By Joe Rossignol
The iPhone 16 models coming later this year won't have any “significant design changes,” according to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo also said that Apple is unlikely to offer “more comprehensive” generative AI features until the release of the iPhone 17 series next year at the earliest
“Apple is not expected to release new iPhone models with significant design changes and a more comprehensive/differentiated GenAI ecosystem/apps until 2025 at the earliest,” Kuo wrote in a blog post on Medium today.
Kuo believes that foldable designs and generative AI features are now two major trends in high-end smartphones, and he believes that iPhone shipments could decline in 2024 as Apple is not yet releasing products targeting these area.
One of the rumored notable hardware changes to the iPhone 16 lineup is the addition of a so-called “capture” button for video-related actions. According to a recent report, the button will be press and touch responsive. For example, the report says users will be able to zoom in and out in the Camera app by swiping left and right on the button, focus with a light tap, and start recording video with a harder tap.
More expensive models are expected to iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have larger 6.3-inch and 6.9-inch displays compared to the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. .
Do the new button and larger display matter or not? Ultimately, this is subjective.
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