iPhone 15 Pro models tipped to get a price hike, ahead of launch; 2 reasons why

The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to get a price hike owing to two hardware decisions. The last-minute leak reveals the details ahead of the launch of the devices at the Apple event.

| Updated on: Sep 05 2023, 07:53 IST
iPhone 15 launch: Bigger and better cameras - what to expect from the upcoming flagship
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1/5 The iPhone 15 is almost here, and there's a lot of buzz about what it might bring. Some say it could have some really cool features like solid buttons and faster charging with USB-C. But one thing people are really excited about is the camera. (Pixabay)
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2/5 The iPhone 14 Pro already has an amazing camera. It can take pictures that look like they were snapped by a professional photographer or from a DSLR. So, what could Apple do to make the iPhone 15 camera even better? Well, here's what the rumours are saying. Remember, these are just rumours, and we won't know for sure until Apple tells us, probably during the iPhone launch event on September 12. (Apple)
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3/5 Big Camera Changes for iPhone 15: With the last iPhone, the iPhone 14, Apple did not change the camera too much from the iPhone 13. But now, one of the most exciting whispers comes from industry analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), who says that the regular iPhone 15 is going to have a much better camera. Instead of a 12-megapixel camera, it might have a 48-megapixel camera. This means your photos could look much clearer, especially when you zoom in. (Apple)
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4/5 New Image Sensors: Also, the new iPhone 15 might have a fancy sensor that can capture more light. Why is that important? Well, when a camera can catch more light, it can take better pictures. It's cool that Apple is putting this new technology in the regular iPhone 15, not just the fancier Pro models. (Apple)
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5/5 These new camera sensors might be bigger than the ones in the last regular iPhone, the iPhone 14. So, you get a big upgrade without having to go for the fanciest, most expensive phone. That's good news for people who love taking pictures! (Apple)
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Know the reason why the iPhone 15 Pro models can be more expensive than their predecessors. (Representative Photo) (Unsplash)

We are just one week away from the ‘Wonderlust' Apple event, which has been confirmed by the company to be held on September 12, at 10:30 PM IST. The event is expected to unveil the new iPhone 15 series. At a time when the excitement is abuzz with leaks and rumors about new upgrades and features on the upcoming iPhones, one particular report might cause some disappointment to users. It suggests that Apple is likely to increase the prices of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max significantly this year. The report also highlighted the reasons behind the price hike.

A 9to5Mac report quoted DigiTimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin to reveal that both the iPhone 15 Pro models can see a “major price hike” compared to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, whereas the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to be priced the same as their predecessors. According to Lin, the price hike will be largely due to two reasons. First, the shift from a stainless steel body to a titanium frame, and second, the inclusion of a periscope zoom lens in iPhone 15 Pro Max.

And just how much will these upgrades cost the consumers? As per the report, the iPhone 15 Pro can get a hike of $100 and start from $1099, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max can be as expensive as $200 and start from a massive $1299.

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iPhone 15 Pro models to get more expensive

Despite the price hike, a separate DigiTimes report claims that Apple expects strong consumer demand from the pro models. Among the total units of the iPhone 15 series phones shipped, the iPhone 15 Pro Max owns the highest share followed by the iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15, and iPhone 15 Plus respectively. Interestingly, the total units ordered from the supply chain fall short of the number ordered for the iPhone 14 series ( 80-90 million this year vs. 90-100 million last year).

Although these are numbers just for the second half of 2023, it does indicate that Apple predicts slightly conservative sales for its upcoming iPhone series.

Do note that the information shared about the iPhone 15 series here is based on leaks and rumors, and none of it has come from any official source. As such, ensure taking the information with a pinch of salt. To know the official price of the smartphones, you will have to wait till the Apple event where the smartphones are expected to be launched.

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First Published Date: 05 Sep, 07:52 IST