In a research note to clients tech analyst Jeff Pu predicted the iPhone 15 Pro models will see a price increase due to several rumored hardware upgrades.
MacRumors notes that this would be the first price increase since the iPhone X. In the U.S., the Pro model has started at US$999 since the iPhone X was released in 2017, while the Pro Max has started at $1,099 since the iPhone XS Max launched the following year.
The iPhone 15 line-up will probably debut in September or October. Here’s a round-up of some of the other rumors about them:
° The volume controls on the side of the iPhone 15 Pro may be a single unified rocker button.
° The line-up will have thinner bezels.
° Pro models may pack 8GB of RAM.
° Only the highest-end model will sport a periscope lens.
° The iPhone 15’s volume button and power button will adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 and 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design.
° The iPhone 15 pack a USB-C port, and multiple camera improvements.
° 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 Pro will be offered in a “stunning new dark red color option.”
° iPhone 15 Pro models will have improved LiDAR scanners that offer better battery life and improved performance.
° The iPhone 15 Pro Max will be thicker than its precedessor despite having a slightly reduced height and width, but it could offer a less protrusive camera rear array.
° The standard iPhone 15 models may lack support for ProMotion and an always-on display.