iPhone 15

All the rumors about the iPhone 15, expected in 2023.

By MacRumors Staff
iPhone 15

The 2023 iPhone 15

Apple just recently released the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models, but we've been hearing rumors about the iPhone 15 since before the new iPhones even came out.

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The iPhone 15 is about a year away, so nothing is set in stone yet, but USB-C, periscope camera technology, and an Apple-designed modem chip have been suggested. This roundup covers everything that we've heard about the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro so far, but keep in mind that it's early in the development cycle and Apple's plans could change.

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iPhone 15 Ultra?

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple might potentially replace the "Pro Max" version of the iPhone 15 with a new "Ultra" model. Apple in 2022 introduced the Apple Watch Ultra, and it has also used "Ultra" naming for the highest-end version of the M1.

It stand to reason that the highest-end iPhone available, often the "Pro Max," could be renamed the iPhone 15 Ultra.

Design

Rumors suggest the iPhone 15 models will look similar to the iPhone 14 models, but the pill-and-hole cutout will expand to the entire lineup. That means all iPhone 15 models would have no notch, instead adopting the Dynamic Island introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro models.

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As there are no major design changes expected, Apple will likely continue to offer four models: The 6.1-inch iPhone 15, the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Max, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max. The "pro" models will have higher-end features and will be more expensive, while the standard iPhone 15 models will be cheaper.

No Touch ID

Though there have been ongoing rumors suggesting Apple has considered bringing Touch ID back to its flagship iPhones using an under-display solution, the iPhone 15 models are not expected to include Touch ID and will continue to use Face ID.

Apple is working on an under-display Face ID feature, but it won't be ready until 2025. Instead, in 2023, the iPhone 15 will continue to use the Dynamic Island, which Apple could expand to all models instead of just the Pro models.

USB-C

Apple is considering swapping the Lightning port on the iPhone 15 devices for a USB-C port, which would allow it to comply with European regulations that are in the process of being passed. These regulations would require Apple to produce iPhones with USB-C ports in Europe, so Apple either needs to make a worldwide design swap or develop special iPhones for sale in Europe.

iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature

Reliable sources that include Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have said that Apple is going to make the swap, so this is a strong possibility at the current time. Of course, Apple's plans could change.

Periscope Lens Technology

There have been multiple rumors about Apple's work on "periscope" telephoto lens technology, and this type of lens could be introduced in the 2023 iPhones, likely in the iPhone 15 Pro models. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, only the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max is going to get the periscope camera lens, so it's possible it will be limited to the highest-end and most expensive model.

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Periscope lens technology offers optical zoom capabilities that exceed those possible with a standard telephoto lens, allowing for 5x or even 10x optical zoom. With a periscope lens, the iPhone's zoom capabilities would be significantly enhanced as the current Pro models are limited to 3x zoom.

Apple competitor Samsung has come out with smartphones that use periscope lens technology that enables 4x to 10x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom.

Apple-Designed Modem Chips?

For the past few years, Apple has been working to develop modem chips in house, and rumors suggested that 2023 could be the year when Apple-designed modem chips debuted, but it is unclear if the modem chips will be ready.

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Apple's 5G modem chip efforts have "failed," so Apple won't be able to use its own chips in the 2023 iPhones. Instead, the company will need to rely on Qualcomm for the iPhone 15 models.

A-Series Chips

The iPhone 15 models could be the first to feature an A-series chip built on Apple supplier TSMC's next-generation 3-nanometer node. 3nm chip technology is expected to increase processing performance by 10 to 15 percent, while also reducing power consumption by up to 30 percent.

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Apple chip supplier TSMC is rumored to be scaling back on plans for 3-nanometer chips after losing an order from Intel. It is not clear if the disruption will impact Apple's 3nm chip production, but TSMC is producing the 3nm A17 chips expected to be used in the iPhone 15 models.

Release Date

The iPhone 15 models will likely be released in September 2023 if Apple follows its traditional September launch timeline.

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