Apple iPhone 15 rumors are heating up ahead of its inevitable release next fall. If you’re thinking about buying the 2023 iPhone, there are some things you’ll want to do before the iPhone 15 release date arrives.
We’re still a long way away from Apple’s iPhone 15 announcements, but there are some great reasons to consider waiting for the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Ultra. Apple will reportedly launch four new iPhones in 2023 and we could see the company’s “Pro Max” model renamed “Ultra.”
The iPhone 15 series will reportedly have a variety of upgrades on board including a new processor, improved cameras, enhancements to Dynamic Island, and design tweaks.
We don’t have an official iPhone 15 launch date yet, that announcement won’t come for awhile, but it should arrive in mid-September, 2023.
While it might seem like it’s a bit early to start prepping for the iPhone 15 release date, taking some steps ahead of time will ensure that you’re fully prepared to buy one when the time comes.
Your research might even convince you to buy another iPhone model well ahead of the iPhone 15 release or, perhaps, even buy a phone outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
- Track iPhone 15 Rumors
- Keep an Eye on Your Upgrade Eligibility
- Get Familiar with iOS 16 & iOS 17
- Research iPhone Accessories
- Figure Out How Much Storage You Need
- Look Into Other iPhones
- Look Into iPhone 15 Alternatives
- Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
- Research AppleCare
- Research Carriers
In this guide we’ll take prospective iPhone 15 buyers through some steps to take in the winter, spring, summer, and early fall ahead of Apple’s iPhone 15 release date.
Track iPhone 15 Rumors
If you’re interested in buying one of Apple’s 2023 iPhones, you’ll want to track the latest rumors as we push toward their release date next year.
Apple will try to keep iPhone 15 details under wraps, but leaks are inevitable. We’ve already seen reports outline potential iPhone 15 features and we’ll see plenty more in the months ahead as development continues behind the scenes.
iPhone 15 rumors will fill in many of the blanks and they’ll help you set proper expectations as we get closer to Apple’s announcements.
In addition to keeping an eye out for hardware and software rumors, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for release date and supply chain rumors.
As of right now, we expect the iPhone 15 release date to land in September, but that could certainly change down the road.
Keep an Eye on Your Upgrade Eligibility
If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 15 next year, or even if you’re just interested in potentially picking one up, keep an eye on your upgrade status throughout the year.
If you aren’t eligible for an upgrade until October (or later) of next year, you might not be able to buy your new iPhone 15 model right away.
That being said, carriers will sometimes bump your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to Apple’s announcements.
Get Familiar with iOS 16 & iOS 17
If you’re currently using a device that was left behind on iOS 15 (or older) or an Android phone, and you plan on upgrading to an iPhone 15 in 2023, you’ll want to get familiar with iOS 16 which is the current version of iOS.
If you own a newer iPhone model, you’ve probably already upgraded to the software and you can skip this step. If you’re still using an older version of iOS or you’ll be moving from Android, use this time to get comfortable with iOS. You can start with our guide to Apple’s software.
Next June, Apple will undoubtedly announce iOS 17 for iPhone. The company will likely confirm the software during its WWDC 2023 keynote.
iOS 17 will be the software that powers the iPhone 15 series so it’ll be important to get familiar with that version of iOS as well. And you’ll be able to do so long before the iPhone 15 release date arrives.
Shortly after the conclusion of the WWDC 2023 keynote, Apple will likely push iOS 17 into beta testing and if you own an eligible device, you’ll be able to download a pre-release version of the software.
If you prefer to keep your devices on stable software, you can follow iOS 17 from a distance. Either way, you’ll want to dig into the changes on board so that you’re comfortable with the iPhone 15’s software ahead of time.
Research iPhone Accessories
As we make our way toward the iPhone 15 release date, you should spend some time getting familiar with the best iPhone accessories. This way you’ll know exactly what to buy and how much to spend if you decide you want to pair your new iPhone with some extras.
We recommend reading reviews and digging into the best iPhone accessories long before Apple makes its announcements. Some accessories could drastically alter how you use your new phone.
Make sure you get a feel for potential costs, dig into the pros and cons of each manufacturer, and find the styles that appeal to you. This way, you’ll know exactly what to buy when the time comes to do so.
Figure Out How Much Storage You Need
Start thinking about how much storage you might want on your iPhone 15. Picking the right amount of iPhone storage will help you save money and avoid headaches down the road.
While some of you will be perfectly fine with the least amount of storage, others will want the peace of mind that comes with having a lot of internal space available.
If you’re unsure about what you might need, have a look at our iPhone 14 storage guide. While the iPhone 15 storage sizes might not mirror these exactly (we’ve seen a 2TB iPhone rumored numerous times in the past), they’ll likely be pretty close.
Look Into Other iPhones
Before you make the decision to wait for the iPhone 15, you’ll want to get research Apple’s current iPhone models. You might find an iPhone you really like long before the iPhone 15 arrives.
First, we recommend taking a look at Apple’s current flagships which include the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
You’ll also want to look at the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. We also recommend taking a look at the budget iPhone SE 3.
Buying an iPhone 15 may seem like a good idea, but a lot of you might be better off buying another iPhone. If you buy one in 2022, you’ll be able to upgrade to an iPhone 15, or another phone, next year.
Look Into iPhone 15 Alternatives
We also recommend taking a look at the best current, and upcoming, iPhone 15 alternatives. You might find something you like outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
There are a bunch of excellent iPhone alternatives out there, but here are a few of our current favorites:
- Google Pixel 7
- Google Pixel 7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S22
- Samsung Galaxy S22+
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
- OnePlus 10 Pro
You’ll also want to keep an eye on upcoming iPhone 15 alternatives as well. For instance, Samsung will almost certainly launch its new Galaxy S23 in the coming months and it should be one of the iPhone’s fiercest competitors.
Make a Plan for Your Current Phone
If you plan to upgrade to an iPhone 15, make sure you have a plan for your current phone.
Some of you might know of a friend or relative who could make use of your current phone. Ask around and see if anyone might need a hand-me-down. You might also look into donating your phone to charity.
If you plan on selling your current device to help offset the cost of your iPhone 15, you’ll want to dig into prices at popular resellers.
You’ll also want to keep your current phone in pristine condition because that’s how you’ll get the most money back from those resellers, your carrier, or Apple when iPhone 15 trade-in offers go live.
We don’t know how much the iPhone 15 series will cost just yet but you can expect it to at least fall in line with iPhone 14 series pricing. Which, as you may well know, isn’t cheap.
According to LeaksApplePro, the “iPhone 15 Ultra will cost substantially more to manufacture than iPhone 14 Pro Max” which means it could cost more than the $1099+ iPhone 14 Pro Max.
If you’re planning to buy an iPhone 15, you’ll probably want to protect your investment. AppleCare will help you do that.
New iPhones come with a standard warranty, but Apple’s AppleCare is an extended warranty service that delivers far better support.
If you aren’t familiar with AppleCare’s benefits, you should research them when you have time. You should also look into AppleCare alternatives.
If you’re currently unhappy with your provider’s coverage or data plan, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit for your iPhone 15.
Each carrier has its pros and cons, but you might find one that stands out. If you’re interested in switching carriers, make sure you shop around in the months ahead.
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.