Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 16 series is generating buzz with its innovative additions, chief among them being the mysterious “Capture Button,” known internally as “Project Nova.” Positioned on the right-side frame, slightly below the traditional Power Button, this capacitive button is made possible by relocating the mmWave cutout to the left-side frame, beneath the volume controls.
While the precise function of the Capture Button remains undisclosed, speculation points toward its ability to emulate the tactile response of a physical button, akin to the Home Button on the iPhone SE. Reports also suggest it will incorporate force sensor technology. A noteworthy distinction is that the Capture Button will be available across the entire iPhone 16 series, including standard and Plus models.
Apple is keeping its options open, developing a hardware configuration sans the Capture Button as a fallback plan, should unforeseen production challenges arise.
In addition to the Capture Button, the iPhone 16 series is set to introduce “Project Atlas,” another capacitive button designed similarly to the Capture Button but offering haptic feedback through strain gauges and reluctance motors.
Furthermore, anticipate a revamped camera bump with a vertical camera arrangement reminiscent of the iPhone 12. For those seeking a larger screen experience, the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max models will feature 6.3″ and 6.9″ displays, respectively, a 0.2″ increase compared to their predecessors.
Keep in mind that these details are based on pre-production models, and the design of the iPhone 16 lineup is still in flux. As a result, the final product may diverge significantly from these early reports. Stay tuned for further updates as Apple continues to refine its next-generation smartphones.