If you’re thinking about buying the 2023 iPhone, there are some steps you’ll want to take before the iPhone 15 release date arrives.
We don’t have an official iPhone 15 release date yet, but you can expect the new iPhones to land in September, shortly after iOS 17’s arrival.
Apple’s iPhone event is confirmed for September 12th which means iPhone 15 pre-orders should begin on Friday, September 15th, culminating with the iPhone 15 release date on September 22nd.
While it might seem like it’s a bit early to start prepping for the release, taking some steps ahead of time will ensure you’re fully prepared to buy a new device.
In this guide we’ll take prospective buyers through some crucial steps to take ahead of Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 15 launch later this year.
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Track iPhone 15 Rumors
If you’re thinking about buying one an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max, you’ll want to track the latest rumors as we push through the summer.
We’ve seen numerous reports outline potential iPhone 15 features and details and we’ll see plenty more in the days ahead as plans are finalized behind the scenes.
iPhone 15 rumors will fill in many of the key blanks and they’ll help you set proper expectations as we get closer to Apple’s announcement.
In addition to keeping an eye out for hardware and software rumors, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for release date and supply chain rumors.
For the latest iPhone 15 rumors, check out our guide.
Keep an Eye on Your Upgrade Eligibility
If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 15 model, or even if you’re interested in potentially picking one up, keep an eye on your upgrade status throughout the year.
If you aren’t eligible for an upgrade until late 2023, you might not be able to buy your new iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max right away.
That being said, carriers will sometimes bump your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to Apple’s announcements.
Get Familiar with iOS 17
If you’re currently using a device that got left behind on iOS 15 (or older) or an Android phone, and you plan on upgrading to iPhone 15, you’ll want to get familiar with iOS 16, the current version of iOS.
If you own a newer iPhone model, you’ve probably upgraded to iOS 16 already and you can skip this step. If you’re still using an older version of iOS or you’ll be moving from Android, use this time to get comfortable with iOS. You can start with our guide to Apple’s software.
Apple’s confirmed its new iOS 17 operating system for iPhone. iOS 17 will be the software that powers the iPhone 15 series so it’ll be important to get familiar with it as well. And you can do that long before the iPhone 15 release date arrives.
The company’s pushed iOS 17 into beta testing. And if you own an eligible device, you can download a pre-release version of the software right now.
If you prefer to keep your devices on stable software, you’ll want to follow iOS 17’s progress from a distance. Either way, you’ll want to dig into the changes on board so you’re comfortable with the iPhone 15’s software.
For more about iOS 17’s features, have a look at our walkthrough.
Research iPhone Accessories
You should spend some time getting familiar with the best iPhone accessories. This way you’ll know exactly what to buy and how much to spend if you decide you want to pair your new iPhone with some extras.
We recommend reading reviews and digging into the best iPhone accessories long before Apple makes its announcements. Some accessories could drastically alter how you use your new phone.
Make sure you get a feel for potential costs, dig into the pros and cons of each manufacturer, and find the styles that appeal to you. This way, you’ll know exactly what to buy when the time comes to do so.
One thing to keep in mind while you shop around: Apple will reportedly limit the iPhone 15’s USB-C port to Apple-approved accessories, which is also the case for the Lightning port.
This rumor has been backed by a well-known leaker who says the iPhone 15 will only support USB-C accessories that have been certified for Apple’s MFi (Made for iPhone) program. Cables that aren’t MFi certified may have data transfer and charging speed limits.
The EU has pushed back on these rumors, warning Apple these limitations won’t be permitted and would prevent the iPhone from being sold in EU countries.
Of course, Apple has until the end of 2024 to meet the EU’s proposed requirements so it’s possible the iPhone 15, and perhaps even the iPhone 16, have these limitations on board. However, given that Apple’s plans are just rumors right now, we could see the iPhone 15 series allow uncertified cables to reach proper charging and data transfer speeds.
The same leaker says USB-C MFi cables and Earpods are in mass production behind the scenes right now. Apple sells the current version of Earpods for $19, but it’s unclear how much the USB-C models will cost.
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes USB-C will enable faster charging speeds on the iPhone 15 series though he says the upgrade will only be attainable with certified cables.
Japanese website Mac Otakara shared a video showing iPhone 15 dummy units compared to iPhone 14 cases and it looks like the tweaks Apple’s made to the iPhone 15’s design will render the upcoming flagships incompatible with cases from last year’s flagships.
This has seemingly been confirmed by another video from AppleInsider which you can view above.
Figure Out How Much Storage You Need
Start thinking about how much storage you might want on your iPhone 15. Picking the right amount of iPhone storage will help you save money and avoid headaches down the road.
While some of you will be perfectly fine with the least amount of storage, others will want the peace of mind that comes with having a lot of internal space available.
If you’re unsure about what you might need, have a look at our iPhone 14 storage guide. While the iPhone 15 storage sizes might not mirror these exactly, we’ve seen a 2TB iPhone 15 pop up in the rumor mill, the guide will give you a head start.
iPhone 15 Colors
9to5Mac claims they have the full list of iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max color options and it looks like the company won’t release a gold iPhone 15 Pro. The company has offered a gold iPhone variant since 2018.
iPhone 15/iPhone 15 Plus Colors
iPhone 15 Pro/iPhone 15 Pro Max Colors
- Space Black
Unknownz21, a leaker who has provided accurate information about Apple products in the past, says the iPhone 15 Pro blue variant will be a grayish blue and you can get a glimpse of the shade in photos created by MacRumors.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his weight behind the report and says the iPhone 15 Pro colors will likely be gray, white, black, and blue while the colors for the regular iPhone 15 models will be black, pink, yellow, blue, and green.
We recommend picking a favorite color so that you’re ready to buy once pre-orders begin.
Look Into Other iPhones
Before you make the decision to wait for the iPhone 15, you’ll want to research Apple’s current iPhone models. You might find an iPhone you really like long before the iPhone 15 arrives.
You’ll also want to look at the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We also recommend taking a look at the budget iPhone SE 3.
Buying an iPhone 15 may seem like a good idea, but a lot of you might be better off buying another iPhone.
iPhone 15 Alternatives
We also recommend taking a look at the best current, and upcoming, iPhone 15 alternatives. You might find something you like outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
There are a bunch of excellent iPhone alternatives out there, but here are a few of our current favorites:
- Google Pixel 7
- Google Pixel 7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S23
- Samsung Galaxy S23+
- Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
- OnePlus 10 Pro
Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
If you plan to upgrade to an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max make sure you have a plan for your current phone.
Some of you might know of a friend or relative who could make use of your current phone. Ask around and see if anyone might need a hand-me-down. You might also look into donating your phone to charity.
If you plan on selling your current device to help offset the cost of your iPhone 15, you’ll want to dig into prices at popular resellers.
You’ll also want to keep your current phone in pristine condition because that’s how you’ll get the most money back from those resellers, your carrier, or Apple when iPhone 15 trade-in offers go live.
We don’t know how much the iPhone 15 series will cost just yet, but rumors suggest Apple could shake things up in 2023.
A leak from micro-blogging site Weibo claims the price of both iPhone 15 Pro models could jump up. The blog doesn’t specify how much of a leap we’ll see.
Analyst Dan Ives believes we’ll see a price increase. Ives accurately predicted the iPhone 14’s price jump in international markets.
Jeff Pu, an analyst at Haitong International Securities, believes the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be more expensive than the $1099 iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Bloomberg also says Apple is “considering” raising the price of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, this despite a projected decline in the overall smartphone market.
In his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims we may see “minor price increases across all four models outside of the US.”
Gurman hasn’t ruled out a price increase in the United States, at least for the Pro models, due to the “move to titanium and the costlier camera system on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.”
Analyst Tim Long, from British bank Barclays, says that based on chatter from the supply chain, the iPhone 15 Pro could be up to $100 more expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro while the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be $100 to $200 more expensive than the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Digitimes says it’s also hearing the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will see their price increase by $100-200.
Fortunately, according to Bloomberg, U.S. carriers are prepared to offer big discounts to attract customers. Just how big remains to be seen.
If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 15, you’ll probably want to protect your investment. AppleCare will help you do that.
New iPhones come with a standard warranty, but Apple’s AppleCare is an extended warranty service that delivers far better support.
If you aren’t familiar with AppleCare’s benefits, you should research them when you have time. You should also look into AppleCare alternatives.
Decide on a Carrier
If you’re currently unhappy with your provider’s coverage or data plan, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit for your iPhone 15.
Each carrier has its pros and cons, but you might find one that stands out. If you’re interested in switching carriers, make sure you shop around.
Wait for Design Changes
Last year, Apple introduced a brand new pill-shaped notch the company calls Dynamic Island. Unfortunately, this change is only available on the company's high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. That will likely change this year.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone 15's proximity sensor will be integrated into Dynamic Island. The proximity sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro models is under the display outside of Dynamic Island. This could lead to Face ID improvements.
On the flip side, Young doesn't think the standard iPhone 15 models will get 120Hz/LTPO like the iPhone 15 Pro models. This has been backed up by another source who says the iPhone 15/iPhone 15 Plus won't get ProMotion and Always-On display capabilities.
We've heard the the iPhone 15 Max's design will be made out of titanium as opposed to stainless steel. The frame supposedly has a brushed finish.
Leaker ShrimpApplePro claims early information suggests Apple is indeed working on a titanium design. The leaker says the design may also incorporate curved rear edges and a glass back.
In a newer tweet, the leaker says the iPhone 15 Pro models will "have thinner bezels" with curved edges. The display is reportedly still flat, however.
ShrimpApplePro says additional sources now agree with the information and that the bezels on the iPhone 15 Pro models will indeed be thinner.
In a tweet, well-known leaker Ice Universe says the iPhone 15 Pro Max will break the record for thinnest bezels on a smartphone. The record is currently held by the Xiaomi 13.
In a follow up tweet, he's shown off what are evidently glass displays and third-party screen protectors for the iPhone 15 series. The bezels are indeed extremely thin.
Analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities also believes the company is working to deliver a new titanium design. So does Gurman.
We've seen an iPhone 15 Pro dummy unit leak on the Chinese version of TikTok and it gives us a glimpse at what the device might look like. CAD images of the iPhone 15 Pro from 9to5Mac also show us what the final product could look like.
We've also heard the iPhone 15 Pro will have a new mute button that replaces the switch. This "Action" button could work like it does on the Apple Watch Ultra in that it will allow users to map it to different functions.
This new addition has seemingly been confirmed by the iOS 17 beta.
You can see it in AppleInsider's video above.
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