All iPhone 15 models are expected to ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C. This is not surprising as USB-C will become mandatory in the EU just a few months after the 15 Series goes on sale.
There may be some permutations in the composition with the renaming of the “Pro Max” model to “Ultra”. Analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman have already spoken about this. This makes sense as it better matches the Apple M1 and Watch naming schemes. What’s interesting about the iPhone 15 Ultra is that it will have exclusive hardware.
8K video recording is one of the features coming to the iPhone 15 Pro. Kuo also suggests that the Ultra will exclusively have a periscope lens (6x or 5x). In addition, the model will have improved battery life, which will last for 3-4 hours.
With all these exclusive upgrades, the price of the 15 Ultra is expected to rise over the 14 Pro Max, perhaps starting at $1,200 (up from $1,100), but that remains to be determined.
As for the rest of the series, there will be some commonality – all four models are expected to feature the Dynamic Island design. However, the two pairs will still use different chipset levels, with the Pro and Ultra models moving to the new Apple A17, while the base iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will likely get the current A16.
There has been some speculation that the FaceID hardware could go under the display, leaving only a punch hole for the camera, but it will take months of development before it’s clear if the technology is viable or if we have to wait another year.
It’s still too early to tell if the base and Plus models will feature high refresh rate displays and Always On modes.