The iPhone 15 might still be far out in the future, but Apple is preparing some big changes and we are already seeing substantial leaks and rumors.
So what will be new in the iPhone 15 and when is it coming? Well, the iPhone 15 family is expected to follow Apple tradition and release in the fall of 2023 with four models in tow, just like the iPhone 14 before it. We do expect some slight design tweaks, but the bigger changes will be on the inside.
As a quick summary, here are the models that we will get: first and cheapest, a 6.1-inch iPhone 15, then a larger, 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus with a bigger battery, and then again a 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro with a faster chip, better cameras and other advanced features, and the most expensive in the bunch will be the large and powerful iPhone 15 Ultra. Yes, Ultra. Apple used the Pro Max name, but it is likely to switch to the Ultra branding to better relay to users how this new model receives bigger upgrades than in previous years.
It is practically confirmed that all four models will also come with a USB-C type connector, which will replace the Lightning port that Apple has been using for nearly a decade! That happens to be the same connector most other gadgets in the world use these days, so it might actually help reduce clutter in your drawer. Add another curious design change too: it’s possible that Apple replaces the physical volume and power buttons with haptic buttons, like that Touch ID button on the iPhone 7/8 series!
What else will be new? And how will the iPhone 15 series change from the iPhone 14
? Read on for the details and don’t forget that we continuously update this page as new information comes in.
Latest iPhone 15 news
iPhone 15 release date
Apple follows a strict schedule that hasn’t changed in years: new iPhones always get announced in early September and arrive a week and a half after the announcement.
We expect Apple to stay this course with the iPhone 15 release date, so we can predict the unveiling to happen on Tue, Sept 12th, 2023, with an in-store release on Fri, Sept 22nd.
Of course, it is way too early to predict this with any reasonable certainty and these dates are based on Apple’s usual yearly schedule rather than leaked information.
|Apple iPhone 13 series
|Sept 14, 2021
|Sept 24, 2021
|Apple iPhone 14 series
|Sept 7, 2022
|Sept 16, 2022
|Apple iPhone 15 series
|Sept 12, 2023*
|Sept 22, 2023*
* – possible dates
iPhone 15 price
While we know quite a few details around the new features in the iPhone 15, we don’t yet have any insight into the prices, and frankly, with the current inflation that would be a bit hard to predict so early.
Still, if we had to guess, we would say that Apple is likely to stick with the same prices as the previous generation models, with a price bump possibly expected for the Pro Max/Ultra model.
|iPhone 14 Plus
|iPhone 14 Pro
|iPhone 14 Pro Max
|iPhone 15 Plus
|iPhone 15 Pro
|iPhone 15 Ultra
* – anticipated prices
iPhone 15 name
Media and leaks all refer to the upcoming 2023 iPhone series as “iPhone 15”.
This is very likely to be the final name since in the last few years Apple hasn’t used “S” extensions, so an iPhone 14S seems very unlikely.
So the four model names of the iPhone 15 series are expected to be as follows:
- iPhone 15
- iPhone 15 Plus
- iPhone 15 Pro
- iPhone 15 Ultra or iPhone 15 Pro Max
Nice and simple, isn’t it?
As for the iPhone 15 Ultra model name rebranding, it’s not certain yet, but Apple has steadily introduced new products with the “Ultra” name in 2022 and this might be the first “Ultra” iPhone. Nothing is set in stone, though, and it’s still possible that Apple just calls this next version just the iPhone 15 Pro Max, so keep that in mind.
iPhone 15 camera
Leaks so far agree that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models will continue having two cameras on the back, while the Pro and Ultra models will have additional cameras.
The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to have a triple camera system with the third lens being a 3X zoom one. The iPhone 15 Ultra, on the other hand, is expected to get a 5X or a 10X periscope style zoom camera, the first ever on an iPhone. We don’t yet know whether that camera will replace the currently used 3X zoom lens, or whether it will come as an additional (fourth) rear camera.
|Wide camera (all iPhone 15 models)
|12MP on 15 and 15 Max
48MP on 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
|Ultra-wide (all iPhone 15 models)
|12MP, f/2.4 on 15 and 15 Max
12MP, f/2.2 on 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
|Telephoto (only 15 Pro model)
|12MP, f/2.8, 3X zoom
|Telephoto #2 (only 15 Ultra)
|5X zoom or 10X zoom
|Front camera (all iPhone 15 models)
|12MP, f/1.9, auto-focus
*based on early leaks and rumors.
Last we heard, reports claimed Lante Optics, one of the companies that is rumored to supply Apple with the zoom lens, continues raising its capacity for the prism required to make this lens. In those same reports, analysts were not sure whether the periscope lens will arrive exclusively to the iPhone 15 Ultra model, or if the smaller 15 Pro model might get it too.
Interestingly, rumors have been floating about the main camera getting a new 8P lens, meaning that it could use 8 elements, more than before which signifies better optical quality. This rumor, however, has been recently squashed, so chances are the 2023 crop of iPhones will still use a 7P lens for the main camera.
Another exciting new rumor mentions that Sony has developed a brand new sensor that Apple will use for the main camera of the iPhone 15. This new sensor is allegedly able to doubles the saturation signal level, meaning it will be able to gather twice as much light as current sensors. This in turn should help improve the dynamic range and bring down noise levels in photos.
We will be updating this section with new information as it seems that details around this camera will continue leaking more and more.
iPhone 15 storage
Apple upped base storage of regular iPhone models to 128GB with the iPhone 13 release, and we expect it will stick with the same amount of storage on the iPhone 15 series as well.
This means that the regular iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models are expected to start with 128GB storage. We are not yet sure about the Pro and Ultra versions, and there is a slight chance that Apple will kill the 128GB tier for those premium models and replace it with a 256GB one. However, we still think that is a distant possibility.
iPhone 15 / 15 Plus storage capacity:
iPhone 15 Pro / 15 Ultra storage capacity:
- 256 GB
- 512 GB
- 1 TB
iPhone 15 design
So far, we have seen no early drawings or renderings of the iPhone 15 series, but the elephant in the room has got to be the practically confirmed switch to a USB-C port from Lightning.
For years, Apple resisted using a USB-C port on iPhone, despite betting on a USB-C port for its iPads (first on an iPad Pro in 2018) and Macbooks (first in 2015), but new regulation from the European Commission might finally force it to make the switch. This would mean that users will need to get new cables and throw away their Lightning cables, something that many people may not like. However, we believe, that in the long term this will work out for the better as most gadgets these days use a USB-C port, so you won’t need to worry about getting different cables for your trips.
One of the most reliable Apple insiders, Mark Gurman, says that USB-C is “essentially a lock” for the iPhone 15. Renowned insider Ming-Chi Kuo also confirms this.
Faster USB-C transfer speeds on iPhone 15 Pro models
The latest talk on the grapevine suggests that while all iPhone 15 models will switch to USB-C, only the Pro models will supports faster transfer speeds while the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will stick with the same slow, USB 2.0 speeds they had with the Lightning connector. The Pro models, however, are said to support at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3, which would mean transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, great for moving large files like ProRes video for example.
As for design, we expect Apple to stick with what works, which is iPhones made of glass with a metal frame. Expect to see glossy glass with aluminum frames on non-Pro models, and frosted finish with stainless steel frames on the 15 Pro.
Interestingly, the rumored iPhone 15 Ultra, is now expected to have a titanium frame rather than a stainless steel one. This would be a significant upgrade as titanium is a lighter weight material with superb scratch resistance, as brushed titanium hides such micro-scratches way better.
Another extremely interesting rumor suggests the higher-end iPhone 15 models will replace the physical volume and power buttons for solid-state ones. Yes, solid state buttons with no moving parts! This also means you will need to add two more taptic engines on each side of the phone that will help simulate the press of a real button when you touch these new haptic keys. And adding fuel to the fire, Apple supplier and maker of the Taptic Engine company Cirrus Logic teased its “stategic customer” will bring a new component in the second half of 2023! We are yet to hear how this will work when your phone is out of battery and what this would mean for case makers, but we are curious.
The Dynamic Island that Apple introduced with the 14 Pro models is likely to remain a Pro/Ultra feature in the iPhone 15 series as well, while the regular models are still likely to ship with the good old notch.
Currently, we don’t know much about the iPhone 15 color options. We expect Apple to stick with what it has now, possibly adding a couple of new color finishes for those who want to try something different.
iPhone 15 display
Apple seems to have found the sweet spot for screen sizes and we don’t expect it to do any major changes, so you will have a 6.1-inch screen size on the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro, and then a 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Ultra.
All four models will use OLED screens, but some slight differences in the peak brightness will probably remain to give the Pro and Ultra models a bit of an advantage.
The big question is around ProMotion. This technology was previously only available on the Pro models, and we are yet to hear whether Apple might change this in the 15 series, but we remain skeptical on that.
With the introduction of the Dynamic Island, we think all speculations about an under-screen camera and an invisible Face ID are put to rest and that is no longer even a possibility for the near future.
iPhone 15 processor and specs
While we already mentioned the divide between the regular iPhone 15 models that are likely to use a slower chip, and the Pro versions with a faster, Apple A17 Bionic chip, there is one thing that all four models might share: the modem.
Expect to see the same Qualcomm made modem on all four iPhone 15 devices. Apple has had a frenemy status with Qualcomm, and it tried to break free and develop its own modems, but analysts claim that has proven to be more difficult than expected, so Qualcomm it is.
Another tipped upgrade is a jump to 8GB RAM for the Pro and Ultra models, while the 15 and 15 Plus are likely to keep on using 6GB of RAM.
Satellite connectivity made a debut on the iPhone 14, and we expect Apple to have worked out the kinks of the technology and for it to work even better in iPhone 15.
iPhone 15 battery
Apple rarely makes big changes to its existing designs, so you cannot expect huge changes in iPhone 15 battery sizes.
Apple calls its iPhones “all-day” devices, but we feel that with moderate use the iPhone Plus and Pro Max could be used two days between charges, with only the smaller models being one-day devices.
iPhone 15 series
iPhone 14 series
|Ultra / Pro Max
*projections based on iPhone 14 battery sizes.
Will Apple increase charging speeds with the advent of USB-C charging on the iPhone? We don’t have high hopes, but it’s reasonable to expect around 25W charging speeds on the smaller models, and 30W charging for the two larger models.
All four iPhone 15 models are also expected to have MagSafe wireless charging, the magnetic charging solution by Apple that can be quite convenient.
iPhone 15 features and software
The iPhone 14 family marks the first time we see Apple use different processors for its Pro and non-Pro models, with the Pro and Ultra models getting the newest chips and the non-Pro versions using the generation older processors.
We expect this unfortunate trend to continue in the iPhone 15 series too, but that will depend on the complicated processor manufacturing environment. Chip maker TSMC that supplies Apple with processors kicked off 3nm production that could be used in the Apple A17 Bionic chipset, but it’s way too early to tell how this will scale, and that is one important factor that will determine the processors used in the iPhone 15 series.
We will be updating this section with new information as it comes in.
Should I wait for iPhone 15?
- You should wait for iPhone 15 if you are excited about USB-C. Using just one cable for all of your devices sounds genuinely exciting. Photo enthusiasts should also save up for the iPhone 15 model as that periscope lens might be a game-changer for photography and videography.
- You should not wait for iPhone 15 if you don’t want to wait! The iPhone 15 launches in 2023! There are plenty of capable phones around, and you probably shouldn’t expect massive leaps in performance speed or charging either.