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After over a year of reports, there are now more than a dozen specific rumors about the features and improvements set to be offered by the two non-Pro iPhone 16 models later in 2024.

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While the upgrades that the iPhone 16 offers over the iPhone 15 will likely be at the center of Apple's marketing strategy later this year, many users are on two-year upgrade cycles, so the features introduced on both the iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 will stack up. All of the changes the iPhone 16 models are expected to feature compared to their two direct forerunners are listed below, using information from a range of reliable sources that we have previously covered. We will update this article as more rumors emerge in the coming months.

This guide focuses on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 16, but to learn about how we are expecting the iPhone 14 Pro to improve on the iPhone 16 Pro, see our other comparison article.

Design

The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are expected to largely carry over the design of their predecessors. As a result, the iPhone 16 will be a relatively significant evolution over the ‌iPhone 14‌, featuring slightly rounded edges, a frosted glass back, and a vertical rear camera arrangement to facilitate spatial video capture. Other important design changes are expected to include the removal of the mute switch in favor of the Action button introduced on last year's Pro models and the introduction of an all-new "Capture" button.

iPhone 14iPhone 16
Aluminum chassis with squared-off edgesAluminum chassis with contoured edges
Glossy glass backColor-infused frosted glass back
"Notch" TrueDepth camera arrayDynamic Island
Diagonally arranged rear camera arrayVertically arranged rear camera array to support spatial video capture
Ring/Silent switchAction Button
"Capture Button" to trigger photography and videography features
Lightning portUSB-C port


Displays

For iPhone 14 users, the iPhone 16 will offer many of the display upgrades that came to the previous generation, as well as a more efficient OLED panel thanks to micro-lens technology.

iPhone 14iPhone 16
More efficient OLED display with brighter micro-lens technology
800 nits max brightness (typical)1,000 nits max brightness (typical)
1,200 nits peak brightness (HDR)1,600 nits peak brightness (HDR)
2,000 nits peak brightness (outdoor)


Cameras

The iPhone 15 introduced a major camera upgrade for Apple's standard smartphone lineup, bringing over the 48-megapixel camera of the iPhone 14 Pro. With a number of other improvements such as spatial video capture, the iPhone 16 should be a significant camera upgrade over the iPhone 14.

iPhone 14iPhone 16
12-megapixel main camera with ƒ/1.5 aperture48-megapixel main camera with ƒ/1.6 aperture
0.5x and 1x optical zoom options0.5x, 1x, and 2x optical zoom options
24- and 48-megapixel super-high-resolution photos
Smart HDR 4Smart HDR 5
Portrait mode with Focus and Depth ControlNext-generation portraits with Focus and Depth Control
Night mode and Night mode portraitsImproved Night mode and Night mode portraits
Spatial video capture


Chip, Memory, and Connectivity

With the iPhone 16 models rumored to receive the same A18 chip as the Pro models, the new models could offer a major performance improvement over the iPhone 14, which features the A15 Bionic chip first introduced in 2021. The 2GB of additional memory and the second-generation Ultra Wideband chip are also due to be notable upgrades.

iPhone 14iPhone 16
A15 Bionic chip (TSMC's "N5P" enhanced 5nm process)A18 chip (TSMC's "N3E" enhanced 3nm process)
16-core Neural EngineNeural Engine with "significantly" more cores to support new AI features
6GB memory8GB memory (+33%)
Wi-Fi 6 connectivityWi-Fi 6E connectivity
First-generation Ultra Wideband chipSecond-generation Ultra Wideband chip (connects from 3x further away)
Precision Finding for Find My friends


Batteries and Charging

The iPhone 16 models could receive some major improvements in battery technology and charging, sporting denser batteries and faster charging capabilities. It is worth noting that the iPhone 16 Plus is rumored to feature a smaller battery than its predecessors, but it is not clear how this will affect actual battery life.

iPhone 14iPhone 16
Single-layer battery technologyStacked battery technology for increased energy density and prolonged lifespan
iPhone 14: 3,279 mAh battery
iPhone 14 Plus: 4,325 mAh battery
iPhone 16: 3,561 mAh battery
iPhone 16 Plus: 4,006 mAh battery
Up to 27W wired chargingUp to 40W wired charging (48% faster)
15W charging via MagSafe20W charging via MagSafe (33% faster)
Setting to prevent charging above 80%
Battery manufacture date, first use, and cycle count information in Settings


Other Features and Changes

While many of Apple's devices are rumored to receive a series of new AI-based features via software updates later this year, the iPhone 16 models are expected to take these further with exclusive capabilities facilitated by a more powerful Neural Engine in... Click here to read rest of article

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okieoutwest

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I’m using a 12 and I like to try to get at least four or five years out of each phone. I just had the battery replaced a few months ago to give myself more breathing room.

Do we still think Apple develops somewhat on a tick-tock cycle? If so I will try to wait until next year. But it’s unlikely the 12 makes it to 16.

Edit: whoops meant *18*!
 
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coffeemilktea

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I was afraid the iPhone 16 was just going to be an iPhone 13SSS, but as soon as I saw the vertical camera lens arrangement, I immediately KNEW this was going to be a year filled with drastic and perhaps even daring design choices.

Other brands might be adding 5000+ mAh batteries to their phones, or 16 GB of RAM in a phone, or 100+ MP cameras, but those are all child's play compared to the truly exciting technological changes Apple has in store: vertical camera bars and a vaguely improved Siri. Now that's innovation. :cool:
 

Populus

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This will be a hell of an upgrade, even from an iPhone 14, if we take into account it will be powered by the A18 SoC. If I didn’t have trouble with OLED screens and big (≥6”) smartphones, I would get one launch day!
 

Evolving Mind

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I was afraid the iPhone 16 was just going to be an iPhone 13SSS, but as soon as I saw the vertical camera lens arrangement, I immediately KNEW this was going to be a year filled with drastic and perhaps even daring design choices.

Other brands might be adding 5000+ mAh batteries to their phones, or 16 GB of RAM in a phone, or 100+ MP cameras, but those are all child's play compared to the truly exciting technological changes Apple has in store: vertical camera bars and a vaguely improved Siri. Now that's innovation. :cool:
Wait for the MacRumors article about "original iPhone" vs iPhone 16. 9837 reasons to upgrade. It will blow your mind. If it goes on like this, they have to call it "no macrumors". Sadly, there is nothing more to rumor about besides emoticons and colors.
 

I7guy

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I was afraid the iPhone 16 was just going to be an iPhone 13SSS, but as soon as I saw the vertical camera lens arrangement, I immediately KNEW this was going to be a year filled with drastic and perhaps even daring design choices.

Other brands might be adding 5000+ mAh batteries to their phones, or 16 GB of RAM in a phone, or 100+ MP cameras, but those are all child's play compared to the truly exciting technological changes Apple has in store: vertical camera bars and a vaguely improved Siri. Now that's innovation. :cool:
The iPhone 16 is actually an iPhone 12SSSS. But’s it’s still a good upstate over the iPhone 12/13/14 imo.
 

brofkand

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Wait for the MacRumors article about "original iPhone" vs iPhone 16. 9837 reasons to upgrade. It will blow your mind. If it goes on like this, they have to call it "no macrumors". Sadly, there is nothing more to rumor about besides emoticons and colors.

That's why this site has turned into just another Dealmac with affiliate links everywhere. Apple is in another Spindler era, nothing new or exciting and doing long-term damage to the brand.
 

big_papa_johnny

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That's why this site has turned into just another Dealmac with affiliate links everywhere. Apple is in another Spindler era, nothing new or exciting and doing long-term damage to the brand.
Do you expect them to completely revolutionize their entire product line every year? Mobile phones are a mature technology now, obviously the changes are going to be smaller and more incremental, and not as drastic as before.
 

darngooddesign

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That's why this site has turned into just another Dealmac with affiliate links everywhere. Apple is in another Spindler era, nothing new or exciting and doing long-term damage to the brand.
They redesigned their MacBook Pros two and a half years ago, their MacBook Airs around a year and a half ago, their iMacs three years ago, introduced the Studio two years ago, developed a brand new AR/VR platform and OS recently, and they are regularly improving their chips; Apple isn't going to redesign the hardware every year just because some people bore easily.

The Dealmacishness is Dan Co trying to monetize everything he can.
 

klasma

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The iPhone 16 is actually an iPhone 12SSSS. But’s it’s still a good upstate over the iPhone 12/13/14 imo.
They should have called the 13 the iPhone S (also avoiding the unlucky number), so this would be the S4.

(Of course, 4 is also an unluckily number in some cultures.)
 
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