Both iPhone 16 Pro Models to Feature Tetraprism Zoom Lens

Apple is expected to bring tetraprism camera technology to both iPhone 16 Pro models next year, enabling at least 5x optical zoom and 25x digital zoom on the Telephoto lens.

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According to a new report by The Elec, Apple will add LG Innotek as another supplier of the folded zoom module used in the technology, in an attempt to secure production yields for the increased number of units required.

The iPhone 15 Pro has a 12-megapixel Telephoto camera that offers 3x zoom, but the iPhone 15 Pro Max is using an upgraded Telephoto system that allows for 5x zoom. The iPhone 15 Pro Max has a folded glass structure below the lens, which Apple refers to as tetraprism technology. It reflects light four times over, allowing for a longer focal length of 120mm.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has repeatedly said he expects the tetraprism lens with up to 5x optical zoom to expand to both the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max next year. 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.

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Top Rated Comments

erikkfi Avatar
25 weeks ago

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.
Apple working hard to make sure I never upgrade to a Pro iPhone.
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JokoWidodo Avatar
25 weeks ago

How big is the Pro Max going to be?

If it isn't also getting bigger, the gap between them is pretty small.
6.9"
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ctrlos Avatar
25 weeks ago
It should have been in this year and given the regular Pro a reason to actually exist. But Apple are Apple and wanted to limit the best tech to the most expensive device for a reason.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ctrlos Avatar
25 weeks ago

I'm OK with that ?
Nothing wrong with wanting the best!

But next year will be the new tech filtering down and a stat bump for the Max. And then again the following year. The 15 Max will likely last a good 3 years before they put anything new in it again. Going by the 'what does Android have now?' mantra I would put money on a foldable iPhone before 2026.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wizard_of_Woz Avatar
25 weeks ago
Growing up, I found the people who always had a camera with them (who weren't actual photographers), always asking people to get together to take this photo or that photo to be quite annoying. I feel the same way to this day.
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jasonsmith_88 Avatar
25 weeks ago
I suppose I’m one of the few people who doesn’t want this. I like taking photos in the 2x-3x range. Losing quality at this range for a range i don’t use is painful.
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