iPhone 15: release date and price predictions, leaks, rumors, and more

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Mockup of Titan Gray iPhone 15 Pro by 9to5Mac.9to5Mac

The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are astir a twelvemonth aged now, and Apple has announced that its autumn arena will beryllium held connected September 12, 2023. This is wherever we will spot nan caller iPhone 15 lineup drop, arsenic good arsenic nan Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, on pinch immoderate different imaginable surprises. The rumor mill for nan iPhone 15 has been steadily chugging on complete nan past year, and we don’t person that agelong to spell earlier nan charismatic reveal.

We’re keeping each of nan reports and rumors of nan iPhone 15 present successful a azygous spot for your convenience, but do retrieve to support successful mind that these are each still conscionable speculation. Nothing is last until Apple confirms it during an charismatic announcement.

Here’s everything we cognize astir nan iPhone 15!

iPhone 15: models

iPhone 15 Pro CAD render broadside by side9to5Mac

Though Apple debuted nan iPhone mini pinch nan iPhone 12 lineup and kept it pinch nan iPhone 13 series, nan mini was retired erstwhile nan iPhone 14 came out. It was replaced pinch nan larger iPhone 14 Plus, going from a 5.4-inch surface to a monolithic 6.7-inch show (same arsenic nan iPhone 14 Pro Max), pinch nan modular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro staying astatine nan 6.1-inch size from erstwhile generations.

It is expected that Apple will proceed this pinch nan iPhone 15 lineup featuring an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This time, nan modular iPhone 15 is expected to person a 6.2-inch display, a flimsy alteration from nan iPhone’s 14’s 6.1-inch display. Other phones, including nan iPhone 15 Pro, nan iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, are expected to support nan aforesaid surface sizes arsenic past year. This intends a 6.1-inch surface for nan 15 Pro and 6.7 inches for nan iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The sanction for nan iPhone 15 Pro Max whitethorn beryllium different, however. There are rumors circulating that “Pro Max” whitethorn beryllium replaced pinch nan “Ultra” moniker, akin to nan Apple Watch Ultra.

iPhone 15: creation and sizes

Titan Gray iPhone 15 Pro render.iPhone 15 Pro render 9to5Mac

Anyone who is hoping to spot a drastic redesign of nan iPhone 15 lineup will beryllium disappointed. For nan astir part, nan aesthetics of nan iPhone 15 lineup will look for illustration that of its iPhone 14 predecessors pinch nan level edges and camera modules.

However, caller rumors person suggested that nan Dynamic Island, which debuted past twelvemonth exclusively pinch nan iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, will beryllium disposable crossed nan full iPhone 15 lineup and not conscionable nan higher-end models. This would destruct nan notch from nan full existent iPhone lineup.

iPhone 15 Pro bezel comparison pinch iPhone 14 Pro bezels.9to5Mac

Another rumor that seems definite is that each iPhone 15 models will beryllium ditching Lightning for USB-C. This is apt mostly owed to the EU forcing Apple’s manus to make nan switch, though it remains to beryllium seen if this will really lead to faster charging speeds pinch nan iPhone 15 lineup.

In position of nan display, nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (or Ultra) will person moreover thinner bezels than erstwhile generations. For nan Pro Max model, it’s rumored to break records arsenic nan thinnest bezel yet, coming successful astatine conscionable 1.55mm — nan existent grounds nan is Xiaomi 13 pinch a 1.81mm bezel. However, nan modular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus won’t beryllium getting nan superthin curen — nan bezels look to beryllium somewhat thicker than nan Pro models. And again, it’s apt that nan iPhone 15 Pro models proceed to get Apple’s 120Hz ProMotion display, while nan regular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will stay astatine 60Hz.

iPhone 15 Pro broadside comparison9to5Mac

Although earlier reports seemed to bespeak that nan iPhone 15 Pro models would beryllium getting solid-state buttons alternatively of nan beingness measurement buttons, that seems to person been scrapped wholly for now. Due to nan complexity of requiring 3 haptic engines for solid-state buttons, Apple whitethorn person encountered method difficulties pinch nan manufacturing process, truthful it looks for illustration we will still beryllium getting 2 beingness measurement buttons for nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

But 1 of nan biggest changes pinch nan iPhone 15 Pro models will beryllium nan replacement of nan shut up move pinch an Action button, akin to nan 1 connected nan Apple Watch Ultra. This fastener would beryllium customizable for different actions, specified arsenic pressing doubly to activate nan camera, though nan default action could perchance beryllium enabling silent mode. However, this alteration will only beryllium coming to nan Pro models — nan modular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will proceed to person nan classical shut up move for illustration each iPhone prior.

Case samples look to bespeak that nan position of each buttons will somewhat change, however, making older cases incompatible.

Lastly, nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are slated to move to a titanium framework alternatively of stainless alloy for illustration before. This could thief make nan iPhone 15 Pro much lightweight, and titanium tin besides beryllium much durable than stainless steel, particularly pinch scratches. The titanium decorativeness besides intends Apple will person a harder clip pinch colors, arsenic nan lineup appears to beryllium mostly various shades of gray, pinch nan objection of nan acheronian bluish color.

iPhone 15: colors

Renders of iPhone 15 Pro successful Space Black, Silver, Titan Gray, and Dark Blue colors.iPhone 15 Pro renders TheAppleHub / Threads.net

Recent rumors look to bespeak that the crimson reddish colour we’ve seen earlier won’t beryllium happening. Instead, since nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max could beryllium utilizing a titanium frame, nan colour palette that it will beryllium disposable successful will beryllium much limited. Recent reports person circulated that Apple will destruct nan golden colour action from nan Pro line, perchance owed to nan titanium making it difficult to person a good-looking golden color.

iPhone 15 Pro dummy units showing disconnected silver, titan gray, abstraction gray, and acheronian bluish colour options.Apple Insider

Instead, nan imaginable iPhone 15 Pro colour lineup now looks for illustration this: Space Black, Silver, Titan Gray, and Dark Blue. The Titan Gray looks for illustration a earthy titanium color, akin to nan Apple Watch Ultra. However, if that’s so nan colour lineup, it’s a spot disappointing since everything is conscionable a shadiness of gray.

 Black, Green, Blue, Yellow, and Pink.TheAppleHub / Threads.net

On nan different hand, nan iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus could beryllium getting a overmuch much muted, pastel colour palette this year. According to a report from 9to5Mac, it looks for illustration nan modular iPhone 15 will travel successful nan pursuing colors: black, green, blue, yellow, and pink. However, nan colors are very ray and pale, which whitethorn aliases whitethorn not entreaty to immoderate people. This would besides beryllium nan first clip location is nary modular achromatic option.

iPhone 15 dummy units showing disconnected white, black, yellow, blue, and pinkish colors.Apple Insider

Apple Insider sewage immoderate iPhone 15 dummy units, which look to corroborate nan colour options mentioned above, isolated from for nan greenish — it seems that it could really beryllium white, though it’s besides imaginable it mightiness beryllium a very light green.

iPhone colors are ever 1 of nan much difficult things to pin down pinch 100% confidence, truthful return each of this pinch a atom of salt.

iPhone 15: Action button

iPhone 15 Pro action fastener vs shut up switch9to5Mac

The beingness shut up move has been 1 of nan astir iconic iPhone features since nan original exemplary debuted successful 2007 — and it hasn’t changed overmuch astatine each since then. But nan iPhone 15 Pro could shingle things up.

Rumors person indicated that nan shut up move will now beryllium replaced pinch an Action fastener instead, akin to what we person connected nan Apple Watch Ultra. But this only applies to nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max — nan modular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will still person nan shut up move that has been connected nan iPhone since nan beginning.

With nan Pro models, nan Action fastener could beryllium customizable, aliases 1 could conscionable time off it to toggle shut up connected aliases off. Other actions that could beryllium programmed to nan Action fastener could beryllium launching nan camera app, toggling nan flashlight functionality, switching betwixt ray aliases acheronian mode, activating Low Power Mode, taking a screenshot aliases surface recording, utilizing Shazam, Shortcuts, and more. The Action fastener connected nan Apple Watch Ultra is simply a spot constricted owed to nan quality of wearables, but connected nan iPhone 15 Pro, location are much possibilities.

This would unfastened up a full caller world of options for nan personification successful position of customization, though a drawback would beryllium making nan iPhone 15 Pro little accessible for some since it would nary longer beryllium imaginable to show from beingness touch if nan telephone is silent aliases not.

And if Apple is replacing nan shut up move pinch an Action button, reports propose that it will replace nan measurement down fastener that you antecedently needed to property pinch nan broadside button to powerfulness down your phone.

iPhone 15: processor and specs

Apple A16 Bionic.Apple

The modular iPhone 15 whitethorn usage nan A16 that is presently featured successful nan iPhone 14 Pro, and nan caller A17 spot mightiness beryllium exclusive to nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This appears to beryllium nan caller measurement that Apple is differentiating betwixt nan modular and Pro models of nan iPhone, which began pinch nan iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineup.

TSMC, nan longtime supplier of chips for nan iPhone, is supposedly going to usage a 3nm process for nan A17 chips. This would make nan A17 much businesslike astatine powerfulness depletion and trim nan power that is generated during use. The 3nm A17 spot will besides person a 15% boost successful velocity and powerfulness and 30% much powerfulness savings complete nan existent 5nm chips. However, a more caller study from MacRumors suggests that Apple whitethorn really move complete to an N3E process from nan N3B process successful nan adjacent twelvemonth aliases so. This would beryllium a cost-cutting measurement for Apple, but it would besides trim nan wide efficiency. It’s unclear whether it’s excessively precocious to alteration nan full process, however, truthful this whitethorn not impact nan iPhone 15 but alternatively nan iPhone 16.

Another report indicates that nan iPhone 15 Pro could besides get a boost successful RAM, going from 6GB to 8GB. However, nan iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus may stay astatine nan existent 6GB RAM, though this whitethorn beryllium nan faster LPDDR5 RAM that is recovered successful nan iPhone 14 Pro models.

Storage capacity could beryllium different, though nan baseline retention whitethorn dangle connected what features nan iPhone 15 offers. The existent top-tier retention is 1TB for nan iPhone 14 Pro, but nan iPhone 15 Pro could beryllium bumped to 2TB.

And while location were rumors circulating that Apple could beryllium building its ain in-house modem chips, nan efforts truthful acold person not bared immoderate results. Apple will apt still beryllium utilizing Qualcomm for modem chips successful nan iPhone 15.

iPhone 15 Pro beforehand show comparisons9to5 Mac

There person besides been leaks of nan iPhone 15 Wi-Fi spot diagrams, which corroborate that Apple will beryllium upgrading to Wi-Fi 6E. However, this will beryllium restricted to conscionable nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, truthful nan modular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will proceed utilizing Wi-Fi 6. If you’re not aware, Wi-Fi 6E has much bandwidth, which allows for faster information speeds, little latency, and much capacity. You tin besides get a 1.2GHz spectrum successful nan 6GHz band, and this would make nan iPhone 15 Pro models tin of location gigabit coverage.

Another study from The Elec claims that each iPhone 15 models will beryllium utilizing nan latest procreation of materials for nan OLED displays, which would beryllium nan M12 worldly set.

iPhone 15: cameras

iPhone 15 Pro render camera explode9to5Mac

On nan camera front, nan only things that we cognize are that Apple has been moving connected periscope lens technology, which whitethorn only end up connected nan larger iPhone 15 Pro Max model. Also, nan guidelines iPhone 15 is expected to support nan dual-camera layout, pinch lidar remaining Pro-exclusive.

With a periscope lens, you could get an optical zoom that goes beyond what is presently offered, specified arsenic 5x aliases 10x optical zoom. The existent iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max only spell up to 3x optical zoom, truthful having a periscope lens would beryllium a important improvement. Again, though, it appears that only nan larger iPhone 15 Pro Max whitethorn get that periscope functionality.

If you’re looking to get nan periscope lens connected a non-Pro Max iPhone alternatively of having to ammunition retired nan other rate for nan iPhone 15 Pro Max, it looks for illustration you’ll request to hold for nan iPhone 16 bid adjacent year. According to manufacture insider Ming-Chi Kuo, nan iPhone 16 statement could bring nan periscope lens to nan iPhone 16 Pro Max and iPhone 16 Pro.

I deliberation nan rumored iPhone 15 Pro series's take of an 8P lens won't apt travel true.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) October 30, 2022

There were erstwhile reports that nan iPhone 15 would beryllium getting an 8P camera, which refers to nan number of elements wrong nan lens material. Theoretically, having different constituent successful nan lens could thief pinch having little image distortion successful nan last image. However, according to expert Ming-Chi Kuo, this does not look to beryllium happening — astatine least, not pinch nan iPhone 15.

iPhone 15 Pro render showing camera bump from side9to5Mac

One of 9to5Mac’s renderings of what nan iPhone 15 Pro will look for illustration reveals that it’s going to characteristic a massive camera bump. This is to beryllium expected pinch nan larger camera sensors and moreover periscope lens for nan iPhone 15 Pro Max, but still. The camera bump looks to beryllium almost arsenic heavy arsenic nan telephone itself.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max camera bump comparison9to5Mac

But if you’ve been worrying that nan camera bump looks a little too thick, don’t worry. The latest CAD renderings from 9to5Mac look to show a somewhat slimmer camera bump, truthful it whitethorn not beryllium arsenic bad. However, it does look to corroborate that only nan iPhone 15 Pro Max will beryllium getting nan periscope zoom lens, unfortunately, owed to nan somewhat thicker camera bump connected that model.

According to leaker Unknownz21, nan camera rig itself mightiness beryllium getting a shake-up for nan iPhone 15 Pro Max. In a tweet, nan leaker mentioned that nan ultrawide and nan telephoto lenses would beryllium switching places connected relationship of nan bigger abstraction required to location nan periscope lens. This doesn’t look for illustration it’ll make overmuch of a quality erstwhile utilizing nan phone’s cameras, however, arsenic it’ll beryllium a much noticeable artistic change.

iPhone 15: battery, charging, and USB-C

iPhone 15 Pro render showing USB-C9to5Mac

European regulations are mandating a communal charger for each electronics, including nan iPhone, successful an effort to trim e-waste. The deadline for Apple to move complete to USB-C and destruct Lightning is happening successful 2024, but Apple could besides get a caput commencement connected that by transitioning nan iPhone 15 complete to USB-C successful 2023.

With nan move to USB-C connected nan iPhone, it would bring Apple’s smartphone person successful statement pinch nan iPad and MacBook lineups, which person mostly been utilizing USB-C for a while. The iPad 10th Gen (2022) switched complete to USB-C past year, which was nan past iPad exemplary still utilizing Apple’s proprietary Lightning charger.

In summation to nan EU’s ruling, Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo besides seems assured successful nan iPhone 15’s move to USB-C, saying successful mid-November that his “latest study indicates each 2H23 caller iPhones will wantonness Lightning and alteration to USB-C.”

I foretell that 15 Pro & 15 Pro Max will support astatine slightest USB 3.2 aliases Thunderbolt 3. This spec upgrade intends nan wired transportation and video output personification acquisition will importantly improve.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) November 17, 2022

What’s interesting, though, is Kuo’s declare that only nan iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will use from faster information transportation speeds pinch this change. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will person a USB-C port, but they’ll still beryllium constricted to nan slower USB 2.0 transportation speeds presently disposable pinch Lightning.

iPhone 15 Pro CAD render camera bump9to5Mac

Though we should expect USB-C pinch nan iPhone 15, Apple whitethorn beryllium doing an MFi programme akin to nan Lightning cables. This intends that Apple whitethorn want USB-C cables that are “optimized” for iPhone for nan champion information transportation and charging speeds. Though disappointing, this wouldn’t beryllium astatine each surprising.

However, Apple could beryllium playing pinch occurrence by adding specified limitations to its USB-C charging — and this could really get Apple successful problem pinch nan EU erstwhile again. Alex  Agius Saliba, who is simply a Maltese typical successful nan house, sent retired nan pursuing tweet: “Pity that coming Apple rejected an invitation for an speech of views to conform/deny that they are readying to bypass our rules by limiting charging velocity to waste only their chargers.”

Pity that coming @Apple rejected an invitation for an speech of views successful @EP_SingleMarket to conform/deny that they are readying to bypass our rules by limiting charging velocity to waste only their chargers. Weather they for illustration it aliases not accelerated charging is harmonized by #CommonCharger

— Alex Agius Saliba (@alexagiussaliba) March 28, 2023

While nan EU primitively did not specify thing astir charging velocity for a mandatory communal charging method — successful this case, USB-C — that seems to person changed. The request now is that devices must “ensure that immoderate further charging protocol allows nan afloat functionality of nan USB Power Delivery, irrespective of nan charging instrumentality used.”

Apple’s going to beryllium successful a tricky business if it plans to restrict charging speeds pinch non-MFi USB-C cables, but this looks for illustration thing we’ll person to hold and spot really it yet plays out. Typical Apple fashion, though.

One bully portion of charging news for nan iPhone 15, however, is nan caller study that nan telephone will support 15-watt wireless accelerated charging from each wireless chargers — not conscionable MagSafe-certified devices. Previously, wireless chargers were required to person charismatic Made for MagSafe certifications if they wanted to make nan astir retired of nan phones’ 15W charging speeds, but according to a study from Weibo shared by a Korean news aggregate blogger, nan iPhone 15 won’t require nan certification for third-party wireless chargers to rate successful connected nan faster charging speeds.

iPhone 15 Ultra rumors

Alleged render of iPhone 15 Ultra.This is supposedly what nan iPhone 15 Ultra looks for illustration pinch dual selfie cameras. Apple Insider

There person been respective rumors truthful acold that propose Apple is dropping nan “Pro Max” moniker for nan iPhone 15 bid and will alternatively present a caller “iPhone 15 Ultra” instead. But there’s much to this rumored iPhone 15 Ultra than conscionable a name.

According to reports, nan iPhone 15 Ultra would person a titanium framework alternatively of stainless steel, which would make it pricier. But different rumors look to make it look that some nan iPhone 15 Pro and nan higher-end exemplary will person titanium alternatively of stainless steel, truthful it whitethorn not conscionable beryllium a Pro Max/Ultra feature.

Rumors propose a $1,200 aliases $1,300 starting value for nan iPhone 15 Ultra, which would not beryllium retired of statement if nan framework was made of titanium. For example, Apple does complaint much for a titanium Apple Watch versus a stainless alloy one, and it’s a important upcharge from nan regular aluminum. The titanium worldly would besides beryllium much lightweight than stainless steel, sturdier, and much resistant to corrosion. The beneath concept render shows what an iPhone 15 Ultra could look like, and it really is something.

A conception of an iPhone 15 Ultra by Jonas Daehnert connected Twitter.iPhone 15 Ultra conception render Jonas Daehnert/Twitter

The iPhone 15 Ultra is besides rumored to get a periscope-style telephoto camera, which would not beryllium disposable connected nan regular iPhone 15 Pro. Having a periscope camera allows for a higher optical zoom range, akin to nan Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. It mightiness moreover person dual selfie cameras to thief create an improved bokeh effect connected self-portraits. Another rumor is that nan iPhone 15 Ultra could beryllium wholly without ports, while nan remainder of nan iPhone 15 lineup uses USB-C.

If nan iPhone 15 Ultra is really a thing that comes retired this fall, each of these rumors look to beryllium pointing toward a monolithic upgrade that whitethorn beryllium worthy of nan precocious value tag. However, Twitter personification ShrimpApplePro seems to judge that nan iPhone Ultra will beryllium coming adjacent year, and this twelvemonth we’ll still only person nan iPhone 15 Pro Max.

While we’re not definite if we will spot an iPhone Ultra this year, location are a fewer things we’d for illustration to spot Apple hole successful nan iPhone 15 Pro Max (or Ultra) earlier we moreover see buying one.

iPhone 15: merchandise day and price

Invite for Apple's September 2023 event.Apple

On August 29, 2023, Apple officially announced that its fall arena will return spot connected September 12, 2023, astatine Apple Park. This will beryllium different prerecorded event, but definite members of nan property did get invitations for an in-person event. With nan announcement taking spot connected September 12, we should expect preorders to unfastened up connected September 15 and nan nationalist merchandise connected September 22, going by Apple’s erstwhile way grounds pinch releases.

While we usually expect akin prices each year, arsenic that’s been nan lawsuit for nan past respective years, nan iPhone 15 whitethorn beryllium shaking things up a spot successful position of pricing.

A report from Chinese outlet Economic Daily News suggests that nan full iPhone 15 lineup could beryllium getting a value summation from 10% to 20%. For nan modular iPhone 15, this would mean that it starts astatine $899 alternatively of $799, though considering nan upgrades it whitethorn beryllium getting this year, that value jump wouldn’t beryllium excessively bad. However, for nan iPhone 15 Pro models, that intends alternatively of starting astatine $999, it could commencement astatine $1,100 aliases $1,200 for nan guidelines retention model. And nan iPhone 15 Pro Max could commencement astatine $1,300, pinch nan 1TB action costing arsenic overmuch arsenic $1,800. The logic for nan value jump whitethorn beryllium owed to accrued manufacturing costs and inflation.

If Apple is besides making an iPhone 15 Ultra, it whitethorn commencement astatine astir $1,300, according to past rumors.

It’s worthy pointing retired that location were immoderate very convincing-looking rumors past twelvemonth that nan iPhone 14 Pro would beryllium getting a $100 value increase, and that yet proved to beryllium false. That’s each to opportunity that it’s surely imaginable that nan iPhone 15 lineup, specifically nan Pro models, could beryllium seeing an increase, but return that rumor pinch a dose of skepticism.

With nan anticipation of higher prices for nan iPhone 15 crossed nan board, you whitethorn beryllium wondering whether you should bargain an iPhone 14 exemplary alternatively of an iPhone 15 aliases iPhone 15 Pro. If that’s nan case, you should cheque retired our guide that compares each existing iPhone 14 exemplary pinch what we’re expecting for each iPhone 15 model. It’s not for illustration nan iPhone 14 lineup is bad — it’s still very good! If you don’t mind having a instrumentality that is 1 procreation behind, see an iPhone 14 alternatively and prevention immoderate dough.

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