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Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

Plus Under-display Face ID on the iPhone 16?

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Another year, another rumor roundup! Even before the iPhone 14 announcement last September 2022, there were already leaks about the iPhone 15 (and even the iPhone 16).

Like with any other rumors, take these with a grain of salt. Everything you see here are just leaked and unconfirmed information and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 15 series

Bye bye Pro Max! Hello Ultra

Not that it’s shorter to pronounce (same two syllable counting as the Pro Max) but this bold move is for consistency.

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Apple first introduced the “Ultra” naming scheme through their in-house M1 Ultra chip. It was then followed by the Apple Watch Ultra announced last October 2022.

It makes sense for Apple to drop the “Pro Max” branding. This is in favor of a more streamlined product through the iPhone 15 Ultra. It even directly rivals its Android counterparts such as Samsung and Xiaomi.

Dynamic Island for all

In the last iPhone 14 rumor roundup, Apple putting a pill-shaped punch-hole cutout instead of a notch was introduced. But the catch was no one expected it to be immersive. They gave birth to the “Dynamic Island” feature that put Android punch-hole cameras to shame.

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While it didn’t blow everyone’s minds, it still is one of the hottest features of the latest iPhone 14 Pro series — even app developers mimicked the same feature into the Android ecosystem — and we even made a tutorial on that one.

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As Apple finally had the grasp on how to implement this new type of technology among their displays, it comes to no surprise that even the basic iPhone 15 and 15 Plus models could sport the Dynamic Island — albeit still stuck at 60Hz.

Meanwhile, the Pro and Ultra models will still rock the 120Hz ProMotion displays. That further separates the higher-end models from the regular ones.

USB-C… but with a caveat

Leaked as early as May 2022, the next iPhone will finally feature USB-C ports instead of the Lightning connector that has been there for years. What took so long? Well, EU has passed a new law that mandates companies (even Apple) to supply their devices with USB-C as the only port for charging. This further eliminates the amount of e-waste caused by a lot of faulty cables and chargers.

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The iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra is expected to have at least the USB-C 3.0 standard. The caveat? Regular iPhone 15 models will only be limited to a slower USB-C 2.0 standard. This means slower charging and data connection. But hey, at least you’re helping in reducing global e-waste problems.

Solid-state button comeback

Remember the “portless iPhone” that started in our iPhone 12 rumor list? Well, we think it’s still what Apple is starting to envision next.

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Not to confuse with Solid-State Drives (SSDs), solid-state buttons are the types of buttons that rely on capacitive touches and haptic feedback instead of physical buttons with clicking mechanisms. That’s what Apple did as early as the solid-state Touch ID on the iPhone 7 series.

On this year’s iPhones, Apple might do the same not by putting back the Touch ID, but making a similar technology on its volume and power buttons. This is one step closer in making the portless iPhone possible.

Titanium frame

Shoot it down, but it won’t fall! The next iPhone is titanium — well at least the iPhone 15 Ultra.

Back in August 2021, it was already rumored that the 2022 iPhone 14 will have a titanium chassis instead of the usual stainless steel ones. It was even mentioned in last year’s iPhone 14 rumor roundup but unsurprisingly, the iPhone 14 Pro series still had stainless steel frames. However, we might actually see titanium-touting iPhones first this year.

Titanium is a wiser choice considering it’s stronger and more durable, yet lighter. This is why it’s a rare (and expensive) model when buying an Apple Watch before, specifically the Watch Series 5.

First ever periscope lens on an iPhone

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With the recent news confirmation of Apple using Sony sensors for over a decade now, it might be possible for them to introduce a new generation of periscope lens on the next iPhone — at least on the Ultra variant.

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Apple is planning to put a periscope lens with a 6x optical zoom capability on the new Ultra model. An upgrade from the usual 3x telephoto zoom lens found on the existing Pro models of the iPhone 13 and 14. This further segregates the iPhone 15 Pro from the higher-end Ultra variant.

Performance gain only for the higher-end models (again)

Just like the iPhone 14 and 14 series, higher-end iPhone 15 models could come with an even more efficient 3nm (nanometer) A17 Bionic chipset. Meanwhile. the base models will use last year’s A16 Bionic chipset — which is still a high-performing chipset.

There’s still no word regarding storage configuration bump-ups. It’s most likely that the basic iPhone 15 series will be stuck to a max 512GB + 4GB configuration. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra will still come with a maxed-out 1TB internal storage and 6GB RAM.

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A blast from the past

If you haven’t noticed, Apple has been slowly bringing back its past designs. From the inspiration of the iPhone 12/13/14’s flat-edge design with the likes of the iPhone 5/5s and the first-gen iPhone SE, all the way to the 2021 iMac M1 that’s reminiscent of the iMac G3 from 2003. Like it or not, the next-gen iPhone won’t be any different.

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As Jon Prosser stated in his latest report, the upcoming iPhone will most likely borrow the design of the iPhone 4 from a decade ago. Instead of that protruding camera bump, Apple might actually make the phone thicker for the cameras to get flushed.

The lack of camera cutout might look like it was inspired by Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and S23 Ultra but the iPhone 15 will still be different.

Unlike those protruding camera lenses, its thicker chassis makes it possible to remove the camera bump and protruding lenses. The cameras, LiDAR scanner, and LED flash are flushed beneath the iPhone’s glass layer. It’s just like the good ol’ iPhone 4. This makes it look cleaner and uniformed.

Under-display Face ID

Apple is thinking ahead of by making Under-display Face IDs instead of Touch IDs — a la under-display fingerprint scanners found in a plethora of Android smartphones today.

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But hey Apple! Could you at least equip a Touch ID sensor on the solid-state power button? Like what you did on the new generations of the iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air?

Portless iPhone

While the 2020 iPhone rumors suggested a “portless iPhone” is coming very soon, it might not be as soon as we all thought.

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The introduction of MagSafe on the iPhone 12 was just a head start, and the rumored USB-C standardization on the upcoming iPhone 15 series comes next. MagSafe is a great feature that Apple introduced to wireless charge iPhones. However, it’s still far from being a complete solution to ditch wired charging. Not only is it slower than other wireless charging standards, but it’s also unconventional (at least for now).

iFold

If portless iPhones are not in Apple’s priorities now, what more with foldable iPhones?

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Even with early Apple patents submitted such as the folding iPad with Apple Pencil support, dual screen with hinge system, or even a clamshell iPhone such as the Galaxy Z Flip3 and motorola razr, it’s still a blurry sight if Apple will really pursue foldables in the near future. For now, we can only look at patent illustrations.

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Farewell, iPhone SE 4

From the news of being launched last April 2021 was scrapped, reports of delay until Q1 2022, and 2023 rumors of it being postponed or canceled altogether, the iPhone SE 4 might actually never see the light at all.

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The iPhone SE was the most-searched iPhone during the start of the pandemic. It gave birth to new users who want the most of an iPhone by spending less of their hard-earned fortune. But with the consumers’ shift of demand to the newest iPhone 14 and 14 Pro series, Apple has reportedly reduced production for the 2022 iPhone SE 3 and even the iPhone 14 Plus.

A 2021 rumor suggested that it will take cues from the ‘Plus’ versions of the iPhone 6/6s/7/8 with a 5.5-inch Retina Display. A follow-up 2022 report then said it will be a direct copy of the iPhone XR with a singular wide lens and a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display. But with the recent news telling us that the iPhone SE 4 might be gone for good due to poor demand, we don’t have anything to see anymore.


This article will be updated regularly. Updates will include new leaks and/or rumors on the Apple iPhone 15 and 16 series.

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Instagram possibly letting users pay for a blue badge

Copied from Twitter’s playbook

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Twitter got the internet into an uproar after implementing a way to pay for a coveted blue checkmark. Despite the controversy, other social media platforms are potentially introducing similar systems soon. As spotted in new code, Instagram has started referencing paid badges, hinting at a similar feature in the future.

First noticed by developer Alessandro Paluzzi (who spotted other unannounced developments in the past), Instagram’s coding includes mentions of an “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV,” via TechCrunch. Additionally, Paluzzi found references to a Facebook version of the same code. To cap things off, he also discovered a few references to an upcoming subscription product from the current code.

A word of caution, though: Small references inside code might not mean much for the platform’s future plans. Paluzzi himself says that the feature is essentially unconfirmed for now, especially without a prototype.

Given the controversy surrounding the paid blue checkmark, it’s likely that Facebook and Instagram are waiting if Twitter’s experiment translates to better revenue in the long run. Though the initial Twitter Blue brouhaha simmered down for now, the new feature — along with Musk’s other changes to Twitter — are still experiments to test the new ownership’s vision for the platform.

For their part, both Facebook and Instagram have experimented with additional features to expand their offerings to their users. It’s not unheard of for either platform to draw inspiration from the winning features of other social media platforms.

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vivo X90 series launches internationally

Advanced set of camera features

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vivo has announced the international launch of its latest X90 series flagship smartphones which aim the raise the limit of smartphone photography.

They will be available in two variants: the standard X90 and the X90 Pro which both feature vivo’s exclusive V2 chip, advanced cameras co-engineered with ZEISS, and ZEISS Optics with T* Coating.

While we all await official local price and availability, here’s a rundown of its specs and features.

Camera

Obviously, what stands out about the X90 series is how it delivers on an advanced repertoire of camera features and powerful lenses.

The X90 Pro has an integrated “eye” camera setup in the rear, composed of the following:

  • 50MP ZEISS IMX989 1-inch sensor main camera (f/1.75)
  • 50MP IMX758 ultra-sensing portrait camera (f/1.6)
  • 12MP wide-angle camera

The main camera’s 3.2 μm large pixel (4-in-1) size allows more light in and produce brighter and more scintillating images even at night. The portrait camera has stabilization support and an exclusive large aperture lens.

The X90 Pro also introduces independent optical image stabilization (OIS) technology developed by vivo itself to allow for more intelligent and precise stabilization and correction.

The premium phone also supports Active Centering OIS System, significantly reducing smears between frames and motion blur. 

On the other hand, the standard X90 has the following setup:

  • 50MP VCS True Color main camera
  • 12MP professional portrait camera
  • 12MP wide-angle camera

More camera features

The VCS True Collor main camera optimizes the sensor spectrum to achieve the target RGB colors better, improve native image colors, and ensure color consistency.

Both phones will have Corning Gorilla Glass and anti-reflective coating on their cameras.

As mentioned, the X90 series has a ton of interesting camera-related features, so here’s an overview of all:

  • 4K Ultra-Sensing Night Video – made easier by vivo’s Super Night Video 3.0 algorithm for more sensitivity in extremely dark environments
  • Handheld Astro mode – to capture night skies with greater clarity, without the need for tripods or stabilizers
  • Super Moon mode – perfect for “blue hour” right after sunset with vivo’s sky-segmentation technology optimizing blue-tone colors, this mode uses Double Exposure algorithm to integrate both the landscape and moon into one
  • AI Night View – shoots up to 10 frames in RAW while maintaining HDR to recognize elements such as the sky and human faces in night scenes; segmentation is also carried out to further fine tune image
  • Zero-Shutter-Lag-Motion Snapshot – allows users to capture motion easier with zero-second delay, even in low light; utilized by Sports and Night modes
  • ZEISS Cine-flare Portrait style – simulates the flare effect in classic films

For the first time, a new ZEISS Natural Color Display has also been added to screen color style settings to ensure captured colors are not affected by the display. This means the colors in shots captured are close to perfect.

Power specs

Ensuring that all camera-related features work to a T, the X90 series phones are powered by Dimensity 9200 processors along with the V2 chip.

Both devices will also come with enhanced DDR5 RAM and up to 8GB of extended memory via Extended RAM 3.0, so users may use more active apps without sacrificing smoothness.

The X90 Pro in particular has an Ultra Large Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling System. Its design reduces the heat transfer from CPU to the frame. This allows for key areas to remain relatively cooler even when heavy tasks are being processed.

Battery-wise, the phones have 4,810mAh and 4,870mAh batteries that support 120W Dual-Cell FlashCharge and 50W Wireless FlashCharge.

Charging modes include fast charging for up to 50% in just over 8 minutes, or balanced mode for a full charge in only 29 minutes.

Audio and visual

Lastly, both phones have a 6.78-inch HDR10+ Ultra Vision Eye protection screen, bringing cinema-like display effects to one’s fingertips.

The displays have a refresh rate of 120Hz. This makes the phone also ideal for gaming. vivo also developed a Smart Eye Protection mode in collaboration with MediaTek. This is to intelligently monitor blue light proportion in real-time.

Audio-wise, the X90 series also boasts of a Dual Stereo Speaker and an X-Axis Linear Motor. For the Pro model, SpeakerBoost 4.0 algorithm expands the sound field, while 4D Game Vibration is also supported.

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Controversial Netflix policy might ban users for sharing passwords

Company says plans are still unconfirmed

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Likely eclipsed only by Twitter, Netflix has gone through a ton of changes since last year. Underlying most of the new changes is a desire to curb password sharing. Now that 2023 is alive and kicking, the platform is readying its grand strategy to eliminate the phenomenon once and for all. Before the company can reveal their plans, a new report has leaked what’s coming for subscribers.

According to The Streamable, Netflix has changed its Netflix Help Center to reflect the new strategy. Based on the changes, the platform will require all profiles using a single account to be from the same primary location. If the platform detects that someone is using the account in another location, Netflix can reportedly block that user automatically.

To remain in the fold of an account, devices must sign into their home Wi-Fi every 31 days to check in. Any device who can’t do so might get blocked. Incorrect blockings can only be resolved with a call to Netflix’s support.

Now, the biggest controversy revolves around those who travel regularly. Users can reportedly request for a temporary code from Netflix to use the service in another location for seven consecutive days.

Though the changes were spotted on Netflix’s official pages, none of them have been officially announced yet. The page has been reverted to a vaguer version which only asks users in other households to have their own account. In a separate statement issued to The Verge, the company has stated that plans for subscribers (in the United States, at least) are still unconfirmed.

Still, the changed website is viewable via archiving sites like Way Back Machine. A change in the official support page might have come from a premature announcement, rejected plans, or an error.

SEE ALSO: Netflix confirms One Piece adaptation coming this year

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