Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones later this year, and they will come with some major upgrades in terms of performance, connectivity, and camera. Here is everything we know so far about the iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max.
A new processor and more RAM for all models
The iPhone 16 series will be powered by a new processor, the Apple A18 Pro, which will be based on the 3nm fabrication process. This means that the chip will be more efficient and faster than the previous generation Apple A17 Pro, which was based on the 5nm process. The Apple A18 Pro will also have a higher clock speed and more cores, which will improve the overall performance of the device.
The iPhone 16 and the iPhone 16 Plus will also get a boost in RAM, from 6GB to 8GB. This will allow the phones to handle more tasks and apps simultaneously, and improve the multitasking experience. The iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will retain the same 12GB RAM as their predecessors, but they will have a different processor, the Apple A18 Pro, which will be even faster and more powerful than the Apple A18.
Faster 5G and Wi-Fi for the Pro models
One of the biggest upgrades for the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be the new modem, the Qualcomm X75, which will support faster 5G speeds than the current Qualcomm X70 modem. The Qualcomm X75 will be able to achieve up to 10 Gbps of download speed and 4.5 Gbps of upload speed on 5G networks, compared to the 7.5 Gbps and 3 Gbps of the Qualcomm X70. This means that the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be able to stream high-quality videos, download large files, and play online games with lower latency and higher reliability on 5G.
The iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will also have a new Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 7, which will be an upgrade over the Wi-Fi 6E standard that the iPhone 16 and the iPhone 16 Plus will have. Wi-Fi 7 will offer faster speeds, lower latency, and better security than Wi-Fi 6E, and will be able to support more devices on the same network. Wi-Fi 7 will also be compatible with Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6 devices, so the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be able to connect to any Wi-Fi router.
A 48MP ultrawide camera for the Pro models
Another major upgrade for the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be the camera, especially the ultrawide lens. According to analyst Jeff Pu and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a 48MP ultrawide camera, which will be a significant improvement over the 12MP ultrawide camera that the current iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max have. The 48MP ultrawide camera will be able to capture more details, more light, and more dynamic range, and will also support 8K video recording. The 48MP ultrawide camera will also have a larger aperture and a wider field of view, which will enhance the quality of the photos and videos.
The other cameras on the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will remain the same as the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which are a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP telephoto camera, and a 3D LiDAR scanner. The iPhone 16 and the iPhone 16 Plus will also have the same cameras as the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus, which are a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera.
Other features and specifications
The iPhone 16 series will also have some other features and specifications that will be similar to the iPhone 15 series, such as:
- A 6.1-inch OLED display for the iPhone 16 and the iPhone 16 Pro, and a 6.7-inch OLED display for the iPhone 16 Plus and the iPhone 16 Pro Max
- A notch design with Face ID and TrueDepth camera
- A ceramic shield glass and stainless steel frame
- A MagSafe wireless charging and accessory system
- An IP68 water and dust resistance rating
- A 20W fast charging and 15W wireless charging support
- A Lightning port and no headphone jack
- A dual-SIM and eSIM support
- A 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options for the iPhone 16 and the iPhone 16 Plus, and a 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options for the iPhone 16 Pro and the iPhone 16 Pro Max
Release date and price
The iPhone 16 series is expected to be launched in September 2024, following the usual schedule of Apple. The price of the iPhone 16 series is not confirmed yet, but it is likely to be similar to the iPhone 15 series, which starts from $699 for the iPhone 15, $799 for the iPhone 15 Plus, $999 for the iPhone 15 Pro, and $1,099 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max.