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The iPhone 15 Pro Max not coming with a 1-Inch Camera Sensor & microLED screens

The Oppo Find X6 Pro has the brightest phone display with 2500-nit of peak brightness, surpassing the previous record held by the iPhone 14 Pro models. For example, the iPhone 14 Pro Max had a 2000-nit screen when it came out. However, this year, Apple will use Samsung’s M12 OLED screens for all its iPhone 15 models, according to The Elec. This includes the cheaper models, which will still have LTPS panels. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will not have higher refresh rates, but they will benefit from Samsung’s latest organic diodes material that improves brightness and power efficiency. This should help the battery life of the iPhone 15 series, since the display consumes the most power.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra and Pro will also use M12 OLED panel material, like their predecessors, but with LTPO technology that allows for easy adjustment of refresh rates. Samsung also has the M13 OLED display material ready, but it will likely debut on the Google Pixel Fold. The Galaxy Z Fold 5 that will come out in the summer will still use an M12 screen like the Z Fold 4.

The Korea Herald reports that Apple plans to switch to microLED panels by 2024. This is the third time we hear about this move from a different source, indicating that it is likely to happen. Apple wants to make the panels itself eventually, but not right now. That’s why it will continue to buy panels from South Korea, with Samsung Display and LG Display getting most of the orders. The report by the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion (IITP) says that the first device to use microLED technology will be the Apple Watch Ultra in 2024. Later, when the panels become more advanced and affordable, we will see iPhones with microLED screens. However, IITP warns that this will not happen before 2025. According to Ross Young’s prediction, the iPhone 19 Pro models will have no cutouts on their displays by 2027. This means that the iPhone 19 Pro and iPhone 19 Ultra will have a fully “all-screen” design with microLED panel. This is gonna be interesting.

According to a reliable leaker Ice Universe, the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which may be called the iPhone 15 Ultra, will have a new Sony sensor for the main camera. The iPhone 14 Pro Max has the Sony IMX803 48MP sensor, while the iPhone 15 Ultra will have the IMX903 sensor. One of the main differences between the two sensors, based on this leak, is that the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s camera is 1/1.28 inches, while the IMX903 is a 1/1.14 inches sensor. Larger sensors are theoretically better than smaller sensors as they can capture more light and details. Even though a 1/1.14 inches sensor is not the same as a 1-inch sensor, Ice Universe suggests that it will be almost as good. You might like this:

The IMX903 could also have double the saturation signal level which should reduce noise and improve the dynamic range. The iPhone 15 Ultra is also very likely to have a new periscope camera with up to 6x optical zoom. The iPhone 15 Pro will probably keep the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s 3x telephoto camera. Unfortunately Tech_Reve has claiming that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature the same sensor as last year. But do keep that in mind Apple with every single generation of iphones, has increased the size of the sensors for the main camera consistently, so I still don’t believe they will use the same sensor as the last year's models.

ShrimpApplePro, a leaker, posted CAD (computer-aided design) images of the iPhone 15 Ultra on his Twitter account. These CAD designs are used by case makers to prepare cases for the 2023 iPhone series in advance. This way, the new accessories will be ready when the 2023 iPhone models are launched. According to these images, the iPhone 15 Ultra’s camera bump will be 3.78mm thick. That is still .40mm or 9.6% thinner than the camera bump on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. ShrimpApplePro also says that the rear flash will have a slightly smaller diameter of 6.7mm on the iPhone 15 Ultra, compared to 6.9mm on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The microphone’s diameter will drop sharply from 1.15mm last year to .75mm this year and the Dynamic Island’s size will remain unchanged.

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to have many new features, such as a periscope telephoto camera and a titanium chassis. Both Pro models are also likely to have the A17 Bionic chip, which will use the new 3nm process technology. The standard models will probably have the Dynamic Island cutout, but only the Pros will have the always-on display and 120Hz refresh rate. The whole lineup is expected to switch to USB-C ports but they will have totally different capabilities for the standard iphone 15 models and pro models.


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