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5 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 15 & 6 Reasons Not To

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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 company’s 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 been swirling for months 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. 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 this 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.” A user named yeux1122, who has shared accurate information about Apple products in the past, concurs.

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. This has been backed up by a fairly prominent leaker.

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 2023: Should you buy a new device now 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 Even Better Cameras

Wait for Even Better Cameras

The iPhone 14 series comes with fantastic cameras and the iPhone 15 series looks like it will build on that foundation.

iPhone 15 rumors have continually hinted at one potential change and that's the inclusion of a new periscope camera.

The rumor comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Kuo believes Apple will install a periscope lens on the highest-end iPhone 15 model, the iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra. He has reiterated this in a newer report and again says the feature will be limited to the iPhone 15 Max/Ultra.

If this pans out, the iPhone 15 Pro Max could offer enhanced optical zoom, somewhere in the range of 5x to 10x. This would be a big improvement over the current iPhone lineup.

Kuo doesn't believe the iPhone 15 Pro models will have an "8P" lens. Last year, Taiwanese research firm TrendForce said it believed Apple would upgrade the main lens to 8P. 8P refers to the number of elements used in the lens.

Another leaker, Shadow_Leak, claims the periscope lens might abandon the "full plastic lens design and use a hybrid lens design."

Korean outlet The Elec believes the periscope lens will emerge on both iPhone 16 Pro models when they arrive in 2024.

Leaker Majin Bu claims the iPhone 15 Ultra will have two front-facing cameras as opposed to one on board the iPhone 15 Pro.

Nikkei Asia says Sony is expected to "supply Apple with its latest state-of-the-art image sensor."

According to the publication, the "sensors can capture more light and reduce overexposure or underexposure in certain settings, enabling a smartphone camera to clearly photograph a person's face even if the subject is standing against a strong backlight."

Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a trip to Japan and visited Sony's "cutting-edge facility" in Kumamoto, a sign that the partnership between the two companies remains strong.

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