Apple iPhone 16 Pro to have major design upgrade coming, claims new report

When the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max arrived, there was one big difference between the two models besides size and price – a camera with a telephoto lens. A new report says the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will return to the photographic uniformity of the earlier models with the equivalent of 5x zoom on both models.

Currently, if you want a more powerful telephoto zoom, you need the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The iPhone 15 Pro has a 3x zoom equivalent compared to the main lens.

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I asked Apple why this disparity came about and was told plainly that it was due to size: the smaller iPhone 15 Pro wasn’t physically sized for the big zoom.

Since the next Pro models are reported to be slightly larger (expected to match the current size of the iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus), there could be enough room for 5x zoom.

And it looks like Apple will take the opportunity to include it, according to a report in DigiTimes on a new supplier. “Largan supplied the periscope lens for the premium iPhone 15 Pro Max that was launched last year. This year, more models in the upcoming iPhone lineup will feature periscope lenses. GSEO is likely to join as a new supplier for this year's iPhones,” the report claims.

This isn't the first such rumour, a previous report from TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in October 2023 that the 16 Pro would feature a Tetraprism – Apple's name for a periscope lens that is so cleverly designed that, unlike other periscope lenses, it looks almost identical to other lenses. Only Apple would go to this level of aesthetic detail.

Two swallows don't make heat, and two rumors don't equal fact, but they're certainly headed in the right direction.

It would be very sensible for Apple to include 5x zoom if possible: it's a highly effective feature and many iPhone 15 Pro users will want it, but they will disagree with the way the Max phone weighs on your pocket (physically and financially).

While the difference between the cameras of the current generation Pro and Pro Max isn't the first time the larger iPhone has had better cameras, I would say equalizing the two in this regard is the better way to go, and I believe Apple thinks the same.

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