iPhone 16 Pro Max to have "Super Telephoto" periscope camera

Vlad, 18 July 2023

The iPhone 15 family isn't even out yet, but we're already talking about its successors. Specifically, the iPhone 16 Pro Max, expected in September 2024. This device will have a rather unique feature, according to prolific (and usually reliable) leakster Digital Chat Station out of China.

According to him, the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be fitted with a "Super Telephoto" periscope zoom camera. This designation apparently refers to cameras with a focal length over 300mm, which would be quite a feat of engineering, considering that the current iPhone 14 Pro Max has to make do with a measly 77mm on its, admittedly non-periscope, zoom snapper.

iPhone 14 Pro Max iPhone 14 Pro Max

This September the iPhone 15 Pro Max has been rumored to mark the debut of a periscope on an iPhone, and next year the iPhone 16 Pro will also have a periscope - just not a "Super Telephoto" one. So presumably the iPhone 16 Pro will get the iPhone 15 Pro Max's periscope, while the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have an even more advanced system.

Super Telephoto cameras are often used in sports and wildlife photography, and they're also interesting to use for portraits, provided that the photographer can be far enough away from the subject.

iPhone 14 Pro Max iPhone 14 Pro Max

Additionally, the same source claims the iPhone 16 Pro Max's main camera will have a 12% larger sensor (1/1.14" in size) compared to the iPhone 14 Pro Max (1/1.28"). The iPhone 15 Pro Max is expected to stick with its predecessor's hardware.

Source (in Chinese) | Via


Reader comments

  • Elegantuniverse
  • 02 Sep 2023
  • rU7

10x digital zoom isn’t the same as 10x optical zoom.

  • Anonymous
  • 22 Jul 2023
  • jwZ

Ya geez, I know, i'm out of sight under my office desk where no one can see. And the solution to gathering what's happening intel, it's that cool periscope popping over the desktop with an eyeball.

  • Anonymous
  • 22 Jul 2023
  • nU2

Ok, maybe Apple reaches 300mm in iPhone 16 (not 15, mind you!). Do you think Samsung is just going to sit around? They've already had 230-240mm 10x zoom for 3 years now, they're definitely highly likely to increase that soon otherwise they&...

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