5/15 update below. This post was originally published on May 13
Legally, the most controversial Apple iPhone 15 upgrade is likely to be the closed implementation of USB-C. But for iPhone fans, a new leak has confirmed that the biggest shock when they launch will be the cameras.
Respected leaker Unknownz21 States They have: “Finally received independent confirmation of this: the Periscope lens will be available exclusively on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.”
This rumor has been circulating for months, but few have taken it seriously, since it would disappoint iPhone buyers to see the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max feature set broken down for the first time. Battery life aside, the Pro and Pro Max were always up to par, with the purchase decision usually made based on size preference.
It now looks set to change with the iPhone 15 lineup, and small phone fans will either have to miss out on the best features or buy a much bigger smartphone than they want.
On the plus side (pun not intended), the periscope camera has been an increasingly obvious omission from the iPhone lineup, and the Pro Max will remedy that. Competitors, most notably the Galaxy S23 Ultra, have been very successful with their combination of periscope lenses and digital zoom, with Samsung’s flagship able to produce up to 100x zoom with increasingly strong results.
In Apple’s defense, competitors usually limit their periscope lenses to their largest phones. Why? More likely, it’s a space issue, and while Apple has consistently overcome space limitations with the iPhone Pro in terms of thermal performance and battery life, it may simply be that the iPhone 15 Pro can’t physically squeeze into the new periscope lens. Thus, it looks like 2023 will be the year when iPhone buyers will have to go big if they want the best features.
Furthermore, sales of the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 13 Mini showed that support for smaller smartphones was noisy but not on the scale many assumed, so it may not be a hard sell for Apple. Especially for those who are also tempted by the pro’s ultra-thin bezels, the next-gen A17 chip and the switch to USB-C.
However, with the prices of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max both expected to skyrocket, expect jeers from commentators if the Pro Max really does break feature parity after so many years and an explosion of iPhone 15 Pro-ish memes.
Update 05/15: More iPhone 15 camera news leaked. In a new research note I saw Mac rumorsJeff Bo, a well-known analyst at Haitong International Securities, stated that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models will be equipped with a new 48-megapixel rear camera. But it’s not all good news.
Bo says Apple is experiencing productivity issues that “may lead to production delays for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.” However, both devices are still expected to launch in September, along with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Interestingly, Pu notes that the 48MP camera lens will use a new triple-stack sensor to capture more light, which is a crucial component of improving image quality. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max launched with a 48MP primary camera last year, but it’s unclear how many components the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus share, given productivity issues.
One of the main advantages of last year’s 48-megapixel camera is that it introduced support for ProRAW images. Apple captures RAW files, which retains more image detail (at much larger file sizes) and uses less image processing, something that offers more flexibility during editing. It remains to be seen if ProRAW will come to standard iPhone 15 models, given Apple’s reluctance to pass on other Pro-branded features like ProMotion.
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