May 24, 2024

Apple Leaks Detail All-New iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro Design Changes

Apple’s biggest iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro changes have leaked thanks to two new reports, and arguably the most controversial has been exposed by Apple itself.

Apple’s apparent own goal comes courtesy of its latest iOS 17 beta release, which contains code related to the much-rumored (and now seemingly confirmed) ‘Action button’ coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Spotted by MacRumors, iOS 17 beta 4 code lists nine different functions for the button: Accessibility, Shortcuts, Silent Mode, Camera, Flashlight, Focus, Magnifier, Translate and Voice Memos.

While all these functions are fairly self-explanatory, the surprise is the sheer number of them. Previous leaks had claimed the Action button might support two or three options at launch, although it remains to be seen how many are accessible at the same time (via a combination of presses, swipes or gestures). Third-party support is also something that would presumably come in time.

The introduction of an Action Button has polarized opinion, with fans of the mute switch frustrated to see its departure, and the absence of a mute function for the button is unlikely to appease them. Yes, it may come later, but Apple has a long history of ‘leaking’ upcoming features via iOS updates, and this looks set to be the definitive list for now.

In addition, Display Supply Chain Consultants, headed up by famously accurate industry insider Ross Young, has filled in the gaps around the rest of the iPhone 15 feature set.

In the company’s latest newsletter, DSCC states that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will have fractionally larger display sizes of 6.12 and 6.69 inches, thanks to slimmer bezels, an A16 chipset and Dynamic Island design. iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models are said to have a 3nm A17 chip, “ultra-thin bezels,” a titanium chassis, stacked battery technology, WiFi 6E and more RAM. All models will use USB-C instead of Lightning.

Most of these upgrades had already leaked, but the head-turner is the inclusion of stacked battery technology, an upgrade that only leaked earlier this month and was subsequently dismissed by its source. Stacked batteries are more space efficient at the same capacity (circa 10%), cooler when charging and last longer. It’s an under-the-hood change, but a big one, if correct, and DSCC is always worth taking seriously.

Other widely tipped upgrades DSCC doesn’t mention are upgraded UWB, to work with the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, and Apple’s first periscopic zoom lens, which will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max. On the flip side, price rises for Pro Max models look set to be higher than expected.

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