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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

The iPhone 16 Pro may feature a display that is up to 20% brighter for typical SDR content, according to the Weibo leaker known as "Instant Digital."


In a recent post, the Weibo user claimed that the iPhone 16 Pro will feature up to 1,200 nits of typical SDR brightness – a 20% increase over the current models. Peak HDR brightness will apparently remain the same at 1,600 nits.

The iPhone 14 Pro touted a significant increase in brightness over its predecessor, featuring up to 400 nits higher HDR brightness. However, the iPhone's typical SDR brightness has been the same at 1,000 nits since the introduction of the iPhone 13 Pro in 2021. The iPhone's typical SDR is used in the majority of situations, so a 20% increase in standard brightness would be a significant upgrade.

Instant Digital has a mixed track record for Apple rumors, but has provided some strikingly accurate information, such as the imminent launch of 2023's Yellow iPhone 14, the frosted back glass of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the Apple Watch Series 9 as a minor refresh, spatial video capture on the iPhone 15 Pro, the new iPad Air and iPad Pro's landscape front-facing camera, and the iPad Pro's new nano-texture display option.

The iPhone 16 lineup is expected to launch as usual in the fall, with the Pro models featuring larger displays, an all-new "Capture" button, the A18 chip, and more.

Article Link: iPhone 16 Pro Rumored to Feature 20% Brighter Display


macrumors 68040
Dec 31, 2007
Milwaukee Area
That's cool, but you know what would make it really neat, is if they domed the surface of it along bi-axial parabolic curves. That'd give it this really cool bubble effect on the sales floor. Apples graphics guy could dust off some sweet Aqua animations for it. But mostly it'd just be fun to see everyone try to make screen protectors for it.

Apple's graphics guy. I wonder what his name is. "Hey Hank quit redesigning the safari icon for a sec and put your glasses on, we got an idea..."
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macrumors 68040
Dec 31, 2007
Milwaukee Area
Unfortunately, iPhone displays start to dim after just a few minutes of exposure to bright sunlight, just when you need brightness the most.
Yeah, I don't know if Silicon Valley people never go outside, but these mirror displays and having to blindly swipe to find the on-screen brightness slider when the display has turned itself off in the bright sunshine mean I just turn auto-brightness off on everything now, since it's much less hassle to just manage it manually.


macrumors member
May 4, 2022
Nits galore!! ...And same capacity, or even less, for the battery. Next product: iSunglasses Pro for iPhones & iPads.


macrumors newbie
Nov 6, 2021
auto always cannot do it manually for safety reasons
I think they're referring to brightness throttling when the phone gets warm, which dims the screen even in bright sunlight. It happens to me all the time in the summer and is really annoying. As others have said, that's when you need it most!

Maybe they should consider more copper for better heat dissipation like the new iPad Pro? 🤔
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