iPhone 16: news, rumored price, release date, and more

iPhone 16: news, rumored price, release date, and more

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Though Apple only launched the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro recently, rumors have already begun about the iPhone 16 lineup coming in 2024. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true!

We’re expecting some bigger changes with the iPhone 16 than we got with the iPhone 15, so we’ve rounded up all the big rumors and reports here for you.

Like most iPhone releases, Apple is expected to announce and release the iPhone 16 lineup sometime this fall.

Unless there’s some kind of delay, as in 2020, where the iPhone 12 launched in October, it’s a pretty safe bet that we should see the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models in September. Things can always change, but this is what we anticipate right now. Unless we hear otherwise, expect a September 2024 release date for Apple’s next iPhones.

iPhone 16: price

Though it was expected that the iPhone 15 lineup would have a price increase, that didn’t happen aside from the iPhone 15 Pro Max model, which now starts at $1,200 for the 256GB version (there is no longer a 128GB variant). That was the only one in the iPhone 15 lineup that saw a “price increase,” if you want to call it that.

The iPhone 15 component prices were at the highest for Apple, though it absorbed those increased production costs. But that may not happen in 2024, so we may see a slight increase for all iPhone 16 models.

How much of a possible increase has yet to be seen, however.

iPhone 16: design

It looks like Apple may change the design of the base model iPhone 16. A report from MacRumors shows off three different prototype models with distinctive designs. But one common denominator for all three is a vertical dual camera layout. The reason for a vertical layout is likely due to spatial video recording for the Apple Vision Pro headset.

The three prototypes have some differences between them. One has an iPhone X-style camera, which is pill-shaped. The other two feature separate lenses, similar to the iPhone 12 style. These prototype designs also have either a unified volume button with haptics or standard mechanical volume buttons with a capacitive Action button and a new Capture button.

According to MacRumors, the most likely design is the one with the capacitive Action button, mechanical volume buttons, and the new Capture button. In the renders, this would be the black model. Since the Capture button would be located on the right edge of the body, the mmWave antenna would be relocated to the left edge.

These prototypes also give us an idea of the colors that Apple will be using, at least for the base model iPhone 16. This includes pale yellow, pink, and black. Other colors aren’t yet known, but Apple typically does have more than three colors for the base model iPhone, so we should expect more.

On February 6, MacRumors reported that Apple seems to have shifted focus to a slimmer camera bump design, which is different from what we saw above. The latest prototype of the iPhone 16 features a vertical camera arrangement, similar to what was outlined earlier with the three prototypes, but now in a pill-shaped camera module. The main and ultrawide lenses would be in a vertical layout with two separate camera rings, and the LED flash would be adjacent in position to the bump, just like with the earlier prototype designs.

These mockups from MacRumors also line up with leaked schematics from @MajinBuOfficial on X (formerly Twitter). This slimmer camera bump is reminiscent of the iPhone X and iPhone XS models.

Additionally, the new prototype seems to have slight changes to the Action and Capture buttons, too. It seems that these new prototypes have a smaller Action button that is more like the one found on the current iPhone 15 Pro. The Capture button could also be pressure-sensitive and sit flush with the iPhone 16 frame. This would mean Apple possibly ditched the idea of a capacitive Action button.

While it looks like the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will remain the same size as the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the Pro models will be getting slightly larger. According to reports, the iPhone 16 Pro display will increase from 6.1 inches to 6.3 inches, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will go from 6.7 inches to a whopping 6.9 inches.

With larger display sizes, the physical dimensions of the body will also have a slight bump. This means that the body will be a tad taller and wider than the current iPhone 15 Pro models, but the thickness will remain the same. As a result of larger dimensions, the weight will also be increased.

On the topic of displays, the iPhone 16 series will reportedly use micro-lens technology in the OLED panels. This would result in improved brightness and more efficient power consumption.

The iPhone 16 should also introduce new haptic buttons, which were originally supposed to come to the iPhone 15 Pro models. However, due to technical issues, that was delayed for 2024. Rumors indicate that we may see the previous unified button design on the iPhone 16 Pro. The new haptic, solid-state button technology would be used on the Action button, which will be on all iPhone 16 models, as well as the new capacitive button that is currently known as a “capture” button.

MacRumors has a report that suggests the new Capture button could actually emulate high-end camera functionality. According to a Weibo leaker, the button would be able to detect multiple levels of pressure in order to simulate a two-step shutter button from standalone digital cameras.

Mark Gurman claimed that the Capture button would be able to record videoThe Information also reports that the Capture button could add functions like zooming in and out by swiping on the button, and even focus on a subject with a lighter press. Both of these reports are now corroborated by the Weibo user “Instant Digital.” With the Capture button being used to record video and even adjust focus, it is a clear indicator of Apple’s commitment to photography with the iPhone. However, Instant Digital seems to have a mixed track record with Apple leaks, though Gurman and The Information are more solid.

iPhone 16: specs

Presenting the A17 Pro silicon on stage at Apple Event.

For the base model iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, we should see an A17 chip. However, this may not be the same A17 Pro chip that is currently inside the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple is likely to use a lower-cost process for a standard “A17” chip that could make its way to the standard iPhone 16 models.

Analyst Jeff Pu thinks that Apple will go a different route and simply use A18 and A18 Pro names for the new chips. This would mean that all iPhone 16 models would have some variation of an A18 chip rather than going with an A17, which could be seen as a “last generation” chip.

While overheating was an issue with launch-day iPhone 15 models, it is said that Apple has worked on a new thermal design to help with heat dissipation. This could be in the form of a graphene thermal system for the base iPhone 16 models, while the iPhone 16 Pro might have a metal battery casing. Right now, the iPhone uses copper for the heat sinks, but graphene has higher thermal conductivity.

There have been rumors that Apple has been working on its own in-house 5G modem chips, but that won’t be happening just yet in 2024. Instead, the iPhone 16 Pro may use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem for faster and more efficient 5G connectivity. However, the base-model iPhone 16 will continue to use the Qualcomm X70 chip that is currently in the iPhone 15. The iPhone 16 could also have Wi-Fi 7 technology that could get at least 30 gigabits per second, up to 40Gb/s.

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