Apple is going to launch its latest smartphone iPhone 15 in September this year. The latest lineup of Apple iPhone 15 is iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Although we cannot rule out the possibility of Apple surprising us, numerous rumors and leaks about the iPhone 15 have been circulating consistently in recent months. As a result, we feel confident enough to provide a preliminary comparison between the iPhone 15 series and Apple’s current top-tier iPhones.
With this information in mind, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you might reconsider buying the iPhone 15 if you already own one of the excellent iPhone 13 or iPhone 14 models. In other words, these are the potential factors that could lead to disappointment with the iPhone 15 series.
Before that, though, a disclaimer: the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will almost certainly be the best iPhones ever made, and this article isn’t intended as a blanket criticism of iPhones we haven’t yet seen.
But because the company’s current models are already so technologically advanced, there will almost certainly be things that Apple’s next iPhones don’t improve on, which is a fact worth bearing in mind amid the annual iPhone hysteria.
1. The displays are staying the same
With the addition of Dynamic Island, a fancy screen cutout introduced by Apple, the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are the only models expected to see a design change in the iPhone 15 lineup. However, all other models are anticipated to retain the same display as their predecessors.
For example, the standard iPhone 15 is likely to continue featuring the iPhone 14’s 6.1-inch Super XDR OLED display, providing an unchanged resolution of 2532 x 1170 pixels and a static 60Hz refresh rate. Similarly, the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to maintain the 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED screen found on the iPhone 14 Pro, with a resolution of 2556 x 1179 pixels and an adaptive 1-120Hz refresh rate. The larger variant, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, is also set to keep its predecessor’s 6.7-inch display.
2. Don’t expect tangible performance increases
Rest assured, the iPhone 15 lineup, including the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, will feature lightning-fast processors. The former two models are expected to inherit the A16 Bionic chip, while the latter two are likely to receive the A17 Bionic chip, boasting benchmark scores rivaling Apple’s top MacBooks.
However, Apple’s yearly chipset upgrades now prioritize longevity over substantial performance increases. Top-tier iPhones remain remarkably fast devices capable of handling multiple apps simultaneously. The iPhone 15 is unlikely to feel significantly faster than its predecessors, such as the iPhone 13 Pro.
3. The price will be higher than ever
As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 15 lineup is set to offer valuable design, camera, and battery life upgrades; however, these improvements will come with an increased cost.
Apple is expected to raise the prices of all phones in the iPhone 15 line compared to their respective predecessors. According to a reliable leaker, the production cost of the iPhone 15 is estimated to be 12% higher than that of the iPhone 14, while the iPhone 15 Pro’s production cost is anticipated to be a substantial 20% more than the iPhone 14 Pro. These increased production costs are likely to have a similar impact on the inevitably advanced iPhone 15 Pro Max, leading to higher purchase prices across all four iPhone 15 models.
Interestingly, if there is a series-wide price increase for the iPhone 15 line, it would be the first such increase in the US since 2017. While international markets saw price increases due to heightened VAT (value-added tax) costs with last year’s iPhone 14 line, it appears that consumers in these regions might face further negative impacts as well.