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Apple’s Beat Writer Reveals the Function of the Mysterious “Capture” Button on the iPhone 16 Series

We have heard that Apple will include a new button on the iPhone 16 series called the “Capture” button. Apple is planning on placing this button on the right side of the handset under the power button. It will be a capacitive button with haptic feedback that will be used to quickly snap a photo similar to a shutter button, and to start a video recording.

Bloomberg’s Apple beat writer Mark Gurman said that the 2024 iPhone models will get a dedicated button for shooting video. That makes perfect sense for a button called “Capture”. We expect the button will be used to start video recording.

In the U.S., the placement of the button on the right side of the phone is forcing Apple to move the antenna for high-band mmWave 5G signals to the left side of the phone below the Action button and the volume buttons. Non-U.S. versions of the iPhone 16 don’t have an mmWave antenna that is being displaced by the “Capture” button.

The recent update to iOS 17.2 gave the rear cameras on the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max the ability to record immersive spatial video using the Wide and Ultra-wide cameras together. It allowed the videos to appear in 3D when played back using the Vision Pro headsets. Renders of the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus show the rear cameras returning to the vertical setup last seen on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, allowing the non-Pro iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus to record in spatial video along with the Pro models.

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