December 2, 2023

The iPhone 15 is sort of upon us, with Apple set to unveil the brand new smartphone sequence subsequent Tuesday. A final-minute iPhone 15 leak gave us a bunch of particulars about all of the merchandise Apple will announce on the present, together with the 4 new iPhone fashions.

Among the many leaks, we now have estimates for the load of the iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max. These two fashions will reportedly sport titanium alloy chassis that needs to be lighter and extra sturdy than stainless-steel. We’ve identified this for months, however this could be the primary weight estimate for the brand new Professional variations. And it’s additionally nice information about battery life, one other space the place the iPhone 15 sequence will carry enhancements.

Titanium rumors

Numerous iPhone 15 rumors mentioned prior to now few months that the iPhone 15 Professional fashions would swap to titanium. Apple is lastly able to carry the fabric to units greater than the Apple Watch. And I couldn’t be extra excited. It’s the one characteristic that may be sufficient for me to pay more cash for the iPhone 15 Professional. Not that I’m upgrading my iPhone 14 Professional this 12 months.

However now that the iPhone 15 Professionals are getting titanium frames, I anticipate Apple to make use of the identical alloys in its iPhone 16 Professional fashions subsequent 12 months. Furthermore, if the Apple Watch 3D printing experiments work, we would see titanium used on cheaper units as effectively. Apple may enhance manufacturing prices considerably through 3D printing.

Leaked CAD information for iPhone 15 Professional Max and iPhone 16 Professional Max (Extremely). Picture supply: 9to5Mac

Individually, iPhone 15 design rumors mentioned the iPhone will get barely thicker. Not by a lot, simply round 0.4 mm. However that’s sufficient to spice up battery life on the iPhone 15 fashions. Apple can enhance battery capacities throughout the board. Add the A17 Bionic’s rumored stellar effectivity features, and battery life can see an enormous increase on the iPhone 15 Professionals.

How a lot will the iPhone 15 Professional weigh? 

Placing these rumors collectively, I couldn’t assist however ponder whether bigger battery packs would possibly offset the load features we get from titanium. Mark Gurman’s newest iPhone 15 report on Bloomberg lastly sheds some mild on that. “Folks with data of the brand new units” knowledgeable Gurman that the swap to titanium makes the cellphone “extra sturdy and about 10% lighter.”

Making use of that weight lower to the iPhone 14 Professional fashions can provide us a tough estimate for the iPhone 15 Professional and 15 Professional Max.

Weight comparison between iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone X.
Weight comparability between iPhone 14 Professional Max, iPhone 14 Professional, and iPhone X. Picture supply: Apple Inc.

The smaller iPhone 15 Professional would possibly weigh roughly 185 grams, which is 10% lower than the iPhone 14 Professional at 206 grams. The iPhone 15 Professional Max would possibly weigh round 216 grams in comparison with the iPhone 14 Professional Max at 240 grams. These reductions in weight can be fairly vital.

I switched from the iPhone X (174 grams) to the iPhone 14 Professional (206 grams) final September, and the load was one among my greatest gripes concerning the new cellphone. Assuming the estimate above is correct, the large drop in weight can be nice information to this longtime consumer.

Weight comparison between iPhone 14 Plus Max, iPhone 14, and iPhone 13 Pro.
Weight comparability between iPhone 14 Plus Max, iPhone 14, and iPhone 13 Professional. Picture supply: Apple Inc.

Gurman doesn’t point out battery capacities for the iPhone 15 sequence. However he factors out that the largest enhancements from that A17 Bionic chip that powers the brand new Professionals are battery life financial savings.

Nonetheless, if the iPhone 15 design leaks are correct, we’re getting bigger batteries from all iPhone fashions. And they need to not influence the general weight. For instance, the iPhone 14 Professional has a barely bigger battery pack than the iPhone 13 Professional, because it’s 0.2 mm thicker. However that interprets to a weight enhance of simply 2 grams. The iPhone 13 Professional Max has the identical weight because the iPhone 14 Professional Max.