While the Apple iPhone 15 is only expected to be unveiled in September, there are already a few reports emerging about the iPhone 16. The latest is specific to the iPhone 16 Pro Max or iPhone 16 Ultra, which is speculated of sporting a periscope camera with a super zoom level way above compared to any camera phones today.
The report comes from frequent leaker Digital Chat Station that shared the details on China's Weibo social media platform. Accordingly, Apple's iPhone 16 Ultra will arrive with an upgraded periscope camera over the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro Max with an unknown peak zoom level. The source added that this sensor is paired with a 300 mm focal length, putting it at the 'Super Telephoto' level utilized in capturing far distant subjects.
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In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (review) has a 230 mm focal which has a 10x magnification level. It would put the iPhone 16 Ultra's supposed 300 mm at 23 percent longer, although it remains unseen what actual level and formats will be actually offered. If Apple keeps the same 24 mm focal length for the current iPhone 14 Pro, 300 mm would represent a 12.5x optical zoom.
Furthermore, the account believes Apple is introducing a bigger sensor on the iPhone 16 Ultra by the time it is launched next year. Meanwhile, it is seen that the iPhone 15 Pro (Max) is keeping the similar 48 MP Sony IMX 803 sensor as with the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) that our colleague Antoine reviewed.
Additionally, Digital Chat Station reiterated that the periscope camera will be an exclusive component to the iPhone 15 Pro Max at first. It is believed that the Cupertino firm will only start to introduce it on the iPhone 16 Pro. At the same time, the periscope camera on the smaller iPhone Pro is expected to be an older version and different from the iPhone 16 Pro Max or Ultra.
What are your thoughts on Apple possibly equipping the top-end 2024 iPhone with this periscope camera? Would you find this a useful feature? Share with us your opinion in the comments.