As we draw ever closer to the inevitable announcement of the upcoming iPhone 15 series, the rumor mill continues to heat up. Every day we hear new news surrounding Apple’s upcoming line of flagship devices. We hear so much in fact that it’s becoming difficult to keep track of all these alleged leaks. So, to make things easier for everyone, we’ve compiled all of the most accurate leaks into one article.
If you’re someone who is looking forward to the next iteration of the Cupertino company’s star smartphones, then this article is for you. It is important to note that these rumors are not confirmed and may change as the release of the iPhone 15 gets closer. Apple keeps its plans closely guarded, so it’s difficult to say what’s legitimate and what isn’t. Now, let’s get right into it.
iPhone 15 Series: Variants
With their past few iPhone launches, Apple has set the precedent of including multiple different variants with each generation. Every variant usually has a different focus, giving customers more options to choose from. Usually, these variants differ in terms of size, camera configuration, and chipset.
This time around, we expect four variants from Apple, keeping up with the standard set by the iPhone 14 series. There will be a standard 6.1-inch iPhone 15, a 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus with a bigger battery, a more powerful 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, and finally more powerful 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max ( or Ultra). We’ve seen leaked renders and chassis for all of these devices, so you can expect this to be fairly accurate.
What we aren’t too sure of is the naming convention for this generation’s iPhone 15 Pro Max. Some insider rumors and analysts claim that the new iPhone 15 Pro Max will be dropping its lengthy moniker. Instead, it will simply be referred to as the iPhone 15 Ultra, keeping in line with the new naming convention introduced with the latest generation Apple Watch.
We should also address the elephant in the room, which is the Apple iPhone Fold rumors. According to some insiders, Apple has been busy testing folding e-ink displays. While we believe this is probably true, whether or not it’s connected to folding phones remains to be seen. On top of that, we’re definitely not expecting to see a competing folding phone from the Cupertino company this year.
iPhone 15 Series: Design
First things first, we’re not expecting to see many changes in regard to the design of the standard iPhone 15. Apple tends to not change things up too much when it comes to iPhone design language. On top of that, the iPhone 14 marked a departure from the company’s previously established design, so it makes sense that they’d keep things the same for the iPhone 15.
Most of the reputable leaks that have surfaced prove this for the standard iPhone 15, showing a design distinctly similar to the iPhone 14. We’re getting the same glass sandwich look, with two flat glass panels on the back and front and no more unsightly notch, replaced with the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island. We also have a solid metal unibody decked with chamfered edges.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro variant allegedly changes things up a bit. Leaked renders show a device with slimmer bezels, capacitive volume buttons on the side, and a shockingly large camera bump. Perhaps most surprising, however, is the appearance of a USB-C port on the render, which we’ll elaborate on later. The general design language is still similar to the iPhone 14 Pro, and that got stellar reviews, so we’re glad to see the design stick around.
iPhone 15 Series: Specifications
Whenever a new iPhone comes around, it’s surprising that the specifications tend to be the least exciting part about them. Of course, that’s because Apple has its iPhone specs down to a science. They tend to dial things back compared to Android flagships, focusing more on optimizations over sheer numbers. While it seems counter-intuitive, the results are always fantastic.
We’re expecting to see the latest version of Apple’s A-series SoC, the A17, powering the iPhone 15. If this is true, it’ll make the Apple A17 the company’s first official 3nm chip, granting it a performance and efficiency boost. These factors will also probably make the iPhone 15 variants among the most powerful smartphones available, though that tends to be given.
Storage options are probably going to be the same as the iPhone 14 series, ranging from 64GB all the way up to 1TB. Some analysts claim the iPhone 15 Ultra will also feature a greater 2TB option, which would be impressive. Otherwise, Apple has remained quite secretive about the device’s specifications. Regardless, we’re sure the company will set out to impress as usual, even without concrete numbers.
Another hotly debated topic is the iPhone 15’s display, or more specifically, whether or not it’ll feature a 120Hz refresh rate. The latest leaks claim that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will have standard 60Hz refresh rates for their displays. The iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra meanwhile will get 120Hz refresh rates, firmly placing them next to the many other 120Hz flagship smartphones out there.
iPhone 15 Series: Features
Every new iPhone series brings a slew of new features, along with streamlining existing features and removing older ones. This time around, the big news is that Apple may finally adopt the USB-C port for the iPhone 15 Series, or at least for the iPhone 15 Pro devices. It will mark the first time we’ve ever seen Apple dropping its proprietary Lightning port for a more general solution.
Of course, many have pointed out that this move was made out of necessity instead of a legitimate desire for change. European regulations have standardized USB-C ports for all smartphones to be released in the continent in order to reduce electronic waste. The regulations come into force in December of 2024, so this is clearly a preemptive move.
A few rumors claimed TouchID would be making a return on the new iPhone, though we aren’t too sure of that. 5G is slated to return, and we really can’t imagine a flagship device without a 5G mobile network at this point. What’s fascinating, however, is that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple’s internal tests of making their own 5G modem have failed, so we’ll probably see Qualcomm’s solution in the iPhone 15 series.
iPhone 15 Series: Camera
Apple gets plenty of praise for its imaging system, and we’re expecting nothing less but the best from the iPhone 15 series. So far, leaks have been quite tame in regard to the standard iPhone 15’s camera system. From leaked reports, we know we can expect to see Apple iPhone 15’s utilizing Sony’s latest image sensors. These are touted to improve exposure issues, even in harsh lighting circumstances. Furthermore, iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will have a dual rear camera system, the pro variant will have a triple camera system and the Ultra may ship with a Quad camera system.
What’s more, the most interesting, however, is the leaked periscope zoom lens on the new iPhone 15 Ultra. While it’s all still speculation, analysts claim the Ultra will feature up to 6x optical zoom, resulting in an even more massive camera bump on the back. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus won’t have anything fancy going for them, while the iPhone 15 Pro will allegedly have slightly less impressive 3x zoom capabilities.
While this is good to see, it seems Apple still needs to catch up to Android in this regard. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra for example features 10x optical zoom, with digital zoom pushing it to 100x. Apple has the resources to go further, though whether there’s any incentive in it is unknown.
iPhone 15 Series: Release Date
While Apple hasn’t made any hints or teasers to point to a release date, we can make some educated guesses. For starters, Apple sticks to a strict schedule with iPhone launches, always announcing them in September. Nothing we’ve seen so far suggests that Apple’s planning to deviate from that strategy, so we can at least be certain of a September launch.
Now, let’s get a bit deeper into things. Apple tends to have hold launches between the second and third weeks of September. The iPhone 13 for example was unveiled on the 14th of September, while the iPhone 14 was famously revealed on the 7th. This means we can probably expect the launch to take place somewhere within the first half of the month.
Apple always starts their events at 10 AM PT, so that’s practically a given. Outside of that, everything else is simply unbiased speculation. We’ll have to wait as September slowly comes closer to see if any of this speculation comes true.
iPhone 15 Series: Rumour Round-Up
To conclude things, we’ve made a small round-up of every leak listed here. It’ll make things easier to keep track of, as well as highlight some of the bigger changes coming to the iPhone 15 series.
iPhone 15 Roundup:-
- Brand new Apple A17 chipset.
- Notch replaced by Dynamic Islands on all variants.
- USB-C port replaces Lightning port.
- Variants will be known as iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra.
- 2TB storage option for iPhone 15 Ultra.
- 120Hz displays on iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra.
- Similar design to iPhone 14 series.
- 5G connectivity from Qualcomm.
- Periscope zoom camera lens on iPhone 15 Ultra.
- September launch.
With that, all you need to do is to wait for the official launch and see how much of this ends up being true. It’s always interesting to see what changes between iPhone iterations, especially when you’re not sure what’s coming next. It seems we’re in for a more incremental upgrade this generation, but as long as the device is solid, we’re eager to see it launch.