Apple is expected to announce four new iPhones later this year and at least one of those will reportedly have more curved corners than previous models.
The report comes via MacRumors which cites concept creator Ian Zelbo as a source when saying that the curves will feature larger radii.
That will make the corners appear more rounded, as is the case with the larger camera bump that is expected on these new devices.
By cross-referencing CAD renders and dimensions, schematics, images of accessory production molds, and additional information, it is clear that the iPhone 14 Pro is repeatedly being depicted with larger corner radii for a more rounded front and rear appearance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, on the other hand, appears to have the virtually same radii as the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Zelbo says that while the new corner radii doesn’t specifically match that of the larger camera bump, it does more closely match than previous devices. When the iPhone 13 Pro’s camera bump grew, Apple didn’t adjust the radii to match. This time, however, things are different.
(iPhone 14 Pro on the left vs iPhone 13 Pro on the right)
It seems plausible that with another increase in size this year, the incongruence between the curves of the camera plateau, lenses, and corners of the stainless steel frame itself became too severe on the iPhone 14 Pro, leading Apple to amend the design. The new, larger corner radii still do not exactly match the rounded corners of the rear camera array plateau, but are significantly closer, according to Zelbo.
(iPhone 13 Pro on the left vs iPhone 14 Pro on the right)
At this point it appears that this will all only take place on the iPhone 14 Pro while the rest of the 2022 iPhone lineup will remain as it was in previous years. Apple is expected to announce an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max later this year — likely in or around September.
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