iPhone 16 CAD renders tip vertical rear camera island, two new buttons and more


The iPhone 16 lineup is widely expected to come with additional buttons and camera makeovers. Apple is believed to pack a capture button in the lineup for capturing video. CAD (computer-aided design) sketches of the iPhone 16 recently surfaced online, highlighting design elements of the vanilla model. The renders indicate a vertical slim camera layout instead of the current diagonal one on the iPhone 16. The alleged schematics show an action button and a rumor capture button.

Tipster Majin Bu (@MajinBuOfficial) posted alleged CAD renders of the iPhone 16 on X (formerly Twitter). Leaked renders suggest an iPhone X-inspired slimmer camera unit with a vertical pill housing dual camera sensors. The flash unit is seen arranged outside the bump. The vanilla iPhone 15 model has a diagonal camera arrangement.

An action button appears to have replaced the mute switch on the iPhone 16. The Action button, which debuted on the iPhone 15 Pro models last year, can be used for things like turning on the flashlight, opening the camera, or pairing shortcuts with apps.

On the left side of the iPhone 16, the rumored Capture button appears to be arranged below the power button. This button can be used to capture video. The button may be pressure sensitive and allow users to adjust focus and zoom in and out. Apple is expected to add spatial video recording to the base model with the new camera layout. Currently, only iPhone 15 Pro models can record spatial video.

The iPhone 16 series is likely to launch in the second half of 2024. The upcoming lineup is likely to include five different models – iPhone 16 SE, iPhone 16 Plus SE, iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max. The vanilla iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are likely to be powered by the A18 Bionic chip based on TSMC's 3nm process.

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