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iPhone 15 Launch Date in UAE: Rumors and Speculations Unveiling the Next Generation

تاريخ إطلاق iPhone 15 في الإمارات العربية المتحدة: شائعات وتكهنات تكشف النقاب عن الجيل القادم

by Dr. Isma Amin

Rumors regarding the iphone 15 launch date began circulating shortly after the launch of the iPhone 14 last year.  Apple consistently introduces new features and improved designs with each new release, making the launch of their latest series an eagerly anticipated event for Apple fans in UAE. The speculation surrounding the release of the iPhone 15 has now been put to rest, and it is expected to occur on Sept 12, 2023.

Let’s unveil the features and specs of the iPhone 15 series

Expected  Iphone 15 Launch date

The iPhone 15 series is expected to launch at the end of September in UAE. Soon after the launch, it will be available to preorder. You can preorder at Apple Store Dubai Mall, SharafDG, InStyle, Amazon UAE, or Noon online in UAE.

whereas officialy as per the report and tweets of Mark Gurman, it is expected to be launched on 12th September 2023.

Apple Event 2023

Apple event date has been confirmed, and media invites have arrived.  It is confirmed to take place on Sept. 12, 2023.  Apple has sent out invitations for its upcoming event on September 12, where the tech giant is expected to unveil the latest iPhone 15 models. The event, which will be held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, will likely showcase new features and improvements over the previous iPhone models 14 series.  For those unable to attend in person, Apple will be livestreaming the launch directly through its official website, YouTube, and Apple tv. You can watch the live Apple event 2023 as below;

Speculation abounds that the upcoming iPhones will incorporate a USB-C charging port, upgraded processors, and advancements in the realm of camera technology.

Iphone 15 Made In India

A recent report by Uptin discusses the manufacturing of the iPhone 15 in India.  Apple has started producing the iPhone 15 in India, specifically in Chennai. This move is seen as a sign of Apple’s increasing interest in the Indian market and a bid to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufacturing amidst the ongoing global chip shortage.

The report highlights that the iPhone 15 is being produced in India through a partnership between Apple and Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer. The production of the iPhone 15 in India is expected to create jobs and boost the local economy.

The video also mentions that the Indian-made iPhone 15s will be sold locally and exported to other countries. The report concludes by stating that Apple’s decision to manufacture the iPhone 15 in India reflects the country’s growing importance as a global manufacturing hub.

Iphone 15 Made in India

Which Iphone 15 Manufactured in India:

According to a Forbes report, the price disparity between iPhones sold in India and the U.S. has drawn attention, with Indian consumers paying significantly more. For example, the base model of the iPhone 14 launched at $799 in the U.S. but cost 79,900 rupees in India (approximately $980), marking a nearly 23% difference. This higher cost in India has been a key factor inhibiting Apple’s expansion in the country, where it holds only about 5% of the market share. However, according to experts consulted by Forbes, India’s 1.2 billion population is viewed as a lucrative market that Apple aims to tap into, recognizing the potential for widespread smartphone adoption.

According to the same Forbes report, Apple’s efforts in India have included manufacturing iPhones locally, starting in 2017 with older or budget models. With the iPhone 14, manufacturing giant Foxconn began producing the new model in India upon its global launch. The company is set to further accelerate production for the upcoming iPhone 15. Currently, around 5% to 7% of iPhones are manufactured in India, but Apple’s goal, as stated by Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal in January 2023, is to increase this figure to 25%.

Chinse Restrictions on iPhone Usage

Apple shares fell by 2.8% on Thursday following reports of significant Chinese restrictions on iPhones at government offices and state-backed entities. This decrease in value resulted in a loss of $200 billion for Apple over two days. The restrictions are said to have been imposed amid intensifying tensions between Beijing and Washington. Although Apple and Chinese officials have not responded to requests for comment, the news has caused concern for investors. Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives estimated that a Chinese government ban would affect less than 500,000 iPhones of roughly 45 million projected to be sold in the country in the next year. Despite this, Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare believes the situation has implications for other tech companies, as China may choose to make business difficult for US companies doing business in the country.

Iphone 15 Expected Price in UAE

Following are the unofficial prices that are expected for iPhone 15 series;

According to 9to5mac, iPhone 15 pro or ultra price will be $100 or $200 more expensive than iPhone 14 pro max.

  • iPhone 15: from Dhs 2,937
  • iPhone 15 Plus: from Dhs 3,300
  • iPhone 15 Pro: from Dhs 4,035
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max: from Dhs 4,770

for the latest prices, you can check SharafDG, Istyles and Apple’s official store Dubai Mall.

These could be the final storage options and pricing for the iPhone 15 series (source: trend force)

These could be the final storage options and pricing for the iPhone 15 series via trendforce

These could be the final storage options and pricing for the iPhone 15 series via trendforce

 

Apple iPhone 15 Release Surprise:

Apple intends to discontinue the utilization of the iPhone 15 Pro Max label and instead introduce the designation ‘iPhone 15 Ultra ( Report by Forbes relevealed).

Internals

The A-series chip manufactured by Apple supplier TSMC at the next-generation 3-nanometer node will likely debut in the iPhone 15 Pro variants. The anticipated benefits of 3nm chip technology include a 10–15% improvement in processing performance and a 35% reduction in power usage.

Only the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will include the speedier A17 CPUs, while the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will use the 4-nanometer A16 chip introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

The iPhone15 series specs forecast is out!

The iPhone15 series specs forecast is out! by tendforce

 

source: trend force

RAM

It is anticipated that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will both come equipped with 6GB of RAM, the same amount seen in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.

Design

The iPhone 15 models is expected to resemble the iPhone 14 series models but with a pill-and-hole cut-out for the entire lineup. The Dynamic Island feature will be available on all models. Apple’s current four iPhone lineup will remain unchanged, with no significant design changes expected. The standard iPhone 15 will be less expensive than the “pro” versions with more advanced capabilities.

Touch ID

Touch ID is not likely to be included in the iPhone 15 versions. They’ll be equipped with a facial recognition system.

External design

It is anticipated that the iPhone 15’s design will be nearly identical to the iPhone 14’s. The iPhone 15 Pro is the only iPhone that will feature the new design, which includes sepper curves on the sides and a titanium frame. It’s possible the screen size will shift ever-so-slightly. Expect the camera hump to be bigger, and look for a more curved design that helps it blend into the phone’s otherwise flat back.

Iphone 15 Pro Colors:

The report by 9to5mac reveals that the iPhone 15 Pro will not include a gold finish option, unlike its predecessors. Instead, Apple will introduce a new titanium finish, available in three colors: space black, silver, and a new grey that embraces the natural color of the titanium. Additionally, the article states that Apple will promote a new dark blue color for the titanium iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, replacing deep purple as the special color of the year. The non-Pro iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will offer five color options: black, green, blue, yellow, and pink.

Case leaks for the next iPhone 15 Pro have shown that the volume and power buttons have been moved down slightly from the iPhone 14 Pro. The USB-C connector is easier to access thanks to the bigger notch at the bottom of the casings. The cases are designed to accommodate the Action button, which will function as the volume toggle. There is less of a requirement for a large cutout because it is not used in the same way as a switch.

USB port:

Both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected include a USB-C port in place of Lightning and a new feature called Dynamic Island in place of the notch. The USB-C connector on the iPhone 15 Pro will allow for faster data transfers than the Lightning port on the standard iPhone 15; however, the standard iPhone 15 will still only support USB 2.0 rates.

Features iPhone 15 iPhone 15 ultra iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Pro max
USB Lightning, USB 2.0 Lightning, USB 2.0 Lightning, USB 2.0 USB Type-C
Battery Li-Ion 3877 mAh, non-removable (12.68 Wh) Li-Ion 4323 mAh, non-removable (16.68 Wh) Li-Ion 4912 mAh, non-removable (16.68 Wh) Li-Ion 4852 mAh, non-removable (16.68 Wh)
Fast Charging Fast charging 40W

Wireless charging 15W

Fast charging 20W

 

Periscope lenses

periscope

Apple is planning to implement a periscope zoom lens in the iPhone 15, but only in the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max models. The iPhone 15 Pro will come with a regular zoom lens, while the regular iPhone 15 will only have the option of Wide or Ultra-Wide.

The optical zoom capabilities of a periscope lens are 5x or even 10x more than those of a regular telephoto lens. Because the current Pro variants of the iPhone max out at 3x zoom, a periscope lens would greatly improve the iPhone’s magnification capabilities.

Camera Updates:

iphone 15 camera update

The upcoming iPhones will feature a 48-megapixel camera with enhanced low-light capabilities. Apple might implement Sony’s most recent image sensors, which are capable of capturing more light while minimizing overexposure. Even with severe backlighting, this will result in better portraits and other types of images.

Rear Camera iPhone 15 iPhone 15 Ultra iPhone 15 plus iPhone 15 Pro max
Triple 48MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP 48MP + 12MP 48MP + 12MP + 12MP
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) Dual-LED dual-tone flash
Video 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), Cinematic mode (4K@30fps), stereo sound rec 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), Cinematic mode (4K@30fps), stereo sound rec. 4K@24/25/30/60fps, 1080p@25/30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), Cinematic mode (4K@30fps), stereo sound rec. 4K@24/25/30/60fps

Qualcomm Modem Chips, WIFI, and UWB

qualcom chip

Since the first 5G iPhones debuted in 2018, Apple has relied on Qualcomm to supply its 5G modem processors. A single Qualcomm modem chip, most likely the X70, will power all iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro variants. Better artificial intelligence (AI) means faster processing times, a wider coverage area, a stronger signal, lower latency, and up to 60% less power consumption—all of which are features of Qualcomm’s X70 technology.

Sim Tray

esim

Since the release of the iPhone 14 series, Apple has not included a SIM card tray in phones sold in the United States. With the introduction of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, Apple may begin ditching the SIM tray in even more markets. At present, rumors point to its elimination in France; if this proves to be the case, it may also be withdrawn in iPhones sold in other European nations, including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. It is not known if they will be eliminated in the UAE.

Wi-Fi 6E

Only the iPhone 15 Pro models will support Apple’s new Wi-Fi 6E upgrade. Wi-Fi 6E will be included in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, it will not be included in the regular iPhone 15. Wi-Fi 6E has more capacity and quicker connection rates than Wi-Fi 6, as well as decreased latency and improved throughput.

Wi-Fi 6E adds an extra 1.2GHz of capacity to the 6GHz band, allowing it to handle the higher data rates required for augmented reality and virtual reality applications. It can also give gigabit coverage throughout a home and multi-gigabit access in large venues. iPhone 15 is expected to have a new Ultra Wideband chip which integrates with the Apple Vision Pro headset, with an upgraded 7nm processor for better performance and/or reduced energy usage.

Features iPhone 15 iPhone 15 ultra iPhone 15 Plus iPhone 15 Pro max
Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
Sim Nano-SIM and eSIM Nano-SIM and eSIM Nano-SIM and eSIM Nano-SIM and eSIM
OS iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.1 iOS 16 iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.1 iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.1
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE 5.3, A2DP, LE 5.3, A2DP, LE 5.3, A2DP, LE
GPS GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
NFC Yes Yes Yes yes
Radio No No No No
Sensor Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

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Conclusion:

The most anticipated event of the year, which will launch the iPhone 15 series is rumored to happen in September, and the new iPhone is expected to have additional innovative features and enhanced technology incorporated into it. Among all the iPhone 15 series, iPhone 15 Ultra is expected to be the costliest model. With increased storage capacity and greater RAM, the iPhone 15 is set to revolutionize the user experience. The UAE tech geeks and Apple enthusiasts are all buckled up for the launch that’s not too far anymore.

 

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