Buying a new iPhone right now might be tempting, but some of you might want to wait for Apple’s 2023 iPhone, presumably called iPhone 15.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, you’ve got a ton of options to sift through. The iPhone 14 series represents the top-of-the-line, but Apple’s got plenty of other devices that are worthy of your attention including the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, and iPhone SE 3.
And while many of you will be perfectly fine buying one of these iPhones, or a device outside of Apple’s ecosystem, others should consider waiting for the 2023 iPhones.
iPhone 15 Rumors
iPhone 15 rumors have started swirling and the company’s upcoming models already sound like they’ll be worthy successors to the iPhone 14.
We’ve heard Apple might launch a new iPhone 15 Ultra and we also expect numerous performance improvements. In his Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says Apple may change the name of the iPhone 15 Pro Max to iPhone 15 Ultra and that we may see bigger changes at the high-end next year.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agrees and says Apple could create “more differentiation between iPhone 15 Pro Max & 15 Pro to raise 15 Pro Max shipments and enhance the iPhone product mix.”
Apple will likely keep four iPhone models around so at this point you should expect an iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra/Max.
We also expect Apple to keep the same screen sizes for all four models which means the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will likely be 6.1 inches while the iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Ultra/Max will be 6.7 inches.
We could see Apple make some massive changes to the iPhone in 2023 and that puts those of you in the market for a new device in a tough position in 2022: Should you buy a new device this year or wait?
The iPhone 15 series is still in development which means plans can, and probably will, change before Apple unveils the new hardware. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the 2023 iPhone models.
In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the 2023 iPhones arrive.
Wait for Performance Improvements
Apple always makes year-to-year performance improvements to the iPhone so you can expect the iPhone 15 series to come with numerous changes.
You can expect the iPhone 15 models to feature an improved processor which could lead to better battery life and app performance.
The higher-end iPhone 15 models should feature Apple's new A17 chip though we could see the lower-end come with Apple's A16, the same processor that powers the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Rumors suggest the iPhone 15 series might come with a brand new processor based on TSMC's next-gen 3nm chip technology. The process is expected to enhance performance while also reducing power consumption. In other words, we should see faster phones with better battery life.
Qualcomm's announced a new 5G Snapdragon X70 modem which is expected to launch in devices this year. It didn't make it into the iPhone 14 series but there's a good chance it lands inside all four iPhone 15 models next year.
Apple's reportedly working on its own modem but we won't see it until 2024 or 2025. TrendForce thinks Apple's in-house modem will debut in 2024 while analyst Jeff Pu believes Apple will stick with Qualcomm and its unannounced Snapdragon X75 in 2024.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says Apple will indeed be sticking with Qualcomm chips in 2023.
Leaker Majin Bu says the iPhone 15 Ultra will start at 256GB of storage while the iPhone 15 Pro will start with 128GB.
Taiwanese research firm TrendForce predicts Apple will put an increased 8GB of RAM into the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models. The standard iPhone 15 models may still carry 6GB of RAM.
It's still early, but you can expect additional iPhone 15 rumors to outline some of the other potential performance enhancements in the coming months.