While we’re still about 10 months away from Apple introducing the iPhone 15 rangeRumors already suggest that the high-end Pro models will have even more exclusive features than usual compared to the standard models next year.


In September, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said strong sales of iPhone 14 Pro models would likely be encourage Apple to differentiate itself between the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max and the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, although it should be noted that many hardware changes are likely planned at least a few years in advance.

There are currently at least five features that would be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models:

  • A17 chip: iPhone 15 Pro models will come with a A17 Bionic chip made based on TSMC’s second-generation 3nm processoffering performance and efficiency improvements, according to the Japanese publication Nikkei Asia. The report claims that 2023 could mark the second year in a row that only Pro models in the new iPhone lineup feature Apple’s latest chip.
  • Faster USB-C port: iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a USB-C port with support for at least USB 3.2 or Thunderbolt 3, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which would allow the devices to have significantly faster data transfer speeds with a cable compared to existing iPhones with Lightning. Kuo said the USB-C port on standard iPhone 15 models will remain limited to USB 2.0 speeds like Lightning.
  • Increased RAM: iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with an increase of 8 GB of RAM, according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, while standard models will likely continue to have 6GB of RAM as they currently do. Additional RAM can allow apps like Safari to keep more content active in the background, preventing the app from reloading content when it reopens.
  • Solid State Buttons: iPhone 15 Pro models will include solid-state volume and power buttons, according to Kuo. The analyst said the devices will feature two additional Taptic Motors that provide haptic feedback to simulate the feel of pressing buttons, without them physically moving, like the latest iPhone SE’s Home button or trackpad. new MacBooks.
  • Increased optical zoom for iPhone 15 Pro Max: The iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature a periscope telephoto lens, according to Kuo. This could give the device an optical zoom of at least 10x, compared to 3x on the iPhone 14 Pro models.

Due to increased differentiation, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman said the iPhone 15 Pro Max potentially be renamed to iPhone 15 Ultra.

Pushing customers to the Pro models would help Apple increase the average selling price of the iPhone. The trend already started this year when only the iPhone 14 Pro models received Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip, with the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models still featuring last year’s A15 Bionic chip.

Apple will likely announce the iPhone 15 lineup next September as usual. With several months left before the devices launch, it’s likely that additional features will surface, so the information we currently have is just a preview of what to expect.

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