Apple’s iPhone 15 could be a powerhouse, if freshly leaked Geekbench scores are correct. The hexa-core Apple A17 Bionic chipset has scored over 2,300 in single-core and 6,750 in multi-core tests.
Other rumors point to new camera improvements, such as a larger rear lens and improved image stabilization. One rumor also claims that Apple will introduce ProMotion, which offers a 120Hz refresh rate.
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Apple’s controversial iPhone 15 notch is expected to get a major design update this year. Instead of a circular cutout at the top of the display, it’ll have a Dynamic Island that adapts to alerts and notifications. According to multiple rumors, the iPhone 15 will also feature an enlarged camera bump.
Apple first introduced the Dynamic Island with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The pill-shaped cutout at the top of the screen is now a second miniature screen that displays alerts, notifications, and activity. This is a much more subtle and efficient way to use the space than the notch that was previously used.
If the iPhone 15 is going to ditch the notch altogether, it would be a big improvement over the current generation. Other smartphone makers like Samsung and Google have found ways to give their phones edge-to-edge screens without needing to carve out a large hole for the front-facing camera.
Last month, a report from industry expert Ross Young suggested that Apple might remove the notch completely on this year’s iPhone 15 Pro lineup and reduce the size of the hole that replaces it. This would be a welcome change, but it’s unlikely to make its way to standard iPhones.
The iPhone 15 Pro is expected to be a powerhouse. Apple supplier TSMC will switch from the 16nm to 7nm production process for the A-series chip in this year’s models, which should provide a boost in performance and reduce energy usage.
The A17 SoC should be a big step up from the A16 chips in the iPhone 14 Pro and 15 Pro Max, according to reports. It’s not unusual for Apple’s CPUs to see a 10% improvement each year, but a 20% bump sounds unrealistic. Especially since this rumor is based on an unverified Weibo post and lacks any Geekbench evidence to back it up.
Another rumor suggests that the new Pro models will feature Sony’s latest imaging sensor for better image quality. A new LiDAR scanner could also be in store for these devices, but it’s important to note that this kind of change will likely affect the price tag.
One final rumor involves the removal of the Lightning port in favor of USB-C. This will allow Apple to comply with new regulations in Europe, but it may also impact performance. We’ll have to wait until the launch event to see how these changes will play out. Regardless, we can expect all the standard iPhone 15 colors—black, white, gold, silver, and (PRODUCT)RED—to be available in the updated model.
There are still a few months before we see the iPhone 15 on store shelves, but Apple’s fall launch is bringing lots of new performance upgrades. The 3nm A17 chip could give the Pro model a significant lead over Android rivals when it comes to raw speed, and USB-C support should open up new capabilities like fast data transfers.
According to iOS 17 code spotted by ShrimpApple Pro, the iPhone 15 will have a new USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt 3 speeds. This will allow for faster transfer rates and better compatibility with 4K monitors. It might iphone 15 series also help the phone reach a Gigabit connection over Wi-Fi, though it’s unclear if that will be a feature exclusive to the Pro models.
Meanwhile, a report from TrendForce suggests the iPhone 15 will have more RAM than the current generation. This would boost capacity to 8GB, up from 6GB.
Several reports suggest the standard iPhone 15 models will get Pro-like camera upgrades. For example, analyst Jeff Pu claims the phones will have 48MP cameras with a larger image sensor size than the iPhone 14 Pro’s. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says the phones will have a new Dynamic Island feature that combines features from the notch and display into one dynamic UI.