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Apple fans are eagerly anticipating the release of the iPhone 15, and as the rumors continue to swirl, a new leak has surfaced showing a possible new design for the volume control. Twitter user “fix Apple”, who claims to be a hardware technician at both Apple and Huawei, recently posted unverified images of what appears to be the metal enclosure for the iPhone 15 Pro.
The images show a cutaway and indented section where the volume button, or buttons, may go. This has sparked speculation that the iPhone 15 Pro may switch to a single long volume control, as opposed to the separate cutaways for the two volume controls and one for the lock button that were present in previous iPhone models.
It’s not clear whether the indentation is for a single button that stretches over the two contact points or if it’s for multiple buttons. However, the spacing of the switch as seen in the images is more suitable for the mute rocker than the power button on the iPhone 14.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the veracity of the images, the camera bump can be seen on the right of each iPhone in the leaked photos. This has led some to believe that the positioning of the cutaway for a button better aligns with this being the power switch.
In addition to the potential new volume control design, the iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to have a few other changes to its design. The bottom edge of the metal frame is rumored to curve into the glass back for a more uniform and smooth design, and the metal material may be made of titanium instead of stainless steel.
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The camera bump could also change to accommodate the rumored periscope telephoto camera, although it may shrink slightly in length and width overall. The glass back will remain the same to enable wireless charging and MagSafe.
While these rumors are exciting for Apple fans, it’s important to keep in mind that the images have not been verified, and it’s still unclear what changes, if any, will be present in the final product. As always, it’s best to take rumors with a grain of salt and wait for official announcements from Apple.