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The iPhone 15 is coming: Everything to expect from Apple’s big event


For Apple fans, it’s almost that time of year again. 

The company is expected to launch the iPhone 15 at an event Tuesday, but don’t get too excited about the new phone. This year, the biggest change from Apple
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could be the iPhone’s price.

Apple tends to introduce new iPhones every year in the fall, and lately, the company has been keeping prices the same even as it upgrades the technology. That may not be the case this year, though, with some thinking that Apple could boost the price of its Pro-level models by $100 or $200 compared with what an iPhone 14 Pro currently sells for.

That’s notable because iPhones are already pretty expensive, with the cheapest iPhone 14 Pro option selling for $999 and the priciest iPhone 14 Pro Max configuration going for $1,599.

“Given the popularity of the iPhone 14 Pro models compared to the iPhone 14 models, Apple may believe consumers will be willing to pay more without much fuss,” Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. analyst Brian White wrote in a recent report. “Moreover, Apple may feel a price hike is warranted given the inflationary forces that have disrupted the economy over the past couple of years.”

Morgan Stanley’s Erik Woodring is less certain that Apple will hike prices broadly. The company could boost the price of its Pro Max phone by $150 to account for an expected new rear-facing periscope lens, but it’s “very un-Apple-like to raise prices across the board in the midst of a smartphone market down 11%,” he wrote. He said he expects the company to keep prices the same on the regular Pro model and its two base-level options.

One key issue for iPhone enthusiasts — and Apple investors — is when the new phones will be ready for sale. Most of the iPhone models Apple introduced last year hit stores in mid-September, but there are some concerns about potential production delays this year.

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“The broad availability of the iPhone 15 Pro Max could be October given some manufacturing challenges,” BofA Securities analyst Wamsi Mohan wrote recently.

iPhone feature updates have become more incremental in recent years, and Apple watchers aren’t expecting anything groundbreaking this time around either. New iPhones always tend to be a little faster than their predecessors, and this year’s models might charge more quickly too. There’s a catch, though, as Apple is expected to switch out its proprietary Lightning cable for the more universal USB-C cord. 

While the Pro models get a lot of attention, White said that those looking to buy base-level models could see some enhancements. Reports “have highlighted the potential for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus to be graced with certain features found on last year’s more expensive Pro models, including the A16 chip, Dynamic Island, and a 48-megapixel camera,” he wrote.

Why go Pro? Apple could move to a titanium frame from its prior stainless-steel casing and make camera enhancements. Mohan highlighted the potential for a periscope-type telephoto lens on Max versions.

Apple fans “should also see more casing quality color differentiation between the Pro and regular series to help drive vanity switchers to the higher-priced models,” Jefferies analyst Andrew Uerkwitz wrote recently.

There could be a dark blue color option for the iPhone Pro line this year, for example, according to 9to5Mac. That said, those content with the base-level model might be enticed by a pink version of that phone, with 9to5Mac noting that that’s one of several rumored pastel color options.

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Apple is also expected to refresh its Apple Watch lineup at Tuesday’s event. Bloomberg News has reported that the Apple Watch Series 9 could feature a faster processor, though it will have the same general design as past models. Apple is also expected to keep the look the same on an upgraded version of its Ultra Watch, and that might come in a black color option.

The event kicks off at 1 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday and will be available for live viewing on Apple’s site.



This story originally appeared on Marketwatch

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