With the release of the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro still four months away, rumors about the next generation of Apple phones are spreading fast. The final tidbit is that while the iPhone 15 will retain the diagonal rear camera lens configuration used in the 13 and 14, the iPhone 16 will return to the vertical arrangement of the 12. Clear?
Perhaps a picture will clarify the situation.
When Apple first equipped one of its smartphones with two rear camera lenses — it will be the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 — the company’s designers positioned the two lenses horizontally, like a pair of eyes. But the very next year, the company released the iPhone X with cameras stacked vertically, one on top of the other. It’s never been entirely clear why, but it’s clear it wasn’t necessary because the iPhone 8 Plus, released just a month ago, retained its landscape configuration. Call me cynical, but it’s entirely possible that Apple just wanted the iPhone X to look different on both the back and front so that customers would have a badge showing they had the latest model.
The vertical layout lasted for several years. (At least on standard models. The new Pro line, starting with the 11 Pro in 2019, had three rear cameras from the start, and they were always arranged in a triangle with two on the left and one on the right. .) But in 2021, the iPhone 13 switched to a diagonal configuration. This has some advantages, the most obvious being that you can make the two circles tighter and thus fit into larger sensors without taking up too much room on the case, but again Apple hasn’t revealed the specific reason for the change.
Whatever the rationale, it seems to matter less now than it did in 2021 because a reputable source claims that Apple is going back to vertical layout in 2024. The source of information is a Twitter user. @URedditor, also known by the alias Unknownz21. As AppleInsider points out, they have a fairly short but very solid track record, with at least one major coup in the past.
As the leaker points out, this will once again serve to differentiate the 16 from its predecessor, although it’s unusual for Apple to do so by going back to an old design, in this case the iPhone 12. definitely a vintage model that almost no one will carry around with them anymore.Many people still have an iPhone 12.) However, in other respects, the iPhone 16 will retain a more modern look, the insider explains. follow-up tweet.
Of course, these are rumors about an iPhone 16 in 2023 and we can’t take anything for granted. We have yet to hear confirmation from another source, and the source acknowledges that Apple’s plans may change before the device is released.