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Earlier this week, 9to5Mac shared new 3D design renders of what Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max might look like when Apple unveils the new iPhone 15 lineup in September. These new renders come from a 3D artist Ian Zelbo.
The iPhone 15 lineup is expected to include four models, in addition to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models, we can expect to see iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus devices in the lineup.
The new iPhones are also expected to sport a titanium frame, use solid-state haptic volume buttons, and a USB-C charging and syncing port to replace Lightning connectivity.
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Apple is making the move from Lightning connectivity to USB-C connectivity, due to a “common charger” law recently passed by the European Union, which requires all electronics manufacturers to use USB-C connectivity on their devices.
All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C connector ports by December 28, 2024. Other consumer electronic products, including tablets, will also be required to use USB-C under the new law, so we can expect to see Apple’s last remaining iPad that uses Lightning to switch to USB-C connectivity in the near future.
Renders like these are based on CAD files Apple sends to third-party accessory makers in Asia so they might ready their phone cases for the iPhone 15 lineup’s launch.
The CAD files used for these renders were included in those sent to a Chinese accessory maker. In the past, the renders from the CAD files have proven to be accurate in terms of both dimensions and design. This makes sense, as inaccurate CAD files would prove to be costly to case manufacturers.
Overall, based on these renders, the new iPhone 15 Pro devices will look quite similar to the current iPhone 14 Pro devices, but there will be multiple design changes.
First of all, while the iPhone 15 lineup will almost assuredly replace the current Lightning port connector with a USB-C port, the renders show that the new port won’t be noticeably different. However, the speaker holes on the port end of the device may be a bit different.
The renders show the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models with their much-expected somewhat thinner bezels, plus an expected somewhat minor change to the curve of the devices’ edges. The rendered device shows a frame that is slightly more curved than the iPhone 14 Pro, with the glass curving into the edges.
If the actual devices do end up being similar to Zelbo’s renders, the iPhone Pro’s camera bump will continue to grow thicker, as the renders show a thicker camera bump than that of the iPhone 14 Pro. The thicker camera lenses hint at larger image sensors, meaning better photos The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to gain a new periscope lens that will not be available on any of the other iPhone 15 models.
The side of the phone renders show changes to the volume rockers and the mute switch. While it’s not possible to confirm, the volume rockers in the render do appear to be the much-rumored capacitive buttons in place of the traditional physical ones. The mute switch also appears to be redesigned, sporting a smaller, rounder shape similar to the volume rockers and the mute switch.
Apple’s “Pro” models in the iPhone 15 lineup will be powered by the A17 Bionic chip. The A17 Bionic chip is rumored to be as much as 35% more efficient than the processor used in the current iPhone lineup, as the new system on a chip is expected to be fabricated using TSMC’s new 3nm technology.
Keep in mind that these renders are based on early CAD models and Apple may yet alter its final design. However, the renders do provide a good idea of what can be expected from the upcoming iPhone Pro lineup.
An earlier version of this article appeared on Mactrast.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]