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Rumors that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be able to upgrade to 8GB RAM

The iPhone 16 series will be launched in the second half of 2024 bringing a number of improvements. The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, which are the standard variants, will also get a number of upgrades, including more RAM.

According to analyst Jeff Pu, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will get a RAM upgrade to 8GB. This is a significant increase from the 6GB RAM on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.

If this rumor is true, then all iPhone 16 variants will have 8GB RAM. The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max should still use 8GB RAM following the previous generation.

Apart from that, Pu claims that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be powered by the A18 chipset, while the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will use the A18 Pro chip. This is the first time the standard variant of the iPhone will use the A18 chip which is made with 3nm fabrication.

Specifically for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, Pu said that these two devices will use the Qualcomm X75 modem. Meanwhile, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will use the Qualcomm X70 modem.

Currently all variants of the iPhone 15 series use the Qualcomm X70 modem. If Pu’s report is accurate, Apple will likely differentiate the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro variants based on the modem used, and it is possible that the 5G speed between the two phones will be different, as quoted from 9to5Mac, Monday (15/1/2024).

Pu also claims the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will support Wi-Fi 6E, which is currently only available on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Wi-Fi 6E is claimed to have faster connections, lower latency, and improved network performance.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will likely support Wi-Fi 7. This 7th generation wireless network was only officially announced last week.

Apart from upgrades to improve network performance and quality, the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will also get a main camera upgrade from 12 MP to 48 MP. Previous rumors stated that these two variants would be equipped with an Action Button, a feature previously only available on the iPhone 15 Pro.

Leaked Appearance of iPhone 16, Camera Similar to iPhone X and Has Action Button

The iPhone 15 series was just launched by Apple last September. However, news about its successor, which is said to be called the iPhone 16, has emerged in cyber media.

A leaked image reveals three prototypes of the device, codenamed “DeLorean” within Apple. One of these three prototypes is suspected to be selected as the final design for the standard iPhone 16, aka non-Pro.

Interestingly, one of the prototypes appears to have a rear camera design similar to the 2017 iPhone X, with two camera lenses arranged vertically in one capsule-shaped section.

The other two prototypes look more similar to the iPhone 15. Only, the two rear cameras are arranged parallel – not diagonally – in a square-shaped module.

If you remember again, these two pink and black prototypes are similar to the iPhone 12 which also has a rear camera that is arranged parallel vertically, before changing to a diagonal from the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 15.

Meanwhile, the appearance of the three iPhone 16 prototypes from the front can be seen from the front. still the same as the previous iPhone 16. There is a Dynamic Island at the top which is in the form of a capsule and its size can change according to the application widget being run.

There is an Action Button like the Pro version of the iPhone.

Apart from the front and back views, the leaked image also shows the figures of the three device prototypes which are thought to be the iPhone 16 candidates. One of the most interesting things is the presence of a new button next to the two volume buttons.

This new button is allegedly none other than the Action Button, namely a button that can be used as a shortcut to carry out certain functions or applications.

Action Button is actually present in the iPhone 15 line, but only on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models, while the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are not available yet.

If the leaked image below is true, then it is possible that all models in the iPhone 16 line will have an Action Button, including the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus. Previously, rumors had circulated that suggested this possibility.

It can be seen that the three device prototypes have different “Action Button” designs. The yellow and pink prototypes have small buttons. Meanwhile, the buttons on the black device are bigger and longer.

The design of the volume buttons also looks different, namely integrated on the yellow device and separate on the pink and black devices.

There are new capacitive buttons

What’s more interesting, from the leaked images, apart from the Action Button, Apple seems to be experimenting with adding a new button that is capacitive, aka activated by touch, instead of being pressed like a physical button.

The capacitive button looks elongated like the power button and is placed on the same side, namely the right on the black prototype.

As compiled by Tech Viral from MacRumors, Friday (15/12/2023), the mmWave antenna which was previously on this side was moved to the left side along with two volume buttons and an Action Button.

The new capacitive button, known as “Project Nova”, allegedly functions as a shutter button shortcut or button for taking photos when using the camera application.

There is still a possibility that Apple will not actually implement this capacitive button. Because the yellow and pink iPhone 16 prototypes don’t appear to have them.

Of course, the three prototypes in the series of images above do not necessarily represent the true appearance of the iPhone 16 because they are still rumors. It is likely that the exact design of the iPhone 16 will only be known before its launch in 2024.

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