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iPhone 16 redesign leaked; spatial video may force return to iPhone 12-like specs

Get a sneak peek at the redesigned iPhone 16! Leaked images hint at a return to the iPhone 12 look, with exciting changes in the camera layout.

| Updated on: Feb 22 2024, 15:39 IST
iPhone 16
Leaked images hint at the iPhone 16's return to the iPhone 12 look. (Bloomberg)
iPhone 16
Leaked images hint at the iPhone 16's return to the iPhone 12 look. (Bloomberg)

Exciting leaks have emerged online, shedding light on the likely iPhone 16 redesign. The leak suggests Apple may go back to the older iPhone 12 aesthetic. Shared by the reliable tipster Majin Bu, the recently revealed images showcase iPhone 16 molds and mockups, unveiling a departure from the diagonal dual-camera arrangement seen in recent iPhone generations. The new design leans towards a sleek vertical layout.

A Shift in Camera Layout

Just days ago, Majin Bu teased the iPhone 16 camera module on Twitter, revealing two stacked cutouts. This design choice echoes Apple's previous venture with the iPhone 12, deviating from the diagonal camera setup used in subsequent models. Upon closer inspection of the mockups, a smaller cutout adjacent to the camera hints at the probable location for the iPhone 16's LED flash, though no other significant design changes are readily apparent, Tom's Guide reported.

Spatial Video Across iPhone 16 Series

The move to a vertically stacked camera arrangement could be strategic, especially considering Apple's push to enable spatial video and photo capture, a feature introduced with iOS 17.2. Currently exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, spatial video provides a 3D stereoscopic vision when viewed on the Apple Vision Pro. The vertical camera layout aligns with the requirement for two cameras positioned on the same plane during recording, potentially extending spatial video capture to the entire iPhone 16 series.

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This strategic move not only enhances user experience but also positions Apple to market the Apple Vision Pro to a broader audience. By democratising spatial video capabilities across the iPhone 16 series, Apple aims to either attract more buyers for the Vision Pro or offer a more affordable entry point for users, as standard iPhones are typically more budget-friendly.

This redesign underscores Apple's gamble on the immersive allure of spatial video, a unique feature that could set the iPhone 16 apart. While rumours suggest that the iPhone 16's cameras may not see a major hardware upgrade, Apple could leverage AI-assisted features to elevate the overall camera performance and distinguish it from its predecessor. The race for innovation in the smartphone industry continues, with Apple pushing the boundaries to captivate users with cutting-edge technology.

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First Published Date: 22 Feb, 15:39 IST