iPhone 15 Pro will land with a big bump!

Apple iPhone 15 Pro artist's render
(Image credit: Ian Zelbo / 9to5mac)

The expected launch of the iPhone 15 may be over six months away, but the first artist renders of what the new family of Apple smartphones will look like are starting to appear. We have heard lots of rumors, but the vision of what these may mean to the physical phone is genuinely exciting to those of us that love our photography.

The promise of curvier contours, and finally the adoption of a USB-C socket are just the start…  3D renders by concept artist Ian Zelbo (via 9to5Mac) show just how big the camera bump will likely be on the back of the iPhone 15 Pro. And those triple lens peaks definitely look BIG!

Apple iPhone 15 Pro artist's render

(Image credit: Ian Zelbo / 9to5mac)

The website reports that these artistic representations are "based on a CAD model provided to 9to5Mac by a reliable case manufacturer.... CAD files like the ones these renders are based on are given by Apple to factories in Asia to prepare phone cases ahead of launch. This is to ensure that cases are available when the device launches. The specific CAD here comes from a factory out of China that is seemingly the first to get these files. Historically, CAD files are accurate to the final device in terms of both dimensions and design, as having inaccurate ones would be costly to case designers and factories".

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Whether these are real, however, we won't actually know until the phones actually get released, most probably around September time. 

However, with reports of the iPhone getting a new Sony sensor, and the possibility of incorporating a periscope lens, it is not that surprising that the rear camera unit will be getting bigger. But hopefully that, of course, brings the promise of better pictures - particularly as the new sensor is said to offer increased dynamic range and lower noise. You may need bigger pockets thought too!

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.