iPhone 15 Prices: What to Expect
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus
Like the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models last year, the iPhone 15 will be a 6.1-inch device, while the larger iPhone 15 Plus will be a 6.7-inch device. We expect to see a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port on all of the iPhone 15 models, and the Dynamic Island is going to be available for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus in addition to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. That means Apple will be doing away with the notch that it has used since the iPhone X for the flagship iPhone lineup for a sleeker, less intrusive design.
No Price Change?
We don't know with complete certainty what prices Apple will set for its new flagship iPhone models, but no price increase is expected for the standard iPhone 15 models, and the entry level iPhone 15 model should be priced starting at $799. Even so, given historic inflation in the U.S. and the fact that the iPhone 15 will have the same starting price as the iPhone 12, which was released in 2020, it could be argued that the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 will be the most affordable base iPhone model Apple has ever offered.
Based on current iPhone 14 pricing, then, here's what we expect the following configuration options to cost in the United States:
|iPhone 15 - 128GB||$799|
|iPhone 15 - 256GB||$899|
|iPhone 15 - 512GB||$1,099|
|iPhone 15 Plus - 128GB||$899|
|iPhone 15 Plus - 256GB||$999|
|iPhone 15 Plus - 512GB||$1,199|
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max
Similar to last year's high-end iPhone 14 Pro models, the iPhone 15 Pro is a 6.1-inch device and the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be a 6.7-inch device. Likewise, Apple will reserve premium features for the Pro models that are supposed to justify the higher price tag. The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to include some minor design updates, with Apple introducing thinner, curved bezels and a new titanium material for the chassis that will replace the stainless steel. Apple is also expected to add a redesigned "mute" button that could actually serve as an Action button similar to the Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra.
An upgraded 3-nanometer A17 chip will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, making them faster and more power-efficient. Like the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the iPhone 15 Pro models will also transition from Lightning to USB-C, but the Pro lineup will include an upgraded USB-C port that features faster USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds. Apple is also expected to use a more advanced telephoto camera lens that will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Higher Pro Prices?
In contrast to the vanilla iPhone 15 models, reports have converged on a price increase for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max this year. A July Bloomberg report suggested Apple has been contemplating raising the price for both Pro models in its upcoming iPhone 15 series, echoing an earlier prediction by Jeff Pu, a tech analyst at Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities. Pu believes the iPhone 15 Pro could be priced starting at $1,099, up from the $999 starting price of the iPhone 14 Pro. If that's accurate, the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be priced starting at $1,199.
Since then, subsequent reports appear to indicate that a price increase of this sort could be on the cards. According to Taiwan-based outlet DigiTimes, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be at least $100 more expensive than their predecessors. DigiTimes' forecast places the price of the iPhone 15 Pro at $1,099 to $1,199 and the iPhone 15 Pro Max at $1,199 to $1,299.
However, while rumors have been circulating about a $100 price increase for both iPhone 15 Pro models, Taiwanese research firm TrendForce recently predicted that the smaller 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro will start at $999 in the U.S., just like the iPhone 14 Pro, and that the estimated $100 price increase might be limited to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
There were early reports that Apple could boost the capacity of its iPhone 15 Pro models compared to last year. According to one rumor, the iPhone 15 Pro models could support up to 2TB of storage, which would be double the capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro models that are limited to 1TB storage at maximum. The sam source also suggested that the iPhone 15 Pro models will start at 256GB of storage, rather than 128GB.
However, according to MacRumors' sources, both rumors appear to be incorrect. MacRumors has now confirmed that Apple has tested 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage configurations for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Given the above findings, the following table outlines the prices we might expect to pay this year for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models in the United States:
|iPhone 15 Pro - 128GB||$999 to $1,099|
|iPhone 15 Pro - 256GB||$1,099 to $1,199|
|iPhone 15 Pro - 512GB||$1,299 to $1,399|
|iPhone 15 Pro - 1TB||$1,499 to $1,599|
|iPhone 15 Pro Max - 128GB||$1,099 to $1,199|
|iPhone 15 Pro Max - 256GB||$1,199 to $1,299|
|iPhone 15 Pro Max - 512GB||$1,399 to $1,499|
|iPhone 15 Pro Max - 1TB||$1,599 to $1,699|