iPhone 16 Rumors: The buzz around the iPhone 16’s button design continues to grow. It was previously anticipated that the 2024 models would introduce a novel Capture button and adopt a solid-state design for all buttons. However, recent reports suggest another revision may be underway.
According to MacRumors, prototype designs for the iPhone 16 have been spotted, showcasing an Action button and volume controls that mirror the setup found on the current iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models.
This revelation might not seem significant at first glance, especially considering there have been three distinct prototype designs featuring various button configurations on the phone’s left side as viewed from the front.
This could indicate that Apple has decided to forgo more groundbreaking changes. Expectations were set for the iPhone 15 series to feature solid-state (or capacitive) buttons, but they ultimately did not materialize.
The Evolution of Button Technology Solid-state buttons are known for their lack of physical movement, instead providing a subtle vibration as tactile feedback upon being pressed. This technology is already in use by Apple, incorporated into the trackpads of MacBook laptops and the Home button of the 2022 iPhone SE.
Previous rumors about the prototypes can shed light on how these capacitive buttons were envisioned for the iPhone 16, including a period when a larger Action button and a single volume control were under consideration.
The most recent design iteration, as reported by MacRumors, features distinct volume buttons and retains the current size for the Action button. The new Capture button, while not capacitive, is designed to be level with the phone’s frame.
Capacitive buttons could potentially offer varied responses depending on the pressure applied during pressing. However, it appears that this technology may not debut on the iPhone 16 for now.
Some other rumored features of the iPhone 16?
Here are some of the anticipated features based on the latest rumors:
Larger Display Sizes: The iPhone 16 Pro models may feature larger screens, with sizes of 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches.
New “Capture” Button: A physical “Capture” button is rumored to be included for all iPhone 16 models1.
Solid-State Volume Button: The volume button may switch to a solid-state design.
Periscope Zoom Lens: An advanced periscope zoom lens could be introduced for enhanced optical zoom capabilities.
Faster A-Series Chip: Expectations of a new, faster A-series chip built on the latest 3-nanometer node for improved efficiency and performance.
Wi-Fi 7 Support: The new models might support Wi-Fi 7, offering faster speeds and more reliable connectivity2.
48-Megapixel Ultra Wide Lens: The Pro models could feature an upgraded 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera lens.
Super Telephoto Camera: The iPhone 16 Pro Max might include a super telephoto periscope camera.
5G Advanced: The Pro models may come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem for enhanced 5G connectivity.
5x Optical Zoom: Both Pro models are expected to have 5x optical zoom, currently exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Solid-State Buttons: Solid-state volume, power, and mute buttons might be introduced to the Pro models.
Micro-Lens Technology: The OLED display panels could use brighter micro-lens technology and more power-efficient materials.
Action Button: The Action Button from the iPhone 15 Pro models might be expanded to the standard iPhone 16 models.