Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone 15 series at an event on September 12, and the rumors are heating up. Several leaks have revealed some of the key features and design changes that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models will bring, such as a Dynamic Island cutout, a USB-C port, a titanium frame, and improved cameras. Here’s what we know so far.
Dynamic Island for all
One of the most noticeable changes in the iPhone 15 series will be the adoption of the Dynamic Island cutout for all models, replacing the notch that has been present since the iPhone X. The Dynamic Island is a small circular area on the top right corner of the screen that houses the front-facing camera and some sensors for Face ID. The rest of the screen is uninterrupted, giving users more screen real estate and a sleeker look.
The Dynamic Island was first introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models last year, and it received positive feedback from reviewers and users. The feature allows some apps to display information such as timers, weather, and notifications on the curved edge of the screen. However, not many developers have taken advantage of it yet, and some users have complained about accidental touches on the edge.
Apple is reportedly making some improvements to the Dynamic Island in the iPhone 15 series. The company is also likely to encourage more developers to support it, especially if it becomes available to more iPhone users.
USB-C port instead of Lightning
Another major change in the iPhone 15 series will be the switch from Lightning to USB-C port for charging and data transfer. This will make the iPhone compatible with a wider range of accessories and devices, such as laptops, tablets, headphones, and power banks. It will also enable faster charging and data transfer speeds than Lightning.
Apple has already adopted USB-C for its iPad Pro and iPad Air models, as well as its MacBooks. The company has also been under pressure from regulators in Europe to adopt a common charging standard for smartphones to reduce electronic waste.
Titanium frame for Pro models
The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models will also feature a new material for their frames: titanium. Titanium is a strong and lightweight metal that is more durable and resistant to scratches and corrosion than stainless steel, which is currently used for the iPhone 14 Pro models. Titanium is also more expensive and harder to manufacture than stainless steel, which could explain why Apple is reserving it for its premium models.
Apple has previously used titanium for some of its products, such as the Apple Watch Series 6 Titanium Edition and the PowerBook G4 laptop. The company has also filed a patent for a method of applying a coating to titanium to give it a glossy finish. The iPhone 15 Pro models could benefit from this coating to make them look more attractive and prevent fingerprints.
Improved cameras with periscope zoom
The iPhone 15 series will also see some improvements in their cameras, especially for the Pro models. The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are expected to inherit the 48MP main camera that Apple added to the iPhone 14 Pro models last year. This camera uses pixel binning technology to combine four pixels into one, resulting in sharper and brighter 12MP photos. It also supports 8K video recording at 30 frames per second.
The iPhone 15 Pro models will get more substantial upgrades in their cameras, such as a new periscope-style telephoto lens for the Pro Max model. This lens will allow for up to 6x optical zoom without compromising image quality or increasing the thickness of the phone. The current iPhone 14 Pro Max model has a telephoto lens that offers up to 3x optical zoom. The iPhone 15 Pro model will also have a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, but without the periscope design.
The iPhone 15 Pro models will also feature a new A17 Bionic chip that will enhance their computational photography capabilities, such as night mode, portrait mode, HDR, and Smart HDR. The A17 Bionic chip will be exclusive to the Pro models, while the standard iPhone 15 models will run on an A16 Bionic chip that will still offer improved performance and efficiency over the previous generation.
The iPhone 15 series will also come with other features that are expected from Apple’s flagship phones, such as OLED displays with variable refresh rates up to 120Hz for smooth scrolling and gaming, wireless charging with MagSafe compatibility, water resistance with IP68 rating, Face ID with improved accuracy and speed, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, and iOS 15 with new features such as Focus mode, Live Text, SharePlay, and more.
The iPhone 15 series will also have different storage options and colors to choose from. The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models will start with 128GB of storage, while the Pro models will start with 256GB.
Price and availability
The iPhone 15 series is expected to launch at an Apple event on September 12 (September 13 in the Philippines), and go on sale on September 22. The prices for the iPhone 15 series are likely to remain the same as the iPhone 14 series, which means $799 for the iPhone 15, $899 for the iPhone 15 Plus, $1,099 for the iPhone 15 Pro, and $1,199 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, some analysts have suggested that Apple may increase the prices slightly due to rising costs of components and supply chain issues.
These rumors may or may not reflect the reality of the iPhone 15 series, but we’ll soon find out the truth when they launch in a few days.