iPhone 16 expected to include an additional capacitive ‘Capture Button’

Apple’s next-gen iPhone 16 series is expected in 2024 to gain an additional capacitive button, known internally as the “Capture Button.”

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature the thinnest borders ever on iPhone, the Ceramic Shield front cover, and new contoured edges.
iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature the thinnest borders ever on iPhone, the Ceramic Shield front cover, and new contoured edges.

Marko Zivkovic for MacRumors:

Codenamed “Project Nova,” the button is likely to be one of the main selling points of the ‌iPhone 16‌ lineup, assuming it gets past the initial testing phase. The Capture Button is located on the same side as the Power button, only positioned slightly lower – where the mmWave cutout can be found on more recent iPhone models. The mmWave cutout has been moved to the opposite side, located under the volume buttons. It is currently unknown what the new capacitive button will be used for.

The Capture Button is expected to be a capacitive button rather than a standard mechanical one. Capacitive buttons, unlike mechanical buttons, do not move when pressed down. Instead, the button detects pressure and touch, providing haptic feedback through the use of haptic engines. The buttons are expected to work similarly to the Home Button on the iPhone SE, which mimics the press of a physical button through the built-in Taptic Engine. According to our sources, the capacitive buttons will feature force sensor functionality. Force sensors detect applied force, and convert the magnitude of force into electrical signals.

Early in the development of the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple experimented with capacitive buttons on the ‌iPhone‌ in the form of the since-canceled Bongo project. The Bongo module, unlike the Capture Button, consisted of capacitive Power and Volume buttons, and didn’t bring any additional buttons into the mix.


MacDailyNews Take: “It is currently unknown what the new capacitive button will be used for,” but since it’s called the “Capture Button” we’d bet on it having something to do with iPhone 16’s cameras.

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