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iPhone 15 design change could solve one of Apple’s biggest problems

While it may not be an issue you notice, rumors about the iPhone 15 design suggests that Apple might solve one of our biggest gripes with the iPhone 14.

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While we’re all waiting eagerly for the iPhone 15 release date, rumors are flying all over the place about what we might see in the new range of handsets. One such rumor suggests that the base range, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, are set to get frosted glass backs, the same as the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. While this may just seem like a simple iPhone 15 design change, it solves a big issue with the base model iPhone 14.

As reported by MacRumors, this trickle-down of a Pro design feature comes from a Weibo post a few months ago from a user who accurately leaked that the iPhone 14 would receive a mid-year refresh with a new yellow color. They don’t, however, have a long-term track record, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Still, if it does turn out to be true, it solves a pretty petty gripe I have with the iPhone 14. You see, given the glass on the front and the glass on the back feel identical, you can often pick up your phone and not know which side is the display. As I said, this is a unique issue, but one that I would love to not have to deal with.

So many times I can wake up in the middle of the night, tap my phone expecting the screen to light up, then have to fumble with it to realise I’m just tapping the back glass. Or, pulling it out of my pocket, I instinctively go to start using it but I’m just looking at the back glass. A tiny change in the feel of the device can go a long way to rectify this.

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Anyway, if you, like me, can’t wait for the iPhone 15 design changes to solve incredibly unique gripes with the iPhone, you’ll probably like to read more niche tech stuff. We spent the week in Berlin covering all the latest from IFA 2023, like Android satellite connectivity, the new Anker USB-C devices, and the Honor V Purse – be sure to check it out.