Rumors regarding the release date and potential price increase for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
The rumor mill surrounding the iPhone 15 pro max has been running smoothly. We received a ton of fresh hints and information this week that can help us understand what to anticipate from Apple’s upcoming high-end phone model.
Which is fortunate because, according to production issues, the iPhone 15 pro max may miss Apple’s customary event window in September, and a source says the iPhone 15 series as a whole may be harder to find than anticipated. Therefore, it might still be some time until we have access to Apple’s newest devices.
There will likely be significant price increases for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max when they eventually arrive on shop shelves (perhaps in October, but more on that later). Consumers in the United States have so far been exempt from the price rises that the iPhone 14 range brought about in other international countries (such as the United Kingdom). But this time, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Potential release date delays
The Information was informed by two sources that although production of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone Pro Max is already well under way, problems with faulty displays may cause a launch delay or a stock shortage.
When evaluating the initial batches of iPhone 15 pro max units for quality control, Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn discovered that some displays made by LG “failed reliability tests” when connected to other components. Samsung displays for the iPhone 15 were able to pass these tests, though.
The new method Apple is using with the iPhone 15 series to reduce the display’s bezels—a method we’ve previously heard rumors about Apple using—appears to be the reason of LG’s displays failing. A source for The Information saw similarities between Apple’s manufacturing woes with the Apple Watch 7 in 2021 and this current issue. The launch of that model was delayed due to assembly problems and new display technology that increased the screen size without enlarging the chassis.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is getting ready to sell roughly 85 million iPhone 15 devices, which is comparable to the number of iPhone 14s the company produced last year. While this amount is unquestionably nothing to be sniffed at, it also serves as a reminder of Apple’s broken promise to increase production compared to its previous line of devices.
Another analyst predicted that the iPhone 15’s release could be delayed, possibly coming out in October rather than September. Apple could, of course, still host the event in September and release the phones a little later than usual.
Nevertheless, given how many significant enhancements are anticipated for this year, particularly for the Pro models, delays or shortages may be inconvenient for those who are hoping to purchase an iPhone 15 pro max.
Rumored price hike for iPhone 15 pro max
Maybe even more important than when the iPhone 15 Pro will be released is how much it will cost.
Tim Long, an analyst at Barclays, projected earlier this week that Apple would charge $100 to $200 more for the iPhone 15 Pro max than consumers had paid for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. According to a different Bloomberg report, Apple plans to raise the price of its iPhone 15 Pro max models when they go on sale this fall in order to boost overall income. In the United States, Apple’s Pro-grade iPhones had remained at $999 or $1,099 for the Pro and Pro Max versions, respectively, for years. However, with the release of the iPhone series 14, prices started to rise in other markets.
The significant iPhone enhancements that are rumored to be in the works may result in a price increase. The periscope telephoto camera, which offers improved zoom capabilities compared to prior iPhone models, will be a unique feature of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. A new 3nm CPU should also improve performance for both the iPhone 15 Pro and the Max.
According to reports, the entire iPhone 15 line will include the Dynamic Island notch first seen on the iPhone 14 Pro last year. Additionally, the long-requested move from Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable to USB-C charging connectors is also expected to be implemented. But both Pro models should also have slimmer bezels, a more robust titanium frame, and a new, customisable action button in place of the standard iPhone mute switch.
Hopefully, the new features will be more than enough to make up for any price shock that could occur. But it’s a big ask for people to pay over $1,000 for Apple’s high-end iPhone models for the first time ever. Users may start to ponder if their new phone spending would be better spent on an Android phone once they see how competitive the market for the top phones is.