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Even though the supposed "iPhone 15" won't launch until late 2023, several hints about this device are already surfacing. Publicly filed patent applications, early supply chain rumors, and features inferred from Apple's general product strategy can paint a somewhat clear picture of the future product.
Apple's naming conventions aren't easy to predict because the infamous "s" could pop up for any annual iPhone release. Apple called the 2022 device iPhone 14, so we've chosen to refer to the 2023 model as "iPhone 15."
Alternatively, Apple could eschew numbers entirely in the coming years. The company's other product lines often go through name changes to address specific design alterations or other changes, so iPhone could see that occur eventually. Suggestions for alternate names include "iPhone Pro" or "iPhone (2023)" to simplify naming.
One rumor suggests Apple will dump the "Pro Max" name from its convention and switch to "Ultra" for its biggest, most premium model. This change wouldn't be unheard of, especially now that the non-pro 6.7-inch iPhone is referred to as "Plus."
Known "iPhone 15" Rumors
Apple may have just announced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill. New information about upcoming devices is always pouring in from supply chain sources and industry analysts.
Titanium curved edges
The rim around iPhone 15 Pro models could be made from titanium and feature a rounded edge design similar to the MacBook Pro lineup. The back edge would curve slightly as it meets the back glass panel.
This material change from stainless steel could decrease the weight of the phone significantly. Apple could choose to polish the titanium and have a similar finish to the existing stainless steel rim.
End of the Lightning Port
The iPhone could finally be moving to USB-C after a decade of using the Lightning port. This aging port replaced the 30-pin connector and offered novelty features like a reversible port and a more water-tight enclosure.
Some customers have urged Apple to move to USB-C in the iPhone since the connector has become more ubiquitous. On the other hand, the prevalence of Lightning connectors across Apple's product line makes such a shift difficult. The number of iPhone users with Lightning ports in their iPhones, iPads, and AirPods far outnumber Mac users with USB-C ports.
Apple is caught in another lose-lose situation for its PR team. Like when it transferred from the 30-pin connector, it will face heavy scrutiny from customers and regulators alike. Some locations haven't finished transitioning from the previous connector, with gyms and other businesses still using equipment with 30-pin connectors. The same will be true for a transition from Lightning.
Supply chain analyst and sometimes leaker Ming-Chi Kuo shared that Apple may introduce USB-C to the iPhone in 2023. It isn't clear if this is based on supply chain data or a leak, but he did say he took a survey. Presumably, the survey would have been taken from his supply chain consultants, but that isn't known.
The European Union has passed legislation that requires smartphone manufacturers to adopt the USB-C port as a uniform connector by 2024. However, the two-year deadline for the requirement gives Apple enough time to perfect another option entirely — going portless.
Rumors had previously indicated that Apple will remove all ports from its iPhone lineup in the near future, and USB-C will never make it onto iPhone. Those rumors haven't panned out, and it seems USB-C is going to happen in 2023.
In late 2022, Apple is still releasing products with a Lightning port. The latest AirPods Pro 2 still use the connector despite rumors of Apple moving away from it in less than a year. The updated Siri Remote did shift to USB-C, a sign of the upcoming transition.
Rumors suggest that Apple could include Thunderbolt capabilities in the iPhone 15 Pro. That would enable the fast transfer of large files like ProRes video.
Since their inception, having a physical connector for transferring power and data has been a staple of portable electronics. Despite that, Apple may ditch the physical connector entirely in favor of alternatives likeMagSafecharging, Qi charging, wireless data transfer, and smart connectors.
There aren't many apparent reasons why Apple would want to ditch a physical connector, but like the headphone jack before it, the company may be seeking more internal space for components. In addition, while a USB-C port can be waterproofed, having no connector at all would ensure improved water integrity.
For Apple to achieve a portless iPhone, it must first offer users suitable alternatives. The port is currently used for many accessories, from SD card dongles to musical recording equipment. Apple isn't likely to entirely remove such vital functionality from iPhone, though customers may have to pay for a new adapter.
Even Apple's own CarPlay uses the physical port to connect. Unfortunately, most modern vehicles don't come standard with wireless CarPlay, so again, Apple will have to address those customers. An obvious half-step solution would be to include a magnetic Smart Connector like on some iPad models.
Rumors of a Smart Connector coming to iPhone have circulated since the connector's inception on the first iPad Pro in 2015. Although the three-prong connection supports some data transfer, it isn't suitable for large files or streams of information.
Apple's MagSafe accessory system for iPhone is another possible solution. Though the current iteration only supports power transfer on the iPhone 13, a future version could include some data transfer elements.
Of course, Apple could decide to leave behind legacy use cases and tout its multiple iPhone models that still sport the Lightning connector for legacy customers. Alternatively, by 2023, Bluetooth accessories, AirPlay, wireless data transfer, and other tools could be advanced enough to remove a physical connector. Although, there will always be a group adversely affected by such a move, like developers.
Return of Touch ID
Touch ID was replaced by Face ID when Apple introduced the iPhone X. The reason for the move was to enable all-screen displays with no Home Button taking up prime real estate. Apple also said Face ID was much more secure than Touch ID, with a one million to one chance of a false positive unlock.
However, it wasn't a solution without its problems, as Face ID needed to see a user's eyes, nose, and mouth to unlock the device. This solved the problem of trying to unlock an iPhone with soiled fingers, but now users couldn't easily unlock their phones when covering their face for any reason.
When the pandemic struck, this created an unprecedented issue with Face ID as iPhone users around the globe donned masks. Users complained of the now-impeded unlocking process and demanded Apple bring back Touch ID as a solution.
Instead, Apple offered a compromise for Apple Watch owners. If Face ID detected the user was wearing a mask, it would verify if the Apple Watch was authenticated then unlock the iPhone. Of course, this solution applied only to Apple Watch wearers — a much smaller population than iPhone users.
Apple announced a new version of Touch ID for the iPad Air 4, and later the iPad mini 6, which moved Touch ID to the power button. This ramped up speculation that Apple would surely include Touch ID in the iPhone 13's power button, but to no avail.
Rumors and patents show that Apple has been working on a Touch ID solution for iPhone, but not in the power button. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will implement Touch ID under the display by 2023. The technology was originally targeted for iPhone 14 but has been delayed to the "iPhone 15."
Android devices have used under-display fingerprint readers since at least 2018 to some success. But as with 120Hz display refresh, Apple likely wants the technology to be perfected before implementing it in their smartphone.
If Apple is to bring back Touch ID to its premium iPhone lineup, the earliest it could arrive is 2022, though Kuo says it is expected in 2023.
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.
While the iPhone 14 Pro can zoom to 3x, a 77mm equivalent, that isn't too distant a zoom. The 77mm focal length is great for portraits or getting closer to a relatively close subject, but it still isn't enough for wildlife photography or sporting events. Those situations require much longer lenses to capture the subject.
Samsung utilizes periscoping and algorithms to enable clear capture of subjects at 100x magnification. Thanks to the long lens hidden away within the phone's body, this is possible. Apple has been testing such a lens for future iPhones, but it isn't clear if or when it will be implemented.
Like in-display Touch ID, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted this technology would emerge in the "iPhone 14" but pushed that prediction back to the 2023 iPhone. Such technology needs space within a device to operate, so other space-saving features like removing the Lightning port could coincide with its release.
Kuo released another report in December 2021, restating that the "iPhone 15" may have a periscope lens system. It is still unclear if this is an upgrade to the existing telephoto lens or if it will be included as a new fourth lens.
According to supply chain reports released in April 2022, multiple manufacturers have been tapped to produce components needed for a periscope camera system. The components are allegedly on order for use in the "iPhone 15."
Apple 5G Modem
Apple's troubled history with modems has led the company to build its own. When Intel exited the modem business, Apple purchased it from under them.
In the interim, Apple has used Qualcomm to provide 5G modems to the iPhone. However, this partnership may be short-lived as Apple is expected to use its modems in 2023.
Apple likes to control its device experience top to bottom, and including the modem in that stack may benefit the user. Not only will it be cheaper to use in-house modems, but Apple will also be better able to integrate modem technology into its custom Apple Silicon.
"iPhone 15 Fold"
The foldable market is new and still fighting many problems associated with the technology. From creased displays to poorly optimized software, it is still early days. Apple doesn't enter a market until it can ensure the usual quality the company proudly promotes.
An "iPhone Fold" could arrive in 2023 as an ultra-premium in the "iPhone 15" lineup. It would be Apple's most expensive iPhone to date, likely sitting around $1,500 for the base model.
Patents show Apple has worked hard to develop technology specific to folding devices. They range from new hinge technology to folding batteries and bendable displays.
Little is known about Apple's plans for the foldable iPhone or if it will ever see the light of day. Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will release the device in 2023.
Dynamic Island for all
With the iPhone 14 release, it is easier to predict the trajectory of the 2023 iPhone lineup. Apple didn't opt for a redesign in its most recent models, instead, the display technology was upgraded, and cameras got bigger.
One major difference in the iPhone 14 Pro models is the Dynamic Island. The notch was replaced by a pill and hole punch sensor housing in the display. Rather than showing these separated elements, Apple connected them with a software element called Dynamic Island.
The feature is exclusive to pro models for now, but rumors suggest Apple will do away with the notch entirely in the "iPhone 15" lineup. This would mean every iPhone would get the Dynamic Island in 2023.
There may be more for the Dynamic Island to cover on the updated iPhone. Rumors suggest one model may have two selfie cameras, though the use case is unknown.
Two selfie cameras may create an issue for the Dynamic Island software, as smaller devices will quickly run out of space to show app information on either side of the hardware. Apple could move more sensors under the glass and shrink the size of the housing to allow two cameras to fit neatly, but it isn't yet clear if that is its approach.
"iPhone 15" Price and Release Date
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. Apple didn't deviate from its usual pricing structure for iPhone 14, and as long as the economy doesn't drastically change, it could do the same in 2023.
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" would be sold as an ultra-premium model and likely start at around $1,499.
Apple is expected to announce its "iPhone 15" lineup in September 2023.
What is the iPhone 15 leak Tom's Guide? ›
One design leak for the iPhone 15 suggests that it could bring the curved design of the iPhone 11 Pro Max back. Apple has a flat-edge design on its latest iPhones, but now leaker ShrimpApplePro (opens in new tab) says that while the display will remain flat, all three devices could have curved bezels.How do you answer a call on iPhone without sliding? ›
- Launch the Settings app.
- Go to Accessibility.
- Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section and tap on Touch option.
- Tap on 'Call Audio Routing'
- Turn on the Auto-Answer Calls toggle.
The current list of iOS 15.6. 1 problems includes abnormal battery drain, installation issues, UI lag, issues with Touch ID and Face ID, and issues with first and third-party apps.How do I set my iPhone to answer speakers? ›
You can automatically direct the audio of phone or FaceTime calls to the iPhone speaker, a Bluetooth headset, or your hearing devices. iPhone can also automatically answer calls after a specific duration. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Call Audio Routing, then choose an audio destination.What are the hidden features in iOS 15? ›
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- of 12. Quickly Find Links, Photos, and Songs Using Shared With You. ...
- of 12. Instantly Save Photos in Messages. ...
- of 12. Send an Away Message While You're Driving. ...
- of 12. Quickly Refresh Pages in Safari. ...
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The secret behind this iPhone phenomena is the lock feature. When your iPhone is locked and a call comes in, you only have the option to “slide to answer.” However, when the phone is unlocked, you can either accept or decline the call.How can I answer my phone without having to swipe? ›
- 1 Head into your Settings and tap on Accessbility.
- 2 Select Interaction and dexterity.
- 3 Tap on Assistant menu.
- 4 Toggle this setting on.
- 5 Toggle on Replace Swipe with Single Tap.
Tap one of the Volume keys when you get a call. The incoming call alert is silenced but the call continues until it's ended or diverted. If the screen lock is turned on, tap and drag the accept call icon right. If the screen lock is turned off, tap Accept.What are the new Emojis in iOS 15.6 1? ›
A light blue heart, grey Heart, donkey, moose, black bird, jellyfish, hair pick, maracas, flute, folding hand fan, pea pod, hyacinth, ginger, goose, wing, and a Khanda are among potential new additions. Each Emoji is subject to change prior to final approval as the new additions remain at the draft stage.What is iPhone security flaw 2022? ›
CVE-2022-42856 affects iPhone 8 and later and is a bug which -- by tricking the user into allowing it -- enables the processing of maliciously crafted web content that could lead to arbitrary code execution.
How to get iPhone 16? ›
Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. You might have to tap Upgrade to iOS 16 at the bottom of the screen and then Download and Install, or you'll be directed to Download and Install automatically.
Fire up Settings > General > Accessibility. Scroll down until you see Call Audio Routing. By default this is set to Automatic, however in this case you'll want to set it to Speaker.Why cant I hear people when I answer my iPhone? ›
Remove all screen protectors, films, or cases from your device. Check the speaker opening to see if it's blocked or dirty. On iPhone only, make sure that the receiver isn't blocked or dirty. If necessary, clean the speaker or receiver opening with a small, soft-bristled brush.What cool things can iOS 15 do? ›
- Redesigned notifications.
- "Focus" for reducing distractions.
- Spatial Audio and SharePlay in FaceTime calls.
- Text recognition in images.
- ID cards in Wallet app.
- Added privacy features.
- Safari, Maps, Weather, and Notes app redesigns.
With iOS 15.4 or later, you can use Face ID with a mask to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask. If you're wearing a face mask or potentially other face coverings, Face ID with a mask can analyze the unique characteristics around your eyes.What can I turn off on iPhone 15 update? ›
iPhone with Face ID: Simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button until the sliders appear, then drag the Power Off slider. iPhone with the Home button: Press and hold the side button, then drag the slider. All models: Go to Settings > General > Shut Down, then drag the slider.Do iPhones have secret mode? ›
Visit sites privately
You can use Private Browsing Mode to open private tabs, which don't appear in History on iPhone or in the list of tabs on your other devices. in the center of the tab bar at the bottom of the screen, then tap Private.
- Open Safari on your iPhone.
- Tap the Tabs button .
- Tap [number] Tabs or Start Page to show the Tab Groups list.
- Tap Private , then tap Done.
Increased data usage
If you suspect your phone is being monitored, check the Storage section in your settings. Here, you should be able to see how much data is being consumed by what. If you notice your device is using more data than usual, that could be an indicator of spyware.
In the accessibility menu it's an option to turn off swiping to answer calls.
How do you answer iPhone with side buttons? ›
Do one of the following:
- Press the side button twice quickly.
- Tap. .
- Swipe up on the call banner.
Answer or reject a phone call
To answer the call, swipe the white circle to the top of the screen when your phone is locked, or tap Answer. To reject the call, swipe the white circle to the bottom of the screen when your phone is locked, or tap Dismiss.
When there is an incoming call and the screen is locked, it should display "Slide to Answer" and you should be able to do that without first unlocking the phone. Slide your finger from left to right when the 'Slide To Answer' appears on the screen.Can you answer iPhone without touch screen? ›
iPhone users can answer calls without interacting with the screen. Users can choose between Auto-Answer Calls, Siri, Voice Control, AirPods, etc. Answering a phone call on an iPhone or iPad when eating, driving, or when the phone is far away is a bit of a struggle.Can Siri answer the phone hands free? ›
Even if you can't pick up the phone yourself, you can say “hey Siri, answer the phone”, and the caller will be connected. If you're not able to hold the phone up to your ear, say “Siri, answer the call on speaker”.Can you change the slide to answer on iPhone? ›
You can't. This is how it works when the phone is locked. You can answer the call or press the power button to decline.Will iOS 16 have new emojis? ›
New emoji coming with iOS 16.4
These new emoji are part of the Unicode Standard for Emoji Update 15.0, which was announced in July 2022. Among the new emoji there are icons for a shaking face, a goose, a hyacinth, and a plain pink heart. The new emoji have also been added to macOS Ventura 13.3 and watchOS 9.4.
The pot, which was used for drinking sweet drinks, features a smile-like image. By India Today Web Desk: Archaeologists in southeastern Turkey have discovered a pot vase dating back to 3,700 years, featuring what is believed to be the world's oldest smiley face emoji.Is there a troll emoji? ›
Troll was approved as part of Unicode 14.0 in 2021 and added to Emoji 14.0 in 2021.Which iPhones are at risk? ›
3 and iPadOS versions prior to 16 are affected by the vulnerability – CVE-2022-42827. List of impacted devices include Apple iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro Call models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.
What is killing iPhone? ›
The two things that cause the most battery drain in your iPhone are its screen and cellular service. Obviously, you know when you're actively using your phone, but your iPhone is often performing tasks in the background and even lighting up your screen without you noticing.What is Apple's biggest threat? ›
However, Apple faces the threats of aggressive competition and imitation, which are challenges affecting players in the global market for consumer electronics, computer hardware and software, and online digital content distribution services.Is the iPhone 16 out yet? ›
|General availability||September 12, 2022|
|Latest release||16.3.1 (20D47) (February 13, 2023) [±]|
On the desktop, you can safely assume that all computers play games in a 16:9 ratio (the standard ratio for displaying movies). However, a modern iPhone has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and an iPad has an aspect ratio of 4:3.What is the cost of iPhone 16? ›
Apple iPhone 16 price in India is expected to be Rs. 79,990. Apple iPhone 16 Expected to be launched on Jun 21, 2023.What is guided access iOS 15? ›
Guided Access helps you stay focused on a task by temporarily restricting iPhone to a single app, and allowing you to control which app features are available. You can do any of the following: Disable areas of the screen that aren't relevant to a task, or areas where an accidental gesture might cause a distraction.What are the new features in iPhone 15? ›
The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to be the first to feature an A-series chip built on Apple supplier TSMC's next-generation 3-nanometer node. 3nm chip technology is expected to increase processing performance by 10 to 15 percent, while also reducing power consumption by up to 35 percent.What is the iOS 15 rain effect? ›
With the rollout of iOS 15 this week, along with significant updates to apps like FaceTime and Safari, Apple quietly released background sounds — a nifty new feature that allows iPhone users to turn on classic ambient noises like rain, ocean waves and the trickling of a river stream, to help them focus or sleep.What did the iPhone 15 update do? ›
iOS 15 brings audio and video enhancements to FaceTime, including spatial audio and Portrait mode. Shared with You resurfaces the articles, photos, and other shared content from your Messages conversations in the corresponding app.Why do people use Guided Access? ›
Guided Access is one of the most important accessibility features offered by Apple. It allows users to restrict the functionality of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to a single application, and to require a password to exit that application.
Is guided access safe? ›
Guided Access limits an iPhone to a single app and doesn't allow access to other apps on the device, providing an extra layer of security when needed. Guided Access is an important and useful security feature that limits the iPhone to a single active app by restricting other apps and activities.Will guided access turn off if phone dies? ›
Guided access should be on all the time. If the device runs out of battery or is shut down completely then guided access will need to be put back on.Is iPhone 16 coming out? ›
After announcing its big yearly operating system update in its WWDC keynote on June 6, 2022, and following months of beta testing, Apple made iOS 16 available to be installed on iPhones on September 12, 2022, followed by iPadOS 16.1 on October 24.Is iPhone 16 launched? ›
Apple iPhone 16 price in India is expected to be Rs. 79,990. Apple iPhone 16 Expected to be launched on Jun 21, 2023. This is 6 GB RAM / 128 GB internal storage base variant of Apple iPhone 16 which is expected to available in Black, Gold colour.When did the iPhone 16 come out? ›
If you notice that your device starts to heat up after being updated to iOS 16/15, don't worry. It's probably that your iPhone is still updating apps in the background. That's why it might be running hotter than usual when charged. The heat results from Photos app indexing the large photo library in the background.Does iOS 15 look through your photos? ›
iOS 15 will be able to detect explicit photos of children without seeing the images. Last week, Apple announced some expanded protections for child safety in three areas of its operating systems, including one that scans photos on iPhones and iPads that's creating a bit of a stir.Is iOS 15 having a glitch? ›
Sound Glitching Out with Certain Apps
This is yet another major problem with the iOS 15. Users have been reporting that the system sound for certain apps glitches out all of a sudden. This is an issue which occurs with non-updated apps.
You should stay using iOS 15 if: Restrictions on your device from a third-party prevent you from updating. You are concerned about an app or accessory not yet being supported in iOS 16. You are concerned about bugs and prefer to remain using an older OS that has had over a year of bug fixes.Is iPhone update 15 good? ›
The Bottom Line
While it lacks the major changes introduced in version 14, iOS 15 is more of an evolutionary update, adding many new convenience features and improvements to Apple's built-in apps. Still, it's the slickest mobile operating system around.