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Even though the supposed "iPhone 15" won't launch until late 2023, several hints about this device are already surfacing. Publicly filed patent applications, early supply chain rumors, and features inferred from Apple's general product strategy can paint a somewhat clear picture of the future product.
Apple's naming conventions aren't easy to predict because the infamous "s" could pop up for any annual iPhone release. Apple called the 2022 device iPhone 14, so we've chosen to refer to the 2023 model as "iPhone 15."
Alternatively, Apple could eschew numbers entirely in the coming years. The company's other product lines often go through name changes to address specific design alterations or other changes, so iPhone could see that occur eventually. Suggestions for alternate names include "iPhone Pro" or "iPhone (2023)" to simplify naming.
One rumor suggests Apple will dump the "Pro Max" name from its convention and switch to "Ultra" for its biggest, most premium model. This change wouldn't be unheard of, especially now that the non-pro 6.7-inch iPhone is referred to as "Plus."
Known "iPhone 15" Rumors
Apple may have just announced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill. New information about upcoming devices is always pouring in from supply chain sources and industry analysts.
Titanium curved edges
The rim around iPhone 15 Pro models could be made from titanium and feature a rounded edge design similar to the MacBook Pro lineup. The back edge would curve slightly as it meets the back glass panel.
A curved edge made from titanium would have a premium look and feel
This material change from stainless steel could decrease the weight of the phone significantly. Apple could choose to polish the titanium and have a similar finish to the existing stainless steel rim.
End of the Lightning Port
The iPhone could finally be moving to USB-C after a decade of using the Lightning port. This aging port replaced the 30-pin connector and offered novelty features like a reversible port and a more water-tight enclosure.
Some customers have urged Apple to move to USB-C in the iPhone since the connector has become more ubiquitous. On the other hand, the prevalence of Lightning connectors across Apple's product line makes such a shift difficult. The number of iPhone users with Lightning ports in their iPhones, iPads, and AirPods far outnumber Mac users with USB-C ports.
The iPhone 15 Ultra could finally get USB-C with Thunderbolt speeds
Apple is caught in another lose-lose situation for its PR team. Like when it transferred from the 30-pin connector, it will face heavy scrutiny from customers and regulators alike. Some locations haven't finished transitioning from the previous connector, with gyms and other businesses still using equipment with 30-pin connectors. The same will be true for a transition from Lightning.
Supply chain analyst and sometimes leaker Ming-Chi Kuo shared that Apple may introduce USB-C to the iPhone in 2023. It isn't clear if this is based on supply chain data or a leak, but he did say he took a survey. Presumably, the survey would have been taken from his supply chain consultants, but that isn't known.
AirPods Pro 2 still use Lightning
The European Union has passed legislation that requires smartphone manufacturers to adopt the USB-C port as a uniform connector by 2024. However, the two-year deadline for the requirement gives Apple enough time to perfect another option entirely — going portless.
Rumors had previously indicated that Apple will remove all ports from its iPhone lineup in the near future, and USB-C will never make it onto iPhone. Those rumors haven't panned out, and it seems USB-C is going to happen in 2023.
In late 2022, Apple is still releasing products with a Lightning port. The latest AirPods Pro 2 still use the connector despite rumors of Apple moving away from it in less than a year. The updated Siri Remote did shift to USB-C, a sign of the upcoming transition.
Rumors suggest that Apple could include Thunderbolt capabilities in the iPhone 15 Pro. That would enable the fast transfer of large files like ProRes video.
Since their inception, having a physical connector for transferring power and data has been a staple of portable electronics. Despite that, Apple may ditch the physical connector entirely in favor of alternatives likeMagSafecharging, Qi charging, wireless data transfer, and smart connectors.
Apple could remove the Lightning port in the 'iPhone 15'
There aren't many apparent reasons why Apple would want to ditch a physical connector, but like the headphone jack before it, the company may be seeking more internal space for components. In addition, while a USB-C port can be waterproofed, having no connector at all would ensure improved water integrity.
For Apple to achieve a portless iPhone, it must first offer users suitable alternatives. The port is currently used for many accessories, from SD card dongles to musical recording equipment. Apple isn't likely to entirely remove such vital functionality from iPhone, though customers may have to pay for a new adapter.
Even Apple's own CarPlay uses the physical port to connect. Unfortunately, most modern vehicles don't come standard with wireless CarPlay, so again, Apple will have to address those customers. An obvious half-step solution would be to include a magnetic Smart Connector like on some iPad models.
MagSafe could provide a data connection in the future
Rumors of a Smart Connector coming to iPhone have circulated since the connector's inception on the first iPad Pro in 2015. Although the three-prong connection supports some data transfer, it isn't suitable for large files or streams of information.
Apple's MagSafe accessory system for iPhone is another possible solution. Though the current iteration only supports power transfer on the iPhone 13, a future version could include some data transfer elements.
Of course, Apple could decide to leave behind legacy use cases and tout its multiple iPhone models that still sport the Lightning connector for legacy customers. Alternatively, by 2023, Bluetooth accessories, AirPlay, wireless data transfer, and other tools could be advanced enough to remove a physical connector. Although, there will always be a group adversely affected by such a move, like developers.
Return of Touch ID
Touch ID was replaced by Face ID when Apple introduced the iPhone X. The reason for the move was to enable all-screen displays with no Home Button taking up prime real estate. Apple also said Face ID was much more secure than Touch ID, with a one million to one chance of a false positive unlock.
An in-screen fingerprint sensor has been rumored for the 2023 iPhone
However, it wasn't a solution without its problems, as Face ID needed to see a user's eyes, nose, and mouth to unlock the device. This solved the problem of trying to unlock an iPhone with soiled fingers, but now users couldn't easily unlock their phones when covering their face for any reason.
When the pandemic struck, this created an unprecedented issue with Face ID as iPhone users around the globe donned masks. Users complained of the now-impeded unlocking process and demanded Apple bring back Touch ID as a solution.
Instead, Apple offered a compromise for Apple Watch owners. If Face ID detected the user was wearing a mask, it would verify if the Apple Watch was authenticated then unlock the iPhone. Of course, this solution applied only to Apple Watch wearers — a much smaller population than iPhone users.
Apple announced a new version of Touch ID for the iPad Air 4, and later the iPad mini 6, which moved Touch ID to the power button. This ramped up speculation that Apple would surely include Touch ID in the iPhone 13's power button, but to no avail.
Rumors and patents show that Apple has been working on a Touch ID solution for iPhone, but not in the power button. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will implement Touch ID under the display by 2023. The technology was originally targeted for iPhone 14 but has been delayed to the "iPhone 15."
Android devices have used under-display fingerprint readers since at least 2018 to some success. But as with 120Hz display refresh, Apple likely wants the technology to be perfected before implementing it in their smartphone.
If Apple is to bring back Touch ID to its premium iPhone lineup, the earliest it could arrive is 2022, though Kuo says it is expected in 2023.
A new camera system could be used on the "iPhone 15" to enable more optical zoom. The iPhone could have a much longer zoom by utilizing a folding camera system within the device to put more space between the lens and the sensor. It isn't clear if this would replace Apple's existing Telephoto lens or add a fourth lens with this capability.
The periscope lens found within the Samsung S21 Ultra
While the iPhone 14 Pro can zoom to 3x, a 77mm equivalent, that isn't too distant a zoom. The 77mm focal length is great for portraits or getting closer to a relatively close subject, but it still isn't enough for wildlife photography or sporting events. Those situations require much longer lenses to capture the subject.
Samsung utilizes periscoping and algorithms to enable clear capture of subjects at 100x magnification. Thanks to the long lens hidden away within the phone's body, this is possible. Apple has been testing such a lens for future iPhones, but it isn't clear if or when it will be implemented.
Like in-display Touch ID, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted this technology would emerge in the "iPhone 14" but pushed that prediction back to the 2023 iPhone. Such technology needs space within a device to operate, so other space-saving features like removing the Lightning port could coincide with its release.
Kuo released another report in December 2021, restating that the "iPhone 15" may have a periscope lens system. It is still unclear if this is an upgrade to the existing telephoto lens or if it will be included as a new fourth lens.
According to supply chain reports released in April 2022, multiple manufacturers have been tapped to produce components needed for a periscope camera system. The components are allegedly on order for use in the "iPhone 15."
Apple 5G Modem
Apple's troubled history with modems has led the company to build its own. When Intel exited the modem business, Apple purchased it from under them.
In the interim, Apple has used Qualcomm to provide 5G modems to the iPhone. This renewed partnership may extend much longer than initially expected, as Apple has allegedly stopped development of in-house Wi-Fi and cellular chips.
Apple likes to control its device experience top to bottom, and including the modem in that stack may benefit the user. Not only will it be cheaper to use in-house modems, but Apple will also be better able to integrate modem technology into its custom Apple Silicon.
It is expected that Apple will resume development of its in-house wireless chipsets after the move to 3nm is completed for A17 and M3.
"iPhone 15 Fold"
The foldable market is new and still fighting many problems associated with the technology. From creased displays to poorly optimized software, it is still early days. Apple doesn't enter a market until it can ensure the usual quality the company proudly promotes.
The "iPhone Fold" could be announced in 2023
An "iPhone Fold" could arrive in 2024 as an ultra-premium in the "iPhone 15" lineup. It would be Apple's most expensive iPhone to date, likely sitting around $1,500 for the base model.
Patents show Apple has worked hard to develop technology specific to folding devices. They range from new hinge technology to folding batteries and bendable displays.
Little is known about Apple's plans for the foldable iPhone or if it will ever see the light of day. Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will release the device in 2024 or later.
Dynamic Island for all
With the iPhone 14 release, it is easier to predict the trajectory of the 2023 iPhone lineup. Apple didn't opt for a redesign in its most recent models, instead, the display technology was upgraded, and cameras got bigger.
Dynamic Island makes the Face ID sensor housing into an interactive UI element
One major difference in the iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island. The notch was replaced by a pill and hole punch sensor housing in the display. Rather than showing these separated elements, Apple connected them with a software element called Dynamic Island.
The feature is exclusive to pro models for now, but rumors suggest Apple will do away with the notch entirely in the "iPhone 15" lineup. This would mean every iPhone would get the Dynamic Island in 2023.
There may be more for the Dynamic Island to cover on the updated iPhone. Rumors suggest one model may have two selfie cameras, though the use case is unknown.
Two selfie cameras could mean improved portrait mode shots
Two selfie cameras may create an issue for the Dynamic Island software, as smaller devices will quickly run out of space to show app information on either side of the hardware. Apple could move more sensors under the glass and shrink the size of the housing to allow two cameras to fit neatly, but it isn't yet clear if that is its approach.
"iPhone 15" Price and Release Date
Predicting the price of a device that will be released so far in the future isn't exactly a science, but looking at Apple's pricing trends can give a hint. Apple didn't deviate from its usual pricing structure for iPhone 14, and as long as the economy doesn't drastically change, it could do the same in 2023.
Apple could introduce a new storage tier at 2TB for the iPhone to make space for its increasingly demanding features like ProRes video. That could bring an iPhone's price dangerously close to $2,000. Also,"iPhone 15 Fold" would be sold as an ultra-premium model and likely start at around $1,499.
Apple is expected to announce its "iPhone 15" lineup in September 2023.
Can my iPhone automatically answer calls? ›
You can automatically direct the audio of phone or FaceTime calls to the iPhone speaker, a Bluetooth headset, or your hearing devices. iPhone can also automatically answer calls after a specific duration.Will iPhone 15 Ultra have 4 cameras? ›
iPhone 15 camera
Leaks so far agree that the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models will use a dual rear camera system, the Pro model will have a triple camera system and only the Ultra model will come with four rear cameras.
iPhone 15: models
This time, the standard iPhone 15 is expected to have a 6.2-inch display, a slight change from the iPhone's 14's 6.1-inch display. Other phones, including the iPhone 15 Pro, the iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, are expected to keep the same screen sizes as last year.
The first issue fixed in iOS 15.6. 1 is a vulnerability in the iPhone Kernel tracked as CVE-2022-32894 that could allow an application to execute code with kernel privileges. “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the iPhone maker says on its support page.How do I change the answering options on my iPhone? ›
Tap Message, then choose a default reply or tap Custom. To create your own default replies, go to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text, then tap any default message and replace it with your own text.Is iPhone 16 coming out? ›
After announcing its big yearly operating system update in its WWDC keynote on June 6, 2022, and following months of beta testing, Apple made iOS 16 available to be installed on iPhones on September 12, 2022, followed by iPadOS 16.1 on October 24.Which iPhone should i buy in 2023? ›
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro (128GB) - Sierra Blue.
- Apple iPhone 11 (64GB) - Black.
- Apple iPhone 14 Pro 256GB Space Black.
- Apple iPhone X (64GB) - Silver.
- Apple iPhone 12 (64GB) - White.
The iPhone 14 was made available on September 16, 2022, and iPhone 14 Plus was made available on October 7, 2022, priced at $799 and $899 respectively and was launched with iOS 16. Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus began on September 9, 2022.Should I upgrade my iPhone to 15? ›
You should stay using iOS 15 if: Restrictions on your device from a third-party prevent you from updating. You are concerned about an app or accessory not yet being supported in iOS 16. You are concerned about bugs and prefer to remain using an older OS that has had over a year of bug fixes.What is the refresh rate of iPhone 15 plus? ›
Display and Camera
A 6.71-inch OLED is present on top of Apple iPhone 15 Plus. This display offers a 120Hz refresh rata along with 1200 nits brightness.
Is iPhone Update 15 good? ›
The Bottom Line
While it lacks the major changes introduced in version 14, iOS 15 is more of an evolutionary update, adding many new convenience features and improvements to Apple's built-in apps. Still, it's the slickest mobile operating system around.
iOS 15.6. 1 has just been released and Apple is urging users to update as soon as possible. Updates give the tech firm a chance to correct glitches and keep the device secure from new threats. The latest update fixes a major concern around people's personal security on their iPhones which could have had serious issues.How do I know if my iPhone has been hacked? ›
- iPhone overheating and constant low battery. This is normally a sign that a process is running in the background without your knowledge. ...
- You're informed of strange messages from contacts. ...
- Mysterious messages and texts. ...
- iPhone performance has dropped. ...
- High data usage.
So What Do You Get? Apple's iOS 15.6. 1 release notes are minimal, saying only: “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” Yes, the update has no new features, but the big news can be found on Apple's official security page.How can I answer my phone without swiping up? ›
- 1 Head into your Settings and tap on Accessbility.
- 2 Select Interaction and dexterity.
- 3 Tap on Assistant menu.
- 4 Toggle this setting on.
- 5 Toggle on Replace Swipe with Single Tap.
- Launch the Settings app.
- Go to Accessibility.
- Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section and tap on Touch option.
- Tap on 'Call Audio Routing'
- Turn on the Auto-Answer Calls toggle.
Answering and ending calls setting
- Open the Phone app > tap More options (three vertical dots) > tap Settings.
- Tap Answering and ending calls.
- Adjust answering and ending calls options.
The secret behind this iPhone phenomena is the lock feature. When your iPhone is locked and a call comes in, you only have the option to “slide to answer.” However, when the phone is unlocked, you can either accept or decline the call.How do I make my iPhone answer easier? ›
How do i answer my iphone without touching the screen. In Accessibility, there is an Auto Answer function. Go to Settings>Accessibility>Touch>Call Audio Routing>Auto-Answer Calls. Turn that on.How do I customize automatic replies on iPhone? ›
- Go to Settings > Focus, then tap Driving.
- Tap Auto-Reply.
- Select an option, like No One, Recents, Favorites, or All Contacts.
When did iPhone 17 release? ›
iOS 17 release date.
|Operating System||Release Date|
|iOS 16||2022, September 12th|
|iOS 17||2023, mid-September|
Apple in 2024 may introduce a new high-end iPhone 16 "Ultra" that would be sold alongside the iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max as a more expensive, feature rich option. This guide highlights everything we've heard about the possibility of an iPhone Ultra.Is the iPhone 16 waterproof? ›
Just to be clear, no iPhone out there is completely waterproof. If you leave a phone in water or some other liquid for long enough, it's gonna die.Which iPhone will last longest? ›
|Rank||Model||Battery life (Hours)|
|1||iPhone 13 Pro Max||9hrs 52mins|
|2||iPhone 11 pro Max||8hrs 29mins|
|3||iPhone 13 Pro||8hr 17Mins|
|4||iPhone 13||7hr 45mins|
While some years yield a bigger leap over its predecessors than others, my general rule of thumb with iPhone remains the same: don't buy a new iPhone every year, as you won't notice much difference over what you're used to. iPhone 14 is no exception.Which iPhone is best of all time? ›
- iPhone: the one that changed everything.
- iPhone 4: Retina Display and advanced photography.
- iPhone 5s: the jump to 64-bit and Touch ID.
- iPhone 6s: the start of the 12MP iPhone era.
- iPhone 7 Plus: professional portraits and camera zoom.
- iPhone X: new era of iPhone.
How much the iPhone 14 costs. There are three options when it comes to picking up the base iPhone 14, depending on how much internal storage space you want. The iPhone 14 is offered with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB for $799, $899, and $1,099, respectively.What is the price of iPhone 14 Pro in dollars? ›
United States (1 USD= ₹81): The starting price is $799 ( ₹64,719) for iPhone, $899 ( ₹72,819) for Plus, $999 ( ₹80,919) for Pro, and $1,099 ( ₹89,019) for Pro Max.How much will iPhone 13 price drop when 14 comes out? ›
It was obvious to expect a price cut for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 after the launch of the new iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 13 will now come with a price tag of Rs. 69,990 for the 128GB model, a price cut of Rs. 10,000 from the last seen pricing.How to get iPhone 16? ›
Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. You might have to tap Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and Install, or you'll be directed to Download and Install automatically.
Does iOS 15 slow down iPhone? ›
Even with older devices such as the first-generation iPhone SE, iOS 15 can be safely installed. Safari gets faster and the overall performance is not slowed down by the latest system.How many years should you Upgrade your iPhone? ›
As a rule of thumb, you can expect your phone to last anywhere between four and seven years. iPhone models almost always receive iOS updates long after their launch date. In 2021, the iPhone 6—released in 2014—was still able to install iOS 14 updates.Which iPhone has the fastest refresh rate? ›
To experience a faster refresh rate on a new iPhone, you'll need to spend a little extra and buy one of the Pro variants instead. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max both ship with a ProMotion display, which allows for an adaptive refresh rate of 1Hz to 120Hz.Will the iPhone 15 have 120Hz? ›
Apple's iPhone 15 reportedly won't feature 120Hz ProMotion display.Will iOS 15 use more battery? ›
With every new operating system update, there are complaints about battery life and rapid battery drain, and iOS 15 is no exception. Since iOS 15 was released, we've seen reports of issues with battery life, and an uptick in complaints with each new point release since then.What does 15.6 update do? ›
iOS 15.6 includes enhancements, bug fixes and security updates. This may be the last update to iOS 15 before the company's next mobile software, iOS 16, gets a wide release alongside the heavily rumored iPhone 14.Does iOS 15 have problems? ›
Common Problems With the iOS 15
A few problems you may experience with iOS 15: Stability issues. Your iPhone might be less responsive or crash when using iOS 15. Incompatible apps.
A light blue heart, grey Heart, donkey, moose, black bird, jellyfish, hair pick, maracas, flute, folding hand fan, pea pod, hyacinth, ginger, goose, wing, and a Khanda are among potential new additions. Each Emoji is subject to change prior to final approval as the new additions remain at the draft stage.Is iOS 15.5 worth updating? ›
This could have a huge impact for small businesses, stall traders, etc. It's also useful for getting friends/family to quickly pay their debts! And yet the most significant reason you should upgrade to iOS 15.5 is security. The official iOS 15.5 security page reveals no less than 34 security patches.Should I upgrade to iOS 15.7 or 16? ›
Unlike previous iOS 15 updates since September, the choice between iOS 15.7. 2 and iOS 16.2 comes down to which iPhone model you have. If you own an iPhone 8 or above and haven't updated yet, it's probably time to update to iOS 16.2. However, if you have an older iPhone, you'll want to apply iOS 15.7.
Can hackers see you through your iPhone? ›
Once hackers have physical access to your iPhone, they can install spyware (also known as "stalkerware") on the device. This software lets them see everything on your phone, including your geolocation and personal data.Can hackers see me through my iPhone? ›
Yes, a partner, parent, or even employer can gain remote, real-time access to your iPhone using spying software. Spyware can track your GPS location, record your keypad inputs such as credit card numbers and passwords, and monitor your calls, texts, app usage, emails, voice, and other personal data.Can you Unhack your phone? ›
Some Android manufacturers pre-install security apps that will allow you to remove any hacking apps from your device without the need to install anything else.Has Apple been hacked? ›
Technically, no Apple ID has ever been “hacked” (as Apple's servers themselves haven't been compromised at the time of this writing). But there are several ways for scammers to take over your account, including: If your device was stolen or lost. Someone who knows your password used it without your permission.How do I downgrade from iOS 15.6 to iOS 16? ›
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap General.
- Scroll down and tap VPN & Device Management.
- Under Configuration Profile, tap iOS 16 Beta Software Profile.
- Tap the Remove Profile button.
iOS 15 is the fifteenth major release of the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple for its iPhone and iPod Touch lines of products. It was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, 2021, as the successor to iOS 14, and released to the public on September 20, 2021.Why do incoming calls go straight to voicemail on my iPhone? ›
Why Does My iPhone Go Straight To Voicemail When Someone Calls? Your iPhone typically goes straight to voicemail because your iPhone has no service, Do Not Disturb is turned on, or a Carrier Settings update is available.Why does my iPhone go straight to answer? ›
Check you haven't turned on silent mode
Another possibility is that you have turned your phone to silent mode and are missing calls because you can't hear them. Check the slider on the side of your iPhone and make sure that it's not muted.
Set up Voice Control
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Voice Control. Tap Set Up Voice Control, then tap Continue to start the file download. appears in the status bar to indicate Voice Control is turned on.
In the accessibility menu it's an option to turn off swiping to answer calls.
How do I stop my calls from going to voicemail automatically? ›
On an Android device, the exact steps may differ by brand and model, but in general, you'll open the Phone app first, select the three dots, then Settings, then Calls. Tap on Call Forwarding and make sure it's turned off.Why does my iPhone have different answering options? ›
The answer is deceptively straightforward: If your iPhone screen is locked, the slide-to-answer bar appears, but if your screen is unlocked and open, the decline and answer buttons will show.Why did my call go straight to voicemail without ringing? ›
Among the handful of things that might automatically send your calls to voicemail is your phone's Do Not Disturb mode, blocked numbers, call forwarding, Bluetooth connections, and your phone's SIM card. Whether you accidentally activated any of these phone features or forgot you turned them on, don't fret.Why is my iPhone not ringing when someone calls? ›
The most common reason an iPhone won't ring is that the Ring/Silent switch (Silent Mode) is turned on. When Silent Mode is on, you'll see an orange band next to the Ring/Silent switch, which is located on the upper-left side of your device, just above the Volume buttons.How do I get my iPhone to ring again? ›
Make sure that your iPhone's Ring/Silent switch isn't in the Silent position. You can find this switch on the left side of the phone, above the volume controls. It should be closer to the screen. If it's flipped down (with a red band visible), it's set to silent.Is there a way to answer your phone with your voice? ›
Phone calls: Voice Access automatically starts when your phone rings, letting you use your voice to decline or answer the call. You can also set up Voice Access so that it stays on during phone calls. Learn how to change these settings in Voice Access settings.How do you answer a call with your voice? ›
Incoming calls will show up as notifications on your Android phone, then you just need to say “hey Google, answer call” (or something along those lines) to pick up without lifting a finger. You can also use the “reject call” command if it's someone you don't want to speak to right now.