The upcoming, all-new iPhone 15 series is slated for a September 2023 release if Apple follows its traditional September launch timeline. One of the phones in the series is the iPhone 15 Ultra, and months before its rumored launch date, speculations about its features have already been unveiled.
For iPhone 15 Ultra, some of these unofficial features include: Dual Sim, 3G, 4G, 5G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, NFC; Bionic A17, Octa Core Processor; 8 GB RAM, 128 GB inbuilt; 4700 mAh Battery with Fast Charging; 48 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP Triple Rear and 12 MP Front Camera; and iOS v17, among others.
But there are more specific features coming out.
New matte finish, ‘clicky’ buttons, USB Type-C, no mute switch, and more
Renowned YouTuber Lewis Hilsentegger recently unveiled these features in one of his videos on Unbox Therapy YouTube channel. These include features such as a new matte finish, “clicky” buttons, USB Type-C, and no mute switch, among many others.
In the video, the Unbox Therapy host claims to have obtained a non-working model of the iPhone 15 Ultra. He showed that the phone would come in a Silver or possibly White color option this year. But what is noticeable is the matte finish, instead of the shiny stainless steel like one of its predecessors, the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
This recent leak also showed a remarkable switch to Taptic Buttons, though a first-gen Action Button is still present.
But here’s the most controversial reveal from the video. Hilsentegger showed that the dummy phone he obtained seemed to have a USB Type-C port, a feature the European Union may not permit. Keep on reading for the details.
There are also the latest leaks claiming Apple is restricting the iPhone 15 range’s USB-C charging and data transfer speeds for all cables not certified through its Made for iPhone (MFi) program. It is a licensing program for hardware and software peripherals developers working with the company’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
As a response, the European Union (EU) has reportedly threatened to prohibit the sale of iPhones in its member nations.
According to a news report in Die Zeit, EU’s Industry Commissioner, Thierry Breton, reached out to Apple and said, “Devices that do not meet the requirements for the uniform charger are not approved on the EU market.”
On the surface, Apple can simply ignore this. EU’s new rules for common charge regulation were passed in October 2022, but they will not be effective until December 2024 and will apply only to devices released after that date. Apple’s iPhone 15 and 16 may be released in September 2023 and September 2024, respectively.
But Apple is ahead. Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, told the Wall Street Journal last October that the company would adhere to the change.