iPhone 15 Rumored to Debut Hybrid Lens With Larger Aperture Ahead of Further Upgrades in 2024

The iPhone 15 lineup will feature a glass-plastic hybrid lens with an ƒ/1.7 aperture before Apple expands the technology with next year's iPhone 16 models, according to a recent claim from the Twitter user "RGcloudS."

iPhone 14 Pro Rear Camera
The upgrade will apparently make the ‌iPhone 15‌ series the first global smartphones with a hybrid lens design, since existing devices with this technology from the likes of Xiaomi are only sold in China. The hybrid lens will reportedly feature a single glass element and six plastic elements. Currently, the wide camera across the iPhone 14 lineup has seven plastic lenses.

The ‌iPhone 15‌ lineup's main camera will also feature an ƒ/1.7 aperture, a slight increase over the ƒ/1.79 aperture offered on the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro models. The ‌iPhone 15‌ and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus models are expected to be equipped with the 48-megapixel rear camera introduced on the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max last year. The ‌iPhone 14‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌ Plus feature a ƒ/1.5 aperture, meaning that the ‌iPhone 15‌ and ‌iPhone 15‌ Plus could be looking at an aperture downgrade this year.

While the devices are expected to use the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX sensor as the ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro and ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max, the larger aperture will enable the wide camera to capture up to 20 percent more light. Allowing more light into the camera enables better performance in low-light conditions and the ability to use faster shutter speeds. It can also create a shallower depth of field, which can emphasize the subject of an image by blurring the background more.

With next year's iPhone 16 Pro Max, Apple will reportedly upgrade the wide camera to an eight-part hybrid lens design with two glass elements and six plastic elements. It will also introduce five- and six-element hybrid lenses on the telephoto and ultra wide cameras, supplied by Sunny Optical Technology.

Last week, the Twitter user claimed that the ‌iPhone 15‌ lineup could feature stacked battery technology for increased energy density and prolonged lifespan. Now, they have clarified that this upgrade is instead apparently destined for the ‌iPhone 16‌ series, alongside 40W wired charging and 20W charging via MagSafe. Apple purportedly wishes to introduce larger image sensors and stacked battery technology simultaneously.

The "RGcloudS" account mainly focuses on Android leaks and its track record for Apple rumors is unclear, so it should be treated with some skepticism at the current time.

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Top Rated Comments

Umacga Avatar
8 months ago

Plastic lenses sound like they'd scratch really badly
If you can manage to get to the lenses to scratch them, your phone, or at least the camera portion, is probably already beyond repair.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kirk.vino Avatar
8 months ago

Plastic lenses sound like they'd scratch really badly
They talk about the internal elements. The actual lens cover is sapphire crystal that hasn’t changed and is not going to change.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dantracht Avatar
8 months ago
I haven’t seen a huge camera difference since the 11. I know that’s just me but….
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
8 months ago
I'm liking what I'm seeing. Looks like we're expecting major upgrades to the camera :)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
8 months ago

I haven’t seen a huge camera difference since the 11. I know that’s just me but….
What no way! Have you not experienced Macro Photography in iPhones Pro models?

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/share-your-best-macro-photography-shots.2313341/
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
8 months ago

I haven’t seen a huge camera difference since the 11. I know that’s just me but….
The iPhone 12 PM photos actually look much more natural and therefore better than the artificial enhanced photos taken on the 14 PM. Personal taste of course!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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