Here's When iPhone 16's Release Is Now Expected to Happen

By David Thompson Updated:
iPhone with 16 text on front screen

2024 will mark the 18th year that Apple has introduced a new iteration of its flagship smartphone, the iPhone 16.

In 2023, the iPhone 15 series, including the 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro, and 15 Pro Max, made a significant change. They transitioned to USB-C for charging and replaced the Lightning cable connector. 

In addition to that series-wide alteration, all new models feature Dynamic Island, first introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro, which eliminates the notch display. 

However, while these new changes and upgrades were exciting last year, many potential customers have already shifted their sights on the new iPhone series.

When Will the iPhone 16 Release?

iPhone in Apple's WWDC24 promo

Every year, Apple holds a special September iPhone launch event to announce, display, and show off its brand-new smartphone line-up.

However, the exact date for that event has yet to be announced for the iPhone 16.

The official date for the September event, where the release will be announced, is typically revealed in August. 

Apple has reportedly scheduled the manufacturing of iPhone 16 screens to begin in June, indicating that the production timeline is on track. 

That said, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 16 in early September 2024, with a likely announcement date of September 3 or 10

Based on previous years, pre-orders would begin shortly after the announcement, and shipping would start about a week later. 

This launch pattern aligns with the release of the iPhone 15, which was announced on September 12, 2023 and went on sale on September 22.

What Will Be New on the iPhone 16?

Like every previous iteration, the iPhone 16 lineup will feature notable updates. 

The iPhone 16 Pro is expected to increase to 6.3 inches and the Pro Max to 6.9 inches, while the standard models retain current sizes. 

In addition, all models will incorporate the Action Button, previously exclusive to Pro models. The lineup will likely use new A-series chips with enhanced efficiency and performance, and Pro models may feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon X75 modem for superior 5G connectivity. 

Some rumors suggest improved camera technology, with the Pro Max possibly getting a super telephoto periscope camera for increased optical zoom. 

Other potential upgrades include micro-lens technology for displays, better thermal design, and increased RAM. However, higher component costs might raise the price, which is a major factor for consumers.

Look out for the new iPhone 16 to be released in early September.

- About The Author: David Thompson
As an editor, writer, and podcast host, David is a key member of The Direct. He is an expert at covering topics like Marvel, DC, Star Wars, and business-related news following the box office and streaming.