When Will the iPhone 15 Come Out?

Apple is expected to release the iPhone 15 in September 2023. The new iPhone release has become an annual tradition for Apple, with the company unveiling the latest iPhone models every September. Based on Apple’s history launches, industry experts predict the iPhone 15 will be announced in early September 2023.

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Expected Release Date

The release date will likely fall sometime around the second week of September 2023. For the past several years, Apple has held its iPhone event on the first or second Tuesday or Wednesday of September.

Looking at Apple’s recent iPhone release dates:

  • iPhone 14: Announced September 7, 2022. Released September 16, 2022.
  • iPhone 13: Announced September 14, 2021. Released September 24, 2021.
  • iPhone 12: Announced October 13, 2020. Released October 23, 2020.
  • iPhone 11: Announced September 10, 2019. Released September 20, 2019.

Based on these dates, the most likely release date for the iPhone 15 is the third Friday in September 2023, which would be September 22.

Apple sometimes staggers the release dates for the various models. So while the release date may be September 22, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models could come out a week or two later.

Will the iPhone 15 Be Announced at Apple’s September 2023 Event?

Yes, Apple is expected to announce at its September 2023 event. Apple holds an iPhone launch event every September to unveil its newest iPhones.

The September 2023 Apple Event will likely be held during the first or second week of September. Apple often announces its next generation iPhones on a Tuesday or Wednesday in early September.

At the September 2023 Apple Event, we expect to see the unveiling of the iPhone 15 lineup, Apple Watch Series 9, and potentially new AirPods. The event will be streamed online for fans and customers to get a first look at Apple’s latest products.

When Will Pre-Orders Begin?                                                                                 

Pre-orders for the iPhone 15 will likely begin on Friday, September 15, 2023. Apple usually opens up pre-orders on the Friday following the iPhone announcement.

Customers will be able to pre-order directly from Apple’s website. Major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will also allow customers to pre-order the new iPhones.

Pre-ordering the ensures you’ll get it as early as possible. Supplies of the new iPhones often sell out fast on launch day. Pre-orders let you reserve an model for pick up or delivery on release date.

Apple sometimes staggers pre-order dates, with the standard models available first and the Pro models open for pre-order a week later.

How Much Will the Cost?

Apple has not officially announced pricing yet. However, we can speculate on possible prices based on Apple’s iPhone pricing history:

  • iPhone 14: Started at $799 (128GB)
  • iPhone 13: Started at $799 (128GB)
  • iPhone 12: Started at $799 (64GB)
  • iPhone 11: Started at $699 (64GB)

Based on these price points, the iPhone 15 will likely start around $799 for a 128GB model. Higher storage tiers will be more expensive.

Here are some projected iPhone 15 price points:

  • iPhone 15 mini:
    • 128GB: $799
    • 256GB: $899
    • 512GB: $1099
  • iPhone 15:
    • 128GB: $799
    • 256GB: $899
    • 512GB: $1099
  • Pro:
    • 128GB: $999256GB: $1099
    • 512GB: $1299
  • Pro Max:
    • 128GB: $1099256GB: $1199
    • 512GB: $1399

Apple could also continue its strategy of keeping the previous year’s iPhone models around as lower-cost options. This would allow the 14 series to be offered at reduced prices alongside the iPhone 15 series.

What New Features Will the iPhone 15 Have?

While full details on the specs and features won’t be known until Apple’s official announcement, we can make some educated guesses about the changes and improvements coming to the iPhone 15 based on rumors and reports:

Camera Upgrades

  • Higher megapixel main camera – likely 48MP for 15 Pro models
  • Periscope telephoto lens for increased optical zoom capabilities
  • Improved ultra-wide camera lenses
  • Better low light performance
  • Enhanced image stabilization features

A17 Bionic Processor

  • Faster CPU and GPU performance
  • Improved machine learning and AI capabilities
  • More power efficiency

No SIM Card Slot

  • Rumored to only support eSIM like newer iPads

Under Display Face ID

  • Face ID sensors hidden beneath the display, eliminating the notch

USB-C Port

  • Will replace Lightning port; USB-C mandated by EU laws

Interactive Buttons

  • Solid state buttons with haptic feedback instead of physical buttons

Apple Pencil Support

  • iPhone 15 Pro models rumored to work with Apple Pencil

WiFi 6E Support

Faster WiFi speeds and performance

We’ll have to wait for Apple’s iPhone 15 announcement to confirm the exact specs and features. But based on leaks and analyst predictions, camera upgrades, a faster processor, no SIM card slot, and other improvements are expected.

Which Colors Will the Come In?

The lineup will likely be available in a range of new colors. According to leaks and rumors, potential colors include:

  • Black
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Pink
  • Starlight (off white)
  • Coral Pink
  • Light Blue

The iPhone 15 Pro models may come in more premium colors like graphite, gold, silver, and a new dark red. The colors offered could ultimately vary slightly from these rumors. But we can expect the iPhone 15 series to provide a vibrant range of color options.

Apple adopted a fun new range of spring-inspired colors like green, blue, and pink when it launched the iPhone 13 last year. It’s likely to continue offering colorful options with the iPhone 15 models rather than just basic colors like black and silver. Customers appreciate being able to choose a color they like.

The exact naming for each color option from Apple may differ from the leaked names. But you can count on the iPhone 15 being available in many gorgeous colors to suit personal styles and tastes.

Should I Wait for the iPhone 15 or Buy the iPhone 14?

If you currently have an older model like the iPhone 11 or below, upgrading to the iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Pro is still a smart option. The iPhone 14 models are powered by the latest A16 chip and offer improved performance and camera capabilities over previous generation iPhones.

However, if you already have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you may want to wait for the 15. The iPhone 15 will bring more significant changes like a new design, improved cameras, the A17 processor, and other enhancements.

Here’s a quick comparison of how the14 vs. 15 shake out:

iPhone 14

  • Faster A16 Bionic processor
  • Photonic Engine for better low light photos
  • Improved front and rear cameras
  • Crash Detection feature
  • Satellite connectivity for emergencies
  • Similar design to iPhone 13

iPhone 15

  • Next generation A17 Bionic processor
  • Major camera upgrades like 48MP sensor
  • Potential redesign with new colors
  • Loss of the notch (under display Face ID)
  • Switch to USB-C port
  • Interactive solid state buttons

For most users upgrading from an iPhone 12 or newer, it’s probably worth it to wait the extra year for the iPhone 15. But if you’re still holding onto an older iPhone, you’ll get significant improvements with the iPhone 14.

What Specs and Features are Rumored?

While Apple has yet to officially reveal details, a number of leaks, rumors, and reports have given hints about the potential specs and features coming to the 2023 iPhones. Here’s a roundup of some of the most credible rumors so far:


  • 48MP main camera for iPhone 15 Pro models
  • Periscope telephoto lens with 5x – 10x optical zoom
  • New ultra-wide camera with better low light performance
  • Possible 8K video recording


  • Titanium frame for more durability
  • Curved edges on Pro models
  • Buttons replaced with solid state buttons
  • No SIM card slot; eSIM only


  • ProMotion displays on all models with always-on capability
  • Under display Face ID (no notch)

Processor & RAM

  • A17 Bionic chip with 6GB RAM
  • Major performance and efficiency gains


  • USB-C port instead of Lightning port


  • WiFi 6E support
  • 5G with better broadband connectivity

Apple Pencil Support

  • Rumored for 15 Pro models to work with Apple Pencil

Keep in mind rumors don’t always pan out exactly as predicted. But various leaks from sources like analysts Ming-Chi Kuo point bringing a significant camera upgrade, new design changes like losing the notch, the powerful A17 chip, and more. We’ll have confirmation on features when Apple announces the iPhone 15 likely in early September 2023.

When Will iOS 17 Come Out?

The iPhone 15 will launch with iOS 17, the next major version of Apple’s iOS operating system. iOS 17 will likely be announced during WWDC 2023 in June, with a beta launching over the summer.

Based on Apple’s usual iOS release pattern, we can predict the iOS 17 release date timeline:

  • June 2023: iOS 17 announced at WWDC 2023 keynote
  • June – August 2023: iOS 17 beta testing period
  • September 2023: iOS 17 launches alongside
  • Fall 2023: iOS 17.1 update with new features
  • Late 2023: iOS 17.2 update

iOS 17 will bring new features, improvements, and changes to the core iPhone experience.

Rumored additions include:

  • Interactive widgets on home screen
  • New multitasking interface on iPadOS
  • Health app improvements
  • Better AR/VR support
  • Siri enhancements
  • Safari tab improvements
  • Removed password autofill popups
  • Always-on display for 14 Pro

The lineup will ship with iOS 17 pre-installed. So you’ll be able to enjoy all the latest features and changes as soon as you get.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about the upcoming lineup:

Q: How many models will the iPhone 15 lineup include?

A: We expect there to be four models: a 6.1-inch iPhone 15, 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus, 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Q: Will there be an iPhone 15 mini?

A: Rumors suggest Apple will retire the mini, so there likely won’t be an iPhone 15 mini. The mini iPhone hasn’t sold well compared to the larger Plus/Max models.

Q: What size options will the come in?

A: The iPhone 15 and 15 Pro will come in 6.1-inch sizes, while the Plus and Pro Max will be 6.7 inches. This provides both regular and larger “Max” size options.

Q: Will the iPhone 15 have USB-C?

A: Yes, rumors strongly indicate will swap Lightning for USB-C, in line with new EU regulations mandating USB-C on new smartphones.

Q: Will the iPhone 15 still have a notch?

A: Probably not. Leaks suggest under display Face ID is coming, which will allow Apple to create a true full-screen iPhone with no notch cutout.

Q: How good will the cameras be?

A: The iPhone 15 Pro models are rumored to gain a huge 48MP main camera, up from 12MP on past iPhones. All the models should see camera upgrades like improved low light performance.

Q: When can I pre order the?

A: If Apple follows its usual schedule, preorders should open the Friday after its announcement, likely around September 15, 2023.

Q: How much will the cost?

A: Specific pricing is unconfirmed, but the iPhone 15 will likely start around $799. More storage and the Pro models will be more expensive.


The promises to be an exciting upgrade over the 14 lineup, with rumors pointing to major changes like a 48MP camera, no notch, the A17 chip, and more. While the 14 and 14 Pro still offer cutting-edge performance and features, most experts recommend waiting for the more impactful changes coming with the iPhone 15 if you can.

The release date looks to be set for September 2023, with the phones unveiled at an Apple Event in early September. Preorders should start up shortly after. As we get closer to September 2023, more concrete details on pricing, specs, and features will emerge so customers know exactly what upgrades to expect. Overall, the iPhone 15 stands poised to be one of the most feature-packed updates in years.

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