The race for thin bezels started several years ago. This obsession gave birth to unique devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix and the Vivo NEX series. These devices pretty much-set tendencies for the smartphone world of today. While most of the brands have left complicated technologies such as pop-up cameras, slim bezels are still a must for flagships. Apple set a trend when it launched the first notch on the iPhone X, but it was never the best company when it comes to making slim bezels. As per Ice Universe, that is set to change soon. The upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max will not only have thin bezels, but it will also raise the bar and be the king in this category.
iPhone 15 Pro Max – will be a device to beat in the bezel-less race
According to the popular tipster, Apple’s next flagship will bring super thin bezels. The black borders will measure only 1.55 mm, way down from the 2.17 mm of the current iPhone 14 Pro Max. That’s a huge cut for a brand that never prioritized this aspect of the design. To make a quick comparison, the Xiaomi 13 which is a very slim device, has a 1.81 mm thickness and stands with the world’s thinnest bezels. Apple’s biggest competitor the Samsung Galaxy S23 has around 1.95 mm. So, Apple will take the crown with these bezels. That also means that other brands will need more effort with their next flagships. No one wants to stay behind Apple.
The iPhone 15 Pro Max won’t be alone in this regard. The iPhone 15 Pro will also bring thin bezels, but we don’t know if they will hit the same thickness as the Pro. When it comes to the vanilla 15 and 15 Plus, these devices should retain the iPhone 14 Pros bezels. We expect significant improvement in their design, but they will still be far from what the Pro series offer.
All four iPhone 15 models will embrace the Dynamic Island pill-shaped punch-hole. The Pros will still be ahead in terms of design and features. For example, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will still miss the ProMotion tech. That means, that in 2023, Apple will still sell flagships with just a 60 Hz refresh rate. That’s a pity when most Android mid-range phones, and some low-end phones, have at least 90 Hz of refresh rate.
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More changes are coming
The iPhone 15 series will bring some significant changes for Apple users. These devices will bring iOS 17 which will add some massive changes to comply with new EU rules. Moreover, talking about EU rules, the new devices will also bring USB Type-C. There is a new regulation that will require USB Type-C ports to be mandatory by 2024. Apple, of course, doesn’t enjoy the idea of being forced to do something. For that reason, it is adding the USB Type-C port before the new rules enter into force.
It seems, however, that Apple will add some sort of proprietary technology to its USB Type-C standard. Just like Lightning is something exclusive to Apple devices, the USB Type-C will be somewhat different for iPhones. Of course, this is based on rumors, and you probably will still be able to use a regular USB Type-C cable to transfer data and charge your device.
Telephoto camera and 3nm SoC
All three iPhone 15 models will come in September this year. They will have a similar design, and some rumors say that there will be camera upgrades for the lesser models. However, the iPhone 15 Pro Max should still be the better with a telephoto snapper. On the CPU side of things, we will still see big differences. The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will bring the A16 Bionic from last year.
The iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will go for an all-new 3nm Apple A17. Some rumors also say that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be rebadged to iPhone 15 Ultra. We are yet to see if that is the case. Take in mind that the iPhone 14 Plus is known as 14 Max until a few days before the launch.
More rumors will keep popping out as there are almost six months ahead of Apple’s keynote.