iPhone 16 : Another report, this time from The Information, claims that Apple is testing a new camera-focused button for inclusion on this year’s iPhone release, likely called the iPhone 16. According to the publication’s sources, the button could be placed on the lower right side of the device, placing it under your index finger when taking photos and videos in landscape.
The iPhone 16 could come with a new camera button :
Rumors of a new camera button have been around since at least September, when MacRumors reported on the in-development feature. But while MacRumors reported that the button would be capacitive, and therefore simulate a press with a vibration, The Information says it’ll be mechanical like a traditional button, but with extra capacitive features that make it both touch- and pressure-sensitive, allowing users to swipe left and right to control the camera’s zoom, or lightly pressed to set focus on a subject.
The iPhone 16 : Both The Information and MacRumors report the button is being tried for inclusion across the entire iPhone 16 lineup, including both regular and Pro models. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also reported on the chance of a new camera button coming to the phones.
If the camera button makes it to release, it’ll be the second new button to come to the iPhone in as many years. Last year the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max shipped with a new (mechanical) Action Button, replacing the traditional mute switch that usually sits on the left side of the device. Although this button can also be programmed to take pictures, it’s meant as a general-purpose shortcut button and by default changes the ringer settings on the phone. MacRumors also claimed that the action button could also transition to capacitive this year.
Apple wouldn’t be the first smartphone maker to include a dedicated camera button on one of its phones. Sony has sold them on its Xperia devices for years, for example. But it would be a major inclusion for some of the most popular smartphones sold today. Last year Apple reportedly overtook Samsung to ship the most smartphones worldwide for the first time.
Even if Apple is currently trying the feature, its plans for the iPhone 16 lineup could change before they’re announced in September. Last year there were widespread reports that the company was considering replacing the iPhone’s mechanical power and volume buttons (as well as the then-rumored rumored action button) with capacitive alternatives, but the plans were reportedly scrapped after the feature didn’t meet Apple’s standards.