Apple Loop: Huge iPhone 15 Pro Upgrade, Apple Watch X Surprise, and Unsettling iPhone Launch Details

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the numerous talks that have occurred around Apple in the last seven days (and you can read my weekly overview of Android news here on Forbes) – iPhone 15 Pro Upgrade.

Specifications for the iPhone 15 have been leaked.

While the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are mostly incremental changes, one significant change will be the wired connector port. After years of teasing and refusing users, Apple has finally relented and included USB-C. But not just any USB-C cable:

“ChargerLab has seen additional images of the parts and believes they show an integrated circuit (IC) for Thunderbolt data transfer speeds,” the report says. A retimer is an integrated circuit that rebuilds signals and reduces jitter. It improves signal transmission stability and range for high-capacity data connections. Such chips can be found in other Thunderbolt/USB 4 devices, and ChargerLab believes it can be found on the iPhone 15’s USB-C components.”

Apple’s current strategy, for example, limits Thunderbolt speeds to the Pro range on iPads. Furthermore, the speed differential is considerable. To put this in context, all iPhone models have previously been limited to USB 2.0 speeds (480 megabits per second), whereas Thunderbolt 4’s 40Gbps throughput is equivalent to 40,000 megabits per second. It’s a massive upgrade.”

Apple’s 20W charger lags behind the competition, which ranges from Samsung’s 45W charger to the 150W chargers supported by select Oppo phones.

“The iPhone 15 may be compatible with a 35-watt charger, allowing the device to charge more quickly…” In one hour, a 20-watt charger can fully charge an iPhone 14. When used with the iPhone 15 series, the charging speed of the 35-watt charger is unknown. Even at 35 watts, the iPhone 15 will charge substantially slower than competitors.

Before the launch of the iPhone 15 Pro Upgrade, production was cut.

Apple will be stockpiling ahead of the September release of the iPhone 15 family and determining how popular the new iOS handsets will be. According to reports from the supply chain, Apple is not as optimistic in 2023 as it was in prior years:

“According to Apple analyst Jeff Pu, due to multiple ongoing manufacturing issues, Apple will now build 77 million iPhone 15 units by the end of the year, down from 83 million.” Among these issues are yields for a new Sony-made primary camera module on all iPhone 15 models, as well as manufacture of a new display (with very low bezels) and titanium chassis for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.”

The iPhone 16 has a larger camera.

In the future, the next generation of iPhones will include a substantially larger ultrawide camera, putting it on par with several popular Android smartphones:

“Haitong International Securities’ respected industry analyst Jeff Pu predicts that the iPhone 16 Pro range will include a new 48-megapixel ultrawide camera.”

Roadmap for Apple’s Silicon M3

Following the release of the iPhone, Apple’s focus will shift to macOS and new devices based on Apple Silicon’s M3 chipset. We now have a good notion of the configurations of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro:

“A report points out in a breakdown of the processor family’s expected configurations that the M3 line of Apple Silicon chips will have a fairly familiar roadmap.”

The Following iPhone SE

There is another iPhone that people adore: the iPhone SE. The newest version, released in 2022, is based on the iPhone 13 architecture. While it won’t be available in September, an iPhone 14-based SE could be available in early 2024:

“The device will reportedly include a USB-C port, ushering the iPhone SE away from the Lightning connector for the first time.” It will also allegedly have Face ID, putting to rest prior speculations that the iPhone SE would keep the Touch ID button. Most notably, they believe that the device will include an Action Button, similar to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.”

Last but not least…

With MLB and MLS currently available on Apple TV, Apple’s ongoing forays into Sports Broadcasting could result in a stunning move. Would Tim Cook and his company seriously contemplate purchasing ESPN?

“Currently, The Walt Disney Company owns ESPN, and there have been endless wild predictions that Apple should, must, or will buy the entire Disney company.” Now, Wedbush analyst Dan Ives is lowering his expectations by focusing just on ESPN, although he remains confident that Apple will buy it. “I believe it’s a matter of when, not if, ESPN and Apple come together,” Ives said on CNBC’s “Last Call” broadcast.

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