Apple is facing challenges assembling its two upcoming new iPhone models, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, which could lead to a shortage of units at launch in September, reports The Information (a subscription is required to read the entire article).
Quoting two unnamed “people with direct knowledge of the issue, the article says Apple’s suppliers are using a new manufacturing process for the two models, the most expensive of the upcoming series of iPhones, that will allow it to dramatically narrow the width of the display’s black border, known as the bezel. The goal is to allow the iPhone 15 Pros to have a slightly larger screen when compared with previous models, without making the devices larger.
Here’s a round-up of some of the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 15 models:
° They’ll feature stacked battery technology for increased energy density and longer life.
° Some models of the 2023 smartphone will be available in pink, green, a blue color that has a gray tone, as well as a deep red flavor.
° There will be periscope camera technology exclusive to the larger handset.
° iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models will introduce a new button press combination to power off and force restart the devices.
° They may feature a unified volume button.
The volume controls on the side of the iPhone 15 Pro may be a single unified rocker button.
° Pro models may pack 8GB of RAM.
° The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro’s USB-C port and accompanying charging cables will feature a Lightning-like authenticator chip, potentially limiting their functionality with accessories that aren’t Apple-approved.
° The iPhone 15 models will sport support for faster charging speeds when used with MFi-certifiated USB-chargers.
° iPhone 15 Pro models will have improved LiDAR scanners that offer better battery life and improved performance.
The standard iPhone 15 models may lack support for ProMotion and an always-on display.
° The iPhone 15 Pro models will see a price increase due to several rumored hardware upgrades.
° The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will use a new ultra-low energy microprocessor.
° Apple’s plans for “haptic buttons” on the iPhone 15 have been scrapped. Instead, the tech giant plans to debut the feature on the 2024 iPhone 16.