Interestingly, Gorman reports that the switch from stainless steel to titanium for the sides of the new case will translate into an overall reduction in weight, as well as a great look. According to these sources, the iPhone 15 Pro models will become approximately 10% lighter. However, thanks to the efficiency improvements of the new A17 chip, it will provide longer battery life.
In the past few years, the iPhone has become thicker and heavier to accommodate larger batteries. But if these latest rumors come to light, the iPhone 15 Pro will be a reversal of that trend.
Although we do not expect a huge difference in thinness, the 10% reduction in weight is noticeable. Better yet, this won’t come at the expense of battery life. Instead, the efficiency improvements brought about by the 3nm A17 chip will enable Apple to improve battery life.
Higher-end phones will have a performance advantage, in line with Apple’s approach in recent years. This year’s Pro models will get a faster A17 chip built on the new 3nm production process and additional memory. The processor will make these models faster, but the biggest improvements are battery life savings. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will get the slower A16 chip than last year’s Pro phones.
It seems we should expect Apple to tout an extra two hours of battery life this year, with CPU and GPU performance gradually improving.
For reference, the current iPhone 14 Pro is rated for up to 23 hours of video playback, but in everyday life, battery life in real-world situations is well below this theoretical maximum. Some customers have complained that the iPhone 14 series’ battery life is worse than previous generations, so that bounce back will be welcomed with the 15 Pro.
However, like last year, the new A17 chip will be exclusive to Pro phones. The base model iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will get last year’s A16 chip.
Apple’s iPhone 15 event begins at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, September 12. 9to5Mac For all ads.
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