Rumors of the iPhone 15 are on the rise now that the iPhone 14 has been out for, what, two whole months. From rumors of a titanium iPhone 15 Ultra to an iPhone with USB-C and no buttons, there’s a lot of speculation about what Apple has in store for us next year.
To these rumors we can now add the suggestion that Apple is planning a design change inspired by one of its other flagships, the MacBook Pro. And many users think that might be a good thing (see our Apple Black Friday roundup if you’re looking for late-night deals on Apple gear).
We don’t expect the iPhone 15 to launch until September 2023, when Apple normally announces its new smartphones. But, as always, we’re already hearing a tantalizing mix of insider leaks, rumors from dedicated Apple watchers and analysts, and fan guesswork and speculation.
The most recent report comes from a Twitter user ShrimpApplePro (opens in a new tab), which claims to have information suggesting that Apple wants to bring certain design elements from the MacBook to the iPhone. Specifically, the claim is that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will have a slightly different case. They’ll keep their current flat front but ditch the flat edges on the back of the phone for slightly rounded edges (yes, like the iPhone 5C, but not plastic).
So the new iPhone 15 According to the first information I have, the iPhone 15 will feature a new border design. The back edge corner (as shown in the images) will be rounded and no longer square. The material will also be titanium. Still very early to take it as it is. pic.twitter.com/hbdCKUhVP9November 20, 2022
This is an approach introduced in MacBook Pros, which have flat, pointed edges at the top but rounded edges at the bottom. But of course, iPhones of the past also had rounded edges, like many other phones. They offer more comfortable in-hand ergonomics, which would likely make them a welcome change for many iPhone users who don’t use a case for their phone (see our pick of the best iPhone 14 cases if you need of a case for the latest Apple).
Probably that, with aluminum and stainless steel. pic.twitter.com/hnOR0sXPBxNovember 20, 2022
Many people welcomed the report on Shrimp’s post, saying they’ve wanted it since…well, iPhone 11. “I’ve been asking for this from the start,” one person wrote. “It will be more comfortable to hold,” someone else said. But not everyone is convinced. “Instead of going to the future, we’re going to the design of the iPhone 4 from years ago, and it doesn’t have as much ergonomics as the 4,” one person complained.
Shrimp may have had access to vendor information, and the rounded-edge switch is a rumor we’ve heard before, so I’d lean to give the rumor some credence. But, on the other hand, Shrimp says the chassis will be made of titanium, but, although we have heard that this could be the plan for the rumored iPhone 15 Ultra, the price of titanium makes me think that is very unlikely for the standard iPhone 15, and even the iPhone 15 Ultra.
Really, it’s far too early to know for sure what the iPhone 15 will bring, but many are hoping for a more noticeable upgrade than what we got with the iPhone 14. For the best prices on the latest iPhone line Apple, see below.
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