartphone market.