iPhone 17: anticipated updates, expected cost, launch timeline, and additional details

Though Apple only launched the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro recently, rumors have already begun about the iPhone 16 lineup coming in 2024. We’re expecting some bigger changes with the iPhone 16 than we got with the iPhone 15. Like most iPhone releases, Apple is expected to announce and release the iPhone 16 lineup in Fall 2024. Unless there’s some kind of delay, it’s a pretty safe bet that we should see the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models in September. Though it was expected that the iPhone 15 lineup would have a price increase, that didn’t happen aside from the iPhone 15 Pro Max model. The iPhone 15 component prices were at the highest for Apple, though it absorbed those increased production costs. But that may not happen in 2024, so we may see a slight increase for all iPhone 16 models. It looks like Apple may change the design of the base model iPhone 16. A recent report shows off three different prototype models with distinctive designs. The most likely design is the one with the capacitive Action button, mechanical volume buttons, and the new Capture button. According to the renders, this would be the black model. While it looks like the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will remain the same size as the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, the Pro models will be getting slightly larger. With larger display sizes, the physical dimensions of the body will also have a slight bump. On the topic of displays, the iPhone 16 series will use micro-lens technology in the OLED panels. The iPhone 16 should also introduce new haptic buttons. For the base model iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus, we should see an A17 chip. However, Apple may go a different route and simply use A18 and A18 Pro names for the new chips. While overheating was an issue with launch-day iPhone 15 models, it is said that Apple has worked on a new thermal design to help with heat dissipation. There have been rumors that Apple has been working on its own in-house 5G modem chips, but that won’t be happening just yet in 2024. Instead, the iPhone 16 Pro may use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem for faster and more efficient 5G connectivity. As already mentioned earlier, the base model iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus are rumored to have a vertical camera layout similar to the iPhone X or iPhone 12 styles. The iPhone 16 Pro models will continue to be a triple-lens camera system. Apple may be adding a big camera upgrade for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max with a new 48MP ultrawide lens. The iPhone 16 Pro Max could also get an improved eight-part hybrid lens. The most exciting rumor is that both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will have at least 5x optical zoom capabilities. We may finally see some better battery life with the iPhone 16 Pro models, as it’s rumored to use stacked battery technology. With stacked batteries, it can result in higher capacity and longer lifespans. Since the iPhone 16 lineup will arrive in the fall, we can expect iOS 18 to launch alongside the iPhone 16. Apple has been working on beefing up Siri with smarter AI that is powered by large language models.