An iPhone with no ports? The return of Touch ID? Maybe… iPhone 15: News and Expected Price, Release Date, Specs; and More Rumors
Accurately looking ahead at a phone that we don’t expect to arrive for another year might seem silly. But painting a picture of what the iPhone 15 might be like begins to make sense when we consider leaks about its forerunner and timelines for specific hardware changes.
The “iPhone 15” won’t launch until the fall of 2023, but rumors are already circulating about the future product. Since “iPhone 14” is expected to have significant design changes, the 2023 iPhone will likely look very similar with a few added features. For example, Apple could move to USB-C or remove the Lightning port entirely or add an in-display fingerprint sensor.
● 2023 iPhone
● A17 chip
● USB-C or portless design
● MagSafe for charging and data transfer
● In-display fingerprint sensor
● Periscoping camera system
When Will the iPhone 15 Be Released?
Apple sticks to a pretty firm schedule. Following the 2021 iPhone 13 launch, this is the likely timeline:
Release Date Estimate
After several iPhone launches, it’s clear that Apple likes to release its new phones in the fall. Since there’s still another phone expected before this one, watch for the iPhone 15 in September 2023.
iPhone 15 Price Rumors
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. Expectations are that “iPhone 14” will retain the same pricing structure as the iPhone 13, and so too will “iPhone 15.” A price estimate this early won’t be accurate, since we haven’t yet confirmed the price of this phone’s future predecessor. But expect to spend $1,000 or more. For reference, the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099, and some expect the iPhone 14 equivalent to be under $1,000.
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” will be sold as an ultra-premium model and likely start at around $1,499.
Apple is expected to release its “iPhone 15” lineup in September 2023.
However, the entire pricing model could change if Apple starts selling the iPhone as a subscription service, which is rumored to start happening the same year the iPhone 15 is scheduled to arrive.
You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone 15 directly from Apple’s website, likely the same day it’s announced. We’ll have the exact details during the Apple event that year; monitor our Next Apple Event page for more information.
iPhone 15 Features
New versions of the iPhone operating system follow a similar year-after-year schedule as the iPhone. So if we count from where we are now with iOS 15, it follows that iOS 17 (if that’s even its name) will be here by the time iPhone 15 launches. Although the number sequencing is pretty straightforward, the actual features that this OS will bring are still entirely unknown at this point.
There’s still a lot of time from now until 2023, so expect more details to edge their way in as we get closer to the release. We’ll keep this page updated in line with those rumors and leaks.
iPhone 15 Specs and Hardware
Despite this phone being many, many months out from a release, a few details from leakers and analysts point to what we will likely see in terms of iPhone 15 specs.
Beginning in 2017, Apple transitioned away from Touch ID, opting instead for Face ID. But that could change with the iPhone 15. A name you’re probably familiar with, if you follow Apple-related leaks, is Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst has said the 2023 iPhone will get an in-screen Touch ID—since that release year corresponds to the iPhone 15, it’s safe to say if this is accurate, Touch ID will return to the iPhone 15, and it will be built-in under the display (Apple even won a patent for an under-display biometrics sensor).
However, a later report, also from Kuo, conflicts with his earlier prediction:
We won’t know for a while the screen size of the iPhone 15, but Kuo points to 2024 as the year Apple comes out with a “real full-screen iPhone,” and a lineup that adopts an under-display front camera and under-display Face ID.
Ross Young makes predictions about the next several iPhone releases, in terms of under-panel hardware. The iPhone 15 will presumably have a pill-and-hole instead of a notch.
Another significant change we could see is an all-wireless iPhone. In late 2021, the European Commission proposed USB-C as the go-to port for smartphones, and then in mid-2022 solidified the decision. European lawmakers will make it mandatory starting in 2024, meaning Apple will need to do away with the Lightning connector that’s been the standard on iPhones. This change wouldn’t be groundbreaking considering Macs and most iPads have them, but it could be what pushes Apple to make the iPhone completely wireless. Or, maybe they’ll stick to USB-C. Only time will tell how this pans out.
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.
Something else we’ve heard regarding the under-display tech is a front-facing camera. Chances are this won’t arrive until Apple perfects under-display Face ID (which we could see in iPhone 14), but maybe they’ll hit both the same year: in-screen camera and Face ID.
Analyst Jeff Pu predicts that one of the models will feature a periscope camera capable of up to 10x optical zoom. We’ve also seen reports that the zoom will be 5x, so it’s unclear right now.
Here’s a neat concept of the iPhone 15 Pro that utilizes some of those ideas, like in-screen Face ID and Touch ID. There’s also an Apple Watch-like display over the back-facing camera housing that provides at-a-glance information and controls for music and calls.
Should I wait for iPhone 15?
- You should wait for iPhone 15 if you are excited about USB-C. Using just one cable for all of your devices sounds genuinely exciting. Photo enthusiasts should also save up for the Pro Max model as that periscope lens might be a game-changer for photography and videography.
- You should not wait for iPhone 15 if you don’t want to wait! The iPhone 15 launches in 2023! There are plenty of capable phones around, and you probably shouldn’t expect massive leaps in performance speed or charging either.