iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro: Everything we know so far

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Design Changes

The upcoming iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models are expected to have similar designs to the previous iPhone 14 and 14 Plus models, with no significant changes. According to leaked dimensions, the new models will feature an aluminum frame with flat edges, along with a glass front and back. This means iPhone 14 cases should fit the new 15 models.

iPhone 15 and 15 Pro Max Design

The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are expected to have a slightly thicker body compared to the previous generation, the 14 Pro. However, the height and width are expected to be slightly reduced, which may improve the overall feel of the device in the hand.

iPhone 15 vs 14 : Curved vs Flat Edges

The frame of the device will feature soft, rounded edges instead of sharp edges, which may prevent discomfort while holding the device. The curve of the frame will not be as aggressive as previous models such as the iPhone X or 11 and it will provide a comfortable grip while retaining flat sides.

Titanium Chassis for Pro Models

iPhone 15 Pro Titanium Frame

According to rumors, Apple is planning to use titanium instead of stainless steel for the frame of the iPhone 15 Pro models. This material is known to be stronger and lighter than stainless steel, and it was recently used on the Apple Watch Ultra.

However, it is also more difficult to manufacture, making it more expensive. It is still unknown whether the material will extend to the back of the device or just the frame.

The use of titanium is expected to reduce the overall weight of the device by around 8-12%, which could be particularly helpful for the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max model.

A Faster USB-C Port

iPhone 15 With Type-C Port

The iPhone 15 models are expected to feature a significant change in terms of the port, transitioning from Lightning to USB-C. This will mark the first time in eleven years that Apple has changed the port on the iPhone.

According to reports, the change was prompted by regulatory requirements from the European Union. However, this change is likely to be beneficial for users, as they will be able to use the same charger to power multiple devices such as iPhone, Android Mobiles, MacBooks, iPads, and other electronic gadgets too.

iPhone 15 Pro models are anticipated to support USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 transfer speeds, allowing for minimum speeds of up to 20Gb/s, or up to 40Gb/s if Thunderbolt is supported.

And iPhone 15 Non-Pro models are expected to be limited to USB 2.0 transfer speeds, which have a maximum speed of 480Mb/s.

Dynamic Island & Bezels Updates

iPhone 15 with Dynamic island

The Dynamic Island which was previously only available on the Pro models, will now be included in the entry-level 15 and 15 Plus models, thanks to Apple lowering the cost of the Dynamic Island module.

iPhone 15 Pro Max Bezel

The bezel of the upcoming 15 Pro models will become thinner, while the dynamic island and display will remain the same. Currently, the bezels of the 14 Pro models measure 2.17mm in thickness, but the 15 Pro models will reduce this by 28%, measuring just 1.55mm in thickness. This would establish a new record for the thinnest bezel on a smartphone.

Solid State & Action Buttons

The new iPhone features redesigned buttons on the sides, including solid-state volume, power, and Action buttons.

Image Credit – iFixit

These buttons utilize Taptic engines to provide haptic feedback that simulates the sensation of clicking, just like the home button of iPhone 7/8 series.

iPhone 15 with Action Button

One notable change in the new iPhone is the replacement of the mute switch with an Action button, similar to the one on the Apple Watch Ultra. This button will be customizable, with a range of actions available, including muting and unmuting, launching the camera, activating the flashlight, enabling Do Not Disturb, locking the screen orientation, and others.

I personally, liked this upgrade because it will enhance the device’s water and dust resistance, as well as its overall durability.

Periscope Camera for iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro Max Periscope Lens

Apple is set to introduce a new feature exclusively for its high-end Pro Max model, which hasn’t been seen in several generations. This feature will be a periscope lens system that will provide a 6x optical zoom capability, surpassing the 3x zoom of the 15 Pro model. However, due to the additional space required by the periscope lens system, it will only be available on the larger Pro Max version.

A16 & A17 Chip

Similar to the iPhone 14 Pro, the upcoming iPhone 15 Non-Pro models will be equipped with an A16 chip, resulting in a performance level that matches the previous year’s iPhone Pro models. Moreover, the implementation of a power-efficient OLED display driver chip manufactured on a 28nm process is expected to enhance the battery life of all the new 15 models compared to last year’s devices.

The iPhone 15 Pro Models are expected to feature a new A17 chip, marking Apple’s first foray into the 3-nanometer process. This development is expected to enhance processing performance by 10-15% while reducing power consumption by up to 30%.

New Colors & Pricing

iPhone 15 New Colors

And just like every other generation, the 15 and 15 Plus models will also be available in new color options. The latest options include a dark pink and light blue along with the standard white, black, and product red. The US prices for both models are expected to remain unchanged at $799 for the 15 and $899 for the 15 Plus.

iPhone 15 Pro - Dark Red Color

The 15 Pro models are rumored to feature an exclusive new color option – dark red, which has never been seen before on an iPhone. However, the US prices for these models are likely to increase due to the incorporation of a titanium frame, solid-state buttons, and the latest A17 chip. Nonetheless, the specific price point for these models has not yet been revealed.

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Jaskaran, a tech enthusiast from childhood, inspired by his father, began his tech journey by rooting Android phones. He now writes on various tech topics, aiming to simplify complex ideas for a broad audience. His writing is direct, concise, and flows effortlessly, making tech topics accessible and engaging.

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