I am titanium… Apple iPhone 15 alleged to feature new-look curved metal frame

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At the end of last week, leaker and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (opens in new tab), who has a decent track record for Apple information, said that the iPhone 15 will be the first iPhone to see the switch to USB-C and that it will result in higher data transfer speeds (opens in new tab) for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models. It doesn’t look like the iPhone rumours are loosing any traction, as now leaker ShrimpApplePro, @VNchocoTaco (opens in new tab), (via Phone Arena (opens in new tab)) has alleged that the iPhone 15 will feature a new design and be made from titanium. 

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New design 

As you can see from ShrimpApplePro’ (opens in new tab)s tweet above, the well-known leaker alleges that the iPhone 15 could feature a side frame that is curved towards the back, rather than being flat as per the iPhone 12 (opens in new tab), iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) and new iPhone 14 families (opens in new tab). They also add that the upcoming phone will be made from titanium but finish the leak with “Still very early to take it as it is,” which we take to mean they aren’t 100% sure but we can never assume leaks to be correct anyway. 

Since the initial leak, which was shared yesterday, today ShrimpApplePro has added that the iPhone 15 will still have a glass back, which is as we’d expect. The leaker adds: “Personally I think this design will create a really beautiful edge transition from the back to the camera bump,” and Twitter users have been quick to agree, adding it takes them back to the iPhone X days and say it’ll help on how to grip the phone. 

We do agree this would be a welcome design change and note Apple aren’t opposed to returning to previous design styles – the leak would mean the upcoming iPhone 15 series would benefit from the sleek look of the current flat design and the better ergonomics of the slightly curved back design, although this is obviously subjective. However, when it comes to the premium aluminium body, we think this, if true, will be most likely resefved for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models only. 

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The iPhone 15 is expected to launch in September 2023, in line with Apple’s stand launch model, so we expect a slew of leaks and rumors (opens in new tab) before then. 

If you're wondering which iPhone 14 model you should buy, check out our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro (opens in new tab)comparison guide to all four new models. You might also like the best iPhone for photography (opens in new tab).

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Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com (opens in new tab), she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.