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Larger Apple iPhone 15 appears early in CAD render

iPhone 15 and 15 Plus both get Dynamic Island

Rumors ·

The design of the iPhone 15 series seems to be set in stone. 9to5Mac has obtained CAD drawings of the iPhone 15 and turned them into product renders. This makes it clear that the iPhone 15 will also get the Dynamic Island just like its larger Pro brother.

The source also expects Apple to adopt a larger 6.2-inch screen for the iPhone 15. On the iPhone 14, it was still 6.1 inches. Unfortunately, the renders do not tell whether the screen refresh rate will be higher than 60 Hz this time.

Render based on CAD drawing of the Apple iPhone 15
Basic iPhone 15 trades in notch for Dynamic Island

The renders further show that the iPhone 15 will get a USB-C port. Finally! The dual rear camera remains. If you want more, you'll have to look at the Pro. Also, the expected capacitive buttons seem exclusively destined for the Pro models. These are not real physical buttons but simulate a button.

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And although the source does not explicitly mention it, we do expect an iPhone 15 Plus next year. The Plus version is disappointing in terms of popularity and sales numbers. Therefore, there are rumors about canceling the model, just as happened with the mini at the time. So like last year, the iPhone 15 series will simply consist of four different models.

Side view of both iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 showing the significantly thicker cameras on the Pro
Cameras on the iPhone 15 Pro stick out significantly thicker than on the iPhone 15

The announcement of the series is still some time away. As in previous years, Apple is not expected to announce it until the fall. The first images of the iPhone 14 also appeared early in the year. These, too, were based on leaked CAD drawings. So Apple still has a leak to repair.


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"Apple iPhone 15 screen gets rounded glass again"

Rumors ·

Personally, we associate completely flat screens with cheap. Nice and easy to make, low cost. They must have thought something like that at Apple too because they plan to give the iPhone 15 series rounded glass again.

Rounded screen edges have the advantage of making the bezel look smaller, although Apple would also make the screen edges themselves smaller. This would make the screen resemble that of the Apple Watch S8. Although this only applies to the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro. The entry-level iPhone 15 gets slightly thicker bezels, but also the Dynamic Island.

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Apple has not used rounded screen glass since the iPhone 11

With this, Apple is equalizing the design between iPhone models, with a slightly refined design for the more expensive Pro models. Apple introduced the Dynamic Island with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, garnering much praise. Apple has integrated the pill-shaped holes that house the cameras and Face ID components into the user interface, and thanks to various animations, it looks very natural.

Existence of iPhone 15 Plus remains unclear

What Apple wants with the iPhone 15 Plus is unclear. That model is not explicitly mentioned by the source. Reportedly, sales numbers of the iPhone 14 Plus are not doing well. So it is unclear whether Apple is working on a successor. There are rumors that Apple has scrapped the model. Whether that is actually true will be revealed in the fall of 2023. That's when Apple traditionally announces new iPhones.


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Apple iPhone 15 gets USB-C port, though slow 2.0 version

Rumors ·

The end of the Lightning port is in sight. Apple is reportedly looking to trade in its port, known from its iPhones, for the universal USB-C. We are going to see the port on all iPhone 15 models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but there will be speed differences between them.

Apple wouldn't be Apple if it didn't throw in unnecessary technical restrictions to entice you to buy a more expensive model. According to reports by Ming-Chi Kuo the iPhone 15 supports USB version 2.0 which has a maximum speed of 480 Mbit/s. The (much) more expensive iPhone 15 Pro supports the newer USB version 3.2, which is about 100x faster (40 Gbit/s).

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Definition of the word "greedy"

The speed of USB version 2.0 matches Apple's current Lightning port but is too slow to transfer large video files quickly. There is no good reason why Apple would adopt the obsolete 2.0 version. The standard is so old now that the price difference between USB 2.0 and newer components is negligible. Even if Apple applied the more recent but also old version 3.0, it would increase speed tenfold.

Forced by the EU

If it were up to Apple, it wouldn't mind sticking with Lightning. The self-developed port associated with fragile cables brings in quite some money for Apple. Manufacturers who want to bring compatible iPhone accessories to market must certify them and pay Apple a fee. The MFi program, according to Apple, is needed for a consistent ecosystem where "everything just works."

Europe is now putting a stop to the Lightning port; it wants every consumer electronics device to work with USB-C. You find the reversible cable on almost every device these days. And increasingly on Apple products as well, from MacBooks to iPads. But not yet iPhone. But that will finally change in 2023.

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