The iPhone 14 series is yet to be announced this fall, perhaps in September. Meanwhile, iPhone 15 leaks have already been surfacing the web. Leaks suggest that Apple is already working on the iPhone 15, which will be released next year. It might seem a little too early to talk about iPhone 15, but the excitement and leaks couldn’t stop us from talking about the 2023 iPhones. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone 15 so far.
iPhone 15 Release Date
- iPhone 15 will likely be released on 12th September 2023.
iPhones are generally released in September. Apple holds a special event to launch the next-generation iPhones each year. The iPhone 14 series, the next-generation iPhone, will be released in September. Likewise, we can expect the iPhone 15 series to be released in September.
Although it is too early to say anything about the exact release date of the iPhone 15, we can expect it to release on Tuesday, 12th September 2023 and the in-store release on Friday, 22nd September 2023.
It should be noted that these dates are not official and are based on Apple’s previous track record. Generally, iPhone events are held on the second Tuesday of September, hence the expected date. The dates, however, may vary.
iPhone 15 Specifications and Features
The iPhone 15 series could be available in four models:
- iPhone 15 (6.1-inches)
- iPhone 15 Max (6.7-inches)
- iPhone 15 Pro (6.1-inches)
- iPhone 15 Pro Max (6.7-inches)
With the iPhone 14 series this year, Apple plans to discontinue the iPhone mini and replace it with a new iPhone Max model. According to the latest reports, this model will have a larger screen size of 6.7 inches, similar to the iPhone 14 Pro Max. These models are also expected to continue with the iPhone 15 series next year. Let’s dive into the specs and features of the iPhone 15.
iPhone 15 Design
There are no early renders or leaks about the design of the iPhone 15 as of yet. But something is confirmed; the migration of USB-C to the iPhone 15, replacing the lighting port. Apple is finally planning to switch to USB-C for its iPhones.
Apple has been using USB-C on its Macs for years and recently switched the entire iPad lineup to USB-C except for the entry-level iPad. The European Commission might finally force Apple to make the switch. Apple is not ready to go port-less with the iPhone until 2025. This also means that Apple accessories like the AirPods, Magic Mouse and Keyboard will also have to switch to USB-C. This could be a bit annoying in the short term but convenient in the long term.
As for the other design aspects, the iPhone 15 Pro models will stick to the frosted finish with stainless steel frames, and the non-Pro models will stick to the glossy finish with aluminium frames. Apple will also eliminate the notch on all the iPhone 15 models and replace it with the rumoured “i” shaped cut-out.
iPhone 15 Cameras
We will be seeing a massive update to the camera system of the iPhone 15. Leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 and 15 Max models will stick to the dual-camera setup on the back. As for the Pro models, the camera system remains unknown.
However, leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a new 5X zoom lens that either replaces the current 3X zoom lens or be added as a separate fourth lens. Some leaks claim that the 5X periscope lens will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max and will not arrive on the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. Either way, we are getting a new 5X periscope lens for sure. The LiDAR sensor will remain exclusive to the Pro models.
As for the front camera, it will still be a 12MP lens which will assist with Face ID. That’s pretty much what we know about the iPhone 15 cameras. Also, it is too early for us to say if anything is confirmed. We will be sharing more details in the future.
iPhone 15 Display
As for screen sizes, Apple is not planning to make any changes to the lineup. For a quick summary, we will get four iPhone 15 models in two different sizes— 6.1-inch for the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro and 6.7-inch for the iPhone 15 Max and the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
As expected, all the screens will be OLED. But the Pro models might have the edge over the non-Pro models with a slightly higher peak brightness and the Pro Motion 120Hz refresh rate. However, we are unsure whether ProMotion will still be exclusive to the Pro models. We are yet to hear if Apple is bringing ProMotion displays to the non-Pro models or not.
Lastly, as previously stated, all the iPhone 15 models will come with an “i” shaped cut-out instead of the notch. And this time, Apple will make the bezels even thinner for a more seamless experience. Apple is working on the display of the iPhone 15, but it is too early for us to talk anything more about it.
iPhone 15 Performance and Battery
Apple is trying to widen the gap between the Pro and the non-Pro iPhone models. For years, we have seen the same new chip on every iPhone model of that generation. However, this will change with the iPhone 14 series coming this fall. The same trend is likely to continue with the iPhone 15 series, where the non-Pro iPhones still use a one-year-old chip while the Pro iPhones get the new and more powerful chip.
The iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Max will feature a less powerful A16 Bionic chip, while the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature the latest A17 Bionic chip. This should not be a problem as Apple’s chips are already capable and far ahead of the competition. Moreover, the A17 Bionic chip will be reportedly based on TSMC’s 3nm fabrication process.
Apple is, right now, boasting the record of the best battery life smartphone. The iPhone 13 Pro Max beats every smartphone regarding battery life. Apple is likely to improve this further with the iPhone 15 series. The iPhone 15 series will see a reasonable improvement in the battery department.
The battery size will be similar to that of the iPhone 14 series. We can expect two days of battery life out of the iPhone 15 Max and the iPhone 15 Pro Max and one-day battery life out of the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro. We can also expect fast charging support up to 25W and 30W, respectively, for the non-Pro and Pro models. And, of course, all the models will support MagSafe and wireless charging.
iPhone 15 Price in the US
- Talking about the pricing, the iPhone 15 series is expected to start at $799 and go up to $1699 for the highest-end model in the United States.
There is minimal information regarding the features and specifications of the iPhone 15 series and the price. The price of the iPhone 15 series may be a little higher than the current iPhone prices. This is mainly due to inflation and other factors such as the global chip shortage.
However, if the prices remain unchanged, we can expect the iPhone 15 to start at $799. Here is a full list of the expected starting prices for all models.
- iPhone 15 128GB— $799
- iPhone 15 Max 128GB— $899
- iPhone 15 Pro 256GB— $1099
- iPhone 15 Pro Max 256GB— $1199
It should be noted that these prices are based on iPhone 14, which is also unknown. However, these are the most accurate prices we can expect. As for the storage variants, Apple is planning to ditch the 128GB storage variant for the Pro models and start at 256GB which is a welcome change. The non-Pro models will still be starting at 128GB.
- iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Max: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
- iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max: 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.
That’s pretty much all we know about the upcoming iPhone 15 series. We will keep updating this information as more is leaked about the upcoming iPhone 15 series in the future. You should be waiting for the iPhone 15 if you want a USB-C iPhone. Otherwise, it’s not worth the wait. In the comments section below, let us know your thoughts about the iPhone 15 and its features.