Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 15 line within three weeks and begin shipping the devices within four weeks. However, the newer iPhone with the more advanced camera system may experience delays until October, due to the readiness of the image sensor.
Sony, a supplier of the camera parts, will not be able to supply the image sensor used by the iPhone 15 Pro Max in time to ship it along with other new models. This is according to a note by a senior equity analyst that was seen and described by A.J 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 limit of 3x. The smaller iPhone 15 Pro will not receive this upgrade. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will have ultra-wide and ultra-wide cameras, but not 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 begin on September 15th, with deliveries beginning on September 22nd. A delay of three to four weeks, as described in the analyst note, could impair iPhone 15 Pro Max deliveries between October 6 and October 13.
Apple has shipped certain iPhone models a few weeks after shipping other models in previous years. iPhone XR ships after iPhone XS, and iPhone 14 Plus ships after iPhone 14, for example. And iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max also ship weeks after iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
And an analyst note from Bank of America previously predicted a decline in iPhone 15 shipments to October of this year. A short-lived rumor about iPhone 15 Pro screen production issues also surfaced this summer.
The iPhone 15 line is expected to replace the Lightning charging port with a USB-C port 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 the Apple Watch Ultra.
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