Thursday, September 21, 2023

This will be the iPhone 15: news, prices, breaking rumors and more

We are counting the hours until the start of the event wonderlust of Apple, which will take place today at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. The big star of the day will be iPhone 15which will make its long-awaited debut after a year full of rumors and leaks.

The four models of Apple’s new line of mobile phones will arrive with interesting new features. Although the main advances will be seen in the versions premium; that is, the Pro and Pro Max. The changes that will be implemented in these variants will impact both their design, performance and usability.

Of course, since we are speaking based on leaked data, the specifications are still indicative. Regardless, the wealth of information available seems to paint a fairly plausible picture of what we’ll see once the iPhone 15 makes its appearance on the scene.

That is why here we review the most important things you should know about the iPhone 15 before the start of the Apple event, which will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. That is to say, 7:00 p.m. in Spain, 2:00 p.m. in Argentina and 11:00 a.m. in Mexico. As usual, Hypertextual will provide you with the most complete coverage of what happens in California.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

Photo: Sonny Dickson (X/Twitter)

The most notable change that will come to all versions of the iPhone 15 will be the adoption of USB-C, replacing the already aging Lightning. This modification has been requested for years from Cupertino, who will now carry it out due to regulatory pressures. Let’s not forget that in Europe, for example, the use of this port will be mandatory in countless electronic devices, including smartphones.

But if we focus on the standard and Plus versions of the iPhone 15, they may be the ones that stand out the least in the presentation. Both models are expected to include the A16 Bionic chip that was released in 2022 with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Under the hood there will also be 6 GB of RAM, as well as the already known three storage options: 128, 256 or 512 GB.

Both models will maintain the traditional screen sizes: 6.1 inches for the iPhone 15 and 6.7 inches for the iPhone 15 Plus, with a 60 Hz refresh rate. In this sense, the big news would be the inclusion of the Dynamic Islanddefinitively eliminating the notch of the front camera.

Cameras, batteries and colors

Speaking of cameras, both models will incorporate a rear module with a 48-megapixel main sensor accompanied by a wide-angle lens. In the front, meanwhile, the camera selfie It will be 12 megapixels.

In the order of batteries, meanwhile, both models are expected to receive a boost in capacity. The iPhone 15 battery would be 3,877mAhwhile that of the Plus variant would reach 4,912 mAh. This would represent increases of 18.24% and 13.57%, respectively, compared to last year’s models.

Finally, we refer to the aesthetic aspect, since it is surely the one that gives the most to talk about. The standard and Plus versions of the iPhone 15 are expected to adopt a pastel color palette. The mobiles will be available in 5 shades: black, blue, yellow, pink and green, and will include braided USB-C cables with colors according to those of each phone. Additionally, both models are expected to feature curved edges instead of the straight lines we saw in recent generations of the device.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro in blue
Photo: 9to5Mac.

The real stars of the show will be, without a doubt, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. The versions premium of the apple mobile will not only be more powerful, but will bring several new features to highlight.

While the models will maintain their respective screen sizes – 6.1” for the Pro and 6.7” for the Pro Max, both with ProMotion – they will have the thinnest edges ever seen on an iPhone. In fact, they will be the smartphones with the thinnest frames on the market. Specifically, they are expected to be just 1.5 millimeters thick. If this is confirmed, it will mean a 30% reduction compared to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

As for colors, there will be 4 alternatives: space black, silver, blue and titan gray. The last two would take the place of the gold and dark purple versions. Another important element of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will be the adoption of a titanium frame, instead of a stainless steel one. One of the latest rumors suggests that they will have a more “brushed” matte finish. But the change will not only be reflected in your appearance, but also in your weight.

According to the most recent information, the new Apple phones They will be much lighter compared to their predecessors. The iPhone 15 Pro is said to weigh 188 grams, versus 206 grams for the iPhone 14 Pro. While the iPhone 15 Pro Max will weigh 221 grams, versus 240 grams for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Closing the design issues, the other big novelty of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will be the introduction of an action button. This feature, inherited from the Apple Watch Ultra, will be implemented instead of the traditional slider to silence the mobile. According to evidence found in the iOS 17 betas, it will be possible to configure different functions on this key to speed up the use of the mobile phone, even when it is locked.

Lots of new things under the hood

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will also arrive with a large number of new features under the hood. The most notable will be the adoption of the chip A17 Bionic, Apple’s first manufactured under TSMC’s 3-nanometer process. It promises a significant performance improvement, thanks to the fact that the clock speed of its performance cores will increase from 3.46 GHz to 3.70 GHz. While the incorporation of an additional graphics core is also expected compared to the A16 Bionic.

But not everything is power, since the chip will also arrive with the promise of being more energy efficient. This, added to the fact that the batteries of both models would also be larger, would help increase their autonomy. Regarding the batteries themselves, everything indicates that the one in the iPhone 15 Pro will be 3,650 mAh, against the 3,200 mAh of the iPhone 14 Pro; while that of the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be 4,852 mAh, against the 4,323 mAh of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Continuing with the list of components, rumors suggest that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max They will arrive with 8 GB of RAM, instead of 6 GB. Regarding storage, there have been two very strong speculations in recent months: the first, that the base version would start at 256 GB; the second, that a variant with 2 TB would be launched. Both would have been discarded. So the available options would be: 128, 256 and 512 GB, in addition to 1 TB.

The camera configuration of the higher-performance models also generates a lot of expectation. Both are expected to incorporate a rear module with a 48-megapixel main sensor, plus a wide-angle and a telephoto. However, the biggest novelty will be the introduction of a periscope lens, exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. It is rumored that it will offer a magnification capacity of between 6 and 10x, against the 3x maximum zoom of its predecessors. At the front, meanwhile, the already known camera would continue selfie 12 MP.

Thunderbolt support?

As we said at the beginning, the four versions of the iPhone 15 will make the long-awaited leap to USB-C. However, there are still doubts regarding what data transfer speeds each version will support. Some rumors suggest that Standard and Plus models will continue to be tied to performance equivalent to USB 2.0; that is, the same speed offered with the Lightning connector. However, the Pro and Pro Max variants would benefit from more modern and faster technology.

In recent times, the information has grown very strongly that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will be compatible with Thunderbolt 4 technology. If realized, this will allow data transfer rates of up to 40 Gb/s. However, it is also speculated that to access this feature, users will have to purchase a cable which will be sold separately.

Prepare your portfolio

Photo by Emil Kalibradov on Unsplash

One of the big issues in dispute around the new iPhone 15 is the price. The rumors are many, but the certainties are few. Some analysts expect the Pro and Pro Max versions to become more expensive compared to the 2022 models, while others suggest that the price increase could only occur in the Pro Max, in part thanks to the inclusion of the aforementioned periscope lens. .

A recent report from TrendForce indicates that the iPhone 15 Pro will likely have a base price of $999 in the United States. That is, it is sold at the same initial price as the iPhone 14 Pro. However, it does warn that an increase of 100 dollars could occur in the iPhone 15 Pro Maxwhich would start at $1,199.

Experts suggest that Apple’s intention would be to increase the price gap between the standard and Plus models and the Pro and Pro Max versions, to increase differentiation between the devices. Of course, the situation is not identical throughout the world. In Europe, for example, you have to add taxes and rounding; the latter, a recurring practice by those from Cupertino.

In the following table we share the tentative prices of each version of the iPhone 15 in Europe. We will have to wait for the event wonderlust today to find out if these are confirmed:

iPhone 151,011 euros1,141 euros1,401 eurosNot available
iPhone 15 Plus1,161 euros1,291 euros1,551 eurosNot available
iPhone 15 Pro1,399 euros1,599 euros1,799 euros2,049 euros
iPhone 15 Pro Max1,599 euros1,699 euros1,949 euros2,199 euros

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