The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lines are barely a month old, but the rumor mill is already buzzing about what to expect from the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro next year. At the moment, next year's iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are expecting a major upgrade: USB-C, Dynamic Island for everyone, and more…
- iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
- Screen Dimensions
- Display Features
- iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
- Screen sizes and display features
- Naming and strategy
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
The iPhone 14 line has seen a big change in available screen sizes, ditching the 5.4-inch “mini” variant of the iPhone in favor of the new iPhone 14 Plus with a 6.7-inch display. . While the iPhone 14 Plus appears to be selling worse than Apple expected, there are rumors that the company plans to continue this strategy next year.
This means we can expect an iPhone 15 with 6.1- inch display alongside the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus.
The biggest change to displays will be the addition of Dynamic Island for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. Dynamic Island is currently limited to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Dynamic Island replaces the notch and instead opts for two separate display cutouts that look like one thanks to impressive software integration.
But while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will feature Dynamic Island. , they won't get the other two display features exclusive to the “Pro” and “Pro Max” models. First, there are rumors that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus won't get Apple's ProMotion display technology, which offers refresh rates from 1Hz to 120Hz.
Therefore, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus won't either added always-on display support as this feature is based on ProMotion and LTPO display technologies.
Apple will almost certainly migrate the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to USB-C for connectivity, replacing the decade-old Lightning connector. The switch comes as the European Union is introducing a new requirement that all smartphones and other devices must use a common charging port, which for now will be USB-C.
Right now, rumors are a bit unclear as to what camera upgrades to expect from the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. The iPhone 14 adds several camera upgrades, including a Photonic Engine for improved processing and a vastly improved front-facing camera.
We expect Apple to use existing camera hardware next year, either with upgraded camera hardware. or with new software features. More rumors to come in the coming months.
Finally, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to feature the A16 Bionic processor. which is currently used in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This continues Apple's strategy of splitting iPhone performance between Pro and regular models, a strategy that first began this year.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max get the latest A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus work on the A15 processor, although they get the 6-core variant from the iPhone 13 Pro.
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
Screen sizes and features
What about iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max? We expect there to be fewer changes here in terms of screen sizes and display technology. In fact, at the moment it seems that everything will remain the same.
This makes sense, given that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have had vastly improved displays with the addition of a dynamic island and an always-on display. Instead, it looks like Apple will be focusing on improving these features as well as reducing the Dynamic Island market for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus as mentioned earlier.
One small design tweak we've noticed is is that Apple has replaced the clicky volume and power buttons with solid-state buttons, similar to how it replaced the physical home button on the iPhone 7 with a solid-state button.
As with iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to migrate to USB -C. We are still waiting for some details like data transfer speed and charging speed.
Another thing to consider is the possibility that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are using a Thunderbolt connection along with USB-C. This will be in line with the strategy Apple has taken with the iPad lineup, where all latest generation models have USB-C and the highest-end iPad Pro models also support Thunderbolt.
Initially, there were rumors that the iPhone 15 Pro models would come with a new “8P” rear camera or eight plastic lenses. Later posts say that this may not be the case. “8P” here is a reference to the number of elements in the lens. When a manufacturer takes an existing lens design and adds elements, it is usually done to reduce distortion.
While it doesn't look like the iPhone 15 Pro will get any major camera upgrades, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a different story. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to feature the new periscope lens for the first time.
Periscope lenses are based on a prism that reflects light onto multiple internal lenses at a 90-degree angle to the camera's sensor. This allows the lens to be longer than a telephoto lens, resulting in a much better optical zoom. The telephoto lens on the iPhone 14 Pro models only offers 3x optical zoom and 15x digital zoom.
In comparison, Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra already has a periscope lens that provides 10x optical zoom and up to 100x multiple digital zoom. There are rumors that Apple may opt for a 5x optical zoom. More specific details of Apple's implementation of the periscope lens on the iPhone 15 Pro Max are unclear, but ideally it would bring the iPhone much closer to what Samsung's flagships already offer.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will continue Apple's move towards even more powerful Apple Silicon chips. Last year, it was first reported that Apple would be one of the first companies in the world to adopt the new 3nm process, and that we would see the first such chip in 2023.
Latest iPhone 14 Professional models use A16 chip, which some people call 4nm, but it would be more accurate to say that it is a 5nm chip in a reduced form.
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to use the A17 Bionic processor next year , which will likely be based on a 3nm process. Reducing the size of a process results in a significant change in terms of performance and efficiency, which can lead to a significant increase in battery life next year.
Naming and strategy
In terms of naming and strategy, Apple has reportedly made some changes to next year's iPhone lineup. The company is said to be planning to further differentiate the iPhone 15 Pro from the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This is most evident in the rumored camera update, but there are certainly other ways the company can do it.
Additionally, there have been rumors that Apple could rebrand the highest-end iPhone. be “iPhone 15 Ultra”. It will be in line with what we've seen with this year's Apple Watch, with the Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 8, and Apple Watch Ultra.
Ultimately, we're still at the dawn of the iPhone 15 and rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro. Over the next year, we'll have more information to help paint a bigger picture of Apple's plans.