iPhone 16 Pro rumored to get a tetraprism camera with 5x zoom

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The iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple’s aboriginal iPhone to affection a periscope zoom lens. The handset has a tetraprism lens, article different in the industry so far. The added “bending” of the prism to advance optical zoom reduces the aggregate of centralized amplitude taken up by the telephoto camera. Apple is attractive to aerate array admeasurement on its devices, so it needs all the allowance it can get.

Internal amplitude is apparently one of the affidavit the abate iPhone 15 Pro lacks a zoom camera. Cost is another. The iPhone 15 Pro Max isn’t technically added big-ticket than its predecessor. But there’s no 128GB adaptation of the handset. So you accept to absorb $100 added for the cheapest version.

Rumors accept said that Apple affairs to accompany a periscope lens to the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max. New developments now arresting that the advancement is inevitable, and that’s abundant news.

I can’t say I’ve anytime acquainted the charge to use article like the 100x Space Zoom a buzz like the Galaxy S23 has to offer. But there are cases area bigger zoom can appear in handy. Then there’s the optical zoom improvements that a periscope camera can bring.

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Such appearance are belted to the iPhone 15 Pro Max for now. But rumors said that Apple will access the admeasurement of both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max abutting year.

Apple’s tetraprism periscope lens architecture for the iPhone 15 Pro Max zoom camera. Image source: Apple Inc.

The acceptance of periscope cameras is the acumen why Apple would accept to access the iPhone 16 Pro size. Again, it’s about advancement abundant array life. Rumors said that the iPhone 16 Pro will affection a 6.3-inch screen, almost 0.2-inch beyond than the 6.1-inch admeasurement Apple has been application for the Pro models.

A bang in admeasurement for the abate iPhone Pro agency the Pro Max additionally has to grow. Otherwise, the two accessories would be too similar. Indeed, rumors say the iPhone 16 Pro Max will affection a 6.9-inch screen.

Fast-forward to this week, and we accept letters from Asia advertence the aforementioned screen admeasurement upgrades for the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max. There’s annihilation in those letters about tetraprism cameras. But acclaimed Apple cabal Ming-Chi Kuo bound a blog column on Medium that addresses absolutely tetraprism cameras for the iPhone.

Kuo says that Largan is the absolute supplier of the tetraprism lens for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The aggregation fought low assembly yields in the third division of the year, which impacted its basal line. But Kuo says Largan has added yields from 40% to 70%, authoritative tetraprism assembly assisting this quarter.

iPhone 15 Pro Max ScreeniPhone 15 Pro Max’s screen. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Looking ahead, Kuo said that Apple and Huawei are the fastest-growing brands back it comes to periscope zoom camera shipments. The closing has been amid the aboriginal smartphone vendors to backpack a periscope camera central flagship devices. Huawei has apparent a billow in sales this year afterwards authoritative its own adaptable chips.

As for Apple, Kuo says that Apple will accommodate a tetraprism camera in the iPhone 16 Pro abutting year. This will advance to a 160% advance over aftermost year in iPhones with tetraprism cameras.

As a reminder, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max awash bigger than the abject models, aforementioned as with the Phone 14 series. It’s acceptable the iPhone 16 Pro and 16 Pro Max will arm-twist agnate absorption from buyers.

Largan should be the primary supplier of periscope lenses for both Apple and Huawei. When it comes to the iPhone, the aggregation should anniversary for 85% to 90% of tetraprism lens supply.