Latest Leak Reveals Surprising New Look Coming

We’re in the final furlong for the 2023 iPhones release race. The iPhone 15 series will be revealed in just a matter of hours, and a year’s worth of rumors and counter-claims will be replaced by reality. I don’t know about you, but I really can’t wait. But even though we’re nearly at the finishing line, that doesn’t mean there can’t be surprises reported.

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In the last few hours, MacRumors has reported that it has obtained “the exact dimensions of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.” Interestingly, no mention is made of the iPhone 15 Plus, though I don’t think this phone isn’t about to appear.

However, the sizes and weights that are mentioned aren’t exactly what might have been expected. In part, that’s because there’s an expectation that phones these days are very slim, and perhaps even getting thinner.

The report claims that the iPhone 15 will be near-identical to the iPhone 14, measuring 7.8mm thick from front to back. Other measurements are very similar to last year, and the weight of the new iPhone, 172g, is just one gram more than the iPhone 14. Not least, that’s because it will use “the exact same chassis material as the iPhone 14 — 6013 T6 Aluminum.”

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But the Pro models, while similar in length and height, will be thicker. Where both current Pro iPhones are 7.85mm, the replacements will be thicker by almost half a millimeter. When you imagine half a millimeter, it ain’t much, right? Right, but of all the measurements on a smartphone, the thickness is the most crucial. And to increase by just over a twentieth, or 5%, could be noticeable.

Set against this, though is the weight. Where the iPhone 14 Pro weighs 206g, the 15 Pro is projected to weigh 188g, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s weight of 240g could be replaced by an iPhone 15 Pro Max weighing 221g. That’s not quite the weight reduction predicted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, but it’s pretty good.

Both these weight reduction predictions are down to the switch from stainless steel to “Grade 5 Titanium for the iPhone 15 Pro, which represents a notable departure from the stainless steel used on every Pro iPhone thus far. Grade 5 Titanium, also known as Ti-6Al-4V, is a titanium alloy used in a variety of industries and is widely known for its excellent corrosion resistance.”

Note that MacRumors says that this is pre-production information so things could be different, but even so, these reports represent good news: the iPhone 14 Pro Max, for instance, is not light. And while many presumed that that’s just how things were and would continue to be, it looks like Apple’s switch to titanium could lead to improved pocket feel. We’ll know for sure very soon.

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