Apple iPhone 15: latest news, rumors and everything we know so far

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Apple’s next vanilla iPhone could be getting a price hike

Nine months have passed since the launch of Apple’s iPhone 14 line, so it’s high time we looked ahead to what the iPhone 15 might bring to the mobile table in 2023.

The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro leaks are now appearing in earnest, with rumors concerning everything from the phones’ display and camera credentials to their price and availability. We’re also hearing that an iPhone 15 Ultra could be arriving in place of a Pro Max iPhone this year, which could really shake things up. 

So, to give you an early idea of what to expect from Apple’s next vanilla iPhone, we’ve put together this one-stop-shop guide to all the latest news, rumors and predictions about the iPhone 15, which we’ll be updating with new information throughout the year.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Apple’s 2023 base-level smartphone
  • When is it out? Likely September 2023
  • How much will it cost? Possible price increase over iPhone 14
  • Likely to launch in the first half of September
  • The shipping date will probably be a week or so later

We haven’t heard any iPhone 15 release date or launch date rumors yet, but that’s to be expected – they rarely occur more than a month before the launch event itself.

For the iPhone 14, that event fell on September 7, with three of the four phones going on sale over a week later, on September 16 (and the iPhone 14 Plus on October 7). Apple generally picks the first or second week of September for its launches, and usually opts for a Tuesday, though occasionally goes for a Wednesday event.

In 2023, that means September 5 or 12 are quite likely launch days for the iPhone 15 (both are Tuesdays), though September 6 and 13 are possibilities, too.

IPHONE 15 PRICE

  • Price expected to be higher than the iPhone 15 across the globe

Naturally, we don’t yet know the price of the iPhone 15, but we can make an educated guess at the figure using a combination of rumors and the launch prices of the iPhone 14: 

  • 128GB: $799 / £849 / AU$1,339
  • 256GB: $899 / £959 / AU$1,579
  • 512GB: $1,099 / £1,179 / AU$1,899

Initially, we expected the iPhone 15 to match the iPhone 14 for price, with a starting price of $799 / £849 / AU$1,339 looking likely. Recently, however, analysts have predicted that the iPhone 15 will cost more than the iPhone 14, owing to increased production costs on Apple’s part. 

If accurate, a series-wide price increase for the iPhone 15 line would mark the first of its kind in the US since 2017. International markets have seen price increases as recently as last year’s iPhone 14 line.

Apple may also opt to forgo the 128GB storage option with the iPhone 15, as other manufacturers – including Samsung and Oppo – have done with their respective 2023 flagships. As such, the iPhone 15 will likely start at $899 / £959 / AU$1,579 (for the 256GB model) as a bare minimum.

IPHONE 15 CAMERA AND BATTERY

  • Will likely ship with a 48MP main sensor

The iPhone 14’s rear camera boasts the following dual-sensor setup:

  • 12MP main (26mm, f/1.5)
  • 12MP ultra-wide (13mm, f/2.4)

IPHONE 15 SPECS AND FEATURES

Sticking with chipsets, it seems likely that Qualcomm will be supplying the 5G modem again. The Snapdragon X70 looks certain to get picked for the iPhone 15, offering improved performance from the Snapdragon X65 in the iPhone 14.

As for the other specs, we’ve heard predictions that the Pro models are going to make the jump to 8GB of RAM with the iPhone 15. Another difference between the Pro and non-Pro models could be support for Wi-Fi 6E in the case of the Pro models.

As mentioned, we might also see a USB-C port included on every iPhone 15 model, though reports suggest that only the Pro models will offer upgraded data transfer speeds. This has now been stated by multiple sources.

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra could apparently have data transfer speeds of either 20Gbps or 40Gbps, while the standard iPhone 15 will reportedly be stuck with the same 480Mbps speeds as the current models.

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