New leak sheds more light on the CPUs powering the iPhone 15 series
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- Apple is expected to showcase the new iPhone 15 series at a dedicated event on September 12, 2023
- The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are expected to run on the new 3nm Apple A17 chipset, while the base models will launch with the 4nm A16 chip instead
- Meanwhile, the Apple Watch Series 9 will also make its debut alongside the new iPhones
With just over a month left for the rumoured Apple iPhone 15 unveiling, leaks continue to pour in. The latest entry in the long list of the 2023 iPhone leaks comes courtesy of code found with tvOS 17, which is currently in beta ahead of the stable version’s arrival sometime next month.
As spotted by developer @aaronp13 on Twitter/X, the tvOS 17 beta includes mentions of device identifiers such as iPhone15,4, iPhone15,5, iPhone16,1, and iPhone16,2. Interestingly, these first appeared in the first tvOS 17 beta but appear to have been removed by Apple on tvOS 17 beta 5.
4 unreleased iPhone models were added in tvOS 17 beta 1 but were not noticed until now. They were removed in tvOS 17 beta 5:
— Aaron (@aaronp613) August 9, 2023
What do these identifiers mean?
Contrary to how they appear, these identifiers don’t actually reference the iPhone 15 directly but the inclusion of the Apple A17 and A16 chipsets on the base iPhone 15 models and the Pro variants, respectively.
As MacRumors rightly highlights, the number 15 used here represents the 3nm Apple A17 SoC, whereas the 14 is the predecessor — the Apple A16 (5nm). In this case, the mention of 15,4 and 15,5 is likely referencing the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models, whereas the iPhone16,1, and iPhone16,2 are possibly this year’s Pro and Pro Max variants.
These findings within the tvOS 17 beta code aren’t exactly groundbreaking, given that we’ve heard about Apple using the all-new A17 chip with the iPhone 15 Pro series for quite a while. Meanwhile, the entry-level iPhone 15 models will pick up the same 4nm A16 chipset which powers the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Another iPhone in the mix?
On top of these new findings within the tvOS 17 beta code, the dev also found mentions of iPhone14,1 and an iPhone 14,9, featuring the Apple A15 SoC. There’s no way to tell if these are under-development iPhones slated to launch in the near future or if it’s just something that was left within the code in error.
For the time being, we’re getting a clearer picture of what the iPhone 15 series would offer, which is rumoured to bring a couple of significant upgrades to the table. Apple will also take the wraps off the Apple Watch Series 9, while a second-gen Apple Watch Ultra is also rumoured.
A September 12 launch event is rumoured, though Apple is yet to officially send invites for the official iPhone 15 unveiling at Apple Park.
Source: @aaronp13 – Twitter/X
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