Apple's iPhone 15 Pro is the smaller of the two premium models, but it'll have the same titanium sides, USB-C port, and a programmable mute button when it launches in September. Here are all the rumors so far.
Apple has kept the features between the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch pro models identical for a few generations now. However, with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, it seems there will be some exclusive features reserved for the larger device.
The rumor cycle has been in relative chaos for the first quarter of 2023, but things will begin to solidify as we approach the September launch. This update appears to be quite extensive, thanks to new materials, a port change, and a mute button.
Watch our video on iPhone 15 Ultra. Many of these features apply to both models.
iPhone 15 Pro design rumors
If you saw AppleInsider's renders for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, there won't be many differences for the iPhone 15 Pro. It is expected to have the same curved titanium sides, new curved edge display cover, and a USB-C port.
The display bezels are rumored to shrink again, and the iPhone 15 Pro Max may have the thinnest bezel in a smartphone to date. The iPhone 15 Pro will have thinner bezels too, and a slight curve is expected on the edge of the glass midway into the bezel.
Speaking of displays, even though the Dynamic Island is expected to make it to every iPhone 15 model, some display technology will remain exclusive to the pros. ProMotion and always-on display technology will be pro-only for at least another year.
The new iPhone color is expected to be deep red, as is shown in one of our images. The other regular colors will return — space black, silver, and gold.
Since the edge is titanium instead of stainless steel, it could have a different finish and anodization process for color. Apple has avoided striking colors for the iPhone Pro in the past, but the new materials may allow improved saturation.
iPhone 15 Pro USB-C port
Apple is rumored to finally be moving to USB-C, whether it is ready or not. EU regulations will force companies like Apple to include USB-C in products like iPhone by 2024.
This move has prompted Apple to begin transitioning to USB-C in other products. It isn't clear how Apple will implement USB-C in iPhone, but a few rumors are flying around.
First, Apple could adopt the Thunderbolt protocol for the iPhone. It uses the same USB-C connector but offers a high-speed 40 Gbps data connection.
Current iPhones are capable of shooting ProRes video, which generates giant files that aren't easy to get off of the device. A Thunderbolt connection would provide pro users an incredible 80x increase in data transfer speeds for offloading those files.
Another set of rumors surrounding USB-C tells a less optimistic story. Apple could continue to enforce the Made For iPhone (MFi) program on USB-C.
It isn't clear what shape this would take, as iPad Pro and MacBooks both have USB-C ports with no MFi program. Notable leakers like ShrimpApplePro and Ming-Chi Kuo suggest Apple would limit the charging and data transfer speeds of the port if a certified cable isn't in use.
It may not be important to some consumers, but pro users who rely on those increased speeds must be careful about which cables they purchase and use. Kuo has even mentioned that Apple's 20W USB-C charger could see a spike in sales as a result, despite being the worst-value product that Apple offers.
iPhone 15 Pro button "controversy"
In October 2022, Ming-Chi Kuo shared that iPhone 15 Pro would get solid-state buttons instead of ones that physically depress. Little new information was shared about this specific feature until March.
That's when a range of rumors from different sources began to pour in. As of today, rumors say Apple has abandoned the concept and reverted to the previous button design, except the mute switch will now be a button.
To summarize, from March to April, the rumor cycle went from confirmed long buttons with gestures to returning to the original buttons. It seems, at least for a time, that Apple was developing solid-state buttons for the sleep/wake button, a combined volume button, and a new mute button.
This all apparently happened so close together because of delayed reporting from the supply chain. Ming-Chi Kuo noted that the solid-state buttons were being produced for testing until Apple abandoned the concept due to technical issues.
Kuo's history and connection to the supply chain are strong enough to assume this is correct. Though, some other leakers continued to contest these claims, suggesting solid-state buttons would still come.
AppleInsider has been watching the new leaker @analyst941, which has shared a couple of accurate leaks before about Dynamic Island privacy dots and it's single pill shape. The leaker surfaced again to share a list of supposed iOS 17 features and declare solid-state buttons were still happening.
This leaker became aggressive in their assertions, even challenging Bloomberg journalist and leaker Mark Gurman to contradict the leaks. Gurman later tweeted that many of the leaks shared by @analyst941 were not true.
At this point, anything is possible. But, multiple leakers with long and accurate histories state the old button design is returning with no haptic feature. A tweet from @Unknownz21 says a mute button will replace the mute switch with customizable actions.
More evidence from reliable sources suggests the mute button design is accurate, and perhaps it will act as a programmable "Action Button" similar to Apple Watch Ultra. This kind of integration would be a boon for power users, especially those who take advantage of Shortcuts.
September will show who was right and who has less reliable intel. Our renders reflect the classic physical buttons and mute button rumors.
iPhone 15 Pro A17 and Wi-Fi 6E
This updated processor could be incredibly powerful. Early alleged benchmarks show a 20% jump in single-core performance.
The numbers from that leak seem exaggerated at 3,019 for the single-core score and 7,860 for the multi-core score. Even if these prove inaccurate, Apple tends to have at least a 10% jump in performance year-over-year.
Including Wi-Fi 6E won't affect many users at first, but it will mean improved future-proofing for the spec. Implementing the spec at home is expensive, and very few people are likely to have it.
iPhone 15 Pro release date and price
Apple tends to announce new iPhones in September during an Apple Event. Supply chain constraints could cause a staggered release for some models, but they will all be announced on the same day.
Some rumors suggest that Apple could increase the price of iPhone 15 Pro and the rest. This is based on the new technologies and materials rumored for the devices.
The iPhone 15 Pro renders were created by Hans.