iPhone 15 leaks have already revealed several exciting design and performance improvements coming to Apple’s next-generation smartphones. But it looks like a big one is not.

Following the leak of multiple iPhone 15 specifications last week, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shot down talk of a major one: an upgraded eight-element (8P) primary camera. And this raises doubts about other upgrades in the leak.

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Kuo responded to a leak by fellow analyst TrendForce, claiming an 8P lens is coming to iPhone 15 models, along with a new periscope lens exclusively for the flagship Pro Max/Ultra model, a jump to 8GB RAM and a “comprehensive” transition to USB-C. But Kuo said he believes that “the rumored iPhone 15 Pro series’s adoption of an 8P lens won’t likely come true.”

Kuo has not replied to requests from his circa 100,000 Twitter followers to comment on the other aspects of the TrendForce leak. Still, given his excellent track record, it does call TrendForce’s information into question.

So what does an 8P lens do? In short, increasing the number of elements in a lens enables the use of wider apertures. In turn, wider apertures increase the amount of light that can be gathered when taking a photo or shooting a video, and the more light, the better the end result. The downside is more elements mean more complexity, and Apple only moved to a 7P lens with the iPhone 14 Pro models.

iPhone 13 Pro showing six-element (6P) lens


That said, with Apple widely tipped to introduce a stellar new iPhone 15 Ultra flagship which widens the gap to the iPhone 15 Pro, introducing a superior primary camera for that model made a lot of sense.

On the flip side, Kuo has been wrong before, and the iPhone 15 lineup is still tipped to bring more innovation than has been seen in recent years, including dual front-facing cameras and a titanium chassis for Pro/Ultra models, the removal of volume and power ‘buttons’ for capacitive alternatives (codename ‘Bongo’) and a shift to USB-C.

All these upgrades are expected to increase prices but spread across the length of a 2-3 year carrier contract that is likely to do less harm than another year of underwhelming base models.

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