Apple’s iPhone 15 tipped to be most expensive yet

Everything we know so far about the new iPhone has come from leaks, ahead of a suspected September launch.

Everything we know so far about the new iPhone has come from leaks, ahead of a suspected September launch. Photo: Getty

With Apple’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro expected to be unveiled within weeks, here is everything we know about the market leader’s new flagship product.

The biggest change to the iPhone 15 will be the charging port, after the European Union forced Apple to meet its consumer-protection laws.

The iPhone 15 will use a USB-C charging port, the same as Android devices.

Another major change, based on leaked information, is replacing the mute switch with an ‘action’ button, which is programmable with different options.

The border – or bezel – around the edge of the device will shrink, according to leaked designs, as Apple pushes for a phone that is ‘all-screen’, featuring no borders, buttons or cutouts for cameras and sensors.

One proposed feature, touch-sensor buttons on the side of the device, appears to have been binned.

Specs and cost

There are expected to be four different models of the iPhone 15, with a range of features exclusive to the more expensive models.

According to leaked information, the slimmer bezel will give the phone a marginally larger display, and it will also feature a 3mm a17 chip, wi-fi 6E, increased RAM and a lighter chassis compared to the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro.

Price wise, there are signals from Apple that consumers should expect to pay substantially for the new phones.

According to Business Insider, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that people will pay more because iPhones are “so integral into people’s lives”.

“I think people are willing to really stretch to get the best they can afford in that category,” he said.

In Australia, the iPhone 14 started at $1399 for the cheapest model, with the iPhone 14 Plus costing at least $1579 RRP.

Launch dates

Normally, Apple launches its flagship phones during a live event in the first half of September.

The company was forced to delay the iPhone 12 in 2020 until October, so if there isn’t a launch in September this will be the likely date.

According to The Information, Apple is facing challenges in assembling the two most expensive models because of a new manufacturing process that could result in a shortage of units.

Whether this delay occurs remains to be seen, but regardless of the launch month, the iPhone 15 and 15 Pros are set to fly off the shelf.

Apple is the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, with a current market value of over $2.8 trillion.

It sold more than 200 million iPhones each year for the past three years.

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