Renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has pointed out that both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro models will be equipped with the company's periscope telephoto lens. This new lens will provide better zoom capabilities for the two "Pro" models of the iPhone 16. It is worth noting that the periscope telephoto lens featured in the iPhone 15 Pro Max enables 5x optical zoom, which is not available in the smaller iPhone 15 Pro.
This marks the first time Apple introduces significant hardware changes to the camera specifically for a larger iPhone model, the iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, both the iPhone 16 Pro models will adopt the same camera lens. Previous reports have suggested that Apple decided to include the periscope lens in the iPhone 15 Pro Max due to space constraints, while the smaller iPhone 15 Pro did not have enough space to accommodate the 5x zoom periscope telephoto lens.
The iPhone 15 Pro may adopt the telephoto sensor that made its debut on the iPhone 14 Pro Max. As a result, it can only achieve 3x optical zoom. However, insufficient internal space may not be the sole factor for the exclusion of the periscope telephoto lens in the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. It is reported that the iPhone 16 Pro will have a slightly larger form factor than the iPhone 15 Pro, which may alleviate the constraints in space allocation.
Previous reports stated that Largan Precision, an Apple supplier, had a component yield rate of only 40% in the third quarter of this year. This could be one of the factors behind Apple making the periscope telephoto lens an exclusive configuration for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Now, with a yield rate of 70%, it suggests that next year's iPhone 16 Pro may feature the same periscope telephoto lens as its larger "Max" model.
The iPhone 16 Pro is expected to come with a slightly larger 6.3-inch display, eliminating internal space limitations. As for whether Apple will provide additional improvements for the periscope lens of the iPhone 16 Pro model, there are currently limited details, and further information is still awaited.