The iPhone 15 is still a few months away, but the rumours are already starting to build. Apple blogosphere favorite Ming Chi-Kuo predicts solid-state volume and power buttons that act like Mac trackpads.
The Dynamic Island notch feature that made its debut on the iPhone 14 Pro could be rolled out to non-Pro models this year, according to supply chain analyst Ross Young. Additionally, he expects iPhone 15 Pro Max features such as the Telephoto and Ultra Wide lens to swap positions.
Ultra Wide Angle Lens
The iPhone 15 will get a new ultra wide angle lens to take in more scenery and shots for selfies. The new feature will be a significant upgrade over the current 3x zoom offered on most Apple phones.
The phone is also expected to have a periscope optical zoom feature that will offer 6x optical zoom, according to tipster Revengus. However, the feature is likely to be exclusive to the top-of-the-line iPhone 15 Pro Max model that will also have a state-of-the-art A17 chip.
Apple will also swap out the headphone jack for USB-C in the iPhone 15. The move shouldn’t impact functionality but could push up component costs.
In another significant change, the non-Pro models will support Thunderbolt 3 data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, which is significantly faster than the 3.2Gbps that the standard iPhone 14 model supports.
Leakers have also been predicting that the iPhone 15 will have solid-state volume buttons that will provide haptic feedback when used. These new buttons will be located on the sides of the device and may have a rounded design. MacRumors has seen dummy models of the phone that have these haptic buttons and they seem to work well. This is a welcome update for those who have been looking for a way to improve their iPhone’s usability.
Expanded Smart HDR functionality
Apple’s Smart HDR feature allows users to take photos in low-light and at night with better contrast by combining multiple exposures. The iPhone 15 is expected to improve on this feature by taking advantage of new image signal processing hardware. This will allow the camera to capture more details, while also reducing noise and improving brightness.
Apple is expected to use a new sensor for the iPhone 15. This will likely be a Sony IMX258 sensor with a large pixel size for better low-light performance.
The iPhone 15 is also expected to move to USB-C for charging. This is due to a change in regulations that require manufacturers to produce devices with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector.
This will not only make the iPhone 15 more compatible with accessories, but it will also help to improve water resistance.
Other rumors suggest that the iPhone 15 will keep the basic squared off design that it started with the iPhone 12. This is likely to be a positive as the design has been well received by users. Another possible change is that the iPhone 15 will offer a dual-sensor camera. This could be a significant upgrade over the single lens on the iPhone 14. This will be more beneficial in certain applications, such as zoom and optical image stabilisation.
AI Powered Features
The iPhone 15 is set to make major upgrades to its design and camera technology. According to rumors, the standard iPhone model will get a new USB-C port instead of Lightning, while the Pro models will introduce a redesign for the Face ID cutout known as Dynamic Island. Moreover, the iPhone 15 Ultra will offer a new 2TB storage option and an exclusive periscope camera with up to 5x optical zoom.
Additionally, the iPhone 15 series will reportedly support wireless charging with up to 15W from MagSafe or Qi2 third-party accessories, which is significantly faster than the current top speed of 7.5W. This should help Apple keep up with the competition in the smartphone market that is quickly moving towards wireless charging as a default feature.
The new iPhone 15 models will use Qualcomm modem chips instead of the in-house A series chip that Apple used for the past few years. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new chip will be based on a 7nm process that can provide better performance while also cutting down power consumption. The chip is also expected to improve on the A16 Bionic chip by doubling its signal saturation in every pixel. This will allow the new sensors in the iPhone 15 to cut down on over- iphone 15 series or underexposure while providing sharper and more natural images.