Apple’s standard model strategy might change significantly with the upcoming iPhone 16 lineup. The iPhone 16 and 16 Plus may receive hardware upgrades previously reserved for their Pro counterparts, narrowing the performance and feature gap.
In a recent investor note, tech analyst Jeff Pu discussed these changes. According to Pu, all iPhone 16 models will have 8GB of RAM.
Because the current iPhone 15 and 15 Plus only have 6GB, the new phones would be able to handle multiple tasks and demanding apps better.
Analysts expect the base iPhones will also support Wi-Fi 6E with 6GHz frequency for faster download and upload speeds, though a compatible router is required. The iPhone 15 Pro is the only model that has this feature at the moment.
There might also be an interesting change in the design of the camera. According to Pu, Apple is testing a new camera layout similar to the iPhone 12, moving away from the diagonal design.
The new phones were already shown in an earlier report that included early renders. Based on Pu’s information, we seem to be on the right track.
As a result of these changes, the standard iPhone 16 models would become much more similar to the Pro models. There will probably still be some unique features on the Pro models, but the difference between them might not be as large as it previously was.
All of this is still speculation, however. Apple’s final plans for the iPhone 16 may change before it is officially announced later this year. Although these updates sound great, they should be viewed with caution.