New details about the upcoming iPhone 16 series continues to emerge. For example, so far, we’ve learned that the iPhone 16’s capture button may offer DSLR-like functionality, and we’ve gathered some details about the processor and camera. Now, a revealed prototype indicates a much more significant change is on the way. Accordingly, the iPhone 16 will be influenced by a complete redesign, marking the end of an era that began five years ago with the iPhone 11 Pro. Here are the details…
iPhone 16 Series Set for a Revolutionary Redesign
The design of iPhones is undoubtedly one of the most criticized aspects of Apple. The company often avoids significant changes and sticks to a similar design language for several years, leading to comments from consumers like “the same phone” despite significant performance improvements. Recent information suggests that Apple may receive similar reactions this year with the iPhone 16, causing disappointment in terms of design. However, it appears that upcoming models will feature a new design for the rear cameras, replacing the two diagonal lenses with two vertical camera lenses on the rear.
Prototype Reveals Potential Design Changes
A visual claimed to be from the prototype of the iPhone 16 has been shared on Twitter. Contrary to popular belief, there are expected major design changes for the iPhone 16 prototype. However, some speculated changes may not come to fruition. For instance, recent claims suggested an increase in the size of the iPhone 16 Pro, but it appears the Pro Max variant might not experience any size growth. Although precise measurements are not available, there are indications of a potential minor increase, possibly around 0.x inches.
New Rear Camera Layout
However, the most significant change will undoubtedly occur in the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus models. Apple will abandon the diagonally aligned camera design located in the top right corner this year. Instead, it will revert to the camera layout familiar from the iPhone X and iPhone 11. While this may not change much for many users, it will still disappoint those with high expectations for design. Nevertheless, it must be acknowledged that making a significant design change on a phone with a completely screen-covered front, released every year, is not very feasible.
Refreshed Button Layout
The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a similar appearance in terms of the camera. However, they will also be refreshed in terms of design, thanks to the new button layout. Capacitive touch buttons are anticipated to undergo a transformation, either becoming flat or slightly recessed into the chassis. Although specific details are unknown, it seems that this change is mainly influenced by the proximity to the Motor below.
Possible Integration of Periscope Camera
One more intriguing prospect for the iPhone 16 Pro involves the integration of a periscope camera. The EVT1 model of the iPhone 15 Pro showcased a square periscope, comparable in size to the main camera’s CMOS but smaller than its Pro Max counterpart. Although this smaller CMOS boasted a 4x aperture change, it was notably absent in the EVT2 model.