Reports have been rife that the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will sport significantly slimmer bezels compared to their previous models. Detailed CAD drawings, courtesy of 9to5Mac, have offered a visual depiction of these anticipated modifications. Bloomberg has now shed more light on these design transformations, hinting that similar changes could be in the pipeline for the iPad.
In the most recent edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman elucidates that Apple intends to trim down the bezel size on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max from 2.2 millimeters to a mere 1.5 millimeters. To realize this, Apple plans to leverage a technology known as low-injection pressure over-molding (LIPO), previously utilized in the Apple Watch. Following its successful implementation in the iPhone, Apple reportedly aims to extend the use of this LIPO technology to the iPad as well.
The report provides further insights into this development.
This year, two of the biggest changes to the 15 line will get Apple closer to that dream iPhone. The standard iPhone 15 models will trade in the notch for the Dynamic Island, while the Pro and Pro Max displays will be made with a new technology: low-injection pressure over-molding, or “LIPO” as it’s dubbed inside Apple.
That new process will shrink the border size around the display to 1.5 millimeters (from about 2.2 millimeters on current iPhones). LIPO was first used in the Apple Watch Series 7 to make that device’s borders thinner and increase the size of the display. And Apple plans to eventually bring the feature to the iPad as well, I’m told.
Reports are states that Apple is developing a new model of the iPad Pro. However, the incorporation of the LIPO technology into this forthcoming version seems highly improbable. Despite this, Bloomberg’s report underscores that Apple is actively striving to enhance the visual appeal of the iPad, with a significant focus on reducing the size of its bezels. This design overhaul, when implemented, will mark a substantial progression in Apple’s ongoing efforts to refine the user experience and maintain its competitive edge in the tablet market.