Apple iPhone 16: Surprising decision on rumored upgrade leaked

Apple iPhone 16 models for 2024 are already making headlines and the latest news brings an unexpected twist.

| Updated on: Jul 10 2023, 10:22 IST
5 reasons why you should wait for iPhone 15, rather than opt for iPhone 14
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1/6 Big camera upgrade: The standard iPhone 15 is expected to get a new 48MP primary camera that was introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max last year. This will be a big upgrade considering that standard iPhones always had to be content with with 12MP cameras.  (HT Tech)
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2/6 Chipset: iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus come with a an year-old A15 Bionic chipset, while the new A16 Bionic chipset was an exclusive on iPhone 14 Pro models. iPhone 15 is expected to get an A16 Bionic chipset. (HT Tech)
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3/6 Dynamic Island: Apple analyst Mark Gurman claimed that this year, all iPhone 15 models will feature Dynamic Island. This means that the iPhone 15 will completely ditch the notch display from the flagship iPhone series.  (Pixabay)
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4/6 USB-C port: All four iPhone 15 models, including the standard iPhone 15 are tipped to feature a USB-C port while replacing the years-old Lightning port.  (Unsplash)
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5/6 Display changes: the iPhone 15 may feature a 6.2-inch display instead of a 6.1-inch. However, the leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 models will stick to 60Hz like iPhone 14.  (HT Tech)
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6/6 Price: The Pro models of the iPhone 15 series are expected to get a price hike of at least $100, Tom’s Guide report suggested. However, there is no word so far on the expected iPhone 15 price. With the huge upgrades it is set to get, the price hike may just be announced although it will be a difficult decision to make for Apple. (REUTERS)
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Surprise decision in new iPhone 16 design revealed. (Bloomberg)

Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 models for 2024 are already making headlines, and the latest news brings an unexpected twist. Tech analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International Securities, who recently confirmed the price increase for the iPhone 15, has revealed that the solid-state volume buttons, which caused much debate, are now unlikely to be featured even in the iPhone 16 models. Leaks claim that the feature was delayed due to technical challenges during mass production and will not come to iPhone 15 or iPhone 16, according to Forbes.

Solid-State volume buttons dropped for iPhone 16 models

Solid-state volume buttons don't physically move when pressed. Instead, they provide haptic feedback to give the sensation of pressing a button. This technology has been used in the iPhone 7's Home button and the Force Touch trackpad in newer MacBooks.

These buttons offer potential advantages, such as fewer moving parts, reducing the risk of mechanical failure, and improved water resistance by eliminating entry points for water.

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However, some people have concerns about this technology. Early designs of the iPhone 15 showed flush volume buttons that were difficult to press without looking, which made it challenging for users accustomed to traditional buttons. There was also support for custom swipe gestures, adding complexity. Although these volume buttons won't be included in the release, there will be one solid-state button remaining - the Action Button - which will replace the mute switch in the iPhone 15 Pro models.

iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max to feature larger displays

This news from Pu isn't the only leak about the iPhone 16. Last month, industry insider Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, revealed that Apple plans to increase the screen size of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. Young claims that the iPhone 16 Pro will have a 6.3-inch display, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max would have a 6.9-inch display. This increase in size for the smaller Pro model is expected to allow the addition of a periscope optical zoom lens, which wasn't possible in the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro chassis this year.

Larger iPhones offer benefits such as more space for bigger batteries, larger camera modules, and improved thermal performance. However, fans of smaller smartphones were disappointed as Apple discontinued the 5.5-inch iPhone 13 Mini in favor of the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus last year.

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First Published Date: 10 Jul, 09:50 IST
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