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Kuo: iPhone 16 Models to Lack Significant Design Changes Beyond Capture Button

Last Update: January 30, 2024

iPhone 16 models launching later this year will not have any “significant design changes,” according to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo also said that Apple is unlikely to offer “more comprehensive” generative AI features until the iPhone 17 series launches next year at the earliest.

“It is expected that Apple will not launch new iPhone models with significant design changes and the more comprehensive/differentiated GenAI ecosystem/applications until 2025 at the earliest,” wrote Kuo, in a blog post on Medium today.

Kuo believes foldable designs and generative AI features are two of the biggest trends for high-end smartphones right now, and he thinks iPhone shipments could decline in 2024 as a result of Apple not launching products focused on these areas yet.

One of the only notable hardware changes rumored for the iPhone 16 lineup is the addition of a so-called “capture” button for video-related actions. According to a recent report, the button will respond to pressure and touch. For example, the report said users will be able to zoom in and out in the Camera app by swiping left and right on the button, focus with a light press, and start a video recording with a more forceful press.

The higher-end iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models are also expected to feature larger 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch displays, compared to 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 16 lineup in September.

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