A new rumor about the Apple iPhone 16 series says that all four devices will get action buttons. In the current generation, the successor to the mute switch was found exclusively in the Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Now the action button apparently also ends up in the basic models iPhone 16 and 16 Plus. According to rumors, it is also a capacitive button and not a mechanical switch with force sensor feedback. The latter is still known from the TouchID sensors on older iPhones and the Force Touch trackpad on MacBooks.
In addition to the new action button on the Apple iPhone 16 series, there is a capacitive capture button, which is located on the right side below the power button. Apple is reportedly experimenting with different sizes for the iPhone 16’s action button. Some designs feature larger buttons than on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. According to MacRumors, the next-generation iPhone SE, which is rumored to launch in 2025, will also have the action button.
Report: Apple abandons 5G modem development
In addition, there is apparently also a new development in the internal components of the Apple iPhone 16. In the last few months there have been repeated rumors about Apple’s own 5G modem. According to a new post on the South Korean platform Naver, this project has now failed for the time being. Accordingly, supply chain sources close to Apple claim that the Americans are restructuring investments in modem development. The company is preparing to scrap the project entirely. Similar reports from Japanese supply chain sources have already confirmed these rumors.
Back in September, Apple extended its 5G modem contract with Qualcomm until 2026. All Apple devices have so far used Qualcomm modems. Cupertino was supposed to switch to its self-developed 5G modem by 2026, but this development now seems unlikely. Apple has also had legal problems with Qualcomm’s modem patents, which are set to expire in 2030.