While the iPhone 15 launch might still be a few months away, a brand new leak has revealed that Apple is likely planning quite a big design shift with its next flagship iPhone, the iPhone 15 Pro.
As reported by 9to5Mac, the outlet claims it has "obtained exclusive renders of the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro, based on a CAD model provided to 9to5Mac by a reliable case manufacturer and 3D Artist Ian Zelbo." The outlet says that this particular CAD model "comes from a factory out of China that is seemingly the first to get these files."
Taking a look at the CAD render, you can notice a few things about what might be expected with the iPhone 15 Pro. The biggest change that immediately jumps out is that, according to the CAD model, the iPhone 15 Pro will make the jump from the Lightning port to USB-C, as will the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Finally!
You can also see that there is more of a curve around the edges of the phone on both the front glass and back metal, indicating that Apple is moving slightly aware from that boxy, industrial design that it switched to with the iPhone 12.
iPhone 15 design changes
For anyone hoping Apple might pull off a smaller profile, or even remove the camera bump altogether, that doesn't appear to be happening. In fact, the camera bump seems like it's going to get even bigger this year. On the side of the phone, it looks like Apple may be switching to capacitive buttons instead of physical ones, but that's tough to tell from the CAD image. Reliable sources have previously stated the change from physical buttons to capacitive ones is coming to iPhone 15.
One thing that's easy to tell is that, according to the renders, Apple is bringing even thinner bezels to the display on the iPhone, enabling even more screen space for users.
The iPhone 15 lineup is expected to bring the Dynamic Island to the regular models and add USB-C to the iPhone for the first time (which appears to be confirmed if this CAD model is real). The iPhone 15 Pro models are rumored to feature a titanium frame and the usual round of camera upgrades, something also indicated by those larger bumps.
We're already only seven months away from the iPhone event — and iPhone 15 is shaping up to be the best iPhone Apple has ever created.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.