It’s only been a few months since the iPhone 14 series came out but the rumours are already swirling around the next lineup of Apple smartphones. In a research note for Haitong International Securities, tech analyst Jeff Pu put up his expectations of some of the iPhone 15’s specs.
According to Pu, the 2023 lineup will feature a 6.1-inch display for iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro while the Plus and Pro Max models will carry a 6.7-inch screen instead. He also believes that the Pro models will be outfitted with a titanium frame as well as solid-state volume and power buttons that will include haptic feedback from two additional Taptic Engines, which sounds similar to the implementation of the Force Touch trackpad on MacBooks.
Internally, the analyst expects a RAM upgrade from 6GB as per the current 14 Pro models to 8GB for the 15 Pro devices. Of course, the Pro models will reportedly also be running on the A17 Bionic chipset made with TSMC’s 3nm process — TSMC recently announced that it has already started mass-producing the next-gen chips in southern Taiwan.
As for the camera, the 15 Pro Max is expected to feature a periscope lens design for better optical zoom, with the 14 Pro’s 48MP cameras will be used for the 15 and 15 Plus. On a related note, the top of the lineup might not even be called Pro Max as Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has previously reported that it might be replaced with the “Ultra” moniker.
Pu also said that all four iPhone 15 models will include a USB-C port, along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X70 modem for 5G and LTE. In case you missed the news, Apple will be fitting iPhones with a USB-C port for the first time as a new EU law is forcing the tech giant’s hand into making the move.
However, seeing as how the legislation won’t be enforced until 2024, it’s not guaranteed that the company will adopt the standard for this year’s iPhone as they could potentially delay it to the iPhone 16.
The EU law will also apply to other consumer electronics such as headsets and earbuds, which means that Apple’s AirPods lineup will also have to use USB-C when it comes into force.
That being said, even if we did see an iPhone or AirPods with the universal charging port, it probably won’t last long as the Cupertino-based company is rumoured to be planning on fully transitioning its devices to wireless charging to get around the legislation.
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