iPhone 15: The Secret Feature That No One Is Talking About
The Secret Feature That No One Is Talking About We’ll be honest: based on what we’ve heard thus far, the iPhone 15 and its siblings aren’t must-haves if you already have an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro in your pocket .
3 Secret Feature:
1. A design of the USB-C charging port leads
The EU has informed Apple that all iPhones sold in Europe must have USB-C connectors by 2024, but all indications point to the corporation adopting this new charging standard a year early – and globally – with the iPhone 15 range.
Apple’s adoption of the USB-C standard will deliver substantial enhancements to data transfer speed and security on its newest iPhones, as well as increased cross-charger compatibility (by 2023, every new phone and laptop will include USB-C charging). For example, the iPhone 15 Pro will purportedly enable data transfer speeds of either 20Gbps or 40Gbps, a significant leap above the current best iPhones’ 480Mbps maximum transfer rate.
However, the addition of a USB-C port in favour of Apple’s standard Lightning port, which has been a fixture of every iPhone since the iPhone 5, isn’t the only design change coming to this year’s iPhones.
All four iPhone 15 models are expected to have curved edges similar to the iPhone 11, with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max receiving titanium sides, making them lighter and more durable than their predecessors. The latter two phones may also have display bezels that are only 1.5mm thick, as well as a brand-new, multi-function Action button.
In other words, if you own an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 13 Pro, this year’s Pro-grade iPhones will be lighter, stronger, and more practical (from a charging standpoint) than your existing handset. Oh, and if you own an iPhone 13 Pro and enjoy the appearance of Apple’s Dynamic Island, you’ll be happy to know that every iPhone 15 model, including the basic and Plus varieties, is expected to gain the feature this year.
2. Longer battery life for all models
The battery life on the iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, and their equivalent Max siblings is fairly good considering the brightness of their displays – you’ll get just over a full day of use from all four devices – but rumours claim that this may change.
The iPhone 15 will reportedly have an 18% larger battery, the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro will have a 14% larger battery, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max will have a 12% larger battery. In principle, these capacity enhancements should result in improved battery life for all models.
If you’re looking for specifics, we’ve broken out the rumoured battery capacity of each iPhone 15 variant below:
iPhone 15: 3,877mAh (vs 3,279mAh on iPhone 14)
iPhone 15 Plus: 4,912mAh (vs 4,325mAh on iPhone 14 Plus)
iPhone 15 Pro: 3,650mAh (vs 3,200mAh on iPhone 14 Pro)
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 4,852mAh (vs 4,323mAh on iPhone 14 Pro Max)
The chip improvements that are coming to each iPhone model should complement these battery size increases as well. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to inherit the A16 Bionic chip from the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, bringing familiar efficiency improvements, while the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will almost certainly benefit from an even more efficient A17 Bionic chipset. Bottom line: every iPhone 15 model will have better battery life.
According to reports, Apple’s aforementioned transition to USB-C on the iPhone 15 line may enable up to 35W charging on some iPhone 15 models. The normal iPhone 14 is now limited to 20W charging, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max is limited to 27W. The latter takes about two hours to recharge to full capacity, so any improvements on that figure for the iPhone 15 range will be welcomed.
3. Changes in the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s camera
Every year, Apple’s latest iPhones bring traditional camera enhancements to the table – but in 2023, the worthwhile advancements appear to be geared only for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are both rumoured to feature a 48MP primary sensor, but the iPhone 14 Pro already has one, and an upgraded Sony sensor – one that captures more light – appears to be the only genuine camera update coming to the iPhone 15 Pro. The iPhone 15 Pro Max, on the other hand, could be a completely different beast.
For starters, the iPhone 15 Pro Max could gain a telephoto camera with a variable zoom lens, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. Variable optical zoom cameras are extremely rare in today’s smartphones – the Sony Xperia 1 IV has one, but it can only zoom between 3.5x and 5.2x – so the addition of such a sensor on an iPhone would be significant.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is also rumored to ship with a supersized Sony IMX903 sensor, which – at a whopping 1/1.14 inches – would mark the biggest camera sensor ever used in an iPhone. The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to boast more advanced image processing skills than its standard sibling, too, while a dual-lens front-facing camera could likewise be on the cards.