iPhone 16's New 'Capture Button' Rumored to Emulate High-End Camera Functionality

The iPhone 16 lineup's new Capture Button will be able to detect multiple levels of pressure to emulate a two-step shutter button from dedicated digital cameras, according to a Weibo leaker.

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MacRumors was first to reveal the presence of a new button on the iPhone 16 models called the "Capture Button" last year. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman remarked that the Capture Button will be able to record video and The Information reported that the Capture Button will add features like the ability to zoom in and out by swiping left and right on the button, and focus on a subject with a light press.

Now, the Weibo user "Instant Digital" corroborates that the Capture Button's main function will be to trigger image or video capture, but a light press will enable the user to adjust focus. This is effectively the same functionality found on most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, where the shutter button features two stages: Pressing it down half way locks in focus or exposure and pressing it down all of the way capture a photo. The leaker added that the debut of the Capture Button reinforces the iPhone's pivot toward photography.

As explained in an early look at the iPhone 16 prototypes, the Capture Button will be located on the bottom right side of the ‌iPhone 16‌. It will take the place of the mmWave antenna on U.S. ‌iPhone‌ models, with the mmWave antenna to be relocated to the left side of the device below the volume and Action buttons. Non-U.S. models do not have a mmWave antenna that needs to be relocated in order to accommodate the Capture Button.

Instant Digital has a mixed track record in terms of revealing accurate information about Apple's plans. The source was first to report the iPhone 14's Yellow spring refresh, Spatial Video capture on the iPhone 15 Pro, and the Apple Watch Series 9's minor hardware update, as well as being the only source of the only rumor claiming that the iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus would feature frosted back glass. However, they also made claims about several iOS 17 features and the release of a new iPad Air in October 2023 that did not pan out.

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Top Rated Comments

frou Avatar
18 weeks ago
Damn you lot are whiners. Sounds like a decent feature to me.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
j26 Avatar
18 weeks ago
It's a photographer focused feature.

For someone actually trying to compose a picture, this is really useful. The ergonomics are just so much better than tapping a screen to focus.

For me, this would be a significant draw towards iPhones, something I've avoided since they were first launched.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
casperes1996 Avatar
18 weeks ago
Most DSLRs have this. I wouldn't say high-end; Just any DSLR really
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sammo123321 Avatar
18 weeks ago
Oh good, more button I can accidentally press when holding my phone...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
abatabia Avatar
18 weeks ago
Cool for content creators I guess, or me when I take cat pics.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iLoveDeveloping Avatar
18 weeks ago
Don’t really care for it but whatever. They will probably make it out to be a massive new “feature”, when what people actually want is better cameras. 48mp on all 3 instead of dragging it out for 3 years adding 48 to each one each year. It’s insulting when they could easily do it.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)