New details have emerged about Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone 15, less than a month before the tech giant is set to officially pull back the curtain on the new device.
A leaker claims that the iPhone 15 will support charging speeds of up to 35W, significantly faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 14, which has a charging speed of just 20W.
This means that the upcoming smartphone could charge from 0 to 100 percent in just one hour, saving precious time for users if they’re in a hurry.
Experts agree that the iPhone 15, which will reportedly be revealed on September 12 or 13, will also have a new USB-C charging port.
Apple already sells a £69 35W USB-C power adapter, which could be bundled with the flagship phone when it finally launches.
Apple will have to start equipping its iPhones and other devices with a USB-C charger (pictured), which is already used for Android devices
The news was revealed by 9to5Macciting ‘industry sources’, though it’s unclear if all iPhone 15 models will support 35W charging.
Apple is expected to introduce four variations of the iPhone 15: the standard model, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
“According to people familiar with the matter, the iPhone 15 is rumored to support charging up to 35W,” the report says.
“At least some of the new iPhone 15 models can be recharged at up to 35W, which should enable even faster charging speeds on the new phones.”
35 W (watts) refers to the amount of power delivered to a phone’s battery, but if the phone doesn’t support the charging rate, it won’t be able to charge faster and will only waste power.
Since the iPhone 14 Pro is limited to charging at 27W, it takes around two hours to fully charge, and plugging it into a 35W charger won’t speed up charging.
But an iPhone 15 that supports 35W will take less time, possibly just an hour to go from 0 to 100 percent charge.
However, this is still modest compared to some smartphones made by Apple’s smartphone rivals in Asia.
For example, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra supports charging up to 45W, allowing users to recharge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in less than an hour.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer is said to go from 0 to 100 percent in just nine minutes.
Here’s what we know about the iPhone 15’s design based on leaks and predictions from industry insiders.
Apple has been contacted for comment on the rumor, though the tech giant is notoriously secretive in the run-up to product launches.
Analysts and leakers generally agree that the iPhone 15 will be the first iPhone with a USB-C charging port.
Apple has made the switch from its own charging design called Lightning, discernible by its eight pins, to USB-C due to an EU law.
New European legislation aims to make a single charging design the common standard and ultimately reduce e-waste.
Apple has effectively been forced to make this design change by law (although technically it could have made iPhones with Lightning ports if they were sold in non-EU countries).
Other details about Apple’s new flagship have gradually leaked based on inside knowledge and clues from ‘dummy units’ (precise models given to third parties to design their phone accessories).
The iPhone 15 will supposedly have more curved edges, titanium frames instead of stainless steel, a smaller trim that goes around the edge (the ‘bevel’) and Dynamic Island on all four models.
It is unknown how much the iPhone 15 will cost, although analysts have said that the two most expensive models, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, will be more expensive than their predecessors.
iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max in an Apple store in New York on September 16, 2022. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max started at £1,099/$999 and £1,199/$1,099, respectively
Apple releases a new iPhone every year with much fanfare. iPhone 15 models are likely to launch in September 2023, although one analyst claimed this will be pushed back a month.
An American leaker and Apple expert named Mark Gurman believes that Apple’s iPhone 15 presentation event will be in just over three weeks, on September 12 or 13.
He said an unnamed source told him it will go on sale on September 22, which means Apple “will get about a week of iPhone 15 sales in its fiscal fourth quarter.”
Apple has so far been quiet about any unveiling events, though promotions and invites could go out in a few days.
Fans are hoping that Apple won’t have to delay the unveiling until October due to manufacturing issues, as a US analyst claims.
Future iPhones could be ROLLABLE, according to the latest Apple patent shows a smartphone that opens and closes like a fruit roll
Apple has yet to launch a foldable smartphone like rivals Samsung and Motorola, but the tech giant could be working on a first-ever rollable iPhone.
A new patent describes a device that looks like a fruit roll with a thin screen that folds around an axis when stored.
The rollable iPhone would have a protective layer of glass over the screen to protect it from scratches and other damage as it rolls and unrolls.
The document also suggested adding coatings to the outer shell, such as anti-smudge, anti-fog, anti-reflective and anti-static layers.
Apple is all set to launch its iPhone 15 in September, so if the company launches a rollable smartphone, it won’t be until 2024 at the earliest.