Apple iPhone 16 New design and performance updates revealed in leak

As we get closer to the expected unveiling of the next iPhones, the iPhone 16 series, there have already been numerous leaks, from different displays on some models to a wider implementation of the outstanding tetraprism camera, more efficient OLED displays and an improved main camera sensor. . Now, there’s a report of a change that’s a complete surprise: a change to MagSafe. This can not only mean a better look, but also a significant increase in performance.

May 6 update below. This post was first published on May 4, 2024.

As you may know, Apple brought MagSafe to the iPhone in 2020 alongside the launch of the iPhone 12 series. Wireless charging had come to Apple phones three years earlier and was great, but there was the nasty possibility that if you didn’t place your phone on the charging pad properly, you’d wake up in the morning to find your phone hadn’t charged.

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A ring of magnets on the back of the iPhone and corresponding magnets on the charger solved this problem perfectly. MagSafe was a big hit, so much so that the magnetic ring is now part of Qi2 chargers, which also work with Android phones.

Now ShopSystem, a French website, has released images of case manufacturing molds said to be for the iPhone 16 series, showing the cutouts where the MagSafe magnets will be located. They are located in a similar way to the current models, but they are noticeably much thinner, although in the familiar circle plus a separate bar, looking like always a magnifying glass.

What does it mean? Well, Apple regularly looks to improve design elements and has obviously found a way to achieve the same effect with a thinner and more discreet magnet setup.

Your next question will be, what about older iPhones and older MagSafe chargers? Well, it certainly was mine.

They will surely work. Apple will have had backwards compatibility in mind – just think how the Apple Watch can still use bands designed for the first Apple Watch released almost 10 years ago.

I’d be surprised if Apple didn’t fully consider this.

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At the very least, this change should mean that the design of clear iPhone cases might look a little more subtle, but there may also be a bigger change that goes beyond how they look and how they relate to performance. .

A previous claim, picked up by MacRumors, suggested that Apple has previously tested faster charging, up to 20W of charging via MagSafe, compared to a maximum of 15W right now. This rumor surfaced last year, but it was said to be for the iPhone 16 series.

This would make for much faster wireless charging and, if the previous report is correct, faster wired charging as well, going from the current 29W to 40W.

If this is true, it is often the case with Appledesign and performance improvements will go hand in hand.

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May 5 update. How big are your hands? Same size as yesterday, right? Some of the most recent leaks about the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro series have revealed that noticeable size increases could be coming. According to the reliable Sonny Dickson in X A few days ago, it is the iPhone 16 Pro Max that will be the grip stretcher, thanks to its larger screen size, 6.9 inches, a noticeable increase from the current iPhone 15 Pro Maxs 6, 7 inches

How Axel Metz at Tech Radar notes, the increase in screen size on both models will enable an upgrade to the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max and an increase in the optical zoom range for the iPhone 16 Pro Max.

Metz says the iPhone 16 Pro Max looks absolutely huge. So should fingers be concerned? Well, while your little pinky might struggle to reach the screen, Apple will no doubt have done extensive testing to make sure most gloves can handle it.

Thing is, a bigger screen is usually achieved by using thinner bezels, but the edges of the iPhone’s screen are already very narrow, so there’s limited room for expansion. Find out more in due course, but I’m pretty sure Apple will have found a way to make this new design work, perhaps by changing the aspect ratio of the screen so that the new phone is taller and slimmer, though the Dickson’s models look quite similar in proportions. More like we have it.


May 6 update. There’s still a lot to discover about the iPhone 16 series, but when it comes to performance upgrades, another clue has just landed. According to Bloombergs Mark Gurman in his latest Start-up bulletinthe hot topic of Apple’s earnings call that took place a few days ago was artificial intelligence.

The first hint came when CEO Tim Cook touched on the topic, which Gurman reports as follows: He said Apple believes it will gain an edge in the area thanks to privacy features, better integration and its powerful internal chips.

On the surface, this is not surprising. When I interviewed Tim Cook last fall On AI, he told me that chips are key and that Apples Silicon roadmap is really in a camp by itself, we think. But when I asked if that meant Apple would focus on sending data to the cloud, for greater performance, even if that means sacrificing privacy for more power, Cook was clear: No, he said: For we, privacy is a fundamental human right. , and the atmosphere is such that people’s privacy is being questioned every day, and we believe that privacy is more important today than it was 10 years ago. It is one of the most profound issues of the century. They weren’t backing down.

But a few weeks ago, reports surfaced that the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will be powered by a processor called the A18, while the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have the A18 Pro.

Rumors have claimed that even the faster of the two will be no match for Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon flagship chip, expected shortly after the iPhone’s launch. This is important because this chip will be in the Samsung Galaxy S25 series in early 2025 and could leave Apple playing catch-up.

I’m not convinced this is the case and benchmark testing isn’t always the best way to judge these things before the processor is released. And if others report that the A18 Pro will have more cores in the Neural Engine, designed specifically for AI tasks, it will be even harder to compare.

What is clear, however, is that Apple has big AI plans, so it certainly has chips designed to deliver.

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