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iPhone 15 Pro Rumors: Titanium Bodies and the All-Screen Future

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“Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything,” once said Steve Jobs. While Apple has not led on the innovation front in recent years, things are likely to change beyond the iPhone 15 Pro, as an all-screen phone may finally go mainstream — and bring an industry shift along.

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Published on Aug 1, 2023

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.