Introducing the Next-Gen iPhone: The iPhone 16 Series Concept
Recently, tech enthusiasts received a sneak peek into the future of Apple’s smartphones. According to renderings created by MacRumors, based on Apple’s internal prototype designs, we can glimpse what the iPhone 16 series might look like. While the prototypes are not set in stone, they offer an exciting preview of the next generation models.
Building on the design evolution introduced in the iPhone 15 Pro, which featured curved edges and a titanium frame, the forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are expected to be outfitted with larger display screens and an innovative capacitive “Capture” button.
Sourced from multiple insiders, the display sizes for the iPhone 16 Pro (codenamed “Diablo”) and iPhone 16 Pro Max (codenamed “Lightning”) are anticipated to increase from 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches to 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively. This bump in size aligns with the rumored 5x periscope telephoto lens, expected to be incorporated into both Pro models this year.
In the previous iPhone 15 series, only the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max was equipped with the 5x telephoto lens, while the smaller iPhone 15 Pro lacked this feature. The increased dimensions for this year’s models will likely provide Apple the necessary room to include the periscope telephoto camera in both the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max.
Although the overall shape and design of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max remain consistent with Apple’s development prototypes, the company has explored various design details for these devices.
Four different button configurations were reportedly tested, and it appears that Apple has opted for a design similar to those on the iPhone 15 Pro, yet with the addition of a new button on the device’s right side.
As with the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, both Pro models in the iPhone 16 series will continue to feature a multifunctional action button. This versatile button can be configured to perform an array of functions depending on user preference and will retain the same dimensions as seen on the current iPhone 15 Pro.
On the right, the “iPhone 16 Pro” model sports a brand-new “Capture” button, codenamed “Nova,” anticipated to be a capacitive button with a haptic sensor. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg recently confirmed its intended use for shooting videos.
Located just below the power button, this design shift implies Apple’s plan to relocate the millimeter-wave antenna from the right to the left side on the US models. The Capture button is designed to sit flush with the iPhone’s frame, unlike the protruding power and volume buttons.
Regarding materials, the body of both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will continue to utilize Grade 5 titanium metal (Ti-6Al-4V), maintaining the same surface treatment as the iPhone 15 Pro.
In terms of color options, Apple’s prototypes have been pictured in “Silver,” which the company describes as “White Titanium.” Documents indicate that Apple has so far been testing existing color options used on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, with plans to introduce another color choice, though details on the new color are still under wraps.
The Behind-the-Scenes report indicates that MacRumors’ rendered models accurately depict the current design of the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max. However, given that these devices are in the early stages of development, Apple may still make further design adjustments, so changes are always possible.