The thinnest bezels ever? Another iPhone 16 Pro rumor suggests Apple might be focusing on all the wrong things for its next flagship release

iPhone 15 Pro with a titanium finish running iOS 17
(Image credit: Gerald Lynch / Future / Apple)

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are the best iPhones that Apple has ever made, but they won't stay that way forever. In fact, they won't stay that way for long with Apple expected to announce the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max this coming September. That's now just three months away, and as the excitement starts to ramp up, so do the leaks — and the latest backs up previous rumors that Apple intends to shrink its Pro iPhones' bezels further than ever, whether we want it to or not.

Previous reports had suggested that Apple's upcoming Pro models will see the company shrink the size of the bezels around the iPhone's display beyond anything that we've seen before. Not only will these bezels be the thinnest to ever grace an iPhone but, if this latest report is accurate, they'll also be the thinnest that any smartphone has been able to boast. But with the iPhone's bezels already being pretty svelte, how many people really want them to shrink yet further?

Let me rephrase that question. If you are lucky enough to own an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max, let's run an experiment. Take a good, long, hard look at it. I'm willing to bet a sizeable pile of internet cookies that you don't find yourself thinking "That's a good-looking phone, but you know what? I really wish those bezels were smaller."

Thinner than thin

This latest report of ever-shrinking bezels comes courtesy of the X leaker @UniverseIce who claims that a "friend confirmed that iPhone 16 Pro will reduce bezel, surpassing Galaxy S24 to become the world's narrowest bezel mobile phone, which seems to be very close to the dream form."

But the question I have is whether or not anyone really is dreaming of a form that has bezels smaller than that of the latest iPhones. I'm not convinced that they do.

That's a thought seemingly confirmed by the replies to the leaker's post with the consensus being that thinner bezels not only don't sit atop their wishlist but rather aren't on it at all. "I'll never understand this need. Never," one responder said. Another said that he hadn't thought about bezels in years. A third summed it up pretty well saying that "it makes 0 difference"

There were, of course, some that seemed to be pleased by the news but they were few and far between. Surely there are better places for Apple to spend its engineering hours?

iPhone 15 | $0.01 at Amazon (with a plan)

iPhone 15 | $0.01 at Amazon (with a plan)

The iPhone 15 is fast, looks great, and has an App Store full of apps just waiting to change the way you work and play. And with Boost Infinite, you can get one for just $60 a month, with unlimited talk, text, and data. This plan even gives you the option of upgrading to a newer iPhone every year, too.

One place I'd much rather Apple focus is on the display's surface. Modern iPhone displays just don't seem to break in the way that they used to, and that's undoubtedly a good thing. But scratches? I only have to look at my iPhone 15 Pro Max the wrong way and it gets scratched. Put it in a pocket, alone, and I can guarantee it'll pick up a hairline scratch somewhere. I've somehow managed to scratch my iPhone right here my thumb swipes up when unlocking it or switching apps. I write words for a living, typing on a keyboard — it isn't like my thumb is covered in metal shavings after a day in the metalworks, is it? What scratched the glass, a particularly abrasive callus?

Other areas Apple could improve include, among other things, some colors that don't look like a different shade of gray or perhaps more internal upgrades like better battery life or a chassis design that helps dissipate heat in such a way that your iPhone doesn't act as a hotplate whenever you update too many apps at once from the App Store.

But sure. Let's shrink a bezel nobody even notices instead.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

  • Lestat1886
    People are always complaining. Before th iPhone X, bezels were too large. After the 14, bezels are missed…
  • Annie_M
    Lestat1886 said:
    People are always complaining. Before th iPhone X, bezels were too large. After the 14, bezels are missed…
    You are right!