Speaking to me, popular anonymous Apple insider LeaksApplePro has provided new context on Apple’s iPhone 15 design plans and its material limitations. And you should remain cautious, but optimistic.
Last month, influential leaker ShrimpApplePro set tongues wagging when he revealed that “all the edges will be rounded” on iPhone 15 models, with a design that will hark back to the 2013 iPhone 5C. Ergonomically, this design was one of Apple’s best, but that was forgotten when the iPhone 5C launched with a reviled cheap plastic back.
However, Apple is going a very different way with iPhone 15 models. In October, LeaksApplePro revealed that Apple will launch a new iPhone 15 Ultra in titanium, something ShrimpApplePro later said may come to all models. But LeaksApplePro has now issued a note of caution.
Exposing Apple’s internal discussions, the leaker states that curved edges are not guaranteed to come to the iPhone 15 lineup at this stage. Instead, they are currently under strong consideration, but no final decision has been made by senior management.
This is interesting because iPhone designs are usually locked down more than a year in advance. That said, this makes sense given the uncertainty that persists in Apple’s supply chain, with the company likely putting both preferred (ambitious) and backup (conservative) designs in place.
Clarifying some confusion around Apple’s transition to titanium, LeaksApplePro also said that glass will still be used for the backs of all iPhone 15 models because it is essential for wireless charging. While this is not surprising, some doubt had arisen due to the use of metal and plastic backs in many of Apple’s previous curvier iPhone designs.
Ultimately, as long as it is logistically possible, my gut feeling is that Apple will bring curves back to the iPhone range, even if they are limited to the iPhone 15 Ultra. Having introduced Dynamic Island with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, the front of iPhones is a lock for the foreseeable future, meaning the only areas for differentiation are the sides and back. However, rumors of a dual front camera for Pro models do persist.
In addition, iPhone 15 models are expected to drop Lightning in favor of USB-C (one year ahead of the EU legal deadline), upgrade their primary cameras, and replace their predecessors’ physical power and volume buttons with taptic alternatives. On the flip side, rising component costs may result in much higher prices than you expect.
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