Apple iPhone 16 could feature a new ‘Capture Button,’ revamped A17 chip, and more

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Highlights
  • Apple is expected to release the next iPhone only by September 2024
  • The new Capture Button would also be accompanied by an Action Button, per a report
  • Another report has predicted the inclusion of up to 8GB of RAM in the base iPhone 16 models

Although the Apple iPhone 15 series only recently broke cover, information about the iPhone 16 has already started coming in. As per a Weibo user who claims to have two-plus decades of industry experience, the basic iPhone 16 models will use a slightly different version of the A17 Pro utilised on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max this year.

Recent iPhone launches have shown that Apple likes to recycle the Pro/Pro Max chipset of the year with the base iPhone models the following year. However, per this Weibo account, while the A17 Pro SoC found on the iPhone 15 Pro duo is built using TSMC’s 3nm N3B process, the A17 chips going into the iPhone 16 and 16 Plus will supposedly make use of the low-cost N3E process instead.

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A first for entry-level iPhone models

This would be a big shift for Apple and the first time it would develop a dedicated chipset for its cheaper iPhones of the year. Since it’s still early days, we’re taking this new info with a grain of salt.

On top of the CPU rumours, Jeff Pu, an analyst from Haitong International Securities, seemed to concur with the rumour of a new chip for the base iPhone 16 models while also mentioning a RAM upgrade to 8GB, as compared to 6GB on the recently unveiled entry-level iPhone 15 models.

An all-new Capture Button is also on the cards

As per information obtained by MacRumors, the iPhone 16 and 16 Plus could include a new Capture Button (codenamed Project Nova) right below the volume button. This new capacitive key would also require the mmWave cutout to be relocated to the other side of the device, i.e. below the volume up and down buttons.

The publication makes it clear that this info comes from pre-production sources and that Apple is also making contingencies in place to launch an iPhone 16 without this Capture Button. It’s currently unknown as to what this new key can do, however.

Apple iPhone 15/15 Plus

Furthermore, Apple is also expected to bundle the Action Button (codenamed Project Atlas) on the entry-level iPhone 16 models next year, per MacRumors. This button would reportedly leverage a combination of string gauges and reluctance motors to give users sufficient haptic feedback, just like the Capture Button. The report doesn’t specify if this Action Button would be similar to the one introduced with the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max this year.

Given that Apple made some big improvements to the base iPhone models this year, such as the addition of the previously Pro-exclusive Dynamic Island, we wouldn’t put it past the company to release the iPhone 16 with some additional upgrades under the hood. This could also give the manufacturer a good excuse to jack up the prices of the entry-level iPhone models in 2024. We only have another 10 months or so to find out.

Scattered reports over the past few months have given us a decent idea about the next-gen iPhones already, with one suggesting that Apple could switch to a vertical rear camera layout for the iPhone 16 and 16 Plus. Separately, we’ve come across reports about the Pro models potentially getting a display size upgrade, whereas the base models could retain the same displays as their iPhone 15 counterparts.

Source: Weibo, MacRumors

Via: 91Mobiles

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