Apple’s iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus devices aren’t set to go on sale until this coming September but they’re already starting to leak ahead of time.
One of the things that has started to appear in various reports is the camera arrangement on the back of the device, with multiple reports suggesting that the square design with diagonal lenses might be making way for a slimmer, vertical arrangement.
That’s according to a MacRumors report which also coincides with a leak on the X social network which appears to include schematics of the upcoming iPhone 16. The leak, via Majin Bu, suggests that a camera redesign is in the cards as MacRumors explains.
The pill-shaped camera bump features two separate camera rings for the Wide and Ultrawide cameras, adopting some of the stylistic cues from earlier prototype designs. A vertical camera arrangement has remained consistent throughout the prototyping process, and Apple has not changed the position of the flash or the camera lenses with this latest update.
It’s possible that such a change could be in order to allow the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus to capture spatial videos for viewing on the Apple Vision Pro. Right now the headset and the iPhone 15 Pro family of iPhones support capturing such videos, although only the Apple Vision Pro can view them.
Spatial videos allow for videos to carry a 3D quality, something that requires a stereoscopic camera system in order to be able to record them. The diagonal layout of the iPhone 15 devices doesn’t support that, but Apple could fix that issue with the iPhone 16.