This year, Apple widened the gap between standard iPhone 14 and high-end iPhone 14 Pro models. Rumor mills claim that next year the gap is going to get wider.
Corroborating those reports, a Taiwanese research firm, TrendForce says that the high-end iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with a USB-C port, camera improvements, an increased 8GB of RAM, and more.
Advanced A16 Bionic processor, Always-On Display with 1Hz refresh rate, Dynamic Island, 48MP main camera, and other distinctive features in the latest iPhone 14 Pro models impressed consumers so much that the premium models have been selling like hot cakes and drastically impacted sales of standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models.
Like the iPhone 14 series, the 2023 iPhone 15 series will also feature two processors
Reporting on Apple’s cut in production volume of the latest iPhone 14 series due to inflation, TrendForce also mentioned that the specifications’ differentiation of next-generation standard and high-end iPhone models will be greater in 2023.
The report states that iPhone 15 series will also feature four models and Pro models but both tiers will be equipped with two different processors to “further differentiate between standard and high-end models.”
Furthermore, the Pro models will finally transition to USB-C ports to support faster data transfer and fast charging and enhanced 8GB memory, and a camera system with a periscope lens for improved zoom.
In terms of specifications, in addition to the comprehensive switch from lightning to Type C connectors which is already known, chances are high that the Pro series will feature a memory capacity upgrade to 8GB to match its new processor and continue camera specifications improvements including upgrading its main camera to 8P and the use a periscope lens in the Pro Max model.
As the company’s in-house 5G modem is not delivering the expected performance, Apple will continue to use Qualcomm’s 5G modem in the 2023 iPhone 15 series.
As for Apple’s in-house 5G modem, the company will continue using a Qualcomm model because its mmWave signal test results cannot meet Apple’s requirements. The company’s self-developed 5G modem is expected to be officially introduced in 2024.
The report corroborates other claims that state that Apple would use its custom 5G modem in the 2024 iPhone series. It is also expected that the Dynamic Island will be available across the iPhone 15 series.