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iPhone 15 Pro Unveiled: Thinner Bezels, Thicker ‘Curve’ Design, No Lightning Port, and More

February 20, 2023
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As the rumors start to heat up and the world waits excitedly for the launch of the newest generation of iPhone, Apple fans are starting to hear some scoops about the upcoming flagship phone that isn’t available to the public yet. According to an exclusive render obtained by 9to5Mac that is based off of a CAD model, the new iPhone 15 Pro is slated to have a number of significant changes from its predecessor, the iPhone 14 Pro.

The CAD files were given to factories in Asia to allow them to prepare phone cases ahead of the launch. This CAD source comes from China and, historically, the CAD files are accurate to the final devices in terms of both dimensions and design. This has lead to a global trend of devices of varying different brands, including Apple devices, having similar and consistent designs and users being able to expect the same quality of products around the world.

Once of the most prominent changes noted in the leaked render is the switch from the Lightning port to USB-C. This marks a major departure from Apple’s proprietary connector and could be in response to the European Union’s push for a more standardized charging system among different device makers. Though this switch to USB-C won’t mean that any old USB-C cable works with the device and will likely require cables approved for the Apple MFi program for data transfer speeds and charging speeds.

The new iPhone is also said to have a more curvaceous design than its predecessors with the silver metal frame resembling the design of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and new M2 MacBook Air. The glass also curves slightly around the edges for more seamless transition. This design would make the phone more comfortable to hold and hopefully help with accidental touching.

While we’ve seen the changes in the design of the frame, we’re also expecting a few changes within the device itself. The camera bump on the back of the Phone is notably thicker than before, indicating that Apple may have revamped part or all of the camera system. The layout has remained similar to the iPhone 14 Pro, with three lenses and a LiDAR scanner arranged in a square module. This is even further indication that Apple may have given the camera a boost in quality, potentially including larger image sensors.

In addition, the side of the phone is said to have a few changes in the volume rockers and mute switch. The volume rockers are reportedly capacitive buttons and the mute switch has been given a smaller, rounder shape similar to the capacitive buttons.

All of these changes appear to have been made to make the iPhone 15 Pro a better version of the its predecessor. Unfortunately, though the CAD render does not offer further hints in regards to the resolution, we can expect it to remain similar to the iPhone 14 Pro with its 6.1-inch display.

The date of the launch of the new iPhone 15 Pro still remains a mystery, but with the knowledge from 9to5Mac’s CAD render, it looks like Apple may have some drastic changes in store for their latest flagship phone. The combination of a new USB-C port and its newfound curvaceous design could make for a whole new device. We’ll just have to wait and see what else Apple decides to add to help make the iPhone 15 Pro the best it can be.

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