Buying a new iPhone right now might be tempting, but some of you might want to wait for the 2023 iPhone, presumably called iPhone 15.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, you’ve got a ton of options to sift through. The iPhone 14 series represents the company’s top-of-the-line, but Apple’s got plenty of other devices that are worthy of your attention including the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, and iPhone SE 3.
And while many of you will be perfectly fine buying one of these iPhones, or a device outside of Apple’s ecosystem, many others should consider waiting for the 2023 iPhone.
iPhone 15 Rumors
iPhone 15 rumors have been swirling for months and the company’s upcoming models sound like they’ll be worthy successors to the iPhone 14. On paper, at least.
Apple will likely keep four iPhone models around so look for Apple to launch an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and a iPhone 15 Max.
We also expect Apple to keep the same screen sizes for all four models which means the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will likely be 6.1-inches while the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be 6.7-inches. This has been backed up by a fairly prominent leaker.
We could see Apple make some big changes to the iPhone in 2023 and that puts those of you in the market for a new device in a tough position in 2023: Buy a new device now or wait?
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the 2023 iPhones arrive.
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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