5 things Apple needs to do with the iPhone in 2024

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The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max's camera module.Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

2023 was an agitative one for Apple and the iPhone 15 lineup. Apple afraid anybody by giving the accepted iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus some abrupt upgrades with the camera, as able-bodied as bringing the Dynamic Island over to non-Pro models. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max also got abundant changes with the titanium frame, Action button, and tetraprism telephoto lens on the Pro Max archetypal for 5x optical zoom.

But now that the year is advancing to a close, what could Apple do with the iPhone calendar in 2024? Here’s what I appetite to see from the iPhone abutting year.

RCS abutment in iMessage

An iPhone 15 Pro assuming the capital iMessage screen.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

This is a affection that I’ve been acquisitive to see for years, and aloof a few weeks ago, Apple afraid anybody with the announcement that RCS abutment is advancing to the iPhone in 2024. This actually came out of nowhere, and — if you ask me — it’s one of the better announcements Apple has made this year.

Of course, we don’t yet apperceive absolutely back Apple will accredit this feature, but I’m activity to assumption it will be article we’ll see with iOS 18. If you were assured RCS letters to be a altered blush than the blooming currently acclimated for SMS, that’s unlikely. The green-blue-bubble-wars will continue, but RCS has added allowances for anybody than SMS/MMS, admitting it will apparently go disregarded by many.

With RCS, the messaging acquaintance amid iPhone and Android users will be abundant better. It will abutment high-resolution photos and videos, accounting indicators, apprehend receipts, area sharing, and the adeptness to accelerate letters over Wi-Fi and adaptable data. Just the high-resolution images and video accomplish it account it abandoned — no added videos that attending like they were taken with a potato.

It will be absorbing to see how Apple handles the encryption allotment of RCS bottomward the road, though, as it doesn’t appetite to use Google’s proprietary end-to-end encryption addendum that is acclimated on Android phones. Instead, Apple will assignment with the RCS standards anatomy to actualize a new accepted encryption method.

I would adulation to see added appearance appear to RCS on iPhone, including accumulation babble appearance that accompany it added in band with what you can do with iMessage accumulation chats. But still, aloof accepting the basics of RCS on iPhone in 2024 will still be exciting.

A folding iPhone

Using a foldable iPhone.Tech Aesthetics / YouTube

I apperceive this one is a little farfetched, but apprehend me out! I acclimated to be agnostic about the folding phone concept, but now that I’ve approved a few, I’m absolutely a fan. I anticipate it would be a acceptable one for Apple to accouterment one day, alike if it’s not in the cards for abutting year.

There accept been actual few rumors that Apple will accept a folding iPhone, if ever. But that doesn’t beggarly that it’s impossible. After all, Apple does accept abundant patents filed that adumbration at a abeyant architecture for a foldable iPhone in the future, and letters accept appropriate that Apple has been developing and testing foldable OLED screens and hinges back 2017, with advancing research.

Again, it’s actual absurd that the iPhone 16 calendar will accept any affectionate of folding model. And while it may be annihilation added than a agitation dream, there are signs that Apple is at atomic attractive into it.

The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro apparent from the back.Apple iPhone 14 Pro (left) and iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Since the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple fabricated the two Pro models appealing abundant according in agreement of specs, abreast from the affectation admeasurement and array life. One of the capital affidavit you accept a Pro archetypal is the triple-camera arrangement on the aback with a telephoto sensor. For several years, both the baby and ample iPhone Pro models accept had the aforementioned camera specs.

Apple bankrupt this trend with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. While they both accept a triple-lens camera system, alone the iPhone 15 Pro Max has the new tetraprism telephoto lens that allows for 5x optical zoom capabilities. The better acumen why this is not accessible on the abate iPhone 15 Pro is due to concrete admeasurement — it aloof wouldn’t fit in the abate chassis.

In 2024, I achievement Apple allotment to authoritative the camera specs on both Pro models the aforementioned again. One of the affidavit why I adopt the abate iPhone 15 Pro over the iPhone 15 Pro Max is that I don’t like ample phones, but I still appetite the best cameras. I accept had to accommodation this year because I artlessly can’t do big phones, but it’s annoying that I accept to absence out on the 5x optical zoom.

There accept been rumors that the abate iPhone 16 Pro would be accepting a slight admeasurement increase to axle a periscope lens for added optical zoom. But at the aforementioned time, the iPhone 16 Pro Max is accounted to additionally get a new “super” periscope lens.

I absolutely aloof appetite Apple to accomplish the camera specs according on both Pro models afresh so I can accept the best iPhone cameras after accepting to use article that is abundantly afflictive for me. Is that too abundant to ask?

More interesting, bolder colors

Blue Titanium (left) and Natural Titanium iPhone 15 Pros on a accurate bench.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

One of the better disappointments with the iPhone 15 calendar was the blush selection. The approved iPhone 15 colors were appealing abundant all too anemic (aside from black), with the blush one actuality the best of the bunch. And the iPhone 15 Pro colors were absolutely all capricious shades of gray.

I would adulation to see Apple absolutely booty a adventitious this year and acquaint added saturated and adventurous blush options above the axle with the iPhone 16. While I admired the blooming and blush of the accepted iPhone 15 calendar added than I thought, the abject is aloof so bad — it almost alike has a cast of blue. Some bodies went as far as to alarm it “hospital white,” which I accede with.

iPhone 15 Pro in a red color.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

And the Pro models charge added blush than anytime before. I admired Midnight Green (iPhone 11 Pro), Pacific Blue (iPhone 12 Pro), Alpine Green (iPhone 13 Pro), and Deep Purple (iPhone 14 Pro). But back Apple appear the new titanium colors for the iPhone 15 Pro, it was the better anticlimax yet. I concluded up affairs the abject one because it was the alone somewhat absorbing blush out of the bunch.

Even the “fun” colors that Apple fabricated for the accomplished Pro models were affectionate of bass bottomward to attending added “professional.” But they’re still bigger than what we got with the iPhone 15 Pro. Still, I absolutely aloof appetite to see Apple footfall up and add at atomic one ablaze and adventurous blush for the Pro lineup.

Seriously, can I aloof accept a bubblegum blush iPhone Pro?

A abate camera bump

The aback of a abject iPhone 15 Pro.Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

As abundant as I like accepting the best cameras accessible on the iPhone throughout the years, I absolutely hate how big the camera bang has gotten. It’s gotten to the point area you can’t alike lay your iPhone absolutely collapsed on a apparent after a case — it always wobbles if you tap it on a table.

I absence the canicule back the camera was appealing abundant even with the aback of the iPhone, like with the iPhone 5. I apperceive that it’s appealing adamantine to accept a even camera on a smartphone these days, because how big the lenses accept gotten, but the point still stands. Perhaps authoritative the buzz a little thicker to accomplish it stick out beneath while applicable a beyond array in there at the aforementioned time?

It’s aloof crazy seeing how the iPhone camera bang has developed anniversary year. Call me crazy, but all I appetite is an iPhone after a camera bang that is as blubbery as the buzz itself.

Plenty to attending advanced to

A accustomed titanium iPhone 15 Pro (left) and a blooming iPhone 15 on a Haunted Mansion wallpaper placemat.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

I apperceive a few of these things I would like to see won’t appear to fruition, at atomic in the abutting year. But at atomic RCS is a audible one, and I’m assertive that the abate iPhone 16 Pro will get some bigger optical zoom capabilities at least.

There’s still a lot to attending advanced to with the iPhone in 2024, alike if it won’t bend or accept abate camera bumps. And I’m activity to accumulate my fingers beyond for some bigger blush choices; bethink those alarming iPod colors aback in the day? Let’s get aback to the fun, Apple.

2023 was a able one for the iPhone above the board, and if Apple plays its cards right, 2024 could be alike better.

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