The first iPhone 15 leaks already promise a combination of striking and controversial design changes. And the excitement is only likely to grow as a new exclusive has unveiled another stunning design decision.
In a move that would see Apple step back in time, a new leak from an anonymous insider ShrimpApplePro claims that “all edges will be rounded” on iPhone 15 models similar to the 2013 iPhone 5C.
The iPhone 5C was one of Apple’s most comfortable iPhones to hold, but the design was unloved as the body was plastic. That mistake won’t be repeated, however, with ShrimpApplePro claiming that the chassis of iPhone 15 models will be made from titanium.
That material change had already leaked, but due to cost, it was considered exclusive to the new iPhone 15 Ultra flagship model. Titanium is priced at $35-50 per kilocompared to $1-1.50 per kilogram for stainless steel, making it about 30x more expensive – though that could drop to just $3.50 for the roughly 100g chassis, and even less when bought in scale.
Titanium is just as strong as stainless stain 40% of its weight and 3-4x stronger at the same weight, making it a popular material for aircraft parts. Moreover, while the combination of a comfortable iPhone with extreme durability makes a lot of sense, it would also represent a stunning change of direction from Apple after years of making their iPhones heavier and more angular.
So how excited should you be? ShrimpApplePro notes that the information is “still very early, so take it as it is,” but the leaker’s sources are well respected after the insider unveiled the iPhone 14’s notch-less redesign in September 2021the same month, Apple launched the iPhone 13.
For me, the doubt is less about whether Apple will implement these changes and more about whether they will apply to the entire range, the iPhone 15 Pro or just the Ultra. With Apple determined to increase differentiation between the models, the thought of it coming to the full iPhone 15 range seems too good to be true.
That said, with disappointing sales of iPhone 14 / iPhone 14 Plus and rising production costs, maybe, just maybe, Apple will go all in with its iPhone 15 lineup. After all, it’s a big year of change for iPhone, whether Apple likes it or not.
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