As we enter 2024, rumors are swirling about some major updates coming to the iPhone 16 lineup set to be released later this year. Based on leaked information from supply chain sources and renders, it looks like the iPhone 16 Pro models will feature much bigger displays with smaller bezels, upgraded cameras with a new “capture button”, and potential USB-C ports.
iPhone 16 Pro Models Moving to 6.7″ and 6.9″ Displays
According to several reports, Apple is planning to increase the screen sizes of the next iPhone Pro models fairly significantly. The iPhone 16 Pro may move from 6.1″ to 6.7″, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max is tipped to have a huge 6.9” display, making it the largest iPhone ever.
This display size bump will be achieved via thinner bezels all around and eliminating the notch area entirely. Renders show the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 16 Pro models as just a small pill-shaped cutout for the front facing camera and Face ID components.
Render of iPhone 16 Pro with smaller Dynamic Island cutout. (Image Credit: BNN Breaking)
The larger displays will allow for more immersive visual experiences and multitasking capabilities. However, the increased size and weight could make the devices more difficult to use one-handed.
Upgraded Triple Camera System with New Capture Button
The iPhone 16 Pro models are also expected to feature an upgraded triple camera system on the rear. Though details on the exact sensor upgrades are not confirmed, the phones are tipped to have increased megapixels and improved low light photography performance.
Interestingly, renders also show a new physical “Capture Button” on the side of iPhone 16 Pros. This could allow users to more easily take photos one-handed.
Potential Switch to USB-C Charging Port
In 2024, all smartphones sold in the EU will be required to use USB-C ports for charging. While it is still unconfirmed if Apple will transition iPhone to USB-C globally or offer different models with Lightning or USB-C ports regionally, analysts predict a full switch to USB-C in 2024 iPhones.
This would enable faster charging speeds and allow the phones to work with a wider range of chargers and accessories. However, it would also make billions of existing Lightning cables and chargers incompatible with new iPhones without adapters.
What This Means for iPhone Users
These iPhone 16 changes signal some potentially exciting upgrades coming down the pipleline. But they also showcase some drawbacks that may not suit all users’ preferences or budgets.
For those wanting more screen real estate, camera capabilities, and faster charging – the iPhone 16 Pro models will bring noticeable improvements. Power users will appreciate the increased performance and productivity enabled by the larger displays. The triple camera upgrades will also bring iPhone photography more in line with the highest end Android phones.
However, the larger dimensions could negatively impact portability and one-handed usability for some owners. There are also environmental implications of making phones that cannot reuse existing first-party charging bricks and cables. For users happy with the size and capability of iPhone 15 Pro models, it may not make sense to upgrade just one generation later.
Apple still produces iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models that cater to more budget-focused customers. But their strategy moving forward focuses squarely on enticing Pro upgraders willing to pay premium prices for maxed out specs and cutting edge features. The divide between standard and Pro iPhones looks set to grow wider in 2024 and beyond.
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Key Differences between current iPhone 15 Pro and expected iPhone 16 Pro updates
While these leaks cover most of the hardware changes expected for iPhone 16 Pro models, the software side remains a mystery. We can likely expect iOS 17 to introduce some new user-facing features that take advantage of the updated camera and display hardware.
Apple is also rumored to be working on an AR/VR headset. Code-named “Vision Pro”, early reports indicate this device could be previewed or released alongside the new 2024 iPhone lineup. It remains to be seen how Apple will balance promoting iPhone 16 and a new wearable category simultaneously.
As we get closer to the anticipated September 2024 launch timeframe, more concrete iPhone 16 details should leak from Apple’s supply chain. We’ll be keeping a close eye on any new reports around updated designs, features, and specs.
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