What are CAD files
These leaked renders are based on CAD files which are provided by Apple. The company shares such files with factories in Asia to prepare phone cases before the phone’s launch. This practice is done to ensure that when the device launches, the cases become available.
The iPhone 15 Pro leaked render CAD has reportedly arrived from a factory out of China. As per the report, this factory also seems to be the first to get these files. Previous CAD files have also been accurate to the final device in terms of both dimensions and design. As inaccurate CADs will be costly for the case designers and factories.
iPhone 15 Pro: Expected changes
The leaked renders reveal that Apple will switch from the Lightning port to USB-C. This will mark the departure of Apple’s proprietary connector that has been used on iPhones and other Apple products for a long time. However, the company is reportedly planning to limit the cables to the ones approved by Apple’s MFi program for data transfer speeds and charging speeds.
As per the images, the curvature of the edges on both the glass and the metal frame has also changed. In iPhone 15 Pro, the glass will curve slightly around the edges to create a more seamless transition to the frame. The report claims that the frame will also be more curved than before and will be similar to the design of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros or the new M2 MacBook Air. This new design is expected to make the phone more comfortable to hold and less prone to accidental touches.
The rear camera bump also seems to be thicker compared to its predecessor. This might indicate that Apple may have added new sensors or lenses to upgrade the camera system. However, the company has kept the camera layout similar to the iPhone 14 Pro. The upcoming iPhone 15 Pro will also have three lenses and a LiDAR scanner arranged in a square module. The camera lenses also seemed thicker in the latest renders which likely suggests larger image sensors.
Apple has also reportedly made some changes to the volume buttons and the mute switch on the side of the phone. Instead of physical buttons, the volume rockers now look like capacitive buttons, which was already rumoured. The company also may have redesigned the mute switch with a smaller and rounder shape button which looks similar to that of the capacitive buttons.
The leaked renders also show the phone with a thinner bezel and it is expected to sport the same 6.1-inch display in a slightly smaller body. Dynamic Island is also present in the leaked images and looks to be about the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro.