Leaks suggest Apple’s next iPhone will feature an iPad-inspired design

Apple’s next iPhone might have a lot in common with the iPad Pro.

Images purporting to be molds that case makers use to create their designs have leaked on Twitter and indicate that Apple is using a number of design elements from its premium tablet.

Gone are the rounded edges that the iPhone had sported for several years, replaced instead by flat iPad Pro-style edges reminiscent of the design of Apple’s mega-popular iPhone 4 line.

The return to a more box-like design would mark the first time since 2013’s iPhone 5S that an Apple flagship phone hasn’t had rounded edges. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company kept the design of its budget iPhone SE line but recently ditched it with its latest version of the phone.

The next iPhones are rumored to have 5G hardware, giving them access to a network that promises faster internet and faster response times than LTE.

In April, reports surfaced that Apple was delaying ramping up production of the new phones as the coronavirus pandemic weakened global consumer demand and threw a wrench in its manufacturing operations across Asia.

Apple has traditionally needed to send engineers from its offices to its factories in China to finalize designs before the product is released. But the coronavirus has led Apple to restrict employee travel to hotbeds of the disease, including China.

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