Apple’s iPhone 16 is tipped to bring back a design feature not seen since the iPhone 12, according to a new leak.
In a recent tweet, well-known leaker Unknownz21, reveals that the standard iPhone 16 model will come with a vertical rear camera layout, where the lenses are aligned with one directly above the other. This is a marked departure from newer iPhone releases where the camera lenses are mounted in diagonally opposite corners of a square camera bump.
Two possible layouts were hinted at, one resembling the iPhone 12 lens configuration while another undisclosed design, with a similar vertical camera layout, is also reportedly under consideration. Note that the similarity to the iPhone 12 is limited only to the positioning of the lenses and not to any other aspect of the smartphone’s design. It’s also important to note that there’s no word so far on any corresponding changes to the iPhone 16 Pro or iPhone 16 Pro Max.
The news comes after the same tipster recommended skipping the iPhone 15 range entirely, dubbing it “too mediocrity of an upgrade”. While a redesigned iPhone 16 camera bump doesn’t necessarily mean there will be significant changes under the hood, the leaker does point out that it will make the new iPhone 16 instantly recognizable from the back. This is something that may boost the appeal of an upgrade to iPhone users keen to show off their new phones—especially if the iPhone 15 turns out to be as ‘mediocre’ as predicted.
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