It’s 2023 and a new year means a new iPhone and, more importantly, new iPhone rumours. Accordingly, the latest report comes via Jeff Pu of Haitong Intl Tech Research, and he predicts that iPhone 15 will bring some major camera upgrades to the lineup of iPhone 15 models.
Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet, including the existence of iPhone 15, but it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see a new iPhone in September that’s an improvement over last year’s iPhone 14. In this new iPhone Pu expect see Apple has a beefy 48MP camera on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
Currently, Apple’s 48 MP camera is exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro line, while iPhone 14 has roughly the same camera as iPhone 13 with a 12 MP lens. So a jump from 12MP to 48MP would be a pretty substantial upgrade. However, Pu notes that he doesn’t expect the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to get telephoto lenses or LiDAR scanners.
Pu also expects that we will finally see Apple move from Lightning to USB-C on iPhone 15 and that we will also get Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip on iPhone 15. A new generation of chips in a new iPhone doesn’t seem too hard to believe, but since the move to USB-C has been predicted almost every year for quite some time now, we’d suggest waiting to see if Apple finally makes the USB-C leap in 2023 makes.
As for the iPhone 15 Pro Max (referred to by some as the iPhone 15 Ultra), Pu reports that Apple will add a 12MP periscope lens to enable optical zoom from even greater distances than before. Other reports suggest this new lens will offer up to 6x optical zoom, while Apple’s trusty telephoto lens will also be included.
A periscope lens has been rumored for some time in the new iPhone, but sources go back and forth on the exact level of optical zoom the lens will provide. Nevertheless, consistent rumors that we’ll see a periscope lens on the iPhone at all give this piece of speculation a bit of weight.
Of course these are all just rumors at this point so we’ll all have to wait and see where Apple decides to go with this year’s iPhone but given that the hardware upgrades on iPhone 14 over iPhone 13 were fairly modest it’s not all that too hard to believe that we will see more meaningful hardware changes with iPhone 15.
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