The iPhone 15's Dynamic Island will be more powerful in one small way

Screenshots showing the Dynamic Island on three iPhone renders
(Image credit: Apple)

We’ve long suspected that every phone in the upcoming iPhone 15 line will be inheriting the Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 Pro (and Pro Max), but we’re now hearing that the new phones’ digital notches won’t be identical to the ones currently featured on Apple’s flagship devices. 

According to a tweet from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15’s proximity sensor will be integrated inside the ‌Dynamic Island itself, rather than positioned below it (as on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). 

The proximity sensor is used to detect when you raise your iPhone to your ear. When triggered, the sensor shuts off the screen, so you don’t end up accidentally putting your boss on hold or hanging up on your Grandma.

As Kuo notes, the new sensor arrangement is unlikely to result in any material difference to the appearance or functionality of the iPhone 15 versus the iPhone 14 Pro, but the former's Dynamic Island will technically be more advanced than the latter's given the inclusion of a previously isolated sensor. 

If nothing else, the news adds further credence to the suggestion that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will indeed be getting the Dynamic Island, which is one of our favorite features on Apple’s latest Pro-grade handsets. Both phones are also expected to inherit the iPhone 14 Prо’s high-res 48MP camera. 

Dynamic Island swipe

The Dynamic Island in action on the iPhone 14 Pro (Image credit: Future)

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away

However, for every one-time premium feature heading to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, there seem to be two even-more-premium features heading to the iPhone 15 Pro, Pro Max and iPhone 15 Ultra

For instance, a top-of-the-line chip upgrade – likely in the form of an A17 Bionic – will inevitably be made exclusive to Apple’s most expensive iPhones, with recent leaks hinting that this processor could make these handsets as fast as some of the best MacBooks. The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, by contrast, are expected to inherit last year’s A16 Bionic.

A titanium frame and periscope camera have also been touted as arriving with the iPhone 15 Ultra. In other words, Apple’s Pro-level iPhones are set to get even more Pro, while its more affordable all-rounders continue to play catch-up. 

We’ll be staying abreast of all the latest iPhone 15 news, rumors and leaks, as and when they surface, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the most up-to-date info on what's likely to be 2023’s hottest smartphone launch. 

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.