iPhone 16 Pro screen breakthrough: the world’s narrowest bezel, the largest size in history

Recently, Weibo blogger @ShanaDigital broke the news that the iPhone 16 Pro series will set a new record for the narrowest bezel of a mobile phone in the world.

The blogger gave the "micron level" data of the iPhone 16 series screens:

iPhone 16: Height 145.6399mm, width 69.6285mm, black border 2.0497mm
iPhone 16 Plus: Height 158.888mm, width 75.756mm, black border 2.0599mm
iPhone 16 Pro: Height 147.618mm, width 69.45mm, black border 1.2mm
iPhone 16 Pro Max: Height 161.03mm, width 75.57mm, black border 1.15mm

Blogger @i Bing Universe tried to estimate this data, saying: "Theoretically calculated from CAD data, the data of iPhone 16 Pro including the middle frame on one side is 2.3456mm, which is a record-breaking value. Excluding the middle frame And the junction gap, the pure black edge is very impressive. "

If this data is true, the iPhone 16 Pro series will surpass the Samsung Galaxy S24 and become the "narrowest bezel" mobile phone in the world.

On the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple used a technology called "low-pressure injection molding" (LIPO) to successfully reduce the bezel width to 1.5 mm (iPhone 14 is 2.2 mm).

As for the iPhone 16 Pro series, Samsung Display and LG Display have simultaneously been approved to mass-produce OLED screens for the iPhone 16 Pro series models.

▲ iPhone 16 Pro concept map. Image source: MacRumors

It is reported that the iPhone 16 Pro series uses a new border reduction structure (BRS) technology, namely Border Reduction Structure. It allows for a more compact and efficient layout of the screen's underlying circuitry, allowing for narrower bezels without affecting the performance of the screen or the overall form factor of the device.

This is the closest the iPhone has come to a "true full screen". If Apple can make all four sides equally narrow, the visual effects of the new iPhone will be amazing.

▲ Imaginary picture of iPhone 16 Pro border effect. Image source: Weibo blogger @i Ice Universe

After the screen frame is narrowed, in addition to bringing a more "borderless" field of view, it can also create a larger screen in the limited body space.

According to MacRumors, the screen size of the iPhone 16 Pro series will become larger. The iPhone 16 Pro will have a 6.3-inch display (up from 6.1 inches), while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a 6.9-inch display (up from 6.7 inches).

▲ iPhone 16 Pro Max concept map. Image source: MacRumors

In the concept map produced based on the latest panel data, compared to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, you can see that the borders of the iPhone 16 Pro Max are already very narrow.

Under such visual effects, the current Smart Island will appear a bit "obtrusive", which also implies that Apple will definitely optimize the design of Smart Island in the future.

▲ Concept map of iPhone 16 Pro Max based on the latest panel data. Image source: Weibo blogger @i Ice Universe

However, the Smart Island screen opening will continue to exist in the next generation. Early iPhone 16 Pro rumors mentioned that the 2024 Pro model may use an under-screen Face ID sensor, thus getting rid of the traditional notch design.

There are reports that a prototype of under-screen Face ID has appeared inside Apple. But for now, this design change may not be implemented until iPhone 17 or later.

▲ Concept image of iPhone using under-screen face ID. Image source: MacRumors

For the standard iPhone 16, it may have a new camera layout, but the display size may not change.

The display sizes of iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus will still be 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches respectively.

▲ iPhone 16 series model photos. Image source: MacRumors

There is also news that the iPhone 16 series will be equipped with high-refresh screens as standard, which will be the first time in Apple’s history. However, according to Apple's "knife", the standard version of the iPhone may not be able to support full-blooded Promotion, and it is likely to be distinguished from the Pro in this aspect. It is not yet certain whether the iPhone 16 standard version supports LTPO smart refresh rate adjustment, and may even only be equipped with a screen with a refresh rate of up to 90Hz.

Of course, it is not ruled out that Apple will temporarily change its mind and continue to use a 60Hz screen on the standard iPhone.

▲ iPhone 16 standard version concept map. Image source: MacRumors

The screen changes of the iPhone 16 Pro series may be related to the addition of a 5x quad-prism telephoto camera. It is expected that both Pro models will be equipped with this camera this year.

In addition, the ultra-wide-angle camera of the iPhone 16 Pro series will also receive an upgrade. Jeff Pu, an analyst at Haitong International Securities, predicts that the iPhone 16 Pro will be equipped with a 48-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. By 2025, the iPhone 17 Pro is expected to complete the transformation of the rear camera array to a 48-megapixel sensor.

▲ iPhone 16 Pro camera concept map. Image source: MacRumors

The biggest update of the new iPhone may be in the buttons. According to The Information, Apple will decentralize operation buttons and all iPhone 16 series will be equipped with them.

The operation buttons on the iPhone 16 series may use capacitive buttons and be changed to a design that is flush with the frame. The volume keys and power key will remain mechanical buttons. It can be seen from the changes in the operating buttons that Apple is still exploring the possibility of flat buttons and may develop in this direction in the future.

▲ Concept map of iPhone 16 series operation buttons. Image source: MacRumors

In addition, Apple may soon bring a new "shoot button" to the iPhone. The "shoot button" will be located on the lower right side of the iPhone body and is mainly used for taking photos and videos.

When taking photos or videos, users can tap the "shoot button" to focus, and pressing it harder will trigger shooting. Users can also swipe the buttons left and right to perform zoom operations, which is like a combination of a camera's shutter button and a trackwheel.

▲ iPhone 16 Pro “shoot button” concept design. Image source: MacRumors

According to a report shared by DSCC analyst Ross Young, Apple will start panel production for the iPhone 16 series this month, which is the same as the previous production cycle schedule for the iPhone 15.

This means that the current overall plan for the iPhone 16 series has been basically finalized and will be available to everyone as scheduled in September.

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