Apple Leaks Detail All-New iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro Design Changes

New iPhone 15 leaks have detailed multiple upgrades, including faster charging, new colors and updated cables. Let’s break them down.

The most impactful iPhone 15 rumor comes via 9to5Mac, which claims that the transition to USB-C will see Apple equip the iPhone 15 range with charging speeds of up to 35W. While this is still slower than many Android rivals, 35W charging would represent a 40-50% increase on the iPhone 13 (23W) and iPhone 14 (25W) and a 30% increase on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 Pro Max (both 27W).

What will this deliver in practice? iPhones typically take about two hours to charge fully, while the 45W Galaxy S23 Ultra takes half that. So a circa 30 min saving looks highly realistic. Whether Apple also improves the range’s quick charging (0-50% in 30 minutes), remains to be seen.

My only caveat about this leak is whether it will apply to the full range. Earlier leaks claim only iPhone 15 Pro models will get high-speed Thunderbolt 4 data speeds (40Gbps/40,000Mbps) from their USB-C ports, while standard models will be stuck with Lightning’s USB 2.0 antiquated performance (480Mbps). Restricting faster data and charging rates to Pro models could be a powerful upsell tactic.

iPhone charging cables may also be getting a design upgrade, according to MacRumors. Speaking with leaker Kosutami, the site learns that Apple is working on braided USB-C cables which will color-match the iPhone 15 range.

Kosutami states that the cables will at least come in white, black, yellow, purple, and orange. The latter seemingly hints at the first orange iPhone, a long-wanted option among Apple fans, though Kosutami warns that the shade of orange may be closer to pink. Apple released color-matched MacBook charging cables earlier this year.

Moreover, the colors align with an additional leak from prolific Apple insider Unknownz21, who has revealed that the iPhone 15 has been tested in Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange and two ambiguously described colors: Pink/Rose Gold/Blush Gold and Black/Midnight/Dark/Basalt. Test options don’t all come to market, but a true orange iPhone would be a guaranteed best-seller.

In addition to these leaks, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus buyers will see an iPhone 14 Pro-inspired upgrade with a Dynamic Island design, A16 chip and matching 48-megapixel primary camera. The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (possibly now Ultra) will move to a titanium chassis, a new solid-state Action button and record breakingly-thin bezels.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max will also gain a 10x optical zoom camera, Apple’s first, but come with a big price rise that might just push some upgraders back to the standard models.

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