We recently reported on rumours suggesting that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Ultra will be noticeably larger than their iPhone 15 counterparts, and now we have a better idea of just how much bigger these oversized iPhones might be.
Renowned Apple insider Ross Young has previously stated that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Ultra will feature screens measuring 6.3 inches and 6.9 inches, respectively. He has now provided additional information about the adjusted aspect ratio that both devices will adopt.
In a recent tweet, Young stated that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Ultra will have an aspect ratio of 19.6:9, making them the tallest and narrowest iPhones ever. As a point of comparison, all models in the iPhone 14 series have an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, which Apple is expected to maintain with its upcoming iPhone 15 lineup.
The mock-ups below, created by 9to5Mac, demonstrate the significant increase in height and narrowness of the iPhone 16 Ultra (or possibly called iPhone 16 Pro Max) compared to the corresponding model in the iPhone 15 series.
As we recently reported, these larger screen sizes of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Ultra are said to accommodate substantial camera upgrades.
The high-end models of Apple’s iPhone 15 series, namely the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, were widely rumored to feature Sony’s new IMX903 48MP sensor. However, the latest leaks suggest that this particular upgrade won’t arrive until the iPhone 16 series.
Moreover, the exclusive use of the 19.6:9 aspect ratio in Apple’s Pro-level iPhones is not expected to continue indefinitely. As noted by Young, the standard iPhone 16 will apparently maintain the same 19.5:9 aspect ratio as the current top iPhones. However, these dimensional changes will eventually trickle down to the iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Plus in 2025.
The reason behind Apple’s decision to enlarge future iterations of its Pro-level iPhones may be attributed to consumer demand. In the past year, sales of the larger iPhone 14 Plus increased by 59% compared to the sales of the iPhone 13 Mini during the same period the previous year. Furthermore, Pro models accounted for 64% of all iPhone 14 sales.
In other words, iPhone enthusiasts prefer larger iPhones over smaller ones and favor premium models over standard ones. Hence, it makes sense for Apple to consider making its premium iPhones bigger.
Before the launch of the larger iPhone 16 lineup, however, we should focus on the imminent release of the iPhone 15 series. Apple is expected to unveil its latest smartphone range in September. For more information about these devices, please refer to our guides on the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Ultra.