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.