Next-Generation iPhone 15: Jeff Pu, an analyst at Haitong International Securities, leaked some features of the iPhone 15 Pro, but the major upgrade to the iPhone 15’s camera is still a surprise.
MacRumors has obtained a research note written by analyst Ming-Chi Pu in which he reiterates rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (possibly renamed ‘Ultra’) and their rumored upgrades, which include a titanium chassis with solid-state volume buttons, a 3nm A17 chip, a Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem, a USB-C port, and an increase in RAM from 6GB to 8GB.
Even though it’s great to have a credible source confirm previous rumors, Pu’s claim that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will get a 48-megapixel primary camera like the iPhone 14 Pro is what’s really getting people talking.
According to Pu, this will be a three-staked sensor, just like its Pro forerunners, which comes as a big surprise given the fact that Apple has traditionally used 12-megapixel sensors.
The USB-C port, which was previously thought to be exclusive to the iPhone Pro, will make its way into the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, according to Pu.
The lack of a telephoto lens and the use of a generation-old chipset (in this case, the A16 of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max) are the only other surprises Pu has revealed about the upcoming iPhone 15.
New information about the iPhone 15 lineup has been leaked by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman via the latest issue of his Power On newsletter, with support from other, smaller leakers.
Considering that the pill cutout and Dynamic Island are now standard across the range, Gurman claims that all standard iPhone 15 models will receive a design upgrade. An additional reason why this is so interesting is that a high refresh rate display is crucial to the success of Dynamic Island.
Despite its widespread adoption by significantly cheaper Android rivals for quite some time, ProMotion has until now been reserved for the Pro edition only. Can we expect an improvement in screen quality for the base iPhone and Plus models with the rumored iPhone 15 upgrade?
The iPhone 15 Pro models could be more expensive to widen the gap between Pro and non-Pro iPhone models 💰
Source: Weibo pic.twitter.com/UjaFl9mvWm
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) January 10, 2023
Furthermore, Gurman confirms rumors that all iPhone 15 models will make the switch from Lightning to USB-C and that the iPhone 15 Pro will feature a titanium frame (as reported by LeaksApplePro in October) and solid-state haptic volume buttons (ShrimpApplePro in October).
An increasing number of people are excited about the new look of Apple’s iPhone 15 series. Apple has confirmed that it will apply its Dynamic Island camera window to all four iPhone 15 series scheduled for release in September, according to a new supply chain report seen by The Elec.
In order to give a more premium feeling to #iPhone15Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, @Apple has reportedly decided to launch these devices with a #titanium frame.
Check speicifications here: https://t.co/Mx49LGO52F
— Zee Business (@ZeeBusiness) January 9, 2023
According to the report, Phil Optics has received an order for equipment from Samsung Display’s Vietnam plant, indicating that Samsung Display intends to use the Vietnam facility as a major production partner in scaling up this design. Apple’s efforts to lessen its reliance on Samsung have led to increased pressure on Samsung from LG and BOE over the past year.
According to the report, Apple is already hard at work on a major display upgrade dubbed “Under Panel Face ID,” which it plans to introduce for iPhone 16 models in the following year.
Its name suggests that Apple could use it to conceal the Face ID cutout. The current pill-shaped cutout would be reduced by half, making more room for Dynamic Island.
The development of optics for use beneath a display is an area of focus at Apple. Apple’s earliest UPC (under-panel camera) patent application was filed in 2019, and the company added to it in August 2021.
The iPhone 16 Pro will feature under-display Face ID and a single cutout for the front-facing camera next year 😳
Source: The Elec pic.twitter.com/kq7fU6EoXu
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) January 10, 2023
Under-display front cameras are available on some Android phones, most notably the Galaxy Fold 4, but they come at a significant performance cost. Something that Apple, which is notorious for waiting to release new technology until it considers it ready, is unlikely to accept.
This year, Apple must walk a fine line. Despite disappointing sales of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus, the latest price leak suggests Apple will not reduce prices for the upcoming iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
#iPhone15: #DynamicIsland is a pill-shaped cutout that can change shape and size to display alerts and notifications. https://t.co/BTejU01PMs
— Zee Business (@ZeeBusiness) January 11, 2023
Instead, we can increase demand by widening the price gap between the standard and Pro models of the iPhone 15 by raising the prices of the Pro and Ultra models.
Apple must nail the value proposition of this risky move. Standard iPhone 15 models will greatly benefit from a 48-megapixel sensor and USB-C. However, I believe that there should also be modifications to the overall design.
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