Subtle alteration in iPhone 16 camera design holds significant implications

Apple is rumored to be changing the iPhone 16’s camera design for the first time in three years, which could have significant implications for functionality and aesthetics. The company has traditionally been conservative with its camera hardware and design changes, relying on its ability to produce great images with seemingly outdated sensors. However, rumors suggest that the iPhone 16 will feature a vertical camera arrangement, potentially enabling the Spatial Video function currently exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models. This function requires both the main wide camera and the ultrawide shooter to be aligned vertically or horizontally. Apple is also reportedly testing a design that combines the vertical pill shape of the iPhone X with the square bump of the iPhone 15, although this design may be distracting and inconsistent with the current iPhone design language. The changes to the camera arrangement align with Apple’s goal of bringing Pro features to the base iPhone 16 models, as evidenced by the rumored redesigned Action Button that will be available on all iPhone 16 models.