“iPhone 14 isn’t even out yet, but he’s here talking about the iPhone 15.” I know, I know… But my intentions are good, so bear with me…
(which, according to the latest rumors, are exactly two months away from release now), is that they’ll be giving us:
story is for those Android users (and those with older iPhones, too) who think the above-stated list of upgrades simply isn’t enough to justify making the switch from Android or paying at least $1,100 for an iPhone 14 Pro.
iPhone 15 Pro: Will USB-C, a periscope zoom camera, and the most customizable version of iOS (16) ever attract Android users and those with older iPhones?
USB-C is coming to iPhone 15, Android fans
Starting with the big one, reportedly, USB-C must be coming to the entire iPhone 15 lineup in 2023! The reason is that new European legislation will demand all phones (amongst other devices) to ship with a common USB-C port, starting in 2024.
Technically, the mandate doesn’t affect the iPhone 15 (expected in 2023), but if the rumors are true, Apple will be rushing to future-proof the iPhone 15. This looks pretty likely now that we know AirPods Pro 2 (coming this fall) are supposed to feature a USB-C port – a first for Cupertino’s wireless earbuds, which would mark the beginning of Apple’s total USB-C transition.
5-6x periscope zoom camera reportedly coming to iPhone 15 Pro Max
Yes! Rumor has it that the long-awaited modern periscope zoom lens, which we saw first on the Huawei P30 Pro in 2019, is finally about to get into the Apple universe. But not as a fictional character. This time it’s supposed to be for real! After tons of “confirmations” and callbacks from leaksters, top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now says the long-range zoom camera will be one of iPhone 15 Pro’s main selling points, and that’s exciting!For the record, Kuo outlines that as of now, only the bigger iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to get a new 5-6x periscope zoom lens. That being said, I’d take this with a good grain of salt, since Apple’s current approach when it comes to hardware upgrades is to equip the small and bigger iPhones with the same set of features.
Leaks aside, another hint that the iPhone 15 Pro series might be bringing a periscope zoom camera are Apple’s patents, but also the fact that iPhone 14 Pro is expected to have only one new rear camera in the face of the 48MP primary snapper. In case you’ve been in a coma in the past 15 years, Apple’s the kind of company that likes to… spread the upgrades around. A lot.
Android users, iOS 16 is now as customizable as ever
I’m aware that the concept of an iPhone with USB-C sounds shocking enough – for example, our chief editor still doesn’t think it’ll happen. However, there’s something equally as shocking that’s making its way on to iPhone 15, but also iPhone 14 (and all iPhones down to iPhone 8), and that’s the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system – iOS 16!
Many call iOS 16 “one of the biggest software updates in iPhone history”, and while this might be debatable, I think we can all come together around and say that iOS 16 is the biggest customization-focused upgrade we’ve seen come to Apple’s iPhone.
For instance, for the first time ever, iPhone users will be able to fully customize their Lock Screen with iOS 16. Apple’s added support for up to five widgets that are always there waiting for you. On top of that, despite being kept a secret, we already know that Apple’s planning to introduce the long-anticipated Always-On display feature with iPhone 14 (some pretty solid-looking leaks have basically confirmed that).
Wallpapers on iPhone are now super-customizable too. There’s a feature called Photo Shuffle, which allows iPhone to change its wallpaper automatically on a daily/hourly basis, or every time you wake the phone or tap on the lock screen. This one can make your iPhone feel fresh every time you unlock it. If it sounds familiar, that’s because Huawei phones have been able to do this for years now.
Lock screen wallpapers on iOS 16 now also integrate a Portrait Mode-like effect, where if you have a picture with a standout subject (think: your face/pet/a building), your iPhone can automatically crop it and overlay it over the time/clock widget on your lock screen. It creates a depth effect that makes your subject and clock look somewhat more alive/3D. My early impressions are that the algorithm is surprisingly accurate (often to a point of perfection).
iPhone 15 Pro could (almost) be the perfect iPhone for me (Android and iPhone user), but it’ll need a few more premium features to be “perfect”…
Possible design of iPhone 15 Pro, according to a leak from Jon Prosser.
Sure, iPhone 15 Pro won’t convince all Android users to throw away their phones and wake up next to a 7-inch iPhone Max. I made tech sound romantic – give me some points! But that’s not quite the idea behind this story.
That being said, the iPhone 13 mini is still missing a bunch of fantastic features that my Google Pixel 6 Pro has, like a USB-C port and a brilliant periscope zoom camera. That’s why I know I’m not switching to an iPhone 14 model…
But if Apple’s prepping an iPhone 15 Pro with USB-C and a periscope camera… Then we can talk!
Features that would make iPhone 15 Pro the iPhone that Android users might’ve been waiting for…
All that being said, it’s not like USB-C and a periscope camera will make iPhone 15 Pro the most feature-rich phone ever made. I’m secretly hoping for more. Here’s my Three More Things wishlist, Tim Cook:
Reverse Wireless Charging on iPhone 15
RWC could very well be coming to iPhone 15 Pro (or even iPhone 14 Pro), but we still don’t have any hints that this might end up happening. Anyway, I leave the house with a dead AirPods/FreeBuds Pro case every now and then, and if I want to listen to my podcast, the only option is to go back home and plug in my earbuds. This seemingly minor annoyance can be a mood-killer.With my Pixel (for example, at the gym), I can simply pop my wireless charging-enabled earbuds case on the back of my phone and let the Pixel do the work, so I can use my earbuds for the next few hours before I can go home and give them a full charge. Reverse Wireless Charging is the kind of feature that you don’t know you need and it’d be awesome to finally see it on iPhone.
Fast charging on iPhone 15
Speaking of charging, I can’t skip asking Apple for properly fast charging on iPhone 15 (but also iPhone 14, if it’s not too late).
A full charge takes nearly 2h across the iPhone 13 lineup, and while the “50% in 30 min” that Apple’s giving us are pretty satisfactory, I keep wish I had the extreme convenience of my Huawei P30 Pro, which would give me a full day of use after being plugged in for 30 min. Not much else to say here. You must try fast charging to appreciate it.
Apple, please give me my rounded iPhone back
This one’s a pet peeve of mine, but I’d love my rounded corners back, Apple.
Thanks to the upcoming iPhone 14 Max, the average iPhone size in 2022 will hit a new peak. The thing is that the iPhone’s flat design simply doesn’t go great with its increasing size. In fact, even the iPhone 13 mini digs into my hands when I use it for longer than a few minutes, and I’m not exaggerating.
I might be the minority here since everyone seems to love the new flat iPhones, but I tend to put functional design over aesthetics. Handling the iPhone 8 after having used the iPhone 13 mini for about a month, feels… amazing. That must mean something.
Will iPhone 15 Pro finally get diehard Android fans to make the big switch?
Now… If I have to consider the current trends in the smartphone market, then the answer to this question is probably… yes! Apple’s smartphone market share is growing, and now more than ever, people choose to spend their money on flagship phones in particular, which is great news for Cupertino.However, if I have to be reasonable, I must consider that by the time iPhone 15 Pro is out, Samsung, Google, Xiaomi & Co would probably have elevated Android phones to newer heights, which means it might be a bit more tricky for Apple to attract Android users.
Still, USB-C on iPhone will mean you’d be able to charge all of your Apple or non-Apple products with one cable, which could be enough to sway a good portion of non-iPhone users (but also iPhone users with older phones).
Needless to say, the camera is nowadays the focal point of all new flagship phones, so I could bet my bottom dollar that an iPhone 15 Pro with a periscope zoom lens will manage to blow many minds and get into many-er pockets. Especially those who’ve never had a phone with a periscope zoom camera.
The presence of features like Reverse Wireless Charging and proper Fast charging would be the cherry on top for the iPhone 15 Pro series. Still, their potential absence certainly doesn’t sound like a dealbreaker tome, in case I decided to go full-time iPhone and retire my Pixel.
What about you, though?