iPhone 16 Pro models' thin bezels pose challenge for Apple suppliers: Report

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According to previous reports, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max may arrive later this year with even thinner bezels than their predecessors. The successor to last year's iPhone 15 Pro series — which came with thinner bezels than the company's 2022 models — is also said to sport a slightly larger screen while reducing the black borders around the screen. However, according to a report, production of these displays is proving difficult for Apple's suppliers.

Elec reports (via 9to5Mac) that Apple is using its Border Reduction Structure (BRS) technology to reduce the size of the bottom bezel of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. To achieve this, the company is using an under-display technology (related to wiring and circuits) that has begun to pose a challenge to Apple's component suppliers, and the report states that Apple's No supplier has managed to produce enough units. Meet company standards.

According to the report, Apple is expected to rely on three suppliers for the iPhone 16 series smartphones. BOE (Jingdongfang) may produce displays for the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, while LG Display may supply OLED screens for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. Meanwhile, Samsung Display is reportedly expected to produce screens for all four models in the lineup.

While the size of the bezels on this year's iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max may be smaller, the size of the bezels on the standard models – iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus – may be smaller for the time being. These handsets are expected to come with a refreshed rear camera module that will have a new vertical layout, Apple's first change to the camera island since the iPhone 13 was introduced in 2021.

Recently leaked images of alleged dummy units of all four models of the iPhone 16 series seem to confirm claims made in previous leaks, with the new vertical pill-shaped camera island visible on the standard model, while all four models is shown to feature an action button and the new 'Capture' button that is said to come to the iPhone 16 series later this year.