The iPhone 15 has entered early “machine trial production” with main iPhone assembly company Foxconn ahead of launch later this year, according to a report from Foxconn today Business Daily News.

According to the report, Foxconn has received instructions to begin “new machine test production” for the “iPhone 15” and begin new product introduction (NPI) for the device. This process takes place before the “iPhone 15” is expected to go into mass production later this year, and is intended to present the device’s specific design and production requirements to Foxconn.

The report notes that this year’s process for mass production of the upcoming “iPhone 15” will be different from previous years, as production takes place in both China and India. A machine-translated copy of the report reads:

It is worth noting that the NPI of the new iPhone this year is a little different from previous years, mainly because the gap between iPhone mass production time in mainland China and India will narrow. In previous years, the mass production time of the two places was about six to nine months apart. Last year it was reduced to two months, this year it will be reduced to a few weeks.

The “iPhone 15” lineup is expected to include four models that match the sizes of this year’s iPhone 14 series, including “iPhone 15”, “iPhone 15” Plus, “iPhone 15” Pro and “iPhone 15” Ultra.

Rumor has it that the higher-end “iPhone 15” Pro and “iPhone 15” Ultra will feature a titanium frame, solid-state haptic volume buttons, and USB-C with faster transfer speeds. Standard models are expected to get Dynamic Island, a USB-C port with Lightning transfer speeds, and possibly a 48-megapixel camera.

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