iPhone 15 Ultra Following In Samsung’s Footsteps So the dictionary defines the word “ultra” as: “beyond what is ordinary, proper, or moderate” Basically, Ultra is a word we use to overemphasize something: ultra-fast, ultra-powerful, ultra-big. Samsung is the one that popularized this word in the tech world.
Of course, they weren’t the first ones to come up with this name. Sony released a phone named Xperia Z Ultra almost a decade ago. But it was Samsung who educated the tech world that their Ultra phone takes every spec to the Nth degree, with the biggest this and the fastest that. And now, Apple is following in Samsung’s footsteps and has decided to come up with an Ultra phone of their own, the iPhone 15 Ultra. That’s according to both Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo, two of the most reputable analysts out there. By the way, Apple has been flirting with the Ultra branding for quite some time now. Besides the Apple Watch Ultra, there is also a processor Apple unveiled recently called the M1 Ultra, which is currently powering their MacBook Pros.
So it only made sense they would call their highest-end iPhone the iPhone 15 Ultra. And by the way, this is not going to be a fifth iPhone model. Apple is planning to replace the Pro Max with the Ultra, which is a good move, in my opinion, as it simplifies the whole naming scheme. Now, all the current Ultra phones have Ultra features. If Apple is using the Ultra name for their iPhones, then it got to have some Ultra features. Well, we already know a couple of upgrades the iPhone 15 Ultra is getting that are worthy of its Ultra name.
The first one is, of course, the periscope zoom camera. Mark Gurman, Ming-Chi Kuo, and other top Apple leakers have repeatedly mentioned that Apple will finally include a periscope zoom camera on the iPhone 15 Ultra, and only the Ultra variant will get this, while the smaller iPhone 15 Pro will keep the regular telephoto lens for optical zoom. Ming-Chi Kuo also mentioned that the 1/3″ sensor would have a 12-megapixel resolution with f/2.8 aperture, sensor-shift stabilization, and up to 6x optical zoom.
So not as quite as powerful as Samsung’s 10x optical zoom on the S22 Ultra, but it’s about time they finally include this sensor. The second ultra feature could be the titanium build. That’s according to this guy who doesn’t have an excellent track record so take it with a bit of skepticism, but if true, it’s great news for anyone who frequently drops their phone. Titanium is three to four times stronger than stainless steel at the same weight, which also means that it can provide the same strength as stainless steel at 40 percent of the weight.
This will enable Apple to make the iPhone 15 Ultra either incredibly light without losing power or extremely strong. I guess it will be the former, as the iPhone 14 Pro Max is so heavy that it gets uncomfortable to use for a more extended period of time. So titanium would indeed counter that problem, provided this rumor is true.