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A new rumor suggests that iPhone 16 models may feature an additional “capture button” under the sleep/wake button, but it will be capacitive.
Apple allegedly planned to use capacitive buttons on the iPhone 15, but this feature was abandoned during the development stage. A new rumor suggests that capacitive buttons may still be coming, but their implementation is different from what was previously rumored.
According to an anonymous source who spoke to MacRumors, the iPhone 16 will add a new capacitive “capture button” below the sleep/wake button. It's unclear what function this button will serve, but its name suggests a dedicated camera shutter.
In addition to the Capture Button, the Action button will be updated to be capacitive. The sleep/wake button and volume buttons will remain mechanical buttons.
The mmWave cutout under the sleep/wake button will move under the volume buttons on the opposite side. Devices with a physical SIM card slot will also have this new scheme.
New capacitive buttons may have pressure sensors that respond to the force applied to the button. Such a sensor can reduce the number of accidental button presses.
The source says that the “Capture Button” is called “Project Nova” internally, and the capacitive conversion of the “Action” button is called “Project Atlas.” The previous “Bongo Project” mentioned using capacitive buttons for the remaining buttons.
If this rumor is true, it would mean that the iPhone 16 will have the most elements on the outer frame ever. iPhones sold outside the US will have a capacitive action button, volume buttons, SIM tray, and mmWave cutout on one side.
This design is possible if a company like Apple is busy. The source is unknown, so it is difficult to determine the history of this rumor for evaluation – — therefore, AppleInsider rates this rumor as possible.
Rumors about the iPhone 16 lineup include a larger display, Tetraprism cameras with 5x zoom for both pro models, and a new camera arrangement for non-pro iPhones. The iPhone 16 lineup is expected to be unveiled in September 2024.