iPhone 16 Pro reportedly once again has a tetraprism telephoto lens with 5X optical zoom

The iPhone 16 Pro and ‌iPhone 16‌ Pro Max will include Apple’s tetraprism telephoto lens with improved zoom capabilities, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated today.

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Apple has introduced a new tetraprism lens system for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, enabling 5x optical zoom for the first time. Camera technology has not been added to the ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌, marking one of the first times Apple has added camera technology to one Pro device and not the other .

The limitation was rumored to be due to space constraints, with only the Pro Max capable of accommodating the hardware, but yield may also have been a factor. According to Kuo, when lens supplier Largan was producing the tetraprism material for the iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max in the third quarter of 2023, the production yield was only 40%. Yield has now improved to 70 percent or more.

Apple plans to increase the size of the ‌iPhone 16‌ Pro to 6.3 inches, up from 6.1 inches, which will allow more space for camera hardware. With the increase in size and improvement in efficiency, Apple addressed the factors that likely limited the tetraprism lens to the larger iPhone Pro Max.

It’s not yet clear whether Apple plans to make any improvements to the tetraprism lens in 2024. One rumor suggests Apple is working on a “super telephoto lens” with a much longer focal length, but we have little of that heard about it yet. indicate.

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