iPhone 16 Pro: Expected Release Date, Price, Colors & Features

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  • The Apple iPhone 16 Pro is expected to launch in September 2024.
  • The new flagship from Apple will run on iOS 18, bringing AI feature upgrades, and an expected 6.3-inch display, up from the 6.1 inches of the iPhone 15 Pro.
  • The iPhone 16 Pro may feature new A-series chips built on the latest N3E 3-nanometer node.
  • Apple might add an Action Button — and possibly a "Capture" button for photo and video recording.
  • What do you want if the latest and greatest iPhone isn’t good enough for you? Get the Pro edition, of course! That’s the plan, with the Apple iPhone 16 Pro expected to launch in September 2024.

    Pre-release rumors tell us that the iPhone 16 Pro will run on IOS 18, which was announced in June at the Apple WWDC 2024. With Apple’s next-gen OS powering the iPhone Pro, we expect to see significant upgrades in artificial intelligence features and other promising updates.

    Early Pro rumors claim that this Apple flagship will slightly increase in size from the iPhone 16 and will measure 6.3 inches, up from the 6.1 we have in the current iPhone 15 Pro.

    We also explore claims that Apple is working on new A-series chips for the iPhone 16 Pro models, which will be built on the latest N3E 3-nanometer node. We might also see features like an Action Button and — maybe — an extra “Capture” button for taking videos and photos.

    While the launch date for the iPhone 16 Pro is still months away, here is what we have discovered so far, including the release date, price, and new features.

    When is the iPhone 16 Pro Coming Out?

    Expected Release Date: September 2024

    Apple has not officially disclosed when the iPhone 16 Pro will be released. However, based on Apple’s traditional release pattern, we can make an educated guess that it will be released in September 2024.

    Apple’s last three iPhone Pro models were announced on a Tuesday or Wednesday in the first or second week of September of the given year, and the phones were usually released a week later.

    So, we expect the iPhone 16 Pro and other iPhone 16 series to follow the same release trajectory — announced between September 3 and 11, 2024, and then released a week later.

    iPhone 16 Pro Rumored Design and Display

    6.3-inch Display, Taller and Narrower Frame, Micro-lens OLED Display, Narrow Bezel

    IPhone 16 Pro is rumored to come with a slightly larger display size measuring 6.3 inches, which is about 0.2 inches bigger than the size of the iPhone 15 Pro. Ross Young first made this leak in early 2023 on X in a reply to a MacRumors tweet.

    Young tweeted a few months later that the iPhone 16 Pro would be taller and narrower than the iPhone 15 Pro model. He specifically said that the aspect ratio will be 19.6:9, making the iPhone 16 Pro the tallest iPhone ever.

    Sunny Dickson went further to share a dummy of the iPhone 16 Pro alongside other iPhone 16 models on X where the images revealed the size differences in the series.

    While we expect to see the same Power, Volume, and Action buttons we saw in the previous iPhone models, rumors suggest that Apple is planning to add an extra button — Capture Button — for image and video recording.

    IPhone 16 Pro is expected to feature micro-lens OLED display technology which will reduce power consumption while improving screen brightness.

    The display could be up to 20% brighter than the screen we have on the iPhone 15 Pro. This is up to 1,200 nits for standard (SDR) brightness. The Peak HDR brightness is expected to remain at 1,600 nits, which is the same as in the iPhone 15 Pro Display.

    According to an Ice Universe post on X, the iPhone 16 Pro will feature a smaller bezel surpassing what we have in the Samsung Galaxy S24 to become the narrowest bezel smartphone in the world. Some speculations have it that the bezels will be 1.2mm, down from 1.71mm  on the iPhone 15 Pro.

    iPhone 16 Pro Rumored Specs and Features

    AI-focused A18 Chip, 5x Optical Zoom, 8GB RAM, Wi-Fi 7, 5G Modem, etc.

    The IOS 18, which Apple announced in June 2024, will open the door for many AI capabilities in newer iPhone models. However, only the iPhone 16 models are expected get some cutting-edge generative AI features like Siri, AI-assisted content creation, auto-generated Apple Music playlists, etc.

    On other fronts, there are rumors that the iPhone 16 Pro will get an improved 48MP Ultra Wide camera, which will allow the sensor to capture more light, resulting in enhanced photos.

    Another Apple leaker on X suggested that the iPhone 16 Pro will feature a new periscope lens, which will allow for up to 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom.

    iPhone 16 Pro is likely to adopt a new A-series chip which will follow the 3-nanometer node build as in the A17 Pro chip. Apple has not disclosed what they will call this chip, but A18 Pro is a viable name based on their history.

    This next-gen chip could feature an upgraded Neural Engine that will allow for improved AI or machine learning performance. The A18 Pro will likely be paired with 8GM RAM in the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro.

    Regarding storage, there are rumors that Apple might consider using higher-density storage like Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND flash memory which takes up less space to double the maximum storage capacity of iPhone 16 Pro to 2TB.

    There are also rumors of the iPhone 16 Pro having a new thermal design that will reduce overheating and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X75 modem which allows for faster 5G connectivity.

    There is also a chance we might see iPhone 16 Pro come with Wi-Fi 7. This is based on Ming-Chi Kuo‘s prediction on X mid-last year that suggested that Apple will likely make this upgrade, especially as other smartphones move to the advanced version.

    What Color Variants Will the iPhone 16 Pro Come With?

    Expected: Rose, Space Black, Gray, and White

    A leak by ShrimpApplePro on the X suggests that the Apple iPhone 16 Pro will come in the same color variants as we have in iPhone 15 Pro. These colors are Gray, Space Black, White, and the newly introduced Rose, which will replace Titanium Blue. According to the source, there will be no natural Titanium color.

    What is the iPhone 16 Pro Launch Price?

    Expected: $999.99

    The official launch price of the Apple iPhone 16 Pro may not be known until Apple unveils the phone this Fall. However, we anticipate that Apple will keep the iPhone 16 Pro price unchanged from the previous models. If Apple holds on to the iPhone 15 Pro price, then we expect to see the base price of the iPhone 16 Pro start at $999.99.

    However, Apple may leverage the rising costs of components and the new AI integrations to add, let’s say, $100 to the upcoming iPhone 16 Pro launch price.

    IPhone 15 Pro Vs. iPhone 16 Pro

    While the release date of the iPhone 16 Pro is still months away, here is how it will possibly compare to its predecessor based on the speculated features and specs we have scouted.

    Specs/Features iPhone 15 Pro iPhone 16 Pro
    Displays 6.1-inch 6.3-inch
    Chip A17 Pro chip, N3B 3nm process A18 Pro chip, N3E enhanced ‌3nm‌ process
    Cameras  0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 3x optical zoom 0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 5x optical zoom
    Storage Up to 1TB of storage Up to 2TB of storage
    Wi-Fi connectivity Wi-Fi 6E Wi-Fi 7
    Base price $999.99 Likely going to be $999.99 or more

    The Bottom Line

    AI could be a focal point when iPhone 16 Pro finally launches in September. IOS 18, which will power the Apple iPhone 16 Pro, is expected to bring a new world of AI integrations to the smartphone. We will see how it compares to the Samsung s24 Ultra, it’s closest competitor.

    Apart from the rumored increase in display size and the new aspect ratio, which will make the phone the longest-height iPhone ever, there are still many other promising new features that will distinguish the iPhone 16 Pro from previous models.

    Features like the Capture button and 5x optical zoom will certainly capture a market.

    As the launch date gets closer, information on what we will have in the iPhone 16 Pro will get clearer.

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