Amongst the new Apple iPhone models, the iPhone 2023 is one of the more interesting models to look out for. It comes with a few new features, including an in-display Touch ID sensor and a Periscope lens system. It also has dual eSIM support and solid-state volume and power buttons.
Periscope lens system
Earlier this year, there were reports that Apple was looking into a periscope lens system for their future iPhones. The periscope lens allows for greater zoom without adding to the thickness of the device. The lens is a set of prisms and mirrors that redirect light before it hits the sensor. The periscope lens can offer up to 10x optical zoom.
However, Kuo said that the periscope lens will only be available in the higher-end iPhone 15 Pro models. The lower-end models will keep the same telephoto lens. This will enable users to take better portrait photos.
According to Kuo, Apple has reached an agreement with a supplier that will provide periscope lens parts. The firm, Jahwa Electronics, is a South Korean company that specializes in the manufacturing of optical image stabilization actuators. It will build new plants for Apple and invest 191 billion won in the development.
According to Kuo, the periscope lens will be used in the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024. He also expects a new zoom lens for the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024. The camera will use a 12-megapixel f/2.8 sensor and will include sensor-shift image stabilization. The lens will be available in five different sizes.
The front-facing camera will also receive a major upgrade. It will feature a larger sensor for improved low-light performance. It will also have autofocus for better low-light shooting. It’s possible that the iPhone 15 Pro and 16 will have the new camera system in 2023.
It’s not clear whether the periscope lens will be bundled with the iPhone 15 or 16. However, it’s possible that it will be included in the 6.1-inch Pro model.
Using dual SIMs on an iPhone is a great way to keep two service accounts active at the same time. The benefits include keeping two numbers active and avoiding roaming fees. Keeping two numbers active on an iPhone can also help users to add extra data plans.
Using dual SIMs on an iPhone also gives users the option to change carriers easily. Changing carriers is made easy by using the Settings app to select the cell plan to switch to. It’s also a good idea to label the cell plan in the Settings app for easy switching. You can also use a QR code for carrier activation.
Apple recently introduced the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. They all sport the dual-eSIM feature, which lets users maintain two service accounts at the same time. The eSIM is a small chip on the logic board of the iPhone that stores information about the user’s cellular plans.
Apple has been pushing eSIM technology for years. It’s not yet clear when the first eSIM-only iPhone will hit the market. The iPhone XS and XS Max are still equipped with a nano SIM card slot. However, GlobalData believes that Apple will soon introduce an eSIM-only iPhone for the mass market.
For the eSIM-only iPhone, Apple will also offer wireless data connectivity inside the phone. This could be a shakeup of Apple’s VAS digital service. It’s a good bet that Apple’s eSIM-only iPhone will be positioned as a hub for Apple’s digital services.
The eSim is not yet available in all markets, so the dual-eSIM system will take a while to make its way around the world. Apple has reportedly made contact with carriers in several countries to get them ready for the eSIM-only iPhone.
In-display Touch ID sensor
Despite recent claims that the iPhone 6S Plus will have an under-display Touch ID sensor, Apple has yet to bring the feature to the iPhone lineup. Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had started testing the feature on the iPhone 13.
Apple has been looking for ways to bring Touch ID back to the iPhone lineup. They have experimented with a number of ideas. One idea is burying the sensor beneath the power button. Another is integrating it into the side buttons. Another idea is building an optical fingerprint detection system into the display.
According to Bloomberg newsletter contributor Mark Gurman, Apple is unlikely to adopt an in-display Touch ID sensor on the iPhone in the near future. Nevertheless, he believes that the company could bring it back on future models. He believes that the company could use the device to boost battery life, unlock faster, and increase security.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a noted Apple analyst, predicts that the iPhone 15 and 16 models will not have an under-display Touch ID sensor. He also believes that Face ID will be the only biometric option for unlocking iPhones in 2023.
While the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will both feature the second generation Touch ID sensor, the iPhone 6S will also be the first to feature a 48-megapixel camera. Apple may also include a periscope lens on future iPhone 15 models.
While the iPhone 6S is the first iPhone to feature the second generation Touch ID sensor, the device is actually twice as fast as the first generation sensor. The new sensor can read fingerprints in any direction. It can also create up to five fingerprint maps.
Curved rear edges
Several reports suggest that the iPhone 15 will have curved rear edges. If true, this would be a major design change for Apple. Apple has a history of experimenting with curved frame designs. However, square edge designs are still the standard for many Apple products.
A tipster, dubbed ShrimpApplePro, has tweeted pictures of a new border design for the iPhone 15. The border, which is similar to the one seen on the bottom of MacBook Pro models, will be the iPhone’s most visible change.
In addition to the curved bottom edge, the iPhone 15 will also feature a backward curved side bezel. This would help users pick the phone up from a flat position without caving in the corner.
The iPhone 15 is also expected to feature a titanium chassis. This would make the phone tougher, lighter, and scratch resistant. It would also help widen the gap between the standard and pro models.
In addition, Apple is rumored to be considering replacing the lightning port with a USB-C port. This would enable high speed data transfers. A Thunderbolt port could also be included.
The iPhone’s other major design change may be its new A17 Bionic chip. This chip could be used in the Pro model and non-Pro variants.
The iPhone 5C had a curved back panel. However, it also had a square front. The iPhone 15 will likely be the first iPhone to feature curved back and front panels. This will provide better protection from falls and bumps.
The iPhone will also reportedly feature an A17 Bionic chip, which is the iPhone’s best performance chip. The A17 is expected to be used in both the Pro and non-Pro variants of the phone.
Solid-state volume and power buttons
Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would replace physical buttons with solid-state ones on the iPhone 15 Pro series. He said that the buttons would sit flush with the body of the phone, and could even have haptic feedback. This would allow users to feel the buttons in a way that’s similar to a trackpad on a Mac laptop.
The current iPhones use a Taptic Engine to give users haptic feedback when they press the buttons. This technology is also used by Mac trackpads to simulate physical button presses. Eventually, Kuo believes high-end Android flagships will use similar technology.
The Taptic Engine simulates physical button presses, and helps reduce mechanical failures. In addition, it provides force feedback when a user presses a button. The Taptic Engine is also used in Apple’s Touch ID button. The iPhone X has one Taptic Engine, while the iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr feature a second.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhones in the second half of next year. The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models will continue to have mechanical buttons, while the higher-end iPhone 15 Pro models could have a titanium chassis with curved edges. This could make the higher-end models more water resistant.
According to Kuo, the iPhone 15 Pro models will have solid-state volume and power buttons. These buttons will be located on the back and side of the device, and could even be haptic. The design would be similar to the home button on the Apple iPhone 8.
The next iPhone flagship will also feature a periscope camera, according to Kuo. This new camera would allow users to zoom in more accurately. It will also help Apple reduce overexpose in certain settings.