The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are rumored to inherit some advanced features from the iPhone 14 Pro, but the latter’s ProMotion technology and permanent display feature are unlikely to be among that number.
While Apple’s Dynamic Island is expected to trickle down to the standard iPhone 15 and its larger sibling, a new leak (opens in a new tab) (H/T MacRumors (opens in a new tab)) suggests both phones will stick to the traditional 60Hz display panel that was used by their future predecessors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
For those who don’t know, both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max feature 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rate technology (dubbed ProMotion) that automatically adjusts the smoothness of their displays to whatever is happening on the screen. Apple’s Constant Display feature relies on ProMotion, so it looks like both of these advanced features will be reserved again for the iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max, and the widely released iPhone 15 Ultra.
Suffice to say, this is disappointing news for Apple fans. Always-on Display technology has been available on many top Android phones for several years now, and it’s frustrating that Apple will continue to strive to maintain such a large technological gap between its standard and Pro iPhones with the iPhone 15 lineup.
In fairness to Apple, Dynamic Island isn’t the only Pro-level feature expected to arrive on the company’s new “affordable” iPhones in September – rumor has it that the iPhone 14 Pro’s high-resolution 48-megapixel camera will also become a universal feature of the iPhone 15 series.
However, it seems that for every premium feature that came in the vanilla iPhone 15, there are two more Pro-grade features that are heading for the iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max and Ultra. For example, a cutting-edge chip upgrade – likely in the form of the A17 Bionic – will inevitably be exclusive to Apple’s most expensive iPhones, while the titanium frame and periscope camera were also advertised as arriving with the iPhone 15 Ultra.
In other words, Apple’s Pro-level iPhones are set to become even more Pro-er, while their more affordable, versatile devices continue to catch up. And while there’s nothing wrong with this strategy, the company’s standard iPhones quickly lose their luster in the presence of more advanced (and affordable) Android alternatives.
We’ll be keeping up with all the latest iPhone 15 news, rumors, and leaks as they happen, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the most up-to-date information on what’s likely to be the hottest smartphone launch of 2023.