iPhone 16 series rumours and speculations so far

Apple iPhone 16 Series (For Representation purpose)
Apple iPhone 16 may Support zoom and Focus Adjustment Gestures (Source: GameStar)

The iPhone 16 series is expected to be released in the fall of 2023. Although it is still a long time before Apple’s autumn launch conference, this series is already generating significant anticipation. At the moment, there are already multiple leaks and rumours which gives a glimpse into what we can expect from the new devices. In this article, we have put together the speculations, rumours and expectations of tech enthusiasts for the iPhone 16 series.

iPhone 16 Pro

iPhone 16 & iPhone 16 Plus


Judging from the recent renders, the appearance of the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will have a lot of changes. There will likely be a change in the dual rear camera. It will dump the previous diagonal layout for a vertical layout similar to the iPhone X.

The company will also change the segmented mute switch to an Action button. This button is already available on the current iPhone 15 Pro series. However, there are reports that this button will have more diverse functions in the iPhone 16 series.

Also, Apple will further reduce the bezels of the new iPhone series. There are rumours that Apple has developed a “Border Reduction Structure” (BRS) technology. This technology can reduce the bezels to a greater extent, thereby bringing better display effects.


Except for the differences in screen size and battery, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are the same. Both standard models should come with the Bionic A18 chips. There will no longer be a huge gap between the two standard models. Also, the memory of this model will be upgraded to 8GB. Furthermore, there are speculations that Apple will improve the background activity capacity of these models. They will have a similar capacity as the iPhone 15 Pro.

Apple iPhone 16.4 update

In terms of battery life, the iPhone 16 will come with a 3561mAh battery. However, the iPhone 16 Plus will use a slightly bigger 4006mAh battery. While the iPhone 16 battery increased, there is a slight drop in the battery capacity of the Plus model relative to the previous generation. More importantly, Apple has finally optimized the heat dissipation of the iPhone. The entire iPhone 16 series will use graphene for heat dissipation. Also, its performance during gaming and video shooting will also be better.

iPhone 16 Pro & iPhone 16 Pro Max


The appearance of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max has not changed much. The main reason is that the screens have become larger. The two models use 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch screens respectively. This may also be due to the technical improvement brought by the “Border Reduction Structure” (BRS) technology. When the bezels are thinner, the screen size will naturally become larger.

In addition, there is a new camera button under the power button. It adopts a mechanical design and can adjust the focus by touch. It can also realize the focus and shutter functions by lightly double tapping, which makes shooting feel more realistic.

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Both iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone16 Pro Max use the A18 Pro chip, and the memory remains unchanged. In addition to the graphene heat dissipation, the iPhone 16 Pro series will also use a metal casing. This will enhance heat dissipation and make the performance more powerful.

In terms of battery, the iPhone 16 Pro series may use stacked battery technology designed to provide higher battery capacity and longer battery life. The iPhone 16 Pro will have a 3,355mAh battery while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have 4,676mAh. The Pro Max version will indeed offer users more battery life.

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The iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max cameras should remain almost the same as their predecessors. The main camera uses a 1/1.14-inch IMX903 stacked sensor, and the ultra-wide-angle lens will upgrade to 48MP. As for the telephoto lens, there will be no upgrade. Instead, the 5X telephoto lens will be transferred to the iPhone 16 Pro. This also means that the iPhone 16 Pro series will abandon the 3X focal length.

Signal: 5G, Wi-Fi 7

Signal has always been a shortcoming of the iPhone, but if reports are true, it should improve this time. The iPhone 16 Pro series will use a Qualcomm X75 modem and support the 5G Advanced network. This is what we often call “5.5G”, which can bring a faster and more power-saving 5G connection experience. At the WiFi level, unlike the standard version of Wi-Fi 6E, the iPhone 16 Pro will have Wi-Fi 7. This can also bring faster WiFi speeds and lower network latency.

Wi-Fi 7

iOS 18 may be beyond your imagination

Along with the entire iPhone 16 series comes iOS 18, and this may be its biggest upgrade. In a previous financial report meeting, Cook said that Apple has invested a lot of time and energy in developing AI technology. He further confirmed that the iOS 18 will have major upgrades in AI. As we all know, AI is currently a hot topic in the mobile phone industry. Almost all mobile phone brands are promoting the concept of AI mobile phones and have implemented many AI functions.

Apple’s iOS system has always focused on interconnected features. Thus, it should not be hard for Apple to implement AI features. At the moment, generative AI is still in its infancy. We know that Apple does not like to use features that are not mature. Thus, the company will either work on generative AI or not use it in the new system.

The memory upgrade of the iPhone 16 series may be a configuration upgrade to support AI features. Therefore, iOS 18 may be the biggest upgrade of this iPhone 16 series. It may also be a key point that many people are not giving a thought at the moment.


In conclusion, from the rumours and speculations so far, it appears that the iPhone 16 may not bring a huge upgrade. There will be upgrades in the configuration no doubt, but the upgrade will not be huge.  It will improve the telephoto camera from 3X to 5X. However, besides this, not much. On the software end, Apple may focus more on AI, but the capabilities of AI itself are also based on hardware. If big breakthroughs cannot be achieved in hardware, the AI ​​functions of the iPhone 16 series may have limitations. In all, we know Apple as a fine breed that knows how to handle the market. The company knows how to offer value irrespective of what it is offering. For this reason, it will be good for us to wait and see what the iPhone 16 series will offer.

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