Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 15 line within three weeks and begin shipping the devices within four weeks. The latest iPhone with the most advanced camera system may experience delays in October, due to image sensor readiness.
Camera parts supplier Sony won’t be able to supply the image sensor used by the iPhone 15 Pro Max in time for it to ship alongside other new models. This is according to a major stock analyst note presented and described by A 9to5Mac source.
Apple is expected to introduce the biggest camera upgrade for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which will use a periscope lens system that will provide optical zoom greater than the current 3x limit. The smaller iPhone 15 Pro will not receive this upgrade. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will feature ultra-wide and wide cameras, but not the telephoto cameras.
We expect Apple to announce the new iPhones along with the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 on September 12th. Pre-orders are likely to start on September 15th, with deliveries starting on September 22nd. 15 Pro Max deliveries between October 6th and October 13th.
Apple has shipped certain iPhone models a few weeks later than others in previous years. The iPhone XR ships after the iPhone XS, and the iPhone 14 Plus ships after the iPhone 14, for example. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max also shipped weeks after the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
An analyst note from Bank of America earlier predicted that iPhone 15 shipments would drop into October this year. A short-lived rumor about iPhone 15 Pro screen production issues surfaced this summer.
The iPhone 15 line is expected to replace the Lightning charging port with USB-C like the new iPads. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will adopt the Dynamic Island design introduced with iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Titanium is expected to replace stainless steel in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Pro models will also replace the standard mute switch with a programmable button similar to the Action button on Apple Watch Ultra.
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