This specific CAD file is from a factory outside of China, which is apparently the first to get these files.

Rumours have revealed that a number of design changes are coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max, and Ian Zelbo has created a set of renders shared by 9to5Mac.

The renders show some significant changes to the design and features of Apple’s flagship smartphone, which will be unveiled in September.

CAD files like the ones on which these renders are based are provided by Apple to factories in Asia to prepare smartphone cases ahead of launch. This is to ensure cases are available from day one.

The most noticeable change we can see from the images is the move from the Lightning port to USB-C, which marks a major departure from Apple’s proprietary connector that has been used on iPhones and most of the company’s accessories since 2012.

This could be due to pressure from the European Union, which has pushed for a common charging standard for all smartphones and devices. Unfortunately, though, the port may be limited to cables approved for Apple’s MFi program for data transfer speeds and charging speeds.

Another novelty concerns the curvature of the edges, both on the glass and on the metal structure. The glass curves slightly around the edges, creating a more harmonious transition toward the frame. The chassis itself is also more curved than before, similar to the design of the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros and the new MacBook Air M2. This could make the smartphone more comfortable to hold and less prone to accidental taps.

Zelbo’s renders also reveal that the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ camera bump will be thicker than what we find on the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌, with the lenses expected to be thicker as well. The layout is generally the same, and it’s worth noting that the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max is expected to have a periscope lens that won’t be available on the other ‌iPhone 15‌ models.

On the side of the phone, however, we can see some changes to the volume buttons and the Silent/Ring switch. The volume keys feel like capacitive rather than physical buttons. The Silent/Ring switch also looks redesigned, with a smaller, rounder shape similar to the capacitive buttons.

The renders don’t show any details about the resolution of the iPhone 15 Pro, but we expect it to be similar to that of the iPhone 14 Pro. The body of the device is a few mm smaller with a thinner bezel, so we’re likely to see the same 6.1-inch display in a slightly smaller body .

The dynamic island is still present and appears to be roughly the same size as the one on the current iPhone model.

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