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iPhone 16 price, release date, features, and more

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September is when Apple usually releases the new iPhone models, and that is three months away. It’s quite likely that the upcoming series of iPhones will be referred to as the “iPhone 16” series unless the business decides to modify the nomenclature.

As the launch date approaches, rumors concerning the impending iPhone 16 may still be refuted or shown to be more true. Over the next few months, further rumors could potentially surface.

Up to now, a number of credible statements and forecasts have been made about the iPhone 16 series by industry experts and reliable sources. A few of these claims appear to be hopeful about improvements and new features.

However, assertions and forecasts are just that—claims and projections. Nothing on this page should be taken as gospel, even if the material we’ve included comes from frequently dependable sources.

For the first time in years, the regular iPhone 16 models could get an intriguing new button, but the iPhone 16 Pro models might get brand-new, bigger display sizes.

Following Apple’s WWDC 2024 presentation, certain details regarding the next iPhone 16 series—at least in terms of software—are firm.

iPhone 16 Models

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We’re expected to see the same lineup as the iPhone 15 series, which includes an iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max, based on Apple’s history of previous iPhone launches.

There’s always a chance that Apple will make a difference. In the past, the iPhone Mini models were swapped out for the iPhone Plus variants. Additionally, throughout the past several years, there have been sporadic reports of an iPhone “Ultra” model. However, there is currently no conclusive evidence that Apple will alter its current model selection for the iPhone 16.

Display sizes and screen tech

According to Ross Young, CEO of display industry research and consulting firm Display Supply Chain Consultants, who has a solid track record of making forecasts about the next iPhone models, the iPhone 16 Pro models could have bigger screens than earlier versions. Numerous publications have also reported on it, citing Tom’s Guide and Apple Insider, among other sources.

The 6.3-inch display on the iPhone 16 Pro is said to be bigger than the 6.1-inch display on the iPhone 15 Pro. The 6.9-inch display on the iPhone 16 Pro Max is said to be bigger than the 6.7-inch display on the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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It is anticipated that Apple will maintain the existing display sizes for the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, which are 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches, respectively.

High-refresh-rate ProMotion screens, which Apple has left off of its standard iPhone models, are unlikely to be included in the base (non-Pro) iPhone 16 versions. Ross Young claims that ProMotion may be included in entry-level iPhone devices by 2025.

It wouldn’t be shocking if Apple decided against switching the basic iPhone 16 models to the 120Hz ProMotion display in favor of the antiquated 60Hz screens. After all, with the debut of the iPhone 13 Pro in 2021, the firm has only allowed the ProMotion display to be found on iPhone Pro models.

iPhone 16 Design

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We don’t anticipate any major changes to the iPhone 16, as Apple just improved the iPhone’s design with the titanium frame on the iPhone 15 Pro and softer edges on the iPhone 15 series. But as Apple has done with past generations, we could see new color options for everything.

The iPhone 16 Pro models, however, could be marginally larger than the iPhone 15 Pro models, according to conjecture on new display sizes (above).

Several sources, including Tom’s Guide and MacWorld, have suggested that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus may replace the square camera module on current and prior iPhone generations with a pill-shaped camera module that may resemble the iPhone X and iPhone XS camera modules.

As for the iPhone 16 Pro series, there’s no suggestion that Apple has altered the design of the camera module.

In any event, if the annual variations in iPhone design continue, one thing is practically guaranteed: your iPhone cover—even for the model you currently own, the iPhone 15—won’t probably fit the iPhone 16 series.

iPhone 16 New buttons

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Reputable Bloomberg Apple writer Mark Gurman claims that the Action button will take the place of the famous notifications mute switch on the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus. First seen on the iPhone 15 Pro models, the Action button provides instant access to a range of customizable features, including camera activation, flashlight activation, focus mode switching, and on/off silent mode. This button was absent from the basic iPhone 15 devices.

This assertion has a considerable deal of merit because Apple has demonstrated that expensive iPhone Pro capabilities are making their way into lower-end iPhone models with the iPhone 15’s Dynamic Island and 48MP camera. It makes sense that the action button on the iPhone Pro would make its way to the entry-level iPhone 16.

Gurman also said that a new button intended for video recording would be included on all iPhone 16 models.

According to The Information, which cited “people with direct knowledge of the situation,” the rumored “Capture” button will be on the bottom-right side of the phone and be touch-sensitive, registering different pressure levels and swipes for additional functionalities. One way to zoom in and out of the image is to swipe left and right on the Capture button. Lighter pressure may provide further control over focus, while stronger pressure may initiate a video recording.

There are differing rumors on the nature of this Capture button: is it a capacitive button that presses against the iPhone 16’s frame, or is it a hard, mechanical button? Given that Apple has always favored simple, uncomplicated iPhone designs, it seems strange that the firm would include another physical mechanical button, similar to the power button. Even so, the assertion is supported by two dependable sources, thus it merits inclusion here.

iPhone 16 Cameras

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Reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple could standardize the cameras on the iPhone 16 Pro family by including a tetraprism zoom lens on all models, not only the iPhone 16 Pro Max.

In fact, the iPhone 15 Pro includes a conventional 3x zoom lens, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max has an increased zoom range thanks to a 5x tetraprism zoom lens.

In fact, the iPhone 15 Pro includes a conventional 3x zoom lens, while the iPhone 15 Pro Max has an increased zoom range thanks to a 5x tetraprism zoom lens.

In the past, Kuo has made a number of precise forecasts regarding iPhones and other gadgets. His forecast on the iPhone 16’s camera, however, was made public in November 2023, and nothing more has been spoken about it since. This may indicate that his specific prediction won’t materialize.

The cameras themselves could see some minor adjustments, as Apple has done with each successive iPhone generation, but they’ll probably maintain the same resolution as the iPhone 15 series.

iPhone 16 Software

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The newest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 18, was unveiled on June 10 at WWDC and will be marked by the iPhone 16.

Only the iPhone 16 and iPhone 15 Pro models will support Apple’s AI, or “Apple Intelligence,” as the firm refers to it, although a number of earlier iPhone models will also support iOS 18. This in-house AI will improve the iPhone 16 in a number of areas, including Siri, texting and writing, photo editing, and more, when combined with OpenAI’s ChatGPT integration.

The new iOS 18 operating system will also include support for RCS messaging, which should open up more features between iOS and Android users in texts, like sharing higher-resolution photos and videos that don’t look incredibly pixelated, as well as reading receipts. Text messages from Android users will still appear as a green bubble.

The iPhone 16 will also have the ability to send messages via a satellite connection with iOS 18 if you’re in a place with no cell signal, even if it’s not an emergency. This feature will also extend to the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14, which have the necessary parts to communicate with the relevant satellites.

iPhone 16: Price and release date

There are no trustworthy or reputable sources putting prices on the iPhone 16 range. Since the release of the iPhone 12 series in 2020, Apple’s iPhone prices have mostly stayed the same across its portfolio; the sole exception is the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which has seen a $100 increase in price year.

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From the standpoint of yearly trends, we would anticipate that the beginning costs of the iPhone 16 range would remain at $799 (basic), $899 (Plus), $999 (Pro), and $1,199 (Pro Max), given that Apple previously changed the price of the iPhone 15 series. Although price hikes often coincide with more substantial design or feature enhancements, such as the anticipated bigger screens and differently shaped designs, it wouldn’t be shocking to see one for the iPhone 16 Pro versions.

Regarding a debut date, it’s widely believed that Apple will, as it has for years, reveal its iPhone 16 range in the autumn of this year, most likely in September. The new iPhone is usually released by the corporation one to two weeks following the autumn iPhone launch event.

Should you wait to buy the iPhone 16?

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With three months before the anticipated iPhone 16 launch at this point in Apple’s yearly iPhone cycle, it makes more sense to hold off on purchasing an iPhone 15 at this time. Holding onto your existing iPhone will let you see what new features and enhancements the iPhone 16 offers.

Even if the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are really great iPhones, you could regret not waiting three months or fewer to get a new one and instead purchasing them now.

Waiting three months or fewer will save you $100 on a newer, better iPhone, even if you’re hoping to buy a less costly phone right now, like the iPhone 14 or iPhone 13. After the iPhone 16 is shown, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 14 will probably be offered at a reduced cost.

The only exception is if you should get a new phone as quickly as possible, for whatever reason. If so, the majority of consumers would be more than happy with the iPhone 15, which is our top choice for the device. If you choose that model, make sure the phone is well protected by consulting our recommendations for the finest iPhone 15 screen protectors and covers.

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