The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models are expected to hit stores in September 2024, but despite being in the distant future, leaks from the next-generation flagship line are already pouring in – even before the iPhone 15 was announced.
While it’s still early, we’re already hearing rumors of a memory improvement for the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus models. The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, on the other hand, are reportedly getting some notable camera upgrades that might dazzle the masses. Here’s a compilation of everything we know so far about the successor to the iPhone 15.
iPhone 16 release date
The release date of the iPhone 16 is expected to be September next year. After Apple holds its entire event showcasing the next generation of handsets, the iPhones will ship about a week or two later.
In the past, Apple has deviated from this rhythm due to reported production hurdles (e.g. supply chain issues). For example, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 14 Plus were released in October, but iPhones are normally rolled out in September each year.
iPhone 16 design
Let’s take a look at perhaps the most important aspect of the iPhone’s design: the screen. There haven’t been any significant changes to screen sizes since the iPhone 12, but according to a reliable leaker Unknownz21the iPhone 16 models from the higher segment will be slightly bulkier in your hands.
The iPhone 16 Pro will reportedly have a 6.3-inch screen, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a 6.9-inch panel. You may be wondering, “What about the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus? Will they get a screen size bump too? The answer is probably no. The lower-end models will reportedly have the same screen sizes as their predecessors.
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iPhone 15 screen sizes
iPhone 15 – 6.1 inches
iPhone 15 Plus – 6.7 inches
iPhone 15 Pro – 6.1 inches
iPhone 15 Pro Max – 6.7 inches
iPhone 16 screen sizes (rumors)
iPhone 16 – 6.1 inches
iPhone 16 Plus – 6.7 inches
iPhone 16 Pro – 6.3 inches
iPhone 16 Pro Max – 6.9 inches
Ross Young, a well-known display analyst and Apple leaker, was the first to claim that the iPhone 16 Pro models will have larger screens.
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However, he offered slightly different figures: 6.2 inches and 6.8 inches. What could be the reason behind the difference? According to MacRumorsthis is “likely due to the difference between the actual display area and the visible display area.”
Solid state buttons
Apple was reportedly planning to introduce solid-state buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models, but instead we got a customizable action button. For the uninitiated, solid-state buttons are not buttons necessarily – they are panels with haptic feedback sensations that simulate pressing real buttons (think of the Home button of the iPhone SE series). On the plus side, the solid-state buttons aren’t completely out of the picture. According to respected Apple leaker and analyst Ming-Chi KuoApple is instead working on debuting solid-state buttons on the iPhone 16 Pro models.
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Kuo added that these solid-state buttons will add two additional Taptic Engines, which will help send tangible feedback to users. (If true, the number of Taptic Engines in the iPhone 16 will increase from one to three.)
iPhone 16 cameras
Apple debuted a new zoom lens on the iPhone 15 Pro Max with a “tetra-prism” design, which simply means engineers found a way to “fold” the shooter so that it still has telephoto capabilities without taking up too much space to confiscate. This new camera increases the optical zoom of the Pro Max from 3x to 5x.
iPhone 15 Pro
However, according to Digital Chat Station (DCS), a bean spiller on Chinese social media site Weibo, has both the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro And the iPhone 16 Pro Max gets the new tetra-prism telephoto camera.
According to Jeff PuAccording to a technical analyst from Haitong International Securities (a Hong Kong investment firm), the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will also feature a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera that captures light better. As such, camera performance in dim environments should improve. As it stands now, the iPhone 16 Pro models have a 12MP ultrawide camera. The ultra-wide camera is perfect for taking landscape photos, allowing you to capture more landscapes. However, compared to the main camera, the ultra-wide lens tends to deliver a slight drop in sharpness and sharpness. If this rumor is true, the new 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera could improve this minor flaw.
Finally, Ming Chi Kuo claims that Apple will upgrade the rear cameras of the iPhone 16 Pro models and introduce a stacked design. What will a stacked design do? According to Apple Insiderit increases light capture and offers greater dynamic range, so night mode should get a nice boost.
iPhone 16 specifications
The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max come equipped with 8 GB of RAM, while the lower models, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max, are stuck with the 6 GB RAM of their predecessors. If that lets you down, don’t worry. According to PuThe iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are also expected to join the 8GB RAM train.
iPhone 15 lineup
As for the chip, you may not be happy to read this, but Pu added that the successor to the A17 Pro will reportedly be less efficient. In other words, the iPhone 16 models equipped with this chip may negatively impact battery life. This is because the next generation chip will offer massive performance improvements at the expense of energy efficiency. We certainly hope this rumor isn’t true, but time will tell.
The iPhone 16 Pro models will also reportedly support Wi-Fi 7 (current models support WiFi 6E). Wi-Fi 7 should offer fast transfer speeds exceeding 40 Gbps, which is a quadruple of what WiFi 6E can do.
We’ll be updating this rumor hub regularly as new iPhone 16 leaks trickle in, so be sure to bookmark this page.