Apple’s iPhone 15 lineup is due this September, and a recent report suggests that it will take the tech-giant one step closer to the “dream iPhone.”
- Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman confirmed a flurry of rumors floating about the upcoming iPhones, suggesting that the Pro models will come with a new display technology called “low-injection pressure over-molding” or LIPO” — which would reduce the surrounding black border to about a third.
- Other changes include stronger and lighter titanium frames, better repairability, “major” upgrades to the rear cameras, a reluctant switch to USB-C, and a customizable Action Button.
- Apple will be replacing the mute/ring switch with the Action Button, akin to the one found on the Apple Watch Ultra — which will be customizable with features like launching the camera, toggling a Focus mode, starting a text translation, or the standard mute mechanism.
What does Apple envision for its dream smartphone? An all-screen chunk of titanium, of course. Renders of iPhones with unobstructed displays have been floating about for years, but the notch is hard to get rid of.
- The notch that Apple unveiled with 2017’s iPhone X became an industry standard despite initial criticism from the competition, and the Dynamic Island followed through by making the cutout a feature of sorts.
- Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the first full-screen iPhone could come out as early as 2024 — with the high-end iPhones adopting under-display front camera and Face ID sensors.
- The technology likely still needs to be worked upon, as previous under-display cameras have been impressive yet lackluster at the same time — leading to the technology being swiftly ousted for holes and pill-shaped cutouts.
What’s more: Gurman mentions that the standard iPhone will be dropping the notch in favor of the Dynamic Island to make the lineup more streamlined. However, this will also be accompanied by a “minor” price bump across all four models outside of the US.