Will the iPhone 16 Pro see a change in display size?
May 31 update below. This post was first published on May 28, 2023. Read on for how the iPhone 16 Pro could see the biggest design change in years with the introduction of new, bigger display sizes.
May 31 update. Further information about the display for next year’s iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max has now leaked, and it comes from another highly reliable source. Display analyst Ross Young has shared a new road map, behind a paywall, about how the iPhone will change. It is almost the same as the information first reported, though not quite and there’s more detail to be had. It also slightly updates the figures Young had previously released.
The differences are probably down to a matter of rounding figures, so the new report more or less doubles down on what we’ve heard from Mark Gurman.
Specifically, Young says that the iPhone 16 Pro will feature a 6.27-inch display, and the iPhone 16 Pro Max will move up to a 6.86-inch screen.
Two similar rumors do not make them the truth, of course, but they add to the likelihood, especially when both come from heavyweight players.
But Ross has more information. First, the aspect ratio of the screens will change, so while the iPhone 14 range of phones have displays with 19.5:9 ratio, the 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max will elongate the screens to 19.6:9. That might not sound that much of a change, and it’s nowhere near the strikingly slender screen shape of the Sony Xperia 1 series, which has a 21:9 display. But it will make the phones longer and narrower.
And when the display size is going up, a change like this can make a phone that bit more comfortable in the hand.
There’s another update from Young. He says that the new shape and size will be restricted to the Pro models next year, but it’s expected that the bigger sizes and narrower shape will filter down to the iPhone 17 from 2025. This seems to be becoming a regular thing for Apple. Just as the Pro models in the current 14 series are the only ones with the Dynamic Island, with the 14 and 14 Plus inheriting the smaller cut-out from the iPhone 13 Pro, so it’s predicted that Dynamic Island will come to the regular versions of the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
And how about refresh rate? It seems that the 120Hz refresh rate will not come to the iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus this year, nor to the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus next year. These will stick with the current 60Hz rate. But in 2025, it looks like the regular iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Plus could offer 120Hz alongside the Pro models. Back to the earlier report.
The iPhone is about to make one of the biggest changes in years, a new leak insists. Next year, for the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, Apple is going to change the display sizes. That’s according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman in his latest Power On newsletter,in the “post-game Q&A section”.
This means that, for the first time since the introduction of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in the fall of 2020, the screens are going to get bigger. Currently, on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max—and almost certainly the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max—the displays measure 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches respectively.
But next year, it seems, the design of the iPhone will change, by “a couple tenths of an inch diagonally”, so the screen sizes would increase by 0.2 inches, that is, to 6.3 inches for the iPhone 16 Pro and 6.9 inches on the iPhone 16 Pro Max.
That may not sound like a big change but, as Gurman says, it would mean the phones would have the largest displays ever seen on the iPhone and make them more on point with phones from companies like Samsung. The Samsung S23 Ultra, for instance, has a 6.8-inch display.
This exactly fits with the sizes of display from analyst Ross Young, who had the same figures in mind in a report he made earlier this month, something that industry heavyweights like Ming-Chi Kuo from TFI Securities have also corroborated.
Intriguingly, this change would not be size for size’s sake. It would also provide extra room inside the phone, for a bigger battery, say, or space for bigger camera sensors and so on.
In fact, no sooner had Gurman made his claim, but a report on Chinese site Weibo, spotted by MacRumors, backed it up. So, it looks like the periscope camera, expected to arrive this fall, but only on the iPhone 15 Pro Max, could come to the smaller Pro model next year as well.
And the bigger space could mean a larger sensor can fit in, which adds to photographic capabilities, especially in low light.
How much bigger, you ask? As much as almost an eighth bigger (12%) it seems.
All of which is pretty interesting, though it’s worth saying that one thing isn’t changing and that’s the size of our hands—evolution moves more slowly when it’s human rather than electronic. So, a bigger display, though welcome, will still need to fit in a manageable device, and there’s already very little extra screen space to be had on the front of an iPhone. Well, we’ll see.
There’s plenty of time for things to develop before the iPhone 16 Pro is released.
By the way, these changes are destined for the Pro phones only, it seems, not the iPhone 16, for instance. More as we have it.
Will the iPhone 16 Pro see a change in display size?