Release date, USB-C… Everything we know about the next Apple smartphones

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In 2023, Apple will (surely) present its new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Max, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra. Price, release date, technical sheet… We take stock of the first available data on them.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro // Source: Anthony Wonner for Frandroid

Every year, the smartphone launch schedule is set like clockwork, ticked off by the market leaders. Among them, Apple and its iPhones that mark the world of technology every year at the end of summer. 2023 should not escape the rule and we are already waiting for the arrival of the iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra generation. Release date, design, technical sheet, price… we take stock of the rumours, leaks and assumptions about the next Apple smartphones.

The iPhone 15 Ultra instead of the iPhone 15 Pro Max?

In 2022, Apple changed its lineup, removing its variant “ minito offer an iPhone 14 Plus. While we thought this nomenclature was going to last, it actually looks like 2023 is amazing in iPhone names as well. This time, it is the iPhone 15 Pro Max that should be transformed and renamed.

The famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thus evokes that The iPhone 15 Pro Max could be called the iPhone 15 Ultra. In this way, Apple would mark a clear range difference by offering an ultra-premium modellike the Apple Watch Ultra.

Although the name would be a first for the iPhone, the strategy itself would not be new. We saw with the iPhone 13 generation a differentiation between the Pro and the Pro Max. The latter had a better photographic module than its smaller version (telephoto lens with higher magnification, stabilization on the wide-angle sensor, and optical stabilization of the ultra-wide angle). This material improvement would therefore be more marked this year, justifying a possibly higher price.

Therefore, the 2023 range of the iPhone should be composed as follows:

  • iPhone 15
  • iphone 15 plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Ultra

At the moment, there is nothing to suggest, however, that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus would be technically different beyond their screen diagonal and battery life.

Goodbye Lightning, bonjour USB-C

Europe now imposes universal connectivity to limit the renewal of accessories when changing devices, and in particular smartphones. Thus, Apple will have to comply with this decision in the Old Continent and abandon Lightning to adopt USB-C. And the first device from the brand to make this transition would obviously be the iPhone 15. Apple has already confirmed (voicing its dissatisfaction in passing), the iPhone 15 will have a USB-C port.

Even if it means switching to USB-C, Apple wouldn’t do things halfway. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus shouldn’t see a real evolution as it would be USB 2.0, but the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Ultra would offer speeds that could match USB 3.2 (20 Gb/s), or even those of Lightning 3 (40 Gb/s).

USB-C cable // Source: Marcus Urbenz on Unsplash

And since the commercialization of Lightning was a substantial boon for Apple, it seems quite logical that this is just one step. Apple has already planned to deviate from the standard by offering a 100% wireless smartphone in the future. It would then recharge wirelessly using both induction charging and Apple’s MagSafe technology.

buttonless design

To move towards a design without the slightest harshness, Apple will have to remove not only the ports, but also the buttons. This work has already started with the removal of Touch ID (which shouldn’t be back anytime soon) and the iPhone 15 is expected to go even further by removing the traditional buttons.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (still him) thinks the iPhone 15 (or at least ONE iPhone 15) would have no physical buttons. They would be replaced by touch zones along with haptic feedback. Outsourcer Cirrus Logic has also reportedly hinted to investors at a drastic increase in activity for the second half of 2023. This could be tied to the buttonless iPhone… or simply a prediction based on Ming-Chi Kuo’s forecasts.

Another possible novelty: Apple could integrate titanium into its iPhone 15 Ultra, information confirmed by Bloomberg . Which justifies its higher price and the upgrade in category a little more. The iPhone 15 Pro for its part would be based on stainless steel while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus would opt for the good old aluminum.

Goodbye notch, hello Dynamic Island on the iPhone 15

The iPhone 14 Pro introduced a new design. The notch present since the iPhone X has given way to Dynamic Island, a “pill“grouping the front camera and the sensors necessary for Face ID. However, Apple has made this restriction a real asset by cleverly adding a layer of software. Reserved for the “Pro” range this year, this novelty should also reach the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus in 2023.

Older rumors also suggest that the sensors needed for Face ID could be hidden under the screen by 2023. This is still unclear at this point, but it would be a nice addition to justify the “rating.”Ultraon one of these four smartphones.

iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra spec sheet

At the moment, we do not know the technical data sheet of the iPhone 15 in detail, but nevertheless, certain sources have advanced some points.Nikkei AsiaIt affirms, for example, that Apple will resume the visible split at the SoC level of the iPhone 14.

Thus, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Ultra would benefit from a new A17 Bionic chip engraved in 3 nm according to TSMC’s second-generation process, while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus would run thanks to the A16. The A17 Bionic would potentially allow Apple to greatly improve the battery life of its phones, as the move to 3nm would be a real step forward.

Similarly, RAM memory would go up to 8 GB in the two most expensive models, compared to 6 GB only in the other two.

Improved photo zoom

Finally, if we still do not know the exact photographic configuration of the iPhone 15, the Ultra model could be equipped according to Ming-Chi Kuo with a periscopic telephoto lens that allows it to go up to x10 magnification.

A better night shot

The iPhone 15 (we still don’t know which model it is) should also mark an evolution in night photography. The device should integrate a new sensor from Sony “that doubles the level of the saturation signal for each one per pixel”, compared to a traditional sensor. Clearly this should greatly improve HDR handling and also light capture in low light conditions, an area where the iPhone takes a bit of a hit.

Prices of the iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra

No iPhone 15 price information has been released so far. However, we can easily make some predictions based on Apple’s habits.

We can already say that the iPhone 15 will not cost less than the iPhone 14 and that the first price will therefore be at least 1,019 euros for the iPhone 15 and 1,329 euros for the iPhone 15 Pro. Furthermore, given the economic situation, it would not be No wonder prices kept rising with the next generation iPhone. Some rumors point to an Ultra model that would start at 1,679 euros. Others argue that internationally, and therefore in France, all Pro models would see their prices inflated. The iPhone 15 plus for its part could see its price slightly reduced given the oven that the previous model had to go through.

The differences in ranges could also be even more pronounced in terms of prices. The arrival of a modelUltrait could encourage Apple to add a few tens or even a few hundred euros to the price of the device.

What is the release date of the iPhone 15, 15 Pro and 15 Ultra?

Apple time is set like a clock. When no incident occurs that disturbs this rhythm, the iPhone is therefore always presented in September, generally on a Tuesday.

Therefore, we can expect an announcement of the iPhone 15 on September 12 or 19, or at least around those days. However, logistical constraints can make things happen until the very last moment.

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