Last week, Apple announced its latest “new” iPhone — if by “new,” of course, one means “yellow.” But that’s not uncommon for the company, which took to adding a new shade to its phones about halfway through the model year.
However, if you’ve been waiting for a really new iPhone to hit the market, you have another six months to go. This means, of course, that rumors about the next iPhone new The new iPhone, if you’re going to start picking it up. But is this year’s update likely to be a big change from its predecessor? Or will this be on par with the yellow iPhone 14? Let’s go over what are likely to be some of the most significant changes.
Asad to serve
The latest rumor circulating about this year’s iPhone models is that the sleep/wake and volume buttons, as well as the circular/silent switch, will be replaced with solid-state replacements.
Solid-state buttons are a kind of middle ground between traditional physical controls and touch controls. Think of the Home button starting on the iPhone 7, which still appears as a distinct control, but it has no moving parts. (Modern Mac trackpads have used similar technology for some time, too.) While they respond to touch, they also provide haptic feedback, tricking you into thinking you’ve pressed a button.
While this certainly makes sense from the perspective of the sleep/wake and volume buttons—getting rid of moving parts that can get dirty, stick, or jam—the circular/silent switch is a bit much for me. Reports indicate that it will be replaced by a button, but it is unclear how it will provide different haptic feedback to indicate status. (It could be as simple as vibrating when it’s in silent mode and beeping when it’s in ring mode.)
There’s one thing I’m wondering: Is this a change that Apple is likely to spend a lot of time advertising? I’m not sure it would get a significant mention in the keyword, which makes sense since most users probably won’t notice the difference. But eliminating physical buttons means fewer moving parts that could break — which is always a good thing.
Now USB-C me
Rumors of Apple switching the connector on the iPhone have been going around for years, but finally, this is the year. Really, that is. We are sure.
It seems as if the stars have finally lined up for Apple to change ports: namely, the combination of regulatory pressure from the European Union and the growing adoption of USB-C. If the recent switch of the Siri Remote to USB-C is any indication, Apple is about to move forward with the transition.
Besides getting so close to being able to charge all of your Apple devices with a single cable, USB-C also opens up some additional possibilities for iPhones, if your iPad is any indication. Connecting external storage and additional peripherals via USB-C could be useful in some situations — although some less exciting rumors suggest that Apple may be closing the port with certified accessories. (Lon me being more skeptical on this part).
above the speculum
No, your iPhone will not have a tiny camera sticking out of it. One of the challenges of putting a long focal length telephoto lens into a smartphone is simply the space available. To be able to get a bigger zoom you need a bunch of lenses and set them at distances that, if put together using a traditional smartphone camera layout, would result in an absurdly large camera bump.
So instead, the periscope design uses mirrors — like periscopes — to allow these lenses to work lengthwise Along the phone, rather than being limited to Depth. That means the possibility of a telephoto lens that could feature magnification closer to, if rumors are to be believed, 6x, improving on what’s available on current models.
But this may not be an overall improvement. Some rumors have the periscope lens being limited to the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max, for example, given the space available in the device. This will be an annoyance for those who don’t want a bigger phone, but it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has only put its best camera in its most expensive model.
Speaking of which, the other long-awaited question about the iPhone 15 lineup is how Apple will differentiate between the Pro and non-Pro models. Last year, for the first time, the company put only its latest chipset — the A16 — in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, opting to leave the standard iPhone 14 and 14 Plus on the A15 Bionic for 2021. Presumably, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will get the A16 this fall. , while the 15 Pro and Pro Max move to the new A17.
But between that and the possibility of some features, such as a periscope lens, only coming to the Pro Max/Ultra model, Apple is definitely making its lineup more complicated. Colors, processors, case materials, and even software features are all ways Apple has chosen to separate its Pro phones from their non-Pro counterparts.
However, this is not surprising, given that the company continues to see a significant rise to the top of the iPhone market; As Tim Cook said during Apple’s most recent financial results call, “I think people are willing to do the most they can to get the best they can afford in this category.”
Is this iPhone 15 poised to be a significant update on this year’s models? The smartphone has certainly matured as a product, with changes occurring throughout the year that seem more evolutionary than revolutionary these days, but most people don’t replace their phones every year, so for those trading in a two-year-old device, the iPhone 15 line may seem like a big step. forward.
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