iPhone 15 Pro Max Faces Potential Delay Due to Periscope Lens Challenges

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The latest buzz about the iPhone 15 Pro Max has surfaced once again, and this time, based on the latest reports, there's a possibility that the launch of the new iPhone might experience some delays.

Citing information from 9to5Mac on Wednesday (23/8/2023), analysts suggest that this delay is rooted in challenges related to the supply of camera sensors that are meant for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

For context, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is anticipated to arrive with a significant camera upgrade compared to its predecessors. Rumors have it that Apple is planning to include a periscope lens to enable optical zoom of up to 3X.

However, according to the reports, Sony, the supplier of these camera sensors, hasn't been able to provide these sensors according to the predefined schedule. As a result, the shipment of the iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to be pushed back to around October 2023.

Furthermore, this particular component is intended exclusively for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. In other words, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro won't be benefiting from this enhancement.

To shed light on the backstory, rumors about the introduction of a periscope lens in the iPhone 15 Pro Max began circulating earlier this year. Interestingly, based on industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's insights into Apple's plans, this lens was expected to be a flagship feature of the iPhone 14 Pro.

However, in reality, Apple didn't incorporate this lens capability in the iPhone 14 Pro that was launched in September 2022. After gracing the iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple is also believed to adopt a similar lens for both models of the iPhone 16 Pro, expected to be released next year.

Apple Trims iPhone 15 Production Ahead of Launch, What's the Reason?

Previously, some less-than-ideal news emerged from Apple in anticipation of the launch of the iPhone 15 in September 2023.

According to information from leaker Jeff Pu, the number of iPhone 15 orders has been reduced from 83 million to 77 million units by the end of this year.

Why, you ask? Quoting from GSM Arena on Tuesday (22/8/2023), this reduction is attributed to supply and demand issues for the iPhone 15 series, which have been lower than expected.

Once again, the CMOS Sony camera sensor issue takes center stage in this report. Additionally, discussions revolve around troubles with the new titanium frame for the Pro model and the slimmer bezels.

This situation starkly contrasts with the leaks from Ming-Chi Kuo the previous month. He indicated that the total shipments of the iPhone 15 series were projected to remain stable without any problems.

If indeed Jeff Pu's report holds water, then it's expected that Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, California, USA, might sell fewer units of the iPhone 15 series compared to the previous iteration.

And the plot thickens – not only could the numbers be limited, but loyal iPhone users might also be met with a price increase for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max during sales.

iPhone 15 Embraces USB-C and 35W Charging

Moreover, as it stands, the iPhone 14 Pro boasts 27W charging support, while the basic iPhone 14 is capped at 20W. With these charging speeds, it takes approximately two hours to fully charge the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

In the previous year, Apple also introduced a 35W Dual USB-C charger, capable of rapidly recharging all current iPhone models.

If the whispers about 35W charging in the iPhone 15 prove true, the device might utilize the 35W capacity provided by the current specialized charger when not connected to other devices.

Apple also retails a USB-C 30W charger, originally designed for the MacBook Air but functioning with iPhones and iPads as well.

However, it remains uncertain whether the 35W charging feature will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro model or if it will be present across the entire iPhone 15 Series lineup. Once again, an official announcement is needed to unravel this mystery.

In March 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the iPhone 15 would support faster charging speeds through USB-C, but only with certified cables.

The iPhone 15 Launch Rumor Mill

Meanwhile, a recent rumor suggests that Apple is gearing up for a launch event in the third week of September 2023. Word has it that this might mark the release of the much-anticipated iPhone 15.

Quoting from 9to5mac on Monday (7/8/2023), according to various sources, mobile network employees have been advised not to take vacation days around September 13 due to a major smartphone announcement.

Certainly, this date isn't etched in stone as Apple's launch date. However, looking at the trends from previous years, the tech giant tends to unveil new iPhones in September.

Typically, new iPhones are introduced on Tuesdays. But last year, during the iPhone 14 Series launch, the event was held on Wednesday, September 7.

Coincidentally, September 13, 2023, also falls on a Wednesday. So, one could predict that Apple might choose this date to unveil their latest iPhone masterpiece.

However, since this news is still mere speculation, its authenticity remains to be confirmed. Therefore, we eagerly await an official announcement from Apple regarding the launch of their iPhone 15 series.

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