i-Shock! New iPhone 16, more premium than Pro and Pro Max, coming in 2024?

Apple may launch a a higher version of iPhone 16 that is more premium than even Pro and Pro Max in 2024.

| Updated on: Feb 07 2023, 11:05 IST
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1/5 iPhone 14 Plus: Apple made iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max available to everyone on September 16, but iPhone 14 Plus was kept on hold. Apple at its Far Out event informed that the iPhone 14 Plus will be put on sale starting October 7 without stating the reason behind the delay. Priced at Rs. 89,900, iPhone 14 Plus will come with a 6.7-inch display, A15 Bionic chip, improved cameras and more. (Bloomberg)
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2/5 Launch of MacBooks, iPads: According to reports and leaks, Apple is expected to announce new iPad and Mac models in the month of October via press releases, skipping the October event. Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro models with the M2 chip, a redesigned 10th-generation entry-level iPad, and more. However, there is no official information about the same. (Representative Image) (HT Tech)
iOS 16
3/5 iOS 16.1: Apple has already released iOS 16.1 for the developers for the testing purposes and will be released for others soon. According to the leaks and reports, iOS 16.1 is said to bring several changes to the iPhone like adding battery percentage to iPhone 13 Mini Status Bar, Clean Energy Charging option, Live Activities will come to the Lock Screen and Dynamic Island, and more. (HT Tech)
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4/5 Emergency SOS via satellite: Apple at its Far Out event informed that the Emergency SOS via satellite will be available starting in the US and Canada in November, and the service will be included for free for two years with the activation of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The Emergency SOS via satellite can be used by the users of the iPhone 14 models to text emergency services when you are out of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. (HT Tech)
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5/5 iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura: Apple can also release iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura in October. However, the release date of the same is not yet known. (AP)
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iPhone 16 series is expected to have a new variant in 2024. (REUTERS)

Apple may surprise iPhone fans in 2024! If you are eyeing the upcoming top-end models of the iPhone series this year, then next year you may get a new model that will sit above the Pro and Pro Max models. That means, apart from Pro and Pro Max, there may be a super-premium phone above them. Back in September 2022, Apple analyst Mark Gurman stated in his weekly "Power On" newsletter that there is a possibility that an iPhone 15 Ultra will replace the iPhone 15 Pro Max this year. But in a recent edition of the newsletter, he suggests that Apple is discussing adding a new higher-end iPhone on top of its entire smartphone lineup. Yes, an entirely new iPhone.

Mark Gurman's report says, “..it (Apple) is already been doing more to distinguish its Pro models from standard iPhones, giving consumers a reason to pay up.” He says that later this year, with the arrival of the iPhone 15, Apple aims to differentiate its models through a range of materials, processors, and cameras. As leaks and rumours suggest, this will include equipping the Pro Max model with a periscope lens for improved optical zoom.

Gurman suggests that instead of simply rebranding the Pro Max as the "Ultra," Apple may release an even more premium iPhone model above both the Pro models. There have been internal discussions at the company regarding this possibility, with a potential release in time for the 2024 iPhone launch.

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However, the report hasn't mentioned the iPhone range, but depending on the year of arrival, the iPhone would be part of the iPhone 16 series or later, MacRumors reported. A new higher model could result in higher prices but there must be a reason for fans to upgrade to this new variant. So far, it is unclear what differences this top-of-the-line model would offer, but it is likely to have improved cameras, a faster processor, and a possibly even larger display, the report suggested. There may also be cutting-edge features, such as removing the charging port.

Price? Of course, it would be more expensive than even the Pro Max.

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First Published Date: 07 Feb, 10:41 IST