iPhone 15 Pro vs. iPhone 16 Pro: 30 Rumored Upgrades Compared

After over a year of rumors, there are now 30 changes and improvements expected to be offered by the iPhone 16 Pro models later this year.

All of the changes the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are expected to feature compared to their direct forerunners are listed below, using information from reliable sources that we have previously covered. We will update this article as more rumors emerge in the coming months.


Both ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are expected to feature larger displays than their predecessors, pushing the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max to be the biggest iPhone ever offered. There are also reportedly improvements to the underlying OLED technology in store.

iPhone 15 Pro ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
6.1- or 6.7-inch display 6.3- or 6.9-inch display
Thinner borders around the display
More efficient OLED display with brighter micro-lens technology

Chip, Thermals, and Connectivity

Under the hood, the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are rumored to bring notable improvements in processing power, thermal management, and connectivity. From a more powerful "A18 Pro" chip to advanced thermal designs and enhanced connectivity options including the latest Wi-Fi standards, these changes promise to further update the ‌iPhone‌'s basic specifications.

‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
A17 Pro chip (TSMC's "N3B" 3nm process) A18 Pro chip (TSMC's "N3E" enhanced ‌3nm‌ process)
16-core Neural Engine Enhanced neural Engine with "significantly" more cores to support new AI features
Thermal design with copper heatsink and black foil battery casing New thermal design with graphene heatsink and metal battery casing
Snapdragon X70 5G modem Snapdragon X75 5G modem
Wi-Fi 6E connectivity Wi-Fi 7 connectivity


The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are slated to receive a range of substantial camera enhancements, such as a larger main camera sensor, a 48-megapixel sensor on the ultra wide camera, and a dedicated hardware button for photography and videography on the side of the device.

‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
"Capture Button" to trigger photography and videography features
1/1.28-inch main camera sensor iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max: 1/1.14-inch main camera sensor (12% larger)
Sony IMX-803 main camera sensor iPhone 16 Pro Max: Sony IMX-903 main camera sensor with stacked design for better performance, a 14-bit Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) for high-quality image data conversion, and Digital Gain Control (DCG) for better dynamic range and noise control
7P main camera lens 8P main camera lens
iPhone 15 Pro: Telephoto camera with second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization
iPhone 15 Pro Max: Telephoto camera with larger sensor, folded tetraprism design, optical image stabilization, and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module
Telephoto camera with larger sensor, folded tetraprism design, optical image stabilization, and autofocus 3D sensor-shift module
iPhone 15 Pro: 77mm maximum focal length
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 120mm maximum focal length
iPhone 16 Pro: 120mm maximum focal length
iPhone 16 Pro Max: "Super" telephoto camera with focal length above 300mm
iPhone 15 Pro: 0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 3x optical zoom
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 3x, and 5x optical zoom (5x on Pro Max only)
0.5x, 1x, 2x, and 5x optical zoom
4P telephoto camera lens 5P telephoto camera lens
12-megapixel ultra wide camera 48-megapixel ultra wide camera
5P ultra wide camera lens 6P ultra wide camera lens

Batteries and Charging

The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models could receive some major improvements in battery technology and charging, sporting bigger, denser batteries and faster charging capabilities.

‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
Single-layer battery technology Stacked battery technology for increased energy density and prolonged lifespan
iPhone 15 Pro: 3,274 mAh battery
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 4,422 mAh battery
iPhone 16 Pro: 3,355 mAh mAh battery (+2.5%)
iPhone 16 Pro Max: 4,676 mAh battery (+5%)
Up to 27W wired charging Up to 40W wired charging
15W charging via MagSafe 20W charging via ‌MagSafe‌

Other Features and Changes

While many of Apple's devices are rumored to receive a series of new AI-based features via software updates later this year, the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are expected to take these further with exclusive capabilities and an upgraded microphone.

‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
Support for new AI features in iOS 18 Support for new AI features in ‌iOS 18‌, plus a suite of device-exclusive AI features
Microphone Upgraded microphone with improved signal-to-noise ratio and water resistance, designed to support new AI features
Up to 1TB of storage Up to 2TB of storage
Black Titanium, White Titanium, Blue Titanium, and Natural Titanium color options Black Titanium/Space Black, White Titanium, Desert Titanium, Titanium Gray, and potentially Rose Gold color options
Brushed titanium frame Glossy titanium frame


To accommodate the devices' larger displays, both ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models are rumored to grow in height and width, but no changes to the depth are anticipated.

‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌
iPhone 15 Pro: 146.6mm height
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 159.9mm height
iPhone 16 Pro: 149.6mm height
iPhone 16 Pro Max: 163.0mm height
iPhone 15 Pro: 70.60mm width
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 76.70mm width
iPhone 16 Pro: 71.45mm width
iPhone 16 Pro Max: 77.58mm width
iPhone 15 Pro: 187g weight
iPhone 15 Pro Max: 221g weight
iPhone 16 Pro: 194g weight
iPhone 16 Pro Max: 225g weight

Release Date

The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ Max are expected to launch in the fall. Apple usually hosts an event every September to unveil new ‌iPhone‌ models, with launch following just over a week later. For more information about the ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌ models, see our comprehensive roundup.

Will It Be Worth Upgrading?

The ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ was a fairly significant upgrade over the iPhone 14 Pro in 2023, introducing a new design with a titanium frame, slimmer bezels, the Action button, a USB-C port, and more. The ‌iPhone 16 Pro‌'s upgrades will likely not be as substantial as those offered by its predecessor. As a result, most ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ users will have little reason to upgrade, but some who would appreciate a larger display, better cameras, and a dedicated button for photography and videography features may find it worthwhile.

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Top Rated Comments

philstubbington Avatar
18 weeks ago

Why is that bad?
Pockets aren’t getting any bigger ?
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
18 weeks ago
too bad we are going again big and bigger in physical dimensions...
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
imtoretto Avatar
18 weeks ago
Let’s be Honest alright, the 15 series line up was was mediocre, disappointing, lame, BORING.
I guarantee that the next iphone will only come with 3 difference:
1) larger displays
2) a new button
3) “AI” integrated

Another Boring year ya’ll, so save the cash and skip, AGAIN.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Biro Avatar
18 weeks ago
Once again, the iPhone Pros will come in just a bit bigger and heavier. Enough already! iPhones and iPads need to go on a diet. And enough with “feature creep.”
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
18 weeks ago

Why is that bad?
Some people, myself included, would rather they keep the same size screen but the physical device smaller so it is easier to use. How big is too big for you? Would you just carry an iPad instead if it had all the same camera/cell features? We all have our preferences of when a device has become too big and would prefer something smaller.

Edit: My hope/wish/dream is that by moving to 6.3/6.9 that it makes room for a "bigger than mini" but smaller iPhone 17/Pro at say 5.8/5.9". Basically a X/Xs/11Pro size screen in a modern and slimmer form factor.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
18 weeks ago

Once you use a larger display, it's hard going back to a smaller one. I'm sure there's a limit but the Pro Max isn't it. I'd be happy with a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra sized iPhone. But I do think that larger displays works better on Android because the back button and menus are at the bottom, where they belong. In iOS, where it's a jumbled mess with the back button at the very top and occasional menus at the bottom.
so your hands gets also bigger and bigger, our pockets gets bigger and bigger..so you dont have anything against if Apple and Samsung goes with 8" displays in 4 years?! Lets get real, 6.5-6.7" its ok for a "big phone". When we draw a line since the borders now are at their limits...so you cannot go larger display without getting also larger physical dimensions
Lets travel with our phone not with mini tablets
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)