iPhone 16 Pro render front and back

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One of the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max‘s most impressive engineering features could be their displays’ borders, according to claims from leaker Setsuna Digital on Weibo.

After taking their own measurements, Setsuna claims there will be a 1.2mm bezel around the iPhone 16 Pro’s display, and a mere 1.15mm bezel around the Pro Max’s. To demonstrate the difference, they also say that the iPhone 15 Pro has 1.71mm bezels, which would make the iPhone 16 Pro’s bezels 30% smaller.

A screenshot of Setsuna Digital's Weibo post discussing the narrow bezels of the iPhone 16 Pro and Pro Max

(Image credit: Setsuna Digital / Weibo)

These figures apparently make the iPhone 16 Pro models’ bezels the “narrowest in the world,” beating the Galaxy S24 Ultra and its 1.5mm bezels. Perhaps the Galaxy S25, or more specifically the Galaxy S25 Ultra, will beat this record, but the iPhone will at least get to hold the title for a few months if this turns out to be true.

We had been expecting news of shrinking bezels from the iPhone 16 Pro thanks to previous rumors of Apple ordering its suppliers to adopt the Border Reduction Structure process, which makes the copper wiring beneath the screen more compact. However, this technique has proven difficult to get right in sufficient quantities, which is perhaps why only the Pro models will get it, and not the vanilla iPhone 16 or iPhone 16 Plus.

The case of the disappearing bezels

Shrinking the borders around the new iPhone’s display is perhaps not as meaningful an update as other rumored upgrades, such as photography improvements like a 48MP ultrawide camera and larger main sensor, a new Capture button and a refreshed chipset.

But minimizing the bezel width does mean more display in the same-sized frame. And since the iPhone 16 Pro models are rumored to be growing to 6.3 and 6.9 inches respectively, narrower bezels will reduce how much the phones’ bodies need to be enlarged. Plus we can’t ignore how it’s great for iPhone vs. Android bragging rights.

Our iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max rumor hubs are the best place to read about rumors for the next-gen iPhones ahead of their anticipated September debut. But we’ve got rumors about the announcements we should see at WWDC 2024, coming up next week, if you need more Apple announcements stat.

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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he’s also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he’s likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.

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