First iPhone 16 Component Leak Reveals Redesigned Camera Chassis

Following our previous in-depth coverage of the iPhone 16 and the various camera bump designs Apple has tested for it, new information has surfaced on social media website X from user Majin Bu. Although this user has a mixed track record, they have occasionally provided accurate information on the design of upcoming iPhones, and their latest post could very well be our first look at a genuine ‌iPhone 16‌ part.

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In their post, Bu shared an image of what appears to be the main camera chassis for the base model ‌iPhone 16‌, featuring a vertical camera layout. Although the part image was posted upside down, as pointed out by users replying to Bu's post, this does not affect the authenticity of the component itself.

MacRumors is able to independently verify the authenticity of the component design pictured above. Through our industry sources, we are able to confirm that the item featured in Bu’s post is the main camera chassis for the I-34 camera project, intended for use in the base model ‌iPhone 16‌ set to be released later this year.

This latest component leak aligns with multiple reports concerning the new vertical camera layout Apple has planned for the ‌iPhone 16‌. As seen in our December report on early iPhone 16 prototypes, along with our coverage of more recent internal designs, Apple has decided to align the cameras vertically, as opposed to the current diagonal layout found on the base model iPhone 15 and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus. By employing a vertical camera layout, Apple could bring Spatial Video recording to the base model ‌iPhone 16‌, expanding the feature's overall availability to the entire ‌iPhone 16‌ range.

Along with the vertical camera layout, the ‌iPhone 16‌ is also expected to receive the Action button as a carryover from the iPhone 15 Pro, and will have an additional Capture button featuring force-sensor technology, located on the right side of the device.

For additional information on what to expect with this year’s new iPhones, check out our dedicated rumor roundup pages for iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Pro.

Related Roundup: iPhone 16

Top Rated Comments

obamtl Avatar
10 weeks ago

I'll be the first to say it. This looks DE-evolutionary! Prepare for the incoming "doom and gloom" stories: has the Apple lost its luster? Is the era of the iPhone over? Has Apple lost the crown on innovation? Who will take the spot formerly held by Apple? Etc....
It’s necessary to have the 2 camera’s lined up because of spatial video recording. If one camera is offset, it is incredibly harder to compute 3D spatial videos. The fact that they’re moving the orientation suggests Spatial Video recording is coming to the iPhone 16.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Fan 2008 Avatar
10 weeks ago
Back and forth and back and forth and ba...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
10 weeks ago
Is the iPhone 16 going to be considered an iPhone 12SSSS? On a less sardonic note, from the rumor mill it sounds like a fantastic upgrade.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
G5isAlive Avatar
10 weeks ago
now THIS is exactly why I come to MR. Thank you! A bona fide rumor based on secret shots.

Spatial video is indeed fun, and this shows Apple's commitment to the field. They do play the long game.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
10 weeks ago
Awesome! The most pro camera chassis ever in an iPhone
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lakersfan74 Avatar
10 weeks ago
And how does this differ from the iPhone 12?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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