Due to production issues at Apple’s suppliers’ factories in China, the iPhone 14 Pro and “iPhone 14 Pro” Max are backordered and virtually unstocked in stores. If you were planning to gift or receive an iPhone 14 Pro model for the holidays and haven’t gotten one yet, you’re basically out of luck because they’ll be gone by the end of December.
With the “iPhone 14 Pro” delays and rumors of some very enticing features coming to the high-end iPhone 15 models, you might just want to wait until September 2023 to upgrade. We’ve outlined some of the features you can expect, which might just be new additions to wait for.
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra
One reason the “iPhone 14 Pro” and “iPhone 14 Pro” Max are so in demand this year is that Apple has packed them with features that the standard iPhone 14 models just didn’t get . Faster processors, better cameras, and the dynamic island make the “iPhone 14 Pro” far more attractive than the iPhone 13-like “iPhone 14” models, and the same trend will continue for the “iPhone 15” Pro.
In fact, Apple could speed things up even more by giving the ‘iPhone 15’ Pro Max a better feature set than the ‘iPhone 15’ Pro, and rumors suggest it might even get a name to reflect the change -” iPhone 15″ Ultra. If you like the latest and greatest, Apple’s most premium “iPhone” yet might be worth the wait.
The entire iPhone 15 range is expected to switch to USB-C instead of Lightning in 2023. So if you’re a fan of using a single charger for your Mac, iPhone and iPad, the iPhone 15 models will appeal.
Apple is making this change to comply with a European law that requires smartphones and electronics to share a charger, but it wouldn’t make sense for the company to create a USB-C iPhone for just one region, so customers would need it worldwide benefit from it.
All iPhone 15 models will get USB-C, but rumors currently suggest that the iPhone 15 Pro models will support higher-speed data transfers. For example, if Apple adds Thunderbolt 3 support to the “iPhone 15” Pro models, transfer speeds could reach 40 Gb/s. With only USB 3.2, we can expect speeds of 20 Gb/s.
Faster A17 processor
The A16 was limited to the “iPhone 14 Pro” models, and the A17 is expected to be exclusive to the “iPhone 15” Pro models. The A17 could be the first chip built on TSMC’s next-generation 3-nanometer node, which would enable higher performance and lower power consumption.
Periscope Camera Lens
Apple is working on an improved optical zoom made possible by periscope lens technology, which may be limited to the iPhone 15 Ultra. Periscope lenses are expensive and take up space, which is why Apple could use this as motivation to get people to choose the high-end iPhone.
With periscope lens technology, Apple could offer up to 10x optical zoom, up from 3x on current iPhone 14 Pro models. Other manufacturers such as Samsung have implemented these longer range telephoto lenses and paired them with digital zoom for an impressive 100x zoom capabilities.
Solid State Keys
The iPhone 15 Pro models could get additional Taptic Engines that would facilitate solid-state volume and power buttons that feel like buttons but actually aren’t. This is the technology Apple uses for the MacBook Pro’s touchpad, making it feel like you’re pressing a button, but there’s no physical button-press mechanism.
This is a feature rumored for the “iPhone 15” Pro models that could allow additional functionality when pressing certain buttons and improve water resistance, although how the solid-state buttons will be utilized remains to be seen.
There are other rumors about the “iPhone 15” Pro models, some more reliable than others. Here’s what we heard:
- More robust titanium chassis.
- Curved trailing edges replacing the existing rectangular design.
- Qualcomm 5G modem chip.
- No Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
- No Face ID under the display.
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