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Pepperfection

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They removed the S model back then, but it always seem to be in between major upgrades. Been reading some stuff in Youtube comments and in Reddit that 15 feels like an S type of an upgrade.

Do you agree to this? Or was 14 the S?
 

Supermallet

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The S terminology isn’t relevant anymore. Apple moved away from that naming convention and it’s been many years now since they’ve used it. It’s really just worth it to ask, is this year’s model enough of an upgrade from what I have now to justify upgrading?
 

JPack

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We’re a bit spoiled because we know iPhone 16 Pro/Max will be a brand new taller form factor. I’d say the 15 Pro/Max is an S-level update because of that along with the same camera sensor as 14 Pro/Max.

The regular 15/Plus is a big upgrade however.
 
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darthbane2k

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No, S models never had any updates to the industrial design of the device except to add/remove colors and finishes.

S upgrade never would’ve seen a change in materials or phone dimensions like the 15 Pro.
That would imply we will be stuck with the 15 Pro design for the next few years or so. I don’t believe that. I think a brand new form factor is coming next year.
 
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Torty

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No, S models never had any updates to the industrial design of the device except to add/remove colors and finishes.

S upgrade never would’ve seen a change in materials or phone dimensions like the 15 Pro.
When I remember correctly the 6S had a different material than the 6.
 

DBZmusicboy01

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That would imply we will be stuck with the 15 Pro design for the next few years or so. I don’t believe that. I think a brand new form factor is coming next year.
It's possible Apple keeps the 15 Pro design for the 16 Pro models BUT... The brand new iPhone ULTRA Model might be the one that will have the new design that is taller and facetime under display.
 
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KOTN91

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If we are talking about the standard iPhone 15, then absolutely not. On the contrary. It’s the biggest upgrade in years, since 8 -> XR
 

sack_peak

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Die shrinks typically are connected to "S models". Non-S models are body redesigns or a new cellular model.
 

throAU

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They removed the S model back then, but it always seem to be in between major upgrades. Been reading some stuff in Youtube comments and in Reddit that 15 feels like an S type of an upgrade.

Do you agree to this? Or was 14 the S?

No way, 12-13 or 13-14 was an S upgrade perhaps, 14-15 is a major step. At least for the baseline phone.

I can see how pro users may consider the 14 Pro to 15 Pro upgrade to be S level.
 

Torty

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No way, 12-13 or 13-14 was an S upgrade perhaps, 14-15 is a major step. At least for the baseline phone.

I can see how pro users may consider the 14 Pro to 15 Pro upgrade to be S level.
I don’t know if it makes sense to discuss the standard iPhone to be a “S” version or not. The “pro” became the iPhone which was once named simply “iphone”. The standard is now something like the iPhone 5C was.
 

throAU

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I don’t know if it makes sense to discuss the standard iPhone to be a “S” version or not. The “pro” became the iPhone which was once named simply “iphone”. The standard is now something like the iPhone 5C was.

yeah don’t think so.

i’ve been using iphones since the 3g, the pro is a new tier device with features few people need. the 5c was the iphone SE of its time.
 
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Torty

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yeah don’t so.

i’ve been using iphones since the 3g, the pro is a new tier device with features few people need. the 5c was the iphone SE of its time.
5C had same case but different material and last years SOC. Quite the same as standard iphones now.
 

iScone

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It all depends on the model you're upgrading from. Of course a 14PM owner is going to be less wowed than someone who's used to something older. I'll be upgrading from an XS Max to the 15PM and it's going to be awesome.
 

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Every phone since the 13 has been an S model.
If it wasn’t for screen scratches, battery wear, and the upgrade program, there is no reason to “upgrade”.
 
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