iPhone 16: 12 things I want to see in the next iPhone

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The Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro showing nan screens.Apple iPhone 14 Pro (left) and iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

With nan caller merchandise of nan iPhone 15 series, including nan iPhone 15 Pro Max, it’s earthy to commencement anticipating Apple’s upcoming scope of smartphones — nan iPhone 16 bid — which is expected to beryllium launched successful September 2024.

Although not overmuch accusation is disposable astir these devices yet, rumors are already spreading, and wish lists are being made. The database beneath shows a operation of features we expect seeing connected nan iPhone 16 and those we’d emotion to see.

120Hz screens connected all iPhone 16 models

iPhone 15 Pro show pinch iPhone 15 Pro Max successful background.Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Mobile instrumentality show refresh rates person undergone important improvements complete nan years. A higher refresh complaint intends that nan show hardware updates its buffer much frequently, resulting successful a smoother experience, peculiarly for gaming. Currently, astir top-performing smartphones person 120Hz screens, while immoderate are moreover pushing into nan 144Hz and 165Hz range, for illustration nan Motorola Edge Plus.

Apple iPhone Pro models person shipped pinch 120Hz screens since nan iPhone 13 Pro bid launched successful 2021 pinch ProMotion. Unfortunately, nan regular models, including nan iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, are stuck astatine 60Hz. Hopefully, this changes pinch nan iPhone 16 series.

Faster USB-C charging

Blue Titanium iPhone 15 Pro showing USB-C port.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

The iPhone 15 bid has yet adopted USB-C technology, which allows information transportation betwixt devices that’s overmuch faster than pinch nan erstwhile Lightning connector. However, nan charging velocity hasn’t improved pinch this change. Future iPhone models are expected to reside this issue, but whether this will hap pinch nan iPhone 16 aliases later iterations is unclear.

Camera upgrades for nan iPhone 16 Pro

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

Apple yet upgraded its telephoto camera connected nan iPhone 15 Pro Max this twelvemonth pinch 5x optical zoom. Unfortunately, nan regular iPhone 15 Pro was near retired and is stuck pinch nan aforesaid 3x telephoto camera we’ve had for a while.

The bully news? Rumor has it that nan iPhone 16 Pro Max and the smaller iPhone 16 Pro will some person improved telephoto cameras adjacent year. Considering this is an area that was wholly overlooked for nan iPhone 15 Pro, nan iPhone 16 Pro could beryllium a large woody successful this regard.

New iPhone sizes

CAD render of nan iPhone 16 Pro Max adjacent to nan iPhone 15 Pro Max.9to5Mac

Rumors suggest Apple will do thing it hasn’t done successful a fewer years: summation nan show size for its iPhone line. Not surprisingly, these changes will astir apt travel to nan Pro models first. At slightest 1 rumor says nan iPhone 16 Pro will spell from 6.1 inches to 6.3 inches, while nan iPhone 16 Pro Max, which whitethorn beryllium called nan iPhone 16 Ultra, will spot its show summation to 6.9 inches from 6.7 inches.

Not everyone whitethorn beryllium pleased pinch this news, arsenic immoderate iPhone enthusiasts judge that nan existent size of 6.7 inches is already excessively large. The superior interest is that nan largest iPhone usually has nan astir precocious features. Therefore, sloppy of individual preference, 1 must opt for a larger telephone to entree these features.

Solid-state buttons

Close-up of nan Action fastener connected nan iPhone 15 Pro Max.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The adjacent iPhones whitethorn not person beingness buttons and could characteristic solid-state buttons controlled done haptic feedback instead. These buttons will activity likewise to nan aged iPhone Home button, which was transformed from an existent fastener to a solid button.

Although solid-state controls were initially rumored to beryllium a portion of nan iPhone 15 series, method challenges whitethorn person caused a delay. It’s apt solid-state buttons are still coming to nan iPhone at some point, and it’s very apt they’ll debut connected nan iPhone 16.

Under-display Face ID

Face ID tick icon connected nan iPhone 14 Pro's Dynamic Island.Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Some Apple fans person been waiting for ages for nan institution to present under-display authentication devices that tin beryllium controlled by fingerprint aliases Face ID. Some sources opportunity that Apple whitethorn adhd under-display Face ID to nan iPhone Pro series, meaning that nan Dynamic Island could beryllium phased out. The Dynamic Island first appeared connected nan iPhone 14 Pro bid successful 2022 and became disposable connected nan full iPhone 15 lineup this year.

Apple’s committedness to nan Dynamic Island makes it highly improbable that it will beryllium eliminated connected adjacent year’s iPhones to bring online under-display Face ID. However, it mightiness beryllium imaginable successful nan future.

Improvements to nan Action button

Settings for iPhone 15 Pro Action button.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The iPhone 15 Pro bid has a customizable Action fastener that replaces nan accepted Ring/Silent switch. The fastener acts arsenic a shortcut that you tin delegate different actions to. For instance, you could group up nan Action fastener to unfastened nan Camera app, initiate Voice Memos, and overmuch more.

However, nan Action fastener tin only execute a azygous task. It would beryllium awesome if early iPhones would let users to delegate aggregate functions to nan Action fastener — specified arsenic double-press and triple-press options. It’s unclear if Apple will grow nan Action button’s functionality for illustration this pinch nan iPhone 16 Pro series, but I surely dream it does.

Titanium iPhones for everyone

iPhone 15 Pro successful Natural Titanium held successful manus successful beforehand of a cement ceramic wall.Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

Apple made an basal alteration successful its latest iPhone Pro models by replacing nan stainless alloy pinch titanium. However, nan little costly aluminum is still being utilized for nan regular models, and this is expected to proceed for astatine slightest 1 much cycle.

It would beryllium awesome to spot each iPhones made of titanium eventually. After all, titanium is doubly arsenic beardown arsenic aluminum, and it still feels really nice without being excessively heavy. The likelihood of all-titanium iPhones for nan iPhone 16 bid doesn’t look peculiarly likely, beryllium we tin surely dream.

Big colour changes for nan iPhone 16 Pro

iPhone 15 Pro successful a reddish color.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

The Phone Pro bid has ever featured much reserved and understated colour choices than nan regular iPhone lineup. However, do nan colour options ever person to beryllium truthful conservative? Wouldn’t it beryllium bully if Apple introduced brighter and much nosy colors for its astir costly handsets while still offering accepted achromatic and achromatic titanium arsenic options? What if we could person nan first iPhone Pro successful Product Red? Any takers?

There’s nary denotation from Apple that nan iPhone 16 Pro will get a extremist colour makeover, but let’s dream it happens.

A carbon-neutral iPhone

The curved surface connected nan Apple Watch Series 9.Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Apple released its first-ever carbon-neutral products this twelvemonth successful a important move toward biology sustainability. The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 are not only sleek and stylish, but they are besides eco-friendly.

Given Apple’s committedness to reducing its c footprint, it’s nary astonishment that a carbon-neutral iPhone is successful nan works. Whether it happens successful 2024, 2025, aliases later, it’s coming, and it will beryllium absorbing to spot what that entails.

Smaller iPhone love

The iPhone SE 2022 and nan iPhone 14 Plus's screens.iPhone 14 Plus (left) and iPhone SE (2022) Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

As iPhones get bigger, possibly it’s clip for Apple to springiness much attraction to nan smallest iPhone successful its lineup, nan third-generation iPhone SE. Released successful outpouring 2022, this 4.7-inch telephone has ever occupied immoderate weird abstraction successful nan iPhone lineup. Though technically not an iPhone 13, which was Apple’s flagship instrumentality astatine its release, nan existent iPhone SE nevertheless features galore of that phone’s features, including nan A15 Bionic chip.

In nan future, it mightiness beryllium wise for Apple to see dropping nan “SE” from nan sanction of this merchandise and adding a revised exemplary to nan regular iPhone lineup. Naming it an “iPhone mini” whitethorn not beryllium practical, particularly considering nan mediocre reception of nan iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini. However, a sanction that uses nan iPhone 16 branding could thief to admit that not each customers for illustration larger iPhones.

Better artillery life

Battery settings connected nan iPhone 15 Pro Max.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

Everyone wants their iPhone to past longer betwixt charges. With this successful mind, rumors propose upcoming iPhones could usage stacked artillery technology. In doing so, they could connection higher capacity and a longer life span. The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S24 could besides beryllium utilizing this technology.

Longer artillery life is ever appreciated, and Apple should usage nan iPhone 16 lineup for large upgrades connected this front.

And now, we wait

The Apple logo connected nan backmost of an iPhone 14.Joe Maring / Digital Trends

Will each of these wishes travel true? Are each of these conscionable tube dreams? It astir apt falls location successful nan middle, but nan truth remains that location should beryllium a lot to look guardant to pinch nan iPhone 16 family.

We aren’t expecting nan iPhone 16 bid until sometime successful September 2024, but we should commencement learning much astir it complete nan coming weeks and months. And I can’t hold to spot really it each comes together.

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