iPhone 16 to come with the best on-device AI in the market

iPhone 16 series rumors
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Speculations about the iPhone 16 started emerging, just days after iPhone 15 was released. And as we move closer to the launch of the phone, it is only natural that the rumors start piling up. Recent developments suggest that the iPhone 16 will have on-device AI and it will be the best in the class. Let’s discuss all the rumors about what the iPhone 16 series might soon bring to the table.

iPhone 16 Series Rumors Roundup

Artificial Intelligence

As more and more devices started leaning on AI as their main highlight, pressure was building on Apple to do the same. Initially, it seemed as if the company did not really care, but they did have something up their sleeve.

Apple CEO — Tim Cook mentioned that they were working on generative AI the previous and further confirmed it on the recent Apple Earnings call. He stressed that Apple has advantages that will set them apart from the competition. The advantage being Apple having full control over its hardware, software, and the integration of the two.

The iPhone makers will likely announce their take on the built-in at the WWDC event in the summer. We can expect features like more advanced image editing tools, webpage/audio summarization, and notification management. On top of that, an updated version of Siri, and an integrated chatbot called “Ajax” are also rumoured to be in the works.

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Processor

When considering Apple’s typical trends, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will likely equip the current-gen Pro siblings’ SoC. However, there’s a twist this time around. Unlike the A17 Pro chip found in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple is expected to use the more cost-effective N3E process for the basic “A17” chip in iPhone 16 and 16 Plus development.

A18 Chip with NPU Boost

Talking of the iPhone 16 Pro Max, Economic Daily News says that the top-of-the-line Apple phone will likely be powered by Apple A18 silicone. This chipset is said to boast a significantly powerful NPU. This further suggests that the upcoming iPhones will indeed have AI capabilities baked into the phone itself. Moreover, Apple is expected to bump up the NPU core count in about four years since the Apple A14 Bionic chipset.

An antenna upgrade

The antenna module on the iPhone 16 will see an upgrade as well. With UMC chips, that is. Apple had been working with Qorvo for its power amplifiers for its phones. And Quorvo recently acquired another company named Anokiwave. This is the company that will be producing the chips that will now be integrated into the new iPhone’s antenna module. The said chips follow UMC’s 3DIC technology.

iPhone Signal

With this, the upcoming iPhone 16s will have improved signal efficiency and better reception capabilities. This will be crucial for powering all the AI capabilities of the phone we highlighted earlier as it requires a stable connection to operate.

Design and Display

Talking about the iPhone 16 Pro, it might feature a 6.27″ display size and is expected to have a slightly taller aspect ratio of 19.6:9, up from the current 19.5:9. On the other hand, the iPhone 16 Pro Max could come with a 6.86″ display size. While there will be an increase, it may be relatively unnoticeable.

Buttons

The iPhone 16 series is anticipated to feature a new capacitive button called the ‘Capture Button,’ codenamed ‘Project Nova.’ It will be positioned slightly below the power button, replacing the mmWave cutout’s location. Whose purpose is undisclosed yet.

Alongside the Capture Button, the iPhone 16 series may feature a capacitive Action Button, codenamed ‘Project Atlas.’ This button could have a design similar to the Capture Button and might use strain gauges and a reluctance motor for haptic feedback.

Battery

The iPhone 16 may also feature stacked battery technology, which could lead to higher capacity and longer battery life (much-needed). Furthermore, specific rumors suggest the possibility of faster 40W wired charging and 20W MagSafe charging in the iPhone 16 series.

Camera

The upcoming iPhone 16 Pro models are expected to feature a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide lens with pixel binning technology that combines the data from four pixels into one “super pixel”.

The iPhone 16 Pro Max will also sport a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera with an eight-part (8P) hybrid lens for improved image quality. There are also enhancements planned for the telephoto and ultra-wide lenses.

iPhone 15 Pro Cameras

In 2024, both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max could incorporate periscope telephoto lenses, a feature exclusive to the 2023 iPhone 15 Pro Max due to size constraints. Also, we might get a look at a vertical camera layout similar to the iPhone 12.

iPhone 16 Ultra

There are also rumors that the iPhone 16 lineup could introduce an iPhone 16 Ultra. This handset might be positioned on the higher premium side, offering enhanced camera specs, a larger display, a portless design (yes, this is a thing), and many other features.

iPhone 16 Series Launch and Availability

When we observe Apple’s annual trend, we can certainly expect the new lineup to hit the market in September. Obviously, we don’t know the price yet. And we’ll continue to bat our eyes on new info and update the article accordingly.