Apple iPhone 15: release date, leaks, price and more

The iPhone 14 hasn’t even appeared yet and we’re already hearing reports of what to expect from next year’s so-called “iPhone 15”.

Since Apple’s iPhone plans for 2023 aren’t even finalized yet, most of these rumors should be taken with a huge dose of skepticism — but there’s enough interesting bits and pieces to give us an idea of ​​the direction Apple is likely to take. goes up.

Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C

The most fascinating report comes from noted supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicts that 2023 could be the year we finally see a USB-C iPhone.

iPhone SE 2020 charging port
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It’s very preliminary information, but Kuo has discovered that many of Apple’s suppliers are preparing to order many more USB-C chips and port components—too many to account for by Apple’s current USB-C product lineup.

While it’s still likely Apple’s endgame is to ditch the ports altogether and rely on its MagSafe technology instead, the European Union (EU) is expected to force Apple’s hand before the world is ready for a fully wireless iPhone.

Apple’s 5G modem chip

Apple has been working on its own 5G modem chip for a few years now, and many experts expected it to be here by now. Unfortunately for Apple, making 5G modems is difficult. In recent months, Apple has been talking to major chip suppliers to package its first 5G modem chips.

Snapdragon X55 5G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G chip, the world’s first 7Gbps 5G modem. Qualcomm

It’s too early to say what tangible benefits Apple’s proprietary 5G modem chip will provide over the Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 chips Apple currently uses. At the very least, it will likely save Apple a ton of money, allowing the company to add other improvements. This year’s iPhone 14 is expected to get a boost to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65, but if the reports are correct, we’ll never see the recently announced Snapdragon X70 in an iPhone.

Cameras

Another rumor that has been doing the rounds for a while claims that Apple is working on new periscope lens technology. More recently, some pretty reliable analysts have put a tighter 2023 timeline on the new camera technology.

Periscope telephoto camera mechanism.

Periscope lenses have been appearing in Android smartphones for years, so Apple is a little late with this. However, this would allow the iPhone to finally break past the 3X zoom barrier, making much better use of the 48 megapixel (MP) primary camera that is expected to come to the iPhone 14 this year.

Design

It’s almost certain that Apple will retire the beleaguered 5.4-inch iPhone mini with the iPhone 14 this year, replacing it with a 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Max” instead. Since Apple rarely makes significant changes to its lineup for just one year, this is expected to be the lineup for 2023 as well.

That means a pair of 6.1-inch iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models accompanied by 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Max and iPhone 15 Pro Max phones. We’re not sure if Apple will use the “Max” designation for the standard iPhone model, but the iPhone 15 version this year will adopt what Apple calls the 6.7-inch standard iPhone 14.

While Apple is widely expected to eliminate the notch this year, that will likely only happen on the iPhone 14 Pro models, which will move to a pill-shaped notch while the standard iPhone 14 retains the notch. On next year’s iPhone 15, the notch will be eliminated across the entire lineup.

There’s a small possibility that the iPhone 15 Pro could completely eliminate the cutouts on the front screen by switching to Face ID in the display, but most reliable reports suggest that won’t happen until 2024.

What else is coming?

With over a year to go before the iPhone 15 sees the light of day, we’ll likely hear a lot more as we get closer to 2023. Apple normally finalizes its designs about 10 months before the release of a new iPhone and locks them in for final production around January. So by early 2023, we should have a much better idea of ​​what the iPhone 15 will look like, but for now it’s important to keep in mind that even Apple probably hasn’t made a final decision on the design for 2023 yet.

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