The latest iPhone 14 series has not been as well-received as previous models, due to the lack of significant updates, particularly in the non-Pro models. The only notable addition is the Dynamic Island feature, which is only available in the Pro and Pro Max models. The next iPhone 15 is expected to see some changes, but it won’t be until the iPhone 16 that we will see a major evolution.
It is rumored that the new Apple mobile phones launching this year will feature the Dynamic Island in all models and the physical buttons will be replaced with touch-sensitive controls. These changes are just a stepping stone for the bigger upgrades expected in the iPhone 16 next year. These upgrades include the use of new materials in the manufacturing process, which is something that many users have been anticipating for a long time.
iPhone 16: The Crown Jewel of Apple’s Lineup
Rumors have been circulating for the past year that the iPhone 15 would be the first to integrate Face ID for facial recognition under the screen. However, it seems that this feature has been delayed until the iPhone 16, which is expected to be released in 2024.
The reason for the delay is due to both business and technical challenges, as confirmed by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He states that “the true full-screen iPhone will arrive in 2024.” Only the high-end models will have the Face ID sensor and front camera under the panel. Kuo also emphasizes that “the quality of the camera, the ISP, and the algorithm will be crucial.”
For the facial recognition to work perfectly, the iPhone 16 screen will have to have ideal transparency. As there is no fingerprint reader on Apple devices, the possibility of its return has been raised but it would not occur until 2025. It is worth noting that Apple often turns to Samsung for its iPhone screens. Samsung is working with OTI Lumionics to create a screen that allows sensors and cameras to be placed under it. However, from the launch of the iPhone 15, Apple will collaborate with BOE, a Chinese company that intends to create the most transparent screen in history.
Apple’s In-House 5G Modem Delayed for iPhone 15 & 16
According to a recent report by MacRumors, Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu has stated that Apple’s first in-house 5G modem will not be ready for the launch of the iPhone 15, and even the iPhone 16 may miss out on this feature. Currently, Apple uses Intel modems, however, they have been reported to have lower performance compared to those of Qualcomm.