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iPhone 15

iPhone 15

The standard iPhone 15 lineup has upgraded 48MP Main Cameras, a USB 2.0 Type C port, and the Dynamic Island. The external design didn't change much, but there's a lot to love about these new models, and there's still a mute switch.

● A16 Bionic
● 48MP camera
● MagSafe
● Dynamic Island
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Apple revealed the iPhone 15 lineup during the Wonderlust event on September 12, 2023. The two standard models received multiple updates that brought them closer to an iPhone 14 Pro, but still not quite "pro."

There have been two tiers of iPhone since the iPhone 11 lineup with a separation between standard and pro models. How these tiers are separated has changed over time, but Apple tends to reserve its latest and most premium features for the pros.

For the 2023 lineup, Apple released three different feature sets across iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The iPhone 15 Plus is virtually identical to the smaller standard model except for its size.

Apple introduced the Dynamic Island to the standard models, so now the notch is no longer an option. The Dynamic Island is a software element that masks the sensor housing for Face ID and the selfie camera, and it shows Live Activity animations for apps.

iPhone 15 now in pink iPhone 15 now in pink

The overall design didn't change much. The rear casing is identical, but the aluminum frame has a slightly rounded corner which should improve gripability.

The Main Camera has an updated 48MP sensor that takes 24MP pixel-binned photos. This large sensor also enables a 2x zoom on standard iPhones for the first time.

Perhaps the biggest story about this product is the USB-C port. Apple finally transitioned the iPhone away from Lightning, but the port is still limited to USB 2.0 speeds for standard iPhones.

All the new camera features for the standard models All the new camera features for the standard models

These models inherited the A16 Bionic from the iPhone 14 Pro, which improves performance somewhat compared to the iPhone 14. There's also a second-generation Ultra Wideband chipset for more precise finding at a distance, plus a Thread radio for improved HomeKit communication.

iPhone 15 price and release date

Pre-orders began on Friday, September 15 and the online inventory quickly ran out. Initial deliveries and in-store availability begin on September 22.

Apple didn't increase the price of the iPhone 15 and it still has the same storage tiers starting at 128GB. Customers can choose from blue, green, yellow, pink, or black color options.

Apple iPhone 15 in Blue

iPhone 15

The iPhone 15 has an all-new 48MP main camera.

This page is still being updated with all the latest information on iPhone 15. Check back regularly for updates.

The iPhone 15 rumor cycle

Everything below this point was written before Apple announced the iPhone 15 lineup. This information will remain as a record of what was rumored so it can be compared to what has been released.

Even though the iPhone 15 won't launch until September 2023, several hints about this device are already surfacing. Publicly filed patent applications, supply chain rumors, and features inferred from Apple's general product strategy paint a somewhat clear picture of the future product.

Apple's naming conventions aren't easy to predict because the infamous "s" could pop up for any annual iPhone release. Apple called the 2022 device iPhone 14, so we've chosen to refer to the 2023 model as "iPhone 15."

Alternatively, Apple could eschew numbers entirely in the coming years. The company's other product lines often go through name changes to address specific design alterations or other changes, so the iPhone could see that occur eventually. Suggestions for alternate names include "iPhone Pro" or "iPhone (2023)" to simplify naming.

One rumor suggests Apple will dump the "iPhone 15 Pro Max" name from its convention and switch to "iPhone 15 Ultra" for its biggest, most premium model. This change wouldn't be unheard of, especially now that the non-pro 6.7-inch iPhone is referred to as "Plus."

A more recent rumor suggests the Ultra name wouldn't replace a model, but be a whole new one in 2024. It would be the biggest and most premium iPhone, and may even lack a port of any kind.

iPhone 15 rumors

With the iPhone 15 launch drawing ever closer, more information is coming to light about this device lineup. Apple is expected to diversify its lineup further with differentiated features across the iPhone 15 Pro models, while the standard models will remain a bit more simple.

There have been multiple rumors surrounding color. Pro models could gain a dark red option and a blue hue with gray undertones.

Titanium curved edges and thin bezels (Likely)

The rim around iPhone 15 Pro models could be made from titanium and feature a rounded edge design similar to the MacBook Pro lineup. The back edge would curve slightly as it meets the back glass panel.

Curved titanium edges for the pro models Curved titanium edges for the pro models

This material change from stainless steel could decrease the weight of the phone significantly. Apple could choose to polish the titanium and have a similar finish to the existing stainless steel rim.

Rumors also suggest that the display bezel will be thinner than ever, though it will remain symmetrical thanks to the Dynamic Island. There isn't a lot of space to shrink the bezels further, but it could happen.

New color options (Likely)

Near the end of the rumor cycle, rumors began pouring in about color options for both iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro. Both model sets may have more muted colors overall.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus could have blue, green, pink, silver, and black options. These colors appear to be very muted, as if the saturation was turned down from previous generations.

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max colors are also losing some saturation. Rumors show gold will be missing in favor of a natural titanium option. The other colors include space black, silver, and blue.

End of the Lightning Port (Likely)

The iPhone 15 could finally be moving to USB-C after a decade of using the Lightning port. This aging port replaced the 30-pin connector and offered novelty features like a reversible port and a more water-tight enclosure.

Some customers have urged Apple to move to USB-C in the iPhone since the connector has become more ubiquitous. On the other hand, the prevalence of Lightning connectors across Apple's product line makes such a shift difficult. The number of iPhone users with Lightning ports in their iPhones, iPads, and AirPods far outnumber Mac users with USB-C ports.

Apple may be caught in another lose-lose situation for its PR team if the iPhone 15 shifts to USB-C. Like when it transferred from the 30-pin connector, it will face heavy scrutiny from customers and regulators alike.

Some locations haven't finished transitioning from the original iPhone connector, with gyms and other businesses still using equipment with 30-pin connectors. The same will be true for a transition from Lightning.

Supply chain analyst and sometimes leaker Ming-Chi Kuo shared that Apple may introduce USB-C to the iPhone 15 in 2023. It isn't clear if this is based on supply chain data or a leak, but he did say he took a survey. Presumably, the survey would have been taken from his supply chain consultants, but that isn't known.

AirPods Pro 2 still use Lightning AirPods Pro 2 still use Lightning

The European Union has passed legislation that requires smartphone manufacturers to adopt the USB-C port as a uniform connector by 2024. However, the two-year deadline for the requirement gives Apple enough time to perfect another option entirely — going portless.

Rumors had previously indicated that Apple will remove all ports from its iPhone lineup in the near future, and USB-C will never make it onto iPhone. Those rumors haven't panned out, and it seems USB-C is going to happen in 2023 in at least the iPhone 15 Pro.

In late 2022, Apple is still releasing products with a Lightning port. The latest AirPods Pro 2 still use the connector despite rumors of Apple moving away from it in less than a year. The updated Siri Remote did shift to USB-C, a sign of the upcoming transition.

USB-C is coming to iPhone USB-C is coming to iPhone

Rumors suggest that Apple could include Thunderbolt capabilities in the iPhone 15 Pro. That would enable the fast transfer of large files like ProRes video.

Even as the company moves to USB-C, it is expected to maintain the Made for iPhone (MFi) program. This would likely limit what third-party accessories and cables can do without Apple's MFi certification.

Portless (Unlikely)

Since their inception, having a physical connector for transferring power and data has been a staple of portable electronics. Despite that, Apple may ditch the physical connector in the iPhone 15 line entirely in favor of alternatives like MagSafe charging, Qi charging, wireless data transfer, and smart connectors.

Apple could remove the Lightning port in the 'iPhone 15' Apple could remove the Lightning port in the 'iPhone 15'

There aren't many apparent reasons why Apple would want to ditch a physical connector, but like the headphone jack before it, the company may be seeking more internal space for components. In addition, while a USB-C port can be waterproofed, having no connector at all would ensure improved water integrity.

For Apple to achieve a portless iPhone 15, it must first offer users suitable alternatives. The port is currently used for many accessories, from SD card dongles to musical recording equipment. Apple isn't likely to entirely remove such vital functionality from iPhone, though customers may have to pay for a new adapter.

Even Apple's own CarPlay uses the physical port to connect. Unfortunately, most modern vehicles don't come standard with wireless CarPlay, so again, Apple will have to address those customers. An obvious half-step solution would be to include a magnetic Smart Connector like on some iPad models.

MagSafe could provide a data connection in the future MagSafe could provide a data connection in the future

Rumors of a Smart Connector coming to iPhone have circulated since the connector's inception on the first iPad Pro in 2015. Although the three-prong connection supports some data transfer, it isn't suitable for large files or streams of information.

Apple's MagSafe accessory system for iPhone is another possible solution. Though the current iteration only supports power transfer on the iPhone 13, a future version could include some data transfer elements.

As we get closer to September 2023, it is becoming more clear that USB-C is coming to iPhone 15. The idea of a portless model isn't gone, but it will take a large leap in wireless technology to come to fruition.

Return of Touch ID (Unlikely)

Touch ID was replaced by Face ID when Apple introduced the iPhone X. The reason for the move was to enable all-screen displays with no Home Button taking up prime real estate. Apple also said Face ID was much more secure than Touch ID, with a one million to one chance of a false positive unlock.

An in-screen fingerprint sensor has been rumored for the 2023 iPhone An in-screen fingerprint sensor has been rumored for the 2023 iPhone

However, it wasn't a solution without its problems, as Face ID needed to see a user's eyes, nose, and mouth to unlock the device. This solved the problem of trying to unlock an iPhone with soiled fingers, but now users couldn't easily unlock their phones when covering their face for any reason.

When the pandemic struck, this created an unprecedented issue with Face ID as iPhone users around the globe donned masks. Users complained of the now-impeded unlocking process and demanded Apple bring back Touch ID as a solution.

Instead, Apple offered a compromise for Apple Watch owners. If Face ID detected the user was wearing a mask, it would verify if the Apple Watch was authenticated then unlock the iPhone. Of course, this solution applied only to Apple Watch wearers — a much smaller population than iPhone users.

Apple announced a new version of Touch ID for the iPad Air 4, and later the iPad mini 6, which moved Touch ID to the power button. This ramped up speculation that Apple would surely include Touch ID in the iPhone 13's power button, but to no avail.

Rumors and patents show that Apple has been working on a Touch ID solution for iPhone, but not in the power button. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had believed that Apple would implement Touch ID under the display by 2023, but has since changed his prediciton. With advances in how Face ID detects faces with masks, Apple may not need to bring back Touch ID at all.

Android devices have used under-display fingerprint readers since at least 2018 to some success. But as with 120Hz display refresh, Apple likely wants the technology to be perfected before implementing it in their smartphone — if at all.

Periscoping Cameras (Likely)

A new camera system could be used on the "iPhone 15" to enable more optical zoom. The iPhone could have a much longer zoom by utilizing a folding camera system within the device to put more space between the lens and the sensor. It isn't clear if this would replace Apple's existing Telephoto lens or add a fourth lens with this capability.

The periscope lens found within the Samsung S21 Ultra The periscope lens found within the Samsung S21 Ultra

While the iPhone 14 Pro can zoom to 3x, a 77mm equivalent, that isn't too distant a zoom. The 77mm focal length is great for portraits or getting closer to a relatively close subject, but it still isn't enough for wildlife photography or sporting events. Those situations require much longer lenses to capture the subject.

Samsung utilizes periscoping and algorithms to enable clear capture of subjects at 100x magnification. Thanks to the long lens hidden away within the phone's body, this is possible. Apple has been testing such a lens for future iPhones, but it wasn't clear if or when it would be implemented.

Kuo released another report in December 2021, restating that the "iPhone 15" may have a periscope lens system. It is still unclear if this is an upgrade to the existing telephoto lens or if it will be included as a new fourth lens. Rumors suggest the former.

According to supply chain reports released in April 2022, multiple manufacturers have been tapped to produce components needed for a periscope camera system. The components are allegedly on order for use in the "iPhone 15."

Reports throughout 2023 have increasingly suggested the periscope camera is coming to the larger iPhone 15 Pro. Kuo even states that the upgrade will be a primary driver of sales for the device.

48MP cameras for all iPhone 15 models (Likely)

Ming-Chi Kuo shared a report on camera component orders in July 2023 that states all iPhone 15 models will get 48MP wide cameras. That means all users will benefit from pixel binning when capturing 12MP images — leading to a sharper, more detailed image.

Apple 5G Modem (Possible)

Apple's troubled history with modems has led the company to build its own. When Intel exited the modem business, Apple purchased it from under them.

In the interim, Apple has used Qualcomm to provide 5G modems to the iPhone. This renewed partnership may extend much longer than initially expected, as Apple has allegedly stopped development of in-house Wi-Fi and cellular chips.

Apple likes to control its device experience top to bottom, and including the modem in that stack may benefit the user. Not only will it be cheaper to use in-house modems, but Apple will also be better able to integrate modem technology into its custom Apple Silicon.

It is expected that Apple will resume development of its in-house wireless chipsets after the move to 3nm is completed for A17 and M3.

Apple A17 Bionic processor

The iPhone 15 lineup will get a new processor — at least the pro models will. The standard models will get the A16 Bionic used in the iPhone 14 Pro.

A17 Bionic A17 Bionic

The A17 Bionic is expected to make a leap to the next processor manufacturing process from 5 nanometer to 3 nanometer. This will increase the power and efficiency of the processor.

A rumor suggests that the A17 will have 6 CPU and 6 GPU cores and will run at 3.70 GHz. This is an increase over the A16's 6-core CPU and a 5-core GPU.

Dynamic Island for all (Likely)

With the iPhone 14 release, it is easier to predict the trajectory of the 2023 iPhone lineup. Apple didn't opt for a redesign in its most recent models, instead, the display technology was upgraded, and cameras got bigger.

Dynamic Island makes the Face ID sensor housing into an interactive UI element Dynamic Island makes the Face ID sensor housing into an interactive UI element

One major difference in the iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island. The notch was replaced by a pill and hole punch sensor housing in the display. Rather than showing these separated elements, Apple connected them with a software element called Dynamic Island.

The feature is exclusive to pro models for now, but rumors suggest Apple will do away with the notch entirely in the "iPhone 15" lineup. This would mean every iPhone 15 would get the Dynamic Island in 2023.

Two selfie cameras (Unlikely)

There may be more for the Dynamic Island to cover on the updated iPhone. Rumors suggest one model may have two selfie cameras, though the use case is unknown.

Two selfie cameras could mean improved portrait mode shots Two selfie cameras could mean improved portrait mode shots

Two selfie cameras may create an issue for the Dynamic Island software, as smaller devices will quickly run out of space to show app information on either side of the hardware. Apple could move more sensors under the glass and shrink the size of the housing to allow two cameras to fit neatly, but it isn't yet clear if that is its approach.

This rumor was shared early by a somewhat reliable source. It hasn't been repeated since, and more reliable leakers haven't mentioned it.

Capacitive buttons (unlikely)

Several rumors have suggested Apple wants to get rid of physical, pressable buttons. That includes the mute switch that's been on every iPhone so far.

The volume buttons would join into one large capacitive surface, and the power button would also become capacitive. In place of the mute switch would be a small capacitive button.

Physical buttons and a programmable 'Action' button are expected Physical buttons and a programmable 'Action' button are expected

These buttons would operate similarly to the capacitive Home Button that used a haptic engine to simulate a button press. Some expect the volume button to be controllable via sliding gestures as well.

The mute button could have a single function, but some hope Apple would open up its functionality to act similar to the Apple Watch Ultra's Action Button — programmable based on certain apps or conditions.

Action button (Possible)

Multiple reliable sources have reported that Apple has backed away from capacitive buttons. It seems the iPhone 15 Pro models will instead have the standard buttons found on older models, but the mute switch may still be replaced with a programmable "Action" button.

Case leaks from Weibo user Uncle Pan Case leaks from Weibo user Uncle Pan

Dummy models used to help case makers prepare case designs prior to Apple's iPhone announcement show the new button in place of a mute switch. Since it is a button and not a switch that has to travel up and down, the cutout is smaller.

This smaller cutout is also shown in cases believed to be for the updated iPhone, showed in a leak in June. The sources have revealed such components and cases accurately before.

Evidence is mounting that Apple could move to an action button for iPhone 15 Pro, though it isn't set in stone. Many of these leaks could be based on older production testing models and not the final shipping model.

Case makers seem to believe the Action Button exists as leaks keep pouring in from reliable sources showing the button cutout in cases. These could be guesses, but it's increasingly unlikely.

Code in iOS 17 suggests users will be able to choose from nine options to control when the Action Button is pressed.

  • Accessibility
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Focus
  • Magnifier
  • Shortcuts
  • Silent Mode
  • Translate
  • Voice Memos

Super bright OLED (Possible)

One rumor suggests that Samsung is working on releasing a new OLED display type that can support up to 2,500 nits. The current iPhone 14 Pro can output up to 2,000 nits in direct sunlight.

The basis of this rumor is loose at best. Samsung is allegedly working on this display type for use in its own smartphone lineup, and it isn't clear if it would be used in Apple's.

Stacked batteries (Possible)

Apple could utilize stacked batteries in the iPhone 15 lineup, which would improve charging speeds and battery life. The overall capacity would increase thanks to less wasted space while simultaneously enabling less heat generation.

The technology is relatively new, but the rumor stems from an accurate source known for Android product leaks named @RgcloudS on Twitter. The leak was about Samsung products, but the leaker also referenced the upcoming iPhone lineup.

WWDC 2023

Sometimes Apple can announce new products, features, and operating system updates that can hint at what the next iPhone could do. Since a lot of iOS 17 features focus on improving existing system functions, it doesn't seem like there is much to infer.

Apple Vision Pro could have hardware tie-ins to iPhone 15 Apple Vision Pro could have hardware tie-ins to iPhone 15

Apple revealed the Apple Vision Pro, a mixed-reality headset that has a lot of unique functionality. Some rumors suggest Apple could tie new features to the headset through new iPhone 15 hardware improvements.

One example that has been shared is a new Ultra Wideband chip that would improve device location services for Apple Vision Pro. It would enable better tracking of the iPhone for displaying content in the space.

Another example is 3D image and video capture. One awkward moment of the headset reveal showed how people can capture photos and videos with the headset — which isn't ideal.

"iPhone 15" Price and Release Date

Predicting the price of a device that will be released so far in the future isn't exactly a science, but looking at Apple's pricing trends can give a hint. Apple didn't deviate from its usual pricing structure for iPhone 14, and it could do the same in 2023.

Apple will announce new iPhones, new colors Apple will announce new iPhones, new colors

Apple could introduce a new storage tier at 2TB for the iPhone 15 to make space for its increasingly demanding features like ProRes video. That could bring an iPhone's price dangerously close to $2,000. Also, "iPhone 15 Fold" would be sold as an ultra-premium model and likely start at around $1,499.

Rumors have pointed to price increases at the high end. Pro models could cost up to $200 more due to the materials used, periscope camera, and new processor.

One analyst believes the Pro Max model could be delayed into October due to Sony being unable to supply a camera part in time for the periscope upgrade. If this is true, the other models could launch in September separately.

Apple is expected to announce its "iPhone 15" lineup in September 2023.

This concludes the historical rumor section for iPhone 15