We’re certainly excited to see what Apple has in store with the iPhone 14 – a launch event is expected in early September – but some reports suggest the iPhone 15 will include tech updates originally scheduled for this year’s lineup.
The first is supply chain news (via MacRumors (opens in new tab)) that Apple partner TSMC will start making 3nm chips before the end of the year – including the A17 Bionic processor that we expect to see in at least some of the iPhone 15 models. , Apple uses 5nm chips in its devices.
Fewer nanometers means a higher level of performance in the same physical space, with less power consumption (and better battery life). Despite rumors that the iPhone 14 would switch to a 3nm chip, it looks like it will continue the 5nm tradition.
Here comes USB-C
In addition to the move to 3nm and the associated performance boost, the iPhone 15 could also come with a USB-C port instead of a Lightning one. Again, this is something that was already rumored for the iPhone 14, but now seems unlikely for this year.
According Apple Insider (opens in new tab)India is the latest country to consider introducing regulation that would standardize electronic chargers – and that would likely mean that Apple would have to adopt USB-C in its iPhones in the same way it already does in its iPads and Macs.
European governments are also making noise about this type of standardization, and it’s very possible that Apple wants to pre-empt any decision switching to USB-C on the iPhone as soon as possible… which could very well be September 2023.
Analysis: Slow and constant updates
It seems like a long time since Apple really wowed us with an iPhone update. Over the past few years, we’ve grown accustomed to constant, incremental improvements – some extra optical zoom here, a little extra RAM there – while the overall plan has largely remained the same.
This is to be expected: after all, there are so many ways to design a smartphone. Other than the introduction of the folding form factor, nothing has adequately shaken the market in recent years, and we might have to go back to the notch on the iPhone X for the last time that we were really surprised.
From what we’ve heard, the iPhone 15 could buck that trend. Previous leaks have pointed to a significant camera upgrade, at least for the Pro models, and if it’s also the first iPhone to come with USB-C and new 3nm chipsets, it could be the major upgrade we’ve been waiting for. long time to.
To complicate matters further, Apple’s decision to start differentiating between the Pro and standard models in terms of CPUs is rumored to be happening – apparently this is happening this year and will mean even more factors to weigh when choosing a new iPhone.