Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro was one of the best phones last year, and Apple has long been at work on its successor, the iPhone 15 Pro — as well as on the rest of the iPhone 15 lineup. Rumors and leaks about the upcoming iPhones keep floating in. We haven’t heard much about the hotly anticipated iPhone 15 Pro handset. Last we heard the iPhone 15 Pro will have a new display design with thinner bezels, and it will be curved, which is similar to the one on the Apple Watch.
Now, we’re getting our first-look renders showing what the iPhone 15 Pro could look like courtesy of a reliable case manufacturer and 3D Artist Ian Zelbo. Published at 9to5Mac, the first renders are showing some significant changes to the design and features of Apple’s next generation flagship smartphone, which will launch later this year.
These renders are based on a CAD model or official dimensions shared by Apple to factories in Asia (specifically in China) ahead of launch time and offer a glimpse and hinting at possible design changes into the official iPhone 15 design language. The frame on the phone is slightly more curved and the glass curves into the edges, a minor tweak.
In one of these renders, we can observe the USB-C port and there may be some changes to the speaker holes at the bottom of the device. The reason for this shift from Lightning connector to USB-C could be the European Union’s pressure for USB-C-equipped devices. Apple has been using Lightning port on iPhones since 2012. On the other side, most of the Android-running smartphones and tablets launched in the past few years arrived with the USB-C port.
The renders also portray that we will likely see a center-aligned Dynamic Island, which looks to be the about the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro, with all buttons located on both sides of the phone. We can observe Apple is coming up with some changes to the volume rockers and the mute switch, which are looking like capacitive buttons instead of physical ones.
The images also show a circular camera module with three lenses on the back of the iPhone 15 Pro, which is similar to previous-gen iPhone models. The camera arrangement on the back itself hasn’t changed, but the camera bump is thicker than before, which is suggesting to us that Apple may have upgraded the camera system with new larger image sensors or lenses. The renders illustrate how each camera lens on the iPhone 15 Pro will protrude from the back panel.
As of now, no other features or hardware have been revealed. We are still quite a few months away from the iPhone 15 Pro’s unveiling. The iPhone 15 series of phones aren’t expected to debut until at least the third quarter of 2023, but we’ll see more about them in the next few months as new details keep piling up.