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Now that the iPhone 15 is here, what do we know about the iPhone 16?

The iPhone 15 isn’t out yet, but let’s dip into the rumour mill of what could be ahead next year with the iPhone 16.

Has the new iPhone 15 got your attention? With that sneakily clever Dynamic Island, an updated camera system and a refreshed overall package, it is easy to fall in love with the iPhone 15. It’s even easier to do so with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which also offers a better zoom camera, a nicer Titanium frame and next-gen performance from a 3nm chip. Carrying almost similar prices as its predecessor, these iPhones are still among the priciest smartphones money can buy and hence, not all of you may want to upgrade to the iPhone 15 this year. Instead, you might be more interested in all of the iPhone 16 rumours that are already teasing the iPhone’s future.

You don’t have to be a tech genius or industry insider to know that the iPhone 16 series will be superior to the iPhone 15. What’s interesting, however, are all of the iPhone 16 rumours that are painting an ambitious picture of Apple’s 2024 iPhone. Mind you, it’s a picture that can give its fiercest rivals (Samsung, hope you’re listening) sleepless nights for the next few years.

Could the iPhone 16 be the ultimate evolution of the iPhone in all its years of existence? While we can’t comment on that until Tim Cook and his team present the iPhone 16 on the stage next year, we can certainly look at all the iPhone 16 rumours that have certainly captured our attention.

All the iPhone 16 rumours that have caught our attention

1. The lack of buttons

Apple’s history is ridden with instances where it has successfully managed to remove many technologies and/or features that people considered crucial. On the iPhone, we have witnessed the disappearance of the 3.5mm headphone jack, the SIM card tray and the charger from the box (the last one is more of a business decision, and a bad one at that!)

Come 2024, Apple is getting ready to remove something else – buttons of any kind! If rumours are to be believed, Apple wants to get rid of all the buttons on the iPhone.

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This may seem like an unusual decision considering Apple just added an extra button on the iPhone 15 Pro for shortcuts and functions. However, the Action button is more of a replacement for the ageing slider switch and is resistant to water and dust damage. Additionally, initial rumours of the iPhone 15 Pro had also suggested that Apple was getting rid of the buttons this year. It was only due to manufacturing challenges that the move was delayed.

So how do you lock your iPhone or change the volume levels if there are no buttons? The answer lies in a technology used on Apple’s cheapest iPhone on sale today. The current-gen iPhone SE continues to have a Home button though, in essence, it’s just a capacitive key that uses the iPhone’s superior haptics to emulate a button press. In the world of technology, this is also known as a Solid State Button.

For the iPhone 16 Pro, Apple will employ the same technology for its power and volume keys. Rumours also hint at an additional haptic motor being used to emulate a button press, thereby making it feel more natural. The advantages of a solid-state button include a water-tight compartment and more internal space for fitting a bigger capacity battery.

On the downside, how are we going to switch on our iPhones? After all, these solid-state keys work only when the device is switched on. So are we looking at an always-on iPhone in the future?

2. Invisible Face ID

The FaceID system has held a prominent space on the iPhone’s forehead since 2017 and, as of 2023, it has been wrapped up inside a pill-shaped cutout that we now know more fondly as the Dynamic Island.

Based on a very early leak from 2022 by the remarkably accurate Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 16 Pro could finally end up offering a true fullscreen display. Apple will achieve this by putting the TrueDepth camera system under the display. Under the display… does this sound familiar? Oh yes, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has used an under-display camera for years.

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Kuo predicted that it would be more of a business decision than a technological challenge to hide the FaceID sensors and the front camera underneath the display. Having the FaceID sensors is not a challenge considering our smartphones already have certain sensors hidden under the display. However, it remains to be seen how Apple gets around the inferior image quality that under-display cameras usually suffer from. For instance, the in-display 4-megapixel front camera on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a fine example of this issue as it is notorious for producing blurry photos.

Nevertheless, we expect Apple to refine the technology and help us see an iPhone devoid of any obstructions on the display.

Note: If this is implemented, it could mean the end of Dynamic Island sooner than expected.

3. 120Hz displays for the vanilla iPhone 16

If you were to ask us why we wouldn’t pick up the iPhone 15 despite its lower price, it would largely be because of its display. In a world where all of the iPhone 15’s rivals feature fast 120Hz refresh rate displays as standard, Apple chose to stick to a slow 60Hz refresh rate display. We agree it isn’t an issue for those coming from older vanilla iPhones of the past but for someone seeking great value from their newest iPhone, a 60Hz display is unacceptable.

However, Apple may finally do something about it in 2024, if the rumours are to be believed. The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus could end up offering a 120Hz refresh rate display as a standard feature, something that the Pro iPhones have been offering since 2021.

However, do take this rumour with a pinch of salt as DSCC’s Ross Young had revealed in his predictions that Apple will move on to a 120Hz refresh display for the regular iPhones only in 2025. This is relevant information since Young’s predictions have been spot-on in the past.

4. A faster chipset

Since 2022, Apple has reserved its latest chip for the Pro models. For instance, the iPhone 14 reused the iPhone 13’s A15 Bionic chip whereas the iPhone 14 Pro got the new A16 Bionic chip. This year, the iPhone 15 has received the A16 Bionic chip whereas the iPhone 15 Pro is getting the next-gen 3nm A17 Pro chip. You can see the pattern here.

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Image Credits: Apple (Edited by Augustman)

The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are, once again, expected to use this year’s A17 Pro chip. On the other hand, the iPhone 16 Pro series will get the newer A18 chip. However, both the A17 and A18 chips will be manufactured on the new N3E process from TSMC. This new process should theoretically improve performance but may have a negative impact on power efficiency. Additionally, the N3E chips will be easier and cheaper to manufacture.

Hence, the A17 Pro chip that you see on the iPhone 15 Pro will be vastly different from the A17 Pro chip that’ll be used on the iPhone 16. Theoretically, the iPhone 16 could end up being a wee bit faster than the iPhone 15 Pro.

Other than the chipset, it is also rumoured that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will get a bump in RAM capacity to 8GB. For context, on this year’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the RAM is limited to 6GB. More RAM should also help with better multitasking on the next-gen iPhones.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– When is the iPhone 16 expected to launch?
The iPhone 16 is expected to launch in September 2024.

– What are the rumoured features of the iPhone 16?
The iPhone 16 series is expected to get a modified A17 chip as well as an A18 chip for the Pro models, solid state buttons, under-display FaceID and high refresh rate displays as standard.

{Hero and Featured Image Credits: Courtesy Victor Serban via Unsplash (Representational Image)}

Now that the iPhone 15 is here, what do we know about the iPhone 16?

Amritanshu lives and breathes tech, cars, Formula 1, space stuff and everything that delivers an adrenaline rush. Since 2016, he converted his favorite hobby of going all gaga over iPhones and Lamborghinis into his profession; hence, you aren’t likely to be surprised upon checking his browser history. In his spare time, he loves to drive and explore food joints, but will somehow end up with a plate of Chicken Biryani and a big smile. He has previously written for Hindustan Times, India Today, BGR.in, and Deccan Chronicle.

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