Thursday, December 7, 2023

Apple may replace leather cases with woven shell cases for the iPhone 15 line-up

Apple may replace leather cases with woven shell cases for the iPhone 15 line-up.

Previous reports said Apple wasn’t going to release leather cases for its upcoming iPhone 15 line-up. Now a BGR report says that a Weibo leaker – corroborated by other X (former Twitter) users – says the tech giant will offer “woven shell” cases instead.

The article says that from the image shared on Weibo, the cases look like they will have a velvety feel. The colors shared were purple, gray, deep green, navy blue, and black.

Apple will unveil its iPhone 15 line-up on Tuesday, Sept. 12, via a pre-recorded event, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman predicts. Pre-orders will likely start on Friday, Sept. 15, with the first orders arriving on Friday, Sept. 22. 

Here are some of the rumors about the iPhone 15 line-up:

° The iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max will be at least US$100 more expensive than their predecessors.

° Apple will no longer offer a gold finish option. With their titanium builds, the new smartphone will come in space black, silver, and “titan grey,”

° Apple will promote a new dark blue color for the titanium iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. 

° Apple’s upcoming A17 chip that is set to be used in the iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max models includes a 6-core CPU and a 6-core GPU.

° The iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus could come with color-matched braided USB-C to USB-C cables

° iPhone 15 Pro models will be available with a 2TB maximum storage option.

° The standard iPhone 15 models will trade in the notch for the Dynamic Island, while the Pro and Pro Max displays will be made with a new technology: low-injection pressure over-molding, or “LIPO” as it’s dubbed inside Apple. 

° The iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will look similar to the current models but add major camera improvements and the A16 chip from the iPhone 14 Pro line. They’ll also swap out the current Lightning connector for USB-C.

° The pro models will get a new design, replacing the shiny and fingerprint-prone stainless-steel edges with something stronger, lighter and more premium: titanium. Apple has long sought to bring titanium to the iPhone and using the metal with recent watches was a test for bringing that material to its highest-volume device. 

° The design of the Pro models retains the frosted glass back of the prior few phones, but the edges connecting the side and front are now less sharp than before.

° The inside of the iPhone 15 Pro is redesigned to match the revamped aluminum chassis from the regular iPhone 14. That overhaul makes the phone easier to repair.

° The iPhone 15 is moving to USB-C. That will enable faster data transfer speeds for those who still sync with a cable, but some consumers will see the change as a costly headache.

° There will be major rear camera upgrades, including updated lenses and the ability to get a much wider range of optical zoom on the largest model. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.