Apple’s iPhone 16 lineup won’t see the return of Touch ID fingerprint authentication technology, as some have predicted.
As noted by MacRumors, the info comes from an integrated circuit expert on Weibo with a track record for sharing information about Apple’s plans. A new post says most of the equipment originally used to manufacture the chips required for the iPhone’s version of Touch ID has apparently now been permanently shut down, with the only remaining units used for the third-generation iPhone SE. This suggests that Apple has no plans to resurrect Touch ID as a method to authenticate on the iPhone in the immediate future.
As for the iPhone 16, here are other rumors about the 2024 smartphone line-up:
° A tetraprism camera will be featured in the iPhone 16 Pro.
° The lineup could feature a more power-efficient display thanks to a new OLED material set that is reportedly being developed by Samsung.
° Apple could revamp Siri with the iPhone 16 by adding generative AI features to the company’s personal assistant
° The iPhone 16 Pro could sport an extra button and move the mmWave antenna to the left of the device instead of the right to accommodate the change.
° The lens in the 2024 iPhone 16 will be revised and equipped with more advanced molding glass (MG) to make the mobile phone lighter and thinner, improve the optical zoom magnification, and greatly improve the user experience.
° All iPhone 16 models will move from the A16 processor to the A18.
° The iPhone 16 series may gain an additional capacitive button, known internally as the “Capture Button.” Codenamed “Project Nova,” the button is likely to be one of the main selling points of the iPhone 16 lineup, assuming it gets past the initial testing phase.
° The Capture Button will be located on the same side as the Power button, only positioned slightly lower. The mmWave cutout will be been moved to the opposite side, located under the volume buttons. It is currently unknown what the new capacitive button will be used for.
° The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will feature 8GB of memory and an A17 Bionic chip fabricated with TSMC’s N3E process.
° iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models should feature Wi-Fi 7 support and an upgraded 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera lens.
° They will adopt a stacked rear camera sensor design across the lineup in 2024 after (mostly) similar adoption in this year’s standard iPhone 15 models.
° The iPhone Pro Max could be the first to feature a super telephoto periscope camera for dramatically increased optical zoom.