Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 lineup is expected to offer more storage, improved camera features and a new mute button. This year’s Pro models will also get MagSafe charging along with Qi2 support.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that next year’s iPhone 15 Pro models will feature solid-state power and volume buttons that mimic mechanical presses with haptic feedback. Cirrus Logic is believed to supply the components for this feature.
Apple’s cloud storage solution iCloud Drive offers 5GB of free storage with any iPhone or iPad, as well as paid plans ranging from $2.99 to $19.99 per month. iCloud Drive lets you store documents, photos, videos, and more, so they’re available across your devices.
iCloud Drive is integrated into many Apple apps, including iCloud Photo Library, iOS and Mac device backups, and messages and attachments in iCloud Mail. With iCloud Drive, you can access your files anywhere, and they’re automatically updated across all your devices.
The iPhone 15 Pro is rumored to get a massive upgrade in wired transfer speeds with the switch to USB-C, but the regular 2023 model will stick with Lightning, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The Pro models will be able to take advantage of USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3 support, which should boost data transfer rates to up to 40Gbps.
Other rumors have suggested that the iPhone 15 will also add support for reverse wireless charging, which would let you power your phone up from another nearby compatible accessory. This feature isn’t expected to be a part of the standard iPhone 15, though, because it requires a significant hardware redesign.
Apple’s camera technology has consistently raised the bar on mobile photography, and the iPhone 15 should bring even more significant improvements. Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will use Largan Precision as its sole supplier for a new periscope telephoto lens that will appear only on this year’s larger iPhone Pro Max.
This will be an excellent addition to the triple-lens camera system, which should offer improved optical zoom and more advanced photography modes. The iPhone 14 already uses a sensor-shift stabilization feature that counters vibrations by tilting the entire camera system. It’s great at eliminating the kind of motion you get when shooting a video in a car or walking down a sidewalk.
The iPhone 15 will also reportedly include a new UWB chip that improves Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to transfer data at gigabit-class speeds. This will help with features like the upcoming Apple TV 4K and Apple’s first standalone mixed reality headset, Vision Pro.
Finally, CAD files spotted by 9to5Mac show that the iPhone 15 will adopt USB-C for charging purposes. This will give it the same look and interface as other recent Apple devices, and should speed up data transfers when paired with a Mac or PC. The company is expected to eventually transition all its products to the new standard, which will be a big change from the Lightning port that has been in place since the iPhone X.
Almost every year Apple’s iPhone lineup receives a significant camera upgrade. The iPhone 15 series is expected to follow suit, bridging the gap between the standard models and their more premium Pro counterparts.
In non-technical terms, this means the iPhone 15’s main camera sensor should be able to capture more light and give the camera better control over handling exposure. This should help to reduce overexposure in bright conditions and combat underexposure in low-light situations where photo subjects can be drowned out by backlight.
Rumors also suggest that the iPhone 15 will use Sony’s newest image sensor. This sensor is said to double the saturation signal in each pixel, meaning photos will be less noisy and have more vibrant colors. The iPhone 15’s camera will also be able to recognize and adjust for backlight, something that all smartphones struggle with when attempting to take pictures in the sun.
Aside from these camera improvements, the rumors indicate that all iPhone 15 models will switch to USB-C and offer Thunderbolt speeds for moving large photo and video files quickly. Apple is also expected to include Dynamic Island introduced on this year’s iPhone 14 Pro in all of its new iPhone 15 devices.