Three possible designs for iPhone 16 revealed in leak

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in iPhone edited December 2023

Renders based on leaked prototypes show what the iPhone 16 could look like, with vertical cameras and altered button configurations being the primary changes.

iPhone 16 could make small adjustments to the iPhone 15 design
iPhone 16 could make small adjustments to the iPhone 15 design



The base iPhone 16 is expected to get a few minor design changes, like vertical cameras and the Action button. More information continues to roll in about potential upgrades to the standard models, but this time, prototypes may have revealed what the final version may look like.

Pre-production designs for the iPhone 16 have been shared with MacRumors, which are described and shown via renders to protect their source. Each model represents a different stage in development, and none of them may be the final design.

The three iPhones are rendered based on the prototype designs and colors being used by Apple. One model is referred to as yellow, but it looks closer to green.

The yellow model is described as the earliest known design with a unified volume rocker, Action button, and iPhone X-style camera bump. The pink model has an Action button, separate volume buttons, and a camera bump similar to iPhone 12.

The device referred to as midnight and black in the text is the one that matches previous rumors sourced by MacRumors and is described as the most likely. It has a larger capacitive Action button, the rumored Capture button, and a relocated mmWave antenna.

Apple reintroducing vertical cameras to standard iPhones is likely to be for Spatial Video capture. Users can capture 3D video that can be viewed on Apple Vision Pro, but for now it is limited to iPhone 15 Pro thanks to its camera arrangement.

iPhone 16 prototype renders from MacRumors
iPhone 16 prototype renders from MacRumors



The new renders don't provide any previously unknown information and serve to corroborate older rumors. Since the information is from an anonymous source, its accuracy is still unknown. However, some details reflect what has been shared by Ming-Chi Kuo, which earns it a possible rating.

The standard iPhone tends to get conservative updates compared to the pro models, so the multiple changes and new button additions seem unlikely. The Capture button, in particular, seems like an odd choice for the standard model, as new hardware additions are usually reserved for the pro models.

The iPhone 16 lineup will be revealed in September 2024. Any or all of these details could change in the nine months to the official announcement, so remain skeptical.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    I think they just took pictures of my iPhone 11 and said "this is what the 16 will look like".  Aside from the squared off edges, that one on the right could be my phone.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    kmareikmarei Posts: 179member
    I think they just took pictures of my iPhone 11 and said "this is what the 16 will look like".  Aside from the squared off edges, that one on the right could be my phone.
    or the 12, or 13, or 14, or 15 etc :)
    muthuk_vanalingambeowulfschmidt
  • Reply 3 of 10
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
  • Reply 4 of 10
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    With enough leverage I’m sure you could get it to fold. 

    Once. 
    muthuk_vanalingambyronlAppleZulumattinoz
  • Reply 5 of 10
    M68000M68000 Posts: 727member
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    You may be being sarcastic.  But, do you really want a folding screen?   What a gimmick,
     i’ve seen some of those phones with folding screen and for me it’s zero interest.  The simplicity of “candy bar” style we have is great.
    commentzilla
  • Reply 6 of 10
    The new design is rectangular. 😎
  • Reply 7 of 10
    M68000 said:
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    You may be being sarcastic.  But, do you really want a folding screen?   What a gimmick,
     i’ve seen some of those phones with folding screen and for me it’s zero interest.  The simplicity of “candy bar” style we have is great.
    A folding screen is a gimmick. It’s more easily broken and likely twice as thick and heavy.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 2,008member
    M68000 said:
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    You may be being sarcastic.  But, do you really want a folding screen?   What a gimmick,
     i’ve seen some of those phones with folding screen and for me it’s zero interest.  The simplicity of “candy bar” style we have is great.
    You were right on the first count. There's another article/thread around here somewhere with people not understanding that phones with folding screens are a novelty with no real use case. 
  • Reply 9 of 10
    AppleZulu said:
    M68000 said:
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    You may be being sarcastic.  But, do you really want a folding screen?   What a gimmick,
     i’ve seen some of those phones with folding screen and for me it’s zero interest.  The simplicity of “candy bar” style we have is great.
    You were right on the first count. There's another article/thread around here somewhere with people not understanding that phones with folding screens are a novelty with no real use case
    Rather short-sighted view point, despite Avon B7 clearly articulating the use case (more viewable screen space in a handheld device). This is similar to 3.5 inches is the best screensize for phones utopia that few of the Apple users were/are stuck with in their minds. That was until Apple saw the writing on the wall and moved to large screen phones with iPhone 6 generation. Once Apple adopts something, some of the people's narrow mind opens up. Mark my words - This won't age well.

    Few more points - Many in this forum are blind-sided by the products that Samsung come up with. They almost always set very low bar for design/aesthetics. If you have seen only Samsung's implementation of foldable form factor, it is understandable that you have reservations about this form factor. But there is competition from Huawei, BBK and Xiaomi and they are better than Samsung in the execution of foldable concept in most of the key areas.
    edited December 2023 avon b7
  • Reply 10 of 10
    AppleZuluAppleZulu Posts: 2,008member
    AppleZulu said:
    M68000 said:
    AppleZulu said:
    What. It doesn't have a folding screen?
    You may be being sarcastic.  But, do you really want a folding screen?   What a gimmick,
     i’ve seen some of those phones with folding screen and for me it’s zero interest.  The simplicity of “candy bar” style we have is great.
    You were right on the first count. There's another article/thread around here somewhere with people not understanding that phones with folding screens are a novelty with no real use case
    Rather short-sighted view point, despite Avon B7 clearly articulating the use case (more viewable screen space in a handheld device). This is similar to 3.5 inches is the best screensize for phones utopia that few of the Apple users were/are stuck with in their minds. That was until Apple saw the writing on the wall and moved to large screen phones with iPhone 6 generation. Once Apple adopts something, some of the people's narrow mind opens up. Mark my words - This won't age well.

    Few more points - Many in this forum are blind-sided by the products that Samsung come up with. They almost always set very low bar for design/aesthetics. If you have seen only Samsung's implementation of foldable form factor, it is understandable that you have reservations about this form factor. But there is competition from Huawei, BBK and Xiaomi and they are better than Samsung in the execution of foldable concept in most of the key areas.
    It’s a niche. Apple isn’t going to add bloat to iOS and an entirely different form factor to its phone line-up just to chase a <2% segment. Especially not a form factor that would be guaranteed to increase returns and repair complaints. That’s not how Apple works. 

    If a folding screen device emerges from Apple, it’ll be an iPad, not an iPhone. On an iPad, there would be no need of an additional outside screen. Foldability would be useful simply for making a large device more portable. Screen aspect ratio on an unfolded device could be the same as a standard iPad, so the OS would require no changes. Unlike a phone, iPad users wouldn’t be pulling it out, opening and closing it hundreds of times per day just to check notices, calls, social media, etc., so the incidence of repetitive use wear and tear would be significantly lower than on a phone. As such, the simple use case of compact portability is there for an iPad, without most of the down-sides of a phone implementation. This is not a short-sighted viewpoint, it’s an understanding of how Apple actually works. 
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