The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are rumored to inherit some high-end features from the iPhone 14 Pro, but the latter’s ProMotion technology and always-on display are unlikely to be among them.
While Apple’s Dynamic Island will trickle down to the standard iPhone 15 and its larger siblings, new leak (opens in a new tab) (HT mike rumors (opens in a new tab)) indicates that the two phones will continue to use the traditional 60Hz display panels adopted by their future predecessors, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
For those unaware, both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have adaptive 1-120Hz refresh rate technology (called ProMotion) that automatically adjusts the smoothness of the display to fit whatever’s happening on the screen. Apple’s always-on display relies on ProMotion to function, so it looks like these two high-end features will once again be reserved for the iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max, and the long-rumored iPhone 15 Ultra.
Arguably, this is disappointing news for Apple fans. Many of the best Android phones have featured always-on display technology over the years, and it’s frustrating that Apple will still be committed to maintaining such a large technology gap between the standard iPhone and the Pro iPhone in the iPhone 15 series.
To be fair, Dynamic Island isn’t the only pro-grade feature coming to the company’s new “affordable” iPhones in September — the iPhone 14 Pro’s high-res 48MP camera is also rumored to be a universal feature on the iPhone 15 lineup .
However, for every advanced feature of the iPhone 15, there seem to be two more professional-grade features for the iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max, and Ultra.For example, a top-of-the-line chip upgrade—possibly in the form of the A17 Bionic—will inevitably be exclusive to Apple’s most expensive iPhone, while the titanium frame and periscope camera also touted Arrives with iPhone 15 Ultra.
In other words, Apple’s professional-grade iPhones will become more professional, while its more affordable all-around models will continue to catch up. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the strategy, the company’s standard iPhone is rapidly losing its luster in the face of better (and affordable) Android alternatives.
We’ll be keeping up with all the latest iPhone 15 news, rumors, and leaks, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the latest on 2023’s hottest smartphone launches.