The iPhone 15 could get a big upgrade with this iPhone 14 Pro feature

The base model iPhone 15 could get a Pro-level redesign

iPhone 14 Pro Max
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The iPhone 15 range is widely expected to launch around September, but that hasn't stopped a rapid torrent of leaks and rumours from spilling out over recent months. That's with good reason, too – based on everything we've heard, this iteration could be the most significant overhaul of the iPhone range in a long time.

And while most of the juicy stuff appears to be reserved for the Pro-tier iPhone 15 models, the base models aren't entirely left out. We've heard about the Dynamic Island, which looks set to debut on the standard models this year. They're also likely to get a processor upgrade, with rumours suggesting they'll snag the A16 Bionic from the iPhone 14 Pro models.

Now, a leak on Weibo has suggested that the base models could get a redesign, taking the frosted back glass from the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. That would mark a fairly significant step, with previous generations using the standard and frosted glass as a differentiator between the two tiers.

It's not just an aesthetic decision, either. Frosted glass is usually a little tougher than regular glass, which should improve the durability your handset. Okay, we aren't talking Military-grade, or Nokia 3310, levels of robustness, but hey, every little helps.

Personally, I'm also a big fan of the look. Regular glass is classy, but it racks up fingerprints like it's going for a world record. Frosted glass is a little easier to leave looking smart, without constantly having to clean the handset.

With rumours about a substantial redesign on the cards this year, it's good to see that base models aren't being left out. If the Pro-tier gets a big change, and the base models are left out, they could run the risk of looking antiquated by comparison.

With around four or five months still to go until the range is unveiled, there's a long wait to see which rumoured features prove true. I certainly hope this is one of them, and I'd wager that we'll hear about a lot more before the event draws near.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.