The iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro models to be produced next year will have special volume buttons that will leave the impression of a sensor when pressed, as well as a Face ID function under the screen, Bloomberg editor Mark Gurman has said.
Previously published patent drawings show that the new special buttons will be able to distinguish between different degrees of pressing force, which will allow for more functions. For example, if you press lightly, the volume will rise slowly, and if you press harder, it will rise faster.
In addition, the installation of Face ID sensors under the screen will reduce the size of the screen cutout, and in the future, the company will completely abandon it when the front camera is also placed under the screen. But the front panel of the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro will have a small opening for the front-facing camera, as is the case with many modern Android smartphones.
A few months ago, supply chain sources said that the iPhone 15 Pro would have one full dedicated volume button, but it was later revealed that Apple faced some issues that prevented it from producing such buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro.
Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had told Wccftech.com that Apple has abandoned the idea for now due to technical issues. “My latest survey indicates that due to unresolved technical issues before mass production, both high-end iPhone 15 Pro models (Pro & Pro Max) will abandon the closely-watched solid-state button design and revert to the traditional physical button design,” he had said.