8/15 update below. This article was originally published on August 12
New leaks of Apple’s iPhone 15 series revealed multiple updates, including images of new USB-C ports and edges, and a possible surprise upgrade for older iPhone generations as well.
First, a pair of images showing the alleged USB-C component that Apple will use across the iPhone 15 range have been posted by sporadic sources. While the sources are new, a credible Unknownz21 insider commented, “Upon closer inspection – key details match up perfectly, this appears to be the real deal.”
USB-C is a big deal for iPhone users. And while Apple is forced to change due to upcoming international legislation, this move will enable iPhone owners to finally carry one cable to charge their iPads, iPhones, and MacBooks. iPhone and Android owners will also be able to share cables for the first time.
Less discussed is that the move also opens up the possibility for Apple to provide faster data and charging speeds to iPhones, which have lagged behind Android competitors for some time. Early leaks claimed that the iPhone 15 Pro models might come with Thunderbolt 4 performance (40,000Mbit/s), which is an impressive upgrade over the current USB 2.0 speeds (480Mbit/s). Either way, the option is now open to such speeds.
Next, celebrity insider Majin Bu shared upcoming screen protectors for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which highlight their ultra-thin bezels. It is expected to have a thickness of just 1.5 mm, breaking the record set by Xiaomi 13 (1.81 mm). It’s also approximately 20% and 30% thinner than the edges of the Galaxy S23 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro, respectively.
While Apple is already under fire for its lack of innovation in this year’s models, this is a truly impressive feat of engineering. It is also set to pave the way for larger screens in the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max in 2024.
Finally, in an interesting development, Apple appears to have confirmed the existence of its iPhone 15 lineup, as well as new versions of the iPhone 14 in the tvOS 17 beta code.
discover before @aaronp613, the symbol indicates iPhone15.4, iPhone15.5, iPhone16.1, and iPhone16.2. Apple version numbers refer to the generation of its chip, not its model number, so iPhone15,x uses the A16 chip (iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max) and iPhone16,x is the A17 (iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max).
Why would Apple update the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max a year after their launch? One reliable theory is that Apple will launch a line with USB-C ports, since they will likely be on sale when the EU sales ban is imposed. Apple has also used USB-C in all of its Pro-branded products, other than the iPhone, for some time now, so it will bring consistency in bands.
In addition to these leaks, iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max buyers are expected to see upgrades to a titanium body, a new solid-state action button, and a UWB upgrade. Standard iPhone 15 models will move to the Dynamic Island design, and the entire lineup is leaning toward cooler, smarter stacked battery technology.
Price hikes may turn some buyers away, but with the understanding that stock is limited at launch, anyone keen to upgrade should still move quickly.
Update 08/14: It looks like Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max redesign plans will carry over to the entry-level iPhone much sooner than expected.
in new mail Over the weekend, Unknownz21 revealed the major design changes Apple is planning for the iPhone SE4 in 2024:
- The design is inspired by iPhone 14
- USB C
- face id
- start button
While the first couple were expected, the last two were a real surprise. Face ID is much more expensive to produce than the Touch ID fingerprint sensor used in current iPhone SE models, while the inclusion of an action button means Apple’s budget iPhone will have it while the more expensive iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus don’t.
Apple is known for incorporating the latest technology into its cheaper models, but certainly not so quickly, as the late shift away from the iPhone 8’s iPhone SE-inspired design shows. However, there has been speculation that the action button coming to the iPhone 15 Pro models will save costs. Compared with the current physical mute switch, its increased durability and water resistance will bring more savings to Apple.
So why didn’t Apple introduce the action button for all iPhone 15 models? The most reasonable answer would be size. iPhones are selling on an unprecedented scale, and as a new manufacturing process, introducing it to the entire iPhone 15 lineup is a risk. In the current situation, any problems would only affect half of the models.
So why take the risk with the professionals? Apple really doesn’t have a choice because the company will have to justify adding a new feature only to the standard iPhone 15 models. This also takes the shine off the upgrade and makes it look like a cost-cutting exercise that will later be forced on iPhone Pro models.
Update 08/15: More iPhone 15 components have been leaked online thanks to Majin Bu. dropout to publish New images, including filled slide details.
“You can see the chip packed into the iPhone 15 series. The model is the 3LD3. Because it is a self-designed chip, the function cannot be judged by the model. Judging from the same type of plastic chips packaged in the past, this might be the transmission encoder setting.
Rumors about encryption have been circulating for some time, with fears that Apple would look to lock the USB-C port of the iPhone 15 range with Apple-certified cables, to circumvent the cause of the open standard being enforced by regulators, such as the European Union. union. Actually, Apple has He was already warned about such practices before release.
Majin Bu notes that the cables “must be compatible with all USB-C cables by law, so I think there’s no question from that point of view,” but the question is not whether or not they will work, but whether Apple will. or not. Restrict features such as fast charging or higher data transfer rates to certified cables.
Surprisingly, at this point, details about the performance of the USB-C implementation remain murky. And the leaks claimed that the iPhone 15 Pro models might be Output to 4K displays It operates at Thunderbolt 3 speeds (40Gbps). In contrast, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are claimed to be stuck at their current lightning speeds of just 480Mbps (0.48Gbps). However, these details have not leaked again in recent months, so there is some skepticism about their inclusion.
A similar argument can be made for fast charging. USB-C supports much higher charging rates than Lightning, but it remains to be seen if Apple will take advantage of this (either for all iPhone 15 models or just the Pros). In recent years, iPhones have fallen far behind Android competitors in this regard, but just a month after their launch, nothing has leaked to indicate that Apple will be looking to bridge the gap.
However, what is beyond doubt at this point is that USB-C will come to all iPhone 15 models. For years, this has been one of the changes most requested by iPhone customers, and now it will come — even if it takes international legislation to make the shift happen.
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