You don’t have to wait long for iPhone 15 leaks or rumors right now – they’re pouring out almost every day – and we now have some unofficial renders showing the revamped design of the iPhone 15 Plus model.
These renderings are based on schematic information provided to third party supply chain partners and obtained by 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab)which we would say is one of the most reliable sources out there for Apple information.
In terms of the changes that come to the design of the phone, we have more rounded edges on the screen and chassis that were mentioned in earlier rumours. There’s also a USB-C port rather than Lightning, another expected switch this year.
To the millimeter
The camera bump is thicker this time around, and the Dynamic Island is apparently coming to the iPhone 15 Plus (and the iPhone 15) – so it won’t be exclusive to the Pro models anymore. We’ve heard this before, too.
Compared to the 160.84 mm x 78.07 mm x 7.79 mm dimensions for the iPhone 14 Plus, the iPhone 15 Plus measures 160.87 mm x 77.76 mm x 7.81 mm according to this source. Actually it’s not that much, just fractions of a millimeter.
Demand for the iPhone 14 Plus is reportedly weak – and of course it was introduced instead of the smaller model that also sold poorly – so Apple will be hoping the 2023 version attracts a few more buyers.
Analysis: some subtle changes
As we’ve seen from previously leaked unofficial renders of the iPhone 15 Pro from the same source, Apple isn’t completely discarding the iPhone’s design and starting from scratch this time. The design changes will be small and subtle.
When you have a design as iconic and established as the iPhone, it’s hard to come up with truly new innovations and changes – although the introduction of the notch with the iPhone X in 2017 inspired many. .
Most of the best work we’re seeing in phone design right now is coming from foldable phones, and Apple’s entry into the market is still considered to be in some way. In fact, the device we’ll get may be more of a foldable iPad than a foldable iPhone.
For the iPhone 15 series, perhaps the most significant change this year is the adoption of that USB-C port, as mandated by EU regulators. However, there is talk that there may be restrictions on what you can attach to it.