5 things Apple needs to do with the iPhone in 2024

Camera module of Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max.
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2023 was exciting for Apple and the iPhone 15 lineup. Apple surprised everyone by giving the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus some unexpected upgrades with the camera, as well as bringing Dynamic Island to the non-Pro models. The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max also get significant changes, with a titanium frame, action button, and tetraprism telephoto lens on the Pro Max model for 5x optical zoom.

But now that the year is about to end, what might Apple do with the iPhone lineup in 2024? This is what I want to see from the iPhone next year.

RCS support in iMessage

An iPhone 15 Pro showing the main iMessage screen.
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This is a feature I’ve been hoping to see for years, and a few weeks ago, Apple surprised everyone by announcing that RCS support is coming to the iPhone in 2024. It literally came out of nowhere, and – if you ask me – it’s one of the biggest announcements Apple has made this year.

Of course, we don’t yet know exactly when Apple will enable this feature, but I think it will be something we’ll see with iOS 18. If you were hoping that RCS messages would be a different color than the green currently used for SMS, this is unlikely. The green-blue-bubble-wars will continue, but RCS has more benefits for everyone than SMS/MMS, although this probably won’t be noticed by many.

With RCS, the messaging experience between iPhone and Android users will be much better. It will support high-resolution photos and videos, typing indicators, read receipts, location sharing, and the ability to send messages over Wi-Fi and mobile data. The high-resolution images and videos alone make it worth it – no longer will videos look like they were taken with potatoes.

However, it will be interesting to see how Apple handles the encryption part of RCS, as it may not want to use Google’s proprietary end-to-end encryption extension that is used on Android phones. Instead, Apple will work with the RCS standards body to create a new universal encryption method.

I would love to see more features come to RCS on iPhone, including group chat features that bring it more in line with what you can do with iMessage group chats. But still, it will still be exciting to have the basics of RCS on the iPhone in 2024.

a folding iPhone

Using a foldable iPhone.
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I know this sounds a little far-fetched, but hear me out! I was skeptical about the folding phone concept, but now that I’ve tried a few, I’m really a fan. I think it would be nice for Apple to deal with that one day, even if it’s not in the cards for next year.

There are very few rumors that Apple will have a folding iPhone, if ever. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. After all, Apple has several patents filed that hint at possible designs for a future foldable iPhone, and reports have suggested that Apple has been developing and testing a foldable OLED screen and hinge, with research ongoing since 2017 .

Again, it’s highly unlikely that the iPhone 16 lineup will feature any kind of folding model. And while this may be nothing more than a fever dream, there are signs that Apple is at least looking into it.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro seen from the back.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (left) and iPhone 15 Pro Max Andy Boxall/

Since the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple has made both Pro models largely identical in terms of specs, apart from display size and battery life. One of the main reasons you should choose the Pro model is the triple-camera system at the back with a telephoto sensor. For many years, both the smaller and larger iPhone Pro models have had similar camera specifications.

Apple bucks this trend with the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. While they both have triple-lens camera systems, only the iPhone 15 Pro Max has the new tetraprism telephoto lens that allows for 5x optical zoom capabilities. The biggest reason for it not being available on the smaller iPhone 15 Pro is physical size – it won’t fit in the smaller chassis.

In 2024, I expect Apple to make the camera specs on both Pro models the same again. One reason I prefer the smaller iPhone 15 Pro over the iPhone 15 Pro Max is that I don’t like big phones, but I still want the best camera. I had to compromise this year because I can’t afford bigger phones, but it’s annoying that I have to miss out on the 5x optical zoom.

There are rumors that the smaller iPhone 16 Pro will get a slight increase in size to accommodate the periscope lens for greater optical zoom. But at the same time, the iPhone 16 Pro Max is also rumored to get a new “Super” periscope lens.

I really just wish Apple would equalize the camera specs on both Pro models again, so I can get the best iPhone camera without having to use something that is largely inconvenient for me. Is that too much to ask?

More interesting, bolder colors

Blue titanium (left) and natural titanium iPhone 15 Pro on a concrete bench.
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One of the biggest disappointments with the iPhone 15 lineup was the color selection. The regular iPhone 15 colors were largely light (except black), with pink being the best. And the colors on the iPhone 15 Pro were actually different shades of gray.

I would love to see Apple actually take a chance this year and introduce more saturated and bold color options across the board with the iPhone 16. While I liked the green and pink colors of the standard iPhone 15 lineup more than I thought I would, the blue is just so bad — it barely even has a blue tint to it. Some people even went so far as to call it “hospital white”, which I agree with.

iPhone 15 Pro in red.
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And Pro models need color more than ever. I liked Midnight Green (iPhone 11 Pro), Pacific Blue (iPhone 12 Pro), Alpine Green (iPhone 13 Pro), and Deep Purple (iPhone 14 Pro). But when Apple revealed new titanium colors for the iPhone 15 Pro, it was the biggest disappointment yet. I ended up buying blue because it was the only interesting color out of the bunch.

Even the “fun” colors that Apple created for previous Pro models were toned down for a more “professional” look. But they’re still better than what we got from the iPhone 15 Pro. Still, I’d really like to see Apple move forward and add at least one bright and bold color to the Pro lineup.

Seriously, can I get a bubblegum pink iPhone Pro?

a small camera bump

The back of the blue iPhone 15 Pro.
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As much as I love having the best cameras on the iPhone over the past few years, I definitely Hatred How big has the camera bump become? It’s gotten to the point where you can’t even lay your iPhone completely flat on a surface without a case – it Always If you tap it on the table it wobbles.

I miss the days when the camera was pretty much flush with the back of the iPhone, like with the iPhone 5. I know it’s pretty hard to have a flush camera on a smartphone these days, considering how big lenses have become, but the point still stands. Perhaps the phone is being made a little thicker so that it sticks out less and also can fit a larger battery?

It’s just crazy to see how the iPhone camera bump keeps getting bigger every year. Call me crazy, but I want an iPhone without the camera bump that’s just as thick as the phone itself.

there’s a lot to look forward to

A natural titanium iPhone 15 Pro (left) and a green iPhone 15 on the Haunted Mansion wallpaper placemat.
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I know that some of these things I want to see won’t get done for at least the next year. But at least RCS is a certainty, and I’m sure the smaller iPhone 16 Pro will get at least some better optical zoom capabilities.

There’s still a lot to look forward to with the iPhone in 2024, even if it won’t bend or have a small camera bump. And I’m looking for some better color options; Do you remember those amazing colors of the old iPods? Let’s get back to the fun, Apple.

2023 was a strong year for the iPhone across the board, and if Apple plays its cards right, 2024 could be even better.

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