Apple's latest iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, unveiled recently, introduced the innovative "Action Button" in place of the traditional mute switch, capable of performing various functions. However, according to reports from MacRumors, next year's iPhone 16 series including iPhone 16 Pro Max is set to bring another intriguing addition: the "Capture Button," internally known as "Project Nova."
The Capture Button is anticipated to be a capacitive button located on the right-side frame of the iPhone, just below the Power Button, slightly lower than the mmWave cutout on the iPhone 15 models. This repositioning of the mmWave cutout results from the placement of the Capture Button, now situated on the left-side frame, below the volume buttons.
While the exact purpose of the Capture Button remains undisclosed, it is expected to emulate the functionality of the Home Button on the iPhone SE, simulating the tactile feel of a physical button. Sources also suggest that the Capture Button will incorporate force sensor capabilities. Notably, unlike the Action Button, exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, the Capture Button is set to feature across the entire iPhone 16 series, encompassing the standard and Plus models.
Apple is reported to have created a hardware configuration that excludes the Capture Button as a contingency plan should unexpected challenges arise during implementation.
In addition to the Capture Button, the iPhone 16 series is slated to introduce the "Project Atlas" capacitive Action Button, resembling the design of the Capture Button. It will employ strain gauges and reluctance motors to provide haptic feedback.
Furthermore, the iPhone 16 is expected to boast a revamped camera bump with a vertical camera arrangement reminiscent of the iPhone 12. The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will showcase larger screens, measuring 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively, representing a 0.2-inch increase from their predecessors.
It's crucial to note that this information is based on pre-production models, and the design of the iPhone 16 lineup is subject to change. As Apple continues its development, consumers can eagerly anticipate these potential enhancements to their future iPhones.