release date, USB-C… Everything we know about Apple’s next smartphone
In 2023, Apple will (definitely) bring out the new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra. Price, release date, technical sheet… We collect the first available information about them.
Every year, smartphone launch programs are timed like clockwork, punctuated by market leaders. Among them, Apple and its iPhone mark the world of technology every year at the end of summer. The year 2023 can’t be ruled out and we’re already looking forward to the arrival of the iPhone 15, 15 Pro, and 15 Ultra generations. Release date, design, technical data sheet, price… we’ve rounded up the rumors, leaks and assumptions about Apple’s next smartphone.
iPhone 15 Ultra instead of iPhone 15 Pro Max?
In 2022, Apple revamps its lineup, phasing out the variants “ minito offer the iPhone 14 Plus. While we thought this nomenclature was considered enduring, it seems that 2023 is also extraordinary on the iPhone name. This time, it’s the iPhone 15 Pro Max that should revamp and change its name.
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thus evokes that The iPhone 15 Pro Max can actually be called the iPhone 15 Ultra. By doing this, Apple will mark a clear difference in the range of offerings ultra-premium modellike the Apple Watch Ultra.
While the name will be a first for the iPhone, the strategy itself isn’t new. We saw with the iPhone 13 generation the difference between the Pro and Pro Max. The latter has a better photo module than the smaller version (telephoto lens with greater magnification, stabilization on the wide-angle sensor and optical stabilization on the ultra-wide angle). Therefore, the increase in these materials will be more marked this year, justifying the possibility of higher prices.
Therefore, the 2023 iPhone range should be structured as follows:
- iPhone 15
- iPhone15 Plus
- iPhone 15 Pro
- iPhone 15Ultra
For now, there’s nothing to suggest, however, that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will be technically different apart from their screen diagonals and batteries.
Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C
Europe now enforces universal connectivity to limit accessory updates when switching devices, and particularly smartphones. Thus, Apple will have to comply with this decision on the Old Continent and abandon Lightning in favor of adopting USB-C. And the first device from the brand to make this transition is obviously the iPhone 15. Apple has confirmed it (expressed its dissatisfaction in passing), the iPhone 15 will have a USB-C port.
Even if it means switching to USB-C, Apple isn’t going to go by any halves. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus shouldn’t see any real evolution since it’s USB 2.0, but the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Ultra will offer speeds on par with USB 3.2 (20 Gb/s), or even that of Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s). .
And since Lightning marketing is a huge boon for Apple, it seems pretty logical that it’s only one step. Apple has planned to break away from the standard by offering a 100% wireless smartphone in the future. It will then recharge wirelessly using induction charging and Apple’s MagSafe technology.
In order to switch to a design without the slightest ruggedness, Apple had to remove not only the ports, but also the buttons. Work on this has already started with the removal of Touch ID (which shouldn’t be returning anytime soon) and the iPhone 15 is expected to go a step further by removing the traditional buttons.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (still he is) thinks that the iPhone 15 (or at least ONE iPhone 15) will not have physical buttons. They are replaced by tactile zones coupled with haptic feedback. Subcontractor Cirrus Logic will also be hinting to its investors about a drastic increase in its activity for the second half of 2023. This can be attributed to the buttonless iPhone… or simply to predictions based on Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions.
Another new possibility: Apple may integrate titanium into its iPhone 15 Ultra, information confirmed by Bloomberg . What justifies a bit more is its higher price and upscale movement. The iPhone 15 Pro for its part will rely on stainless steel while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will opt for good old aluminum.
Goodbye, hello Dynamic Island on iPhone 15
iPhone 14 Pro introduces a new design. Notch comes since iPhone X has been replaced by Dynamic Island, a “pill“categorizes the front camera and sensors required for Face ID. But Apple has made this constraint a real asset by intelligently adding a software layer. Reserved for this year’s “Pro” range, this novelty will also trickle down to the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus in 2023.
Older rumors also suggest that the sensor required for Face ID could be hidden under the screen in 2023. It’s still a bit unclear at the moment, but it would be a great addition to justify qualification “ultraon any of these four smartphones.
iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra spec sheet
For now, we don’t know the detailed technical sheet of iPhone 15, but some points have been raised by certain sources.Asian Nikkeiconfirmed for example that Apple will continue the split seen at the SoC level of the iPhone 14.
Thus, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Ultra will benefit from the new A17 Bionic chip engraved in 3 nm according to TSMC’s second generation process, while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will run thanks to the A16. The A17 Bionic could potentially allow Apple to significantly increase the autonomy of its phones, as the switch to 3nm would be a real step forward.
Likewise, RAM will be up to 8GB on the two most expensive models, versus 6GB on just the other two.
Improved photo zoom
Finally, if we don’t know the exact photo configuration of the iPhone 15 yet, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, the Ultra model could be equipped with a periscopic telephoto lens that will allow it to achieve x10 magnification.
Better night shot
The iPhone 15 (we don’t know which model yet) also marks an evolution in night photography. The device should integrate a new Sony sensor that “doubles the saturation signal level for each pixel”, compared to traditional sensors. Obviously, this would greatly improve the management of HDR as well as capturing light in low light, an area where the iPhone suffers a bit.
Prices for iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra
No information regarding the price of the iPhone 15 has been released so far. However, we can easily make some predictions based on Apple’s habits.
We can already say that the iPhone 15 will not be cheaper than the iPhone 14 and therefore the first prices will be at least € 1019 for iPhone 15 and € 1329 for iPhone 15 Pro. Also, given the economic situation, it’s not surprising that prices continue to increase with the next generation of iPhones. Some rumors stir up the Ultra model which will start at €1679. Others argue that internationally, and therefore in France, all Pro models will see a price increase. The iPhone 15 plus for its part could see its price drop a bit given the oven the previous model had to endure.
The range differences can also be more marked in terms of price. Arrival of a modelultracould push Apple to add a few tens or even a few hundred euros to the price of the device.
What is the release date of the iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra?
Apple’s schedule is organized like clockwork. If no incidents break this rhythm, then the iPhone is always presented in September, usually on a Tuesday.
Therefore, we can expect an iPhone 15 announcement on September 12 or 19, or at least sometime in those days. However, logistical constraints can keep things from happening until the last minute.
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