The iPhone 14 is an exciting addition to Apple’s smartphone collection, not only bringing improvements to the camera system but unique features like satellite connectivity and built-in car crash detection. There’s also the iPhone 14 Pro range, introducing the first 48Mp camera on an iPhone alongside Apple’s all-new Dynamic Island and always-on display tech too.
Frankly, there has never been a better time to buy an iPhone – but that won’t stop Apple from working on the next generation of iPhone behind closed doors at Apple Park.
The question is, what should you expect from Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15? While it’s early days, here’s all there is to know so far, from release date and pricing speculation to early rumours about what to expect from the next-gen iPhone.
Learn more about the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro separately if you’re more interested in the current iPhone line-up.
When will the iPhone 15 be released?
With the iPhone 14 released so recently, it should come as no surprise that the release of the iPhone 15 is still quite some time away. Apple tends to update its iPhone range on a yearly basis, which means we should expect the iPhone 15 to appear sometime in 2023.
However, we can get a little more accurate as, unlike most companies, Apple tends to announce iPhones at the same time every year. Barring the delayed release of the iPhone 12 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Apple has favoured September reveals for its flagship iPhone range since the release of the iPhone 5 back in 2012.
With that in mind, it’s safe to assume we’ll see the iPhone 15 range revealed sometime in September 2023 – though we’ll update this section if we hear differently in the meantime.
If you can’t wait that long, take a look at where to buy the iPhone 14 range.
How much will the iPhone 15 cost?
While the iPhone 14 range matched the pricing of the iPhone 13 range in the US, the same can’t be said in regions like the UK where the standard iPhone 14 is £70 more expensive, and the iPhone 14 Pro comes in at an extra £150 compared to last year.
The question is, should we expect the same with the iPhone 15? Of course, it’s far too early to say for sure, but Apple tends to keep the pricing at the same rough level – though currency fluctuations could see price increases like those in the UK this year.
For context, here’s how much the iPhone 14 range costs, and we expect the iPhone 15 range to cost a similar amount:
iPhone 14: From $799/£849iPhone 14 Plus: From $899/£949iPhone 14 Pro: From $999/£1,099iPhone 14 Pro Max: From $1,099/£1,199
Of course, it’s early days and Apple’s pricing plans could change between now and the smartphone’s eventual reveal, so we’ll update this section as soon as hear anything.
What to expect from the iPhone 15
While we’re still quite some time away from seeing the next generation iPhone, that hasn’t stopped the ol’ rumour mill from churning. In fact, if early rumours are to be believed, there could be some big changes in store for the entire iPhone 15 line-up.
Dynamic Island for all
The Dynamic Island – that is, the redesigned Face ID cut-out – of the iPhone 14 Pro is easily one of its stand-out features, but it might not be a Pro exclusive for long.
According to display industry insider and Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) boss Ross Young, Apple intends to bring the redesigned Dynamic Island system to the entire iPhone 15 range next year.
Replying to a tweet on the subject in September 2022, Young states that “Dynamic Island expected on standard models on the 15” though those hoping for a jump to 120Hz may be disappointed, as he claimed that the “supply chain can’t support it”.
Instead, Young expects the 120Hz LTPO display tech to make an appearance on the standard models in 2024, presumably with the iPhone 16.
While not confirmed, Young has provided an impressive number of display-related leaks over the past few years – he was among the first to tease three sizes of Apple Watch, and was on the money with Apple’s Dynamic Island – so he’s certainly a source worth paying attention to.
If Young’s prediction is on the money, the intuitive Dynamic Island will be a great addition to the standard iPhone 15, providing the same impressive blend of hardware and software that makes the feature so irresistible on the iPhone 14 Pro series.
The iPhone 15 Ultra
While the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max sport the same feature set, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, up until the release of the iPhone 13 Pro range, there were minor differences in Apple’s Pro smartphone collection.
Much in the same way that the 12.9in iPad Pro boasts slightly more premium features than the 11in model, the Pro Max model of iPhone has traditionally offered slightly better specs, usually in the camera department.
If rumours are to be believed, that’ll again be the case with the iPhone 15 Pro models – and Apple could go a step further by completely rebranding the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The idea of more differentiation between the Pro models came first from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Discussing the next-gen iPhone range on Twitter, the analyst claims that Apple will “start creating differentiation between iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Pro” in order to boost orders for Apple’s Pro smartphones.
While we’re not quite sure what the key differences will be just yet, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that Apple could rebrand the Pro Max as the iPhone 15 Ultra in a bid to further separate it from the rest of the iPhone range, much in the same way that the Apple Watch Ultra is above and beyond what’s offered from the standard Apple Watch Series 8.
We’ll continue to update this article as new rumours appear online, so check back frequently for all the latest details on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15. Heard anything interesting? Let us know on Twitter.