iPhone 15: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

An iPhone with no ports? The return of Touch ID? Maybe...

Accurately looking ahead at a phone that we don't expect to arrive for another year might seem silly. But painting a picture of what the iPhone 15 might be like begins to make sense when we consider leaks about its forerunner and timelines for specific hardware changes.

When Will the iPhone 15 Be Released?

Apple sticks to a pretty firm schedule. Following the 2021 iPhone 13 launch, this is the likely timeline: 

Release Date Estimate

After several iPhone launches, it's clear that Apple likes to release its new phones in the fall. Since there’s still another phone expected before this one, watch for the iPhone 15 in September 2023.

iPhone 15 Price Rumors

A price estimate this early won’t be accurate, since we haven’t yet confirmed the price of this phone’s future predecessor. But expect to spend $1,000 or more. For reference, the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099, and some expect the iPhone 14 equivalent to be under $1,000.

However, the entire pricing model could change if Apple starts selling the iPhone as a subscription service, which is rumored to start happening the same year the iPhone 15 is scheduled to arrive.

Pre-Order Information

You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone 15 directly from Apple's website, likely the same day it's announced. We'll have the exact details during the Apple event that year; monitor our Next Apple Event page for more information.

iPhone 15 Features

New versions of the iPhone operating system follow a similar year-after-year schedule as the iPhone. So if we count from where we are now with iOS 15, it follows that iOS 17 (if that's even its name) will be here by the time iPhone 15 launches. Although the number sequencing is pretty straightforward, the actual features that this OS will bring are still entirely unknown at this point.

There's still a lot of time from now until 2023, so expect more details to edge their way in as we get closer to the release. We'll keep this page updated in line with those rumors and leaks.

iPhone 15 Specs and Hardware

Despite this phone being many, many months out from a release, a few details from leakers and analysts point to what we will likely see in terms of iPhone 15 specs.

Beginning in 2017, Apple transitioned away from Touch ID, opting instead for Face ID. But that could change with the iPhone 15. A name you're probably familiar with, if you follow Apple-related leaks, is Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst has said the 2023 iPhone will get an in-screen Touch ID—since that release year corresponds to the iPhone 15, it's safe to say if this is accurate, Touch ID will return to the iPhone 15, and it will be built-in under the display (Apple even won a patent for an under-display biometrics sensor).

However, a later report, also from Kuo, conflicts with his earlier prediction:

We won't know for a while the screen size of the iPhone 15, but Kuo points to 2024 as the year Apple comes out with a "real full-screen iPhone," and a lineup that adopts an under-display front camera and under-display Face ID.

Ross Young makes predictions about the next several iPhone releases, in terms of under-panel hardware. The iPhone 15 will presumably have a pill-and-hole instead of a notch.

Another significant change we could see is an all-wireless iPhone. In late 2021, the European Commission proposed USB-C as the go-to port for smartphones, and then in mid-2022 solidified the decision. European lawmakers will make it mandatory starting in 2024, meaning Apple will need to do away with the Lightning connector that's been the standard on iPhones. This change wouldn't be groundbreaking considering Macs and most iPads have them, but it could be what pushes Apple to make the iPhone completely wireless. Or, maybe they'll stick to USB-C. Only time will tell how this pans out.

Something else we've heard regarding the under-display tech is a front-facing camera. Chances are this won't arrive until Apple perfects under-display Face ID (which we could see in iPhone 14), but maybe they'll hit both the same year: in-screen camera and Face ID.

Analyst Jeff Pu predicts that one of the models will feature a periscope camera capable of up to 10x optical zoom. We've also seen reports that the zoom will be 5x, so it's unclear right now.

Here's a neat concept of the iPhone 15 Pro that utilizes some of those ideas, like in-screen Face ID and Touch ID. There's also an Apple Watch-like display over the back-facing camera housing that provides at-a-glance information and controls for music and calls.

The Latest News About the iPhone 15

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire, but here are other related stories and some rumors we've found about the iPhone 15 specifically:

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