iPhone 15 Pro Max's 5x Optical Zoom Lens Rumored to Expand to Both iPhone 16 Pro Models

While a tetraprism lens with up to 5x optical zoom is currently exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the feature will expand to both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max next year, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

iPhone 16 Mock Header With Dynamic Island
Kuo briefly revealed this information in a Medium post today focused on iPhone 15 Pro Max production challenges related to the camera.

In the iPhone 15 Pro Max, the tetraprism lens system has a "folded" design that allows it to fit inside the smartphone, enabling up to 5x optical zoom and up to 25x digital zoom. By comparison, the smaller iPhone 15 Pro remains limited to up to 3x optical zoom, in line with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

It has been rumored that the iPhone 16 Pro will feature a larger 6.3-inch display, compared to the 6.1-inch iPhone 15 Pro. This change would increase the overall size of the device, which would provide additional internal space for a tetraprism lens.

This is not the first time that Kuo has said the lens would expand to both iPhone 16 Pro models, but it reveals that the change is still planned following the introduction of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which launches this Friday.

Related Roundups: iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Pro

Top Rated Comments

Chiromac81 Avatar
8 months ago
Duh. That's kinda been apples move for the last 10 years...
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
waquzy Avatar
8 months ago
“iPhone 16 Pro will feature a larger 6.3” display….”

Shame ☹️
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nautilus007 Avatar
8 months ago
Just waiting for the iPhone 16 frame to leak...any day now.
Take everything that didn't materialize with the iPhone 15 and just throw the rumors into the 16..
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
8 months ago

when you have tetraprism design its clear not digital
The 5x is fixed focal length, not zoom at all, everything in between 1x and 5x therefor is digital, simple as that
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FasterQuieter Avatar
8 months ago
I wouldn't want it. Not if it means sacrificing the 77MM, which is a much more useful focal length for me. What they have done with the 15 Pro Max camera is completely bizarre to me. Also the main reason I am not upgrading.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spartan1967 Avatar
8 months ago
Looking forward to the iPhone 15 Pro tear downs to see if lack of space is really the issue for not providing 5x optical zoom for both sizes.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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