features, release, price and more – everything about iPhone 2023

iPhone 15 will be Apple’s 17th generation iPhone, and will bring many changes. But what can you expect? When will it be released? And last but not least: how much will it cost? You can read that and more in our iPhone 15 file.

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New design for iPhone 15

Apple changes the design of the iPhone from head to toe every few years, and then keeps it for a few years. Consider, for example, the design of the iPhone 6, which survived with little change until the iPhone 8. Or the design of the iPhone X, which was almost unchanged until the iPhone 11 Pro.

iPhone 15 design

Now the days of the iPhone 12 design also seem to be numbered, and Apple is going for a fresh design with the iPhone 15. What it will look like remains to be seen – we ourselves expect Apple to move a little in the direction of the iPhone 4 again. There are also the requisite Dynamic Island rumors: the camera hole on the iPhone 14 Pro. This is likely to come to all iPhone 15 models.

From Lightning to USB-C

Will we finally get an iPhone that we can simply charge with a MacBook cable or even an Android phone? It looks like it! Because the EU requires the USB-c connection for small electronic devices, Apple also needs to switch. The company has already confirmed that it will do so. And it is probably already happening with the iPhone 15!

AirPods usb-c

This also brings another advantage: speed. The current Lightning connection on the iPhone 14 is painfully slow if you want to transfer large files. And it’s especially annoying with movie files that get bigger and bigger. USB-C likely solves that problem with speeds 10 to 20 times faster. It takes time.

New name: iPhone 15 Ultra

There are expected to be four models of the iPhone 15, all of which will have the same sizes as now. That means two 6.1-inch models and two 6.7-inch models. The names are slightly changed. This will be the row:

  • iPhone 15 (6.1″)
  • iPhone 15 Plus (6.7 inches)
  • iPhone 15 Pro (6.1″)
  • iPhone 15 Ultra (6.7″)

The name Pro Max therefore seems to disappear, and is replaced by Ultra. This is because this most expensive model is rumored to have features that set it apart from its smaller Pro sibling, although what those features are remains to be seen.

Brand new A17 chip

It is a given that the iPhone gets a new chip every year. At least it always has been. That changed with the iPhone 14 (Plus): it got the same chip as the iPhone 13 Pro. Only the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) got a newer A16 chip.

Apple A17 Bionic

Apple will probably use the same trick with the iPhone 15. The iPhone 15 (Plus) will get the A16 chip from the previous year, and the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra will be equipped with a brand new A17 chip. This is much faster because it is made on a new 3nm process. It also gets 8 GB of RAM – that’s two gigabytes more than now. So this is the lineup:

  • iPhone 14 (Plus): A16 Bionic (5nm), 6 GB RAM
  • iPhone 15 Pro/Ultra: A17 Bionic (3nm), 8GB RAM

Periscope lens

The iPhone 15 Ultra – and perhaps also the iPhone 15 Pro – will get a periscope lens for the first time. This is a lens that lies horizontally in the iPhone, so to speak, and is reflected back with a mirror. For example, there is much more room for more lens elements, resulting in a zoom lens with 5x or even 10x zoom. So you take much better zoom photos – the current iPhone 14 Pro doesn’t go further than 3x zoom.

iPhone 14 Pro camera

There is also a small chance that Apple will add an 8K movie feature to the iPhone. With the arrival of the 48-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 14 Pro (Max), this is theoretically possible. But given the large amount of storage you need for these kinds of videos, the question is whether Apple will even go for it.

Solid state buttons

Although the home button has disappeared from all regular iPhone models for years, the iPhone still has three physical buttons: volume up, volume down, and the power button. Apple wants to replace these buttons on the iPhone 15 with so-called solid state buttons.

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Solid state buttons don’t physically move, but they feel like they’re clicking through a vibrating motor inside the iPhone. This is the same technique that is also on the home button on the iPhone 7 (Plus), iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone SE (2022). The advantage is that these buttons are much more resistant to water, so the iPhone’s water resistance is improved again.

iPhone 15 release and price

The iPhone 15 will most likely be announced in September 2023. We can even gamble on the exact date: September 4, 6 or 11 with an extensive Apple event. The release itself will then be on Friday a week later, i.e. on 15 or 22 September 2023.

iPhone 15 camera

The price is expected to change little or not at all from the iPhone 14 – i.e. in the US. It remains to be seen in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. Due to the exchange rate of the euro, the price of the iPhone may increase even more, but how the euro will stand in September is of course impossible to predict. If prices remain the same, you’ll pay the following amount for an iPhone 15:

  • iPhone 15: €1019
  • iPhone 15 Plus: €1169
  • iPhone 15 Pro: €1329
  • iPhone 15 Ultra: €1479

Don’t want to wait until September 2023? So take a look at the best prices for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro:

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