Apple Plans to Launch Its High-End iPhone 17 Model With a Slim Design

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Apple’s iPhone design has become a little stagnant over the past few years. The company only enlarged the cameras, played with the build material, and called it a redesign. It seems that engineers and designers at Apple are hard at work to bring about a major change. With that said, a new report has emerged that shines a light on the potential launch of the iPhone 17 ‘Slim’ next year with an entirely new design and form factor.

There is a possibility that Apple will introduce the iPhone 17 Slim in the upcoming year, which would complement or replace one of the company’s existing smartphone models. For the past couple of years, the Cupertino company has been launching four models as part of its lineup; the latest handsets include the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, the company is reportedly planning on introducing a new ‘Slim’ model that could cost more than its most expensive flagship phone.

iPhone ‘Slim’ comes with a smaller display than the ‘Pro Max’ but it will cost more

Apple is expected to be working on a new variant of the iPhone 17, which will be significantly thinner than the current models. The last time Apple introduced a completely new iPhone design was back in 2017 with the iPhone X. The company brought the all-screen design with Face ID replacing Touch ID on the iPhone 7 and a plethora of novelties to the mix. The iPhone 17 ‘Slim’ is not only expected to be the most premium but also the most expensive smartphone the company has ever made.

The source stated that if the company plans for a “major redesign,” the price could increase by a few hundred dollars over that of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Additionally, the device’s camera arrangement will change to more closely resemble the Google Pixel 9 that has been rumored to exist. But at this point, these are just preliminary reports, and the company might decide to take a completely different path.

The report mentions that the cameras on the device will move away from the left side of the device to the center and be arranged in a horizontal fashion. On the front, the iPhone 17 Slim will come with a narrower Dynamic Island for more screen real estate and to minimize intrusive elements. Take note that the display size is not expected to increase at all, as it will sit between 6.1 and 6.7 inches, possibly replacing the iPhone 16 Plus in the lineup.

This development follows a string of rumours surrounding the iPhone 17 series. Analyst Jeff Pu previously predicted a refreshed design with a smaller Dynamic Island for the iPhone 17 models. Additionally, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested an energy density upgrade for the iPhone 16 Pro Max, which could pave the way for a stainless steel battery case design in all 2025 models.

If Apple does proceed with the “Slim” iPhone, it could be priced even higher than the current top-tier iPhone Pro Max, signalling its premium status.

This thinner iPhone design echoes Apple’s recent release of the slim iPad Pro, which has garnered attention for its impressive durability in bend tests.

The device’s improved front-facing camera will be powered internally by the A19 Pro chip. There is also talk on the web that the iPhone 17 Slim might take the place of the iPhone 17 Plus. This implies that the company will still sell four different iPhone 17 versions. Prominent industry analyst Jeff Pu has already predicted the iPhone 17 Slim, and this is the first time that we are hearing details on the device’s design and feature set. Nonetheless, be sure to take the news with a grain of salt, as Apple could be testing a prototype of the device.

While the “Slim” iPhone’s arrival is still speculative, the rumours indicate that Apple might be ready to shake things up and introduce a radical redesign for its flagship product.

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