According to one New tweet from respected industry insider Ice Universe, the iPhone 15 Pro Max will have the thinnest “bezel black edge” (aka the black border between the screen and the chassis) of any smartphone.
The leaker says they will measure just 1.55mm, breaking the record set by the Xiaomi 13 (1.81mm). They are also approximately 20% and 30% thinner than the Galaxy S23 and iPhone 14 Pro bezels respectively. While the numbers here are small, the frame size is always noticeable due to the break in continuity its black border creates. Below is a scale rendering created for me by @Hanstsaiz shows what the new bezel will look like:
A smaller frame is more immersive and allows for either mounting a larger screen in the same size chassis or a more compact unit that can be made with the same screen size as its predecessor. Based on recently leaked iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro dimensions, Apple has opted for the latter with slightly more pocket-friendly devices.
The only caveat to this good news is that Ice Universe has previously leaked iPhone 15 Pro CADs that conflict with others. Notably, although the overall dimensions match, the CADs from Ice Universe show a flatter rear camera, while other renders show Apple’s largest rear camera to date.
That said, the broader narrative here is fascinating. For many years, Apple was mocked for the iPhone’s thick bezels — specifically the iPhone 6, 6S, 7 and 8 — and the reach could be a record. All of this proves the old adage about Apple’s approach to features and products: good things come to those who wait.
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