New Apple Leak Reveals iPhone 15 Design Shock

01/31 Update below. This post was originally published on January 28

Apple surprised iPhone fans last year with a huge difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Now a new leak has shown that the gap between them will grow with the iPhone 15 line-up.

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Working with Apple leaker Unknownz21, MacRumors revealed many details and design differences between the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models, with information obtained from internal Apple documents. Unknownz21 has an amazing track record, when a first version of iOS was available 14 months before release.

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The leaker’s new information may not go down well with iPhone buyers on a budget. MacRumors said the documents it received “confirm” that Apple’s new 3nm A17 chipset will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models, such as a redesigned chassis with power and volume buttons. The phones’ connectivity is different, with Wi-Fi 6E reserved for the Pros – something that previous leaks didn’t reveal.

For the latter, given its diversity (for example, all iPhone 14 models use Wi-Fi 6), Unknownz21 released the document. He called this “the tip of the iceberg,” with new leaks, including full images, to follow before the EVT (Engineering Validation Test) stage, which begins in March.

Considering how many leaks have told us that the iPhone 15 Pro will have more advanced cameras and unique ProMotion displays, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are nowhere near parity with their siblings.

01/30 Update: more news about Apple’s 2023 iPhone plans, or what will never happen. Ming-Chi Kuo revised his prediction that a foldable iPhone will arrive in 2023, telling Apple has changed its mind to first set up an iPad.

Kuo said that Apple is working on a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand, which will be lighter and more durable. He points out that Apple has a supplier for this part, Anje Technology. Kuo explained that the launch in 2024 is better, but he is “positive” about the current situation and the ability of the device to “increase shipments and improve the combination of products.”

Former Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman shown Apple is working on a clamshell iPad design with the bottom part of the iPad working as a keyboard when typing. Gurman predicts it won’t be released until 2026, which would put it up against two of the sector’s heavyweights. Apple fans believe Kuo is right.

01/31 Update: Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed more information about Apple’s upcoming iPhone plans. The journalist state The iPhone 15 Pro Max (aka ‘Ultra’) is the only iPhone 15 model to sport a periscope camera, which allows for maximum optical zoom.

This backs up his previous leaks, but the news Kuo says won’t be part of a wider shift for the iPhone to periscope cameras — at least for a few years:

“As previously predicted, the highest model of the new 2H23 iPhone 15 model (15 Pro Max or 15 Ultra) will use the periscope camera. The market believes that the addition of cameras periscope in the new iPhone models will require the application for the extension of lenses in 2023-2024. But my new research shows that only one / high level of the new iPhone 16 model in 2H24 will have the periscope camera, not the two features that the market expected.

This comes as a surprise to iPhone fans, given the widespread use of periscope cameras in competing smartphones. Also, it shows that Apple is looking to increase the feature diversity in the iPhone Pro models.

Yes, the longer battery life is the advantage of the iPhone Pro Max, but it comes down to the physical size rather than the desire from Apple to lower the iPhone Pro. However, periscope cameras don’t need a Pro Max-sized chassis. Making a mental visual difference (not a result of physical size) is not a line that Apple has already walked with iPad Pro and MacBook Pro.

In fact, the last time Apple tried it was with a second rear camera setup on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in 2017. Even in this incarnation of the iPhone, the Plus is the similar to today’s Pro models.

Apple is the master of the product category, but this is a problem. In conjunction with the global price increase it is expected to introduce the iPhone 15 lineup later this year.

Apple is taking a big risk here. Sales of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have been subdued, with consumers opting to pass on the higher price of the Pro models over carrier contracts for the obvious benefits they offer. brought. So expanding that gap may not give the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus a sales boost.

According to the leaks, Apple’s solution is a simple keyboard and mouse design. Apple’s flagship is said to bring the Dynamic Island design to standard models. The iPhone 15 Pro costs a lot more. Whether the gamble will pay off, only time will tell.

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